FPL GW28 – Which Southampton Assets to Consider

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Southampton not only have a favourable double against Villa and Newcastle, but then face Watford and Leeds – although between these two games they will have a BGW30. This makes their FPL assets exciting and promising prospects.

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So far this season, Southampton have:

  • 34 goals (10th among all teams)
  • xG = 34.12 (8th)
  • 128 shots on target (6th)
  • 43 big chances (9th)
  • 30 big chances created (11th)
  • 7 clean sheets
  • 37 goals conceded (11th)

Let’s also look at their opponents for DGW28:

Aston VillaNewcastle
Goals33 (11th)28 (13th)
xG23.91 (18th)24.25 (17th)
Big Chances28 (18th)28 (18th)
Shots on Target88 (17th)95 (15th)
Goals Conceded37 (10th)45 (17th)
xG Conceded35.41 (12th)43.08 (18th)
Clean Sheets74
Shots in Box Conceded212 (9th)230 (14th)
[All stats included are from FFFIX]

This looks like a fairly favourable double for Southampton. Villa have really over-performed their expected goals, and Newcastle are also among the bottom half of their table for attacking numbers. Therefore, Southampton defenders could be a good route to points. Villa fall in the middle of the table for their defensive record, and Newcastle do fall behind in these figures. It is worth noting that Newcastle have recently had a good run of form, though this still looks to be a favourable fixture for Southampton.

Tino Livramento (£4.4m) is an FPL favourite, who has scored 1 goal (xG = 1.37) and bagged 2 total assists (including 1 FPL assist) from xA = 1.47. He has made 9 shots (3 on target) and attempted 16 assists so far this season. He is a really exciting prospect and his price point makes him a great pick for the weeks ahead. The only downside is possible rotation with Perraud.

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Jan Bednarek (£4.4m) is also a budget-friendly route into the Southampton defence. He has scored 3 goals so far (xG = 2.06) and is definitely a set piece threat. He has also registered 14 shots, with 6 on target, and 4 big chances. Bednarek is yet to bag an assist (xA = 0.30) from 4 attempted assists. He should be pretty nailed, though you may want to opt for someone like Livramento, who is a more exciting asset to own – though he does come with his risks.

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James Ward-Prowse (£6.6m) is also an FPL asset who, until now, has gone under the radar. Over this season, he has scored 6 goals (xG = 3.40) and 4 total assists (xA = 4.16), and is 12th among midfielders for total FPL points (105). He also has the great advantage of being on penalties, free kicks, and corners.

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The Southampton attacker on most people’s minds will be Armando Broja (5.5m), who has scored 6 goals (xG = 4.98) and provided 2 FPL assists (xA = 0.41). He is among the top 10 FPL strikers for shots on target (19) and has had 7 big chances. He has created 1 big chance and attempted 5 assists, but his main appeal will be his goal-scoring threat and budget-friendly price tag.

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Up front, Broja has definitely taken a lot of the spotlight, but his strike partner Che Adams (£7m) also offers a lot of value at just 6.9% ownership. I’m not personally sure how nailed he is in that starting line-up, but he’s registering some promising stats. He has had 18 shots on target and 7 big chances, scoring 7 goals (xG = 4.83) and providing 3 total assists (including 1 FPL assist) from xA = 1.99.

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**Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.8m), Mohammed Salisu (£4.5m), and Mohamed Elyounoussi (£5.4m) are all unfortunately doubts for GW28, so I decided to leave them out of the article

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