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By Jamie Lillywhite and Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell

    And that's where we leave you for today, many thanks to those you stayed with us. Thanks for all your 2002-07 memories and pictures, even to Will, whose image sadly refuses to leave my head. There will be another Football Special tomorrow when the team will be looking at 2007-12 and, on the eve of the Premier League season, providing further build-up to the big kick-off. Some of us have some late nights ahead for the US PGA golf but, as Jim McDonald would say, cheerio now.

  2. 'Where are you?'

    Delia Smith's 'Where are you?' rant.

    Phil Brown's half-time team talk...on the pitch.

    Nigel Pearson's bizarre 'ostrich' outburst.

    And Gary Lineker in his pants, definitely one for my significant other, although she is the proud owner of a lifesize cardboard cut-out of a similar image that I had to walk across the Media City piazza with.

    BBC Sport has compiled the funniest moments from 25 years of the Premier League.

    It's well worth a watch and it has the legendary Des Lynam at the start, my favourite of all the presenters.

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    Video caption: Premier League at 25: Funny moments from 25 years of the Premier League
  3. Man City will win title

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Pep Guardiola's arrival at Etihad Stadium last summer was greeted with an excitement and expectation which was ultimately unfulfilled as they finished the season without a trophy and in third place in the Premier League.

    There were flashes of the scintillating attacking style the Catalan wants but too often City were fragile in defence.

    Guardiola has embarked on some spectacular - not to mention costly - renovation work on his defence.

    City's attacking riches are already in place and look for Gabriel Jesus to emerge as a Premier League superstar this season.

    This makes City the champions.

  4. Post update

    Brighton v Man City (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    We had our Chris Hughton look-a-like competition the other day in tribute to his recent goatee beard. Suggestions ranged from Denzil Washington to Sir Tom Jones. Anyway, here's the Brighton boss on what his last message to the team will be before the Saturday teatime match against multi-million Manchester City.

    BBC App users may need to click the link to see and hear him.

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  5. Chelsea to finish 2nd

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Antonio Conte's miraculous rebuilding from a 10th-place finish to champions last season was a superb feat of management.

    There has been turmoil around Stamford Bridge this summer, with Diego Costa's discontent providing the backdrop along with questions about Conte's own future before he signed an improved two-year deal.

    Chelsea, however, will still be hugely formidable although it remains to be seen whether the decision to sell Nemanja Matic to rivals Manchester United is a wise one.

    Conte, having appeared to pursue Romelu Lukaku, will be delighted to have landed one of his personal favourites in Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid while Tiemoue Bakayoko's arrival from Monaco will be expected to offer a more youthful and athletic alternative to Matic.

    No title - but a very good shout for a cup.

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    Richard Benson: I put this in the loft 14 years ago, but kept the faith that he would come back one day.

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  7. Man Utd will finish 3rd

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    It is testimony to Jose Mourinho's built-in winning mechanism that a campaign that appeared a disappointment for so long still ended with Manchester United winning the EFL Cup and the Europa League, confirming Champions League football this season.

    United and Mourinho will be under pressure to offer a serious title challenge this season and I expect them to do so.

    Victor Lindelof from Benfica will be asked to provide added central defensive reliability with the shield offered by midfield enforcer Nemanja Matic.

    The big arrival, however, is £75m Romelu Lukaku from Everton, apparently stolen from under Chelsea's nose.

    Lukaku will be under huge scrutiny to deliver but his track record suggests he will. Mourinho will be back in the title shake-up.

  8. In the hood

    There are still blue skies in Salford but lots of rain in the south today, bad news for the construction of my conservatory....I bet Mark Noble doesn't have to rely on his elderly father to do his...

  9. Liverpool to finish 4th

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Strange summer for Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp - and at this stage it is a slight leap of faith to back him to deliver another top-four finish but he is moving his club in the right direction.

    Mohamed Salah's arrival from Roma offers even more pace and movement to an attack rich in those qualities with the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho.

    Liverpool will watch developments on the south coast with interest to see if there is any way of reviving the fractious deal for Southampton's Virgil van Dijk to bolster a vulnerable defence and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita remains on the radar.

