Pre-Season Guide

Arsenal

Articles
The Numbers Game – Arsenal
Scout Report – Sead Kolasinac
Scout Report – Alexandre Lacazette

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 13 v Sydney FC, ANZ Stadium, Sydney 2-0 – Mertesacker (Ozil assist), Lacazette (Iwobi assist)
July 15 v Western Sydney Wanderers, ANZ Stadium, Sydney – 3-1 Giroud (Monreal assist), Ramsey (Monreal assist), Elneny (Iwobi assist)
July 19 v Bayern Munich (Shanghai Stadium) International Champions Cup) 1-1 (Arsenal win 3-2 in penalties) – Iwobi (Ramsey assist)
July 22 v Chelsea (Bird’s Nest Stadium, Beijing) – 0-3
July 29 v Benfica, Emirates Stadium (Emirates Cup)
July 30 v Sevilla, Emirates Stadium (Emirates Cup)
August 6 v Chelsea, Wembley Stadium (Community Shield)

Scout Notes: New signings Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette both featured in the 13/7 clash with Sydney FC – Kolasinac on the left of a back-three and second-half Lacazette in a central support berth behind Olivier Giroud. Lacazette started up front v Bayern on 19/7 as Giroud missed out with illness.
Form Players: Ramsey (1 goal, 1 assist), Iwobi (1 goal, 2 assists), Monreal (2 assists)

Bournemouth

Articles
The Numbers Game: Bournemouth
Moving Target – Nathan Ake
Moving Target – Jermain Defoe
Moving Target – Asmir Begovic

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 15 v Estoril Praia, Stadium Municipal, Marbella – 2-1 Ibe (Gradel assist), Gradel (Surridge assist)
July 22 v Portsmouth, Fratton Park – 2-1 – Moussett (Afobe assist), Afobe (Fraser assist)
July 29 v Queens Park Rangers, Loftus Road
July 30 v Valencia, Vitality Stadium
August 2 v Yeovil Town, Huish Park
August 6 v Napoli, Vitality Stadium

Scout Notes:
Form Players:

Brighton and Hove Albion

Articles
Scout Report – Mat Ryan
Scout Report – Pascal Gross
Scout Report – Markus Suttner

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 14 v Fortuna Dusseldorf, Sportplatz Bischofshofen, Austria – 2-0 Murphy (Bong assist), Hemed (Norwood assist)
July 22 v Crawley Town, Checkatrade.com Stadium – 6-0 – March (Kayal assist), Gross (Suttner assist), Hemed (March assist), Murphy (Dunk assist), Goldson (Skalak assist), Murray (pen)
July 25 v Southend United, Roots Hall – 3-0 – (March 2) (Rosenior assist, Murray assist), Murray (Suttner)
July 29 v Norwich City, Carrow Road
August 1 v Girona, Nou Estadi Municipal de Palamos, Catalonia
August 6 v Atletico Madrid, Amex Stadium

Scout Notes: Brighton lost Anthony Knockaert after ten minutes of their opening friendly with Fortuna Dusseldorf on 14/7. Chris Hughton remarked post-match that his ankle injury would be assessed.
Form Players:

Burnley

Articles
The Numbers Game – Burnley

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 14 v Shamrock Rovers, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin – 4-0 – Walters (Cork assist), Barnes (Lowton assist), Brady (Ward assist), Vokes (Hendrick assist)
July 22 v Alfreton Town – 3-2 – Gray (3) (Walters assist, Cork assist)
July 22 v Kidderminster Harriers – 1-0 – Brady
July 25 v Preston North End, Deepdale – 2-1 – Walters (Anderson assist), Vokes (K Long assist)
July 29 v Nottingham Forest, City Ground
August 1 v Celta Vigo, Turf Moor
August 5 v Hannover 96, Turf Moor

Scout Notes:
Form Players:

Chelsea

Articles
The Numbers Game – Chelsea
Scout Report – Antonio Rudiger
Scout Report – Tiemoue Bakayoko
Scout Report – Alvaro Morata

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 15 v , Fulham, Cobham (behind-closed-doors) 8-2 – Willian (Batshuayi assist), Willian (Batshuayi assist), Batshuayi (Willian assist), Batshuayi (Fabregas assist), Willian (Pedro assist), Remy (Kenedy assist), Azpilicueta penalty (Tomori assist), Remy penalty
July 22 v Arsenal, Bird’s Nest Stadium, Beijing – 3-0 – Willian (Batshuayi assist), Batshuayi (2) (Kante assist, Alonso assist)
July 25 v Bayern Munich, National Stadium, Singapore (International Champions Cup) – 2-3 – Alonso (Moses assist), Batshuayi (Morata assist)
July 29 v Inter Milan, National Stadium, Singapore (International Champions Cup)
August 6 v Arsenal, Wembley Stadium (Community Shield)

