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Downing makes three changes from Newcastle game

KEITH Downing makes three changes to the side that beat Newcastle 1-0 in their last Barclays Premier League outing on New Year’s Day.

Steven Reid, James Morrison and Shane Long earn recalls to the starting XI.

The men to make way are injured duo Billy Jones (eye) and Stephane Sessegnon, while Claudio Yacob drops to the bench.

Mauricio Pochettino makes five changes to the side which beat Burnley 4-3 in the FA Cup third round last weekend with keeper Artur Boruc returning to the starting line-up in place of Kelvin Davis.

SOUTHAMPTON: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana (c), Rodriguez, Lambert. Subs: K. Davis (GK), Yoshida, Ramírez, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Hooiveld, Gallagher.

ALBION: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Amalfitano, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Anelka, Long. Subs: Myhill (gk), Lugano, Berahino, Sinclair, Vydra, Gera, Yacob.

REFEREE: H Webb (S Yorkshire).