With the Gameweek 1 deadline on September 12th, our pre-season guide has all of the news – injuries, transfers and minutes – that FPL bosses need to help inform their initial squad selections.

In good news for FPL, the ‘five subs’ rule is officially no longer with us.

FA Cup replays have been scrapped, while the EFL Cup second round starts in the midweek after Gameweek 1.

Add in two sets of international fixtures between September 3rd and September 8th and you’ve got an even trickier selection job before the first deadline of the new season. The transfer window, meanwhile, is not closing until the 5th of October. Television times for the first three gameweeks have been released. All September games will now be broadcast live in the UK.

Final update of this information guide: Tuesday, August 8th, 23:00


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m) notched a brace, including a penalty, against Aston Villa on Saturday as the Gunners lost 3-2. All of the pre-season friendly results on the weekend before GW1 can be taken with a pinch of salt, considering that international matches are running concurrently.

Willian (£8.0m) made his first appearance for the club since a summer switch across London, while Dani Ceballos (£5.0m) featured after Arsenal confirmed a second season-long loan deal for the midfielder. Neither club supplied line-up information for the match, with a succinct report on the Aston Villa website the best that FPL bosses can work with.

Eddie Nketiah, meanwhile, scored four times for the England Under-21s over the international break.

Mikel Arteta’s men also conceded three times against QPR on September 1st in a 4-3 win. A report on QPR’s official site does not contain the Arsenal scorers and says that Arsenal requested no streaming of the tie.

Arsenal beat MK Dons 4-1 the week before last and secured victory on penalties over Liverpool in the Community Shield on Saturday, August 29th. Aubameyang was the Gunners’ goalscorer in the 1-1 draw at Wembley, with Bukayo Saka (£5.5m) registering the assist.

On Aubameyang’s as-yet-unsigned new contract, Arteta told the BBC: “My job is to try to convince him he’s at the right place at the right time. I think we got that and then we have to make the paperwork and that takes a bit of time.”

In an official cub interview, Aubameyang was told that the club’s fans eager for him to put pen to paper. He responded: “Yes, I know. We will see. We will see in the next few days. Today we take the trophy.”

Arsenal Community Shield XI: Martinez; Tierney (Kolasinac 83mins), David Luiz, Holding; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Elneny, Bellerin (Cedric Soares 59mins); Aubameyang, Nketiah (Nelson 82mins), Saka (Willock 82mins).

Arsenal XI vs MK Dons: Leno (Macey 46mins); Tierney (Olayinka 61mins), Saliba (Ballard 46mins), Holding (McGuinness 61mins); Maitland-Niles (Willoc 46mins), Xhaka (Azeez 61mins), Elneny (Cottrell 61mins), Cedric Soares (Bola 46mins); Aubameyang (Nelson 46mins), Nketiah (John-Jules 61mins), Saka (Smith-Rowe 46mins). Goals: Elneny, Nketiah, McGuinness, Nelson (penalty). Assists: Saka, Nelson.

Signings: Willian (£8.0m), Cedric Soares (£5.0m), Pablo Mari (£4.5m), Gabriel Magalhaes (£5.0m), Dani Ceballos

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Granit Xhaka (assist), Kieran Tierney

Nations League minutes [Round 2] (90mins unless stated): Granit Xhaka, Bernd Leno, Maitland-Niles (5mins)

Aston Villa

Douglas Luiz (£5.0m) and youngster Jacob Ramsey (2) were Villa’s goalscorers against Arsenal.

The Villans played two 60-minute friendlies against Bristol City the week before last, losing the first 1-0 and winning the second by the same scoreline as Ally Samatta (£6.0m) netted. Line-up details from the behind-closed-doors games were not revealed.

Dean Smith’s team then beat Wycombe Wanderers 5-2 in a pre-season tie on Saturday, August 29th. Line-up specifics were again kept under wraps but Orjan Nyland (£4.0m) saved a penalty in the second half. An Anwar El Ghazi (£6.0m) brace was added to by strikes from Samatta, Ezri Konsa (£4.5m) and Trezeguet (£5.5m).

Villa will blank in Gameweek 1, with their trip to Manchester City postponed until a later date.

Tom Heaton (£4.5m) will not be fit for the opening gameweek, opening the door for either Jed Steer (£4.0m) or Nyland to become a short-term budget option for FPL bosses.

On his return, Heaton told VillaTV: “It’s a difficult one to pin-point, I think the start of the season, unfortunately, has come too soon. It has landed fortunately with the fixtures, we’re not playing on the first weekend and we only have three Premier League games up until the October international break.

“At the minute, I’ve got my eye set on that and that certainly gives me enough time. Fingers crossed, that’s what I’ve got my sights on and we’ll see how it plays out.”

Signings: Matty Cash (£5.0m)

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Conor Hourihane, John McGinn

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): John McGinn (19mins), Jack Grealish (17mins)

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton logged a 0-0 draw with West Brom on Saturday, with Graham Potter again utilising a back three. David Button (£4.0m) has moved to West Brom, though FPL have priced back-up goalkeeper Christian Walton – who is currently injured – at £4.0m.

Brighton XI vs West Brom: Ryan; Webster, Dunk, White; March, Stephens, Bissouma, Lallana (Gross 60mins), Alzate (Bernardo 60mins); Mac Allister; Maupay.

