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2014/15 Premier League fixtures: Week-by-week schedule

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The Premier League fixtures for the 2014/15 season have been released!

Just like last season, you will be able to watch every single match live either on your television on online via NBC Sports Live Extra. TV times are released at a later date.

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Newly promoted Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, and Burnley have joined the fray, replacing relegated Fulham, Norwich City, and Cardiff City.

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Opening Day starts August 16.

(All times ET.)

8/16/14
Stoke City vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Leicester vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.

8/23/14
Everton vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

8/30/14
Everton vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

9/13/14
Liverpool vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

9/20/14
Aston Villa vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

9/27/14
Chelsea vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

10/4/14
Chelsea vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

10/18/14
Everton vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

10/25/14
Sunderland vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

11/1/14
Arsenal vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Liverpool – 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

11/8/14
Swansea City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.

11/22/14
Stoke City vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

11/29/14
West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.

12/2/14
Burnley vs. Newcastle United- 2:45 p.m.
Manchester United vs. Stoke City-2:45 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. West Ham United- 3 p.m.
Swansea City vs. Queens Park Rangers-2:45 p.m.
Leicester City vs. Liverpool-2:45 p.m.
Arsenal vs. Southampton-2:45 p.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa- 3 p.m.

12/3/14
Everton vs. Hull City- 2:45 p.m.
Sunderland vs. Manchester City- 2:45 p.m.
Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 2:45 p.m.

12/6/14
Stoke City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

12/13/14
West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

12/20/14
Liverpool vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

12/26/14
Swansea City vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

12/28/14
West Ham United vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/1/15
Southampton vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/10/15
West Bromwich Albion vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Tottenha Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

1/17/15
Manchester City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/31/15
Arsenal vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

2/7/15
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

2/10/15
Hull City vs. Aston Villa- 2:45 p.m.
Arsenal vs. Leicester City- 2:45 p.m.
Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 3 p.m.
Manchester United vs. Burnley- 2:45 p.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle United- 3 p.m.
Southampton vs. West Ham United- 2:45 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City- 3 p.m.

2/11/15
Chelsea vs. Everton- 2:45 p.m.
Stoke City vs. Manchester City- 2:45 p.m.
Sunderland vs. Queens Park Rangers- 2:45 p.m.

2/21/15
Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

2/28/15
Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.

3/3/15
Queens Park Rangers vs. Arsenal- 2:45 p.m.
Hull City vs. Sunderland- 2:45 p.m.
West Ham United vs. Chelsea- 2:45 p.m.
Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion- 2:45 p.m.
Southampton vs. Crystal Palace- 2:45 p.m.
Liverpool vs. Burnley- 3 p.m.

3/4/15
Stoke City vs. Everton- 2:45 p.m.
Manchester City vs. Leicester City- 2:45 p.m.
Newcastle United vs. Manchester United- 2:45 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea City- 2:45 p.m.

3/14/15
Sunderland vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

3/21/15
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

4/4/15
Manchester United vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.

4/11/15
Burnley vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

4/18/15
Everton vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

4/25/15
Manchester City vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albionvs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

5/2/15
Hull City vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

5/9/15
Hull city vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

5/16/15
Manchester United vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

5/24/15
Aston Villa vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Hull city vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

 

Fabregas denies rift with Conte, says he’s not leaving Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15:  Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea looks on from the sidelines during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on August 15, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Cesc Fabregas has not started a single Premier League game for Chelsea so far this season under new manager Antonio Conte.

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The Spanish midfielder, 29, is seen by many as far too good to be sitting on the bench somewhere and coupled with reports that Fabregas had a falling out with Conte, many thought he could move on elsewhere in the final days of the window.

Apparently that is far from the truth.

After seeing widespread media speculation regarding a “bust up” with Conte, the former Arsenal and Barcelona playmaker has moved to quell the notion of him leaving Stamford Bridge.

Fabregas led the PL in assists in 2014-15, getting off to a flying start in Chelsea’s title-winning season. However his form dipped as that season closed out and last season he was a shadow of his former self as Jose Mourinho was fired and Chelsea ended up finishing in 10th place in the Premier League table.

With N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic the first-choice central midfield pairing for Conte, he has seen great balance in his side as they’ve won all three of their opening PL games.

Fabregas did provide a sumptuous assist on Diego Costa‘s late game-winner at Watford last weekend with a beautifully weighted 50-yard through ball but his lack of power and speed seem to mean he’s on the outside looking in when it comes to Conte’s starting lineup.

If he has aspirations of playing for Spain and playing regularly, surely Fabregas should move on. His qualities are undoubted in the right team but Conte’s Chelsea clearly won’t suit his strengths and vice versa.

Below is the message which Fabregas posted on Instagram.


Southampton sign rising star Sofiane Boufal for club-record fee

Sofiane Boufal signs for Southampton FC, pictured at The Staplewood Campus, Southampton, 29th August 2016, pictured with Executive Director of Football Les Reed
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Southampton have made a huge statement by signing Sofiane Boufal from Ligue 1 side Lille.

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After the deal was all but secured last week Saints announced the acquisition on Monday and it is believed Boufal initially cost over $21 million, a club-record transfer fee.

The Moroccan international attacking midfielder, 22, has signed a five-year deal with the club as Claude Puel has added an exciting, dynamic player to his ranks.

