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  1. Livermore to start at CB for injury-hit Hull
  2. Pogba suspended for Premier League opener
  3. Januzaj goes on loan to Sunderland
  4. #bbcsportsday: Premier League predictions

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

  1. An ode to 2016-17

    Alistair Mann

    MOTD commentator

    So much has altered everywhere

    As all the squads try to prepare

    For the battle long and testing

    Upon their laurels no-one’s resting.

    New incumbents north and south

    Words of comfort from each mouth

    All are here to reach their goals

    Backed by loyal hopeful souls.

    Many feel the city of rain,

    Has the best chance to attain

    No-one quite sure red or blue

    Pep’s a winner but Jose’s too.

    The capital’s the place to be

    For there’s so much expectancy

    The young Spurs boys, could they go far

    Or Arsene’s final great hurrah?

    And what of those who still believe

    That titles are theirs to achieve

    Could Anfield now rise to the top

    With Jurgen’s baying, hopeful Kop?

    And what of they whose crown was snatched

    A plot their owner has now hatched

    To leave the smarting blue battalion

    In the hands of a suave Italian.

    Then there is the chasing pack,

    Those established to attack

    Pardew, Koeman, Bilic, Hughes,

    All to gain and nought to lose.

    The Saints again are in transition

    Guidolin knows well his mission

    While David’s back in Wearside

    Trying to restore some pride.

    And what of those whose aims are humble

    Who now know Howe they shouldn’t crumble.

    Tony’s done it for years and years

    While for Walter this holds few fears.

    To they who’ve battled to return

    From painful memories all must learn

    From the Humber to the Tees

    There are no Claret guarantees.

    And last but certainly not least

    To those who now on pizza, feast.

    Retain their title, don’t be silly,

    Is that E.T. in Piccadilly?

    Expectations, so much hope

    But who, with pressure, will now cope?

    The final question in the air

    Will Gary present in his underwear?

  2. Post update

    We'll end here for the week. Have a go on our Premier League Predictor if you haven't already.

    But let us leave you with this epic poem previewing the new season, which starts tomorrow...

  3. 'Leicester not as far off as people think'

    Eniola Aluko

    BBC Sport columnist and Chelsea striker

    I think Tottenham will finish above Arsenal and it will be the first year under Arsene Wenger that Arsenal do not make the top four. 

    Spurs have goals in Harry Kane if he has another golden boot season like last season. Arsenal on the other hand yet again have not signed a striker who will score 20+ goals and need to replace Per Mertesacker at the back. 

    I think Leicester will finish between fifth and eighth. I don't think they are as far off as some may think. 

    The Leicester players will want to prove they are consistently capable of competing in the top half of the league. I know from personal experience that once you win the title you don't want to lose it without a fight.

    See Eni's predictions here.

  4. 'Hazard could be like new signing'

    Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator, MOTD2 Extra

    It was a toss-up between the Manchester clubs for a while for me, but I'm not sure that even Jose Mourinho can improve things at Old Trafford quite enough to finish above everyone else. Things will improve though.

    After that I have Chelsea finishing third, I have a feeling that Antonio Conte will have the Blues being hard to beat again. There's one big season left in John Terry, and if Eden Hazard plays like he should - and did for Belgium at the Euros - he'll be like a new signing after last season's pale imitation of himself.

    In fourth I'm saying Arsenal because they always find a way really - and have been impressive with their warm-up results and performances. 

    Eden Hazard
  5. Blues sign Dundee forward

    Birmingham City have signed Dundee forward Greg Stewart on a three-year deal for a fee believed to be about £500,000.

    He had rejected a move to Blues on Wednesday but has now agreed personal terms and passed his medical.

  6. Post update

  7. 'Mourinho will bring in new mentality'

    Rachel Brown-Finnis

    Former England goalkeeper

    It’s not really because of Paul Pogba arriving that I have gone for Manchester United to win the title, even though lots of their fans are excited about him joining. 

    He was decent at Euro 2016 but you did not have do much to stand out there. It is more down to Jose Mourinho and the mentality he is bringing in.

    Will he stay more than his usual two or three years at a club? I doubt it, but if he gets his usual success too then that won’t matter, or how much he has spent.

    The biggest thing for the United fans will be having a bit of excitement going to matches. I went to watch them last season against my team Burnley and they were so boring to watch.

    See Rachel's predictions here.

  8. 'Arsenal will miss out on Champions League'

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live sports commentator

    Bruce-Ball should know what he's talking about as he won the BBC's Euro 2016 predictor league.

    It has to be said that Manchester City have underachieved in the Premier League for the last two seasons considering the players they have had at their disposal but I think that will change under Pep Guardiola and they will win back the title they last won in 2014.

    Behind them it is very difficult to call between Manchester United, who've invested heavily for Jose Mourinho, and Tottenham, who should improve again under Mauricio Pochettino.

    But I think Liverpool's absence from Europe this season will help Jurgen Klopp get them back into the top four and that means that Arsenal will miss out on the Champions League.

    See Alistair's predictions here.

  9. 'Fingers crossed' for Butland

    Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland has tweeted about the injury which has ruled him out tomorrow at Middlesbrough.

    "Horrific timing after feeling so strong and sharp in pre-season, waiting on the scan results, fingers crossed just a minor setback!   

    "But the season starts tomorrow and I'm as excited as ever, believe in the lads and can't wait to get back out there soon!"   

  10. 'I can see Arsenal having a run at the title'

    John Murray

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    I am going for Manchester United to win the league because I am backing Jose Mourinho to make the greater immediate impact of the two new Manchester managers. That's as much for his knowledge of the Premier League as anything else.

    I am backing Antonio Conte to be one of the managerial stars of the season.

    And I can see Arsenal having a run at the title, particularly if they can make a couple of high quality signings... then again, I seem to say that every year.

    It promises so much, this season..I just hope it delivers.

  11. 'Leicester to finish eighth'

    Steve Bower

    Match of the Day commentator

    It’s a far from straightforward call for this season’s champions but I think United might just win the battle in Manchester. 

    Jose Mourinho is refreshed, has been the course before and has a point to prove after the way he left Chelsea. Plus he’s significantly strengthened the squad from last season.

    It will be fascinating to see how Pep Guardiola adapts to the Premier League, Manchester City won’t be far away but may have to wait till next season to be crowned champions.

    Leicester won’t be a surprise package this season, plus they have to cope with the demands of Champions League football. They were fortunate with injuries and suspensions on their way to their incredible title success last season, however they still have the core of the squad together and I think they will finish eighth.

    See Steve's predictions here.

    Jose Mourinho
  12. Fabio completes Boro move

    Middlesbrough have signed former Manchester United defender Fabio.

    The 26-year-old Brazilian's Bluebirds' contract included a release clause understood to be about £2m.

    Meanwhile, City have signed Wigan's Wales midfielder Emyr Huws.

  13. 'Pogba still has room for improvement'

    Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has been talking about Paul Pogba.

    “Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United is obviously an enormous deal in financial terms. I wish him all the best and, who knows, maybe our paths will cross again somewhere down the line.

    “Paul played an important role in previous seasons, developing his game considerably and he’s still got room for improvement in the future."

  14. 'Welcome back, Paul'

    Mikel John Obi

    The Chelsea midfielder tweeted this with a video of him backheeling the ball through Paul Pogba's legs while playing for Nigeria against France.

  15. Get Involved - your Premier League predictions

    MOTD Facebook page

    Daniel Worthy: Like many others I was over the moon with Leicester winning the league but in my opinion they won't finish top half this season. Hope I'm wrong though

    Phil Blewitt: I am certain that fifth is achievable for the Foxes and that we will play Europa footy next year!

  16. Comparisons between Mourinho and Zlatan

    Steve Wilson

    BBC MOTD commentator

    Last season might have restored the football romantics’ belief that fairytales can sometimes come true; but 2016-17 will, I believe, be the year that the usual suspects reassert that dominance which their financial clout should always afford.

    This season the Premier League will arguably have a higher quota of the world’s top managers than it does the world’s top players, and Antonio Conte is an intriguing addition to the fold.

    What of Jose Mourinho and at Manchester United? It’s the job he has long coveted, and which some at Old Trafford seemed reluctant to give him. 

    Rather like Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s remaining career, it should be exciting, incendiary and spectacular with the possibility that it ends more quickly than some imagine. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions and Mourinho doesn’t do dynasties.

  17. Butland to miss season opener

    Stoke City goakeeper Jack Butland will miss tomorrow's game with Middlesbrough after jarring his ankle in training this morning.

    Could it open the door to 40-year-old Shay Given? Jakob Haugaard is the most likely other option.

  18. 'United have showed their intent'

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    Based on their signings so far I'm opting for Manchester United to win the title. 

    Jose Mourinho talks about a "balance" to his squad and he's added quality to every department with his summer additions. 

    Ed Woodward has been criticised in the past for dawdling in the transfer market but United have showed their intent by landing their four primary targets before the big KO. 

    Of the promoted sides, Middlesbrough been the most proactive and stand the best chance of survival. 

    Steve Gibson has backed Aitor Karanka and their recruitment has been shrewd. Keep an eye on Viktor Fischer, their signing from Ajax. 

    See Ian's predictions here.

    Viktor Fischer
    Image caption: "Until his career was seriously hampered by injury two years ago, the elite of Europe were monitoring the young Danish International," says Dennis
  19. 'We don't have to sell Sissoko'

    Newcastle United "do not need to sell" midfielder Moussa Sissoko and will only agree to a deal if it suits all parties, says manager Rafa Benitez.

    Sissoko, 26, told BBC World Football this week he wanted to move to a "big club" with Champions League prospects.

    He has been linked to Real Madrid, Benitez's former team.

    "If someone thinks if they will wait until 31 August it will be easier, I can guarantee them it will be more difficult," Benitez told BBC Newcastle.

    "If someone wants to come, they have to come now with the right offer and we will analyse that. If not, he is still our player and he carries on working hard."

  20. 'I am a better football than a plumber'

    New Colchester signing Lewis Kinsella has revealed he started working as a plumber in the summer in case he did not find a new club after his release by Aston Villa.

    The 21-year-old told BBC Essex: "I am so happy I've got everything sorted now. I'm a better footballer than a plumber.

    "I was working part-time to earn a bit of cash over the summer in case nothing happened."

    Lewis Kinsella