Watch Live: Swansea City vs. Cardiff City (Lineups and Discuss)

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Saturday’s late game brings the season’s second edition of the Welsh Derby, but with an added spice of a relegation battle (watch live  on NBC and live online on NBC Sports Live Extra at 12:30 p.m. ET).

It’s Cardiff that are in more dire straits, sitting 19th in the Premier League, two points out of safety. But the Bluebirds are showing signs of life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – or perhaps it’s the heavy dealings that they did in the January transfer window. It was Kenwyne Jones, scoring just one minute after Craig Bellamy, that gave Cardiff the win over Norwich City last weekend. Oh, and Wilfried Zaha, an early substitute from Solskjaer, set up the first goal. Will we see more of the same from the new Bluebirds?

Swansea, too, are going in a new direction, having sacked manager Michael Laudrup after last week’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham. They’re hoping new boss Gary Monk will be able to stop their downward spiral, with the loss last time out the Swans’ fourth in five games. They’re still 12th, but that means little when it’s just two points above the drop zone.

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Michel Vorm is back in goal for Swansea, with Monk determined to do whatever he can to stop Cardiff from knocking in the goals. Marvin Emnes, on loan from Middlesbrough for the second time, gets his first start since returning to the Swans, while Jordi Amat drops to the bench. Other than that, Monk is keeping the faith in Swansea’s regular starters.

For Cardiff, Zaha is rewarded with a start after his performance against Norwich, while Jones retains his spot up top. Kim Bo-Kyung returns to the starting lineup, while Jordan Mutch and Craig Noone drop to the bench.

LINEUPS

Swansea City: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Emnes, Dyer, Routledge, Bony

Subs: Tremmel, Amat, Taylor, Canas, Hernandez, Lamah, Ngog

Cardiff City: Marshall; John, Caulker, Turner, Fabio; Whittingham, Medel, Kim, Zaha; Bellamy, Jones

Subs: Lewis; Campbell, Noone, Mutch, McNaughton, Dæhli, Cala

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Liverpool to lose $82m Alisson to Real; Klopp turns to Lazio GK?

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Brazilian national team starter and Liverpool transfer target Alisson looks increasingly likely to only see Anfield as a visitor.

Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport says Real Madrid is going to tempt Roma with an $82 million bid that could rise with add-ons.

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And Real would also offer a near $6 million annual salary to the Brazilian backstop.

It’s coincidence that this news comes on the day that both Alisson and current Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas were at opposite ends of the pitch.

Alisson had little to do, while Costa Rican backstop Navas was outstanding until Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored during stoppage time.

Meanwhile, TalkSport says the Reds are in on a different Serie A goalkeeper: Lazio’s Albanian backstop Thomas Strakosha.

The 23-year-old old played all 38 league games for the Roman club this season.

Lozano to Barcelona? Father says future decided after World Cup

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Mexican hero Hirving “Chucky” Lozano made the jump from Liga MX to European football last summer, and now may be set for an even bigger move.

We just won’t know until after the World Cup.

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The goal scorer from Mexico’s 1-0 win over Germany will turn 23 in late July, and is coming off a 17-goal, 11-assist campaign with PSV Eindhoven.

He’s now being linked with Barcelona amongst other teams, and his father was asked about Lozano’s future. From ESPN:

“There have been approaches, but right now there’s nothing concrete,” Jesus Lozano said in an interview with ESPN when asked about reported interest from Barcelona and other teams.

“I think after the World Cup it will be clear if he stays at PSV or leaves for another team.”

So what do you think? Should the Mexican stay at PSV for playing time? I’m kidding… see how you sound, U.S. fans?

Nigeria beats Iceland; Argentina still alive

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Ahmed Musa scored a pair of terrific goals as Nigeria set up Group D for a thrilling final day with a 2-0 win over Iceland in Volgograd on Friday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was arguably Iceland’s Man of the Match before he sent a penalty kick over the bar.

Nigeria now has three points, two more than Argentina and Iceland. Nigeria plays Argentina and Croatia faces Iceland on Tuesday.

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Gylfi Sigurdsson swung a dangerous early free kick over the bar, then produced the game’s second chance. That one was caught by Francis Uzoho, the 19-year-old Deportivo de la Coruna backstop.

Nigeria’s breakthrough came courtesy a lethal counter attack, as Kenneth Omeruo headed a cross clear of the Eagles’ 18. Kelechi Iheanacho collected and found Victor Moses racing down the right flank.

Moses’ cross was collected by Musa with an unorthodox outside of the boot trap, allowing him a second against his surprised mark. Musa lashed home for 1-0.

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The game was delayed for a bit when Ragnar Sigurdsson was waylaid with a head injury.

Wilfred Ndidi had a rip deflected over the bar in the 57th, and Nigeria opted for a short corner.

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Musa then basically put it to bed when he cut into the 18 and danced around two defenders with the goalkeeper in between before putting a composed finish into the goal.

Iceland got new life through an 81st minute penalty kick awarded via Video Assistant Referee, but Gylfi Sigurdsson blazed it over the bar.

Jorginho to Man City? Italian report, Noel Gallagher say so

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I don’t know about you, but I like my transfer news served up piping fresh from the hot stove of Oasis.

Well, at least ex-members of Oasis.

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Noted Man City fanatic Noel Gallagher was performing in Naples on Friday with his band the High Flying Birds.

After pumping through a couple Oasis tunes and a cover of The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” on Thursday, the singer tossed a little banter toward the crowd.

You see, Man City really wants Napoli midfielder Jorginho, and Gallagher at least looks like a man in the know as Italy’s Corriere Della Sport is reporting that the midfielder is trading his blue shirts between countries.

Jorginho will cost City $57 million, according to the report, which follows this barb from Noel.