Pre-Season Guide

Arsenal

Articles

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 14 – Indonesia (Asia Tour) 7-0 (Giroud (2), Walcott, Akpom, Podolksi, Olsson, Eisfeld)
July 17 – Vietnam (Asia Tour) 7-1 (Giroud (3), Akpom (2), Oxlade-Chamberlain, Miquel)
July 22 – Nagoya Grampus (Asia Tour) 3-1 (Giroud, Miyaichi pen, Walcott)
July 26 – Urawa Red Diamonds (Asia Tour) 2-1 (Podolski, Akpom)
August 3 – Napoli (Emirates Cup) 2-2 (Giroud, Koscielny)
August 4 – Galatasaray (Emirates Cup) 1-2 (Walcott)
August 10 – Man City (in Finland) 3-1 (Walcott, Ramsey, Giroud)

Scout Notes: Thomas Vermaelen is expected to miss the first six weeks of the season with a back injury, allowing Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny the centre-half roles. Santi Cazorla returned to action in the 4/8 game with Galatasaray after an extended break due to Confederations Cup duties.

Form Players: Giroud, Walcott, Akpom

Aston Villa

Articles
Fixture Analysis – Rotation Pairs – Aston Villa and West Brom
Great Expectations – Andreas Weimann
Great Expectations – Matthew Lowton
Scout Report – Alexander Tonev
Scout Report – Antonio Luna

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 10 – SV Rodinghausen (German Tour) 1-1 (Helenius)
July 12 – SC Paderborn (German Tour) 1-1 (Weimann)
July 14- VfL Bochum (German Tour) 1-1 (Helenius)
July 20 – Wycombe Wanderers (a) 2-2 (Lowton, Westwood)
July 23 – Luton Town (a) 0-2
July 26 – Crewe Alexandra (a) 5-1 (Benteke 3, Weimann, Bacuna)
July 31 – Walsall (a) 5-0 (Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Grealish, Gardner)
August 4 – Shamrock Rovers (a) 2-0 (Weimann, Benteke)
August 10 – Malaga (h) 3-2 (Benteke 2, Vlaar)

Scout Notes: Paul Lambert was able to field his first-choice front three for the first time in the 26/7 win at Crewe after Christian Benteke resolved his contract dispute with the club. Antonio Luna looks to have been given the nod as Villa’s first-choice left-back, though other new boys such as Aleksandar Tonev and Jores Okore have been blighted by injury and only returned for the 4/8 game with Shamrock Rovers.

Form Players: Benteke, Weimann

Cardiff

Articles
Fixture Analysis – Rotation Pairs – Swansea and Cardiff
The Promoted Clubs – Cardiff City
Scout Report – Andreas Cornelius
Scout Report – John Brayford

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 24 – Forest Green Rovers (a) 4-3 (Cornelius, Maynard, Whittingham, Noone)
July 27 – Cheltenham Town (a) 1-1 (Bo Kyung)
July 30 – Brentford (a) 2-3 (Bo-Kyung, Campbell)
August 3 – Chievo (h) 1-0 (Bo-Kyung)
August 10 – Athletic Bilbao (h) 2-1 (Whittingham, Campbell)

Scout Notes: Andreas Cornelius may miss the start of the season after picking up an ankle problem in training.
Form Players: Bo-Kyung, Campbell

Chelsea

Articles
Scout Report – Andre Schurrle
Moving Target – Jose Mourinho
Scout Report – Marco Van Ginkel

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 17 – Singha All Star XI (Asia Tour) 1-0 (Lukaku, pen)
July 21 – Malaysia XI (Asia Tour) 4-1 (Traore, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Moses)
July 25 – BNI Indonesia All Stars (Asia Tour) 8-1 (Hazard pen, Ramires 2, Ba, Terry, Traore, Lukaku 2)
August 1 – Inter (International Champions Cup) 2-0 (Oscar, Hazard pen)
August 4 – Milan (International Champions Cup) 2-0 (De Bruyne, Schurrle)
August 7 – Real Madrid (International Champions Cup) 1-3 (Ramires)
August 10 – Roma 2-1 (Lampard, Lukaku)

