MANCHESTER UNITED V SOUTHAMPTON: PPI PREVIEW

Manchester United v Southampton – Sunday 11th January 16:00

Manchester United have been on a great run of form that has seen them go undefeated in their last 10 games, winning seven of those in the process. United will go in to this game with confidence given their form, especially considering that this run has already included a 2-1 victory over Southampton.

Manchester United’s new captain this season Wayne Rooney is really starting to fire on all cylinders, and now holds eight goals to his name. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that Rooney has actually converted 61.5% of his shots on target, and that he is equally capable of creating goals for others as well having grabbed four assists and a squad best 475 completed passes in the opposition half. He is 33/20 to score anytime with 888sport.com.

Whilst Rooney has dropped slightly deeper for United this season, Robin van Persie still has nothing but goals on his mind, and also has eight to his name. His work rate has been crucial to his success this year, as highlighted by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, which has revealed that he has covered a squad best 187.07km so far this campaign.

Arguably United’s player of the season so far, David de Gea has continued his outstanding form. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that the Spain international has upheld this form all season, making 58 saves at an average of 2.9 saves per goal conceded. He has kept four clean sheets in his last 10 Premier League appearances and will hope to add another one to the collection.

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This weekend’s visitors Southampton will be anything but a walkover and will fancy their chances on Sunday. Southampton lie in fourth in the league and can leapfrog their hosts with a victory. They have conceded just twice in their last four outings where they have also remained unbeaten, winning three games against Arsenal, Everton and Crystal Palace, and picking up a point against league leaders Chelsea.

One man who has been in inspired form is England squad member Fraser Forster. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that the Saints’ shot stopper has made 42 saves already this season at an average of 2.8 saves per goal conceded. He has been instrumental in Southampton maintaining the best defensive record in the league.

In front of Forster, Ryan Bertrand has been Southampton’s outstanding performer at the back, as highlighted by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The left back has covered 198.84km already this season, and will pass the 200km mark this weekend. He has also hit a searing top speed of 34.1km/h this term and his combination of fitness and frightening pace will pose a major threat to United going forward, and a challenge in breaking his defensive resolve.

The main man up top for Southampton this season has undoubtedly been Graziano Pelle, as revealed by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. His hard work is key to his eight goals this season, having covered a squad best 199.83km so far. He has also assisted a further four goals this term and will prove a threat either scoring himself or bringing team mates into play. He is 47/20 to score anytime with 888sport.com.

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Data supplied by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Select and manage your own team of stars at http://fantasy.premierleague.com/ or with FIFA Ultimate team.

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