Scout Notes:
Form Players:Willian (four goals, one assist), Batshuayi (five goals, three assists)

Crystal Palace

Articles
The Numbers Game – Crystal Palace
Moving Target – Frank De Boer
Moving Target – Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Scout Report – Jairo Riedewald

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 19 v Liverpool, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) 0-2
July 22 v West Brom, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) – 2-0 – Milivojevic (Zaha assist), Sako (Milivojevic assist)
July 29 v FC Metz, Stade Saint-Symphorien, Metz
August 5 v Schalke 04, Selhust Park

Scout Notes: Palace played in a 3-4-3 formation vs Liverpool on 19/7, with Andros Townsend and Jeffey Schlupp starting as wing-backs.
Form Players:

Everton

Articles
The Numbers Game – Everton
Moving Target – Michael Keane
Moving Target – Jordan Pickford
Scout Report – Sandro Ramirez
Scout Report – Davy Klaassen
Moving Target – Cuco Martina

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 13 v Gor Mahia FC, Tanzania National Main Stadium, Tanzania 2-1 – Rooney (assist Lookman), Dowell (assist Davies)
July 19 v FC Twente, SV De Lutte, Overijssel 3-0 – Mirallas (Baines assist), Lennon, Dowell (Gueye assist)
July 22 v KRC Genk, Luminus Arena, Genk – 1-1 – Rooney (Sandro assist)
July 27 (UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg)
August 3 (UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg)
August 6 v Sevilla, Goodison Park

Scout Notes: Wayne Rooney was stationed up front on his second debut for Everton vs Gor Mahia FC on 13/7. He was also handed a share of free-kicks.

Form Players: Rooney (2 goals) Dowell (2 goals)

Huddersfield Town

Articles
Scout Report – Tom Ince
Scout Report – Aaron Mooy
Scout Report – Laurent Depoitre
Scout Report – Steve Mounie

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 12 v Accrington Stanley, Wham Stadium 1-0 – Ince
July 16 v Bury, Gigg Lane – 3-1 – Mounié (Löwe assist), Ince (Quaner assist), Kanchunga (pen) (Malone assist)
July 18 v SV Sandhausen, BWT Stadium – 2-3 – Ince (Van La Parra assist), Mounie (Van La Parra assist)
July 22 v Barnsley, Oakwell – 1-0 – Mounie (Lössl assist)
July 22 v Girona, PPG Canalside – 1-0 – Palmer (Kachunga assist)
July 26 v Udinese – 1-2 – Ince (Williams assist)
August 1 v Stuttgart, Schwaz, Austria
August 4 v Torino, Jenbach, Austria

Scout Notes:
Form Players: Ince (4 goals), Mounie (3 goals)

Leicester City

Articles
The Numbers Game – Leicester City
Moving Target – Harry Maguire
Scout Report – Vicente Iborra

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 19 v West Brom, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) 1-1 (Leicester win 7-6 on penalties) – Mahrez
July 22 v Liverpool, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) – 1-2 – Slimani (Fuchs assist)
July 26 v Luton Town, Kenilworth Road – 1-0 – Mahrez (Musa assist)
July 28 v MK Dons, Stadium MK
July 29 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Molineux Stadium
August 1 v Burton Albion, Pirelli Stadium
August 4 v Borussia Monchengladbach, King Power Stadium

Scout Notes:
Form Players:

Liverpool

Articles
Numbers Game – Liverpool
Scout Report – Mohamed Salah
Moving Target – Andrew Robertson

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 12 v Tranmere Rovers, Prenton Park – 4-0 – Milner (penalty) (Ojo assist), Grujic (Ojo assist), Chirivella (Solanke assist), Woodburn (penalty)
July 14 v Wigan Athletic, DW Stadium – 1-1 – Salah (Firmino assist)
July 19 v Crystal Palace, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) 2-0 – Solanke (Origi assist), Origi (Coutinho assist)
July 22 v Leicester City, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) – 2-1 – Salah (Coutinho assist), Coutinho (Firmino assist)
July 29 v Hertha BSC, Olympiastadion
August 1 v Bayern Munich/Atletico Madrid/Napoli, Allianz Arena (Audi Cup)
August 2 v Bayern Munich/Atletico Madrid/Napoli, Allianz Arena (Audi Cup)
August 5 v Athletic Club, Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Scout Notes: Jurgen Klopp rolled out a 4-3-3 for both halves of Liverpool’s 12/7 clash with Tranmere. Re-classified as an FPL forward this season, Roberto Firmino played on the flank before being replaced at the break.