Scout Notes: Having fielded a 4-2-3-1 formation for the first two friendlies, Jose Mourinho trialled a 4-3-3 for the 8-1 win over Indonesia All Stars on 25/7. Mourinho returned to the former system for the 1/8 game against Inter and handed Chelsea’s Confederations Cup players their first action of the summer, while Frank Lampard returned to action on 7/8 against Real Madrid after time on the sidelines with an Achilles problem.

Form Players: Lukaku, Hazard

Crystal Palace

Articles
The Promoted Clubs – Crystal Palace
Fixture Analysis – Rotation Pairs – Crystal Palace and Hull
Scout Report – Dwight Gayle
Moving Target – Jerome Thomas

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 20 – Dagenham and Redbridge (a) 2-1 (Nuhiu (trialist), Garvan pen)
July 23 – Gillingham (a) 3-0 (Moxey, Dobbie, Owusu-Abeyie (trialist) )
July 27 – Crawley Town (a) 0-3
August 3 – Waterford United (a) 4-0 (Dobbie, Gayle, Sekajja, Sow)
August 6 – Dulwich Hamlet (a) 4-1 (Grandin 2, Williams, Bolasie)
August 10 – Lazio (h) 0-1

Scout Notes:

Form Players: Dobbie

Everton

Articles
Great Expectations – Kevin Mirallas
Great Expectations – Seamus Coleman
Moving Target – Roberto Martinez
Moving Target – Arouna Kone
Moving Target – Antolin Alcaraz
Scout Report – Gerard Deulofeu

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 14 – Austria Vienna (a) 1-2 (Vellios)
July 17 – Accrington Stanley (a) 4-1 (Gibson, Anichebe, Mirallas, Osman)
July 27 – Blackburn Rovers (a) 3-1 (Mirallas, Jelavic 2)
July 31 – Juventus (International Champions Cup) 1-1 (won 6-5 on pens) (Mirallas)
August 3 – Real Madrid (International Champions Cup) 1-2 (Jelavic)
August 6 – Valencia (International Champions Cup) 0-1
August 11 – Real Betis (h) 2-1 (Jelavic, Mirallas)

Scout Notes: Roberto Martinez has mainly utilised a 4-3-3 since arriving at Goodison but introduced a 3-4-3 midway through the 27/7 win over Blackburn. The Everton boss continued with the 3-4-3 for the 31/7 friendly against Juventus, handing Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman the flank roles in midfield, though returned to a four-man defence for the games against Real Madrid and Valencia on 3/8 and 6/8 respectively.

Form Players: Mirallas, Jelavic

Fulham

Articles
Scout Report – Derek Boateng
Scout Report – Maarten Stekelenburg
Scout Report – Fernando Amorebieta

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 14 – Cartagines (Costa Rica Tour) 3-0 (Berbatov (2), Ruiz)
July 17 – LD Alajuelense (Costa Rica Tour) 3-1 (Sidwell, Berbatov pen, Ruiz)
July 20 – Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica Tour) 2-2, Fulham won 5-3 pens (Rodallega, Ruiz)
July 28 – Werder Bremen (a) 0-1
August 5 – Real Betis (h) 1-1 (Sidwell)
August 10 – Parma (h) 1-2 (Sidwell)

Scout Notes: Martin Jol has mainly fielded Kieran Richardson at left-back over the last few games and has also utilised Bryan Ruiz on the wing on occasion, with Dimitar Berbatov tucking in behind Hugo Rodallega.

