Free transfers? Full list of players released, retained by Premier League clubs

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With the transfer window officially opening for Premier League clubs on Wednesday, June 10, a full list of the players retained or released by all 20 PL teams from the 2014-15 season has been published.

Safe to say there are some tidy free transfers to pick up.

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Although those players on the released section can still agree to sign new deals at their current clubs up until June 30 when their contracts officially expire, the likes of Glen Johnson, Abou Diaby, Micah Richards, John Guidetti, Didier Drogba, Ron Vlaar, Sylvain Distin, Paul McShane, Brad Jones, Jonas Gutierrez, Joey Barton, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wes Brown, Youssouf Mulumbu and Gareth McAuley have all technically been released.

Surely a few of those players will land elsewhere in the PL this summer?

Here is the full retained and released list from the Premier League’s website, while below are the players released by each Premier League club following the end of the 2014-15 season.

Use the comments section below to let us know who could be savvy pickups on a free for your club this summer.

Arsenal

Ajayi Oluwasemilogo Adesewo
Diaby Vassiriki Abou
Jebb Jack
Lipman Austin
Miyaichi Ryo
Ormonde-Ottewill Brandon
Vickers Josh

Aston Villa

Bent Darren Ashley
Burke Graham Dylan
Crooks Alfie
Herd Christopher
Hill Craig Dennis
Lewis Bradley
Nehemie Isaac
O’Brien Daniel William
Stevens Enda
Strain Thomas James
Vlaar Ron Peter
Wildin Courtney James

Burnley

Howieson Cameron Drew Neru
Reid Steven John
Wallace Ross

Chelsea

Drogba Didier

Crystal Palace

Ameobi Foluwashola
Chambers Michael John Miles
De Silva Kyle Mattew
Dobbie Stephen
Garvan Owen William
Hangeland Brede Paulsen
Price Lewis Peter
Ramage Peter Iain
Sow Ghassimu
Thomas Jerome William

Everton

Alcaraz Antolin
Distin Sylvain
Green George William
Langton Curtis John
Lundstram John David
McLaughlin Ben Padraic

Hull City

Cracknell Joseph
Dawson Leon Stanley
Dudgeon Joseph Patrick
Figueroa Rochez Maynor Alexis
Harper Stephen Alan
Mahon John
Margetts Jonathon Gary
McCawl Eoghan Martin
McShane Paul David
Oxley Mark Thomas
Rosenior Liam James
Sagbo Latte Yannick Anister
Topliss Sam David

Leicester City

Bakayogo Zoumana
Barrington Marcel
Dawson Adam Ryan
Gallagher Paul
Kennedy Kieran
Logan Conrad Joseph
Pepe-Ngoma Herve
Rowley Louis James
Taylor-Fletcher Gary
Upson Matthew James

Liverpool

Gerrard MBE Steven George
Johnson Glen McLeod Cooper
Jones Bradley
Lussey Jordan
Pelosi Marc

Manchester City

Drury Adam John
Guidetti John Alberto
Lampard Frank James
Leigh Greg
Oduro Dominic
Richards Micah

Manchester United

Amos Benjamin Paul
Cleverley Thomas William
Evans Callum Leeroy
McConnell Ryan Peter
Thorpe Thomas Joseph

Newcastle United 

Alnwick Jak
Campbell Adam
Gutierrez Jonas Manuel
Streete Remie
Taylor Ryan Anthony

Queens Park Rangers

Andrade Bruno Miguel Carvalho
Barton Joseph
Dunne Richard Patrick
Ferdinand Rio Gavin
Gibbons Jordan Leon Chidubem
Henry Karl Levi Daniel
Lennox Aaron Keith
Murphy Brian
Sendles-White Jamie Alexander
Wright-Phillips Shaun Cameron
Zamora Robert Lester

Southampton

Boruc Artur
Cropper Cody Joseph
Hooiveld Jos
Johns Christopher Patrick Adam
Rowe Omar Reiss
Sinclair Jake Tony