The Seagulls drew 1-1 with Chelsea on Saturday, August 29th at the Amex, with a Pascal Gross (£6.0m) penalty cancelling out a Timo Werner strike. Back at the club after several loan spells, goalkeeper Christian Walton suffered what Brighton describe as a “serious-looking ankle injury” after replacing Mat Ryan (£4.5m). That could impact on David Button’s (£4.0m) potential transfer out of the club.

Ben White (£4.5m) earned a start in a back three against Chelsea, following his return to the south coast from a successful loan spell at Leeds last season. Neal Maupay (£6.5m) had a penalty saved by Willy Caballero (£5.0m) just into the second period, which paved the way for Gross to step up to the spot soon before the final whistle.

Brighton XI vs Chelsea: Ryan [(Walton 62mins), Sanchez 80mins]; White (Duffy 62mins), Dunk (Bernardo 62mins), Webster (Burn 62mins); March (Connolly 62mins), Bissouma [(Stephens 62mins) Sanders 73mins], Alzate (Molumby 46mins), Veltman (Lamptey 46mins); Trossard (Jahanbakhsh 62mins), Maupay (Gross 62mins), Lallana (Mac Allister 46mins).

Club captain Dunk (£5.0m) has signed a new deal with the Seagulls, putting an end to speculation over a move to Chelsea.

Brighton boss Graham Potter recently described new signing Joel Veltman as “an experienced right-back”, which is just something to note for those planning to start the season with Tariq Lamptey (£4.5m).

Signings: Adam Lallana (£6.5m), Joel Veltman (£4.5m) Departures: Aaron Mooy, Martin Montoya, Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy, David Button

New contracts: Aaron Connolly (2024), Steven Alzate (2024), Lewis Dunk (2025)

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Aaron Connolly, Leandro Trossard (10mins), Joel Veltman

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Aaron Connolly (77mins), Joel Veltman


According to the Clarets’ official site, ‘Ashley Barnes and Jack Cork will miss the start of the season through injury, while skipper Ben Mee is still to resume full training.’

Sean Dyche split his squad again on Saturday, with Burnley XIs beating Hearts 4-1 and Mansfield Town 4-2. James Tarkowski (£5.5m) returned to the fold for a 90-minute showing after a minor injury had kept him sidelined during the week.

Burnley XI vs Hearts: Norris; Pieters, Long, Tarkowski, Lowton; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Benson, Max Thompson (Mumbongo 65); Lewis Richardson (Elva-Fountaine 73mins), Rodriguez. Goals: Rodriguez (pen), Thompson, Richardson, Gudmundsson. Assists: Richardson, Tarkowski, Thompson.

Burnley XI vs Mansfield Town: Jensen; Taylor (OG), Bobby Thomas, Dunne, Bardsley; McNeil, Brownhill, Tucker, Goodridge; Wood, Vydra. Goals: Brownhill, Wood (2), Thomas. Assists: McNeil (2).

The Clarets ground out a 0-0 draw against Preston North End on Tuesday, September 1st. James Tarkowski (£5.5m) missed out due to a ‘minor knock’. Ben Mee (£5.0m) and Kevin Long (£4.5m) were also both absent with injury issues, while Burnley – as with any other club in pre-season action this week – are without several international players.

Burnley XI vs Preston: Norris (Jensen 46mins); Taylor (Pieters 60mins), Thomas, Dunne, Bardsley (Lowton 60mins); Gudmundsson (Goodridge 70mins), Westwood (Benson 60mins), Brownhill (Elva-Fountaine 80mins), McNeil (Richardson 80mins); Wood (Vydra 60mins), Rodriguez (Mumbongo 70mins).

Sean Dyche split his squad for games against Tranmere Rovers and Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, August 29th. Chris Wood (£6.5m) converted a penalty in a 2-1 defeat against the Shrews, while Erik Pieters managed two assists in a 3-0 win against Tranmere. Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) operated at centre-half against Shrewsbury.

Burnley XI vs Tranmere: Peacock-Farrell; Pieters, Thomas, Dunne, Bardsley; Brady, Benson, Brownhill, Gudmundsson (Conn-Clarke 78mins); Vydra, Rodriguez. Goals: Vydra, Thomas, Gudmundsson. Assists: Pieters (2), Dunne.

Burnley XI vs Shrewsbury: Pope (Jensen 46mins); Glennon, Taylor, Tarkowski, Lowton (Elva-Fountaine 75); McNeil, Westwood, Goodridge, Tucker (trialist 46mins); Wood, Thompson (Mumbongo 46mins).

The Clarets blank in Gameweek 1 due to their home tie with Manchester United being postponed.

Signings: Will Norris (GK)

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Robbie Brady (20mins), Peacock-Farrell

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Robbie Brady, Peacock-Farrell


Reece James (£5.0m) withdrew from the England Under-21 squad last week with a suspected injury, though details are few and far between.

The Blues’ summer spending spree continued last week with Germany midfielder Kai Havertz joining Frank Lampard’s squad. Fantasy Premier League have priced up the exciting talent at £8.5m.

Timo Werner (£9.5m) netted on his Chelsea debut as the Blues drew 1-1 against Brighton on Saturday, August 29th. Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0m) headed the ball down for the forward to finish after an incisive pass from Hakim Ziyech (£8.0m).

Chelsea’s new midfield signing walked off the pitch following treatment early in the second half. On that injury, Frank Lampard said: “He has a bit of a knock on his knee, a little bit of a small twist which we will have to assess. Hopefully it is not too bad.”

