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Before Southampton kicks off their Europa League campaign, get caught up with all the latest news in our round-up.

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What to expect from Southampton’s first ever fixture against an opponent from the Czech Republic — Sky Sports previews the meeting. (Sky Sports)

Claude Puel will rotate his squad with Southampton facing Swansea on Sunday, saying, “It is important to change some players, to play good football, and to keep in shape for all the competitions”. (ESPN FC)

England rugby union coach Eddie Jones visited without Southampton ahead of their clash with Sparta Praha today. (Guardian)

Virgil van Dijk, meanwhile, believes the Europa League is not a distraction and the competition, which begins at St Mary’s, has not had any influence on Premier League performances. (Daily Echo)

FootballFanCast named a trio of players that need to up their level of play, as the Europa League gets underway, including Jose Fonte, whose start to the season has been tepid. (FootballFanCast)

talkSPORT ranked Southampton’s best European achievement, reaching the Fairs Cup in 1970/71, as 16th overall among current Premier League clubs. (talkSPORT)

With Swansea awaiting their clash with Southampton on Sunday, the South Wales Evening Post has already begun to dissect a meeting the Saints have dominated since 2012. (South Wales Evening Post)

Did you see?

The talking points from Puel’s pre-match press conference.