LiveWednesday transfers as they happened


  1. Vincent Kompany signs 5-year deal with Man City
  2. 34.2% say Chelsea will be champions & 47.3% think Burnley will finish last
  3. Latest transfer news and gossip
  4. Andy Murray beats Joao Sousa 6-3 6-3 in R2, Cincinnati
  5. Updates from Premier League new season launch
  6. Listen to England v India Women's Test on 5 live sports extra

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By Marc Higginson, Elizabeth Hudson and James Gheerbrant

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Recap: Rooney, Kompany, Chelsea, Suarez, Scudamore, Murray,

Well, what a finish to Sportsday.

In the last hour Vincent Kompany has signed a new five-year deal with Manchester City, Andy Murray has got back to winning ways and Bayern Munich's Frank Ribery has announced his international retirement - according to reports in a German football magazine.

If you strayed away from us at any point, here's what else you might have missed:

  • The launch of the new Premier League season had Wes Morgan "raring to go", Manuel Pellegrini boasting about his new signings, Martinez on the "phenomenal" signing of Lukaku, and Richard Scudamore talking up his '39th game' idea.
  • Scudamore then labelled Luis Suarez as an "accident waiting to happen" as the new Barca man awaits his appeal verdict tomorrow.
  • BBC Sport pundits making their Premier League predictions at the top and bottom - and then Sportsday readers having your say on Chelsea being champions and new boys Burnley coming dead last.
  • Transfer news with Shane Long to Southampton, Alberto Moreno set for Liverpool and Marcos Rojo edging closer to Old Trafford
  • Former European and Commonwealth 110m hurdles champion Andy Turner announcing his retirement live on the BBC.
  • Action from the European Championships in a weather-battered Zurich - which you can continue to follow live here

Stick with BBC Sport for Ireland vs England in the Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final live.

And don't forget to come back tomorrow for the Suarez appeal verdict and plenty more transfer gossip and sports news updates.

Done deal


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Real Madrid keeper Diego Lopez has agreed a move to AC Milan, the Spanish club have announced on Twitter.

The Spaniard played 52 games for Madrid over the past two seasons, displacing Iker Casillas as the club's number 1 in La Liga.

Copenhagen's qualifying conundrum


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FC Copenhagen could take on Bayer Leverkusen in their Champions League play-off with a team of youth players, as the first-team professionals are currently engaged in a labour dispute with the Danish League.

If the league cannot agree on a new collective bargaining agreement by midnight on Thursday, players who are union members will be locked out from August 19 - the date that Copenhagen are due to meet the Bundesliga side in the first leg of their qualifier. Aalborg's play-off against APOEL Nicosia could also be affected.

Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken said: "I'm a socialist, I respect solidarity and I respect that the players stand together. But the consequences could extend far, far into the future for Danish club football."

England Women v India Women


England Women are continuing to get the wickets against India in their one-off Test in Wormsley.

Jenny Gunn has taken four wickets to leave India on 70-6 after 33 overs after England were dismissed for 92.

England ahead in World Cup semi-final

England lead Ireland 18-7 at half-time in their Women's World Cup semi-final in France.

There is live text commentary of the game on the BBC Sport website and live commentary on 5 Live Sports Extra.

Europeans get back on track


Action has resumed at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich and among those competing this evening are Mo Farah, Dwain Chambers and Tiffany Porter.

You can follow the latest from Zurich on the BBC Sport website.

Troy of the Tigers?


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Hull are readying a £10m bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The Tigers are resigned to losing Shane Long to Southampton and Steve Bruce is targeting the 26-year-old as a replacement for the Irishman.

But the Telegraph reports that he may face competition from Leicester for the in-demand striker, who hit 24 goals in the Championship last season.

GB face must-win match


Great Britain's men face a must-win game against Bosnia-Herzegovina tonight in their bid to qualify for the 2015 Eurobasket competition.

Joe Prunty's side lost their opening qualification game against Iceland on Sunday.

British basketball had its elite funding withdrawn by UK Sport earlier this year. It's all a far cry from the heady days of London 2012. Britain's NBA stars Luol Deng and Joel Freeland have failed to make themselves available, and the team don't even have a kit sponsor for tonight's match.

Murray wins in Cincinnati


Andy Murray is safely into the last 16 of the Cincinnati Masters after a 6-3 6-3 win over Portugal's Joao Sousa.

The eighth seed was well in control throughout against the world number 37 and will next face either 11th seed John Isner or Australia's Marinko Matosevic.

England Women v India Women

England Women have grabbed three quick wickets against India in their one-off Test at Wormsley.

