Sportsday - Friday. 16 August

Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage join BBC Radio 5 live's Dan Walker in the studio, plus transfers & breaking news.

16 August 2013 Last updated at 21:09

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  1. 2107: 

    That's it from Sportsday Live.

    We hope you enjoyed Dan Walker's new BBC Radio 5 live show and don't forget it continues until 2200 BST. There is also a chance to listen to the poem former Wales international Robbie Savage has penned ahead of the new Premier League season.

    Enjoy your weekend. Sportsday Live returns on Monday at 0800 BST.

  2. 2058:  

    "I can't see where Stoke City are going to score goals. The teams around them have improved while Stoke have stood still. The fans have got to be patient."

    Robbie has tipped the Potters for relegation.


    David Worth: There was a footballer called Savage, who's poem was better than average. Unlike this ditty, it's not clever or witty. But at least it wasn't Steve Claridge.

    Ryan Heatly: That Robbie Savage sticks to dancing #weliveinhope

  4. 2050: 
    Everton manager Roberto Martinez

    New Everton manager Roberto Martinez tells Dan Walker's new BBC Radio 5 live programme: "We need to be challenging for European football.

    "It's not going to happen overnight. It's going to take a little bit of time but in football you have to have high goals.

    "You cannot promise trophies. What I can promise is that we will do everything we can to challenge for trophies."


    Elliot Leveson: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to avoid getting suspended.

    Wisostic: Man Utd to lose 2-1 at Swansea on Saturday. #weliveinhope

    Tom Adamson: Liverpool to get back into the top four. #weliveinhope

    What are you hoping for this season? Tweet #weliveinhope

  6. 2036:  

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage has penned a poem ahead of the new season.

    Here's a snippet for the Sportsday Live audience: "With Moyes stepping into the biggest of shoes. The Special One's returned as King of the Blues.

    "From frosty to chilly, will City make ground? Wenger's finally trying to spend £40m and a pound.

    Liverpool's progress is shrouded in doubt. Spurs spend big, but will the biggest bail out?

    Martinez has picked toffees over pies. As ever in Newcastle, interest is sky-high."

    Not bad, Robbie. What do you think. Tweet #weliveinhope

  7. 2031:  

    On Tottenham's title prospects: "No, I don't think they are genuine title contenders. But with the business they have done I expect them to finish above Arsenal."

    Former England captain Alan Sharer tells Dan Walker's new BBC Radio 5 live programme that he believes Spurs winger Gareth Bale will leave.

    "Do you think Spurs would have spent nearly £60m if they were not going to sell him? Probably not," said Shearer. "In a way you can say that Spurs are spending the Bale money before they have got it."

  8. 2021: 
    Former England striker Gary Lineker on the One Show

    Former England striker Gary Lineker appeared on BBC One on the One Show on Friday. Don't forget you can join him, Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy on Match of the Day on Saturday at 2230 BST on BBC One..

  9. 2017: 

    Former Newcastle United manager and striker Alan Shearer on Joe Kinnear's return to the club: "I don't know Joe Kinnear but it was just very, very strange how it was announced. I don't speak to Alan Pardew but I can only guess that he was pretty miffed the way it came out.

    "Two years ago Newcastle overachieved by finishing fifth. Last season they underachieved by finishing fifth bottom. I don't think it's healthy having too many French players in the dressing room. If things don't go well then little cliques can develop in the dressing room."


    Steven Robert: That goal line technology works #weliveinhope

    G Remon: Jack Wilshire to be fit all season and Arsene Wenger buying a defensive midfielder. A trophy, any trophy.

    Stuart Paterson: As a Rangers fan I have cautious optimism about promotion from Scottish League One - but you never know.

    Why are you so positive about your team's chances this season? Tweet #weliveinhope

  11. 2002:  
    Manchester City winger Jesus Navas

    Former England captain Alan Shearer tells Dan Walker's new BBC Radio 5 live programme that Manchester City winger Jesus Navas is the signing of the summer.

    "I watched him in the Confederations Cup come on and play. He catches pigeons, he's lightening," said Shearer. "I will say Wilfried Bony at Swansea too. I know they had a good season last term but I think Swansea can improve again this season."

    Navas joined City from Sevilla for £14.9m in June.

  12. 1950: 

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is in contention for the opening Premier League game of the season against Newcastle on Monday after overcoming a knee injury.

    Defender Matija Nastasic is missing due to an ankle injury but is expected to return to training next week.

    New signings Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic could all make their debuts.

  13. 1948:  

    BBC Radio 5 live will be bringing you 128 live Premier League commentaries over the course of the next nine months - more than any other UK broadcaster.

    Not long to wait for the first one. It comes from Anfield on Saturday at 1245 BST where Liverpool take on Stoke City.


    Thomas McDonald: Hatem Ben Arfa to be fit all season #weliveinhope

    Gemma Colling: Sunderland to get European football

    Kartik Udhas: That Arsenal can sign at least one player before the transfer deadline #weliveinhope

    Has your team done enough to make you optimistic this season? Tweet #weliveinhope

  15. 1938:  
    Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage and ex-England captain Alan Shearer are at odds about who is the Premier League's best goalkeeper.

    Shearer tells Dan Walker's new BBC Radio 5 live programme that Manchester City's Joe Hart is his top choice. Savage goes for Manchester United's David de Gea.

    Savage: "Joe Hart has thrown a few in. He's got to eradicate those little errors that are creeping into his game."

    Shearer: "Everyone makes mistakes. It's how you recover from them and I'd have Joe Hart ahead of David de Gea."

  16. 1928:  

    On Manchester City's title chances: "They have done what Manchester United have done in past years - they've done their transfer business early. I think there maybe one more signing and for me they are the favourites to win the Premier League."


    Jack Girvin: Palace have made eight interesting signings. Who knows if its strong enough to get us to January.

    Jack Woods: Arsenal have hardly got a first team squad for Saturday.

    Richard Hannah: I am a Coventry fan. That is all #weliveinhope

    Why are you so optimistic at the start of the new season? Has your team done enough to give you hope? Tweet #weliveinhope

  18. 1922: 

    Former Sunderland player Michael Gray says "people with daggers" are waiting for Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio to slip up at the Stadium of Light.

    Di Canio has signed 10 new players since keeping the club in the Premier League at the end of last season. But Gray believes the 45-year-old Italian's reputation is on the line after making wholesale changes.

    "He did what he had to do last season but this is going to be a very big season for him," Gray told BBC Sport.


    On the eve of a new Premier League campaign, why are you so confident your team can improve on last season? Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Hull fans - why are you so hopeful your team can avoid relegation? Tweet #weliveinhope

  20. 1914: 

    Former England captain and Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer tells Dan Walker's BBC Radio 5 live programme that Chelsea are his favourites for the Premier League title.

    "I'm a huge Jose Mourinho fan, he's box office," said Shearer. "The cameras will be focused on him when Chelsea face Hull on Sunday - not the players and not Roman Abramovich.

    "It's because of what Mourinho has achieved. Everywhere he has been he has delivered. He talks a good game and backs it up. That's why I will say that Chelsea are favourites for the Premier League."

  21. 1907:  

    Former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage on Dan Walker's BBC Radio 5 live programme: "We're still waiting for something to happen to kick- start some transfers and then we'll have something else to be even more excited about."

  22. 1900: 
    Robbie Savage [l] and Alan Shearer

    Welcome to a specially extended Sportsday Live to coincide with Dan Walker's brand new BBC Radio 5 live show which features former England captain Alan Shearer and ex-Wales international Robbie Savage as guests.

    On the eve of the 2013-14 Premier League season, the show will be live in the Stoke City team hotel after 2000 BST, ahead of 5 live's first commentary on Saturday - Liverpool v Stoke [1245 BST].

    We want to know why you are so optimistic about your team's chances over the next nine months. Who is the signing that has given you fresh hope? Tweet #weliveinhope

  23. 1856:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportDAN WALKER Q and A

    Mike Stewart ‏@mikestewart94 Best signing of the summer? #askdanwalker

    @mrdanwalker: "That has inspired my surprise package answer. I think Paulinho for Spurs. He is a player that loads of other teams were looking at and wanted but somehow Villas-Boas was able to nab him. He is a fantastic signing, I expect him to be a real hit for Tottenham in the Premier League."

    Do you think your club has done enough to be promoted this season? Are you worried that the dreaded relagtion fight is already on the cards? Tweet us and get involved throughout the night using the hashtag #weliveinhope

  24. 1851:  
    Iain Carter, BBC SportGOLF - SOLHEIM CUP

    "Cursory handshakes as Europe take first blood in trophy defence. Nordqvist and Hedwall deliver for captain Neumann with 4 and 2 victory over Lewis and Salas in the top match. Europe up in two of the remaining three and down in the other. Europe skipper Neumann told BBC Sport she would be happy with a share of the foursomes spoils or a narrow lead.

    "She'll be delighted with how it's going. Europe secured their second point as Pettersen and Recari closed out 2 and 1 win over Lang and Stanford. The holders are also three up with three to play in the bottom match. Commentary on the afternoon fourballs on 5Live Sports Extra. "

  25. 1844: 

    BBC Sport presenter Mandy Henry: David Moyes confirms Rafael's hamstring injury will keep him out of the Manchester United squad for 4-6 weeks.

  26. 1837: 
    Jose Mourinho

    Premier League top five highest win rates:

    - Jose Mourinho 71%

    - Sir Alex Ferguson 65%

    - Carlo Ancelotti 63%

    - Roberto Mancini 62%

    - Arsene Wenger 58%

    Do you think your club has done enough to be promoted this season? Are you worried that the dreaded relegation fight is already on the cards? Tweet us and get involved throughout the night using the hashtag #weliveinhope


    RobinFindlay: 28 Jan 1978. Wigan vs Gateshead. Won 1-0. 35 years on I've seen them home & away through every division.

    karen: Aberdeen v Celtic at Pittodrie November 1985. Frank McDougall scoring all 4 goals to win 4-1.

    David Balchin: Wimbledon v Coventry at Plough Lane 88-89 season. Wimbledon lost 1-0.

  28. 1824: 

    Mo Farah on BBC Two: "This is something I work so hard for. I was thinking about my kids, how long I spend away from them. It's very difficult because they're growing so fast and I haven't been around for the last four or five months. It was hard this year, harder than last year. I did high-altitude training and sports science.

