From Sunderland, two teams looking to improve on last season will do battle in their season opener at 10:00am ET.
Jozy Altidore will make his Sunderland competitive debut at home as London’s Fulham come to visit the Stadium of Light, as one of five new boys in the Sunderland lineup. Also on debuts will be Ondrej Celustka, Cabral, Emanuele Giaccherini, and Cabral.
For Fulham, Maarten Stekelenburg comes from Roma to make his competitive debut for the Whites, as well as Adel Taarabt on loan from Queens Park Rangers. Pajtim Kasami will sit just behind Dimitar Berbatov with Bryan Ruiz on the bench having just returned from international duty. New signing Darren Bent also makes the bench.
Feel free to discuss Jozy’s performance and anything else of note right here!
Sunderland: Kieren Westwood; Ondrej Celustka, Jack Colback, John O’Shea, Valentin Roberge; Cabral, Sebastain Larsson, Adam Johnson, Emanuele Giaccherini; Jozy Altidore, Stephane Sessegnon.
Fulham: Maarten Stekelenburg; Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, Sascha Riether, Kieran Richardson; Steve Sidwell, Derek Boateng Adel Taarabt, Damien Duff; Pajtim Kasami, Dimitar Berbatov.
You can watch live here on NBC Sports Extra.
Sepp Blatter could, finally, be frozen out by FIFA.
The 17-year leader of world soccer’s governing body has reportedly been suspended after FIFA’s ethics committee met on Wednesday to discuss allegations against both Blatter and his close ally Michel Platini.
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Blatter, 79, has been at FIFA for over 40 years but under his stewardship the organization has been riddled with allegations of corruption as current investigations from both the U.S. and Swiss authorities continue.
Klaus Stoehlker, who formerly advised Blatter, has told Sky News that the ethics committee “made the ruling pending further investigations by the Swiss attorney general” and the verdict was “pending” but that “no negative finding had been made against the head of world football’s governing body.”
More to follow…
With eight games gone and 30 to go in the Premier League, now is the time that those preseason predictions start to get revised and new knee-jerk picks are made.
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Stats.com have run the numbers through their “super computer” — how big is this thing? To me, it’s the size of several rooms… — and the intriguing table will surprise many.
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Manchester City will win the title, pipping Arsenal to the crown, while Manchester United will finish in third and Chelsea will recover to finish fourth. At the bottom, only Bournemouth will be relegated out of the newly promoted teams, while it is looking bleak for Sunderland and Aston Villa.
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Do you agree with the findings of Stats.com?
Click on this link via talkSPORT to see the points tally for each team, as it promises to be a tight race for the title and against relegation.
Predicted final Premier League table
1- Manchester City
3 – Manchester United
6- Tottenham Hotspur
9- Crystal Palace
10- West Ham United
11- Swansea City
12- Stoke City
13- Leicester City
14 – West Bromwich Albion
15- Newcastle United
16- Norwich City
19- Aston Villa