Watch Live: Southampton vs. Norwich (Lineups and Discuss)

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Norwich City will hope to take advantage of Southampton’s safety by upsetting the Saints at home on Saturday (Watch live at 11 a.m. ET online via Live Extra).

Southampton mark the Premier League’s dividing line between comfort and fear. With 42 points, 17 points from the drop, the Saints are clearly safe. But, and as much as many would hate to admit it after Southampton’s fantastic start, they’re also highly unlikely to break into the top six. Southampton are currently six points from a Europa League spot, and the three sides occupying slots 6-8 all have at least one game in hand. In other words, the Saints can use their remaining nine games to experiment, to test younger players and try new formations.

The visitors will be banking on this being the (unlikely) case. Norwich are currently four points above the drop, which seems like quite a big gap this season, but the Canaries are hungry for more. Last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Stoke was a disappointment, particularly as the Potters played the final 12 minutes down a man. With that match following the 4-1 thrashing by Aston Villa, Norwich will be determined to make amends at St. Mary’s.

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Chris Hughton has made a host of changes after last week’s draw. Steven Wiattaker and Ryan Bennett step into defense, Johnny Howson is in midfield, and Robert Snodgrass, Anthony Pilkington and Gary Hooper start up top in a 4-3-3.

For the hosts, Gastón Ramírez gets a rather surprising start, his first since January 1. Rickie Lambert is on the bench while Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana are left to shoulder much of the attacking burden – although it rarely seems much of one for them.

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Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Ramírez, Rodriguez

Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Lambert, Guly, Chambers, Hooiveld, Gallagher

Norwich City: Ruddy; Whittaker, Yobo, R Bennett, Olsson; Tettey, Johnson, Howson; Snodgrass, Pilkington, Hooper

Subs: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, van Wolfswinkel, Hoolahan, Elmander, Redmond

CCL: Lodeiro from 45; Royer’s diving header — SEA, RBNY lead (video)

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After 45 minutes of their respective CONCACAF Champions League knockout-round quests, things are going unnervingly well for the Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls.

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If you’ve watched Major League Soccer teams try, try and try again — only to eventually fail in spectacular fashion — in CCL over the years, you might say things are going a little too well.

There’s still another 45 minutes to be played on Thursday — plus the return legs next week — but both the Sounders and Red Bulls hold 1-0 halftime leads, and the vitally important away goals which come with it. Nicolas Lodeiro’s 45-yard, first-time lob of the Santa Tecla (El Salvador) goalkeeper in the 15th minute has already been eternally etched into the memories of Sounders fans.

Just 15 minutes later, Daniel Royer perfectly executed the diving header and got on the end of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ curling ball into the box to Jesse Marsch’s side ahead of Honduran side CD Olimpia.

Villarreal DF Semedo charged with attempted murder

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MADRID (AP) A Spanish judge has charged Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo with attempted murder and ordered him to be temporarily detained without bail.

Court officials in Lliria say on Thursday the Portuguese player is also charged with assault, robbery, illegal detention, and illegal possession of firearms.

Semedo testified before a judge on Thursday, and left the court in handcuffs.

The 23-year-old Semedo was detained early Tuesday, accused of tying up, assaulting and threatening another man last week. Authorities say he and two other men allegedly held the victim captive while they robbed his apartment.

Semedo’s agents told Spanish media the player denies any wrongdoing.

Villarreal on Tuesday said it was investigating Semedo and would take appropriate disciplinary action.

Villarreal signed Semedo from Sporting Lisbon last summer for a reported fee of $17 million.

Wenger: Arsenal “complacent, had no ideas” in Ostersunds loss

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Perhaps Sunday’s League Cup final had already reached the forefront of their minds, but Arsene Wenger admonished his players, whom he said were “complacent, not focused” and “had no ideas” for much of Thursday’s Europa League defeat, at home, to Swedish side Ostersunds.

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The Gunners advanced to the round of 16 on the back of their 3-0 first-leg victory last week, but Wenger was understandably displeased by the effort he saw and expressed such feelings in no uncertain terms, before quickly easing up and praising the fact they were able to pull back a goal against the current fifth-place team from Sweden — quotes from the BBC:

“We were not at the races in the first half,” said Wenger, who saw his side booed off at half-time and full-time. I think in the second half it was much better and we should have scored a few goals.

“In the first half, we were in trouble and in danger because we were complacent, not focused and were open every time we lost the ball. We had no ideas with the ball and that’s why we were in trouble.

“We responded very well because we did the job to qualify, but that’s what we have to take from the night and that’s all.”

With Arsenal now trailing fourth-place Chelsea by eight points (and seven back of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur), winning the Europa League might just be the Gunners’ last chance at qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Batshuayi racially abused by Atalanta fans

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Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi says he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during a Europa League game in Italy.

The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted:

Dortmund advanced to the round of 16 by drawing 1-1 to beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

The game was played at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia because Atalanta’s home stadium is unsuitable for UEFA games.

There have been several incidents of racism at Serie A matches this season.