Form Players: Berbatov, Ruiz

Hull City

Articles
The Promoted Clubs – Hull City
Fixture Analysis – Rotation Pairs – Crystal Palace and Hull
Moving Target – Ahmed Elmohamady
Scout Report – Allan McGregor
Scout Report – Yannick Sagbo

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 15 – North Ferriby United (a) 3-1 (Rosenior, Proschwitz, Quinn)
July 20 – Sheffield Wednesday (neutral) 0-0
July 23 – Sporting Braga (a) 0-0
July 27 – Birmingham City (a) 1-2 (Aluko pen)
July 29 – Peterborough United (a) 1-0 (Figueroa)
August 4 – Dynamo Dresden (a) 1-0 (Sagbo)
August 6 – Eintracht Braunschweig (a) 0-2
August 10 – Real Betis (h) 3-0 (Graham, Aluko, Boyd)

Scout Notes:

Form Players:

Liverpool

Articles
Moving Target – Simon Mignolet
Moving Target – Kolo Toure
Scout Report – Iago Aspas
Great Expectations – Philippe Coutinho

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 13 – Preston North End (a) 4-0 (Coutinho (pen), Ibe, Sterling, Aspas)
July 20 – Indonesian XI (Asia and Australia Tour) 2-0 (Coutinho, Sterling)
July 24 – Melbourne Victory (Asia and Australia Tour) 2-0 (Gerrard, Aspas)
July 28 – Thai National Team XI (Tour of Asia and Australia)3-0 (Coutinho, Aspas, Gerrard)
August 3 – Olympiakos (Steven Gerrard Testimonial) 2-0 (Allen, Henderson)
August 7 – Valerenga (a) 4-1 (Alberto, Aspas, Kelly, Sterling)
August 10 – Celtic (a) 0-1

Scout Notes: Kolo Toure looks to have edged ahead of Martin Skrtel in the pecking order to partner Daniel Agger at centre-half. Daniel Sturridge has yet to take part in the summer matches due to an ankle problem, allowing the likes of Fabio Borini, Luis Alberto and Raheem Sterling game time up top in the 4-3-3 alongside Philippe Coutinho and Iago Aspas.

Form Players: Coutinho, Aspas

Man City

Articles
Moving Target – Manuel Pellegrini
Sleeper – Micah Richards
Sleeper – David Silva
Sleeper – Sergio Aguero
Scout Report – Jesus Navas
Scout Report – Fernandinho
Scout Report – Alvaro Negredo
Scout Report – Stevan Jovetic

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 14 – Supersport United (South Africa Tour) 0-2
July 18 – AmaZulu (South Africa Tour) 1-2 (Milner)
July 24 – South China (2013 Premier League Asia Trophy) 1-0 (Dzeko)
July 27 – Sunderland (2013 Premier League Asia Trophy) 1-0 (Dzeko)
July 31 – Milan (2013 Audi Cup) 5-3 (Silva, Richards, Kolarov, Dzeko 2)
August 1 – Bayern Munich (2013 Audi Cup) 1-2 (Negredo)
August 10 – Arsenal (in Finland) 1-3 (Negredo)

Scout Notes: Sergio Aguero missed out of City’s 18/7 defeat by AmaZulu after sustaining a slight knock in training and has failed to feature since. Matija Nastasic has been ruled out of the start of the season with an ankle injury.

Form Players: Dzeko

Man United

Articles
Great Expectations – Shinji Kagawa
Scout Report – Wilfried Zaha

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 13 – Thai All Star XI (Asia and Australia Tour) 0-1
July 20 – A-League All Stars (Asia and Australia Tour) 5-1 (Welbeck 2, Lingard 2, Van Persie)
July 23 – Yokohama F. Marinos (Asia and Australia Tour) 2-3 (Lingard, Tashiro og)
July 26 – Cerezo Osaka (Asia and Australia Tour)2-2 (Kagawa, Zaha)
July 29 – Kitchee 5-2 (Welbeck, Smalling, Fabio, Januzaj, Lingard) (Asia and Australia Tour)
August 6 – AIK (a)1-1 (Henriquez)
August 9 – Sevilla (h, Rio Ferinand Testimonial) 1-3 (Valencia)
August 11 – Wigan Athletic (Community Shield) 2-0 (Van Persie 2)

