Southampton 3-1 Burnley: Austin, Redmond send storming Saints eighth

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  • Saints unbeaten in seven
  • Austin has 7 goals in 6 games
  • Burnley pointless on road
  • Two PKs awarded

They were denied a club-record clean sheet, but the three points was never in doubt as Charlie Austin scored twice against his former club and Southampton pummeled Burnley at St. Mary’s to remain unbeaten since early September.

The first half was cagey with both sides defending well, but the second half proved decisive as Southampton surged forward and was rewarded for its attacking intent.

The best chance of the first 10 minutes came early as Tom Heaton produced a fantastic save to deny a Charlie Austin header. Southampton would have to make an early change, with 21-year-old Matt Targett needing replacement in the 16th minute due to injury, leading to a debut for Sam McQueen. The injury is notable as Targett was already deputizing for Ryan Bertrand struggling with a hamstring problem.

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McQueen produced a chance down the left in the 25th minute as he put in a fizzing low cross aimed at Charlie Austin in front of net but it was blocked well by Michael Keane marking Austin through the middle. Past the half-hour mark, Dusan Tadic was sprung free on a long ball over the top, but Heaton was there again to smother the chance from point-blank range.

The Saints continued to own much of the important possession, as Burnley failed to put a shot on target in the first half. The visitors did, though, have a penalty shout waved away as Stephen Ward was clearly felled by Virgil van Djik in the box but referee Mike Dean said no.

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Austin had another chance in first-half added time as Nathan Redmond whirled around and shot from a tight angle. The effort was saved by Heaton, and the rebound fell to Austin at the far post who was stuffed by Matthew Lowton covering the line.

Following the break, the home side continued to pour forward in numbers. Finally, they cashed in through the main man Charlie Austin who picked up a scrappy goal to open the scoring. With 52 minutes gone by, Austin was there to clean up the mess right on the goal line after van Djik’s header clipped off the back of Jordy Clasie and fell to the former Burnley man whose first touch was stopped but poked the second one home.

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The second came on the stroke of the hour mark as a corner came floating across the box over everyone’s head, falling to Redmond on the far end who had eased away from Dean Marney. With space, Redmond let the ball bounce once before ripping a powerful volley inside the right post past Heaton.

Saints picked up a third six minutes later as Johann Gudmundsson lightly shoved McQueen who went to ground, and the referee pointed to the spot. Austin slotted the penalty home, sending the home side easily through the rest of the way.

Referee Mike Dean spoiled Southampton’s bid for a seventh consecutive clean sheet across all competitions when he whistled Dusan Tadic for a foul in the scrum of a corner, and Sam Vokes sent the spot-kick straight down the middle for a Burnley consolation. The goal is the first conceded by Southampton in 612 minutes across all competitions. Heaton put one more stamp on the game as McQueen lofted a ball to substitute Jay Rodriguez, but the latter – probably shaking off the rust – nearly whiffed, and Heaton lunged to keep the bounding ball out.

The win pushed Southampton to eighth in the Premier League table, above Crystal Palace, Watford, and Bournemouth. They have not been beaten since a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal on September 10th. Burnley, meanwhile, has lost three of its last four and remains stuck in 14th position on seven points.

UEL, LIVE — Arsenal meets Eintracht before Man Utd, Wolves play

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The Europa League group stage begins play on Thursday, with Arsenal in Germany to face Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Bundesliga side is missing a lot of familiar faces after a tumultuous summer saw Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller, and Ante Rebic.

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Arsenal will follow suit with some youth, as Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka, and Joe Willock drawing starts.

Kickoff is at 12:55 p.m. ET, with Manchester United and Wolves set to kick-off their respective matches against Astana and Braga at 3 p.m. ET.

