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ESPN FC - Southampton News 20 Oct 19:59

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino reports no new injury concerns

Southampton West Bromwich Albion BT Sport 1 4:30 PM UTC Game Details Home: 17/20  Draw: 12/5  Away: 17/4  Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter GameCast Lineups and Stats Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner square off in Premier League predictor ahead of week nine. Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against West Brom. Italian forward Manolo Gabbiadini will be hoping to retain his place in attack after scoring both goals in last weekend's 2-2 draw against Newcastle. Full-back Jeremy Pied continues to work his way back to full fitness from a groin injury. West Brom are hopeful either Ben Foster or Boaz Myhill will be fit to keep goal at St Mary's. Foster missed the draw at Leicester...

Southampton – 20 Oct 17:00

Predictions: In-form Watford to sting Chelsea; Spurs-Liverpool tough to call

Milburn singer Joe Carnall is predicting wins for Manchester City, Manchester United and Everton over Arsenal – but there’s no agreement over Tottenham v Liverpool.


Just like last season, our writers will take on a different band or artist by making their Premier League predictions each week, while you can join in the fun using the story comment facility (below) or Your Say forum.

Last time out, Ulysses Wells went up against us – and you can see who came out on top here.

This time around, it’s Joe Carnall from MILBURN who locks horns with TEAMtalk’s Marshy.

We have previewed another set of exciting games ahead of the Premier League weekend, exclusively for our friends over at Betsafe .

Premier League matchday 9

West Ham v Brighton (Fri, 8pm)

Joe: 2-1

Marshy: 1-1


Chelsea v Watford (12.30pm)

Joe: 2-0

Marshy: 1-1


Huddersfield v Manchester United

Joe: 1-3

Marshy: 0-4


Manchester City v Burnley

Joe: 4-0

Marshy: 3-1


Newcastle v Crystal Palace

Joe: 1-0

Marshy: 1-2


Stoke v Bournemouth

Joe: 1-1

Marshy: 1-1


Swansea v Leicester

Joe: 2-0

Marshy: 1-2


Southampton v West Brom (5.30pm)

Joe: 2-1

Marshy: 1-1


Everton v Arsenal (Sunday, 1.30pm)

Joe: 2-1

Marshy: 1-2


Tottenham v Liverpool (Sunday, 4pm)

Joe: 2-0

Marshy: 2-2


Joe Carnall, life with Milburn and his passion for football

TEAMtalk: How did you come to support your club and what are your favourite memories from your time as a fan?

Joe: I didn’t have a choice but to support Sheffield Wednesday as all my family are Wednesdayites. Although we had a great team in the early 90s I was only about 6 so can’t say that I really remember the games. The first exciting team I remember was in the mid 90s when we signed both Paolo Di Canio and Benito Carbone. Just watching them warm up before the game was worth the price of the ticket; their touch and ability to beat players symbolised the foreign influx of talent into the Premier League.

More recent memories involve both promotions from League 1 – particularly the 2011/12 season when we pipped the pigs (Sheffield United) to the post and won automatic promotion.

TEAMtalk: Who have been your biggest heroes during your time supporting the club?

Joe: Chris Waddle – although he came to Hillsborough towards the end of his career he still oozed class (see SWFC 5 – 0 WHUFC. A.k.a ‘The Waddle Game’).


The 00s were pretty barren in terms of quality but I have to give both Chris Brunt and Glenn Wealen mentions who’ve since gone on to have long spells in the top tier. Although Fernando Forestieri is the most talented player we’ve seen in 20 years, it’s Kieren Lee for me. He makes our current team tick and always gives an 8/10 performance.

TEAMtalk: What do you make of the current team? What are your hopes for the season?

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Joe: The last 6 months have been incredibly frustrating. We’ve got one of the most talented teams in the division but football isn’t played on paper (as my dad used to say). However, the Championship is arguably at its most competitive and it’s a long season where anyone can beat anyone. Ask me again at Christmas. (TEAMtalk -we will!)

TEAMtalk: Everyone has a soft spot for another team. Who’s yours and why?

Joe: I got a Real Betis shirt when I was about 16 and have always looked out for them ever since. I think it was all those Denilson step overs. My grandad was from Glasgow so I have a natural soft spot for Celtic and, like loads of other fans, admire the way Tottenham play.

TEAMtalk: What’s going on with the band/for you as an artist at the moment?

Joe: We’ve just released our third record and are all set to go on tour in the UK and Europe. We play Leicester, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and Newcastle in November.


Listen to Milburn’s new single on the TEAMtalk playlist.