Scout Notes: Alex Buttner limped off on 34 minutes of United’s 13/7 defeat to a Thai All Star XI with a suspected hamstring injury. Robin Van Persie (thigh) was withdrawn at half-time in the 23/7 defeat by Yokohama, though Danny Welbeck stayed on despite sustaining a groin problem. All three played in the 26/7 draw with Cerezo Osaka.

Form Players: Welbeck, Lingard

Newcastle

Articles
Fixture Analysis – Rotation Pairs – Newcastle and Sunderland
Sleeper – Tim Krul
Sleeper – Hatem Ben Arfa

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 16 – Motherwell (a) 4-2 (Vuckic, Gouffran, Sissoko, Marveaux)
July 20 – Rio Ave (Portugal Tour) 1-3 (Shola Ameobi)
July 23 – Pacos de Ferreira (Portugal Tour) 1-1 (Shola Ameobi)
July 28 – Blackpool (a) 1-0 (Shola Ameobi)
July 30 – St Mirren (a) 2-0 (Cisse, Debuchy)
August 6 – Glasgow Rangers (a) 1-1 (Shola Ameobi)
August 10 – Braga (h)

Scout Notes: Shola Ameobi

Form Players: Yoaon Gouffran has featured mainly as a forward for the Magpies due to Papiss Cisse’s dispute with the club. Alan Pardew rolled out a 4-2-3-1 for Newcastle’s first three matches but shifted to a 4-4-2 for the 28/7 trip to Blackpool, with Gouffran partnered by Shola Ameobi up top.

Norwich

Articles
Fixture Analysis – Rotation Pairs – Norwich and Stoke
Scout Report – Ricky Van Wolfswinkel
Sleeper – John Ruddy
Scout Report – Nathan Redmond
Scout Report – Martin Olsson
Scout Report – Leroy Fer
Scout Report – Gary Hooper

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 18– Dorados de Sinaloa (US Tour) 3-0 (Becchio, Pilkington, Murphy)
July 20 – San Jose Earthquakes (US Tour) 0-1
July 24 – Portland Timbers (US Tour) 0-1
July 30 – Brighton (a) 1-1 (Howson)
August 2 – Braga (a) 2-2 (Hooper 2)
August 6 – Real Sociedad (h)1-1 (Van Wolfswinkel)
August 10 – Panathinaikos (h) 2-0 (Johnson 2)

Scout Notes: Chris Hughton has admitted Seb Bassong may miss the start of the season after undergoing a minor operation over the summer. Gary Hooper was stretchered off in the 10/8 win over Panathinaikos.

Form Players:

Southampton

Articles
Fixture Analysis – Rotation Pairs – West Ham and Southampton
Great Expectations – Gaston Ramirez
Great Expectations – Luke Shaw
Scout Report – Dejan Lovren
Scout Report – Victor Wanyama

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 17– UE Llagostera (Spain Tour) 2-1 (Rodriguez 2)
July 20 – Palamos (Spain Tour) 8-0 (Lallana, Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Rodriguez pen, Guly 3, Shaw)
July 24 – Schalke (Turkey Tour) 0-2
July 27 – Besiktas (Turkey Tour) 2-0 (Lambert, Mayuka, Isgrove)
August 3 – Celta Vigo (a) 0-0, 1-4 on pens
August 10 – Real Sociedad (h) 4-3 (Lallana, Schneiderlin, Hooiveld, Puncheon)

Scout Notes: Callum Chambers continues to get the nod at right-back, with Nathaniel Clyne struggling due to injury.

