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Premier League preseason roundup: Chelsea win, Leicester lose, draw galore

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Eight Premier League teams were in action on Wednesday with plenty of clubs still gallivanting across the club with just nine days to go until the new PL season begins.

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Chelsea and Hull City bagged wins, while Leicester’s tough preseason schedule continues and a host of other PL sides drew.

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Below is a brief recap on all seven games.


Chelsea 3-1 AC Milan

Bertrand Traore grabbed the opener and Oscar scored twice in the second half to hand Antonio Conte‘s their second win in three games in the USA. Giacomo Bonaventura curled home a peach of a free kick to level things up but then Oscar came on in the 60th minute and took over to delight the numerous Chelsea supporters in Minneapolis. 64,101 fans watched the game as Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas both started but were hooked off after an hour.

Speaking after the game, new manager Conte was a blunt as ever when assessing who will stay and who will leave Chelsea before the season begins: “I think this match told me a lot – about the players who keep and who can go on loan or we can sell. Today, it was important because I have a more clear idea than before.”

Manchester United 0-0 Everton

Wayne Rooney‘s testimonial at Old Trafford saw a crowd of 58.597 turn up to watch United and Everton play to a goalless draw. United started with a very strong side with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, David De Gea and new signing Eric Bailly also in the lineup. Henrik Mkhitaryan, Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata also came off the bench against Ronald Koeman‘s Everton.

For the Toffees, they also started a strong team with Romelu Lukaku up top, Ross Barkley in attack and a back four of Coleman, Funes Mori, Stone and Baines. Ibrahimovic had United’s best chances as he played in a no. 10 role in the second half, while Luke Shaw also impressed from left back as Rooney played 50 minutes and was cheered each time he touched the ball on the occasion which marked his 12 years at United.

Barcelona 4-2 Leicester City 

SOLNA, SWEDEN - AUGUST 03: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the Pre-Season Friendly between Leicester City FC and FC Barcelona at Friends arena on August 3, 2016 in Solna, Sweden. (Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images)
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The Foxes conceded four against an elite European team for the second-straight game after their 4-0 shellacking at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain last week. Munir scored twice and Luis Suarez added another before half time and then Mujica rounded off the win for the Spanish champions. On a bright note for Claudio Ranieri and the Foxes, new signing Ahmed Musa scored two goals in Sweden to show Leicester fans there could be life after Riyad Mahrez if he does leave. Also, Jamie Vardy started up front.

Southampton 1-1 Espanyol

Work to do would be the assessment from Southampton’s draw with La Liga outfit Espanyol at St Mary’s. New Saints manager Claude Puel is persisting with a diamond formation in midfield but his side looked disjointed against their Catalan opponents. Oriol Romeu‘s first half header was cancelled out by a Felipe Caciedo penalty kick after Virgil Van Dijk‘s committed a foul just inside the box in the second half. With Jose Fonte, Cedric and Ryan Bertrand yet to feature this summer, it’s hard to tell exactly where Saints are at in preseason.

Caykur Rizespor 1-3 Hull City

Managerless and extremely short on fit players, Hull City are continuing to blitz their way through preseason regardless. Caretaker boss Mike Phelan is still in charge but Chris Coleman and Gianfranco Zola continued to be linked with the Tigers job. They fell behind early on to their Turkish opponents in Austria but two goals from Abel Hernandez and another from Robert Snodgrass saw them stay unbeaten through seven preseason games.

Udinese 0-0 Middlesbrough

USMNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan made his debut for Boro as they drew in Italy. Guzan came on at half time and made two smart stops to deny the Serie A outfit, while Gaston Ramirez rattled the crossbar for the newly-promoted side. Aitor Karanka‘s men will keep it tight and be tough to beat this season.

Bournemouth 1-1 Valencia

A screamer from Enzo Perez put Valencia ahead but Eddie Howe‘s side battled back well in the second half and Benik Afobe finished off a flowing move emphatically. Cherries still unbeaten in preseason as they prepare for their second-straight season in the PL.

UEL, LIVE — Arsenal meets Eintracht before Man Utd, Wolves play

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The Europa League group stage begins play on Thursday, with Arsenal in Germany to face Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Bundesliga side is missing a lot of familiar faces after a tumultuous summer saw Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller, and Ante Rebic.

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Arsenal will follow suit with some youth, as Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka, and Joe Willock drawing starts.

Kickoff is at 12:55 p.m. ET, with Manchester United and Wolves set to kick-off their respective matches against Astana and Braga at 3 p.m. ET.

