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.

Tottenham – Everton stream: How to watch, odds, team news, prediction

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Tottenham – Everton is an intriguing clash on Monday (start time, 3pm ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) between teams who are separated by just one point and one place in the table but have been heading in very different directions since new managers arrived midseason.

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Spurs lost last time out at Sheffield United in very controversial fashion as Jose Mourinho now has a very tough task to guide them back to the Premier League ahead of the final six games of the season.

Carlo Ancelotti has Everton surging as they have lost just three of his 14 Premier League games in charge and those defeats came at Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Tottenham – Everton is a game both teams will go all out to win in their pursuit of European action and this should be a beauty.


Team news

Tottenham may have Dele Alli available, as he suffered a slight hamstring injury after coming on as a sub in their defeat at Sheffield United. Aside from that Japhet Tanganga will return to training next week.

Everton should have Richarlison back fit as the Brazilian suffered a knock in their win against Leicester City.

What they’re saying

Jose Mourinho on Carlo Ancelotti: “I think everyone in football admires Carlo as a coach and as a person. If you don’t know him as a person, at least you know him as a coach. It’s not because I like him so much as a person that I’m going to say the obvious, which is: he’s one of the top managers in the world of the last two decades and of course now. I think it’s a privilege for the Premier League to have Carlo back, it’s a privilege for Everton to have Carlo as manager, or head coach, whatever way you want to call him.”

Carlo Ancelotti on teenager attacker Anthony Gordon: “He is doing really well and is ready to play for Everton, no doubt. He improved in the past six months and how he is playing [in training and games] gives me a lot of confidence and trust in him. He is a player with personality. You can find a lot of players with quality, but you have to show strong personality. In football, you need players with personality and character. Players who are not afraid to make decisions. Anthony is one of these. He is ready to be with us and part of what we are doing.”

Odds and ends (full matchweek odds)

Tottenham (+107) are the slight favorites but this should be a very tight game as Everton (+265) have been in really good form and look solid defensively. The value here is in a win for Everton or a tie (+250) in north London.

Prediction

Tottenham basically have to win all of their remaining games to have a chance of finishing fifth and a potential Champions League spot. Mourinho’s side won’t really want to be in the Europa League next season so if they don’t win here, what do they do? Everton would be delighted to be in the Europa League and I could see the Toffees edging this, especially if Richarlison is fit. I’m going for Tottenham 1-2 Everton.

American coach Marsch named Austrian Bundesliga Coach of the Year

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American coach Jesse Marsch saw his incredible season grow with a predictable but wonderful honor.

Marsch is the Austrian Bundesliga Coach of the Year after leading Red Bull Salzburg to a domestic double despite myriad challenges.

Obviously all coaches had to manage their teams during the coronavirus pandemic, but Marsch also had to contend with sales of stars Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Takumi Minamino (Liverpool), and Marin Pongracic (Wolfsburg) to big clubs in top European leagues.

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The Salzburg release brands Marsch as someone with “his American charm and sheer endless positivity” and includes this quote from Marsch:

“Winning Coach of the Year for me is a reward for the entire team, which I think is deserved. The trophy is for the whole coaching staff, as we have worked so well together. Losing players in winter brought us even closer together.

Aided by LASK Linz loses its table lead when it was docked six points for unauthorized team training during the pandemic, Marsch’s Salzburg left no questions in winning the league with four matches left (The club went 1W-1D-2L in the final matches).

Marsch spent last season assisting Ralf Rangnick and RB Leipzig to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga. Prior to that he was MLS Coach of the Year with the New York Red Bulls. As a player, he won three MLS Cups and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups while also earning two USMNT caps.

It will be interesting to see if Marsch sticks around another year in Austria. His name has risen in renown like a rocket and he had been linked with Borussia Dortmund, and there are no guarantees he can continue to impress with Salzburg in the Champions League and Europa League.

Salzburg was a stepping stone for its last Coach of the Year, and Marco Rose enjoyed success at Borussia Monchengladbach this season. With league Player of the Year winner Dominik Szoboszlai expected to fetch a big fee and join Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Konrad Laimer, and the aforementioned transfers in challenging a coach to rebuild his squad, perhaps Marsch will go sooner rather than later.

We wouldn’t put anything past him, though. At one point before he’s done, Marsch will be an exciting USMNT coach if he wants the job.

Premier League confirm zero positive COVID-19 test results

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Following the latest batch of tests on players and club staff the Premier League have revealed that there were zero positive COVID-19 results out of 1,973 tests from Monday 29 June to Sunday 5 July.

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With the twelfth round of testing now completed in the Premier League, a total of 16,280 COVID-19 tests have now been carried out with 18 positive results.

All players and staff at Premier League clubs will be tested twice a week during the strict return to training protocols put in place, as games are now up and running after a restart date of June 17 has been set.

Here is the statement from the Premier League in full on the latest result:


The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 29 June and Sunday 5 July, 1,973 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, zero have tested positive.

The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.

Previous test results

Round 1: 17-18 May – 748 tested, with six testing positive from three clubs.
Round 2: 19-22 May – 996 tested, with two testing positive from two clubs.
Round 3: 25-26 May – 1,008 tested, with four testing positive from two clubs.
Round 4: 28-29 May – 1,130 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 5: 1-2 June – 1,197 tested, with one testing positive.
Round 6: 4-5 June – 1,195 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 7: 8-9 June – 1,213 tested, with one testing positive.
Round 8: 11-12 June – 1,200 tested, with two testing positive from two clubs.
Round 9: 15-16 June – 1,541 tested, with one testing positive.
Round 10: 17-21 June – 1,829 tested, with one testing positive.
Round 11: 22-28 June – 2,250 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 12: 29 June – July 5 – 1,973 tested, with zero testing positive.

Premier League odds: Matchweek 34

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Check out the EPL betting odds for the games in Matchweek 34, as the Premier League return continues with games coming thick and fast.

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Take a look below at the odds for the Premier League games in midweek, as the action has resumed following the suspension on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Click on the link above to watch all of the games live via our platforms here at NBC Sports, while below are the individual EPL betting odds for each game via DraftKings.

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Also, click play on the video above to watch my predictions for the games and where you should focus your attention this weekend as the Premier League action continues to come right at us.


Matchweek 33

Tuesday, July 7: (+650) Crystal Palace v. Chelsea (-220), Tie: +335
Tuesday, July 7: (-152) Watford v. Norwich (+440), Tie: +285
Tuesday, July 7: (+125) Arsenal v. Leicester (+220), Tie: +245
Wednesday, July 8: (-835) Man City v. Newcastle (+2000), Tie: +245
Wednesday, July 8: (+310) Sheffield United v. Wolves (+107), Tie: +210
Wednesday, July 8: (+104) West Ham v. Burnley (+285), Tie: +235
Wednesday, July 8: (+510) Brighton v. Liverpool (-182), Tie: +320
Thursday, July 9: (+100) Everton v. Southampton (+270), Tie: +255
Thursday, July 9: (+425) Bournemouth v. Tottenham (-157), Tie: +310
Thursday, July 9: (+900) Aston Villa v. Man United (-315), Tie: +420