Chelsea XI vs Brighton: Kepa (Caballero 46mins); Alonso (Maatsen 66mins), Clarke-Salter (Rudiger 46mins), Christensen (Azpilicueta 46min), James (Lawrence 66); Kovacic (Baker 61mins), Kante (Ampadu 61mins), Loftus-Cheek (Vale 72mins); Hudson-Odoi (McCormick 72mins), Werner [(Giroud 61mins), Castillo 90+2mins], Ziyech (Gallagher 54mins).

Christian Pulisic (£8.5m) picked up a hamstring injury during the Blues’ 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup final on August 1st. On the winger, Frank Lampard revealed: “With Pulisic it’s touch and go for the start of the season. We have to treat it right. He has been fantastic, although had a couple of these injuries this season. In the big scheme when Pulisic reflects on the first season, I think his improvement levels coming here, when you think of his goals and assists being the best of his career in the first year in the Premier League.

“From where he was at the start and how he was playing in restart he should be very happy because that is down to his work. We will get him fit and ready. If he misses the first part of the season, the first one or two games, then we will have a firing Christian hungry for restart.”

Signings: Timo Werner (£9.5m), Hakim Ziyech (£8.0m), Ben Chilwell (£5.5m), Thiago Silva (£5.5m), Kai Havertz (£8.5m) Departures: Willian, Pedro, Ampadu (loan)

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Timo Werner (goal), Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Olivier Giroud, N’Golo Kante, Kovacic

Nations League minutes [Round 2] (90mins unless stated): Timo Werner, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, N’Golo Kante (63mins), Jorginho, Giroud (27mins, goal[penalty]), Kovacic, Mount (30mins)

Crystal Palace

Several of Palace’s first-team squad earned minutes on Tuesday in an Under-23 tie.

New signing Eberechi Eze (£6.0m) withdrew for the England Under-21 squad last week with a reported groin injury.

The Eagles drew 1-1 with Brondby on Saturday. Tyrick Mitchell (£4.0m) was again stationed at left-back, though Patrick van Aanholt (£5.5m) was pictured back on the grass during the week. Following the game, Roy Hodgson said: “[Brondby are] certainly the strongest team we’ve played in pre-season but I thought we defended well. The back four once again and goalkeeper were really good and I thought our attacking play produced the goal chances we were hoping it would produce.”

Palace XI vs Brondby: Guaita; Mitchell, Dann (Kelly 65mins), Kouyaté, Ward; Schlupp, Riedewald, McArthur (Milivojevic 45mins), Townsend; Zaha, Ayew (Meyer 65mins). Goal: Zaha. Assist: Ayew.


Palace were 1-0 winners against Millwall on Tuesday. Mitchell picked up another 74 pre-season minutes. The young left-back appears to have a decent shot at making Roy Hodgson’s XI for Gameweek 1. FPL bosses may have to wait until the manager’s press conference next week for a definitive injury update on Van Aanholt. Jairo Riedewald (£4.5m MID) and Martin Kelly (£4.5m) are the other competitors for the left-back spot.

Crystal Palace XI vs Millwall: Guaita; Mitchell (Inniss 74mins), Kouyaté (Jach 74mins), Dann (Kelly 46mins), Ward (Woods 74mins); Schlupp (Kirby 74mins), Riedewald (Gordon 86mins), McArthur (Malachi Boateng 74mins), Meyer; Zaha (Pierrick 74mins), Ayew. Goal: Meyer. Assist: Zaha.

The Eagles beat Oxford United 2-1 the week before last. Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m), who partnered Jordan Ayew (£6.0m) in a 4-4-2 system, missed a penalty won by Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m). The latter joined Schlupp in the front pairing for the second half.

Roy Hodgson’s side then ran out 3-0 winners against Charlton Athletic on Saturday, August 29th. New signing Eberechi Eze (£6.0m) was immediately parachuted into the Palace side for a 45-minute run-out. After the game, Eze said of Roy Hodgson’s pre-match instructions: “I know that [roaming] is what the manager wants me to do, he wants me to link-up and feel free to go where I want to go and where I feel comfortable – which is obviously inside. But it gives me a license to be free, which is good.”

Nathan Ferguson (£4.0m) is yet to feature for Palace due to a knee injury which has kept the budget defender out of action since January. Hodgson explained to Palace TV: “It is that difficult moment, when do you put him back into competitive training, when do you put him back in training that is a lot more intense than what he has been doing during his rehab. No one has got a 100 per cent answer to that.

“At the moment, the sports science and medical people are wanting to keep him back a bit more but I have got to say, when I see him doing is one-to-one work with the sports scientists he looks fine. But of course we don’t know until he gets into a situation where he has got to twist and turn, hold off challenges, where he has got to accept a bit more weight going onto that knee how he is going to really react.

“I have to be patient and wait for them to tell me that the strength is where it should be and he can come back into training. He is looking okay from what I can see, we would like to see him in with us training every day so we can get an even better idea of what he is able to do for us.”

Crystal Palace XI vs Charlton: Hennessey; Mitchell (Kelly 64mins), Dann (Inniss 78mins), Kouyaté (Woods 78mins), Ward (Kirby 64mins); Eze (Schlupp 45mins), Riedewald (Jach 78mins), McArthur (Malachi Boateng 78mins), Townsend (Pierrick 78); Zaha, Ayew (Gordon 83mins). Goals: Ayew (2), Zaha. Assists: Zaha, Townsend, Schlupp.