Stoke City

Adeloye Oluwatomisin
Alabi James
Coulson Samuel Philip
Grant Alexander Ian
Palacios Suazo Wilson Roberto
Parry Robbie Jay
Ricketts-Hopkinson Nathan Alton
Sorensen Thomas
Thomas Adam Christopher
Ward Charlie
Wheeler Elliot Peter
Wilkinson Andrew Gordon

Sunderland

Brown Wesley Michael
Burke Peter
Cartwright Andrew
Dixon Joel Stephen
McNamee Thomas Gerard
Reveillere Anthony

Swansea City

Atyeo Thomas David Benjamin
Cornell David Joseph
Donnelly Ruaridhri
Francis Corey Benjamin
Gallifuoco Giancarlo
Jones Joseph Michael
March Kurtis Charles
Obeng Curtis
Owen Gareth Thomas
Tancock Scott Russell
Tate Alan
Tremmel Gerhard

Tottenham Hotspur

Archer Jordan Gideon
Ceballos Cristian
Friedel Bradley Howard
Khumalo Bongani
McEneff Aaron
McQueen Alexander Luke
Miles Jonathan David

West Bromwich Albion

Atkinson Wesley
Baird Christopher
Birch Aaron
Davidson Jason
Garmston Bradley
Jones Alexander
McAuley Gareth Gerald
Mulumbu Youssouf
O’Sullivan Mani

West Ham United

Bywater Kieran
Cole Carlton
De Carvalho Anderson Luis
Demel Guy Roland
Jaaskelainen Juusi Albert
Maguire Sean
McCallum Paul Leon Miller
Potts Daniel

Championship playoff final: How to watch, start time, odds, prediction

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Fulham – Brentford: Which West London Derby combatant will lay claim to a place in the Premier League at the end of Tuesday’s Football League Championship promotion playoff final at Wembley Stadium?

We can hardly wait to find out, as the 20th berth in the 2020-21 Premier League season and 22nd spot in the Championship will be decided after the richest game on earth.

[ MORE: Predictions, Odds for Europe ]

Kickoff is at 2:45 pm ET Tuesday at Wembley Stadium.


Key players

Fulham leading scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic’s 26 goals were the joint-most in the Championship and more than three times as many as Tom Cairney, second amongst the Cottagers. He’s healthy for the first time after missing the semis with a hamstring injury.

Brentford’s Ollie Watkins scored the same amount of goals as Mitrovic, tying for the league lead, and he’s joined by Said Benrahma’s 17 goals (fifth in the league) and Bryan Mbeumo (eighth). The latter have combined for 16 assists, too. The Bees can sting.

Their seasons

Brentford won a even-straight league games to surge into the mix for automatic promotion but lost their last two, meeting Fulham on 81 points.

As for the Cottagers, Fulham finished the season on a seven-match unbeaten run which included five wins

Their playoffs

Brentford overcame a 1-0 first-leg deficit to oust Swansea City in the semifinal, while Fulham’s first leg win was enough to outlast Cardiff City’s strong second leg in their semi.

Odds and ends

Brentford beat Fulham twice, 1-0 at Griffin Park and 2-0 at Craven Cottage.

The Bees are favored to win the match at +108 odds, while Fulham carries +265 odds of a win.

Prediction

Mitrovic’s availability is huge for a Fulham side hoping to break down the league’s second-stingiest defense. Brentford feels like it’s the superior side but Fulham has been here and Cairney even scored the goal to beat Aston Villa in the 2017-18 playoff final. That experience is an X-factor, but we’ll still call Brentford 2-1 winners.

How to watch Fulham – Brentford

Kickoff: 2:45 pm ET Tuesday
Stream: ESPN+

How will Premier League clubs fare in Europe this month?

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Nearly five months is a long time to wait between rounds of a tournament, let alone legs.

Welcome to the 2019-20 UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues, where the competition continues this week after a long, pandemic-inspired delay.

