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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.
Aug 2 - 9:01 PM

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.
Source: The Mirror
Aug 2 - 5:37 PM

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.
Aug 2 - 5:24 PM

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.
Aug 2 - 3:28 PM

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.
Aug 2 - 2:02 PM

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.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 2 - 1:42 PM

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".
Aug 2 - 1:32 PM

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 game at a price of 6.5.
Source: WHUFC
Aug 2 - 1:17 PM

Jay Rodriguez put in a full shift and got on the score sheet late with a long-range strike to help Southampton earn a 1-1 draw with Espanyol.

With a couple of exceptions, Ronanld Koeman unsurprisingly named a much different XI than the one that took on Vitesse in Europa action on Thursday, and it was another chance for Rodriguez to show the ACL injury is completely behind him. The Saints conceded a goal in the first half but the defense were mistake free from then on. In the 85th minute, Espanyol were dispossessed in midfield and Rodriguez casually strolled toward the box before unleashing a well-struck blast from 25 yards out. It remains to be seen how soon Rodriguez can challenge for pitch time and with European competition, there is risk of rotation throughout the Southampton attack. He is certainly worth monitoring though. Cuco Martina and Steven Caulker were handed debuts today. Maya Yoshida is looking the favorite to partner Jose Fonte in Week 1, but be wary of Caulker. He will likely get a crack at some point.

Arsenal have defeated Chelsea in the Community Shield, giving Arsene Wenger his long awaited win over Jose Mourinho.

Arsenal won the trophy through a Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goal in the 24th minute. The Gunners then held on for deal life as Chelsea pushed back in the second half, without any results. The irony of the match was that Arsenal parked the bus against Chelsea after going up 1-0, and won with the same way Arsene Wenger has criticized in past seasons. Mourinho will surely be disappointed with losing, but there is no doubt the manager has his sights set on another Premier League title.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 2 - 12:12 PM

Robert Huth scored in Leicester's comeback from 2-0 down to lead the Foxes to a 3-2 win against Birmingham City.

Leicester looked good in the second half of the friendly and deservedly scored three goals in the comeback. Huth was one of their best players down the stretch last season and he seems to be going into this year with the same form. The other two Leicester goals came from Shinji Okazaki and Danny Drinkwater, who are both competing for a starting spots this season.
Source: LCFC
Aug 2 - 11:55 AM

Dick Advocaat is on the verge of adding signings five and six to the Sunderland squad, with midfielders Yaan M’Vila and Leroy Fer poised to sign…

Sunderland are hoping to conclude deals for midfielders Yaan M’Vila and Leroy Fer this week, taking their summer signings to six. Reports in France say Ruben Kazan’s M’Vila is to undergo a medical in the next 24hrs following a bust up with the Russian club and will be available for next weekend. In addition, the Black Cats are looking to bring in QPR’s Leroy Fer on a season loan. Fer has been relegated in his last two seasons – Sunderland fans will be hoping that is not an omen – and despite paying £8m for the Dutch international a year ago, QPR are keen to cut their wage bill. That will make it two center-backs, a right-back, two midfielders and a winger added this summer. With a center-forward still on the wish-list. Exciting times at the Stadium of Light…
Aug 2 - 8:16 AM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists that Romelu Lukaku will be fit for the big kick-off next weekend, despite leaving the pitch holding his left leg in a friendly this week…

The one thing that Roberto Martinez doesn’t need at the moment is an injury to Romelu Lukaku. With the futures of center-back John Stones and midfielders Kevin Mirallas and James McCarthy still in the balance, plus no much of adding to his squad before next weekend. You could forgive him for wanting to wrap Lukaku in cotton wool until moments before kick-off against Watford next weekend. Everton need to start well and that means Romelu Lukaku firing on all cylinders, so seeing him leaving the pitch clutching his hamstring after just 30 minutes of the match v Dundee doesn’t bode well. But Martinez insists that it is merely a bit of muscle fatigue and he fit be fit. Although he won’t take part in the Duncan Ferguson testimonial…
Aug 2 - 8:04 AM

Liverpool fielded a strong XI in their trip to Finland and managed a pair of second half goals to beat HJK Helsinki, 0-2.

While we wait to see the much anticipated debuts for Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino in tomorrow's final preseason match, today's XI looked much closer to what Brendan Rodgers will have in mind when the club open the season next weekend away to Stoke City. After a rather uneventful first half, the Reds began taking control of affairs and Divock Origi would finally break the goalless affair in the 73rd minute. Only five minutes later, Pool doubled the advantage when Coutinho played a 1-2, then fired an angled shot that took a deflection and smashed the back of the net. As much growth as we witnessed in Coutinho last season, he still has a crack at getting even better. If he can add a few goals to the bevvy of assists he is sure to provide, he could move into the top tier of midfield options with David Silva-type numbers. Another interesting note, Joe Gomez got the start again today and is still has an outside chance of supplanting Alberto Moreno at left back.
Source: Guardian
Aug 1 - 4:00 PM

Swansea City concluded their preseason with a 0-0 result against Deportivo La Coruna at the Liberty Stadium.

Taylor started the Swans' previous friendly a week ago and this was the final test before opening away to Chelsea next weekend. To see him starting again is a good sign that he has held Franck Tabanou off for now for the left back spot. Interestingly, Tabanou came on in the second half and was at the center of the game's biggest controversy. Deportivo had a shot hit off of Tabanou's hand in the area, but no penalty was awarded, resulting in a scuffle that ended with five yellow cards being issued.
Aug 1 - 2:59 PM

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