Form Players: Salah (2 goals), Coutinho (1 goal, 2 assists)

Manchester City

Articles
The Numbers Game – Manchester City
Scout Report – Ederson
Scout Report – Bernardo Silva
Moving Target – Kyle Walker
Scout Report – Danilo

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 20 v Manchester United, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas (International Champions Cup) 0-2
July 26 v Real Madrid, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, (International Champions Cup) – 4-1 – Otamendi (Stones assist), Sterling (De Bruyne assist), Stones (De Bruyne assist), Diaz (Roberts assist)
July 29 v Tottenham Hotspur, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee (International Champions Cup)
August 4 v West Ham United, Laugardalsvollur National Stadium, Reykjavik

Scout Notes:
Form Players:

Manchester United

Articles
The Numbers Game – Manchester United
Scout Report – Victor Lindelof

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 15 v LA Galaxy, Stubhub Centre, Los Angeles – 5 -2 Rashford (2) (Lingard & Mata assists), Fellaini (Lingard assist), Mkhitaryan (Martial assist), Martial (Fosu-Mensah assist)
July 17 v Real Salt Lake, Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah – 2-1 – Mkhitaryan (Lingard assist), Lukaku (Mkhitaryan assist)
July 20 v Manchester City, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas (International Champions Cup 2-0 – Lukaku (Pogba assist), Rashford (Mkhitaryan assist)
July 23 v Real Madrid, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California (International Champions Cup) – 1-1 (United won 2-1 on penalties) – Lingard (Martial assist)
July 26 v Barcelona, FedExField, Washington DC (International Champions Cup) – 0-1
July 30 v Valerenga, Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo
August 2 v Sampdoria, Aviva Stadium, Dublin
August 8 v Real Madrid, National Arena Filip II, FYR Macedonia (UEFA Super Cup)

Scout Notes: Jose Mourinho started the pre-season by trilling a three-man defence against LA Galaxy, deploying a 3-4-1-1 or even two up front. He suggested that this would not be the default formation, although also hinted that he would try Marcus Rashford up with Romelu Lukaku in a two-man strikeforce.
Form Players:Rashford (3 goals), Mkhitaryan (2 goals, 2 assists), Lukaku (2 goals), Lingard (1 goal, 3 assists)

Newcastle United

Articles
Scout Report – Florian Lejeune
Scout Report – Jacob Murphy

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 14 v Heart of Midlothian, Tynecastle Stadium – 2-0 – Gayle (2) (De Jong & Shelvey assists)
July 22 v Preston North End, Deepdale – 1-1 – Mitrovic (Dummett assist)
July 26 v Bradford City, Northern Commercials Stadium – 4-0 – Gayle (Atsu assist), Murhpy (2) (Gayle assist, Aarons assist), Mitrovic (Aarons assist)
July 29 v FSV Mainz 05, Opel Arena
August 2 v Wolfsburg, AOK Stadion
August 6 v Hellas Verona, St James’ Park

Scout Notes:
Form Players:

Southampton

Articles
Moving Target – Mauricio Pellegrino

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 15 v St Gallen, Sportanlage Kellen, Switzerland – 0-0
July 22 v Brentford, Griffin Park – 2-2 – Austin (2) (McQueen assist)
July 29 v St Etienne, Stade Municipal de Chambéry
August 2 vs FC Augsburg, St Mary’s Stadium
August 5 vs Sevilla FC, St Mary’s Stadium

Scout Notes:
Form Players: Austin (2 goals)

Stoke City

Articles
Moving Target – Kurt Zouma

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 10 v Neuchatel Xamax, Tissot Arena, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland (Uhrencup) – 1-0 – Sejmenovic (og) (Verlinden assist)
July 12 v Young Boys Bern, Tissot Arena, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland (Uhrencup) – 2-2 – Adam (penalty) (Crouch assist), Muniesa (Adam assist)
July 15 v AS Monaco, Martigny, Switzerland – 2-4 – Berahino (Imbula assist), Mame Diouf (Cameron assist)
July 22 v Amiens SC, Stade de la Licorne, Amiens – 1-0 – Mame Diouf
July 25 v Sheffield United, Bramall Lane – 1-2 – Shaquiri (Sobhi assist)
July 29 v Bolton Wanderers, Macron Stadium
July 30 v Crewe Alexandra, Alexandra Stadium
August 1 v St. Pauli, Millerntor Stadion, Hamburg
August 5 v RB Leipzig, Red Bull Arena

