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Southampton v Burnley: PPI Preview

Southampton v Burnley – Saturday 21st March, 15:00

A Man of the Match performance from Fraser Forster helped Southampton hold Chelsea to a 1-1 draw in an enthralling encounter at Stamford Bridge last weekend. It was an important result for the Saints, very much keeping them in the hunt for a top-6 finish.

When discussing the state of the Premier League, the lack of English players regularly featuring for their clubs is a topic hot on the agenda. One area, though, where England don’t appear to be short of quality is in goal with ‘keepers Joe Hart and Ben Foster, amongst others, making a compelling case for inclusion. One goalkeeper who must be firmly in Roy Hodgson’s thoughts is Southampton stopper Fraser Forster, who was in inspired form against League Leaders Chelsea. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index demonstrates that the former Celtic man made a total of six saves – which was the most in the league in the last round of Premier League fixtures.

Central midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama put in a big defensive shift to help keep Chelsea’s fine array of attacking talent at bay. Between them, the duo covered a total of 23.5km with Schneiderlin covering 12.2km and Wanyama 11.3km respectively.

Many expected the loss of Dejan Lovren to hit Southampton hard at the start of the campaign, as he had been a mainstay of the Saints defence in their impressive 2013/2014 season. In his absence, though, skipper Jose Fonte has stepped up to the mark, becoming a rock in the heart of Ronald Koeman’s back line. The Portuguese defender was in imperious form against the Blues, stifling any attacks as they approached the Southampton goal. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index demonstrates how impressive his performance was, as it shows that he made a total of 23 defensive contributions (based on blocks, tackles won, clearances and interceptions), the second most of any defender in the league in the last round of Premier League fixtures. If you fancy Fonte to head up the other end of the pitch, head to 888sport.com who have him at 15/2 to score at anytime.

Burnley travel to the South Coast with their tails up, after an astounding victory over champions Manchester City in their last Premier League fixture.

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George Boyd may have scored the winner on Sunday with an expertly taken finish, but to say he was the only Burnley midfielder making inroads into the City defence would be doing a disservice to his teammates. Both David Jones and Scott Arfield showcased their excellent creative ability against the Champions, completing an impressive 23 passes each in the opposition half – more than any of their teammates.

Finding the back of the net was a just reward for George Boyd for his endeavours, as he covered every blade of grass for his team in an attempt to thwart Manuel Pellegrini’s men. In total, Boyd covered 13.3km for his side – more than any of his teammates. If you fancy Boyd to make it two in two this weekend, head to 888sport.com who have the Scotsman at 7/1 to score at anytime!

Michael Keane is a defender who has always shown a lot of promise and Sean Dyche will have been delighted to purchase him on a permanent deal in January. In particular, this season, he’s shown an excellent eye for a tackle – winning an impressive 74% of the challenges that he has attempted.

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Southampton v Liverpool: PPI Preview

Sunday 22nd February

Southampton vs Liverpool 16:15

In arguably the standout game of this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures, Southampton host fellow Champions League-hopefuls Liverpool in a clash that could be billed as a ‘six-pointer’.

Southampton were unlucky to only come out with a point in their last fixture against West Ham. They were knocking on the door all game, as they dominated possession (67%) and also registered an impressive 21 shots. Midfielder Steven Davis was central to their attacking threat, covering every blade of grass in a buccaneering performance. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index demonstrates that he covered an impressive 11.1km against the Hammers, more than any other player on the pitch, with Morgan Amalfitano (10.9km) his closest rival. You can find Davis at 17/2 with 888sport.com to score at any time on Sunday.

Pundits and fans alike bemoaned the loss of midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin to injury early in January, as the Frenchman has been integral to the Saints’ impressive campaign. However, to just sing the praises of the Frenchman would be doing a disservice to fellow central midfielder Victor Wanyama, who has certainly played his part in helping to boss the centre of the park. The combative midfielder produced another all-action performance against the Hammers, completing 41 passes in the opposition half and winning every challenge that he attempted.