Crystal Palace XI vs Oxford United: Henderson; Riedewald (Gordon 80mins), Dann (Woods 70mins), Kouyaté (Kelly 61mins), Ward (Inniss, 70); Zaha, McArthur (Kirby 75mins), McCarthy (Mitchell 20mins), Townsend (Malachi Boateng 81mins); Ayew (Meyer 45mins], Schlupp (Pierrick, 70mins). Goals: Zaha, McArthur. Assists: Schlupp, Townsend.

Signings: Nathan Ferguson, Eberechi Eze

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Wayne Hennessey, James McCarthy (70mins)

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Wayne Hennessey


The Toffees have added James Rodriguez (£7.5m) and Abdoulaye Doucoure (not yet priced) to their ranks.

Mason Holgate (£5.0m) reportedly left Goodison Park on crutches after sustaining a toe injury in a 2-0 win against Preston on Saturday.

Everton XI vs Preston North End: Tyrer (Hansen 89mins); Nkounkou, Holgate (John 31mins), Gibson, Kenny; Sigurdsson, Gordon (Baningime 78mins), Bernard (Adeniran 88mins); Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin (Simms 82mins), Walcott (Bolasie 67mins). Goals: Kenny, Calvert-Lewin. Assists: Walcott, Richarlison.

The Toffees drew 3-3 against Blackpool in their opening pre-season tie on August 22nd, conceding three times in the opening 11 minutes before goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.0m) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (2) levelled the match.

All three goals came from set-piece situations. Before winning the penalty that Sigurdsson (£7.0m) converted, Calvert-Lewin began Everton’s scoring by heading in from the Icelander’s corner.

Sigurdsson then fired home a free-kick after Theo Walcott (£6.0m) was fouled.


Everton XI vs Blackpool: Pickford (Lossl 46mins); Digne (Nkounkou 62mins), Holgate (Gibson 62mins), Branthwaite (Keane 46mins), Kenny (Coleman 46mins); Gordon (Besic 62mins), Davies, Sigurdsson (John 76mins), Iwobi (Bolasie 62mins); Calvert-Lewin (Simms 76mins), Kean (Walcott 46mins).

Signings: Niels Nkounkou, Allan (£5.5m), Rodriguez, Doucoure

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Pickford, Digne

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Pickford, Kean (48mins)


The Cottagers drew 2-2 with MK Dons on Saturday, August 29th, with Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.0m) not involved. However, the striker scored for his country in a 90-minute showing as Serbia lost 3-1 to the Ukraine last Thursday before playing another full match on Sunday.

Fulham first-half XI vs MK Dons: Rodák, Bryan, Le Marchand, Hector, Odoi, Sessegnon, Johansen, De Cordova-Reid, Knockaert, Jasper Kebano.

Fulham second-half XI vs MK Dons: Bettinelli, Robinson, Ream, Mawson, Christie, Onomah, Cairney, Carvalho, Francois, Kamara, Cavaleiro. Goals: Kamara, Cairney. Assists: Francois, Cavaleiro.

Signings: Antonee Robinson (£4.5m DEF), Harrison Reed (£4.5m) Mario Lemina (£4.5m)

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Mitrovic (goal)

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Mitrovic

Leeds United

The Whites beat Portuguese Primeira Liga outfit Pacos Ferreira 3-1 on Saturday.

Leeds United XI vs Pacos Ferreira: Casilla; Douglas, Ayling, Casey, Davis; Struijk, Shackleton; Harrison (Poveda 70mins), Hernandez (Gotts 73mins), Roberts (Costa 46′); Bamford (Cresswell 88mins). Goals: Struijk, Hernandez, Costa. Assists: Douglas, Bamford (2).

Marcelo Bielsa’s under-strength side were beaten 3-0 by Stoke City on Tuesday in an 80-minute game. The club declined to report on any in-game substitutions.

The Whites have been busy in the transfer market, signing Spain forward Rodrigo (£6.0m) and Germany centre-half Robin Koch (£4.5m).

Signings: Rodrigo, Robin Koch, Helder Costa (£5.5m), Illan Meslier (£4.5m), Jack Harrison (£5.5m), Joe Gelhardt, Cody Drameh

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Rodrigo, Koch (added-time sub for Werner), Alioski, Dallas, Klich

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Koch, Alioski, Dallas, Klich (22mins), Liam Cooper

Leicester City

Leicester drew 1-1 with Blackburn in their final pre-season outing. Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m) operated at centre-back.

Leicester XI vs Blackburn Rovers: Stolarcyzk; Thomas, Ndidi (Johnson 65mins), Knight (Amartey 65mins), Daley-Campbell; Mendy; Barnes (Perez 75mins), Choudhury, Dewsbury-Hall, Gray (Albrighton 75mins); Vardy (Iheanacho 79mins). Goal: Amartey.

The Foxes beat Birmingham 2-0 on Wednesday, August 26th. Brendan Rodgers started with the XI below, making six changes at half-time and a further five on 60 minutes. Youri Tielemans (£6.5m) set up Leicester’s opener from youngster Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, before Marc Albrighton (£5.5m) capitalised on a defensive error to add a second.

Leicester then drew 0-0 with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, August 29th. Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) began the game, while Wes Morgan (£4.5m) suffered a hamstring problem after 30 minutes.

Vardy was one of two players to depart at half-time, while Rodgers rang further changes as the game went on.

On Morgan, Rodgers explained: “He just felt at the top of his hamstring a tightness. So [we’ll] get a scan on that and hopefully, all being well, he’ll be okay.”