    The big question mark is the future of Coutinho. Klopp and Liverpool are understandably bullish about their refusal to sell - but Barcelona do not normally just walk away. The outcome will be crucial to Liverpool's season.

  10. Ace coach Ventura extends contract

    Giampiero Ventura has extended his contract as Italy head coach until 2020.

    The 69-year-old former Torino boss signed a two-year deal when replacing Antonio Conte, who left to join Chelsea, in the role in June last year.

    But, having won eight of his 11 games in charge, Ventura was handed fresh terms by FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio at a press conference this afternoon.

    Giampiero Ventura
  11. Arsenal to finish 5th

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Arsenal finally slipped out of the Champions League places last season after a campaign which contained much acrimony and discontent at Emirates Stadium, but which was salvaged to an extent by an outstanding FA Cup final win against Chelsea.

    Arsene Wenger, the central figure in so much of that debate, has signed a new two-year deal and the French manager wants to make a fast start to ensure there is a feel-good mood around Arsenal.

    Wenger insists Alexis Sanchez will not be sold but there will still be much relief if he is still a Gunner at the turn of the month. If he stays, and Wenger says he will, then Arsenal can flourish.

  12. Fan banged up for firework fracas

    A reminder that I do have Phil McNulty's number, but in other news, a 24-year-old Swiss football fan has been handed a prison sentence for setting off fireworks at a game which damaged another supporter's hearing.

    The man from Herisau in eastern Switzerland, a supporter of FC St. Gallen, must serve at least 18 months of a 36-month sentence and pay a fine of 9,700 Swiss francs.

  13. Spurs to finish 6th

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Rather like my slightly wayward prediction of Leicester City's relegation before the season they won the title, this is a prediction that bears all the hallmarks of coming back to haunt.

    Spurs have proved an outstanding team over the last two seasons but have yet to win a trophy - this placing is also heavily influenced by the fact they have yet to strengthen this summer.

    Manager Mauricio Pochettino has a top-class first team but still needs high quality cover for Harry Kane and chairman Daniel Levy should also be scouring the markets to improve what he has.

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    nathan: My first Premier League game, 04-05, Middlesbrough beat West Brom 4-0 at the Riverside! Some youngster Stewart Downing scored!

  15. Everton to finish 7th

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Everton are a club on the move under manager Ronald Koeman and major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

    Their summer transfer business has been highly impressive and there is justified optimism around Goodison Park.

    The minus has come with the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United. Koeman has yet to land the front line striker to replace his goals and presence - Everton also appear to lack pace.

    Do not expect them to finish any lower than last season but they may need a couple more transfer windows to seriously infiltrate the top six.

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    Tom Mo: Chelsea v Liverpool 02-03. Last game of the season. Jesper Gronkjaer's goal to send us into the UCL. Birth point of the Abramovich era.

  17. West Ham to finish 8th

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    It was an unsettling first season at London Stadium for the Hammers, away from the home comforts and familiar surroundings of Upton Park.

    There may also be a slight false start this season with home fixtures delayed after the World Athletics Championships but expect better from Slaven Bilic's side after some very interesting work in the transfer market.

    Javier Hernandez, goal poacher par excellence, may yet prove to be a masterstroke while Marko Arnautovic is a talented wildcard.

    Cause for cautious optimism.

  18. Gray joins Hornets

    Watford complete a club record £18.5m signing of 26-year-old Burnley striker Andre Gray on a five-year deal.

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    AJPS: We remember the winners, but final day of 04/05 had an epic relegation zone battle, all four teams were safe at various points!

  20. Leicester to finish 9th

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Leicester City looked much more like the side that won the Premier League after Craig Shakespeare took over from the sacked Claudio Ranieri last season - but will full command be different to temporary charge for a talented coach?

    Riyad Mahrez's future remains in doubt but the Foxes have shown their ambition with the arrival of Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City, while plenty regard the signing of Vicente Iborra from Sevilla as a coup.

    Shakespeare will hope there is no more upheaval before the end of August, with Chelsea being linked with midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

    And with one or two more additions (Harry Maguire may prove a shrewd acquisition in defence) then this could be a very decent season at the King Power.