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Southampton – 20 Oct 09:32

Paper Talk: Man Utd to bid for Benfica duo; Ozil sure of summer move

Manchester United are ready to make a move for two Benfica players, while Mesut Ozil is convinced he will be joining another Premier League club next summer, according to Friday’s papers.


Manchester United scouts were reportedly impressed by Benfica wonderkid Umaro Embalo during the UEFA Youth League clash between the sides on Wednesday and could also make a move for his team-mate Joao Felix.

Embalo came on in the second half of the game against United’s youngsters, while Felix played 78 minutes before being replaced, but both did enough to suggest that they could move to Old Trafford in the summer, according to The Sun.

The Red Devils were in Portugal on Wednesday night to take on the Portuguese giants in the Champions League, coming away with a 1-0 win thanks to Marcus Rashford.

Earlier in the day, United’s chief scout, Javier Ribalta, was amongst the crowd watching the 17-year-old Embalo, who can play as a winger or striker, and Felix.

United could have a battle on their hands to land Embalo, however, with Real Madrid also said to be monitoring the player.


Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones are all set to sign new deals with Manchester United (The Sun)

Mesut Ozil is so confident he will join Manchester United in January he has started telling Arsenal team-mates a deal is done (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are ditching a £100,000 virtual reality system they were using to boost performance after it started to make players suffer motion sickness! (The Sun)

Barcelona and Real Madrid could battle it out for Brazil’s next big thing – 16-year-old Lincoln, who has taken the Under-17 World Cup by storm (The Sun)

West Brom teenager Tyler Roberts is set to become the latest young player given a senior call-up by Wales manager Chris Coleman (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool will rebuff offers from other Premier League clubs for James Milner in January even though he has lost a regular role because of left-back Alberto Moreno’s form (Daily Telegraph)

Leicester players unhappy at the sacking of manager Craig Shakespeare demanded answers at a team meeting before training on Thursday (Daily Mail)

Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring Brest winger Lenny Pintor (Daily Mail)

Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires will join Inter Milan on loan in January, bringing an end to his spell in China with Jiangsu Suning (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid regret not selling Gareth Bale to Manchester United over the summer, completing a deal that would have seen them make a move for Kylian Mbappe (Daily Star)

Manchester City have taken out a trespass injunction after seven daredevils broke into the Etihad Stadium and climbed onto the roof (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid are prepared to offer forward Karim Benzema to help push through a deal to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane (Daily Express)

Divock Origi says he has had no contact with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp since his summer loan move to Wolfsburg (Daily Express)

Chelsea’s players are unhappy with the intensity of Antonio Conte’s training schedule, and have concerns that the high workload is hampering their title defence and exacerbating the club’s injury problems (The Times)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche failed to rule himself out of contention for the vacant job at Leicester (The Times)

Everton manager Ronald Koeman says midfielder Davy Klaassen is struggling to make an impact since his £25m move during the summer (Liverpool Echo)

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Southampton – 20 Oct 09:00

Revealed: The five best players at all 20 PL sides this season

With the Premier League season approaching the quarter point, we reveal statistically the five best players for each of the 20 clubs.

Starting with table-toppers Manchester City, we’ve used WhoScored stats to reveal which players are at the top of their game so far during the 2017/18 season.

The only criteria is that players must have featured in a minimum of five of their side’s eight matches so far, meaning the likes of Paul Pogba, Virgil van Dijk and Philippe Coutinho miss out….

