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Southampton's Alex McCarthy and Burnley's new goalkeeper Joe Hart were kept occupied in their sides' 0-0 draw at St. Mary's.

Burnley dominated the first half; Aaron Lennon drew the first notable save out of Mccarthy when he latched onto a loose ball and hammered the ball at goal. The Clarets continued to shoot with abandon but failed to really trouble Southampton's 'keeper again until Jeff Hendrick's header late in the first half. Danny Ings and Mohamed Elyounoussi were introduced to the fray in the second half and helped Mark Hughes' men grow into the game, sparking opportunities for Lemina and Josh Stephens which couldn't beat Hart. A slow start for two PL top-half hopefuls.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 12 - 4:18 PM

One of the last deals completed on the summer transfer deadline day was Danny Ings' surprise move to Southampton.

Ings has moved to the south coast club on a loan for the season, with Southampton holding an option to buy the player for £16 million ($20.5 million) at the end of the season. Ings starred for both Bournemouth and Burnley before he signed for Liverpool in 2015, however his time on Merseyside was interrupted by injuries which limited him to just 14 appearances over the course of three seasons. In his last full season in the PL, he scored 11 goals for Burnley. That eye-catching tally as a 22 year-old followed 21 goals in the Championship the year before. Mark Hughes was clearly thinking of those goalscoring feats when went for the deal as Southampton's squad have struggled to find the net for two consecutive seasons.
Source: Daily Echo
Aug 9 - 5:24 PM

Jannik Vestergaard returned home from World Cup duty with Denmark having failed to make an appearance and promptly signed for Southampton a few days ago.

The 6ft 6in centre-back has signed a four-year deal at St. Mary's, becoming their record transfer in the process at approximately £18 million ($23.6m). The 24 year-old arrives from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach, for whom he made 79 appearances in two seasons including run-outs in the Champions League and Europa League. Given his height, it's not a shock that Vestergaard is renowned for his aerial ability - he won 90 aerial duels in the German top flight last term, a 60% success rate. 90 is the 13th best tally of all players in that division. The Dane also topped the league for blocked shots (35) and was 7th for clearances (146). His 3 defensive errors placed him 19th for that unfortunate tally but just one led to a breakthrough for the opposition.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:05 PM

Southampton has snapped up England Under-21 goalkeeper Angus Gunn from Manchester City.

The transfer fee for the young player was in the region of £13.5m (almost $18m), including add-ons. Gunn, who spent last season at Norwich on-loan, was keen to leave Man City where he was set to be behind Ederson and Bravo in the pecking order. Gunn will now be competing with the first choice at the end of last season, Alex McCarthy, and Fraser Forster. All three goalkeepers come in at 4.5m in FPL. It will be interesting to see who is Mark Hughes' first choice as preseason progresses, as Gunn must have been given some assurances about his game time before he signed on to become a Saint.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 16 - 5:55 PM

Southampton's new midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi joins the club with a formidable record from his time in Norway and Switzerland.

The 23 year-old started his senior career in Norway at Sarpsborg before signing for one of the country's biggest clubs, Molde. At Molde, he scored 42 goals in 92 appearances. Elyounoussi then moved to Basel where he spent two seasons. It proved to be a great incubator for the player, as he got Champions League experience and put in performances which attracted the interest of clubs as big as Arsenal. For Basel he had 23 goals and 30 assists in 84 games. "I'm at my best when I use my creativity, so I think the club's philosophy will suit me," said the player when he signed. He could be a vast improvement on the departed Dusan Tadic for 6.5m in the Official Fantasy PL game this season.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 16 - 5:48 PM

Southampton recently announced the departure of star playmaker Dusan Tadic as the midfielder heads to Ajax.

The Serbian international has returned from the World Cup and will immediately head back to the Dutch league, where Southampton discovered him in 2014 at FC Twente. Tadic recorded a down year at Saints last season with six goals and three assists, but fantasy managers can reminisce on a spectacular 2015/16 where Tadic recorded seven goals and 12 assists. Said Tadic: "I would like to thank everyone at Southampton for giving me so many amazing years with the club. I have enjoyed every minute of my time with you, and I will take so many memories with me. To the fans, I say a huge thank you for all the support you have given me, and I will miss you all, but I feel I have reached a point in my career where it is the right time for me to move back to Holland."
Jul 9 - 10:17 PM

Some days just don’t go your way and this was one of them for the Saints falling 1-0 to Manchester City.

Coming out of the gate, Southampton had the better of the chances beginning with a header from Wesley Hoedt that clanged off of the crossbar. But that wasn’t even their best chance as Dusan Tadic caught Ederson out but Fernandinho cleared his shot off of the line. The second half saw City grow into the game to break the Saints’ hearts. Sterling hit the woodwork and in 90+4, Gabriel Jesus wiped out the clean sheet and gave Manchester City the 1-0 victory. Overall, Southampton is happy to stay up but it would have been the cherry on top to tie the champions on the final day.
May 13 - 12:57 PM

Maya Yoshida is expected to return to the starting XI on Sunday after completing a one match ban.