On a disjointed pre-season, the Foxes chief added: “Well, we still have a long way to go and I think because of the nature of the season, when it’s going to start, the players will still be searching for [full fitness]. We’ve still got a couple of weeks to go and unfortunately now, we lose a number of players away to international duty.”

Left-back Luke Thomas (£4.5m), who could the beneficiary of Chilwell’s departure, has signed a new long-term deal with the Foxes. However, versatile full-back Timothy Castagne (£5.5m) has joined the club.

James Maddison (£7.0m) recently put pen to paper on a new four-year contract, while Nampalys Mendy has also extended his stay at the King Power stadium.

Signings: Timothy Castagne Departures: Ben Chilwell

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Soyuncu, Schmeichel, Tielemans, Castagne, Praet (33mins)

Nations League minutes [Round 2] (90mins unless stated): Soyuncu, Schmeichel


Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) played 85 minutes for England against Denmark, having featured for 20-odd minutes as a substitute against Iceland.

The Reds racked up the goals in a 7-2 win over Blackpool on Saturday.

Liverpool XI vs Blackpool: Alisson (Adrian 62mins); Milner, Koumetio (Van den Berg 46mins), Matip (Phillips 46′), Hoever; Fabinho (Jones 46mins), Keita; Mane (Origi 62mins), Minamino, Salah (Elliott 62mins); Firmino. Goals: Matip, Mane, Firmino, Minamino, Origi, Elliott, Van den Berg. Assists: Milner, Minamino, Origi, Firmino, Jones, Elliott.

Jordan Henderson (£5.5m) returned to training last week but did not feature against Blackpool. Jurgen Klopp explained: “If he would have played today, 10 minutes or so would have probably been OK. But that makes no sense. So that was not possible, but he trained in big parts of this week and will probably join full team training next Tuesday. Timing-wise, not perfect that he cannot play today, but can train a few days later fully. But that’s how it is.”

Liverpool XI vs Arsenal [Community Shield, August 29th]: Alisson; Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Williams (Minamino 59mins); Milner (Keita 59mins), Fabinho, Wijnaldum (Brewster 90+2mins); Mane, Firmino (Jones 82mins), Salah. Goal: Minamino.

Jurgen Klopp’s men drew 2-2 with Red Bull Salzburg on August 25th. Rhian Brewster (£4.5m), who missed his penalty in the shootout against Arsenal, scored twice against the Austrians after being brought on.

Liverpool XI vs Salzburg: Alisson (Adrian 63mins); Robertson (Tsimikas 63mins), Van Dijk (Phillips 55mins), Gomez (Koumetio 63mins), Williams (Hoever 63mins); Keita (Milner 46mins), Fabinho (Jones 46mins), Wijnaldum (Grujic 63mins); Mane (Brewster 63mins), Firmino (Minamino 46mins), Salah (Elliott 63mins). Goals: Brewster (2). Assists: Milner, Jones.

The Reds were 3-0 winners against Stuttgart on August 22nd. Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) opened the scoring from a Curtis Jones (£4.5m) pass, before the Brazilian set up Naby Keita (£5.5m) for Liverpool’s second. Brewster rounded off the scoring following a deflected James Milner (£5.5m) cross.

Liverpool XI vs Stuttgart (first half): Alisson; Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Williams; Jones, Fabinho, Keita; Mane, Firmino, Salah.

Liverpool XI vs Stuttgart (second half): Adrian; Tsimikas, van den Berg (Koumetio 68mins), Phillips, Hoever; Grujic, Wijnaldum, Milner; Elliott, Brewster, Minamino.

Signings: Konstantinos Tsimikas (£5.0m) Departures: Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Neco Williams (30mins), Trent Alexander-Arnold (20mins), Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Virgil van Dijk

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Neco Williams (25mins, goal), Trent Alexander-Arnold (85mins), Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Virgil van Dijk

Manchester City

Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) are self-isolating following positive Covid-19 tests, though neither player is displaying symptoms.

The Citizens will blank in Gameweek 1 following their European exertions, with no known date yet for their home clash against Aston Villa.

Signings: Ferran Torres (£7.0m), Nathan Aké (£5.5m) Departures: Leroy Sané

Nations League minutes (90mins unless stated): Torres, Zinchenko (goal), Gundogan (74mins), Sterling (goal, penalty), Foden (68mins), Walker (70mins, red card), Joao Cancelo (goal), Bernardo Silva (78mins, assist), Nathan Ake

Nations League minutes (90mins unless stated): Torres (16mins), Zinchenko, Gundogan (goal), Sterling, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva (off with a knock after 22mins), Nathan Ake (81mins, Rodri (69mins), Eric Garcia (30mins), De Bruyne (81mins, assist x2)

Manchester United

The Red Devils have added Donny van de Beek (£7.0m) to their midfield ranks.

Paul Pogba (£8.0m) will miss out on France duty after testing positive for Covid-19.

As with their cross-city rivals, the Red Devils will not start their league campaign until Gameweek 2.

Anthony Martial (£9.0m), now categorised as a forward in FPL, scored 17 goals last season to win himself a place in the France squad for the September internationals. On his new-found consistency, the Frenchman said: “I think it’s down to the fact that I’ve enjoyed more game time. I’ve played in practically every game and so I think it’s all about consistency.

“In previous seasons I haven’t been able to feature as regularly; I’d be on the bench quite a bit and other times I’d be starting, which was quite difficult. Whereas right now I know that the coach has faith in me and I’m confident of starting the next match. So, I’m giving everything I can in order to pay back that trust he has shown.

