We continue our FPL stats series by looking at the essential Southampton FPL stats from last season. To supplement this article, we recommend checking out our article on the best Southampton FPL players 2021/22 as well.

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Essential Southampton FPL Stats | Key Numbers

The first FPL stat that strikes me about Southampton is that they conceded 14.6 goals more than their expected goals allowed (xGA). 14.6 was the highest xGA delta by far. Brighton was second highest with 10.14.

When the shot is on target, the numbers look slightly better. Southampton had an expected goals on target allowed (xGoTA) of 56.8, which is 3.4 higher than their xGA. That gives an xGoTA Delta of 11.2.

Any way you slice it, Southampton gift goals.

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The logical question now is how they gift goals. Despite having the 2nd most unsuccessful passes last season (3663), they allowed the 2nd fewest chances from counterattacks (7) and had the joint fewest errors leading to a chance (6).

They did, however, give up the 4th most penalties (9), and they conceded 128 chances from their right, compared to 99 from the left and 89 from the centre. A change from last season when they conceded 42% of their chances from the left (139).

The real vulnerability for Southampton is that almost 27% of the chances they conceded were big chances (85). That’s the 4th worst in the league.

To compound their defensive woes, they created the 5th fewest chances from the left (95), and the 4th fewest chances from the right (85). They are very predictable with the way they attack and the player they are looking for when they do attack.

FPL stats Southampton

The likes of Danny Ings didn’t get enough service last season.

 

Southampton may struggle against teams who command the midfield defensively, effectively taking away passing lanes.

Teams who can draw them out with possession and who have a skilled attacker on their left side could also see success against Ralph Hasenhüttl‘s men.

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