Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne, 2nd right, celebrates after scoring against Villa during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Widely tipped as a possible relegation contender following its summer of upheaval, Southampton has stunned English football by winning eight of its first 12 games to sit in second place in the Premier League and split the country’s established powers.

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