Why Danny Ings was dropped to the bench for Southampton vs Leeds

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Leeds vs Southampton

This latest batch of Premier League fixtures will draw to a close very shortly.

The final clash will see Leeds and Southampton face off at 6 PM UK time.

Both sides will head into the tie with little to play for.

The pair, as things stand, are languishing in mid-table, unlikely to be sucked into a relegation scrap, but also with little chance of securing a European berth.

Why Ings was dropped vs Leeds

Leeds are more in form than the Saints at present.

But the Whites have a pretty poor defensive record, which both the Southampton faithful, and FPL managers, were no doubt hoping Takumi Minamino and Danny Ings would go on to take advantage of.

Upon Southampton’s starting line-up being revealed an hour before kick-off, though, it was confirmed that both Ings and Minamino had been dropped to the bench:

Ings has been a Fantasy Premier League favourite this season, and is currently owned by just over 15 per cent of users.

As such, questions quickly began to circulate as to why the forward had been demoted to bench duty.

Now, though, The Athletic’s Southampton reporter, Dan Sheldon, has shed some light on the situation.

According to Sheldon, Ings and Minamino being dropped is a ‘tactical decision’.

He adds that Ralph Hasenhuttl viewed his side’s meeting with Chelsea over the weekend as an intense match, and is expecting the same tonight, which is why all of Ings, Minamino and Moussa Djenepo have been rested.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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3 Leicester City FC 25 17 49
4 West Ham United FC 25 10 45
5 Chelsea FC 25 16 43
6 Liverpool FC 25 11 40
7 Everton FC 24 4 40
8 Aston Villa FC 23 11 36
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10 Arsenal FC 25 5 34
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 25 -6 33
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15 Burnley FC 25 -12 28
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 25 -6 26
17 Newcastle United FC 25 -17 25
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19 West Bromwich Albion 25 -36 14
20 Sheffield United FC 25 -26 11
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Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
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