Peter Odemwingie scored a headed goal between two Koln goals as Stoke City dropped their final pre-season tune-up in advance of the start of the Premier League season.
Ibrahim Afellay got his first start for the Potters but couldn't help them get a pre-season win as Koln took home the title in their pre-season tournament. Peter Odemwingie, who came on as a substitute for Afellay, got a goal that will help propel him into the start of the new season but the Potters weren't as lucky. Stoke City started Butland, Johnson, Marc Muniesa, Teixeira, Pieters, Sidwell, van Ginkel, Walters, Ireland, Afellay, and Joselu for the affair.
News broke on Sunday morning that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere would miss the Community Shield game as a precaution after injuring his ankle during a training ground session on Saturday.
Wenger confirmed soon after that the injury was not a "concern" and the England international was expected to be available for GW1 as the initial prognosis suggested 2-5 days. However following the win over Chelsea the Arsenal boss appeared to contradict himself "We have no big injuries at the moment apart from Jack Wilshere." Now interpret that how you may but BIG could refer to ‘a key first team squad member’ or he may be referencing the injury itself. The latter certainly fits with reports this evening implying Wilshere is a major doubt for the opening weekend. The good news though – the problem occurred to Wilshere’s right ankle and not his troublesome left.
Chelsea midfielder Nathan will play for Vitesse Arnhem this season.
The youngster is Chelsea's latest addition and he'll be playing for Vitesse Arnhem on loan this season. This is common practice for the Blues, who send a number of their players to Vitesse to gain valuable experience. Don't draft Nathan in any fantasy leagues this season.
Sam Gallagher has joined MK Dons on a season-long loan.
The Southampton striker isn't getting any playing time with the Saints due to Graziano Pelle, Shane Long, and the returning Jay Rodriguez so this is a very good move for the youngster. He needs experience at this stage of his career and he'll have every opportunity to prove himself at MK Dons.
Jordy Clasie's hamstring injury doesn't seem serious and the Southampton midfielder "may be available for gameweek one".
Clasie suffered the injury in Southampton's 3-0 win over Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday and was initially doubtful for week one. The Saints are reporting that his injury "looks positive" now and he has a realistic chance of playing in week one. We've upgraded his status to questionable, although it may jump to probable throughout this next week.
Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino made their much-anticipated debuts for Liverpool today but it was Benteke that grabbed the headlines with a superb strike as the Reds downed Swindon Town, 1-2.
Well, he's ready. After a goalless first half between the two sides, Benteke's master stroke came a few minutes into the second frame. He chested a pass at the top of the box and whipped his leg around on the volley to positively smash the back of the Swindon net. It was a display of power only a select few strikers on the planet possess and is a testament to how lethal the Belgian beast can be. The general thinking was that he would not be ready as as starting option for Brendan Rodgers in week one, and it would make sense for Danny Ings to get an opportunity before giving way, but it might prove difficult for Rodgers to resist. Outside of Aguero, Rooney, Costa, Sanchez (if classified as such) and Kane, there is not a more coveted forward to own heading into the season.
Diego Costa has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring and is questionable for week one.
Jose Mourinho cleared Diego Costa to play in today's Community Shield match yesterday but the striker has apparently suffered a setback since he was left out of today's squad. Mourinho is "unsure" if Costa will be ready for week one, which is a huge concern for Chelsea. Costa has had hamstring issues for a few years now and could be dealing with this problem all season long. Loic Remy gains a lot of fantasy value with these news and managers should be looking to draft him in the later rounds. As for Costa, he should be avoided as he is bound to bring headaches all season long, especially with Mourinho's secretive "injury reports".
West Ham lost their final pre-season friendly to Werder Bremen by a score of 2-1.
The Hammers took the lead through Diafra Sakho but couldn't hold on as they let Werder Bremen come back and win through a brace by Anthony Ujah. With Enner Valencia injured, West Ham will be relying on Diafra Sakho a lot at the start of the season. Sakho was a great fit the Hammers last season while he was healthy and he should be drafted in fantasy leagues in the middle rounds. He is definitely an option in the premierleague.com game at a price of 6.5.