“[I’m hungry for all goals] because for me, a goal is a goal. So simply by managing to score more of a simple kind of goal, I know that I’ll score a lot more in total. It’s something that we work on a lot in training and I then try and reproduce that in a match situation.”

Signings: Van De Beek

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Dan James, David de Gea, Donny van de Beek (18mins), Bruno Fernandes (assist), Victor Lindelof, Mason Greenwood (14mins), Anthony Martial (15mins), McTominay

Nations League minutes [Round 2] (90mins unless stated): Dan James, Donny van de Beek (57mins), Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial (assist), David de Gea, McTominay

Newcastle United

Ex-Bournemouth pair Callum Wilson (£6.5m) and Ryan Fraser (£6.0m) have joined the Magpies, along with former Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis (not yet priced).

The Magpies lost 1-0 to Stoke City on Saturday.

Newcastle XI vs Stoke: Darlow; Yedlin, Fernandez, Hayden, Manquillo; Barlaser (Saivet 82mins), S Longstaff; Murphy, Almiron (Atsu 73mins), Saint-Maximin (Muto 73mins); Carroll (Joelinton 73mins).

Martin Dubravka (£5.0m) will miss the start of the season after sustaining a heel injury. The club expect their No 1 stopper to be “sidelined for several weeks”.

Steve Bruce’s men were beaten 5-1 by Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

Newcastle United XI vs Forest: Darlow (Gillespie 62mins); Manquillo, Lascelles, Lejeune (Fernandez 56mins), Yedlin (Dummett 56mins); Hayden, S Longstaff (Barlaser 62mins); Jacob Murphy (Ritchie 62mins), Atsu (Clark 56mins), Saint-Maximin (Saivet 68mins); Almiron (Carroll 56mins). Goal: Saint-Maximin Assist: S Longstaff Red card: Lascelles

Newcastle beat Crewe Alexandra 3-0 on August 25th before a 2-1 win over Barnsley on Saturday, August 29th.

Newcastle first-half XI vs Crewe: Gillespie; Dummett, Lascelles, Clark, Krafth; Saint-Maximin, Hayden, Barlaser, Murphy; Almirón, Carroll. Goal: Carroll Assist: Lascelles

Newcastle second-half XI vs Crewe: Darlow; Manquillo, Fernandez, Lejuene, Yedlin; Saivet, Longstaff, Shelvey, Longstaff, Atsu; Gayle (Barlaser 63mins). Goals: Atsu, Fernandez. Assists: Gayle, Barlaser

Newcastle XI vs Barnsley: Darlow (Gillespie 46mins); Dummett (Manquillo 61mins), Fernandez (Lejeune 60mins), Clark (Yedlin 61mins), Krafth; Hayden (Saivet 74mins), Shelvey (Barlaser 74mins); Ritchie (Atsu 61mins), S Longstaff (Almiron 61mins), Hendrick (Murphy 61mins); Carroll (Saint-Maximin 61mins).

Budget defender Kell Watts (£4.0m) is no longer an FPL bench-fodder option, having joined Plymouth Argyle on loan for the season.

Signings: Jeff Hendrick (£5.0m), Mark Gillespie (£4.5m GK), Wilson, Fraser, Lewis

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Hendrick

Sheffield United

Chris Wilder has added three new £4.5m defenders to his squad – right-back Jayden Bogle, left-back Max Lowe and Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu.

On the new wing-backs in Bogle and Lowe, the Blades boss said: “Jayden and Max will put huge pressure on George (Baldock) and Enda (Stevens). It was important we got the right characters, the right type of players, ones who are athletic and technically very good, both are modern day wing-backs and I’m looking forward to working with them.”

Jack O’Connell (£5.0m) has not featured in pre-season action so far and is not part of the Blades’ squad for Friday’s game against Preston North End. However, Chris Wilder revealed after the 2-2 draw that the centre-back is expected to be fit for Gameweek 1. The Blades boss said: “[Jack] is on the grass. He’s with the conditioners and will get a clearance session, possibly Sunday morning, and then he will be in full-time training on Monday. He’s another one who has just had to get through and do the right thing. He missed a few days as well through the isolation, which wasn’t ideal, and he’s one of those players who is playing a little bit of catch-up, but Jack will be fine for the Wolves game.”

Sheffield United XI vs Preston: Foderingham; J Robinson, Jagielka, Basham; Bryan, Osborn, Norwood, Lundstram (Slater 46mins), Baldock; McBurnie [Mousset 45mins, (Hackford 72mins)], Sharp. Goals: Lundstram, Sharp (penalty). Assists: McBurnie.

The Blades beat Derby 2-0 on Tuesday. Despite not reporting for Scotland duty, Oli McBurnie (£6.0m) played 45 minutes against the Rams (and managed the same game time against Preston). Wilder explained: “Oli is still not properly fit. You could see that out there and there’s a big difference between him getting through 30 minutes here, even though I kept him on for 45, and starting a match for his country and having people expect him to put it all on and leave everything out there.”

Sheffield United XI vs Derby: Foderingham; Basham, Jagielka, J Robinson; Norrington-Davies (Bryan 62mins), Slater, Norwod, Osborn, Baldock (Brunt 71mins); Sharp, Mousset (McBurnie 45mins). Goals: Osborn, Sharp Assists: Norwood, Kean Bryan

Sheffield United managed a 45-minute outing against Dundee United on August 25th before poor weather conditions saw the tie abandoned. Chris Wilder’s men were 1-0 up at that point, while a full game against Hearts produced the same scoreline on Saturday, August 29th.