Opener Thirush Kamini was caught by Sarah Taylor off Jenny Gunn's bowling for 17 before Poonam Raut was dismissed by Kate Cross for a duck and Gunn then took the wicket of Smriti Mandhana

It leaves India on 48-3 after 24 overs after England were dismissed for 92.

Brook v Porter world title fight "is 50-50"


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Kell Brook's trainer has called his IBF welterweight title bout against American Shawn Porter a "50-50 fight".

The Sheffield boxer takes on the unbeaten champion in California in the early hours of Sunday, 17 August in his first world title fight.

Dominic Ingle says his man has "looked a little ragged" in some fights, but has left "no stone unturned" after a 16-week training camp.

He said: "Kell has got to go into the lion's den with everything against him and the only thing he has got is his ability and his desire to become a world champion."

Captain Wayne comments


Wayne Rooney has tweeted about Louis van Gaal's decision to make him club captain: "Very proud to be named captain of @ManUtd.

"Huge honour and I can't wait to lead the team out on Saturday for our first game of the season."

Moeen's tip from the umpire



England spinner Moeen Ali says a little tip from umpire Kumar Dharmasena - a 31-Test veteran with Sri Lanka - has helped to transform his bowling.

After taking 19 wickets in four Tests against India, Moeen told the Telegraph: "After the first Test, where I went for quite a few runs, I sat down and analysed it and felt the need for change. Then Belly (Ian Bell) took me to one side on the practice day at Lord's and said: 'Look, this is what you've got to do to be consistent in the Test side, this is what Swanny (Graeme Swann) did, bowl quicker and straighter, especially on a first-day pitch.'

"Then I went into the nets and the umpire Kumar Dharmasena was there and I asked him, as a former off-spinner, how could I bowl quicker without it being flat. He said to me: 'Just grab your pocket as quickly as you can with your non-bowling arm.' As soon as I bowled one ball I knew it would work. That, for some reason, allows me to bowl quicker and straighter without being flat."

Murray in impressive form against Sousa


Andy Murray wins the opening set 6-3 against Portugal's Joao Sousa at the Cincinnati Masters.

The eighth seed has been playing some impressive tennis against the world number 37 as he continues his preparations for the US Open.


Kompany's new deal

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Captain Vincent Kompany signs a new five-year deal with Manchester City, keeping him at the club until 2019.

"When I arrived in 2008, I could never have dreamed that we could achieve what we have over the last six years but, for me, this is just the start of the journey," the Belgian defender, 28, told the club's official website.

"This team is stronger now than it's ever been; we have competition for places in every position and a dressing room full of exceptional, motivated people who want to continue making history together.

"Lifting two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup have been four of the best days of my life but I believe that there are many more of these occasions ahead."

England Women v India Women


England Women are still waiting for a breakthrough on day one of their one-off Test against India in Wormsley.

After dismissing England for 82, India openers Smriti Mandhana and Thirush Kamini have led their side to 31-0 after 15 overs.

Everton bid for Biabiany?


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Everton could launch a late bid to sign Parma winger Jonathan Biabiany, Talksport reports.

The Frenchman has been heavily linked with West Brom over the summer, but the Baggies now appear to have cooled their interest, and Roberto Martinez could swoop for the 26-year-old.

Solid start for Murray


Andy Murray makes a good start in his match at the Cincinnati Masters against Portugal's Joao Sousa and leads 3-1.

Murray broke his opponent early and had another chance in the fourth game but Sousa dug deep to hold.

Wind causes problems in Zurich


This evening's session at the European Championships in Zurich is delayed because of strong winds. The session is now due to get under way at 17:30 BST but could be delayed further if conditions do not improve.

Britain's Mo Farah is due to be in action in the 10,000m with Tiffany Porter in the 100m hurdles final while the semi-finals and finals of the men's 100m are also scheduled.

Vote result: Burnley to go down


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Burnley fans, you might want to look away now… 47.3% of voters reckon the Clarets will be propping up the other 19 Premier League teams come the end of the season.

The vote doesn't make pretty reading for West Brom either, with 18.7% believing they'll finish 20th and plummet into the Championship in May.

Leicester City will want to prove the doubters wrong too, with 9% of voters believing they'll drop back down to the second tier in last place.

Zlatan shells out


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Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic has donated £30,000 to help the Swedish learning difficulties football team, the Daily Mirror reports.

The team qualified for the INAS World Championships in Brazil, but financial constraints meant they almost had to pull out. But when the problem was brought to Zlatan's attention, he donated the money needed to bankroll the trip.