Form Players: Rodriguez

Stoke

Articles
Fixture Analysis – Rotation Pairs – Norwich and Stoke
Sleeper – Charlie Adam
Moving Target – Mark Hughes
Scout Report – Erik Pieters

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 24 –Houston Dynamo (US Tour) 0-2
July 27 – FC Dallas (US Tour) 1-0 (Walters)
July 30 – Philadelphia Union (US Tour) 2-0 (Kightly, Shea)
August 4 – Wrexham (a) 1-0 (Walters)
August 10 – Genoa (h) 0-0

Scout Notes: Mark Hughes selected the same back-four – Geoff Cameron, Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross and new signing Erik Pieters – in the first two friendlies before handing Ryan Shotton and Marc Muniesa a chance at full-back for the 30/7 win over Philadelphia Union. Elsewhere, however, he has juggled his resources as he strives to establish a first-choice midfield and attack. Brek Shea is a doubt for the start of the season after sustaining a leg injury in the final match of the US tour.
Form Players: Walters

Sunderland

Articles
Fixture Analysis – Rotation Pairs – Newcastle and Sunderland
Moving Target – Vito Mannone
Scout Report – Jozy Altidore

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 10 – Local Select XI 13-1 (Sessegnon (5), Altidore, Karlsson (2), Roberge, Graham, Mandron, Larsson, Ji(Italian Training Camp)
July 17 – FC Chiasso – (a) 1-0 (Wickham)
July 24 –Tottenham (2013 Premier League Asia Trophy) 3-1 (Cabral, Brown, Moberg Karlsson)
July 27 – Man City 0-1 (2013 Premier League Asia Trophy)
August 7 – FC Midtjylland (away) 1-0 (Johnson)

Scout Notes: New boy Valentin Roberge played the full 90 minutes at centre-half in the 13-1 win friendly win on 10/7, in a match that saw most Paolo Di Canio make changes aplenty, with Vito Mannone and Kieran Westwood handed 45 minutes apiece between the sticks. Mannone was handed the full 90 minutes in the following match, with Adam Johnson and Emanuele Giaccherini fielded as the wingers. Mannone continues to be selected in goal, while fit-again Wes Brown has now come into contention as John O’Shea’s central defensive partner.

Form Players: Sessegnon

Swansea

Articles
Fixture Analysis – Rotation Pairs – Swansea and Cardiff
Scout Report – Jordi Amat
Moving Target – Jonjo Shelvey
Scout Report – Wilfried Bony

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 6 – FC ‘s-Gravenzande (Holland Tour) 2-0 (Ki, Hernandez)
July 7 – Excelsior Maassluis (Holland Tour) 5-1 (Lamah, Donnelly, Pozuleo, Gorre, Dyer)
July 10 – Haaglandia (Holland Tour) 10-0 ( Donnelly (3), Michu (2), Shelvey, Rangel, Dyer, Hernandez, Gorre)
July 13 – ADO Den Haag (Holland Tour) 1-0 (Routledge)
July 19 – Yeovil (a) 5-0 (Michu, Dyer, Hernandez, Donnelly, Pozuelo)
July 21 – Exeter (a) 2-0 (Dyer, Donnelly)
July 27 – Reading (a) 3-0 (Michu, Shelvey, Hernandez)
August 1 – Malmo (Europa League Qualifier, first leg) 4-0 (Michu, Bony 2, Pozuelo)
August 8 – Malmo (Europa League Qualifier, second leg)

Scout Notes: Michael Laudrup utilise the depth of his squad over almost all of Swansea’s friendlies, making almost wholsesale changes at half-time in the first few matches. The introduction of Wilfried Bony has allowed Michu to return to the role in “the whole”, while a thigh injury to Chico Flores has allowed Jordi Amat time alongside Ashley Williams at centre-half. Pablo Hernandez missed the 1/8 Europa League qualifier against Malmo due to a groin problem picked up in training.

