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Watch Live: West Ham vs. Southampton (Lineups & Live Stream)

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The Hammers are in a bad spot. Five matches into the season, they have just three points – one third their haul at this point last season. They host Southampton at the Olympic Stadium at 11am E.T. live on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.

Southampton isn’t in much better shape. They own just five points thus far and sit in 14th, and manager Claude Puel has slotted  in-form striker Charlie Austin into the starting lineup looking to build on a pair of wins over the last week.

WATCH LIVE: West Ham vs. Southampton live online at NBCSports.com

Austin scored the only goal in Saints’ 1-0 win over Swansea last weekend, their first of the league season, and then scored again in the 2-0 win over Swansea in the EFL Cup midweek. That gives Austin four goals in his last three games following a Europa League brace two weeks ago.

For West Ham, Slaven Bilic has a problem at left-back yet again after Arthur Makuasu, Aaron Cresswell‘s replacement, went down with a knee injury. Newly-arrived Alvaro Arbeloa will move from his usual right side to deputize. Defensive issues have plagued the Hammers thus far, having conceded 11 goals in their last three league games.

LINEUPS

West Ham: Adrian; Nordtveit, Reid, Ogbonna, Arbeloa; Noble; Antonio, Kouyate, Lanzini, Payet; Zaza.
Subs: Randolph, Byram, Oxford, Obiang, Fernandes, Feghouli, Fletcher.

Southampton: Forster; Cedric, Fonte, Van Dijk, Bertrand; Romeu, Højbjerg; Davis, Tadić, Redmond; Austin.
Subs: McCarthy, Yoshida, Clasie, Long, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Hesketh.

West Ham adds depth with accomplished Real Madrid back Arbeloa

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West Ham United has strengthened their flanks with the addition of two-time UEFA Champions League winner Alvaro Arbeloa.

The 33-year-old back played in the Premier League with Liverpool from 2006-09 before skipping town for Real Madrid.

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Arbeloa has been with Real since, scoring six goals and making 233 total appearances. His appearance dipped to just nine last season, and he’ll finish his time at the Bernabeu with

He also was a part of Spain’s EURO-World Cup-EURO sandwich between 2008-2012.

Ronaldo to Raul: “You were the best”; Real salutes retiring Cosmos star (video)

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Some of Raul’s ex-Real Madrid teammates have sent the retiring club legend a video tribute ahead of his final professional game as a player.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafa Benitez and Marcelo are among the Real Madrid stars to take to film for a tribute to the club’s second-leading goal scorer.

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Raul will retire from playing after Sunday’s NASL Championship game between his New York Cosmos and the Ottawa Fury.

Ronaldo, for his part, hails Raul for his “noble career” and thanks him for being a good example before declaring him “the best”.

Transfer rumor roundup: Arbeloa to Chelsea, Jackson to Tottenham Hotspur

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Jose Mourinho could be set to raid one of his old clubs, as Real Madrid’s versatile defender Alvaro Arbeloa is being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. Arbeloa, 32, has Premier League experience after playing for Liverpool and according to numerous reports the full back seems to be keen on linking up with his old boss Mourinho at Chelsea. Arbeloa would add plenty of experience to Chelsea’s defense with a busy schedule coming up as they challenge for the League Cup, FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League trophies. Not the most glamorous signing, but could be a very astute buy for the Blues.

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Sticking with Chelsea, their winger Mohammed Salah is at the center of a three-club tussle. The Egyptian winger, 22, has been on the outside looking in this season at Stamford Bridge and a trio of Serie A clubs are ready to rescue the former FC Basel star from the bench. Roma, Napoli and Inter Milan are all interested in taking Salah to Italy, plus Turkish giants Besiktas are also in the running according to the Daily Mirror.

Tottenham Hotspur are lining up an audacious $60 million bid for Colombian striker Jackson Martinez. According to the Daily Express, Spurs are trying to offload current strikers Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor to fund the move for Jackson. The 28-year-old FC Porto striker has scored 18 goals in 21 outings for the Portuguese side this season as they are battling for the domestic title as well as easily reaching the last 16 of the Champions League. His power and pace would certainly suit the PL but can Spurs afford him? If they don’t get Soldado and Adebayor off the wage bill then probably not.

