VIDEO: Previewing all 20 Premier League teams ahead of the new season

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With the new Premier League season just a few days away, ProSoccerTalk’s Lead Writer and Editor Joe Prince-Wright has put together 20 videos to preview the long-old slog ahead for every PL club.

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Below you can get a primer on everyone, from the title candidates to the relegation fodder.

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Enjoy. The new season is almost here and it’s starting to feel a little bit like Christmas Eve, isn’t it?

Arsenal 

Arsenal’s free flowing and creative game plans with continue under Arsene Wenger, but with weaknesses on defense, the addition of Peter Cech in net will prove to be useful when The Gunners are once again in the title hunt.

Aston Villa

Aston Villa may struggle through the 2015-16 campaign as Tim Sherwood will have to figure out how to properly integrate a bunch of new players.

Bournemouth

Competing in their first-ever season in the Premier League,  the Cherries will look to emulate a team like Swansea who had immediate success after being promoted. Lots of new players but they have a bright young manager in Eddie Howe.

Chelsea

Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea doesn’t boast many weakness heading into the 2015-16 campaign, as Jose Mourinho’s club sports a relentless attack across every position on the pitch.

Crystal Palace

The Eagles’ stacked mid-field could put them in the top eight, as Yohan Cabaye’s arrival this summer will be crucial for Alan Pardew’s side to improve on their top 10 finish from last season.

Everton 

Everton’s possession-based style and ability to spray the ball around pitch will continue this season, but with a barren defense, will another mid-table place finish be enough for Roberto Martinez to keep his position?

Leicester City

With new manager Claudio Ranieri on board, not much else will change for Leicester City as they look to make waves in the Premier League focusing on defensive solidity, discipline and team spirit.

Liverpool

The Reds will need to reach the top four if Brendan Rodgers is going to keep his job, but he will have plenty of help with new signings Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino increasing their attacking options.

Manchester City

City enter the new campaign again seeking a finish near the top, but need a big performance from disappointing captain Vincent Kompany and also Raheem Sterling to live up to his historically pricey transfer fee.

Manchester United

The Red Devils have spent big once again this summer but there will be a lot of expectation as Louis van Gaal’s side must challenge for the title. However, they could be in trouble if Wayne Rooney goes down with an injury.

Newcastle United 

New head coach Steve McClaren could be in for some problems during his first campaign, but he has been allowed to strengthen the spine of his side this summer with over $60 million spent on new players. A top 10 finish would be a great season for the Magpies.

Norwich City

The Canaries haven’t added too many players this summer and young manager Alex Neil will have to use all of his nous to keep them up. Continuity should help as they have plenty of PL experience in the ranks but Norwich will be relegation candidates.

Southampton

Ronald Koeman guided Southampton to seventh place a year ago, their best-ever Premier League finish, and with an offense capable of terrorizing opposing defenses every match, they’ll aim to climb higher on the table.

Stoke City

Stoke City hopes to continue their defensive dominance during the 2015-16 campaign, but midfield questions linger as The Potters vie for another top 10 finish.

Sunderland

The biggest offseason positive for Sunderland is the return of manager Dick Advocaat, whom saved the club when he took office last season. With a lack of goals a growing concern, The Black Cats hope their fortune turns.

Swansea City

Swansea’s additions of Andre Ayew and Eder will greatly improve their striking options and a top six finish isn’t out of the question for the Swans.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur managed a fifth place finish in the 2014-15 campaign on the back of forward Harry Kane, but this season he’ll get more help from the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela, plus a stout defense.

Watford

Watford’s outlook heading into the 2015-16 season is all about survival and with a new manager and a host of new players, expect the unexpected as they fight against relegation.

West Bromwich Albion

The Baggies will look to maintain their stability at the back from a season ago and Tony Pulis on the sideline will ensure that continuity will remain steady as they attempt to fight for a spot in the top 10.

West Ham United

A top eight finish is needed for Slaven Bilić’s term to be a success and although he has plenty of options in midfield, scoring goals may once again be a problem for the Hammers in their final season at Upton Park.

Carlos Vela scored a celestial goal. We are blessed to have seen it

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Carlos Vela is making all other spectacular individual MLS seasons look run of the mill.

I mean, look at the gumption on this guy.

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The Cancun-born playmaker left the San Jose Earthquakes back line on the beach with a soft shoe routine to give LAFC its third goal in a 4-0 win on Thursday

Vela, 30, now has 25 goals and 11 assists in 25 league matches for LAFC this season. He added two goals and an assist in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play.