It was perhaps a sign of Southampton’s dominance against the Hammers that they could afford to push their defenders higher up the pitch to help orchestrate their attacks. In Nathaniel Clyne (27), Jose Fonte (21) and Maya Yoshida (29) they had three defenders who completed an impressive number of passes in the opposition half, helping to carve out chances for their teammates.

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A last-gasp winner from maverick striker Mario Balotelli handed Liverpool all three points in their crucial fixture against Tottenham in the last round of Premier League fixtures. It was a vital victory for the Reds as it reduced the gap between themselves and the Champions League slots to just four points – a gap that could be cut even further should they emerge victorious at St Mary’s on Sunday.

One player who has caught the eye over recent weeks is talented winger Jordan Ibe. Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers has always shown a willingness to give youngsters a chance to stake their claim in the first team and, following a successful spell on loan at Derby, Ibe has grasped his opportunity with both hands. Operating in an unfamiliar right-wingback role, the South London-born youngster proved to be a solid ‘out-ball’ for his teammates and was a constant ;thorn in Southampton’s side. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index demonstrates that he made a total of 27 attacking contributions (based on passes in the opposition half, dribbles completed, crosses completed and shots on target). This was nine more than his closest teammate. If you think that Ibe’s recent good form could translate into goals, head over to 888sport.com who have the winger at 9/1 to score the first goal of the game.

In Vice-Captain Jordan Henderson, Liverpool fans know that regardless of level of performance, they have a player who is guaranteed to run himself into the ground. Once again, Henderson produced a lung-busting display, covering 11km – which was more than any of his teammates. Time and time again this season, Henderson has demonstrated his outstanding level of fitness, something that can be shown by the fact he has covered 260.7km this term, again comfortably the most in the Liverpool squad.

Daniel Sturridge may not have scored against Spurs, but Liverpool fans will be delighted that he’s back on the pitch as he poses such a big goal threat. The England international has never been shy to take a pop at goal, which is demonstrated by the fact that he took four shots against Spurs – which was the second most of any player in the last round of Premier League fixtures.  It was a sign that Sturridge is picking up where he left off as although his season has been blighted by injury, the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that he has averaged a shot on goal every 22 minutes that he has been on the pitch. This is a better rate than any other Liverpool player and suggests that it won’t be too long until the goals go flying in again.

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Southampton v West Ham: PPI Preview

Southampton vs West Ham – Wednesday 11th February, 19:45

A last gasp goal from Saido Mane gave Ronald Koeman’s side all three points as they continue their charge towards the European places come the end of the season. They face a West Ham side this week who have similarly defied expectations this term in what could be an intriguing match-up.

Responsibility for repelling the West Ham attack will likely fall primarily to Jose Fonte who is currently enjoying an outstanding season. The Portuguese centre half not only has the best tackle success rate of any Saints player, winning 83.9% of his 56 challenges to date, he’s also compiled the greatest number of defensive contributions (blocks, tackles won, interceptions, clearances) in the Southampton squad, with 264 according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

Midfielder Steven Davis rarely grabs the headlines but is nonetheless a crucial part of the Southampton machine. He has now completed a squad-best 542 passes in the opponent’s half, which gives him an average rate of one every 3.3 minutes he’s been on the pitch this season. West Ham will have to work hard to prevent Davis from dictating the play from the centre of the park.

Graziano Pelle started life in the Barclays Premier League with a bang with a glut of goals in his first few games and according to his EA SPORTS Player Performance Index statistics, more shouldn’t be far away. The Italian striker is certainly not short on industry, given that he has now not only covered more ground than any other Southampton player, but more than any other striker in the league with 240.8km to his name. Pelle is 25/19 to score at any time with 888sport.com.

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West Ham were denied a famous win against Manchester Utd as Daley Blind rescued a point for the Red Devils last weekend after Cheikhou Kouyate’s opener. This week’s fixture will see two sides both enjoying strong season pitted against each other in what could prove to be a pivotal game for both their seasons.

