Luke Shaw leads the charge of Southampton's young stars.

Watch Live: Southampton vs. West Brom (Lineups and Discuss)

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This is a massive clash at St. Mary’s on Saturday, as Southampton host West Brom (10am ET, live online via NBC Sports Live Extra) with both teams desperate to grab all three points.

Saints have hit a sticky patch with injuries and tough stretch of games meaning they’ve won just once in their last 9 league games. A home game against West Brom provides them with a good opportunity to turn that around. However the Baggies, who have won just once in their last 10, have appointed Spaniard Pepe Mel to take charge, as the former Real Betis boss will be in the stands at St.Mary’s as caretaker Keith Downing takes charges of proceedings for the final time.

West Brom usually have the upper hand on Saints, but Mauricio Pochettino’s team did beat the Baggies 1-0 at the Hawthorns on the opening day of this season. Before that Southampton had only won once in their previous eight games with the West Midlands side.


As for team news Southampton welcome back first-choice ‘keeper Artur Boruc as the Polish international returns from a fractured hand. Saints make five changes as Boruc, José Fonte, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez all come into the starting lineup.

West Brom make a plethora of changes, with the likes of Mulumbu and Reid coming into the starting lineup.


Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert. Subs: K. Davis, Yoshida, Ramírez, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Hooiveld, Gallagher

West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Amalfitano, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Anelka, Long. Subs: Myhill, Lugano, Berahino, Sinclair, Vydra, Gera, Yacob

Newcastle’s Krul on crutches after injury in Dutch win

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Tim Krul of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United’s horror start under Steve McClaren just got worse.

Magpies No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Krul is on duty with the Netherlands, and was forced from the Dutch’s 2-1 win at Kazakhstan in Euro qualifying action.

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Krul left the game after landing awkwardly on his knee, and left the stadium on crutches.

Newcastle’s back-up keepers are Karl Darlow, new from Nottingham Forest, and veteran Rob Elliot.

The Magpies are in 20th place, without a win through eight Premier League matches.

McClaren’s crew just finished a brutal run of matches that saw Newcastle face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.