"Football should be played by anyone, regardless of gender, disability or not," Ibrahimovic said. "I wanted to do everything in my power to help them experience a World Cup. It was a given."


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On Twitter: Man Utd tells fans it has prohibited electronic devices like laptops and tablets inside Old Trafford because of "latest security advice".

The club says: "In line with UK airports we are reacting to the latest security ensure the safety & security of spectators. The scale of Old Trafford and profile of Manchester United mean that the risk at this venue is unique."

Fogg wins Open Water gold



Britain's Daniel Fogg secures gold in the 5km time trial on the opening day of the European Open Water Swimming Championships in Berlin. Fogg finished in a time of 53 minutes 41.4 seconds ahead of German pair Rob Muffels (54:01.8) and Thomas Lurz (54:02.6).

"I've never done a 5km time trial before but I knew I had a good chance if I swam well and starting near the end probably helped," he said.

Toure commits to Liverpool


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Liverpool defender Kolo Toure is set to reject an offer from Turkish side Trabzonspor and stay at Anfield, the Daily Mirror reports.

The arrival of Dejan Lovren had seen the 33-year-old heavily linked with a move away from Merseyside, but the Ivorian now looks set to stay after being told he has a future by Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.

"I am still at Liverpool," Toure says. "I had talks with the coach who clearly indicated that I was part of his plans. Trabzonspor are interested in me, but for the moment I am at Liverpool and I want to carry on with the club."

Easy win for Yorkshire in One-Day Cup


Yorkshire make certain of their place in the One-Day Cup quarter-finals with a 10-wicket win over Derbyshire at Scarborough. The visitors were bowled out for 151, with Adil Rashid and Rich Pyrah taking three wickets each.

Mark Footitt was ordered out of the attack by the umpires for dangerous bowling in the ninth over of Yorkshire's reply and openers Alex Lees (69) and Adam Lyth (67) saw the White Rose county home on 155-0, with 20.3 overs remaining.

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Andrew Tarpey: Man City as champions, then Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal. If Man City and Chelsea go far in Europe, Man United to be champions.

Geoff Naylor: The biggest (and best) squads will be victorious, which at this moment are Man City & Chelsea, followed by Arsenal & Liverpool.

Arun Ghudial: Chelsea to win the league and Champions League, second Arsenal, third Man City and fourth Man United. West Ham the surprise package in 7th.

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Man City duo set for exit?


Manchester City have "too many players" and could allow forwards John Guidetti and Scott Sinclair to leave before the end of the transfer window, according to Manuel Pellegrini.

"John Guidetti or maybe Scott Sinclair, they may need to play in a different team, so we'll see from now until the end of the transfer window what happens with our squad," the manager said. "But at this moment, yes we have too many players."

Murray set for Cincinnati test


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Andy Murray is in action this afternoon at 16:00 BST against Portugal's Joao Sousa in his opening round match at the Cincinnati Masters.

Here are some things you may not know about Sousa:

- He is 25 and was born in Spain

- He is ranked 37 in the world

- He has played Murray twice - at last year's Australian Open and this year in Acapulco with the Scot winning both in straight sets

Pep Guardiola - "No more new players"


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The Bundesliga's top two teams meet this evening in the German Supercup with rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund getting the new season under way.

Managers Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are not expected to start with many of their World Cup-winning players and Guardiola has claimed to have only "eight or nine fully-fit players".

One of those should be Bayern's new signing Robert Lewandowski, who is expected to play at his former ground - Dortmund's Westfalenstadion - against his old club, where he scored 74 goals in 131 appearances.

But one Dortmund star who won't be following the Polish international to the Bavarians is midfielder Marco Reus.

Guardiola said: "We don't need any new players. We already have eight midfielders. Eight! That's enough."

French star Vicaut out of Euros


French sprinter Jimmy Vicaut pulls out of the European Championships in Zurich with a thigh injury.

The 22-year-old was the only man in the 100m field who had gone under 10 seconds in the event this year, and was due to compete in the semi-finals on Wednesday evening with the final to come at 20:49 BST.

"I will not take part in the semi-finals and I am putting an end to my season," said Vicaut, who has struggled with the problem for the last seven weeks.

"It is the best decision I could have taken. I don't want to injure myself further."

Suarez can't be trusted - Hamann


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Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann says Luis Suarez "can't be trusted" and argues the Reds are better off without the Uruguayan striker.

Speaking to the Press Association, Hamann says: "I have always been very critical of Suarez's antics. In footballing terms, he is a big loss, but somebody else will score the goals and I think, long-term, they will be better off without him than with him.