Form Players: Michu, Hernandez, Bony

Tottenham

Articles
Sleeper – Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Sleeper – Younes Kaboul
Scout Report – Paulinho
Scout Report – Nacer Chadli

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 16 – Swindon (a) 1-1 (Bale)
July 19 – Colchester (a) 0-0
July 24 – Sunderland (2013 Premier League Asia Trophy) 1-3 (Sigurdsson)
July 27 – South China (2013 Premier League Asia Trophy) 6-0 (Defoe 3, Dempsey, Townsend, Keung og)
August 3 – Monaco (a) 2-5 (Kane, Townsend)
August 10 – Espanyol (h) 1-1 (Soldado pen)

Scout Notes: Andre Villas-Boas rolled out a 4-3-3 formation in Spurs’ first friendly, with Gareth Bale fielded on the front right, before making wholesale changes in the second-half. Bale and Aaron Lennon both missed the goalless draw against Colchester on 19/7 after picking up knocks in training. Villas-Boas moved to a 4-2-3-1 for the 27/7 game against South China, with Clint Dempsey fielded in “the hole” behind Jermain Defoe as Bale missed out again. Jan Vertonghen picked up an ankle problem in the 4/7 game against Sunderland and faces a race against time to be ready for the start of the season.

Form Players:

West Brom

Articles
Fixture Analysis – Rotation Pairs – Aston Villa and West Brom
Scout Report – Nicolas Anelka

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 13 – Tamworth (a) 4-0 (Morrison, Long, Rosenberg, Berahino)
July 18 – Hannover 96 (a) 1-2 (Rosenberg)
July 22 – Puskas FC Academy (a) 3-0 (Anelka 2, Dorrans pen)
July 27 – Derby (a) 2-0 (Dorrans, Rosenberg)
July 29 – Atromitos (neutral) 3-1 (Anelka, Berahino, Rosenberg)
August 1 – Genoa (neutral) 0-1
August 6 – Cork (a) 6-0 (Anelka 3, Dorrans 2, Long)
August 10 – Bologna (h) 2-0 (Rosenberg, Anelka)

Scout Notes: Steve Clarke’s side began in a 4-3-1-2 formation for the 18/7 game against Hannover 96, with Nicolas Anelka partnering Markus Rosenberg up front and James Morrison in “the hole” behind. Clarke then moved to a 4-3-3 for the 22/7 match with Puskas Academy, with Anelka through the middle, though also switched to a 3-5-2 later in the match. The Baggies boss continues to alter his formation, rolling out a 4-4-2 for the 27/7 game with Derby and a 4-3-3 for the 29/7 game with Atromitos.

Form Players: Anelka, Rosenberg

West Ham

Articles
Fixture Analysis – Rotation Pairs – West Ham and Southampton
Moving Target – Andy Carroll
Scout Report – Razvan Rat
Sleeper – Matt Jarvis

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 7 – Cork City (a) 6-2 (Diarra, Cole, Taylor, McCallum, Noble (pen), Morrison)
July 10 – Boreham Wood (a) 3-0 ( Morrison, Vaz Te, Nolan)
July 13 – Bournemouth (a) 2-0 (Nolan, Collison)
July 16 – Colchester United (a) 2-1 (Cole, Collins)
July 20 – FSV Mainz 05 (Germany Tour) 1-4 (Cole)
July 23 – Hamburg (Germany Tour) 3-1 (Diarra, Tomkins, Morrison pen)
July 27 – Eintracht Braunschweig (Germany Tour) 3-0 (Maiga 2, Diame)
August 5 – Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) 3-2 (Morrison 2, Nolan)
August 6 – SC Braga (Portugual) 0-1
August 10 – Pacos de Ferreira (h) 2-1 (Morrison, Maiga)

Scout Notes: Andy Carroll remains on the sidelines with a heel problem but the Hammers are confident he will be fit for the start of the season.

Form Players: Morrison, Nolan, Jarvis