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Who is best set up, aligned, prepared, and built for success?

There are certainly different questions to all parts of that question. Let’s dive into it.


Chelsea

Status: Down 3-0 to Bayern Munich after first leg at home
Next match: 3 pm ET Saturday at Allianz Arena

It’s not happening. We don’t like sounding definitive, especially with Christian Pulisic involved, but Bayern Munich conceding four times in a 3-goal loss at home seems bonkers even after a couple of weeks without game action.

The Blues are capable of scoring against anyone, yes, but this would be a bigger turnaround than even Liverpool versus Barcelona.

Longest of long shots.


Wolves

Status: Level 1-1 with Olympiacos after first leg away
Next match: 3 pm ET Thursday at the Molineux

Should Wolves get past Greek powers Olympiacos, they’ll face either Sevilla or Roma in a real scrap to meet the semifinals.

Wolves feel capable of beating anyone in the field, but this path is far from easy. Still, both Wolves and Manchester United can feel grateful to be in the top half of the bracket, with Inter Milan, Wolfsburg, and Shakhtar Donetsk in a dangerous bottom half.

On a round-to-round basis you wouldn’t vote against Wolves. Over a month, though, they feel less likely than the Manchester sides.


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Manchester City

Status: Leads 2-1 over Real Madrid after first leg away
Next match: 3 pm ET Friday at the Etihad Stadium

We know Pep Guardiola and his array of weapons are capable of beating anyone in the world, and Sergio Ramos’ suspension from the first leg is wonderful for City. Ramos is having one of those “Ballon d’Or if defenders could win it” seasons.

Having two away goals from the Bernabeu is even better. The bottom half of the UCL bracket, however, is a gauntlet and nothing like the top half. City would love to see Lyon hold off Juventus, but a win over either brings either Napoli, Barcelona, Bayern or — miraculously — Chelsea in the semifinals.

It’s a huge ask but this is a huge team.


Manchester United

Status: Leads 5-0 over LASK Linz after first leg away
Next match: 3 pm ET Wednesday at Old Trafford

United would have to self-destruct in order to miss out on the Europa League quarterfinals, where they’ll be favored whether they meet either Istanbul Basaksehir or Copenhagen. The semifinals will be even tougher, as Olympiacos, Wolves, Sevilla, or Roma.

The question here is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has shown some tactical acumen but also failed the Red Devils in the FA Cup semi against Chelsea. United really should be able to out-perform anyone left, even Inter Milan, but will Solskjaer outduel Antonio Conte or even Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui?

Predictions, odds for Champions League, Europa League knockouts

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The UEFA Champions League and Europa League resume this week and I’m going to reveal my predictions for this next round as well as the latest odds for Europe’s top two continental tournaments.

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With Manchester City and Chelsea still in the Champions League and Manchester United and Wolves among the favorites to win the Europa League, there is a lot on the line for Premier League clubs in the coming weeks.

Just because the Premier League season is over, that doesn’t mean the action is over. Far from it.

[ LIVE: Europa League scores ]

In the next few days the Europa League and Champions League Round of 16 second legs will take place before mini tournaments begin.

Man City lead Real Madrid 2-1 from their first leg in Spain, while Chelsea trail Bayern 3-0 as they head to Germany for the return game. Man United are all but in the quarterfinals, while Wolves are favored to make the Europa quarters too.

Lisbon, Portugal will host the Champions League games from the quarterfinal stage onwards, while the Europa League games will be hosted around Germany.

Below is a look at my predictions, the odds for the games this week and how to watch all of the fixtures in the USA.