"I think Liverpool have bought well. I'd rather have the six or seven players they have now than Suarez, because at the end of the day, if you want to win things, you need people you can trust, and he can't be trusted."

Liverpool sold Suarez to Barcelona for £75m.

'Stop League Cup extra time'


Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade has called for extra time to be scrapped in the League Cup. Orient's win against Plymouth on penalties was one of seven ties to go to extra-time on Tuesday night.

"I don't think anybody wants extra-time on the first Tuesday of the season," Slade told BBC London 94.9. "There were players who I didn't want out there at that particular stage. I had no choice. To even have extra-time is beyond me. It is criminal."

Two new Grecians


Paul Tisdale says Graham Cummins and Christian Ribeiro will be Exeter City's only signings when the club's transfer embargo is lifted.

Exeter have been unable to sign any players since June after taking out a loan with the Professional Footballers' Association after cashflow problems. The club expects to pay off the debt by the end of this week.

"We haven't got any more money to bring any more players in, although the embargo will be lifted," Tisdale said.

Hitchon fails to reach hammer final


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British hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon misses out on a place in the European Championship final in Zurich.

Hitchon can only manage 62.93m in qualification - well short of the 67.18 that would have gotten her into the final.

Action in Zurich is currently suspended because of a storm warning.

England suffer against India


It's been a dreadful day so far for the England Women in their one-off Test against India after they were dismissed for just 92 in their first innings at Wormsley.

Sarah Taylor top-scored on 30 with Nagarajan Niranjana taking 4-19.

Live commentary continues on 5 Live Sports Extra.

Did you know?

  • The Premier League's multi-billion pound TV deal is driven in no short part by overseas rights deals and in 2013-14 growth of audiences around the globe was a common trait. In the USA, broadcaster NBC reported a rise of 114% to 115m viewers. Elsewhere, Hong Kong saw a rise of 76% in viewing figures to 17.4m and Malaysia, perhaps buoyed by Cardiff owner Vincent Tan's presence in the division, saw audiences jump by a fifth.
  • The lead changed hands 25 times at the top of the Premier League table last season. It has not been higher since 2001-02 when Arsenal came out on top after 29 changes of leader.
  • Simulation, was down by 30% in last season's Premier League. In all, referees punished 23 cases, a fall from 33 in the 2013-14 campaign.

Edinson to the Emirates?


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Arsenal are still hopeful of signing PSG striker Edinson Cavani this summer, the Metro reports.

Cavani has previously played down talk of a move, but Spanish journalist Kike Marin says Arsenal are still hoping to do business, and the deal could happen if PSG complete the signing of Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria.

The predicted price tag for the Uruguayan? A cool £51m.

Premier League predictions

Here are some of your Premier League predictions, taken from the BBC Sport Google+ page:

Happiness diamond: I think Chelsea will win the title and Man Utd will challenge for the trophy but it may come too soon for Van Gaal to win it, so it will be Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal in the top four respectively,

Alexander Cook: Chelsea to win the title, with Man City, Arsenal and Man Utd rounding off the top four. Liverpool to miss out on a CL spot.

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Cardiff to sign Pilkington


BBC Radio Wales Sport reports Cardiff City are to sign midfielder Anthony Pilkington from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee.

World Cup fever builds in Paris

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BBC Sport's Sara Orchard in Paris: Friends, family and fans are gathering just a mile from the Stade Jean Bouin ahead of tonight's Women's World Cup semi finals. The stadium is sold out and a record French terrestrial television audience is expected to tune in for the France v Canada match after two million people watched France's last pool match.

IRB Development Manager Susan Carty says the tournament's success is giving the sport a huge boost.

"We are seeing really exciting compelling rugby at this tournament and that is capturing the imagination of the general public," she says.

The first semi final between England and Ireland kicks off at 17:00 BST and there will be live commentary on 5 Live Sports Extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

'Barry can go on for three more years'



Everton midfielder Gareth Barry can continue to compete at the highest level for the length of his recently signed three-year deal, says the club's former player Lee Carsley.

Barry, 33, made a loan move from Manchester City permanent during the summer after making 37 appearances in 2013-14.

"The year I left, there was a policy that over 30-year-old players didn't get more than a year's contract extension," says Carsley. "So to give Gareth Barry three years is testament to him as a player and his outstanding contribution last year.

"They obviously think he can play for three more years and so do I, he is still a good player."

Unconscious swimmer rescued


Natalie Charlos of Poland is rescued unconscious from the water during the women's 10km open-water race at the start of the European Swimming Championship in Berlin.

