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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 

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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.

Havertz makes history in Bayer win

Freiburg v. Bayer Leverkusen recap and video highlights
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Kai Havertz made more Bundesliga history as Bayer Leverkusen got back in the win column with a 1-0 win at scrappy Freiburg on Friday.

Havertz became the first player in history to score 35 Bundesliga goals before the age of 21 with the match’s early second-half opener, assisted by Leon Bailey. He turns 21 on June 11.

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Havertz has 11 goals and five assists in Bundesliga play this season including five goals since the end of the coronavirus pause.

Bayer pulls in third place with 56 points, one ahead of RB Leipzig and one back of Borussia Dortmund. Gladbach lurks three points back.

Freiburg may have waved goodbye to its sixth-place hopes, now four points back of Wolfsburg.

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There were hints of danger for both teams in the opening throes.

Leon Bailey missed an early chance for the visitors, and Vincenzo Grifo saw a turnover at the other end denied by a sliding challenge.

Bailey was dangerous but not clinical as Bayer controlled the first half but, like many, couldn’t find away through Freiburg’s cagey, Burnley-like compactness.

Freiburg broke the other way and had a glorious chance to steal a lead when Roland Sallai sent Lucas Holer on goal, but Lukas Hradecky cut down the angle and Holer missed wide on a chance to score in consecutive matches.

Bailey played his part well in setting up Havertz’s post-halftime opener. The Jamaican dribbled into an out of traffic before cutting a path onto Havertz’s path.

Havertz rolled the ball between the legs of Freiburg star backstop Alexander Schwolow to make it 1-0 in the 55th.

Freiburg had one more big chance to get a point, as Christian Gunter crossed for Nils Petersen but the latter couldn’t get enough on the shot to beat Hradecky.

Bundesliga preview: Paderborn v. Borussia Dortmund

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Last-place Paderborn is running out of time to make a run out of the drop zone, and a visit from Borussia Dortmund wouldn’t normally inspire too much.

But Sunday’s match between the two sides sees Dortmund taking the pitch for the first time since seeing its title hopes dashed in a fierce Klassiker, and Paderborn’s picked up points in all three matches since play resumed from the coronavirus pause.

Not only that, the sides drew 3-3 in November at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion, BVB firing back from a 3-0 halftime deficit thanks to goals from Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, and Axel Witsel.

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Paderborn has been playing well for a last-place side, ornery and collecting more cards than most teams in the Bundesliga.

As for Dortmund, the black and yellow side performed well enough to get a result from Bayern but lost on a Joshua Kimmich wondergoal and will likely still be lamenting what could’ve been if VAR reviewed an apparent Jerome Boateng handball in the box.

Still, there’s too much talent here, even at a desperate host. In a non-coronavirus world, the home crowd changes our opinion a little on the score line. We’re feeling a blowout, Dortmund 4-0.

Below is how to watch Borussia Dortmund v. Paderborn on TV in the USA this Saturday, while above you can follow the action live, as the three points are so valuable to both clubs but for very different reasons.

Bundesliga schedule

  • TV Channels: FS1
  • Stream LiveVia Fox Soccer
  • When: Saturday, May 30 – 12:30 p.m. ET: Bayern Munich v Fortuna Dusseldorf
  • Americans Abroad: Giovanni Reyna (Dortmund)

Remaining Premier League fixtures ahead of June 17 return

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The 2019-20 Premier League season will restart on June 17, the league confirmed Thursday, as ‘Project Restart’ readies for empty stadiums around England.

So who’s left on the schedule? The slate of 92 matches features some doozies including the Merseyside Derby (Matchday 30), the North London Derby (Matchday 35), and — of course — Liverpool’s visit to Manchester City (Matchday 32)

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Check out all the stats for the season so far, as well as the state of play for all 20 clubs’ seasons in the races for the Champions League, Europa League, and safety from relegation.

Of course, you’ll be able to watch the Premier League via NBCSports.com all summer long.

Additionally, the matches will be staged in non-traditional windows. Here are the kickoff times for midweek and weekend matches.

