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Live Reporting

Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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    There we have it.

    Next stop? The start of the Premier League.

    We begin with Fulham v Arsenal on Saturday at 12:30 BST.

    Until then.

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    Aston Villa

    "Ollie Watkins is a great signing," says Clinton Morrison. "He will do the business."

    He will need to, £28m big ones Aston Villa spent on him.

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    Crystal Palace

    Plenty of you saying Eberechi Eze is the player to watch this season.

    The 22-year-old has got his big move to the top-flight from QPR and it will be interesting to see if he can make the step up.

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    Wolves finished seventh last season and have brought in Football Manager legend Fabio Silva from Porto for a club record £35m.

    Where will Nuno Espirito Santo's side finish this season? Has he taken the club as far as he can?

  5. Fans attend sports events to be reviewed

    Chelsea v Liverpool

    Not great news, tbh.

    Plans for spectators to attend sporting events in England from 1 October are to be reviewed, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed.

    Johnson, speaking at a Downing Street news conference, also said pilot events in September would be restricted to 1,000 fans with social distancing measures in place.

    “We must revise plans to pilot larger audiences in venues later this month and review our intention to return audiences to stadiums from 1 October," said Johnson.

    "But that doesn't mean we are going to scrap the programme entirely. We are just going to have to review it and abridge it."

    Earlier on Wednesday, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said it was "absolutely critical" that fans were allowed back inside stadiums as soon as possible and failure to do so would cost clubs £700m during the 2020-21 season, which starts on Saturday.

  6. Bruce will get the best out of Fraser

    Clinton Morrison

    Former Crystal Palace striker on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Steve Bruce is the best manager I have worked with, he used to get the best out of me.

    He knew how to handle me, I was a bit of a problem and was too opinionated and was a hot-head. Steve would sit me down in his office and tell me the rights and wrongs, other managers did not know how to handle me and he will do that with Ryan Fraser.

    That is a really good signing and his partnership with Callum WIlson at Bournemouth, they were flying at one stage. Wilson has taken the number nine shirt and that shows he is full of confidence.

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    Newcastle United

    Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said his window cleaner asked him, "wow, how have you done that?" after bringing in £20m Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Jeff Hendrick both on a free and Jamal Lewis for £15m.

    Good business from the Magpies?

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    Leicester City

    Leicester were in the top four for much of the campaign but fell away badly after lockdown, finishing fifth.

    Where do people think Brendan Rodgers' side will finish this season? Were they punching above their weight for much of last term?

  9. 'Doherty will be looking forward to it'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Former Republic of Ireland captain Richard Dunne: "Matt Doherty is someone who played in the League of Ireland and someone who put his head down, battled and fought. What he did at Wolves was outstanding.

    "He has been signed by Jose Mourinho and will be looking forward to it. It will be important for him to get into a system to get the confidence at the start of the season.

    "He wants people who are nasty and can make tackles and you win games by building bonds, not by being nice to everyone."

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    JOHN HADEN: This will be the season Wolves finish in the top six, after finishing the last two seasons seventh. Some big money being spent.

  11. Arteta has turned it around

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Liverpool U23 assistant manager Gary O'Neil: "The difference at the moment is that I am not sure there is a progression at Tottenham. We will see if Jose Mourinho can turn it around.

    "I am more convinced with Arsenal and Mikel Arteta seemed to ave turned it around, they have hit the bottom and on the way back up.

    "It was a very clever appointment, it needed someone to buy into the long term journey by sending people out and bringing people in. They already have two bits of silverware on the shelf so it has been a fantastic start."

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    OK, off to north London. Who will finish higher?

    Thumbs up if you think Arsenal will finish higher.

    Thumbs down if you think Tottenham will finish higher.

  13. What's happening about Premier League season tickets?

    Premier League stadium

    There is hope for the gradual return of fans to Premier League games from the start of October.

    But with no supporters currently allowed in for league matches, and capacity likely to be limited when they do return, what are the consequences for season-ticket holders across the 20 Premier League clubs?

    BBC Sport has taken a look and found out

  14. Rodriguez the difference-maker?

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Former Everton defender Richard Dunne: James Rodriguez is probably the first superstar Everton have had. He is known around the world and can produce that magic.

    Rodriguez comes as the one who can win games. They have always been a decent side, who you know what you will get from. Now they have something different.

    They will hope they can challenge for the top six but will need more to break the top four.

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    Mentioned Everton's new midfield at the top of live, but where do you think they will finish next season?

    Thumbs up if you think the will finish in the top six.

    Thumbs down if you think they won't.

  16. Who's going down?

    Clinton Morrison

    Former Crystal Palace striker on BBC Radio 5 Live

    I would be worried about Fulham. They are good going forward but, if Aleksandar Mitrovic got injured who would come in?

    I hope Scott Parker does well but I do believe it will be very difficult.

    Fulham and West Brom need to strengthen.

  17. Quiz: Which teams survived after promotion?


    West Brom have been relegated four times in the Premier League era, Leeds have had a massive 16 seasons away and Fulham will be hoping to stick around longer than the one year they managed following their previous promotion.

    Norwich went down at the first time of asking last season - but plenty of teams have stayed up.

    Can you name them all?

    Head here to play

  18. West Brom in need to divine intervention

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Mark Chapman: You wouldn't say West Brom are nailed on to go down?

    Karen Carney: I think they are. They need a focal point up top.

    Chris Sutton: West Bromwich Albion will go down, they need to pray to stay up.

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    Goran Nilsson: Watched Leeds United at Arsenal in January and in the first half played an excellent football. Unfortunate to lose the game. I am very excited to see them back in PL and believe they will do well.

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  20. 'We are no more dirty Leeds'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Former Leeds United and South Africa international Lucas Radebe:

    It has been a long 16 years in the doldrums. I am over the moon to see them coming up. I am looking forward to seeing all these rivalries again.

    The rivalries Leeds have go back a long way, especially with Chelsea and Man Utd.

    We are no more dirty Leeds any mire. Marcelo Bielsa has come in with his own style and has turned things around at the club. They play great football, are consistent and winning games even when not playing well.

    It is going to be exciting. It is going to be tough but I think we can carry the form and momentum from last season. The newly promoted teams play just to survive but I dont think that is the same with Leeds.

    Bielsa is so ambitious he would expect them to do better.