Defender Aaron Cresswell has been garnering rave reviews for his performances this season and his EA SPORTS Player Performance Index statistics provide us with some insight as to why. Not only has he covered more ground than anyone in the West Ham squad this season (253.6km), he’s also completed the second highest number of passes in the opponent’s half of any Hammers player (351), behind only Alex Song (364).

The Southampton backline will have to be mindful of the threat posed by Cheikhou Kouyate should he feature this week. No doubt buoyed by his goal at the weekend, the Senegalese midfielder will be looking to utilise his speed to good effect to add to his two goals and two assists so far this campaign. He recorded the highest speed of any player on the pitch against Manchester Utd, clocked at an impressive 20.7mph. Kouyate is 11/1 to score at any time with 888sport.com.

Looking to provide yet more assists will be the revitalised Stewart Downing who is currently enjoying an excellent season after being moved into a more central role by Sam Allardyce. He is still more than willing to roam out wide when the opportunity presents itself though, shown by the fact that he currently ranks third in the Barclays Premier League for successful crosses this season with 32 according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

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QPR v Southampton: PPI Preview

QPR vs Southampton – Saturday 7th February, 15:00

QPR go in to the game against Southampton this weekend under the guidance of Chris Ramsey and Kevin Bond, after Harry Redknapp’s shock resignation this week. The caretaker managers will be hoping for a win in what could potentially be their only game in charge of the club.

Mauricio Isla has been impressive this season, despite QPR’s league positioning, and is ranked ninth in the league for number of successful tackles with 61, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. This is especially impressive, as Isla has featured in 18 games this season, which is less than every player ranked above him.

As well as Isla, Steven Caulker has put in some impressive performances at the back for QPR, and has made the fifth most clearances in the Premier League, clearing his lines on 215 occasions so far this season, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

Further up the pitch, Leroy Fer is having an equally important impact. Fer is twelfth in the league for successful dribbles with 45 according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Fer also has the most passes in the opposition half out of any QPR player, making 398. Fer is 16/1 to score first with 888sport.com.

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Last weekend, Southampton slipped to their first defeat in the Premier League since December. Manager Ronald Koeman will be keen to ensure they bounce back to the winning ways that helped the Saints on their climb in to the top four.

Steven Davis has been a regular for Southampton this season; featuring in 22 of the 23 Premier League games. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that, with 522 passes, Davis ranks in the top twenty in the Premier League for number of passes in the opposition half.

Southampton have some pacey players in attack, including the likes of Saido Mane, but it is their right back Nathaniel Clyne who tops the speed charts for the Saints. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, Clyne has been recorded running at 34.5km/h (21.4mph).

Centre forward Graziano Pelle has run the furthest of any Southampton player, alongside the suspended Ryan Bertand. Both players have covered 230.6km in total this season, which ranks them both inside the top 20 for distance covered in the Premier League, Pelle has also had the most shots on goal in the league (66) and is 16/5 to score first with 888sport.com.

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Southampton v Swansea City: PPI Preview

Southampton vs Swansea – Sunday 1st February, 16:00

Southampton continue to push for Champions League qualification and remain in third place in the league. Southampton are unbeaten in six in the league, including wins against Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as a draw against Chelsea.

Nathaniel Clyne has been one of the key factors in Southampton’s form, putting in solid displays both offensively and defensively. The right back has made the most tackles of any Premier League player with 83, averaging out at 4.15 successful tackles per game, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

Ryan Bertrand, on the other side of the Southampton defence, has been equally impressive. Bertrand has covered more ground than any other Saints player this season, covering a total of 22.1km, averaging out at 10.5km per game, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

Ahead of Bertrand and Clyne, Southampton’s wingers have been in top form this season, particularly Dusan Tadic. Tadic is joint second in the Premier League assists chart having set up his teammates on eight occasions, largely due to the quality of his crossing. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, Tadic has put in the second most successful crosses in the Premier League, finding a man 34 times in total this season. Tadic is 6/1 to score first with 888sport.com.

