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Van Dijk accepts spotlight on Saints return

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Virgil Van Dijk insists criticism of his start to life as the world’s most expensive defender will not affect his preparations for a frosty reception on his return to Southampton with Liverpool on Sunday.

The Dutch international moved to Anfield for £75 million (85m euros, $104m) in January, but has been on the winning side in just one of his four outings for Liverpool since.

Van Dijk accepts spotlight on Saints return

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Virgil Van Dijk insists criticism of his start to life as the world’s most expensive defender will not affect his preparations for a frosty reception on his return to Southampton with Liverpool on Sunday.

The Dutch international moved to Anfield for £75 million (85m euros, $104m) in January, but has been on the winning side in just one of his four outings for Liverpool since.

Watch WBA 1-0 Southampton match highlights [VIDEO]

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West Brom took a giant leap towards safety after Saido Berahino condemned stuttering Southampton to a 1-0 defeat.

The striker scored his 17th goal of the season with a brilliant half-volley after just 70 seconds to settle the game.

The Saints dominated possession but rarely threatened the Albion goal as the Baggies kept their seventh clean sheet in 10 games under head coach Tony Pulis.

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West Brom took a giant leap towards safety after Saido Berahino condemned stuttering Southampton to a 1-0 defeat.

The striker scored his 17th goal of the season with a brilliant half-volley after just 70 seconds to settle the game.

The Saints dominated possession but rarely threatened the Albion goal as the Baggies kept their seventh clean sheet in 10 games under head coach Tony Pulis.

Victor Wanyama’s Injury Mars Southampton’s FA Cup Victory

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Victor Wanyama's hamstring injury marred Southampton's FA Cup third-round replay win at Ipswich for manager Ronald Koeman.

Saints arrived at Portman Road riding the crest of a wave following Sunday's impressive victory at Manchester United.

That win came at a cost, though, with influential centre-back Toby Alderweireld sustaining a hamstring strain which will see him miss up to four weeks.

Victor Wanyama’s Injury Mars Southampton’s FA Cup Victory

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Victor Wanyama's hamstring injury marred Southampton's FA Cup third-round replay win at Ipswich for manager Ronald Koeman.

Saints arrived at Portman Road riding the crest of a wave following Sunday's impressive victory at Manchester United.

That win came at a cost, though, with influential centre-back Toby Alderweireld sustaining a hamstring strain which will see him miss up to four weeks.

Cesc Fabregas says Chelsea should have been awarded penalty against Saints

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Cesc Fabregas says Chelsea should have been awarded a penalty when he went down inside the penalty area with the Spaniard furious that he was...

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Southampton v Everton Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

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A tasty encounter on the south coast this weekend, with a beleaguered Southampton hosting the inconsistent Everton; with both sides desperate to get their respective seasons firmly on track.

Ronald Koeman's Saints had, up until the end of November, been taking the league by storm, tailing Chelsea by just a few points at the top, and conceding just five times from eleven games.

Several Premier League Clubs Interested in Signing Wesley Sneijder

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Southampton are not in the running to sign Wesley Sneijder, but Press Association Sport understands there is interest from a number of other Premier League clubs.

Reports have emerged that St Mary's could be his next stop after a career which has taken the Dutch playmaker to Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Galatasaray.

Several Premier League Clubs Interested in Signing Wesley Sneijder

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Southampton are not in the running to sign Wesley Sneijder, but Press Association Sport understands there is interest from a number of other Premier League clubs.

Reports have emerged that St Mary's could be his next stop after a career which has taken the Dutch playmaker to Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Galatasaray.

5 Reasons For Southampton’s Slump

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Southampton's astonishing start to the season has gone off-kilter in recent weeks, with Tuesday's embarrassing Capital One Cup defeat at Sheffield United their fifth successive loss in all competitions.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at what is going wrong for Ronald Koeman's side.

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Watch Southampton 0-3 Manchester City Goal Highlights [VIDEO]

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Yaya Toure and Frank Lampard's strikes took Manchester City up to second in the Barclays Premier League table and handed Southampton an ominous start to a daunting run of festive fixtures coming up.

Toure and Lampard provided the crucial calm finishes before Gael Clichy blasted home his first City goal in a 3-0 win at St Mary's which lifted the defending champions above Saints in the league standings.

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Yaya Toure and Frank Lampard's strikes took Manchester City up to second in the Barclays Premier League table and handed Southampton an ominous start to a daunting run of festive fixtures coming up.

Toure and Lampard provided the crucial calm finishes before Gael Clichy blasted home his first City goal in a 3-0 win at St Mary's which lifted the defending champions above Saints in the league standings.