Scout Notes:
Form Players: Mame Diouf (2 goals)

Swansea City

Articles
Scout Report – Tammy Abraham

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 12 v Barnet, The Hive Stadium 0-1
July 15 v Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia, US – 2-2 – Bartley (Fer assist), Ayew (Bartley assist)
July 19 v Richmond Kickers, Richmond, US 2-1 McBurnie penalty (Bartley assist), Abraham (Olsson assist)
July 22 v North Carolina, Sahlen’s Stadium, US – 0-0
July 29 v Birmingham City, St Andrew’s
August 5 v Sampdoria, Liberty Stadium

Scout Notes: Paul Clement started with a 4-2-3-1 set-up vs Barnet on 12/7 before switching to a midfield diamond after the break.
Form Players:

Tottenham Hotspur

Articles

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 22 v Paris Saint-Germain, Camping World Stadium, Orlando (International Champions Cup) – 4-2 – Eriksen (Nkoudou assist), Dier, Alderweireld (Wanyama assist), Kane (pen) (Trippier assist)
July 25 v Roma, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey (International Champions Cup) – 2-3 Winks (Nkoudou assist), Janssen (Nkoudou assist)
July 29 v Manchester City, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee (International Champions Cup)
August 5 v Juventus, Wembley Stadium

Scout Notes:
Form Players:

Watford

Articles
Moving Target – Marco Silva
Scout Report – Will Hughes

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 15 v AFC Wimbledon, Cherry Red Records Stadium – 2-3 – Watson (Holebas assist), Berghuis (Dja Djédjé assist)
July 18 v Viktoria Plzen, TBC, Austria – 1-0 – Okaka (Hughes assist)
July 22 v SD Eibar, TBC, Austria – 1-0 – Capoue (Success assist)
July 26 v Rangers, – 1-2 – Okaka (Chalobah assist)
July 29 v Aston Villa, Villa Park
August 5 v Real Sociedad, Vicarage Road

Scout Notes:
Form Players:

West Bromwich Albion

Articles
Moving Target – Jay Rodriguez
Scout Report – Ahemd Hegazi

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 12 v SK Slavia Prague, Kumberg Stadium 1-2 – McClean (assist Phillips)
July 19 v Leicester City, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) 1-1 (Leicester win 7-6 on penalties) – Rodriguez (Livermore assist)
July 22 v Crystal Palace/Liverpool, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (PL Asia Trophy) – 0-2
July 26 v Walsall, Banks’s Stadium – 2-1 – Donnellan (McClean assist), Robson-Kanu (Leko assist)
July 26 v Burton Albion, Pirelli Stadium – 1-0 – Rodriguez (Phillips assist) –
July 29 v Bristol Rovers, Memorial Stadium
July 29 v Slough Town
August 1 v Kidderminster Harriers, Aggborough Stadium
August 1 v Port Vale, Vale Park
August 5 v Deportivo La Coruna, Estadio Riazor, A Coruna (Teresa Herrera Trophy)

Scout Notes: Jay Rodriguez made his debut in a central support role against Slavia Prague on 12/7. Chris Brunt featured at left-back, with Craig Dawson at centre-half as Gareth McAuley missed out through injury. Rodriguez started on the left flank vs Leicester on 19/7.
Form Players:

West Ham United

Articles
Moving Target – Joe Hart

Pre-Season Fixtures/Results

July 17 v Sturm Graz B, Thermenstadion, Bad Waltersdorf, Austria – 0-0
July 20 v Fulham, Sportzentrum Graz-Weinzodl, Austria 2-1 – Lanzini (Fletcher assist), Fletcher
July 28 v Werder Bremen, Osterwald Stadion, Schneverdingen (Betway Cup)
July 29 v Werder Bremen, Heinz-Dettmer Stadion, Lohne (Betway Cup)
August 1 v Altona 93, Adolf-Jager-Kampfbahn Stadium, Hamburg
August 4 v Manchester City, Laugardalsvollur National Stadium, Reykjavik

Scout Notes:
Form Players: