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Ings scores again as Pukki continues recent revival

Southampton 2-1 Norwich City

Goals: Danny Ings (£6.2m), Ryan Bertrand (£4.8m) | Teemu Pukki (£6.6m)

Assists: James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m), Shane Long (£4.6m) | Alex Tettey (£4.5m)

Bonus Points: Ings x3, Pukki x2, Tetty x1

Danny Ings‘ (£6.2m) incredible scoring run was extended once again on Wednesday night as he found the net in Southampton’s 2-1 win over Norwich.

The former Liverpool and Burnley man simply won’t stop offering value to his ever-increasing ownership, which has practically doubled in the space of the last seven days.

Ings’ current goal-scoring tally for the season now stands at eight with seven of those coming in the last nine league matches.

Since Gameweek 7, Jamie Vardy (£9.9m), with a total of 11, is the only forward to have scored more times than Ings’ seven.

Long and Ings were Southampton’s front-pairing in Gameweek 15

Thankfully for the Southampton man, the appealing fixtures keep on coming with Newcastle (away), West Ham (home) and Aston Villa (away) their next three opponents. Gameweek 16 takes the Saints to St James’ Park, where the Magpies have not kept a clean sheet since Gameweek 8, conceding in each of their last three matches there.

Encouragingly, Ings could have netted himself a brace in Gameweek 15. His latest goal was a quality flicked header from a James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m) free-kick and there were plenty of chances for further returns.

In the second half, he brought a flick-on from Nathan Redmond (£6.2m) down with his shoulder and rifled an effort just past the far post.

Either way, this was another game which confirmed Ings as the main option worth considering from Southampton’s attack ahead of their ongoing appealing schedule.

The Saints have scored 11 times since Gameweek 7, with Ings involved in seven of them, equating to 63.6% of them.

Ward-Prowse has been quietly notching up attacking returns recently

There is every chance that Ward-Prowse may creep into consideration now that he has three goals and one assist in the last five matches, largely thanks to his role in set pieces.

It was these dead-ball situations that were the undoing of Norwich’s defence on Wednesday night.

Since the return of Christoph Zimmermann (£4.4m) in Gameweek 13, the Canaries have looked less vulnerable from open play at least.

But at St Mary’s their marking at set-pieces cost them. Nobody got close enough to Ings for the first goal while both Shane Long (£4.6m) and Ryan Bertrand (£4.8m) were able to make connections on Ward-Prowse’s 43rd minute, which led to the second.

Pukki has two goals and an assist in his last three outings

As for Norwich’s attack, that continues to improve with Teemu Pukki (£6.6m) now on three attacking returns in as many matches.

Admittedly, the Canaries did not start too brightly, Southampton dominating the possession early on, but after Daniel Farke made some alterations midway through the first half and changed personnel at half-time they got more of a foothold in the game.

Midway through the first-half, Norwich went from four at the back to three, with Ibrahim Amadou (£4.5m) dropping out of central midfield into his more natural position of centre-back between Ben Godfrey (£4.4m) and Zimmermann, which did help enhance the Canaries’ passing ability.

“I wanted to change the passing angles to get more control. It was slightly better but we weren’t able to get into dangerous areas. We changed in terms of tactics and personnel at half-time but the most important thing is that we played with more bravery and turned back to our game, not just because we were pressed.” – Daniel Farke

Farke’s tactical changes helped Norwich get back into the game

At half-time, Farke introduced Alex Tettey (£4.5m), and Marco Stiepermann (£5.2m) for Tom Trybull (£4.5m) and Amadou respectively, which had further positive effects.

Tettey screened the back-four very well and played the excellent through-ball for Pukki’s 65th-minute finish while Stiepermann’s presence as a number 10 helped ease any isolation for the centre-forward.

“The second half was a great reaction. We dominated the game and were able to create more chances. We brought more bodies closer to Teemu so we could play the final pass and come closer to the goal. We would have deserved to drive away with a point because we created a lot during the second half. If we stick to our principles, we are competitive at this level. If not, we have problems.” – Daniel Farke

“We just tried to change the formation a little bit at half-time with (Tettey) holding again and (Stiepiermann) a bit higher in the midfield. We were hoping to surprise them a little bit and I think that worked because we played much better in the second-half. Stiepi got in good positions where he could make things happen and Tetts with his experience helped so much on the pitch.” – Christoph Zimmermann

Tettey could be another important part of Norwich’s attempts at crawling their way out of the relegation zone.