But this one, yeah, this one takes the cake.

First, there’s Vela’s non-chalant dummy before picking up the pass.

Then, there’s Florian Jungwirth’s body language during and after his being cooked with a nutmeg. That’s an entire mood.

Next, Vela dribbles around the keeper and allows a slide tackler so glide past him before finishing with aplomb, the magic touch his going near post as if to say, “Can I beat this guy a second time, or do I have to use the easier route?”

Diego Rossi also had a goal and an assist, while Mark-Anthony Kaye continued his strong season with an assist to ex-Fiorentina prospect Joshua Perez. It’s a first MLS goal for the California-born Perez, now 21.

WATCH: Rooney sees red for forearm shiver, Kamara scores golazo

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Midweek MLS provided plenty to talk about on Wednesday, with two red cards and a golazo in one match alone.

The two main talking points from the New York Red Bulls’ 2-1 win over DC United weren’t really part of what led the victors to three points.

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How? Well, one of the world’s marquee names earned a red card via VAR and a returning star scores an absolute stunner, that’s how.

Here’s Ola Kamara’s debut marker for the Black-and-Red, adding to a record which included 49 goals in 97 matches between Columbus and the LA Galaxy before moving to the Chinese Super League for a wildly disappointing time with Shenzhen FC.

All of that is forgotten.

As for the Rooney incident, the Red Bulls already led 1-0 when DC’s star striker went forearm shiver on Cristian Casseres Jr.

It’s the second red of the season for Rooney, who is set for Derby County in January.

Amro Tarek was later sent off for the Red Bulls, who moved ahead of DC in the standings. Kaku and Daniel Royer had RBNY’s goals.

Newcastle takeover could be back on if in holiday relegation battle

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How much do Newcastle United supporters dislike their owner Mike Ashley right now?

Enough that this report is likely to condemn many to hoping their favorite club in the world is in the Bottom 3 come Christmas.

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The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas speculates that Ashley will lower his asking price for the club if it is in a relegation fight come December — something that looks certain after the Steve Bruce-led Magpies got bossed around by promoted Norwich City.

Nothing But Newcastle transcribed Douglas’ chatter from his podcast, in which he says,

“It wouldn’t surprise me if we hear more in December because there are still people sniffing around that football club and if the team are in the bottom three, there’ll be people thinking they can get a bargain out of Mike Ashley again. … He will probably more open to listening to lower offers in January and December which is what happened last December. He was basically saying ‘take it off my hands, you now have to take the risk’'”

This is notable for two reasons. First: the social experiment of wondering how many fans could see themselves rooting for their team to take a major and perilous back step just to see the back of a man they perceive is at the root of their failures (and that perception is widespread in this case).

But second, we can see if this rumor comes true because it’s difficult to imagine Newcastle as comfortably mid table by Christmas.

Fan protests and anger are nothing new, but here’s an effort to show how wobbly Ashley’s reputation is on Tyneside: Fans have taken to selling a black and white striped shirt with player name and number but no sponsor just so they can have a Newcastle jersey that doesn’t put money into Ashley’s pockets. And this is after he broke the club’s transfer record twice in one year.

If we’ve learned anything from the past few seasons, though, it’s that boycotts and anger will spur Ashley into insisting that he’s willing to sell and just conveniently enough it will be before the January transfer window. He “won’t be able to buy any players” with the takeover in play, and talks will hit a wall come late January, when they’ll loan a couple young players from Top Six sides.

Yes he spent significant money on Joelinton, Allen Saint-Maximin, and others this summer, but one decent window doesn’t make a culture. Count us amongst the skeptical, for now.

Messi back in training, could be fit for Betis

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Lionel Messi was back in full training again on Wednesday and may be fit to face Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Messi had been training separately from the squad since injuring his right calf in the preseason.

He missed the team’s 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the league opener on Friday.

Barcelona has not said how long it expects Messi to be sidelined.

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Coach Ernesto Valverde is also dealing with injuries to forwards Luiz Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.

Dembele is certain to miss Sunday’s match at the Camp Nou because of a left thigh injury that should keep him out for about five weeks.

Suarez also isn’t likely to play this weekend because of a muscle injury sustained before halftime of Friday’s game in Bilbao.

Two-time defending champion Barcelona hadn’t loss a league opener in 10 seasons.

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