Premier League transfer needs: Where each club must strengthen this summer

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With the transfer gossip in full flow, it is time to take a look at what each Premier League team needs this summer.

Most clubs have multiple needs, but below we’ve tried to narrow it down to one specific area where they need to strengthen.

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Right, let’s get to it as PL managers and chairman will be scheming on how to shift players on and bring in reinforcements before the summer window slams shut on September 1.

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Winger/CB Manchester City: The Citizens look like they might get Raheem Sterling but they need defensive reinforcements as Mangala is unproven, Demichelis is getting on and Kompany needs a big season.
source:  Center Back Chelsea: You worry that if either John Terry or Gary Cahill get an injury that Chelsea’s backline will be badly hit. Kurt Zouma provides cover but after adding Falcao, Chelsea needs one more CB.
source:  Strike/DFs   Manchester United:  The Red Devils are close to adding RB Darmian but Louis van Gaal needs lots of defender to strengthen his squad. With RVP on the way out, only Rooney and Wilson as recognized strikers will be an issue. Morgan Schneiderlin would be a fantastic buy.
source:   Wingers West Ham: Slaven Bilic has done plenty of business early on but he must look at strengthening the wide midfield position with Downing possibly on the way out and the likes of Jarvis underwhelming.

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Striker/DM ArsenalThe Gunners have signed Petr Cech to address their need in goal, but if they can grab a top class holding mid and forward, watch out Chelsea and Man City.
source:   RB Stoke City: With Steven Nzonzi gone, its likely that Geoff Cameron will slot into DM so they will be covered. However, RB will be an issue. The additions of Joselu and Wollscheid already this summer has addressed needs.
source:   CB/Striker EvertonRoberto Martinez has added Cleverley and Deulofeu in midfield but needs another CB. Only Jagielka and Stones are around. More competition for Lukaku is needed too.
source:   Striker/CM/CB Newcastle UnitedAnother team that needs fresh impetus after Steve McClaren’s arrival, Newcastle have been linked with Schalke’s Matip and PSV’s Wijnaldum. 
source:  Striker/CB WatfordThe Hornets will struggle but they can’t rely on Troy Deeney to get all of their goals. Capoue will strengthen midfield and Holebas will help in defense but another top CB would shore things up.
source:   CM/CB Southampton: Koeman is likely to lose Schneiderlin so a top class replacement like Clasie is needed in midfield. After missing out on Alderweireld, another CB would be helpful with a Europa League campaign.
source:   Striker/Winger Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs have bolstered their defense but you would hope Pochettino could get rid of Soldado and Adebayor and give Kane some real support. Same could be said for Lennon, Townsend, Lamela. A clearout is needed to replace quantity with quality.
source:   Striker/Attacking mid SunderlandWe all know the Black Cats struggle to score, so Advocaat must look to boost the attack. Simple as.
source:   Striker/CM Aston VillaIf Benteke ends up leaving, Tim Sherwood must spend the cash wisely on a hungry strike. Charlie Austin? Delph is another who could leave, so CM would need shoring up.
source:  Striker  West BromThe Baggies have the likes of Brown and Anichebe but they have failed to support Berahino. Everyone is looking for top class striker, WBA are no different.
source:   Striker BournemouthThe Cherries could grab Gradel and need more firepower. They have signed Distin who has PL experience at CB. A few signings across the board needed to bolster the squad, but Howe will go with the young team who go them promoted.
source:  CB/DM LiverpoolSterling could be on his way out but Liverpool have enough attacking talents to cope with that. Rodgers has signed the likes of Ings, Firmino, Milner and Clyne this summer. But a CB and perhaps another holding mid would help the Reds improve.
source:   Striker/CB Crystal PalaceAt times the Eagles can still be a little vulnerable at the back and apart from Scott Dann, the likes of Hangeland and Delaney are injury prone. If they can seal the deal for Cabaye it would be a major coup. A top-class striker and Pardew’s men can push for the top eight.
source:   CB Swansea CityWith Garry Monk doing his business early to get Ayew and Eder in, plus signing Shelvey to a new deal, all the Swans need is more cover at CB.
source:   Striker/CM/CB Norwich City: Throughout the spine of their team, Norwich need to improve. Alex Neil’s side had an unlucky run through the playoffs but now is the time to spend big to try and stay up.
source:   Striker/CM Leicester CityWith no current manager in charge of the Foxes, who knows what will happen. A poacher up top will be necessary as Vardy, Ulloa and Nugent blew hot and cold last year.

LIVE, UCL: Tottenham, Man City both in action

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Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday, but both Premier League clubs face very different situations.

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Spurs host Red Star Belgrade knowing they have to win to give themselves a decent chance of reaching the last 16, while Man City can make it three wins from three if they take care of Atalanta at home.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid head to Galatasaray, Juventus host Lokomotiv Moscow, PSG face Club Brugge and Bayern Munich take on Olympiacos.

Below is the full schedule for Tuesday’s late games, with all games kicking off at 3 p.m. ET.

Click on the link above to follow all of the action live, while we will have you covered with a roundup of the action right here on Pro Soccer Talk.


Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League schedule

Group A
Club Brugge v. PSG
Galatasaray v. Real Madrid

Group B
Tottenham Hotspur v. Red Star Belgrade
Olympiacos v. Bayern Munich

Group C
Man City v. Atalanta

Group D
Juventus v. Lokomotiv Moscow

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Our latest Premier League player Power Rankings have landed.

