Southampton against Burnley in Gameweek 26 sees a battle between two English goalkeepers as Alex McCarthy (£4.4m) faces Nick Pope (£4.7m). McCarthy has kept only three Premier League clean sheets so far this season, whilst Pope has kept nine. However, Southampton have looked far tighter defensively over the past few gameweeks, keeping two of those clean sheets in their last five matches. Pope is coming off the back of two successive Premier League clean sheets for Burnley, but has not kept three clean sheets in a row at any point this season.
With the Clarets away to a Southampton side that have scored six goals in their last four league games, chances of a third shutout look slim for Pope. For McCarthy however, things look slightly move positive with Burnley having failed to score in two of their last three away league games. Those stats combine to give him the edge in this head-to-head.
Verdict: Alex McCarthy