Manchester City

Sergio Aguero – rating 8.04

Kevin de Bruyne 8.00

David Silva 7.95

Fabian Delph 7.61

Raheem Sterling 7.60


Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku 7.73

Marouane Fellaini 7.59

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7.50

Nemanja Matic 7.46

Phil Jones 7.44



Harry Kane 7.83

Ben Davies 7.61

Christian Eriksen 7.49

Jan Vertonghen 7.23

Dele Alli 7.18




Shkodran Mustafi 7.47

Laurent Koscielny 7.38

Nacho Monreal 7.30

Aaron Ramsey 7.20

Sead Kolisanic 7.14



Mohamed Salah 7.34

Emre Can 7.25

Joe Gomez 7.16

Joel Matip 7.06

Sadio Mane 7.06



N’Golo Kante 7.43

Cesar Azpilicueta 7.37

Tiemoue Bakayoko 7.32

Marcos Alonso 7.31

Alvaro Morata 7.26



James Tarkowski 7.36

Nick Pope 7.34

Ben Mee 7.27

Robbie Brady 7.19

Stephen Ward 7.17



Richarlison 7.41

Abdoulaye Doucare 7.13

Jose Holebas 7.04

Nathaniel Chalabah 7.02

Kiko Femenia 7.02



Chancel Mbemba: Surprise Arsenal target, says Star

Chancel Mbemba 7.30

Mikel Merino 7.08

Jamaal Lascelles 7.05

Matt Ritchie 7.05

Joselu 6.95



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Shane Duffy 7.21

Tomer Hemed 7.02

Pascal Gross 7.01

Lewis Dunk 6.98

Solly March 6.97



Harry Maguire 7.28

Christian Fuchs 7.15

Wilfried Ndidi 7.02

Jamie Vardy 6.94

Riyad Mahrez 6.91



Mario Lemina 7.30

Oriol Romeu 7.04

Mayo Yoshida 7.02

Steven Davis 6.90

Nathan Redmond 6.87



Christopher Schindler 7.52

Aaron Mooy 7.16

Tommy Smith 6.73

Laurent Depoirte 6.73

Chris Lowe 6.67



Kyle Naughton 7.06

Lukasz Fabianski 7.01

Federico Fernandez 6.98

Tammy Abraham 6.89

Leroy Fer 6.87


West Brom

Grzegorz Krychowiak 7.35

Chris Brunt 7.00

Ahmed Hegazi 6.97

Kieran Gibbs 6.93

Craig Dawson 6.92


West Ham

Pedro Obiang 7.15

Jose Fonte 7.13

Cheikhou Kouyate 6.96

Winston Reid 6.91

Pablo Zabaleta 6.89



Kurt Zouma 7.19

Geoff Cameron 6.94

Mame Biram Diouf 6.91

Xherdan Shaqiri 6.88

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 6.71



Michael Keane 6.99

Idrissa Gueye 6.76

Dominic Calvert-Lewin 6.67

Wayne Rooney 6.65

Phil Jagielka 6.65



Simon Francis 6.96

Andrew Surman 6.95

Joshua King 6.82

Nathan Ake 6.77

Asmir Begovic 6.70


Crystal Palace

Andros Townsend 6.80

Patrick van Aanholt 6.58

Scott Dann 6.57

Joel Ward 6.56

Yohan Cabaye 6.52

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Southampton – 19 Oct 17:11

PL reveals Festive fixture list as Christmas Eve match is ruled out

Premier League clubs have successfully fought off Sky TV’s plans to stage fixtures on Christmas Eve.

December 24 falls on a Sunday this year and there had been speculation matches could be played on that date, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea among the clubs strongly voicing their protestations against this.

However, in announcing the broadcast selections for the Christmas period, the Premier League said there would be no games on December 24.

A Premier League statement read: “There will be no Premier League fixtures on Sunday, December 24.

“Four matches have been selected for live UK coverage that weekend, with three to be televised on Saturday, December 23.”

Arsenal’s match with Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium will take place on Friday, December 22.

Everton v Chelsea, Burnley v Tottenham and Leicester against Manchester United will all be televised on Saturday, December 23, the latter with a 1945GMT kick-off.

The Premier League matches selected for broadcast by Sky Sports and BT Sport announced on Thursday were for the period from December 2 to 28, covering six rounds of matches. Twenty four fixtures were selected for live coverage in the UK.

The Premier League insisted supporters’ feelings on festive fixtures were taken into account to reduce travel times for traditional Boxing Day and New Year’s Day games.

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said: “We appreciate this is the peak time for supporters attending and watching the Premier League.

“With matches scheduled on Christmas weekend for the first time in 11 years, the process of selecting games for live broadcast has been a more complex one than usual and I would like to thank our broadcast partners and clubs for their co-operation and flexibility.

“When selecting matches, the broadcasters are using the rights that we the Premier League and the clubs have sold them, and they should therefore not be criticised for doing so.”

Two matches were selected for live broadcast on Boxing Day: Tottenham v Southampton at 1230GMT and Liverpool v Swansea at 1730GMT. All other games that day kick-off at 1500GMT, while Newcastle v Manchester City has been switched to 1945GMT on December 27 and Crystal Palace v Arsenal to 2000GMT on December 28.

The broadcast selections for the final round of December fixtures and the month of January will be announced “no later” than October 27, the Premier League said.

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Southampton – 17 Oct 21:30

Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd battling City for Espanyol ace; Barca targets

Manchester United are ready to do battle with rivals City for an Espanyol defender, while Barcelona have targeted two Bundesliga alternatives to Philippe Coutinho, according to Tuesday’s European papers.


Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on Spain under-21 left-back Aaron Martin.

Reports claim that the Red Devils sent scouts to Spain to watch the 20-year-old in action against Levante but neighbours City are also admirers of the player.

Martin, who has a €40million release clause, is under consideration at Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho looks for a new option at left-back, with Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw not convincing while Ashley Young has also been used out of position in the role.