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Matchweek nine provided plenty of star performances, with eight new entries in our top 10. Man City, Chelsea, Everton and Leicester City are all well represented in our rankings this week.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


1. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) – Even
2. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) – New entry
3. Marcus Rashford (Man United) – New entry
4. David Silva (Man City) – New entry
5. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – New entry
6. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – Up 12
7. Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – New entry
8. Daniel James (Man United) – New entry
9. Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford) – New entry
10. Theo Walcott (Everton) – New entry
11. Jorginho (Chelsea) – Down 8
12. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – Down 2
13. Andre Gomes (Everton) – New entry
14. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Down 9
15. Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) – Even
16. Rui Patricio (Wolves) – Down 3
17. Gabriel Jesus (Man City) – New entry
18. John Lundstram (Sheffield United) – New entry
19. Danny Ings (Southampton) – New entry
20. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – New entry

Beckham’s stadium complex for Inter Miami taking shape

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Piles of steel sit at one end of the property, waited to be lifted into place. Workers were going in all directions, some pounding nails into wood, others ready to pour concrete, others driving heavy equipment over piles of dirt.

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For now, it’s a construction site.

Before long, Inter Miami will call it home.

“Organized chaos,” Inter Miami sporting director Paul McDonough said as he took a look around the site of the now-demolished Lockhart Stadium where work on a new complex is happening 12 hours a day, seven days a week. “But we’ll be ready.”

These are hectic times for McDonough and Inter Miami, the team headlined by soccer icon David Beckham that will embark on its inaugural MLS season starting early in 2020. The team doesn’t have a coach yet. Or players. Or a schedule. Or even the first blade of grass for its new pitch.

Over the next few weeks, all those issues – and countless others – will be addressed. Construction is on schedule, with all signals pointing toward everything being ready for the team’s first home match that’s likely to come in March.

Still, that doesn’t do much to help McDonough’s sleep cycle.

“This takes up a ton of time and everything keeps me up at night,” McDonough said. “But it’s OK. We’re just on an accelerated timeline. There’s so much stuff going on. But this is expansion. It’s awesome. Everything we’re doing here, we’re trying to do it right.”

At any given time, there are about 225 workers on the job site – the whereabouts of all of them tracked with an app that gets data from a chip attached to the back of their hard hats. If there’s lightning in the area, work gets halted for 30 minutes until the cell passes. And that’s a big deal, because even with next season still months away every minute counts.

Nothing is ready, yet – but it will be.

“The way it was built out, we’re thinking of the athlete first from the minute they walk in,” said Jacklyne Ramos, the team’s vice president of communications as she stood inside what will be the building containing the locker room and other key spaces for the team. “The main stadium, that’s for the games. Where we are now, this is where they’ll live.”

The Associated Press got a tour on Monday of what will be Inter Miami’s inaugural home. The shell of the team’s headquarters – locker rooms, equipment room, dining area, coach’s office, what will become the sports performance lab, the academy workout facilities and more – is coming together. Every detail has been thought of; the walk from the players’ parking lot to the building will be short, the training room will be small (“I don’t want them comfortable in there,” McDonough said), and an area will be built just off the outside wall of the locker room to air out cleats after training sessions.

“They’ll never be in the building,” McDonough said. “Boots can stink.”

Beckham spent about five years trying to get MLS back in South Florida, and after many sites were considered – there’s still plans for the team to eventually play in another stadium that Beckham and his partner Jorge Mas want built in Miami – they settled on the former Lockhart site. Lockhart is where the MLS’ Miami Fusion played from 1998-2001, eventually folding because of poor attendance.

The centerpiece of everything is the 18,000-seat stadium, and parts of what will become the field are already largely marked off. Drainage was installed first, followed by four inches of rock for a base. From there, sprinklers go into place and four thin pieces of wood are set in place to mark where the goalposts will go. About a foot of soil will be added in the coming weeks, watered and compacted and graded. Sod is scheduled to go in Nov. 14; from there, it’ll be protected and fenced off and finally, what now seems like an oversized sand pit right now will look like a place to play soccer.

Behind that are more fields, including a turf one can be used for high school football and other events. The other half-dozen grass fields will be for training and the team’s affiliate clubs.

A coach will be hired soon. A roster is coming. There are plans for a soft opening a few weeks before the season and then, when the first match is played all the mess and chaos will be forgotten.

“I wasn’t ready for this. I’m still not,” McDonough said. “I’m learning as we go. Conduits, positioning of poles, there’s so many things that you don’t realize until you live it. But that’s what it takes and we’re getting it done.”

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Champions League score predictions: Week 3

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The pivotal third matchday of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group stage is here, and there are some tough clashes coming up for the four Premier League clubs.

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Below we predict the scores for all 16 UCL games taking place over the next two days, with Tottenham needing a win at home against Red Star Belgrade to get their UCL campaign back on track, while reigning champs Liverpool face Genk, Chelsea heading to Ajax and Man City host Atalanta.

Elsewhere, Inter host Borussia Dortmund and Lille and Valencia do battle in a tasty clash, while the likes of Juventus, PSG and Bayern Munich face tricky but winnable tests.

Feel free to make your own predictions in the comments section below, too.


Tuesday

Group A
Galatasaray 1-3 Real Madrid
Club Brugge 1-2 PSG

Group B
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Red Star Belgrade
Olympiacos 1-2 Bayern Munich

Group C
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb
Man City 3-2 Atalanta

Group D
Juventus 3-0 Lokomotiv Moscow
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen


Wednesday

Group E
Genk 1-4 Liverpool
Red Bull Salzburg 2-4 Napoli

Group F
Slavia Prague 1-3 Barcelona
Inter Milan 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

Group G
Leipzig 2-1 Zenit
Benfica 1-1 Lyon

Group H
Lille 2-1 Valencia
Ajax 2-1 Chelsea