Full slate

12:55 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Lazio
LASK v. Rosenborg
Getafe v. Trabzonspor
PSV Eindhoven v. Sporting Lisbon
Basel v. Krasnodar
APOEL Nicosia v. Dudelange
Copenhagen v. Lugano
Standard Liege v. Vitoria SC
Qarabag v. Sevilla
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Arsenal
Rennes v. Celtic
Dynamo Kiev v. Malmo

3 p.m. ET
Wolfsburg v. Oleksandriya
Espanyol v. Ferencvaros
Rangers v. Feyenoord
Porto v. Young Boys
Slovan Bratislava v. Besiktas
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Wolfsberg
Partizan v. AZ Alkmaar
AS Roma v. Istanbul Basaksehir
Gent v. Saint-Etienne
Manchester United v. Astana
Wolves v. Braga
Ludogorets Razgrad v. CSKA Moscow

Report: Man City’s David Silva in “likely” Inter Miami move

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Arguably the greatest player in Manchester City history could become the first star player of Inter Miami.

That’s the story coming out of England, where The Independent reports that David Silva will “likely” join Inter Miami CF for its inaugural MLS run in 2020.

It’s well-known that Silva is leaving Man City this summer after one last-go at his first UEFA Champions League title.

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David Beckham has been recruiting some of the top names in the game, and has been linked with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Silva, 33, checks all the boxes. The Spanish star won two EUROs and a World Cup, and is still playing at a very high level. He has five assists in six matches for City this season.

If healthy, it would be foolish to expect anything but dominance out of Silva, though beware the think pieces out there about how he “might find it tougher than he thinks.” We’re talking about a world beater who posted 10 goals and 14 assists for City last season.

Even at his age, he’d carry one of the top resumes of any player to join Major League Soccer (Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic would like a word).

He has 71 goals and 134 assists in 402 matches for City, and would eventually line up against fellow City Football Group club NYCFC.

NBC Sports’ Premier League Fan Fest heading to Austin

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Everything is bigger in Texas. And this will be no different.

NBC Sports and the Premier League have announced details for the first Premier League Mornings Live Fan Fest event of the season, and we are heading to Austin, Texas in October.

Just like the events in Washington D.C., New York City and Boston last season, fans will be able to watch all of the PL action together with the live studio show taking place in front of them.

This time it takes place at Scholz Garten in downtown Austin.

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The two-day celebration of Premier League fandom will take place on Saturday Oct. 26 and Sunday Oct. 27. The Scholz Garten venue is inclusive of a full street closure, courtyard space, and indoor bar.

All sections of the venue will be packed with fun activities and of course plenty of viewing areas for fans to watch all of the action.

The event will feature the NBC Sports studio broadcast live onsite with special appearances throughout the day. We’ll also have free merchandise and giveaways throughout the day, plus food, drink and plenty more.

Premier League Interim Chief Executive, Richard Masters, said: “After a successful season of Premier League Mornings Live, we are delighted to be visiting Austin, Texas, for the first event of 2019-20. Last year we saw how passionate our American fans are, as we brought the Premier League experience to Washington D.C., New York and Boston.

”This season we are once again working with NBC Sports and bringing many of our clubs, partners and some famous faces to unique locations in different cities. Those attending in Austin can expect some great activations and I am sure there will be plenty of entertaining football for them to enjoy as we have some exciting fixtures taking place over the weekend.”

Report: Newcastle United tracking Atlanta United’s Martinez

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A report out of Newcastle says the Magpies may be returning to Atlanta United’s ranks for a January transfer swoop.

MLS record goal scorer Josef Martinez is the name mentioned as among Newcastle’s targets, though journalist Lee Ryder says there may be trepidation given Miguel Almiron’s failure to find goals at St. James’ Park.

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Martinez, 26, scored twice more Wednesday evening for the Five Stripes, including a sensational solo goal. He has scored in 15-straight league matches and is five goals away from matching his MLS single season record set last season.

Atlanta signed Martinez through the 2023 season. Transfermarkt puts his market value around $11 million, comparing him with players like Jurgen Locadia, Yoshinori Muto, and Manolo Gabbiadini.

Newcastle broke its transfer record to land Almiron last season, then smashed it sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim in August. The Magpies have also splashed cash on Allan Saint-Maximin and there’s a clear focus on upgrading the attack.

Maybe the Magpies would view the move as a bargain which could help Almiron get back to his form of last season, but it seems there would be numerous hurdles to clear before a firm bid would be made for Martinez. If Saint-Maximin or Almiron finds form, would there be room for Martinez running underneath Joelinton? Or maybe we’re wrong and Mike Ashley is ready to spend to provide adequate depth?

Lots of questions here.