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Almeria winger Edgar, 23, is interesting both Everton and Arsenal with the Spanish club looking to offload the attacker for a fee of around $3 million. The former Real Madrid youth product has scored four goals in 14 games this season and according to the Sun newspaper in England, the Toffees and Gunners are ready to take a chance on him.

Eight-minute spell costs Juventus against Real Madrid, leaves Old Lady drawn, winless in Champions League

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An eight-minute span of the second half sparked by a defender’s mistake nearly cost Juventus on Tuesday, but thanks to a 65th minute equalizer from Fernando Llorente and some help in Copenhagen, the Italian champions still control their knockout round fate. Yet with Tuesday’s 2-2 draw against visiting Real Madrid, Juventus still drop to fourth in their Champions League group, the Old Lady left winless through four group stage matches.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, move six points clear in Group B despite suffering their first blemish of the competition. Thanks to second half goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, the Merengues were able to overcome an often oppressive host, salvaging a result the run of play said they had no right to claim.

Juventus were dominant in the opening half, their halftime edges in shots (15-5) and shots on target (6-1) indicative of the game’s flow. A superior effort in midfield had not only pinned Real Madrid in their own end but quickly rebuffed any forays toward Juve’s goal. When Raphael Varane conceded a penalty before half, allowing Arturo Vidal to open the scoring before intermission, the one-goal lead was more justice than fortune.

The second half seemed set to continue Juventus’s control before right back Martín Cácares gave Real Madrid their first spark, his terrible back pass deserving of an assist in Ronaldo’s 52nd minute equalizer.  Trying to hit a ball back to his central defenders from along the right sideline, the Uruguyan passed the ball straight to Karim Benzema, who drew the last two defenders to him before laying off to Ronaldo for Real Madrid’s gifted opener.

Eight minutes later, Gareth Bale was allowed to cut in on his left foot and hammer a shot past a lead-footed Gianluigi Buffon, permitting a decidedly second-best Real Madrid to claim a 2-1 lead.

Juventus snared an equalizer five minutes later, Cáceres’s cross finding Fernando Llorente after the Spaniard beat a right back-rusty Sergio Ramos, but by that time, Real Madrid had their legs. Whereas at one time Juventus looked set to claim vital points in their quest to claim Group B’s second spot, the Old Lady had lost control of the match. They were standing on even footing with Real Madrid when they needed to claim a winning goal.

But that score never came. From a game that was within their grasp, Antonio Conte’s team could only claim one point, leaving them winless through four rounds of the tournament. And, thanks to the result of Denmark (Group B’s other game), Juventus is now in last place, their three points in four games one worse than both Galatasaray and a victorious Copenhagen.

The good news, however: They still control their knockout round fate. Win both of their final group stage matches, and their nine points will see them through. But with a trip to Istanbul on the round’s last day, Juve still find themselves in a precarious position, one they could have avoided without eight terrible minutes on Tuesday.

Goals

Juventus: 42′ Arturo Vidal (p.k.), 65′ Fernando Llorente

Real Madrid: 52′ Cristiano Ronaldo, 60′ Gareth Bale

Lineups

Juventus: Gianuligi Buffon, Martín Cáceres, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Kwadwo Asamoah; Andre Pirlo; Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio; Carlos Tevez (82′ Fabio Qugliarella), Fernando Llorente (88′ Sebastian Giovinco)

Unused Subs: Angelo Ogbonna, Marco Storari, Simone Padoin, Paolo De Deglie, Mauricio Isla

Real Madrid: Iker Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso (71′ Aiser Illarramendi), Sami Khedira, Luka Modric; Gareth Bale (75′ Ángel Di María), Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema (81′ Jesé)

Unused Subs: Daniel Carvajal, Diego López, Isco, Álvaro Arbeloa