    "I never thought in my career I would achieve something like this. This was very tough - it was all left to the last two laps. I had a lot of pressure but at the same time I enjoy it.

    "I am very proud to represent my country and hold the Union Jack. To all the people who give me great support I can't thank you enough. Thank you to all the people back home - I am very proud."

  29. 1819:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    Sportsday will be bringing you all the news and features from the BBC Radio 5 live sport with Dan Walker programme from 1900 BST - we are on the eve of the new Premier League season and 5 live will be bringing you 128 live Premier League commentaries - more than any other UK broadcaster.

    We'll be live in the Stoke team hotel after 2000 BST, ahead of our first commentary tomorrow - Liverpool versus Stoke at 1245 BST.

    This is your definitive preview to the weekend's Sport. You will be hearing from Mourinho, Moyes and Martinez to name but a few while Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage will also be in the studio.

    Do you think your club has done enough to be promoted this season? Are you worried that the dreaded relegation fight is already on the cards? Tweet us and get involved throughout the night using the hashtag #weliveinhope

  30. 1812: 

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon claims the timing of this week's England-Scotland friendly was a "disaster" for his side's Champions League preparations.

    The Scottish champions face Aberdeen in the early kick-off tomorrow before travelling to Kazakhstan for Tuesday's crucial play-off qualifier against Shakhter Karagandy.

    He said: "It was a disaster for us in terms of the games we have. We've got a 12.30pm kick-off against one of our biggest rivals and then a huge game on Tuesday half-way across Europe.

    "But it is the same every season, when it seems you have these international friendlies before some of the associations have even kicked a ball in anger."

  31. 1805:  
    Brendan Foster, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC commentatorATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    "Mo Farah is the greatest athlete we've ever had in this country."

    Follow all the action now on BBC2 or follow our live text commentary via the BBC Sport website.

  32. 1803: 

    League Two Bury sign midfielder Marcos Navas, the elder brother of Manchester City star Jesus, on a one-year deal. The 30-year-old was released by Spanish Second Division club Recreativo Huelva at the end of last season.

  33. 1756: 
    Mo Farah

    Mo Farah clinches the 5000m title at the World Championships in Moscow, winning gold in 13min 26.98sec.

    The 30-year-old becomes only the second athlete in history to hold both the Olympic and World 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the same time. Only Kenenisa Bekele has ever achieved this.

    Follow all the action now on BBC2 or follow our live text commentary via the BBC Sport website.

  34. 1751: 
    Arsene Wenger

    Premier League longest-serving managers:

    - Arsene Wenger - appointed September 1996 - Arsenal

    - Alan Pardew - appointed December 2010 - Newcastle United

    - Sam Allardyce - appointed June 2011 - Newcastle United

    - Martin Jol - appointed June 2011 - Fulham

    - Malky Mackay - appointed June 2011 - Cardiff

    We want to hear your Premier League predictions get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #plpredictions

  35. 1742: 

    Former Sunderland player Michael Gray on the Premier League title race tells BBC Sport: "In my opinion if Wayne Rooney goes to Chelsea then Chelsea will win the Premier League.

    "That's how important I think he is. I still think Manchester United are missing that one big player, but they'll go close if they can keep hold of a fully fit Wayne."

  36. 1735:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL
    Dan Walker

    Join BBC Radio 5 live sport with Dan Walker from 1900 BST - we are on the eve of the new Premier League season and 5 live will be bringing you 128 live Premier League commentaries - more than any other UK broadcaster.

    We'll be live in the Stoke team hotel after 2000 BST, ahead of our first commentary tomorrow - Liverpool versus Stoke at 1245 BST.

    This is your definitive preview to the weekend's Sport. You will be hearing from Mourinho, Moyes and Martinez to name but a few while Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage will also be in the studio.

    We'll have a specially extended Sportsday from 1900 BST where we'll have full coverage of all the news and features from the show.

  37. 1725: 

    Farnborough will not be allowed to kick-off the new season tomorrow.

    The club came out of Administration on Monday under new ownership, but a Conference spokesman said they have failed to meet the required criteria by their own extended deadline.

    Their opening two games, tomorrow and Monday, have been postponed, and the Football Conference will review the situation next week.

  38. 1721:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportDAN WALKER Q and A

    Darren Ewen ‏@darrenewen2011 Who do you think will be the surprise package in the Premier League this season? #askdanwalker

    @mrdanwalker: "I wouldn't go as far to say as surprise package but I think Spurs, with or without Gareth Bale, will have a tilt at the title under Andre Villas-Boas."

  39. 1716: 

    Blackpool manager Paul Ince has been fined £3,000 following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today.

    Ince admitted an FA charge and requested a non-personal hearing in relation to post-match comments made following his side's League Cup game against Preston North End on 5 August 2013.

    The charge was that Ince, who was also warned as to his future conduct, called into question the integrity of the match referee and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute.

  40. 1712: 
    Robbie Savage and Mark Hughes

    Robbie Savage has interviewed the new Stoke City manager Mark Hughes for this week's Football Focus. Watch the full interview on BBC One at 12:00 BST tomorrow. Other features include interviews with the likes of David Moyes and Ian Holloway, as well as a Kevin Kilbane feature on refereeing.

  41. 1708: 

    Adam Gemili runs under 20 seconds - the second Briton to run sub-20 in the 200m and the second fastest time by a Briton (John Regis holds the British record - 19.87). He not only wins his semi-final, but will now be considered as one of the favourites to win a medal on Saturday.

    Follow all the action now on BBC2 or follow our live text commentary via the BBC Sport website.

  42. 1703:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Wayne Rooney has travelled to south Wales with Manchester United ahead of their opening Premier League match of the season against Swansea City.

    "The striker looked fit and sharp as he completed 67 minutes of England's 3-2 victory over Scotland at on Wednesday.

    "United manager David Moyes how now included Rooney in the squad that has travelled to Wales and is expected to name him on the bench this Saturday evening."

  43. 1656: 

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has a number of selection issues as he prepares for his Premier League return at home to Hull on Sunday.

    Cesar Azpilicueta, who was an unused substitute for Spain against Ecuador in midweek, and Victor Moses, who was in South Africa with Nigeria, are likely to miss out.

    David Luiz had a limited role on the pre-season tour to the United States and was an unused substitute for Brazil against Switzerland in midweek, so may also be doubtful, while Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel could make their debuts.

  44. 1649: 

    Arsenal will be without midfielder Mikel Arteta (thigh) for the opening game of the new Premier League season against Aston Villa on Saturday, but England international Theo Walcott (knee) will be available.

    Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey missed the midweek international against the Republic of Ireland because of an ankle injury, but is expected to feature.

    Full-back Nacho Monreal (back) is to resume full training next week, while captain Thomas Vermaelen (back) continues his rehabilitation along with midfielder Abou Diaby (knee).

  45. 1643: 

    New Norwich striker Gary Hooper is in contention to make his debut for the club in their Premier League curtain-raiser at home to Everton tomorrow.

    Hooper suffered a shin injury in a pre-season friendly last weekend but Canaries' boss Chris Hughton is giving his summer signing from Celtic every chance to be involved.

    Fellow new recruit Leroy Fer is suspended whilst captain Sebastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington (both knee) will not be fit in time.

  46. 1635:  
    Iain Carter, BBC SportGOLF - SOLHEIM CUP
    Caroline Hedwall

    "Brittany Lang almost holed in one at the sixth. Hit pin. US needed that. Euros up in two. All square in the other two."

  47. 1631: 
    Florian Marange

    Crystal Palace confirm the signing of French defender Florian Marange on a free transfer.

    The 27-year-old, who can play at left back or centre half, has put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the club.

    The former France under-21 international is venturing outside his homeland for the first time, having spent his entire career contracted to Bordeaux.

    Marange made almost 100 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit and spent loan spells at Le Havre and Nancy.

  48. 1625: 

    Newcastle new boy Loic Remy is a confirmed absentee from his side's Premier League opener away to Manchester City on Monday night.

    The Frenchman has been suffering from a nagging calf problem since linking up with the Magpies in the summer, and boss Alan Pardew has admitted it may take until the end of the month to clear.

    Jonas Gutierrez could come into contention after making good progress from a hamstring complaint, and Pardew does not expect any new injury concerns.

  49. 1618: 

    Britain's Josef Craig is the fastest qualifier for tonight's S7 100m freestyle final at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal. The 400m freestyle champion and 50m silver medallist will be bidding for his third medal of the week and among his rivals will be GB team-mate Jonathan Fox.

    Squad newcomer Stephanie Slater goes in her strongest event, the S8 100m butterfly where she again comes up against American star Jessica Long and also on the schedule, the likes of Susie Rodgers, Hannah Russell, and James O'Shea will also be hoping to add to the GB medal tally.

    Finals begin at 22:00 BST and there will be commentary of selected races on BBC Radio 5 live.


    Patrick Lewis: ‏Ipswich v Leeds, FA Cup Qtr Final, 1975, Portman Road record attendance 38010.

    Yorkshire Steve: Middlesbrough 7-2 Chelsea - Dec 1978. Sat on my Grandad's knee having got a 'squeeze' (free entry) at the turnstile.

    MH: Jan 1986, a Lineker brace gave Everton a 2-0 win at St. Andrews. Seaman in goal for the Blues.

    As we prepare for the start of the new Premier League season, let us know your memories of the first game you went to at #myfirstmatch.

  51. 1609: 

    West Ham's new signings Stewart Downing and Razvan Rat are both set to make their debuts against Cardiff at Upton Park.

    Downing's arrival from Liverpool leaves Hammers manager Sam Allardyce with a decision to make over who starts on the left wing, with Matt Jarvis also in contention.

    West Ham will be without Andy Carroll (ankle), with Modibo Maiga set to start up front.

  52. 1605: 
    Matija Nastasic

    Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic could be back in training next week, manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed.

    The Serbian will miss the start of the season after suffering an ankle injury playing for City in the Barclays Asia Trophy tournament in July.

    It was feared the 20-year-old could miss the first month of the Premier League campaign but the player appears to be making good progress.

    Pellegrini said: "I am not surprised because we saw him in the last week.

    "He is not ready for the next match but next week he will work normally with the whole squad."

  53. 1600:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportDAN WALKER Q and A

    Stephen McVey ‏@StephenMcVey1 Following the in-depth interview with Sir Alex Ferguson last May, who would you most like to interview this season?

    @mrdanwalker: "We've got a few lined up, I'm not sure I'm able to say who but I would like to get a nice chew the fat with David Moyes. We have already got Roberto Martinez for Focus and my new show on 5 live on Friday and he was fantastic.

    "Mourinho would be fascinating also, I think he is a different Mourinho to the one who arrived first time around when you get down to the gritty parts. It would be great to see how he has changed and what he now brings to Chelsea. There are so many great stories this season in the Premier League and Mourinho is just one of them."

  54. 1558: 

    Leicester boss Richard Cockerill has urged the Rugby Football Union to issue lengthy bans to all directors of rugby who use foul and abusive language in response to his own suspension for swearing.

    Cockerill has been denied involvement with the Tigers on matchday for nine games until 9 October, although he is granted access to the stands, following an incident during last season's Aviva Premiership final.

    "Clearly some have felt that what I did in the final brought the game into disrepute," Cockerill said. "I just hope now that every time a director of rugby or manager swears on the touchline they're charged with bringing the game into disrepute for using foul and abusive language.

    "I also want to make the point that I did not abuse any officials."

  55. 1554:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "#myfirstmatch was Crawley Town vs Merthyr Tydfil in an FA Cup qualifier in the mid-80's at Crawley's old Town Mead ground.

    "My dad took me and I remember him throwing me a half time apple - old school!

    "If my memory doesn't fail me, Crawley were 2 nil up but lost 3-2 after a stirring Welsh comeback. I was hooked."

    Football Focus returns at 12.00 BST on BBC One on Saturday, where Dan Walker will be joined in the studio by Robbie Savage and Mark Lawrenson.

    They will have key features with David Moyes and Nemanja Vidic from the Premier League launch, interviews with Mark Hughes and Ian Holloway, a piece on the Goal Decision System and see how Kevin Kilbane got on when he became a referee for the day.


    Edward Cairns: Northern Ireland 4 -1 Lichtenstein in 1994. I thought this sort of victory must happen all the time at Windsor Park!

    Luke Newman: 0-0 v Rotherham at Molineux, 2003. We had 10 men, missed penalty but still fell in love with it, now a season ticket holder of five years.

    James Magnani: West Brom v Swansea 3-3. An awesome atmosphere but remember being slightly gutted as all the goals scored down the other end.

  57. 1549: 

    Essar Gabriel, secretary general of the IAAF, has welcomed Yelena Isinbayeva's statement.

    He told the BBC: "I think Yelena is very genuine about this. I know Yelena very well myself, it is correct her English and her understanding of English is not the best and it's great that she sought to explain exactly what she meant"

    Gabriel also said Isinbayeva should be more careful in the future and added: "You have to tool yourself with the way you address the way you talk to the mass media and to the people. She is somebody who has a great heart, and if she has a lack of English language which we know of she certainly should be careful. When I saw them (Thursday's comments) I thought that doesn't respond to the character and what we know of Yelena."

  58. 1546:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportDAN WALKER Q and A

    Mary ‏@Bristolmary Who do you think is the most underrated player in the Premier League?

    @mrdanwalker: "I think Coutinho at Liverpool. The reason for that is lots of attention gets put on Suarez and Gerrard has for a very long time and for a very good reason has been the pivotal player in that side.

    "Those are two players who get the most amount of attention. I think towards the end of last season people were starting to realise what a good player Coutinho is and I think this season he will really shine.

    "If Brendan Rodgers manages to keep Suarez, brings in a player like Willian then that's a great front four for Liverpool. If they could get Suarez, Coutinho, Sturridge and another all fit and firing, that's a formidable quarter. Coutinho will be a big star I think."

  59. 1541:  
    Guy Mowbray, BBC commentatorFOOTBALL

    "#myfirstgame was a 4th division match between York City and Peterborough in 1979. I remember my older brother taking me and being behind the goal but little else - and having looked up the score it appears that York lost 2-0.

    "The first I properly recall was York beating Portsmouth 1-0 the following February. My dad took me and a couple of friends for my eighth birthday. Pompey's blonde goalkeeper Peter Mellor was the most recognisable player on view, with many home fans keen to remind him of the shocker he'd had playing for Fulham in the FA Cup final a few years earlier!

    "At the end of September Portsmouth visit York for the first time since that game. I'd love to be there again, but MOTD duties will see me at a Premier League match instead."

    BBC Radio 5 Live will bring you a total of 128 live matches from the Premier League, with our commentary team led by Mike Ingham, Alan Green, John Murray and Ian Dennis kicking off with Liverpool v Stoke at 12:45 BST.

  60. 1537: 
    Pep Guardiola

    Mario Goetze will be in the Bayern Munich squad for Saturday's trip to Eintracht Frankfurt following injury but the Bundesliga champions' coach Pep Guardiola refused to confirm whether he will play.

    "He will come with us to Frankfurt, he will be in the squad," said Guardiola. "I don't know, I always decide at the last moment," he added when asked if the former Borussia Dortmund star, 21, would make his competitive debut for the club at the Commerzbank Arena.

    "I must first assess how his head and legs are and talk with the medical staff."

  61. 1533:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC RADIO 5 LIVE

    BBC Radio 5 live has more Premier League matches than any other UK broadcaster and the first of 128 live top-flight commentaries is at 1245 BST on 17 August with Liverpool v Stoke City.

    Commentaries will be on Saturdays at 1245 BST and 1500 BST, Sundays at 1600 BST and Monday evenings and there will also be commentaries of the Football League, Scottish Premiership, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, League Cup, internationals and Women's Super League.

    Former Sunderland player Michael Gray

    Former Sunderland player Michael Gray on #myfirstmatch: "It was November 1984 and I was 10-years-old. My brother Paul took me to Roker Park to watch Sunderland against Manchester United.

    "What a game. United led 2-0 through Bryan Robson and Mark Hughes before Clive Walker scored a hat-trick. Sunderland won 3-2.

    "It was my first experience of the famous 'Roker Roar'. I was hooked for life on the game after that."

  63. 1529: 

    Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: PL starting tomorrow. Retaining our trophy is the target. Fully focused and hungry.

  64. 1526: 

    Woking have signed striker Freddie Ladapo on a one-month loan deal from League One side Colchester United.

    The 20-year-old made four league appearances as a substitute for the Essex club's first team last season.


    Holy Evans: Blyth Spartans v Colwyn Bay 2002 (I think?) I was seven. We came back from a goal behind in an exciting 1-1 draw at Croft Park.

    Danny: Being an Aussie and CPFC nut my 1st EPL match was Crystal Palace v Liverpool in the first game of the 1994/95 season. All the way from Oz to see us lose 6-1.

    Tom Walker: Leeds vs Arsenal in the FA Cup. I remember some guy in front shouted at Pires for diving and Pires winked at him.

    As we prepare for the start of the new Premier League season, let us know your memories of the first game you went to at #myfirstmatch.

  66. 1525: 

    Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald has said his move from Sheffield United was not motivated by money.

    The 24-year-old moved to Molineux for an undisclosed fee earlier this week to bring an end to his two-year spell with the Blades.

    He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "It was a really tough decision to make and there wasn't much difference between the money being offered by the two clubs. It wasn't based on finance at all, I just felt it was time to move on."

  67. 1523:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportDAN WALKER Q and A

    Sam Kimish ‏@SamKimish Given Rickie Lambert's England debut, does Dan think he deserves to keep place for the upcoming qualifiers? #AskDanWalker

    @mrdanwalker "Why not? England started the game against Scotland virtually at full strength, maybe just with a few positional changes and a few personnel. Lambert came on and obviously scored the winner with his very first touch.

    "It is a lovely story but you're not doing it for sentiment, you are doing it because he is a good player and he brings something to the England team. He's probably not first choice but he does give you something different. If he continues to play well then he deserves it."

  68. 1522: 

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon has a number of injury worries ahead of the Scottish champions' first away trip of the new Scottish Premiership campaign to Aberdeen.

    Both of the Hoops' new Dutch recruits, Derk Boerrigter (ankle) and Virgil van Dijk (foot), are ruled out and in danger of missing Tuesday night's final Champions League qualifier first leg with Kazakhs Shakhter Karagandy.

    And there are further causes for concern following the international break, with Amido Balde, Anthony Stokes, James Forrest, Scott Brown, Tom Rogic, Mikael Lustig and Efe Ambrose all rated as being doubtful.

  69. 1518: 

    Metalist Kharkiv's request to be provisionally reinstated to the Champions League pending an appeal against the Ukraine club's 2013/14 European ban has been turned down, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has said.

    The decision means Greek team PAOK Salonika, who Metalist beat in the previous qualifying round, will face Germany's Schalke 04 in the two-legged playoff tie later this month as ruled by European governing body UEFA earlier this week.

  70. 1513:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportDAN WALKER Q and A

    Will ‏@Will_Milburn Who do you think will go down this season?

    @mrdanawlker "I think Crystal Palace, sadly. Hull I think will go down. The one promoted team that will stay up will be Cardiff I think. I think maybe Stoke will be the other team."


    Rob Prestwood: Hull v Gillingham. Old Division Four. I remember Jeff Wealands tip a shot around the post and it hit a small boy in the face.

    Chris Marsh: I went to see Gillingham when I was six. All I remember was singing "Super Bobby Taylor" and learning my first "naughty word".

    Luke Kempner: My first match was Wimbledon vs Arsenal 1997 and the flood lights went out. And we got half price tickets for the replay.

    Get in touch with your memories at #myfirstmatch.

  72. 1509:  
    Iain Carter, BBC SportSOLHEIM CUP

    "Typically raucous scenes on the first tee as Anna Nordqvist hit the first tee shot of Europe's Solheim Cup defence. Fellow Swede Caroline Hewall then holed for birdie from 15 feet for birdie at the first before rookie Lizette Salas followed her in for a half. If this standard continues it will be some match."

  73. 1505:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportDAN WALKER Q and A

    Ryan Barrass ‏@Rbaz96 who do you think will win the Premier League this season? #askdanwalker

    @mrdanwalker: "I think it will be a season of transition for Manchester United under a new manager, I don't think it will be quite as rosy at Chelsea as some are expecting in the second reign for Mourinho.

    "I think they have done their business early and I think it will be a nice steady plod to another title for Manchester City under Pellegrini."

  74. 1502:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportDAN WALKER Q and A

    Football Focus tomorrow, which returns at 12.00 BST on BBC One, where Dan Walker will be joined in the studio by Robbie Savage and Mark Lawrenson.

    They will have key features with David Moyes and Nemanja Vidic from the Premier League launch, interviews with Mark Hughes and Ian Holloway, a piece on the Goal Decision System and see how Kevin Kilbane got on when he became a referee for the day.

    We will now be starting a Q and A with Dan as he looks forward to this season's Premier League.


    Anthony Reilly: My first match was Watford vs Southampton in 2000. I was five and I got to use my eight-year-old brother's ticket because he was naughty!

    Graeme Clark: Hibs vs Dundee 1994. Sat in a seat by my dad and saw absolutely nothing as I was too short. Think we got trounced!

    Charlie Peat: Arsenal 0-0 Charlton 1999. Petit was sent off in a truly dire affair. However it hasn't put me off!

    As we prepare for the start of the new Premier League season, let us know your memories of the first game you went to at #myfirstmatch.

  76. 1501: 

    Fulham's German midfielder Sascha Riether, 30, has signed a new contract to tie him to the Cottagers until 2016.

    He told the club's website: "I'm happy to have got the deal done. I like it here - I love Fulham, I love the fans, I love the club, and I'm happy that we could close this deal now. It's the start of the season and we are well prepared so I'm looking forward to the future."

  77. 1459: 

    Hull City boss Steve Bruce is confident he has put together a side capable of retaining their Premier League status.

    The Tigers have brought in 10 players, including Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore this week, since securing their return to the top flight.

    Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside: "Overall, I'm delighted with what we've done. I've managed to get in all of the players who were at the top of my shopping list."


    Thomas Hudson: I live in Australia, but was able to go to a West Ham/Everton game in 10/11. A dour 1-1 draw but a great experience.

    Tom Ranson: Spurs vs Leicester, 1996 at The Lane. It rained, we lost, I've been in love with Spurs ever since.

    Gareth Wilkins: I watched swans play Barnsley in League One. We won 3-2 but the highlight was Mum complaining about swearing in the stands.

    Let us know about the first game you ever attended at #myfirstmatch.

  79. 1453: 
    Philippe Coutinho

    Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is not concerned about the greater responsibility he will be given after his fine start to life at Anfield.

    "I don't feel any extra pressure," the 21-year-old Brazilian said. "The supporters are always there and that gives me a lot of strength to do my best for my team-mates and the club and to make the fans happy."

  80. 1450: 

    New Norwich striker Gary Hooper is in contention to make his debut for the club in their Barclays Premier League curtain-raiser at home to Everton tomorrow.

    Hooper suffered a shin injury in a pre-season friendly last weekend but Canaries' boss Chris Hughton is giving his summer signing from Celtic every chance to be involved.

    Fellow new recruit Leroy Fer is suspended whilst captain Sebastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington (both knee) will not be fit in time.


    Ollie: Mine was a dour Watford 1-1 Spurs. My seven-year-old legs didn't reach the floor so I just kicked the chair in front.

    Tom McGhee: Being 11 in the Shed End as Chelsea got relegated playing Middlesbrough. Absolute Pandemonium...

    Osama Tashani: Ahli Benghazi vs Tripoli Madina, 1968 in 24 December stadium. 6-0. Those were the days. Forget premier league.

    Do you remember the first ever football match you went to? Send us your memories & even a photo if you still have one. Use #myfirstmatch

  82. 1441: 

    Natalie Neita Headley MP, the Jamaican Sports Minister, was asked about whether someone in Usain's Bolt's position should express their concerns over sexual preferences like Yelena Isinbayeva.

    She said: "As a country we have always advocated for sports for all in Jamaica. We are not much into discussing people's private or individual concerns as it relates to their preferences, sexually.

    "We are strong on ensuring that the right, the privilege of sports is an entitlement of all Jamaicans regardless."

  83. 1438: 

    Prague will stage a tournament on the European Tour for the first time since 1997 after a five-year deal was struck to take the men's professional game to the Albatross course in the Czech capital.

    The first edition of the new event, to be played from 21-24 August next year.

  84. 1436: 

    It is day five at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal with 15 Britons in action hoping to add to the medal tally of 37, including 12 golds.

    Matt Walker, Josef Craig and Jonathan Fox, who have all won one gold already this week, will be bidding for a second as the heats of the S7 100m freestyle get underway.

    Susie Rodgers will hope to win her first gold of the week in the women's S7 freestyle and James O'Shea who won BBC3's Dancing With Wheels in 2010, goes in the SB5 100m breaststroke heats.

    The heats start at 14:00 BST with the finals from 22:00 and there will be commentary of key races on BBC Radio 5 live.

  85. 1434:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    #myfirstmatch: "It would have been standing on The Kop at Wrexham - getting the bus from my mum and dad's and then the three mile journey to Wrexham, walking from the bus station to the ground, standing on The Kop.

    "It was Division Four, as it was at the time, cheering on the likes of Mickey Thomas and Steve Watkin. I can't remember the opponents but that was my memory."


    Ed Foster: Aberdeen vs Dundee about 11 yrs ago. 0-0 with one min left. Turned round to leave, Dun scored. #neverbeenbacksince!

    Charlie Peat: Arsenal 0-0 Charlton 1999, Petit was sent off in a truly dire affair. However it hasn't put me off!

    Kate Wallace: Northampton Town vs Port Vale at Sixfields with my dad when I was 7. Vale lost 3-0 so he wasn't happy!

    We want to hear from you this afternoon what was your first match you ever watched? Are you going to your first match tomorrow? Have you got any pictures? Send us your views and photos via the hashtag #myfirstmatch

  87. 1420:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway, is pictured here with the BBC crew after his interview this morning, is one of the main feature interviews on Football Focus tomorrow, which returns at 12.00 BST on BBC One, where Dan Walker will be joined in the studio by Robbie Savage and Mark Lawrenson.

    They will have key features with David Moyes and Nemanja Vidic from the Premier League launch, interviews with Mark Hughes and Ian Holloway, a piece on the Goal Decision System and see how Kevin Kilbane got on when he became a referee for the day.

    We want to hear from you this afternoon what was your first match you ever watched? Are you going to your first match tomorrow? Have you got any pictures? Send us your views and photos via the hashtag #myfirstmatch

  88. 1416: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's Juliette Ferrington: Been to see Alan Pardew at NUFC who says Darren Bent "was close in terms of the deal but Darren has decided his future lies elsewhere." Pardew also said: "I don't see a lot of late business for us, but I do think we need to get another striker in."

  89. 1410: 
    Chelsea press room

    On the future of David Luiz: "This club did fantastic work and got in a position where they found a fantastic balance and in perfect conditions not to sell this player or that player and David is one of the players the club made a huge investment and he hasn't been here six or seven years, he's been here two or three years. He's a young player that signed a new contract last year and when he did that he was very happy to do it so we want to keep him.

    "A big club like Barcelona wants the best but we are being honest by saying there is no chance David is leaving."

  90. 1408: 

    Is he hopeful of signing Wayne Rooney: "No. I'm just a Chelsea manager, everyone of us is looking always to try to strengthen your squad.

    "We say no but we lie because until the last day we're all waiting for something to happen, even when we say we're happy with our squad we lie because we always want to make it happen.

    "We'll see what happens not just with us but with Manchester United as well. I'm enjoying working with these young people, some of their first steps in the Premier League and I'm enjoying this process of formation with a different profile to my previous years here."

  91. 1402: 
    Jose Mourinho

    "It's my favourite competition and I can say that because I had experiences in three countries and this is my favourite competition and country to work in.

    "When I have this passion for this football country, I'm in my natural habitat and I want to be someone that's connected with this country, not being British.

    "I have to work for Chelsea but at the same time I'm working for English football. I want to give my best and I'm better than ever because we are not like players who change negatively with age some times."


    Adam Clark: Southampton and Sunderland to finish top 10, Hull to survive, Chelsea to win the title and Hooper to bang the goals for Norwich.

    Richie: What must Arsenal do to earn some respect? [People] underrate them every year and they still make top four and we still tip Spurs.

    Nathan Howells: Cardiff to be a surprise package. Hull and Palace to go down along with one of around six others.

    We want to hear your Premier League predictions get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #plpredictions

  93. 1341: 

    "It's a big occasion and there's more excitement around the place than trepidation.

    "Once you're in the Premier League you can attract players like these to come and play week in, week out.

    "That's our aim, to make sure we keep trying to get bigger and better step by step. We've seen the strides we've made in 13 months and we've got to keep working.

    "My aim is to keep improving the squad and to do that you need to stay in the Premier League."

  94. 1334: 

    "One of my coaching staff said to me there's been a real crackle around the place all week.

    "The real ball comes out now and you'll be able to smell the hot dogs on Sunday, as one of my old coaches used to say.

    "We know what we are up against and we couldn't have wished for a more difficult game, but that's why we're in the Premier League.

    "It's for days like this - to play at Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal. It'll be huge, it's been sold out for weeks and the return of Jose adds a bit to it.

    "The important thing is we enjoy the challenge ahead. The one thing we won't be is petrified of it."


    Andrew Priestley: Watch out for Swansea this season. They've a strong defence coupled with Bony & Michu's goals. 6th spot ahead of Liverpool.

    Andy Baldwin: So, is there any non Palace fans that are NOT predicting our relegation this year?

    Mahesh Dixit: Too many predicting Chelsea for title. Hope it's not jinxed. Cardiff City might be a surprise package this season.

    We want to hear your Premier League predictions get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #plpredictions

  96. 1326: 
    Andreas Cornelius

    Promoted Premier League sides summer spending:

    Cardiff City - signings 5 - £26.65m

    Crystal Palace - signings 8 - £11m

    Hull City - signings 10 - £10.85m

    We want to hear your Premier League predictions get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #plpredictions

  97. 1319:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportPHIL MCNULTY Q and A

    @Mayuri_Upadhyay Do you see Manchester United buying a midfielder before the transfer window closes?

    "I think they have to Mayuri - not just for the Premier League but also if they want to make a serious impact in the latter stages of the Champions League.

    "It is something they have needed to address for some time and clearly David Moyes agrees after trying so hard to sign Cesc Fabregas. Thinking out loud here, Luka Modric would be a superb signing if they could possibly get him out of Real Madrid but not convinced about Marouane Fellaini's consistency and quality. Have said that before - much to the annoyance of plenty of Everton fans.

    "But yes, I think they will...because they have to."

  98. 1315: 

    "I'm very pleased that we have the squad we have and we have tried to complete what we thought we need."

    On Scott Sinclair: "He is here in the squad and he wants to play more and we will see what happens with him today or tomorrow but if he wants to go on loan then we will look into that as there are good players in his way."

  99. 1308: 

    Chris Smalling believes Manchester United's tough start to the Premier League campaign could ultimately work to their advantage.

    Manager David Moyes was so concerned at United's opening five games, which send them to Swansea for the start of their title defence tomorrow before matches against Chelsea, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Manchester City, that he contacted league officials.

    "We've got some big fixtures at the start of the season but if we can put on some really good performances and pick up a few points it's going to give us a big boost and set us apart from our rivals," says Smalling.

    "In one sense it is good to get them out of the way. Going into the season as champions brings an expectation.

    "We're seen as the best but we know we need to show it but we're firing and ready to go. We can't wait for that first whistle."

  100. 1257:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    BBC Radio 5 live will bring you a total of 128 live matches from the Premier League, with our commentary team led by Mike Ingham, Alan Green, John Murray and Ian Dennis.

    On top of that, we'll also have coverage of the Champions League, Scottish Premiership, Football League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup, the Europa League and next summer, the World Cup in Brazil. Plus, this year, we'll also be enhancing our coverage of women's football with commentaries from the Super League and some of the key World Cup qualifiers.

  101. 1256:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Luis Suarez has trained with the Liverpool 1st team this morning.

    "The striker returned to Merseyside on Thursday after playing in Uruguay's 4-2 win over Japan in Miyagi.

    "It is understood he has held talks with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and although the details of that discussion remains private he has now trained with the Liverpool first team squad.

    "Rodgers had previously said that he would only reintegrate Suarez into the 1st squad when he apologised for accusing the club of reneging on a promise to sell him."

    "The 26-year-old is suspended for Liverpool's first six matches of the season."

  102. 1246: 

    David Moyes must decide whether to include Wayne Rooney in the squad for his first Premier League game as Manchester United manager at Swansea tomorrow.

    Rooney completed 65 minutes of his first game of the summer when England defeated Scotland on Wednesday and is expected to be on the bench at the Liberty Stadium.

    Rafael and Javier Hernandez (both hamstring) and wing duo Nani and Ashley Young are all expected to be sidelined, so Wilfried Zaha stands by for his first top slight start, although Michael Carrick should recover from the eye infection which kept him out of England's friendly.

  103. 1240: 

    Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is set to stay at the Bernabeu this season after his agent poured cold water on transfer rumours linking the German international with a possible move to England or France.

    "Sami [Khedira] will again play at Real this season," Khedira's agent Jorg Neubauer told sports daily Bild on Friday. "I don't know who amuses themselves by coming up with these rumours and it's all a bit annoying and no help to Sami."

  104. 1238: 
    Jesus Navas

    From Opta: New Manchester City winger Jesus Navas created more chances from open play than any other player in La Liga in 2012/13.


    Greg: I can see Swansea getting 8th & Everton finishing 9th or 10th. A new strategy and the Moyes factor will be a detrimental loss.

    Cameron Paterson: Worrying season ahead for gooners. Tottenham have strengthened while Arsenal have stagnated. Top four seriously in doubt.

    Ali Adel Mohamed: United to finish third, Chelsea to win the league, Spurs to beat Arsenal for fourth (if they keep Bale).

  106. 1235:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportPHIL McNULTY Q and A

    @NeilChallis Where do you think Everton will finish this season under Martinez?

    "Lots of questions about Everton under Martinez - and I've gone for seventh. Much will depend on how Everton adapt to what will be a radical change in style under Martinez and whether they keep Baines and/or Fellaini once the window closes.

    "Martinez has inherited the basis of a strong squad and this is also a great chance for him to answer some of the doubters (and this is one) who questioned his Premier League record at Wigan Athletic. Love his optimism though and his principles are very admirable."

  107. 1233:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    Football Focus is back at 12:00 BST tomorrow with Dan Walker, with Robbie Savage and Mark Lawrenson on the sofa.

    They will have key features with David Moyes and Nemanja Vidic from the Premier League launch, interviews with Mark Hughes and Ian Holloway, a piece on the Goal Decision System and see how Kevin Kilbane got on when he became a referee for the day.

  108. 1232: 

    Blackpool have signed Nathan Delfouneso on a six-month loan from Aston Villa.

    The 22-year-old striker spent most of last season at Bloomfield Road, scoring seven times in 40 league appearances.

  109. 1230:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportPHIL McNULTY Q and A

    @AlwaysScore How well do you think Swansea will fare in Europe?

    "Michael Laudrup approached the Capital One Cup very seriously last season and won it - so expect the same in the Europa League. Swansea have plenty of talented players and a style suited to European football so they could do very well."

  110. 1227: 

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is rated at about 80 per cent fit but appears to have shown enough to warrant inclusion against Stoke at Anfield tomorrow.

    Centre-backs Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel (both knee injuries) are expected to be available, although the latter is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench.

    Summer signings Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure are set for competitive debuts while fellow new arrivals Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto are also in the squad but striker Luis Suarez is suspended for a further six matches.

  111. 1224: 
    Ricky van Wolfswinkel

    Norwich City agreed a deal to sign striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon in the summer for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £8.5m.

    The Netherlands international, 24, signed a four-year deal on 1 July and is set to start against Everton in their opening Premier League fixture tomorrow.

    But how are Norwich going to fair in the Premier League this season? Tweet us your thoughts via #plpredictions

  112. 1222: 

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino says England boss Roy Hodgson is eyeing up more of his English contingent after Rickie Lambert's goal-scoring international debut on Wednesday.

    Lambert, 31, scored with his first touch for England against Scotland. "He [Hodgson] is thinking about other players at the club," Pochettino told BBC Radio Solent.

  113. 1218:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportPHIL McNULTY Q and A

    @DanDartsDawson If there is any team who could surprise you, and surpass your expectations, who would it be and why?

    "I would go for Cardiff City. I think they may survive as they have money to spend and a good manager."

  114. 1212:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportGET INVOLVED #plpredictions

    1. CFC. 2. MCFC 3. MUFC 4. AFC 5. THUFC 6. LFC 7. Saints (surprise package) 8. EFC 9. NUFC

    We want to hear your Premier League predictions get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #plpredictions

  115. 1210:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportPHIL McNULTY Q and A

    @master_armand28 What impact do you think the arrival of Joe Kinnear will have on Newcastle's fortunes this season?

    "It's a great question and one we will only be able to answer once the season starts. My personal opinion is that I did not see any need for his arrival and how his relationship with manager Alan Pardew works will dictate Newcastle United's season.

    "It certainly would not fill me with huge optimism if I was a Newcastle fan."

  116. 1208: 

    Crewe director of football Dario Gradi believes that the future of striker Max Clayton lies away from Gresty Road.

    The 19-year-old has scored 14 goals in 77 games since coming through the Alex's youth ranks, but his current deal expires at the end of this season.

    "I tried to persuade him and his dad he'd be better to sign another contract here," Gradi told BBC Radio Stoke. "But they'd obviously made up their mind that their next contract would be somewhere else."

  117. 1205:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportPHIL McNULTY Q and A

    @marcfairclough I hope to see Everton's Ross Barkley given a real chance this season. Do you believe 'the hype'?

    "I think Barkley has lots of natural talent but when I've watched him he still makes too many poor decisions. This can come with maturity as he is still you but he must aim to make this his breakthrough season.

    "If you're an Everton fan watch out for John Stones. Roberto Martinez rates him very highly and agreed the same fee as Everton with Barnsley when he tried to bring him to Wigan last season."

  118. 1202: 

    Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry says the side are desperate to send captain Dimitri Mascarenhas off in style on FLt20 finals day on Saturday.

    Mascarenhas, 35, retires at the end of the season and will be making his final Twenty20 appearance for the club. The all-rounder has been with Hampshire for 18 years and Carberry wants to mark his service by retaining the trophy.

    "It will be good to give Dimi a really nice send off," the opener told BBC Radio Solent.

  119. 1159: 

    Premier League: Darren Bent has scored 103 Premier League goals in 245 matches (21 for Villa). He's 21st on the all-time top scorer list.

  120. 1154: 

    Wantaway Tottenham forward Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Crystal Palace because of a foot injury.

    Defender Jan Vertonghen is doubtful due to an ankle injury he suffered in pre-season while midfielder Lewis Holtby misses out with a knee injury.

    Striker Emmanuel Adebayor will not feature as he only returned from compassionate leave on Wednesday while midfielder Scott Parker is expected to be left out of the squad as he is in talks with other clubs about a move away from White Hart Lane.

  121. 1150:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportPHIL McNULTY Q and A

    @sbarnessimon Do you really think all three promoted teams will go down? Recent Premier League history says that promoted teams have done well.

    "Sorry Simon I do - but I do think if there is one promoted team that could survive then I would go for Cardiff.

    "They have got a very good manager in Malky Mackay, will be backed by fervent fans and have spent money…and will presumably do so again if they are in touch and have a chance of staying up in January. I do fear for Hull and Palace though."

  122. 1149: 

    Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is relishing the champions' tough start to the Premier League campaign.

    David Moyes has questioned the way the fixtures have been decided, with United facing Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in their opening five matches.

    He told the club's website: "We've got some big fixtures at the start of the season but if we can put on some really good performances then it's going to give us a big boost if we can pick up a few points and possibly set us apart from our rivals.

    "I don't think there is any better time to play those big games to be honest and in one sense it's good to get them out of the way."

  123. 1149:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    Liverpool have made an enquiry Anzhi Makhachkala forward Willian but they are not the only club interested in the Brazilian.

    At this stage, the Anfield club are one of a number of options for the former Shakhtar Donetsk player, who came close to joining Tottenham in 2012.

    Liverpool have yet to make a formal offer but the fee would be a minimum of £25m. The Anfield hierarchy are, however, more than confident they have the financial muscle to pull off such a deal.

    Willian have become available after Anzhi made several high-earners available for transfer as they attempt to cut costs dramatically.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to add to his attacking options after missing out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Diego Costa already this summer.

  124. 1145:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportPHIL McNULTY Q and A

    @haris88ahmed What do you make of Liverpool's signings so far? And where do they need to strengthen further?

    "Mid-range signings that carry an element of risk in the shape of Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas. Kolo Toure on a free is a wise move and replaces Jamie Carragher's experience while manager Brendan Rodgers has taken a very brave decision by replacing goalkeeper Pepe Reina with Simon Mignolet - who is very good I should add.

    "I think you can tell Rodgers feels they need more creativity and threat, hence the moves for Henrkik Mkhitaryan and Diego Costa and interest in Willian. So much also depends on the attitude of Luis Suarez if and when he returns."

  125. 1144: 

    League One Oldham have signed Burnley left-back Joseph Mills on loan, and free-agent forward Danny Philliskirk on non-contract terms.

    Mills, 24, joins for an initial month after failing to make an appearance for the Clarets so far this season. Philliskirk, 22, was released by Coventry City in the summer after playing only once in a five-month spell at the Ricoh Arena.

    Both players are available for Saturday's game away at Peterborough.

  126. 1143: 

    Director of cricket Mick Newell says Nottinghamshire's final YB40 group game is a must-win after twice failing to secure a semi-final berth this week.

    Notts suffered their second loss in three days on Thursday, going down to Sussex by four wickets. While Newell's men remain top of Group A, Northants' win over the Netherlands means they can still catch them.

    "We have put all the pressure back on the last game of the season," Newell told BBC Radio Nottingham.

  127. 1140:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportPHIL McNULTY Q and A

    @phil_riley Which new recruit to the Premier League are you most excited about watching this season?

    "I think Manchester City will be exciting to watch with Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic while Spurs' new striker Roberto Soldado is someone I'm looking forward to seeing.

    "As a dark horse, how about Everton's young loan signing from Barcelona Gerard Deulofeu? He comes with some rave reviews."

  128. 1136: 
    Darren Bent

    Fulham sign striker Darren Bent on a season-long loan from Aston Villa.

    The 29-year-old striker signed for Villa from Sunderland in January 2011 for £18m. Whilst on Wearside, he scored 36 goals in 63 appearances.

    He is reunited with Martin Jol, who signed the England international from Charlton Athletic in 2007 whilst manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

    Jol told the club's website: "Darren Bent is a striker I have always admired. I'm delighted that he has joined us, he gives us pace up front and I am confident that he will add to our goals scored tally this season."


    Alex Fabian: Chelsea to lift the title, Man City close behind, Spurs and Man Utd 3 and 4. Swansea and Sunderland will surprise!

    1863POTTERS: Chelsea to just beat Man City to the league, Hull, Palace and Cardiff down. Man Utd to miss out on Champions League.

    Will Moore: Think people are underestimating Spurs massively, seeing as Bale WILL stay they could be right up there.

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  130. 1130:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportPHIL McNULTY Q and A

    @zoecolclough Do you think Wayne Rooney should stay at Manchester United or go?

    "I have never thought for one moment Rooney would be making a good move by leaving Manchester United.

    "It is a new era under David Moyes at Old Trafford and if his differences really were with Sir Alex Ferguson, why perpetuate them now?

    "I do not believe Rooney will get a bigger or better stage and surely he can rise to the challenge of signings like Van Persie not shy away from them. The problem he has (again) will be winning back the affection of United's fans but I believe he would be making a mistake to leave."

  131. 1129: 

    Bolton manager Dougie Freedman is surprised by the spending of Championship rivals QPR and Nottingham Forest.

    He told the Bolton News: "We have got to play by the rules. We had a couple of high earners like Kevin Davies, Martin Petrov and Sam Ricketts we had to move on - good players and good lads but on a lot of money that we couldn't carry over two years.

    "I didn't make these rules up but I'm scratching my head to see what they are actually for because people like Nottingham Forest and QPR are going out and spending £2-3m at a time.

    "It's a state when you are trying to put your own house in order but that's the only thing I can do."

  132. 1126: 

    Cardiff manager Malky Mackay is set to hand teenage full-back Declan John just his second first-team appearance when the Bluebirds make their Premier League bow at West Ham.

    Regular left-back Andrew Taylor misses out through suspension with 18-year-old John coming into a defence which will also include new signing Steven Caulker.

    Striker Andreas Cornelius is a doubt but record signing Gary Medel will go straight into the starting line-up after completing his move from Sevilla last weekend.

  133. 1122:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportPHIL McNULTY Q and A

    From 11:30 BST we will be running a Q and A with BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty. You can see Phil's predictions for the new season on our football page.

  134. 1119: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants as many as three new signings before the transfer window closes on 2 September.

    He said: "Ideally you would want to be quicker, but to finalise transfer you need agreement of three parties. You could see that our main rivals, it is not easy. You look at us, Chelsea and Manchester United - It's difficult to find quality players to strengthen the team and squad because there is a shortage of top players who are available.

    "It's impossible to give you a number. The first request is quality to play for Arsenal Football Club. After the number comes in, yes we would like two or three players, if possible more. But we won't compromise on the quality of the players."

  135. 1115:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    Liverpool have reached an agreement in principle to sign Aly Cissokho on loan from Valencia.

    The 25-year-old left back, who has one France cap, will not be available for Liverpool's opening match of the season against Stoke on Saturday. Cissokho is expected on Merseyside in the coming days to finalise the move and Liverpool will have the option to buy the former Lyon player at the end of the season, should the deal go through.

    Manager Brendan Rodgers had wanted to sign another left back, Guilherme Siqueira from Spanish club Granada, but the clubs failed to agree a fee.

  136. 1111: 

    Middlesbrough winger Adam Reach has joined League One Shrewsbury Town on an initial one-month youth loan.

    "It's fantastic for me, hopefully I'll get game time and score some goals," he told BBC Radio Shropshire.

    The 20-year-old is a product of Boro's youth academy and scored on his debut in a 3-0 win over Doncaster in 2011.

  137. 1105: 
    Aly Cissokho

    Liverpool agree deal to sign Valencia defender Aly Cissokho on an initial season-long loan, according to Times football reporter Tony Barrett.

  138. 1104: 

    From Opta: Chelsea have won a total of 44 points from the opening day fixtures in the Premier League era; more than any other side.

  139. 1100: 

    talkSPORT is reporting that Bordeaux's French left-back Florian Marange is set to join Crystal Palace.

    He told L'Equipe: "I went there [to Livorno], I met with their leaders. The project was interesting, it was playing 3-5-2, a formation I like. But after thinking, I chose Crystal Palace.

    "I also had some contact with Brugge and Dinamo Moscow. I refused some proposals. Just ask any player where he dreams of signing and he will tell you the Premier League. This really is the best championship in the world."

  140. 1059: 

    Fulham midfielder Alexander Kacaniklic is a doubt for their Premier League clash with Sunderland because of a hamstring injury.

    Goalkeeper David Stockdale is struggling with a thumb problem, but new signing Maarten Stekelenburg is the club's number one choice in the position.

    Adel Taarabt, a loan signing from QPR, is short of match fitness but will be included in the squad.

  141. 1053:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    "It's a critical two weeks for Manchester United. They need one or two marquee signings - a centre-midfielder and a forward if they lose Wayne Rooney.

    "Keeping him would be a bonus, but is his mind in a state where he can perform for United after what's gone one? If Chelsea get Rooney, I think United will hand the title to Chelsea.

    "I think they'll be stronger than Man City then. He'll have a point to prove and Rooney in a Chelsea shirt in behind Torres would be formidable. If Rooney went to Chelsea, I'd make them favourites."


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  143. 1049: 

    Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs believes this summer's managerial changes will make it an unpredictable and close Premier League this season.

    He told the club's website: "From our perspective Sir Alex was here for so long and it's a big change for the club. But there have also been changes at Chelsea and Manchester City and no-one really knows what will happen.

    "There are some really good teams and some really good managers who are going to be battling it out and it's probably going to be closer than ever. All the top teams have great quality.

    "City will want to win the league back, Chelsea have got the experience of Jose Mourinho and, of course, we're the champions. Then you've got the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool all fighting as well. So it promises to be a really exciting season."

  144. 1045: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert expects to be without midfielder Yacouba Sylla for tomorrow's Premier League opener at Arsenal.

    The Mali international is struggling with a twisted ankle suffered in a youth team game earlier this week and is unlikely to have overcome it in time for the trip to north London.

    Versatile midfielder Chris Herd (calf) is also highly unlikely to feature but Lambert has no other concerns unless any of his men return from international duty with new injuries.

  145. 1042:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL
    Robbie Savage Robbie Savage speaks to BBC Sport's David Ornstein.

    "I think Manchester City have made the best signings. They've got a strong squad, new manager, points to prove and they want to wrestle the title back off Manchester United.

    "Manchester United, at this moment in time, have let David Moyes down a little bit. They usually do their business early in the transfer window - that's not happened. Would that have happened under Sir Alex? I'm not so sure.

    "They've also had the Rooney saga. To appease the fans, with the loss of Fergie, when they presented Moyes I think they should have had one or two marquee signings lined up. That hasn't happened, it's rumbled on and I think Manchester United as a club have let David Moyes down a little bit."


    Ryan Allton: Man City and Chelsea to fight for the title, Man United to struggle, Palace, Hull and possibly Newcastle to go down.

    David Newson: My prediction is Swansea to have a big season! I also think Chris Houghton will be the first management casualty!!

    Damien: Tottenham will be a better TEAM this season even if we do sell Bale, some great signings, top 4 finish this season.

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  147. 1032:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    Remember, you can see Phil McNulty's Premier League predictions on our football page.

    Do you agree? Let us know at #plpredictions.

  148. 1030: 

    Blackburn forward Mauro Formica has joined Mexican club Cruz Azul FC for an undisclosed fee.

  149. 1030: 

    Hull City defender Alex Bruce: "When we saw we had Chelsea on the opening day we thought it's one to look forward to.

    "It's going to be a difficult game but our tails are up with what happened to us last season but hopefully we can play our own game and see where it takes us."

  150. 1029: 

    "We've come a huge distances in a short space of time and as far as this group goes we want to keep striving to make Cardiff better.

    "We have to try and get the best players to this football club and I'll take my time and do it. It was never about quantity this summer it was always about quantity. We've manage to get some real quality into the squad.

    "We'll still be looking for players but this group of players that we have we have on merit.

    "I'll be proud for everyone at this football club tomorrow. I've had a great time in Cardiff and in Wales and it'll be a proud moment. It's a tough game no doubt. There's so much experience in their side. It would obviously be great to get off to a good start."

  151. 1026: 

    Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva has said she is opposed to sexual discrimination, and that her English comments in support of her country's anti-gay propaganda law may have been misconstrued.

    "English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday," she said in a statement.

    "What I wanted to say was that people should respect the laws of other countries particularly when they are guests but let me make it clear I respect the views of my fellow athletes, and let me state in the strongest terms that I am opposed to any discrimination against gay people on the grounds of their sexuality (which is against the Olympic charter)."

  152. 1021: 

    Anzhi's Brazilian midfielder Willian, 25, has confirmed his interest in joining Liverpool, according to the Metro.

    "There are conversations, and I am hoping in the next few days for an offer from a club like Liverpool," he said.

    "If it is Liverpool, then they are a great club. The news came as a real shock, but I'm calm about it and hoping for the best, because I've been told they will help the players to go, if they get a good offer. I am hoping there will be something from Liverpool, because England has a league that I've dreamed of playing in.'

  153. 1018: 

    Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway will not be able to hand a debut to summer signing Jerome Thomas when the Eagles welcome Tottenham to Selhurst Park for their Premier League curtain-raiser on Sunday.

    The 30-year-old winger suffered an ankle injury in a friendly against Lazio last weekend and is set to be sidelined for at least two weeks.

    However, a host of other new signings could be in line for their competitive debuts with the likes of Marouane Chamakh and Elliott Grandin likely to be involved. Captain Paddy McCarthy (groin) is back in training but will not be ready while Glenn Murray (knee) and Yannick Bolasie (hamstring) are also absent.

  154. 1018: 
    Jermain Defoe

    More from Harry Redknapp, discussing QPR's transfer activity as the Championship side continue to be linked with Tottenham's Jermain Defoe.

    He said: "We're nowhere near doing a deal with Defoe. It's just a link. There's nothing happening there at the moment. If [Mark] Hughes and Stoke want [Junior] Hoilett, they'll have to come in with a big offer, because we want to keep him. He's playing very well."

  155. 1014: 

    Hull manager Steve Bruce is expected to blood a host of summer signings when his newly-promoted side take on the might of Chelsea on their return to the Premier League on Sunday.

    Goalkeeper Allan McGregor, defenders Maynor Figueroa and Curtis Davies and strikers Danny Graham and Yannick Sagbo have all been heavily involved in pre-season, while midfield pair Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore go straight into the squad following their arrival from Tottenham this week.

    Republic of Ireland international Stephen Quinn is the only senior player carrying an injury and will miss out with a hamstring complaint.


    Ajmal Patel: Same old story for Arsenal. Written off as usual but will finish the season with a customary scramble for 4th (as it stands).

    SJ_Chowdhury92: I am genuinely excited about the new season. Jose's homecoming! Hopefully Chelsea champions and the rest tough to call.

    Zachery Normington: As a Newcastle fan predicting mid-table, Chelsea to win the Premier League. Palace, Stoke and Hull to go down.

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  157. 1012: 
    Grant Holt

    Striker Grant Holt has said his disappointment with the style of Norwich City manager Chris Hughton's side influenced his departure.

    The 32-year-old brought four successful seasons at Carrow Road to an end by joining Wigan this summer.

    "I think everyone could see I wasn't the person I was for the past three years," he told BBC Radio Norfolk. "On a matchday I wasn't enjoying the way we were playing - we were set up more defensively. I was still enjoying being at the club but I wasn't enjoying the tactics."

  158. 1011: 
    Scott Parker

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp is closing on a deal for Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker.

    He said: "It's down to Scott now. The chairman has agreed a deal with Tottenham. It's up to Scotty now."

  159. 1002:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    Dan Walker presents Football Focus at 12:00 BST tomorrow, with Robbie Savage and Mark Lawrenson on the sofa. Key features are Moyes/Vidic interviews from Premier League launch, interviews with Mark Hughes and Ian Holloway, a piece on the Goal Decision System and a refereeing feature with Kevin Kilbane.

  160. 0959: 
    Paolo Di Canio

    Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio is expected to name the majority of his 10 summer signings in his starting line-up for tomorrow's Premier League season opener against Fulham.

    Jozy Altidore and Emanuele Giaccherini are set to make their competitive debuts while former Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone could get the nod ahead of Keiren Westwood.

    Defender Wes Brown has been ruled out as a precautionary measure after a slight recurrence of a knee complaint, striker Steven Fletcher is also forced to miss the opening game with an ankle injury, while Craig Gardner is suspended.


    Craig Barrass: I am genuinely worried about Newcastle. The squad wasn't strong enough last season and we have signed nobody.

    Chris Watkins: The only way I can see Liverpool finishing top four is if it's ahead of United and Arsenal: City first, Chelsea second and Spurs third.

    Sam Wood: Chelsea/ManCity/ManUtd/Swansea at the top. Hull/Palace/Stoke down.

  162. 0949: 
    Wilfried Bony

    Jonathan de Guzman will miss Swansea's Premier League opener against Manchester United tomorrow due to concussion.

    The Dutch midfielder was hurt in a training ground collision with Dirk Kuyt while on international duty and could also miss the first leg of the Europa League play-off against Petrolul Ploiesti.

    Pablo Hernandez and Jonjo Shelvey are available again after their respective groin injury and illness, while Wilfried Bony is set to feature despite only arriving back from Ivory Coast's friendly against Mexico in New Jersey late last night.

  163. 0945: 

    QPR's Spanish midfielder Esteban Granero, 26, has joined Real Socieded on a season-long loan deal.

  164. 0942: 

    Nicolas Anelka is set to make his competitive West Brom debut in their Premier League clash with Southampton at The Hawthorns.

    The 34-year-old, scorer of seven pre-season goals for Albion since joining in July, is one of three new faces added to the squad this summer along with fellow striker Matej Vydra and defender Diego Lugano, both of whom could also be involved in the campaign-opening game.

    Wantaway frontman Peter Odemwingie has trained apart from the first team this summer and seems certain not to get a look in, while midfielders Zoltan Gera and George Thorne (both knee) are not yet ready for selection after their injuries.


    Dan Martin: Why have you written United off again? Are we suddenly 11 points worse than City despite having the same squad and Zaha.

    Tomer: Spurs go into the season stronger then ever. I'm extremely confident of a champs league finish.As for Arsenal. I'm not so sure.

    Calvin Stewart: Two horse race between City and Chelsea. Can see United finishing outside the top four!

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  166. 0939: 
    James McCarthy

    Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has urged midfielder James McCarthy to leave Wigan for a Premier League club before the transfer deadline.

    Trapattoni told the Irish Examiner: "James said to me about the possibility of moving club. I wish he could change clubs because the Championship is different. The Premier League has another quality, top quality."

  167. 0936: 

    Football League chairman Greg Clarke said there have been times he thought Coventry City would cease to exist.

    Coventry City FC Ltd, a non-operating subsidiary of the club, went into administration in March following a row with Arena Coventry Limited over rent. CCFC Ltd now faces liquidation, but the club will continue to operate.

    "We sailed so close to the edge with Coventry City there were times I thought there'd be no Coventry City," he told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

  168. 0934: 
    Luiz Gustavo

    Wolfsburg have signed Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo, 26, who had been linked with Arsenal, from Bayern Munich on a five-year deal.

  169. 0931:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    Where will your team finish in the Premier League this season? Check out BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty's predictions on our football page.

  170. 0928: 
    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho tells the Sun that he wants Chelsea to be a "family" after the turmoil that dominated Rafael Benitez's reign last season.

    He said: "I want them to be with us as a blue family - a blue family that last year, at certain moments, looked like it was broken. I just want to put the family back together so I want them to support us all. I want the players to be supported, I want them to support Chelsea.

    "I want them to be with us in good moments and bad moments, in cold weather and sunny weather, at home and away, when we are winning and losing."

  171. 0925: 
    Arsene Wenger

    "We're looking more for quality than for numbers. We would like two or three players, if possible more. We're looking more for quality than for numbers. Recently players like Oxlade-Chamberlain have developed very well. Every football game is a massive excitement for me."

    Wenger on Ramsey: "He missed two training days this week but he's alright."

  172. 0924: 
    Wayne Rooney

    Chelsea will end their interest in Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 27, if they have not completed a deal by 26 August, according to the Daily Express.

  173. 0921: 

    "A good start is vital, especially when you play at home. I don't disagree that we are a bit light at the moment. We are looking to strengthen our squad. I don't know [how long Arteta will be out for] but Mertesacker will captain the team. Vermaelen is out. Monreal is out but will return soon - the others are a bit longer."


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    George Collis: If Arsenal add some quality then it'll be Chelsea/City/United/Arsenal, Hull/Palace/Stoke to go.

    Brendan Kenny: Stoke, Sunderland and Palace for me, everything Sparky touches goes sour.

    Matthew Chadwick: Palace bottom, Cardiff have splashed on three players while Hull spent more wisely but both lack scorers, WBA & Stoke down there.

  175. 0919: 

    The Wolverhampton Express and Star is reporting that Wolves defender Stephen Ward is joining Brighton on a season-long loan deal.

  176. 0917: 

    Throughout the day we'll bring you all the latest team news ahead of the big Premier League kick-off tomorrow.

    Midfielder Brek Shea misses Stoke's season-opening trip to Liverpool with the knee injury suffered in a friendly in the United States last month.

    Another midfielder, Jamie Ness, is also ruled out of Mark Hughes first competitive game at the helm after his involvement in pre-season was curtailed by injury.

    Summer signings Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa, both defenders, are in contention for debuts while Asmir Begovic looks set to remain first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Thomas Sorensen and Jack Butland.

    Ian Holloway

    How do you think your team will do on the opening weekend of the Premier League season? Tweet #plpredictions

  178. 0912: 

    Here are the top three stories from our football gossip column:

    Manchester United are considering a bid for Real Madrid's 24-year-old midfielder Mesut Ozil. (Daily Mirror)

    Liverpool are favourites to sign Anzhi Makhachkala attacking midfielder Willian, 25, for £30m but face strong competition from Tottenham and Manchester United. (Daily Telegraph)

    Chelsea are on the verge of giving up their pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Jose Mourinho has failed with two bids for the England international, 27, and is now closing on a deal to sign Anzhi Makhachala's Cameroon forward Samuel Eto'o, 32, who played under him at Inter Milan. (Daily Star)

  179. 0910: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has branded the re-scheduling of his side's Premier League trip to Chelsea "unfair" and suggested they have suffered because they are not one of the so-called big teams.

    Lambert is unimpressed that the fixture has been moved to next Wednesday evening due to the Blues' involvement in the UEFA Super Cup later this month.

    It means his men meet Arsenal on Saturday before travelling to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, a few days before taking on Liverpool the following Saturday.

  180. 0907: 
    Malky Mackay

    Cardiff manager Malky Mackay tells BBC Radio 5 live that the Welsh capital is full of anticipation for the start of the Premier League campaign, with the Bluebirds travelling to West Ham tomorrow.

    He said: "People are desperately looking forward to the season starting. To have Premier League football coming is fantastic.

    "We just want to be competitive, we're going to be organised, fit and disciplined and we deserve to be there. It's unforgiving and it will be tough because the fans have been used to winning for two years. Everyone here has been talking about the Swansea game and that will be a fantastic occasion on both games."

  181. 0905: 
    David Moyes

    New Manchester United manager David Moyes will be glad when the Premier League season starts so he can stop talking about Wayne Rooney.

    "It's part of the job and I understand he is someone everybody wants to discuss," Moyes said.

    "I have to answer it the best I can but we will all be glad once the season is started. We want to get the season under way. When we get the games going the focus will hopefully shift from the off-field stuff we have at the moment."

  182. 0901:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    "Ian Holloway is a fantastic manager and went for it in the Premier League with Blackpool. At times they looked poor and at times amazing he's got to get the balance right. Defending is key and Hull and Palace won't be able to keep teams out. They'll struggle in that department."

  183. 0855: 

    Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli insists there is no chance of her going back on the retirement that has shocked tennis.

    "I am always final in my decisions and I don't go back on them," she said, a day on from her decision. "I won't change my mind.

    "I've been on the circuit for more than 13 years. Since the start of the year, I have had a lot of small injuries all over: ankle, foot, shoulder. I feel I've done everything to win the grand slam. My body simply can't carry on."

  184. 0850: 

    Christine Ohuruogu is bullish about the Great Britain women's chances in the 4x400m relay after they won their heat despite Perri Shakes-Drayton flying home with a knee problem.

    She said: "We've got a great team, Eilidh [Child] ran brilliantly last night and we can always count on here and everyone kept their lead so I didn't have to do too much work. We're going to go and rest and deliver another good performance."

  185. 0844: 

    Great Britain surge into the final of the women's 4x400m relay with a comforatble win in their heat.

  186. 0837: 

    Perri Shakes-Drayton on Twitter: Gutted my champs ended the way they did. All the best for the 4x4 girls do your thing girls. Sure you'll do me proud.

  187. 0831: 

    Michael Johnson believes Delano Williams must sort out his technique to stand a chance of improving his 200m time.

    Johnson said: "He's been training with Bolt and they don't really focus on technique there. They focus on pure speed and power rather than technique but he needs to clean up, there's energy spilling out all over the place so that's where he needs to make the improvements.

    "It was an easy walk in the park for Usain Bolt. This is just a nuisance for him. It was probably more difficult for him to warm up than actually run this race. He doesn't need the technique but Delanno Williams will."

  188. 0828: 
    Adam Gemili

    Michael Johnson is confident about Adam Gemili's prospects in the 200m ahead of tonight's semi-finals.

    Johnson said: "A huge personal best, not running 100 per cent he's going to be extremely confident going into the semi-final. There's more where this came from. He didn't have to run that hard but that's a confidence booster being able to shut down

    "This is a bright new star an incredible talent and he can go under 20 seconds which is what it will take to be in the medal hunt. The medals are open. The Jamaicans look like they might be able to sweep it but Gemili is in the hunt. He's very well positioned."

  189. 0824: 

    Usain Bolt says he was satisfied to ease into the 200m semi-finals after winning his heat in a time of 20.66 seconds ahead of Great Britain's Delano Williams.

    Bolt said: "I was happy to see [Williams] getting there. It's his first championships so I know it's a big deal for him. I'm not really a morning person so I'm just happy to get through."

  190. 0822: 

    Delano Williams says Usain Bolt's advice helped him reach the semi-finals of the 200m.

    Williams said: "It's been good. We were talking and he motivated me and told me I had nothing to worry about. I would like to thank British Athletics and everyone who has supported me."

  191. 0818: 

    Usain Bolt coasts to victory in his heat of the 200m and Great Britain's Delanno Williams finishes second to also reach tonight's semi-final.

  192. 0816: 

    Adam Gemili set Great Britain's fifth quickest time over 200m with his 20.17 seconds in winning his heat but he is sure there is more to come in tonight's semi-final.

    He said: "Maybe I didn't expect it this early but coming into the 200m I knew I was in shape and I just wanted to execute. I looked across and thought someone else must have got it but there's more to come and I just want to hit it this afternoon.

    "I love running at championships and I just want to do the country proud."

  193. 0812: 
    Adam Gemili

    Great Britain's Adam Gemili also wins his heat in the 200m with a time of 20.17 seconds, beating his personal best.

  194. 0808: 

    James Ellington was pleased with his display in winning his heat in the 200m and said: "I got the job done and went out in the heats in the last two championships. I've got a new training group, a whole different programme. I'm going to go back, recover, chill out and just rest for tonight."

  195. 0807: 

    Colin Jackson tells BBC Sport he believes James Ellington is ready to make a big jump in his progress after the Briton reached the semi-finals of the 200m.

    He said: "He's been running competently and he's been consistent and that's the hallmark of an athlete comfortable with his form. He will get that breakthrough but it's good that he's won that race."

  196. 0805: 
    James Ellington

    Great Britain's James Ellington wins his heat in the 200m and qualifies for tonight's semi-finals.

  197. 0802: 

    Ahead of his 200m heat, Great Britain's James Ellington tells BBC Sport he is ready to kick on with his career.

    He said: "To step up against those guys for the first time you're in awe and you need to be thrown in to know how compete against them.

    "I'm just starting my career this year. No disrespect to my old coach but jumping into a new programme has given me confidence and consistency and I'm just waiting to run that really fast time."

  198. 0754: 

    Warren Weir, 200m bronze medallist at London 2012, tells BBC Sport he is ready to take the step up to compete for gold after winning his heat at the World Championships.

    Weir said: "I was anxious to race. I just came out here to advance as easily as possible. The bronze medal was simply a boost to my ego and prepared me for future games like this. I don't need to be nervous in other games."

  199. 0748: 
    Warren Weir

    Jamaican Warren Weir, a bronze medalist in the 200m at London 2012, is safely through to the semi-finals in Moscow after winning his heat.

    Michael Johnson tells BBC Sport he hopes Weir has the mentality to push fellow Jamaican Bolt.

    Johnson said: "He may have gained some confidence because he was the bronze medallist last year and that was the first big step on the sage and he delivered but he got caught up in the team effect.

    "His motivation was the bronze and now he has to step up and improve on that medal. He's still in the shadow of the other guys but let's see if he really has what it takes to be a champion."

  200. 0739: 
    Adam Gemili

    Great Britain's Delano Williams is in the same heat as Bolt and fellow Britons James Ellington and Adam Gemili are in the fifth and sixth heats respectively.

  201. 0734: 
    Usain Bolt

    The heats of the 200m are just getting underway with Usain Bolt running in the seventh race at around 0817 BST.

  202. 0729: 

    Denise Lewis says Tiffany Porter may have to run the fastest 100m hurdles of her life to reach the final of the World Championships in Moscow.

    She said: "Tiffany can be a little bit ragged over the hurdles but today she was focused, her technique was tidy and you get the sense she is really up for the challenge. She knows she has to be on her game and may have to 'PB' to proceed to the final."

  203. 0725: 
    Mo Farah

    Mo Farah is a "long shot" to win 5,000 metres gold at the World Championships, according to UK Athletics head of science Barry Fudge.

    "If Mo wins a medal on Friday night he's going against the odds basically," Fudge said. "The media will probably build him up, but it is a long shot. You don't really know what's going to happen, how his body's going to respond.

    "He will be a massive favourite, but it's never easy. Those guys are going to go hard. We just do everything we possibly can and hopefully he'll be on that start line in as best shape possible."

  204. 0720: 

    Yelena Isinbayeva's role as a Youth Olympics ambassador should be reviewed says British heptathlete Louise Hazel after the world pole vault champion spoke out against homosexuality.

    Russian Isinbayeva criticised athletes competing at the World Championships in Moscow for supporting gay rights and she also defended a controversial Russian law that makes it illegal to promote homosexuality to under-18s.

    Hazel said: "The International Olympic Committee should revise her position."

  205. 0716: 
    Mo Farah

    Double Olympic gold medallist and London 2012 chief Sebastian Coe tells the Daily Mail that Mo Farah will become the greatest British athlete of all time if he wins the 5000m tonight.

  206. 0711: 
    Tiffany Porter

    Great Britain's Tiffany Porter wins her heat in the women's 100 metre hurdles. Reigning World and Olympic champion Australian Sally Pearson is also safely through.

  207. 0703: 
    Perri Shakes-Drayton

    Some early news from Moscow, Perri Shakes-Drayton has been ruled out of the rest of the World Championships. Shakes-Drayton and her coach Chris Zah have returned to the UK in order to get the runner's knee injury fully assessed.

    Eilidh Child, Shana Cox, Margaret Adeoye and Christine Ohuruogu run in the Women's 4x400m relay for this morning.

  208. 0700: 

    Good morning and welcome to Friday's Sportsday Live. We will be bringing you updates from the World Championships in Moscow throughout the day, as well as the latest transfer stories, plus all the build-up to the opening weekend of the Premier League.

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