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Southampton: Ralph must unleash James Ward-Prowse vs Watford

After failing to beat Burnley in their previous Premier League game, which ended with a 2-2 draw, Southampton take on Watford at Vicarage Road in what is another big clash for the Saints, with the Hornets only two points ahead of them in the table and scoring five goals in their previous league outing against Everton.

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Looking ahead to the match against the Hertfordshire club, one player who Southampton will have available and who we feel should be in the starting XI is captain James Ward-Prowse.

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During Southampton’s 3-1 defeat against Chelsea earlier this month, Ward-Prowse was shown a red card and given a three-game ban for a challenge on Jorginho, which saw him miss the matches against Leeds United, Burnley and their Carabao Cup clash against the west Londoners in midweek.

Prior to that, Ward-Prowse had played every minute of Premier League action for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, proving just how vital he is for the club.

Now that the 26-year-old, who is currently earning £45k-per-week according to Spotrac, has completed his ban, we feel that Hasenhuttl should have no qualms over putting him straight back into his starting line-up to try and get all three points out of the game against Watford on Saturday.

Since making his senior debut for the Saints back in 2011 after working his way through their youth system, Ward-Prowse – who has been previously labelled an “exceptional” player by Stephen Warnock – has made 331 appearances for the Saints across all competitions, scoring 35 goals and providing 42 assists in the process.

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So far this season, he has racked up an average of 1.4 shots at goal and 1.4 key passes per game in the Premier League, showing just how much of an attacking influence he has on the team, and that’s why we believe he could frighten Watford at the weekend.

Looking ahead to the match against Claudio Ranieri’s side, we feel that Ward-Prowse should definitely be in Southampton’s starting XI to see if he can add to the two goals he has under his belt already this season and give the Saints the best chance of getting three points and climbing further away from the relegation zone.

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