Saints boss Ronald Koeman mocks Spurs for poaching recruitment chief Paul Mitchell

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Southampton boss Ronaldo Koeman has mocked Tottenham after they poached the Saints head of recruitment Paul Mitchell. Mitchell joined Saints in 2012...

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Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne Will Fight for Top-Four Place

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Nathaniel Clyne has warned Southampton's top-four rivals the Saints are ready to fight for a Champions League spot.

The England defender is confident they can maintain their challenge ahead of Sunday's clash with Manchester City at St Mary's.

Clyne scored in the Saints' 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Monday as they extended their unbeaten run to six games.

Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne Will Fight for Top-Four Place

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Nathaniel Clyne has warned Southampton's top-four rivals the Saints are ready to fight for a Champions League spot.

The England defender is confident they can maintain their challenge ahead of Sunday's clash with Manchester City at St Mary's.

Clyne scored in the Saints' 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Monday as they extended their unbeaten run to six games.

Southampton, the Feel Good Story of the Premier League Season Thus Far

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Fresh off of an 8-0 thrashingof Sunderland, Southampton are sitting in third place in the Premier League standings, just one point behind the defending champions in Manchester City. While many figured that the Saints would struggle and perhaps even find themselves embattled in a relegation fight at the end of the campaign (although I predicted otherwise six weeks ago), the team from the south coast has more than held their own to begin the 2014-15 Premier League season.

Koeman’s Saints: Committed to the cause

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Ronaldo Koeman's new-look Southampton side may be sitting pretty as they occupy second place in the Premier League table, but the players are not prepared to rest on their laurels.

The Saintshave so far defied pre-season expectations by winning three and losing just one of their opening five leaguematches.

Don’t Sleep on Southampton

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When a sports team sells off five key players in the offseason, chances are that they will almost certainly regress heading into the new season. This, however, may not be the case with Southampton. Yes, it is extremely difficult to lose nearly half of your starting XI, especially when they are quality players such as Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, and Calum Chambers; however, the Saints did an outstanding job reinvesting money into new players during the transfer window.

Lovren Move To Liverpool Imminent After Southampton Accept £16m Bid

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Dejan Lovren is set to join Liverpool from Southampton in the next 24 hours.
Reports earlier today suggested that the Saints were preparing to let Lovren leave as they lined up a bid for Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar.
But reports in Croatia suggest that a deal is now imminent and could be confirmed as soon as this evening.

The Stripes Are Back! Southampton’s Home Shirt For 2014/15 Season Returns With Classic Design

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Southampton supporters can rejoice. The club's famous red and white stripes are making a return after two seasons of rather unfamiliar red shirts.

The Saints have worn red and white stripes for practically every season from 1896 to 2010, so it was a huge disappointment to see the Saints return to the top flight of English football wearing a red Umbro kit and then, the following year, a red kit from adidas.

United looking to make life a hell for the Saints

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Manchester United host Southampton today hoping to continue where they left off before the international break, when Adnan Januzaj's brace rescued three points for David Moyes' men away at Sunderland.

Southampton, however, are a much harder task than many would have imagined when the fixtures list were released last summer, as the Saints arrive at Old Trafford sitting in fourth place of the table, four points ahead of United and, crucially, boasting the league's best defensive record, having conceded twice in seven games Europe's second best defensive record after Roma's.

Why Southampton Are Struggling to Find the Back of The Net

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The opening three games of the 2013/14 Premier League season may have seen Southampton pick up four points, but the South coast side have struggled to find the back of the net so far this season.

Southampton's first goal came in a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, whilst their second came in a 1-1 draw at St Mary's against Sunderland.

Man Utd target Southampton’s Luke Shaw as an alternative to Everton’s Leighton Baines

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Manchester United are being linked with a £10m move for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw if Everton refuse to sell Leighton Baines to them. The champions' "derisory" £12m bid for Baines has not endeared them to Everton. The Toffees could now make a point of refusing to sell the England full-back to former manager David Moyes.

Report: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain warms Arsenal’s bench to avoid £10,000 bill from Southampton

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A bizarre report in today's Daily Mail suggests that Arsenal starlet Alex Oxlade Chamberlain only makes late substitute appearances to keep the club's accountants happy. In his piece, journalist Neil Ashton claims that a clause in the England international's contract means the Gunners have to pay his former club Southampton £10,000 every time he plays [.