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Swansea sit in 9th place in the league, but are currently on a run of four games without a win and will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways against Southampton.

Swansea captain Ashley Williams has had a great season at the back for Swansea and has recorded some very impressive statistics on the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Williams has made the most clearances of any Premier League player (263) as well as making the fourth most interceptions in the division (55).

Gylfi Sigurdsson will definitely be a big miss for Swansea following his suspension. Sigurdsson is joint second in the Premier League assists charts, alongside Southampton’s Dusan Tadic, on eight assists. Sigurdsson has made 445 passes in the opposition half, more than any other player in the Swans’ squad, and in addition to his assists he has netted four goals in the Premier League. Swansea will be looking to their other attacking players to step up in his absence.

One of the players looking to step up in his place will be Jefferson Montero. The pacey winger has completed the eighth most successful dribbles in the Premier League according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, with 52, which is especially impressive as Montero has only featured in seventeen of the 22 Premier League fixtures so far. Montero is 20/1 to score first with 888sport.com.

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Southampton v Manchester United: PPI Preview

Monday night’s clash at Saint Mary’s should prove to be a thrilling encounter as Southampton will look to continue playing their free-flowing football that has seen them climb to third place in the league. The Saints will be confident that they can take all three points from the game against the side that sit a place below them in the league, and extend the margin to four points.

Whilst Southampton were unfortunate to go down to a late goal against Arsenal on Wednesday night, one man who didn’t deserve to be on the losing side was goalkeeper Fraser Forster. The England international made seven saves during the game to keep his side level until the 88th minute. The 6’7’’ shot stopper is averaging 2.7 saves per goal conceded according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, and will look to keep his fifth clean sheet in seven games on Monday.

At the back, Nathaniel Clyne is in the form of his life at the moment, as backed up by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The full back has already created one goal and scored two this season, and his top speed of 34.2km/h shows why he is such a threat. Defensively, his statistics only get better and he has won 63 tackles this season, winning 80.8% of his tackles overall. He has also racked up 26 interceptions which, combined with his pace, help Southampton turn defence into attack in the blink of an eye.

Up top, Graziano Pelle has been on lethal form so far this season, and he will look to continue in the same vain on Monday night. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us that the Italy international has already bagged six goals this season and unselfishly laid on a further four goals for his teammates. Pelle has covered 138.8km already this season and it is the non stop movement and work rate that will not give United a second’s rest on Monday. He is 9/5 to score anytime with 888sport.com.

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Manchester United will provide a tough test for Southampton on Monday night, as they look to become only the second team this season to record five back-to-back wins, alongside Newcastle. The Red Devils will be looking to make the long trip down to the South coast worthwhile with a victory that would see them leapfrog their opponents.

Much like Southampton, United find themselves with one of the league’s in form goal keepers, in the shape of David De Gea. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that the Spain international did not have to make a save until the final minute of the game against Stoke, but his two saves in the week earned his side all three points. De Gea is averaging 2.25 saves made for every goal conceded, and will be hoping that his fifth clean sheet of the season will only increase that figure.

Defender Luke Shaw will be looking to make his first return to St. Mary’s following his move to Old Trafford, and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us what a good start he has made to his career for United. The left back has won an impressive 85.7% of his tackles so far this campaign, also adding another 27 clearances to that tally. He has also illustrated his attacking qualities with 12 dribbles and 17 crosses into the box, and will hope that he can have a successful return to his boyhood club.

In the middle of the park, Marouane Fellaini is currently showing the type of form that saw United stump up the requested transfer fee from Everton. The Belgian international, as illustrated by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, has not only created a goal and scored twice, but also shown his all round qualities. Fellaini has won 69.4% of his 36 tackles and made 10 interceptions, and shown his quality on the ball by completing 87.9% of his 415 passes this season. He is 6/1 to score for the second game in a row with 888sport.com.

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