Matchday 28 — June 17

Aston Villa v. Sheffield United
Manchester City v. Arsenal

Matchday 30

Aston Villa v. Chelsea
Bournemouth v. Crystal Palace
Brighton and Hove Albion v. Arsenal
Everton v. Liverpool
Manchester City v. Burnley
Newcastle United v. Sheffield United
Norwich City v. Southampton
Tottenham v. Manchester United
Watford v. Leicester City
West Ham v. Wolves

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Matchday 31

Burnley v. Watford
Liverpool v. Crystal Palace
Tottenham v. West Ham
Wolves v. Bournemouth

Matchday 31 to be rescheduled due to FA Cup quarters
Chelsea v. Manchester City
Leicester City v. Brighton and Hove Albion
Manchester United v. Sheffield United
Newcastle United v. Aston Villa
Norwich City v. Everton
Southampton v. Arsenal

Matchday 32

Arsenal v. Norwich City
Aston Villa v. Wolves
Bournemouth v. Newcastle United
Brighton and Hove Albion v. Manchester United
Crystal Palace v. Burnley
Everton v. Leicester City
Manchester City v. Liverpool
Sheffield United v. Tottenham
Watford v. Southampton
West Ham v. Chelsea

Matchday 33

Burnley v. Sheffield United
Chelsea v. Watford
Leicester City v. Crystal Palace
Liverpool v. Aston Villa
Manchester United v. Bournemouth
Newcastle United v. West Ham
Norwich City v. Brighton and Hove Albion
Southampton v. Manchester City
Tottenham v. Everton
Wolves v. Arsenal

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Matchday 34

Arsenal v. Leicester City
Aston Villa v. Manchester United
Brighton and Hove Albion v. Liverpool
Bournemouth v. Tottenham
Crystal Palace v. Chelsea
Everton v. Southampton
Manchester City v. Newcastle United
Sheffield United v. Wolves
Watford v. Norwich City
West Ham v. Burnley

Matchday 35

Aston Villa v. Crystal Palace
Bournemouth v. Leicester City
Brighton and Hove Albion v. Manchester City
Liverpool v. Burnley
Manchester United v. Southampton
Norwich City v. West Ham
Sheffield United v. Chelsea
Tottenham v. Arsenal
Watford v. Newcastle United
Wolves v. Everton

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Matchday 36

Arsenal v. Liverpool
Burnley v. Wolves
Chelsea v. Norwich City
Crystal Palace v. Manchester United
Everton v. Aston Villa
Leicester City v. Sheffield United
Manchester City v. Bournemouth
Newcastle United v. Tottenham
Southampton v. Brighton and Hove Albion
West Ham v. Watford

Matchday 37

Aston Villa v. Arsenal
Bournemouth v. Southampton
Brighton and Hove Albion v. Newcastle United
Liverpool v. Chelsea
Manchester United v. West Ham
Norwich City v. Burnley
Sheffield United v. Everton
Tottenham v. Leicester City
Watford v. Manchester City
Wolves v. Crystal Palace

Matchday 38

Arsenal v. Watford
Burnley v. Brighton and Hove Albion
Chelsea v. Wolves
Crystal Palace v. Tottenham
Everton v. Bournemouth
Leicester City v. Manchester United
Manchester City v. Norwich City
Newcastle United v. Liverpool
Southampton v. Sheffield United
West Ham v. Aston Villa

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LIVE, Bundesliga: Week 29 begins with Freiburg-Bayer

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Week 29 in Germany begins with two clubs holding onto hope of berths in the Champions League and Europa League, respectively, when Bayer Leverkusen visit Freiburg at the Black Forest Stadium.

Last time out, the scrappy hosts tossed away a 2-goal lead in drawing Eintracht, while Bayer saw its red-hot form cooled off with an exclamation point in a 4-1 loss to Wolfsburg. Freiburg’s now four points out of sixth and Bayer’s outside the top four on goal difference. That said, Kai Havertz’s Bayer has weapons for days and the creativity to get through the compact, physical Freiburg formation.

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Matchweek 29 in the Bundesliga will again see games played in empty stadiums, which is the plan for the rest of the season and beyond. If you’re new to Germany’s top-flight, here’s a guide to help you pick a club to support.

How to Watch the Bundesliga

You can check out the full schedulestandings and find out how to watch the action, while we will have you covered right here on ProSoccerTalk with analysis, reaction and more.

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