Weekend friendly preview: Home preseason stretch

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The Premier League season is just around the corner. How do we know? The Community Shield is Sunday, with less than a week to go before the campaign opener.

But teams have just a little more preparation to do. On Friday, four Premier League teams were in action, and three found victory lane.

Huddersfield Town torched Bundesliga side RB Leipzig 3-0 in Austria. Steve Mounie started things off in the 10th minute with a header off brilliant combination play down the left, while 22-year-old Adama Diakhaby grabbed the second right on the hour mark, and Philip Billing finished it off six minutes later.

West Ham topped French club Angers 1-0 in Austria as well on a goal from Mexican international Chicharito, largely thanks to the strong hold-up play of Marko Arnautovic on the left touchline.

That wraps things up for the Hammers, who will open their season next Sunday against Liverpool.

Also winning is Brighton & Hove Albion, beating Ligue 1 side Nantes 2-1 at home. They went 2-0 up on goals by Tomer Hemed and Pascal Gross, before conceding in the 80th minute. Finally, Bournemouth was the only Premier League club to lose Friday as they fell 2-0 to rising La Liga club Real Betis.

The list below is the remaining friendly schedule before the season starts, with most of it to come this weekend. Many teams with just one tuneup left will look to put their likely Premier League starting lineup out on the field together, so fans can get an idea of what the teamsheet will look like next weekend.


Arsenal
Sat, Aug 4 – vs. Lazio (Stockholm, Sweden)

Bournemouth
Sat, Aug 4 – vs. Olympique Marseille (Vitality Stadium)

Brighton & Hove Albion
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Burnley
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Burnley has already begun its season with the early rounds of Europa League qualifying

Cardiff City
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Chelsea
Tue, Aug 7 – vs. Lyon (Stamford Bridge)
Chelsea also has the Community Shield vs. Manchester City on Sun, Aug 5

Crystal Palace
Sat, Aug 4 – vs. Toulouse (Selhurst Park)

Everton
Sat, Aug 4 – vs. Valencia (Goodison Park)

Fulham
Sat, Aug 4 – vs. Celta Vigo (Craven Cottage)

Huddersfield Town
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Leicester City
Sat, Aug 4 – vs. Lille (Lille, France)

Liverpool
Sat, Aug 4 – Napoli (Dublin, Ireland)
Tue, Aug 7 – Torino (Anfield)

Manchester City
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Manchester City has the Community Shield vs. Chelsea on Sun, Aug 5

Manchester United
Sun, Aug 5 – vs. Bayern Munich (Munich, Germany)

Newcastle United
Sat, Aug 4 – vs. FC Augsburg (St. James Park)

Southampton
Sat, Aug 4 – vs. Borussia Monchengladbach (St. Mary’s Stadium)

Tottenham Hotspur
Sat, Aug 4 – vs. Girona (Girona, Italy)

Watford
Sat, Aug 4 – vs. Sampdoria (Vicarage Road)

West Ham United
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