City are looking for a new left-back after summer signing Benjamin Mendy suffered a knee injury last month.



Barcelona look finally ready to end their chase for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho after reports in Spain suggested they had lined up one of two German playmakers as alternatives.

According to Sport, Barcelona are still keen to strengthen their attacking midfield options in January, but are ready to accept they are wasting their time pursuing a deal for Brazilian superstar Coutinho.

The Reds rejected their £114.2million bid for Coutinho in January and it seems the Merseysiders will only sell for a crazy offer of around €200m (£177.5m).

That is far beyond what Barcelona are willing to spend and Sport reckons they will instead target one of Julian Brandt or Max Meyer as alternatives in January.

Two members of the club’s staff, Robert Fernandez and Urbano Ortega, attended Leverkusen’s 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg on Sunday and monitored the performance of Germany international Brandt.

Barca are also keen on Schalke’s Meyer. The 22-year-old is under contract until 2018 and has also been linked with both Liverpool and Tottenham in the past.



Barcelona are planning to improve Samuel Umtiti’s contract (AS)

Juventus are plotting a January move for William Carvalho, with the Sporting Lisbon star also having been linked with Liverpool and West Ham (Gazetta dello Sport)

Paris Saint-Germain will pay Neymar a bonus of €3m (£2.6m) if he wins the Ballon d’Or (Le Parisien)

Bayern Munich are considering a move for Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar (Kicker)

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl has emerged as a Manchester City transfer target, with Pep Guardiola seeing the 22-year-old as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho and Yaya Toure (AS)

Barcelona are considering January moves for Napoli trio Dries Mertens, Kalidou Koulibaly and Lorenzo Insigne after sending scouts to watch them (Mundo Deportivo)

Nikola Kalinic won’t recover in time for AC Milan’s next Europa League clash (Corriere dello Sport)

Celta Vigo have entered the race for Barcelona flop Paco Alcacer, who has also been linked with Southampton (Onda Cero)

Mahmadou Diawara is expected to start in place of Jorginho for Napoli against Man City on Tuesday night (Tuttosport)

Former Inter president Massimo Moratti claims the Nerazzurri’s title expectations are only an illusion (Gazzetta dello Sport)

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ESPN FC - Southampton News 17 Oct 19:17

Gareth Southgate pep talk helped Nathan Redmond get over U21 woe

Nathan Redmond says Gareth Southgate helped him move on from his penalty miss. Nathan Redmond has revealed a summer pep talk from England boss Gareth Southgate helped him overcome his penalty heartache. The Southampton forward missed the crucial spot kick in England Under-21s' Euro 2017 semifinal shootout defeat to Germany in June. It was his last touch for the Young Lions as he became too old to represent Aidy Boothroyd's side and he left Tychy in tears. England went out 4-3 on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra time but senior boss Southgate, who missed his own crucial...

ESPN FC - Southampton News 17 Oct 13:30

Transfer Rater: Marcos Alonso to Barcelona, Jamie Vardy to Chelsea

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Julian Weigl to Manchester City Borussia Dortmund midfielder Weigl is a Manchester City transfer target as Pep Guardiola looks for replacements for Fernandinho...

ESPN FC - Southampton News 16 Oct 12:14

Southampton need to pick up points before December fixtures - Yoshida

Manolo Gabbiadini's second-half brace helped Southampton earn a point against Newcastle at St. Mary's Stadium. Mauricio Pellegrino claims partial responsibility for Southampton's inability to get a grip on their draw against Newcastle. Southampton defender Maya Yoshida has warned his teammates they must pick up points before their nightmare Christmas calendar kicks in. Saints end November away to Manchester City and then face Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in December, as well as a crunch trip to south coast rivals Bournemouth. Mauricio Pellegrino's men salvaged a morale-boosting 2-2 draw at home to Newcastle on Sunday after Manolo Gabbiadini's double, the second from the penalty spot, cancelled out strikes...

ESPN FC - Southampton News 16 Oct 12:12

Transfer Rater: Ryan Bertrand to Man City, David Alaba to Real Madrid

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Cenk Tosun to Newcastle United The German-born Turkey international has been linked with several clubs this year. But Newcastle have emerged as the favourites to...

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Pellegrino appointed Southampton manager

Southampton appoint Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager, with the 45-year-old former Alaves boss replacing Claude Puel.

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Southampton sack manager Puel

Southampton sack boss Claude Puel after one season in charge, when they finished eighth in the Premier League and reached the League Cup final.

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Premier League fixtures in full

Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

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Barnsley sign Saints defender McCarthy

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Liverpool end interest in Van Dijk

Liverpool apologise to Southampton over "any misunderstanding" and end their interest in defender Virgil van Dijk.

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