Full slate

12:55 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Lazio
LASK v. Rosenborg
Getafe v. Trabzonspor
PSV Eindhoven v. Sporting Lisbon
Basel v. Krasnodar
APOEL Nicosia v. Dudelange
Copenhagen v. Lugano
Standard Liege v. Vitoria SC
Qarabag v. Sevilla
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Arsenal
Rennes v. Celtic
Dynamo Kiev v. Malmo

3 p.m. ET
Wolfsburg v. Oleksandriya
Espanyol v. Ferencvaros
Rangers v. Feyenoord
Porto v. Young Boys
Slovan Bratislava v. Besiktas
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Wolfsberg
Partizan v. AZ Alkmaar
AS Roma v. Istanbul Basaksehir
Gent v. Saint-Etienne
Manchester United v. Astana
Wolves v. Braga
Ludogorets Razgrad v. CSKA Moscow

Report: Man City’s David Silva in “likely” Inter Miami move

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Arguably the greatest player in Manchester City history could become the first star player of Inter Miami.

That’s the story coming out of England, where The Independent reports that David Silva will “likely” join Inter Miami CF for its inaugural MLS run in 2020.

It’s well-known that Silva is leaving Man City this summer after one last-go at his first UEFA Champions League title.

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David Beckham has been recruiting some of the top names in the game, and has been linked with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Silva, 33, checks all the boxes. The Spanish star won two EUROs and a World Cup, and is still playing at a very high level. He has five assists in six matches for City this season.

If healthy, it would be foolish to expect anything but dominance out of Silva, though beware the think pieces out there about how he “might find it tougher than he thinks.” We’re talking about a world beater who posted 10 goals and 14 assists for City last season.

Even at his age, he’d carry one of the top resumes of any player to join Major League Soccer (Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic would like a word).

He has 71 goals and 134 assists in 402 matches for City, and would eventually line up against fellow City Football Group club NYCFC.

NBC Sports’ Premier League Fan Fest heading to Austin

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Everything is bigger in Texas. And this will be no different.

NBC Sports and the Premier League have announced details for the first Premier League Mornings Live Fan Fest event of the season, and we are heading to Austin, Texas in October.

Just like the events in Washington D.C., New York City and Boston last season, fans will be able to watch all of the PL action together with the live studio show taking place in front of them.

This time it takes place at Scholz Garten in downtown Austin.

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The two-day celebration of Premier League fandom will take place on Saturday Oct. 26 and Sunday Oct. 27. The Scholz Garten venue is inclusive of a full street closure, courtyard space, and indoor bar.

All sections of the venue will be packed with fun activities and of course plenty of viewing areas for fans to watch all of the action.

The event will feature the NBC Sports studio broadcast live onsite with special appearances throughout the day. We’ll also have free merchandise and giveaways throughout the day, plus food, drink and plenty more.

Premier League Interim Chief Executive, Richard Masters, said: “After a successful season of Premier League Mornings Live, we are delighted to be visiting Austin, Texas, for the first event of 2019-20. Last year we saw how passionate our American fans are, as we brought the Premier League experience to Washington D.C., New York and Boston.

”This season we are once again working with NBC Sports and bringing many of our clubs, partners and some famous faces to unique locations in different cities. Those attending in Austin can expect some great activations and I am sure there will be plenty of entertaining football for them to enjoy as we have some exciting fixtures taking place over the weekend.”

Report: Newcastle United tracking Atlanta United’s Martinez

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A report out of Newcastle says the Magpies may be returning to Atlanta United’s ranks for a January transfer swoop.

MLS record goal scorer Josef Martinez is the name mentioned as among Newcastle’s targets, though journalist Lee Ryder says there may be trepidation given Miguel Almiron’s failure to find goals at St. James’ Park.

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Martinez, 26, scored twice more Wednesday evening for the Five Stripes, including a sensational solo goal. He has scored in 15-straight league matches and is five goals away from matching his MLS single season record set last season.

Atlanta signed Martinez through the 2023 season. Transfermarkt puts his market value around $11 million, comparing him with players like Jurgen Locadia, Yoshinori Muto, and Manolo Gabbiadini.

Newcastle broke its transfer record to land Almiron last season, then smashed it sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim in August. The Magpies have also splashed cash on Allan Saint-Maximin and there’s a clear focus on upgrading the attack.

Maybe the Magpies would view the move as a bargain which could help Almiron get back to his form of last season, but it seems there would be numerous hurdles to clear before a firm bid would be made for Martinez. If Saint-Maximin or Almiron finds form, would there be room for Martinez running underneath Joelinton? Or maybe we’re wrong and Mike Ashley is ready to spend to provide adequate depth?

Lots of questions here.