After missing the 2-2 draw with Arsenal, Tettey was not quite fit enough to start Gameweek 15 but could be ready to help his side onto better things in a Gameweek 16 home meeting with Sheffield United considering how well he played in the second half at Southampton.

“Alex was great in the second half. Sadly, it was a bit too risky to play him from the start because of a slight problem with his quad. He wasn’t sure if he could fully sprint, but we were 2-0 back at half-time so it was worth the risk. He helped us stabilise our game but the whole team showed great character to show such a reaction as a young side. Each and every game is difficult, but we have to be brave, even away and with one day less to recover.” – Daniel Farke

Southampton XI (4-4-2): McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, J Stephens, Cédric; Redmond, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo (Romeu 72′); S Long (Yoshida 85′), Ings (Adams 77′).

Norwich City XI (4-2-3-1): Krul; Byram, Godfrey, Zimmermann, Aarons; Trybull (Tettey 46′), Amadou (Stiepermann 46′); O Hernández, McLean, Cantwell (Buendía 83′); Pukki.

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456 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Is KDB -> Son (-4) crazy or a shrewd move? Fancy Son to outscore Kevin by 4 over the next few weeks.

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Looks so wrong because Kdb is playing out if his skin at the moment. Son could outscore him by 4 but I wouldn’t be so sure.

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      It could work. Fancy son to score well over Xmas too. I’m also toying with dropping KDB for Alli & Rash and going 4-3-4.

      Martial+KDB+Greenwood >> Alli+Cantwell+Rashford (-4)

      1. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        4-3-4??

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Haha, 3-4-3 🙂

    3. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Thinking this too..City looked good on Tuesday though

  2. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Save ft for the weekend? Jesus to Abraham? Other suggestions?

    Henderson
    Aurier, Soyuncu, Lundstram
    Salah(c), Manè, Maddison, Mount
    Vardy, Jesus, Rashford

    Button, Cantwell, Saiss, Rico 1ft .2itb

    1. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Save

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      The Alli rise prices me out of Mount and Jesus to Alli and Abraham...

      1. Concrete
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        You have double Liverpool cash cows to get anyone really

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Not selling Manè clearly. Salah is getting close to the chopping block mind.

  3. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Who would you prioritise out of Rashford or Alli?

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      If you have a front 3 of Vardy, Abraham, Ings/Jiminez/Mousset I don’t think you need to rush for Rashford. Plenty of striker options. Who would you be selling for Alli

      1. Zico Senna
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        This

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        My 3 options are this?

        A. Martial+Maddison >> Alli+Grealish
        B. Martial+Tomori >> Pulisic+Aurier
        C. Martial+KDB+Greenwood >> Alli+Cantwell+Rashford (-4)

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          A looks decent but Maddison still has two plum fixtures. B is grand I suppose. C I’m not sure I like because I don’t like the idea of selling kdb for a hit.

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 21 days ago

            I could do C without Rash with MITB for him

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Rashford but next week.

    3. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Toughie. Both imo but Alli has BUR and Rashford had mci so Dele this week, Marcus next.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Fair point yeah. Looking at one of these;

        Martial+Maddison >> Alli+Grealish

        Martial+KDB+Greenwood >> Alli+Cantwell+Rashford (-4)

    4. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Alli

  4. AYLD28
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Abraham is now a bit of a headache. Ings was always short term but back to back 9 pointers and looking at Jimenez, maybe moving him on for Abraham is wiser. Then there is Ali.Thoughts:

    Guieta
    TAA Lundstrum Chillwell* (Tomori Rico)
    KDB Mane Zaha Son Nkamba
    Ings Jimenez Vardy

    1FT 2.5m ITB

    1. Ings or Jimenez > Abraham
    2. Nkamba + Chilwell > Ali + 3.9m (-4)

    I feel like eventually I would like my front 7 to be:

    KDB Mane Zaha Son Ali
    Vardy Abraham

    Is Jimenez out too hasty? Can I ditch Ings with three more great fixtures

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Of course it’s wiser, Ings isn’t gonna keep those scores up surely. Ings > Tammy and give Jimmy more chance i reckon, better team.

      1. AYLD28
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Thank you mate. I am thinking have I been too hasty with discounting Rashford. His points have actually been great over the season when he put it into perspective of his price.

        Ultimately it comes down to Son or Rashford I think...

        3-5-2 with Ali and Son
        3-4-3 with Ali and Rashford

        tough..