In the past Boufal had been linked with many of Europe’s top clubs but speaking to Southampton’s website after signing, Boufal revealed why he chose to move to St Mary’s.

“I’m very, very happy to sign for Southampton and I am really excited to play in St Mary’s Stadium in front of the fans,” Boufal said. “Southampton showed big interest in signing me, and I can see that this club is the best place for me to continue my progression as a footballer. I hope I can achieve many great things with Southampton. It is a very good club, with excellent facilities, and I feel it is the perfect environment to continue my development.”

This is a huge signing for Saints and one that should breath new life into their attacking unit, although Boufal may not be ready until a few weeks from now as he continues his recovery from a knee injury suffered at the end of last season.

Puel’s men have scored just two goals in their opening three games of the season and although they’ve looked confident in possession, they’ve run out of ideas in the final third. Boufal’s trickery, pace and direct running will help out with that.

After selling Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle this summer, Saints lost their top two goalscorers from last season. With Shane Long energetic but hardly prolific and both Jay Rodriguez and Charlie Austin injury prone in recent years, Puel’s options up top needed boosting. Boufal can operate centrally or on either flank and alongside Dusan Tadic and Nathan Redmond he will provide plenty of competition in the attacking areas.

At Lille he showed plenty of productivity last season with 12 goals in all competitions after making the step up from second-tier Angers in January 2015. Many in France have compared him to Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez.

It may have taken Saints a while to get this deal over the line but just like in previous windows they’ve sealed a gem close to the transfer deadline day. In the past two seasons they’ve picked up Mane and Virgil Van Dijk in the latter stages of the summer window and both of those buys turned out to be great players, and business, for the south coast club.

Boufal is expected to make a major impact in the PL and Europa League for Saints. Turns out that they aren’t just a selling club after all…

Antonio in, Barkley out as Allardyce names 1st England squad

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Wayne Rooney of England in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) — Sam Allardyce dropped midfielder Ross Barkley on Sunday and called up uncapped winger Michail Antonio for his first England squad since taking charge after the team’s disappointing European Championship campaign.

There were five changes from the 23-man squad that went to France for Euro 2016, with Luke Shaw, Phil Jagielka, Danny Drinkwater and Theo Walcott all returning for the Sept. 4 game against Slovakia in 2018 World Cup qualifying.

Barkley was overlooked despite scoring twice in his first four matches for Everton this season. Antonio has scored twice in West Ham’s first three Premier League games of the season.

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford drops down to the under-21s and Wayne Rooney was named among the midfielders. Joe Hart remains, despite losing his place as first-choice goalkeeper at Manchester City.

No captain has been named.

Antonio only found out he had been called up after coming off the field at the Etihad Stadium earlier on Sunday, having scored in West Ham’s 3-1 defeat by Manchester City in the Premier League.

“I’m overwhelmed. I got slightly emotional when I found out,” Antonio told West Ham TV, adding that he had rejected Jamaica earlier this year in a bid to keep his England ambitions alive.

“It’s just one of those things that I’ve always dreamt of, playing for England, as a kid, so now for it to happen after I’ve worked my way from non-league to where I am now, I am just so happy.”

England squad

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Michail Antonio (West Ham), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Fowards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City 2-1 New York City FC

ORLANDO, FL - JULY 15:  Kaka #10 of Orlando City SC gives directions to his teammates during an International friendly soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and the Orlando City SC at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on July 15, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Orlando won the match 3-1. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)
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The match in 100 words or less: The game started amid pouring rain, seemingly a foreshadow for the home side. Yet another lead at halftime, yet another lead squandered. Then, Kaka decided he didn’t want to go home disappointed again. The Brazilian bagged a penalty – his second goal of the match – to see Orlando City back on top of Eastern Conference powers NYCFC, and the back line held under pressure through the final 20 minutes to keep Orlando’s playoff hopes very much alive.

Three Four moments that mattered:

 

32′ – Kaka did it all himself, and Orlando snatched a 1-0 lead. Bursting down the right flank, Kaka cut inside, weaved around a poor attempt by Jefferson Mena to wall him off, and took two shots on goal. The first was saved by Saunders, but the second snuck in past the goalkeeper spread-eagle on the ground.

55′ – Orlando had a glorious opportunity to putting NYCFC out of reach four minutes later as Cyle Larin and Kevin Molino isolated Mena two-on-one, but Molino’s touch was poor and the ball skittered away from Larin. With the missed chance, Orlando squandered yet another lead a minute later. A shot by Frank Lampard just outside the six-yard box forced a save by Bendik, and the rebound fell to Stiven Mendoza who crashed the equalizer into the back of the net.

62′ – The home side having coughed up yet another lead, Orlando City restored their advantage. Julio Baptista snatched the ball off Jason Hernandez on the left flank deep in NYCFC territory, and he fed Kaka who was felled by Maxine Chanot, forcing the referee to point to the spot. The Brazilian deposited the ensuing penalty past a wrong-footed Saunders, and Orlando went back on top.

70′ – Desperate to stay in the match, NYCFC’s defense caved, then saved the match. Molino beat the offside trap and ended up one-on-one with Saunders, but when he rounded the keeper, it allowed time for Ronald Matarrita to race back and make a desperate clearance at the very last moment. He paid the price, slamming into the post as he slid to clear the ball, but he would return with the game still 2-1.

Man of the Match: Kaka

Goalscorers: Kaka (32′, 63′), Mendoza (55′)