JPW’s Champions League predictions

Round of 16 (August 7-8)
Friday, August 7: Manchester City 1-1 Real Madrid (2-1)
Friday, August 7: Juventus 2-1 Lyon (0-1)
Saturday, August 8: Barcelona 3-1 Napoli (1-1)
Saturday, August 8: Bayern Munich 2-1 Chelsea (3-0)

JPW’s Europa League predictions

Round of 16 (August 5-6)
Copenhagen 1-2 Istanbul Basaksehir
Wolves 2-0 Olympiakos
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Rangers
Shakhtar Donetsk 1-3 Wolfsburg
Basel 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Manchester United 3-1 LASK
Inter Milan 3-0 Getafe
Sevilla 1-3 Roma


Champions League betting odds

Round of 16 (August 7-8)
(-139) Manchester City v. Real Madrid (+320). Tie: +340
(-230) Juventus v. Lyon (+650). Tie: +340
(-150) Barcelona v. Napoli (+400). Tie: +300
(-250) Bayern Munich v. Chelsea (+650). Tie: +410

Quarterfinals (August 12-13)
(+200) Atalanta v. Paris Saint-Germain (+120). Tie: +285
(+225) RB Leipzig v. Atletico Madrid (+133). Tie: 220

Outright winner
Manchester City (+350)
Bayern Munich (+365)
Paris Saint-Germain (+450)
Atletico Madrid (+700)
Atalanta (+950)
Barcelona (+1100)
RB Leipzig (+1500)
Juventus (+1700)


Europa League betting odds

Round of 16 (August 5-6)
(+155) Copenhagen v. Istanbul Basaksehir (+180). Tie: +235
(-134) Wolves v. Olympiakos (+390). Tie: +260
(-162) Bayer Leverkusen v. Rangers (+410). Tie: +310
(+135) Shakhtar Donetsk v. Wolfsburg (+185). Tie: +265
(+155) Basel v. Eintracht Frankfurt (+155). Tie: +275
(-455) Manchester United v. LASK (+1200). Tie: +550
(-143) Inter Milan v. Getafe (+385). Tie: +285
(+110) Sevilla v. Roma (+270). Tie: +230

Outright winner
Manchester United (+160)
Inter Milan (+500)
Bayer Leverkusen (+700)
Wolves (+800)
Sevilla (+900)


How to watch, stream Champions League and Europa League

Dates: August 5-23
Location: Round of 16 at home venues; Quarterfinals onwards in Lisbon/Germany
How to watch: CBS Sports
Live updates: Here at NBCSports.com

Reports: Arsenal offers huge deal to Aubameyang, chases Partey, Coutinho

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Thinking about the resurgence of several big name Premier League sides makes the 2020-21 season tantalizing idea. Could Arsenal become a title fighter?

Manchester City, statistically-speaking, was already the most productive team in the league and Liverpool’s team an absolute monster of intensity that seemed to will good fortune on their rare bad days.

Manchester United was second only to City in Project Restart while Chelsea produced as many chances as any team now named City and now has better finishers. Tottenham improved as well — health can be a tactic in that it helps as much as any manager.

[ MORE: Predictions, Odds for Europa ]

What about Arsenal, though?

The Gunners now have a shiny trophy for Mikel Arteta’s resume after the former midfielder led the club to a record 14th FA Cup.

Arsenal is said to be offering Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a contract that pays nearly $327,000 per week in a bid to convince the superstar that another year of the Europa League is fine.

A report from Football.London says that Arteta believes Aubameyang and a trio of other moves could help him replicate the 4-3-3 often implemented by former club Man City.

The report says that Arsenal is ready to recruit Willian, Thomas Partey, and Philippe Coutinho to supplement what’s already at the Emirates.

Arsenal is in a tricky situation because of how much promising young talent there is, but Arteta will have learned a thing or too from how Pep Guardiola convinced Phil Foden to buy into a longer development. And winning cures plenty.

Who would fit in the 4-3-3? Arsenal has a tremendous 1-2 punch in goal between Bernd Leno and Emiliano Martinez, and piles of questions at the back. William Saliba finally arrives from Saint-Etienne and Pablo Mari will return, too, while Arteta used Shkrodan Mustafi, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sead Kolasinac, Calum Chambers, and Cedric Soares this season.

The middle part becomes a lot easier with Partey joining Granit Xhaka and Co.