The Saints centre-back was sent-off for two cautionable offences at Goodison Park seven days ago and his suspension kept him out of the hard-fought 1-0 win over Swansea on Tuesday night; a victory which all but guarantees their top-flight status for another year. Jack Stephens came in to partner Jan Bednarek at The Liberty, but the Polish defender took a whack from goalkeeper Alex McCarthy just past the hour mark and he left the field looking a little groggy: "He'll need checking nearer the time," revealed manager Mark Hughes during Fridays press conference. However, with nothing to play for, the Saints boss is unlikely to take any unnecessary risks meaning Yoshida should be handed a recall. Elsewhere, Hughes is "hopeful" of getting Mario Lemina back to face the Champions. "It's touch and go. It was a hamstring issue so you're never quite sure how quickly those resolve themselves. We'll have to wait on that one."
May 12 - 3:06 PM

Manolo Gabbiadini emerged from the bench to score a vital goal in Southampton's struggle for Premier League survival, simultaneously relegating West Brom.

In a cagey encounter in Wales, the pressure on both teams was obvious from the off. The first half was goalless and the chances which presented themselves were half-chances at best. After the interval, Southampton created more openings though Charlie Austin's efforts couldn't beat Fabianski. McCarthy did well to deny Andre Ayew at the other end. Gabbiadini's introduction was forced by an head injury to defender Jan Bednarek, and the Italian's impact was pretty swift. A Tadic corner made it to Austin, whose shots was parried stopped by the Swans 'keeper but Gabbiadini swept the ball into the net. Swansea piled on the pressure but ultimately Southampton learnt the lessons from blowing a late lead at Everton over the weekend.
Source: BBC Sport
May 8 - 4:49 PM

Mario Lemina is rated as a major doubt for the "huge game" against Swansea City on Tuesday.

The Saints central midfielder was forced off at Goodison Park and it's unlikely that he will recover in time following such a quick turnaround between fixtures. Lemina limped to the sidelines due to a problem with his left hamstring just before half-time, only to return after treatment, however, he failed to emerge for the second forty-five. Nathan Redmond looks poised to come into the side following his goal from the bench which should have taken all three-points. Southampton were denied by Tom Davies deep into time added-on when his tame effort was deflected past goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. In defence, Jack Stephens is expected to deputise for the suspended Maya Yoshida following his dismissal for two bookable offences. Steven Davis is the only other Southampton player due to miss out as he struggles to overcome an ongoing Achilles problem. A win at the Liberty would almost guarantee the Saints’ top-flight status given their superior goal difference.
Source: BBC Sport
May 7 - 6:02 AM

Southampton squandered a chance to separate themselves in the relegation race in a 1-1 draw with Everton.

Southampton fans will be fuming at the loss of two points as Tom Davies scored the equalizer for Everton in the 96th minute, two minutes after the allotted stoppage time to negate a hard-fought victory through 90 minutes. The win would have seen Saints jump two points clear of Swansea City and out of the relegation zone completely, although they are currently out, tied with the Swans on 33 points with the goal differential advantage. Nathan Redmond was first to score when he headed in a cross from Dusan Tadic in the 56th, but things only got worse late in the match after Maya Yoshida was sent off for his second yellow card offense in the 86th minute. Next up, the showdown with Swansea on Tuesday.
Source: NBC Sports
May 5 - 3:04 PM

Southampton rallied to finally produce a good winning performance to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at St. Mary's.

Southampton pressed hard in the opening minutes, and it took a collection of blocks from Cherries defenders to prevent an effort on Begovic's goal on 14'. The Saints took the lead soon after through playmaker Dusan Tadic, who was played in by Mario Lemina in a blistering 2v1 counter-attack. Charlie Austin and Lemina himself went close to doubling the lead soon after, and the former had a penalty appeal rejected too. Instead, Bournemouth drew level through Josh King just before the break. Tadic capitalised on a botched clearance by Steve Cook to return Mark Hughes' side to the fore again on 54'. Though chances fell to both sides, especially to Long and Ryan Fraser, the scores remained 2-1. A massive victory for the home side in 18th whereas Bournemouth remain midtable.
Source: NBC Sport
Apr 28 - 12:17 PM

Sofiane Boufal is training with Southampton's Under-23s after a bust-up in the dressing room after the FA Cup Semi-Final defeat to Chelsea last Sunday.

The Moroccan international refused to warm up during the game, which led to an altercation in the dressing room afterwards. Manager Mark Hughes said that the player has admitted that he made a mistake but still he has been marginalised for the time being. "Unfortunately Sofi made a mistake which he acknowledged and has acknowledged to me since. At the moment he is training with the under-23s and he’s missed a few days of training because he was ill." Hughes ruled him out of the Bournemouth game on Saturday but has not rejected the possibility that he will figure in the club's final three games of the season.
Apr 27 - 11:34 AM

Mark Hughes has delivered some team news ahead of Southampton's must-win clash against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Jack Stephens, who has been suspended for three games after being sent off in the 3-2 kiss to Arsenal earlier this month, is available for selection again. Club captain Steven Davis is not available though, as a repetitive ankle injury continues to sideline him.
Apr 27 - 11:29 AM

Danny Ings scored his first goal since 2015 and Mo Salah found the net once again, but Liverpool leave stunned with only a point as West Bromwich Albion scored twice late to finish with a 2-2 draw.

Jurgen Klopp made several changes ahead of the Reds Champions League tie on Tuesday, with Ings getting a chance to lead the line. All the moves seem to pay off, as Ings scored under four minutes into the game, putting home a ball from Georginio Wijnaldum for his first goal since the Merseyside derby in October of 2015. Three changes were made at the back and a clean sheet was on the cards when Salah looked to have sealed the points on 74 minutes, supplying another smart finish from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's pass. The Baggies responded in dramatic fashion though and plucked two points away with two late goals.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 21 - 9:29 AM


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