Sheffield United XI vs Dundee United: Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, J Robinson; Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Berge, Slater; Sharp, C Robinson. Goal: Sharp. Assist: Berge.

Sheffield United XI vs Hearts: Ramsdale; Basham (Mousset 75mins), Egan (Jagielka 67mins), J Robinson (Bryan 67mins); Stevens (Norrington-Davies 67mins), Fleck (Osborn 67mins), Norwood (Rodwell 71mins), Berge (Brunt 71mins), Baldock (Slater 71mins); Sharp (Hackford 81mins), C Robinson (Gordon 85mins). Goal: Fleck. Assist: Sharp.

Signings: Aaron Ramsdale (£5.0m), Wes Foderingham (£4.5m GK), Bogle, Lowe, Ampadu

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Enda Stevens, John Egan, Callum Robinson (16mins), Sander Berge

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Enda Stevens, John Egan, Callum Robinson (31mins), Sander Berge, Ethan Ampadu, John Fleck (71mins)


The Saints beat Swansea City 7-1 in a 120-minute affair on Saturday, August 29th.

Southampton XI (first 60mins): McCarthy; Betrand, Bednarek, Stephens, Walker-Peters; Romeu, Ward-Prowse; Armstrong, Redmond; Adams, Ings. Goals: Adams, Redmond, Ings (2, one penalty), Ward-Prowse (2, one penalty); Bertrand. Assists: Betrand (2), Adams, Armstrong (penalty), Redmond (2, one for penalty), Ings.

Southampton XI (third quarter): Forster; Vokins, Vestergaard, Klarer, Valery; Slattery, Smallbone; Djenepo, Boufal; Long, Obafemi.

Southampton XI (fourth quarter): Forster; Vokins, Vestergaard, Klarer, Valery; Jankewitz, Smallbone; Djenepo, Boufal; Long, Obafemi.

Signings: Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m), Mohammed Salisu (£4.5m) Departures: Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg, Harrison Reed

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Shane Long (14mins), Danny Ings (25mins), James Ward-Prowse, Jan Bednarek, Stuart Armstrong (12mins)

Nations League minutes [Round 2] (90mins unless stated): Jan Bednarek, Stuart Armstrong (80mins)

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs lost 2-1 to Watford on Saturday in their final pre-season game. Post-match, Jose Mourinho said: “It was a game to give us minutes and a competitive mentality and I really liked the fact that in the last minute, we are fighting to try to score, and then Sonny makes a 100-metre sprint to stop the 3-1 on the counter-attack. So, overall, it was okay.”

On international duty, Harry Kane (£10.5m) managed 78 minutes for England on Saturday before a full 90 on Tuesday.

Tottenham XI vs Watford: Hart (Gazzaniga 46mins); Cirkin (Foyth 46mins), Sanchez, Carter-Vickers, Aurier; Ndombele (Clarke 46mns), White (Bowden 81mins); Lamela, Dele, Lucas; Son (c). Goal: Son (penalty). Assist: Lamela.

The Lilywhites were 4-1 victors over Reading on Friday, August 28th, before beating Birmingham 1-0 the day after in a quick double-header. Against Reading, Heung-min Son (£9.0m) added another two goals to his strike against Ipswich Town the previous weekend. Kane returned to the Spurs squad for the second fixture following his enforced quarantine after a holiday in the Bahamas, though was an unused substitute.

Spurs XI vs Reading: Lloris [(Hart 46 mins), Gazzaniga 74mins]; Davies (Sessegnon 46mins), Dier (Carter-Vickers 46mins), Alderweireld, Gedson (Aurier 46mins); Hojbjerg (Bowden 75mins), Dele Alli (Clarke 62mins); White [(Sissoko 46mins), Devine 86mins], Lucas Moura (Lamela 46mins), Bergwijn (Cirkin 62mins); Son (Scarlett 81mins). Goals: Richards (OG), Dele Alli, Son, Lamela (free kick). Assists: Son (2, OG, FK), Lucas Moura, Bergwijn.

Spurs XI vs Birmingham: Hart (Lloris 46mins); Cirkin (Davies 46mins), Carter-Vickers, Dier (Bergwijn 46mins), Aurier; White (Dele Alli 46mins), Sissoko (Hojbjerg 61mins); Clarke (Son 71mins), Gedson, Sessegnon, Lucas Moura. Goal: Bergwijn.

Spurs beat Ipswich Town 3-0 on August 22nd, with Son scoring twice from a centre-forward position in Kane’s absence.

Ryan Sessegnon (£5.0m) opened the scoring from a Dele Alli (£8.0m) assist. It was also Alli who supplied the key pass for Son’s first goal, while Juan Foyth (£4.5m) set up the FPL midfielder’s second strike. Another FPL midfielder in Gedson Fernandes (£5.0m) operated at right-back for Spurs.

After the game, Mourinho said: “Gedson played right-back for the first time and he was really, really good. In the first half we had some very good combinations, Sonny, Dele, and we were quite solid in behind. It’s quite a unique situation of three goalkeepers playing in the same game but we want to give minutes to everyone and give a positive feeling for everyone.

“So, a clean sheet, everything was good, positive and really some very good things that I don’t want to go into in detail, but we put into practice some of the things we worked on during the week.”