      2. AYLD28
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        I have owned Jimenez for weeks, since Newcastle away

    2. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      2

  5. Concrete
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    KdB to Alli. Have Son
    Lowton to Aurier

    Y or N

    1. jayzico
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      No way. WHy all this chat about losing KdB? Did you watch him play at weekend?

      1. Zico Senna
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        It’s a good way of taking a risk to climb? How are we supposed to otherwise?

        1. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Or a good way of falling further behind.

          1. Zico Senna
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 21 days ago

            True, but these are the risks we sometimes must take, otherwise just end up owning the same high owned players as everyone else, in a season as brutal as this one, gotta take risks.

      2. Concrete
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        I’ve watch him play every game and every home game live

        City not at the races. The only niggle I have is that on Tuesday City looked back to their best after weeks of looking tired

        1. Zico Senna
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          It was only Burnley, not exactly rinsing teams on a regular basis are they

          1. Concrete
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 21 days ago

            We all know their potential when they’re firing

            1. Zico Senna
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 21 days ago

              True but they don’t look on it

              1. Devo-McDuff
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 21 days ago

                Still highest scorers in the league.

    2. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      KDB to alli could probe fruitful, it’s what i did anyway

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      no

  6. Fit_to_drop
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Radical wild card here including the break-up of the Liverpool defence

    Simple: Thumbs up or Down?

    WAS:
    Pope, Ryan
    TAA, Robbo, Lund, Smith, Kelly
    Mane, KDB, Cantwell, Perez, Pulisic
    Vardy, Jimmy, Tammy

    WC:
    Hendo, Ryan
    Aurier, Willems, Lund, Soy, Kelly
    Mane, KDB, Maddy, Son, Alli
    Vardy, Mousset, Tammy,

    Target side will be 3-5-2

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      What do you see as the radical bit?

      1. Fit_to_drop
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Radical as only 6 out of the original 15 have kept their place. Break-up of the Liverpool duopoly. 3 Spurs assets (where there were none) and 3 Leicester (where there was 1). Might not be radical vis-a-vis other fantasy team.

        1. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          OK, understood. Looks fairly close to template.

    2. jayzico
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      B at first glance

    3. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Looks like every team without TAA

    4. PastaFasul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Not far off the template.

    5. dwight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Thumbs up.
      Playing mine as well.....we are similar.....

      Locked in are:
      Ryan/Martin.
      Lundstram, Kelly, Rico, Player 1, Player 2
      KDB, Mane, Alli, Grealish, Player 3
      Abraham, Vardy, Player 4

      Like you I had Maddinson with Mousset......but now Mousset being benched i am not sure...although i guess it is good bench depth for us both.....I also had Soy/Aurier as 1 and 2......Mousset has thrown a spanner in the works for my plans though!

      What are you thinking re Mousset?

      1. dwight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        ticking box to get notification of reply

  7. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Best 4.7 mid for my bench? Cantwell?

    1. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Yes

    2. Fit_to_drop
      5 months, 21 days ago

      And yes again

  8. jayzico
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Should I lose 1 striker + Son to get Tammy/Rashford?

    Or keep

    Henderson
    Soyuncu, Lundstram, Robertson, Rico, Williams
    Manè, Maddison, Son, Alli, KdB
    Vardy, Jimmy, Mousset

    1. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      No

      1. jayzico
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Didn't think so. Wish I'd kept tammy but hey ho.

        1. Concrete
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Can wait until after this GW then reassess for them

  9. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    KDB has 14 attacking returns in 13 starts. Why are people selling him? It's not like Spurs have an amazing run of fixtures or something.

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Blanked last game - burn the witch!

      1. jayzico
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        lol. how true

    2. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Because he’s highly owned and worth taking a risk to get ahead. If he blanks, and their replacement hauls, soar up rank,

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        That same logic should apply to Mane and Vardy then.

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Was just thinking this. Sell everyone with more than 20% ownership with that logic. High risk high reward I suppose. I just haven’t the stones for it myself.

        2. Zico Senna
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Not really, it’s about seeing which one is less of a risk to go without

    3. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Next 5 are tricky with the form they were in before Tuesday

    4. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      I don’t own him and fear it every gw. The guy is in a serious purple patch playing amazing footie. I’d rather him to Alli & co personally

  10. CRO KLOPP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    1 FT no other problems in my team

    A) Jimenez to Tammy
    B) Ings to Tammy
    C) Save

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Save

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Cheers mate