Southampton’s bad-boy Dani Osvaldo set for Juventus loan move

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Wearing a bowler hat, stylish glasses and sporting his trademark beard, Dani Osvaldo strolled around Turin on Friday morning with a grin on his face.

Switching Southampton for Serie A leaders Juventus seems like a pretty good upwards trade — especially after you’ve just been suspended by Saints for allegedly headbutting and punching teammate Jose Fonte in training last week — as Osvaldo was in the Northern Italian city to have his medical ahead of a loan deal.

Juventus have apparently arranged to pay around $500,000 to take Osvaldo on loan until the end of the season, and then pay $22.5 million this summer to secure his services on a permanent basis if he impresses.

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That actually means Southampton will recoup all of the money they paid for Roma, and get a little bit extra too. Not bad for a loose cannon who has been banned, fined and short of goals since his big money move to the Premier League last summer. Osvaldo has scored just three times in 13 games for Saints, with the Italian internationals only moment of true class coming against Manchester City with a sublime lobbed goal back in December.

On Thursday Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed to myself and other assembled members of the media that Osvaldo would never play for Southampton again, as their record signing was shown the exit door at St. Mary’s.

Joining Juve is probably exactly what Osvaldo wanted after his incredible outburst in training, as the Argentine born-Italian international aims to get in the Azzurri squad for the World Cup this summer.

Saints will probably get most of their money back, Osvaldo joins the team leading Serie A and Southampton’s players don’t have to worry about being assaulted in training my a madman resembling Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean…

Everyone’s a winner.

Although Southampton’s fans, like the fans of every club Osvaldo has ever played for, will be thinking ‘what if’… After the mercurial forward imploded once again, despite showing glimpses of his incredible talent.

Europa League Preview: Everton, Milan look to make group stage

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Everton look to make it back into the Europa League group stage for the first time since the 2014-2015 season and it has a two-goal advantage heading into the second leg of its tie.

Ronald Koeman and co. travel to Croatia to face Hadjuk Split Thursday having won the first leg at Goodison Park, 2-0. Everton is coming off a hard-fought draw on Monday with Manchester City and will be on short rest heading into the match.

Elsewhere in Europa League action, AC Milan take its 6-0 aggregate lead to Skopje, Macedonia as the legendary club looks to return to the group stage of a European competition for the first time since 2013-2014.

Here’s a look at all of Thursday’s Europa League matches, with the current aggregate scores:

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League Cup wrap: Southampton, Newcastle knocked out by Championship sides

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Last season, Southampton made it to the EFL Cup final. This year, it’s a different story.

The Saints were bounced by Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2-0 at home on Wednesday in the second round of the cup. Joining Southampton of Premier League sides going home early was Newcastle, which lost 3-2 after extra time at home against Nottingham Forest.

Four other Premier League sides did advance to the third round, as Stoke City, Huddersfield Town, West Ham United and Burnley all won their fixtures.

Here’s a look at the rest of Wednesday’s EFL Cup action:

Blackburn 0-2 Burnley

Cheltenham 0-2 West Ham

Huddersfield 2-1 Rotherham

Newcastle 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Southampton 0-2 Wolverhampton

Stoke City 4-0 Rochdale

Breaking down who each Premier League team could face in the UCL Group Stage

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The UEFA Champions League group stage lineup is complete, with five Premier League clubs making the list.

On Wednesday, Liverpool joined Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United in the group stage after beating Hoffenheim, 6-3 on aggregate in the playoff qualification round.

Thursday’s Champions League draw (2 p.m. ET) will place clubs into groups of four, where they’ll play three matches at home and away.

Here’s a look at the four coefficient pots and who each Premier League club could face:

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Follow Live – Texas Derby, Cascadia Cup headline busy night of MLS action

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Welcome to MLS Rivalry Week.

The surging Houston Dynamo could move to first place in the Western Conference with a win over rivals FC Dallas while the current first-place side, the Seattle Sounders travel north and across the border to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

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The Dynamo have made an impressive turnaround under coach Wilmer Cabrera and he’ll have the trio of Ricardo Clark, Alberth Elis and star forward Erick Torres available to face Dallas after missing the Dynamo’s match at Vancouver last weekend, which ended 2-1 in favor of the Whitecaps.

FC Dallas are in its worst form of the season, winless in its last four games, but the team will be extra motivated to beat its rivals.

El Capitan is on the line after draws between FC Dallas and the Dynamo in two matches earlier this season.

Meanwhile up in Vancouver, the Whitecaps host a Sounders squad that pulled out a last-gasp victory last weekend over Minnesota United. While the team is in great form on the road recently (two wins and two draws), the top story heading into the game is the unexpected absence of Joevin Jones, who left the Sounders for his home in Trinidad and Tobago ahead of the upcoming international break.

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On the other side, Fredy Montero faces his former club and carries an interesting record into Wednesday’s match. Of his 35 MLS goals, 11 have been scored against Cascadia Cup competition.

Here’s a look at Wednesday’s action:

Full schedule

Columbus Crew vs. LA Galaxy – 7:30 p.m. ET

D.C. United vs. Atlanta United – 7:30 p.m.ET

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo – 8 p.m. ET

Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union – 8 p.m. ET

Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes – 10 p.m. ET

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders – 10 p.m. ET

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids – 10:30 p.m. ET