Tottenham XI vs Ipswich: Lloris [(Hart 46mins), Gazzaniga 74mins]; Davies (Cirkin 46mins), Alderweireld, Foyth (Carter-Vickers 46′), Gedson Fernandes; Winks (Devine 71mins), Hojbjerg (White 64mins); Sessegnon, Alli (Bowden 74mins), Lucas Moura (Scarlett 71mins); Son (Clarke 46mins).

Signings: Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg (£5.0m), Joe Hart (£4.5m), Matt Doherty (£6.0m) Departures: Kyle Walker-Peters

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Doherty, Davies, Kane (78mins), Eric Dier, Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Steven Bergwijn (74mins, goal)

Nations League minutes [Round 2] (90mins unless stated): Doherty, Davies, Kane, Eric Dier, Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (18mins), Steven Bergwijn (33mins), Moussa Sissoko

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom drew 0-0 with Brighton on Saturday. A Matheus Pereira (£6.0m) strike that hit the bar was the closest either side came to scoring.

The Baggies were beaten 1-0 by Nottingham Forest on Saturday, August 29th. Slaven Bilic used separate XIs in each half. While the second-half side was not fully reported by the club, it did include Pereira.

Signings: Matheus Pereira, Grady Diangna (£5.5m) Cedric Kipre (£4.5m DEF), David Button (£4.0m)

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Grosicki (20mins)

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Grosicki (80mins, goal, assist), Robson-Kanu (30mins)

West Ham United

The Hammers lost 5-3 to Bournemouth on Saturday. Budget defender Ben Johnson (£4.0m) began the game at right-back but was hooked after 26 minutes, with West Ham 2-0 behind.

West Ham XI vs Bournemouth: Martin; Cresswell, Diop, Ogbonna (Balbuena 63mins), Johnson (Fredericks 26mins); Bowen (Masuaku 63mins), Noble (Wilshere 63mins), Lanzini (Cullen 32mins), Fornals (Snodgrass 82mins), Antonio (Felipe Anderson 63mins), Haller (Xande Silva 82mins). Goals: Bowen (2), Felipe Anderson. Assists: Cullen (2), Snodgrass.

Tomas Soucek (£5.0m) is currently in self-isolation but has tested negative for Covid-19. His status for Gameweek 1 is unknown as yet but should become clear before the season’s first deadline.

David Moyes split his squad for games against Wycombe Wanderers and Ipswich Town on August 25th. The Hammers beat the former 5-1, while winning 4-1 against the latter.

The Irons then logged a 2-1 victory over Brentford on Saturday, August 29th.

West Ham XI vs Wycombe: Martin (Anang 71); Masuaku, Ogbonna (Akinola 71mins), Baptiste, Johnson; Cullen, Noble (Longelo 71mins); Fornals, Lanzini, Bowen; Antonio (Xande Silva 71mins). Goals: Masuaku, Charles (OG), Lanzini, Bowen (2). Assists: Fornals, Bowen, Antonio, Masuaku.

West Ham XI vs Ipswich: Randolph; Cresswell, Balbuena, Alese (Cardoso 55mins), Coventry; Soucek (Lewis 74mins), Wilshere; Yarmolenko, F Anderson (Odubeko 80mins), Diangana (Kemp 74mins); Haller. Goals: Haller (3), Soucek. Assists: Diangana (2), Coventry.

West Ham XI vs Brentford: Fabianski; Cresswell (Masuaku 46mins), Ogbonna, Balbuena, Fredericks (Johnson 58mins); Noble (Cullen 46mins), Wilshere (Soucek 46mins); Diangana (Bowen 46mins), Fornals (Lanzini 46mins), Yarmolenko (Felipe Anderson 46mins), Haller [(Antonio 46mins), Coventry 74mins]. Goals: Yarmolenko, Soucek. Assists: Fornals, Antonio.

Signings: Tomas Soucek (£5.0m) (loan made permanent) Departures: Grady Diangana

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Andriy Yarmolenko (goal), Darren Randolph, Declan Rice

Nations League minutes [Round 2] (90mins unless stated): Andriy Yarmolenko (79mins), Darren Randolph, Declan Rice, Fabianski

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves broke their transfer record to sign 18-year-old striker Fabio Silva, while also adding defender Marcal (£5.0m).

Adama Traore (£6.5m) was unable to re-join the Spain squad despite returning a negative Covid-19 test during the week.

Right wing-back Matt Doherty has joined Spurs, while Morgan Gibbs-White (£5.0m) has been loaned out to Swansea City for the season.

Despite Nuno Espirito Santo being keen to bolster his options across the squad, Wolves are yet to bring in anyone besides back-up keeper Matija Sarkic (£4.5m) on a free transfers. Following their 1-0 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-finals on August 11th, the Wolves chief said: “We need more players to help us, it’s a small squad. It’s time to recover. We need to rest, a big break. We should prepare well for next season and make good decisions to allow us to continue growing.

“It is time to reflect and analyse. The team that started the game is the same as the first game of the season. We made mistakes we cannot repeat.

“Let’s look at our future and what we need. The club has been amazing. Making good decisions will help us to be stronger.”

Signings: Fabio Silva (£5.5m), Marcal Departures: Matt Doherty

Nations League minutes [Round 1] (90mins unless stated): Joao Moutinho (82mins), Diogo Jota (goal)

Nations League minutes [Round 2] (90mins unless stated): Joao Moutinho (73mins), Ruben Neves (17mins), Coady


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