Who Are Ya? Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Pablo Osvaldo Age: 27 Position: Striker Signed from: Roma Fee: £15m Did you know? Osvaldo has twice been in trouble for punching team-mates. He floored Nicola Mingazzini in pre-season training during his Bologna days, then thumped Roma's Erik Lamela in the face after a defeat [.

Southampton Agree £12.8million Deal to Sign Pablo Osvaldo From AS Roma

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Southampton have signed AS Roma and Italy striker Pablo Osvaldo on a £12.8million deal with the fee rising to £14.5million with add-ons. The prolific striker will be unveiled at St Mary's tomorrow after signing a four year contract. The Saints have announced that the player should be ready to play against Sunderland this Saturday.

Spurs and Southampton go head-to-head for Pablo Osvaldo

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Tottenham and Southampton are battling for the £15m signing of Roma star Pablo Osvaldo. The Saints have had an offer accepted, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, while The Sun claims that Spurs are preparing to launch a bid at the same level. Fulham and Portuguese side Benfica have also been linked with a [.

Video: Southampton players walk over hot coals

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Inspirational managers have long been said to have players who would walk over hot coals for them. Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino opted for a more literal approach. Under the guidance of former Barcelona handball coach Xesco Espar, the players took part in a series of team-building exercises, including walking on hot coals.

Video: Builder hides Portsmouth shirt inside Southampton’s training ground

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Video has emerged of a Portsmouth-supporting builder hiding a Portsmouth shirt and scarf within the walls of Southampton's new training ground. The multi-million pound training complex is currently being built at Staplewood. But despite the painstaking attention to detail that has gone into the project, it appears that Saints or Scum as they're known [.

Transfer Toss: Southampton Boss Mauricio Pochettino Unveils Impressive Summer Shopping List – Wanyama, Damiao And Banega

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Southampton managerMauricio Pochettino has already completed an impressive piece of business this summer by tempting Dejan Lovren from Lyon to St Mary's, but it looks like the Saints are going big in their efforts to kit out their squad for next year's Premier League tilt.

Optimism Is High At Southampton In Advance of New Season

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After the success of back-to-back promotions to earn a spot in the Premier League, Southampton found life difficult initially. They weren't assisted too well by an extremely difficult first few months of the campaign, and ultimately seemed destined for a year-long relegation scrap.

That is until things turned around when Saints' new manager Mauricio Pochettino arrived to the club and ushered in a new high-pressing style and fast-paced tempo for the club to play with.

Arsenal

Will Walcott return for Arsenal see Giroud benched again?

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Arsene Wenger confirmed that Theo Walcott is available to make his return from injury in the FA Cup encounter with Southampton this weekend. The former Saints youth product has been out since the middle of December, but had been a regular started in the team prior to his absence. Walcott was a key cog in [.

Morgan Schneiderlin is PERFECT for Arsenal

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The Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has been excellent for the highflying Southampton team, but he has been angling for move to a "bigger club" since the transfer window opened last summer, with Arsenal being strongly linked all the way through the transfer window. All Gooners know that Arsenal need a new accomplished defensive midfielder, and [.

Saints or sinners? United look to extend winning run

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Showdown

The only way to start this preview is to simply to say, even Liverpool beat this lot.

Something that after last season is said with immense satisfaction. Part of the reason for this satisfaction is that last season this fixture would have been labelled a "mid table clash" with very little consequence.

First vs Third

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Firstly, I have to say how impressed I am with our feeder team's current form, nothing less than wonderful. One of the problems with the advantages given to the CL clubs and those backed by billionaires is that the romance has gone out of the league table. Never again will Wolves or Portsmouth or Spurs win the title, those days disappeared with the advent of colour television.

First vs Third

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Firstly, I have to say how impressed I am with our feeder team's current form, nothing less than wonderful. One of the problems with the advantages given to the CL clubs and those backed by billionaires is that the romance has gone out of the league table. Never again will Wolves or Portsmouth or Spurs win the title, those days disappeared with the advent of colour television.

English Premier League

Magpies Should Expect Same Stuff From Saints On Saturday

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Everton and Southampton play much the samekind of football, and at the Saints the Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has been in charge for only fourteen months, has the south coast club playing some very good entertaining and attacking football, and whether they are at home or away they go after the win in every [.

If You Believe It, You Can Achieve It

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24 year-old Vurnon Anita had another good game on Saturday against the Saints, and finished up second in our voting for Man of the Match, but he could still be benched on Saturday at Selhurst Park, to make was for Yohan Cabaye, who will return from serving a one match ban for picking up 5 [...]

The Rest

First Saints win at Old Trafford since 1988- Dusan Tadic goal v Man Utd Southampton 2015 Highlights Video

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