Spectators alerted a lifeguard, who pulled Charlos ashore, where she was able to be revived. Germany team doctor Alexander Beck said Charlos was recovering well after over-exerting herself.

Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands won the race, while Eva Risztov of Hungary took the silver, and Aurora Ponsele of Italy the bronze.

Toffees line up Atsu


Everton are keen to secure a season-long loan for Chelsea's Ghana international winger Christian Atsu.

The 22-year-old joined Chelsea from Porto in September 2013 but was immediately loaned to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem for the 2013-14 term.

"We are hoping that the deal can be formalised and finalised by Thursday," Everton boss Roberto Martinez said. "He can play on both wings, through the middle and has appreciation of space. Technically he is very gifted."


Chelsea need their summer signings to offer a cutting edge lacking in parts of the previous campaign, says the club's former defender Graeme Le Saux. The Blues were criticised late in the 2013-14 season for perceived negative tactics.

"They bought well and bought early," says Le Saux. "Cesc Fabregas has come in and is already dictating in his play, he looks influential in the team already.

"Last season around Christmas I thought they became a bit functional, with less flair. There wasn't enough. It will be interesting to see if they play with more dynamism.

"At times they lacked that proven goalscorer and Diego Costa has come in and started well. If on the first match, Costa is the main striker and Torres is on the bench, Torres has to respond to that both in his appearances and training."

Walters' future uncertain


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Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters tells the Stoke Sentinel he could be on his way out of the Britannia.

"We now have a huge squad and I'm pretty sure the club will want to get players out," says the Ireland international. "There will be speculation because I haven't played as much and I see there have been rumours about myself and Peter Crouch.

"It's not for me to consider, it's for the club. But if the manager turns round and says we've got enough players and we are accepting an offer, what can you do?"



Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews wants to give Mahela Jayawardene a winning send-off as the veteran batsman plays his final Test match.

The second Test against Pakistan in Colombo will be Jayawardene's 149th and last before calling time on a career which has brought him 11,756 runs and 34 centuries since his debut in 1997.

"The best thing we can do is play well in this match and win it for Mahela," he told ESPN Cricinfo. "We can't do his service justice with words. As a team we're very sad he's retiring. There are so many things we will miss."

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Kevin in Dunfermline: With no distractions and an easy start, Man Utd to be at least 7 points clear before December. Top 4... Man U, Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal. Bottom 3... Burnley, Aston Villa, Newcastle.

Finian in Peterborough: 1. Chelsea, 2. Man City, 3. Man United, 4. West Ham. Top scorer Alexis Sanchez, best player Ander Herrera.

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Premier League predictions


Jason Mohammad, Presenter, Final Score: "I'm going for it. This is the year that Arsenal can end the Manchester domination. Alexis Sanchez is a wonderful signing - he's given them pace and another attacking dimension. He will score goals. Add him to talents like Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud and you have a team capable of winning the Premier League. Having seen LVG weave his magic with the Netherlands at the World Cup, he will guide Manchester United to second place. Chelsea will be too distracted by the drama and the desire to lift the Champions League.

"Nigel Pearson did a super job for Leicester City last season in the Championship - but look at what happened to Cardiff City the year before. They stormed the second tier then were relegated. I think Leicester City, Burnley and Sunderland will be relegated."


In today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport we asked which four athletes won gold for Great Britain at the 2012 European Athletics Championships?

The answers: Mo Farah, Robbie Grabarz, Lynsey Sharp and Rhys Williams.

Paula Radcliffe Q&A


Former marathon world champion Paula Radcliffe has been answering your questions on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Q. Im_Shoaib on Twitter: What advice would you give to someone that wants be successful in athletics just like you have been?

Paula Radcliffe: "Enjoy what you are doing. I think when you are enjoying what you are doing it makes it that much easier to put the work in and to knuckle down and make the sacrifices, do the work that you need to do and then when you are enjoying it you relax and perform better on the track."

Premier League predictions


Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

"Given the strength in depth of Manuel Pellegrini's squad it's hard for me to see past Manchester City being crowned champions again despite the restrictions that FFP has placed on transfer spending. Chelsea will undoubtedly be stronger with the additions of Diego Costa and Luis Felipe and I think they'll run City close.

"I'm expecting Manchester United to roar back into life under Louis van Gaal - but the squad he inherited is still undergoing improvements. A top-four finish will be a statement of intent on the direction the club are now heading on again.

"At the other end? Aston Villa could struggle this season if they pick up injuries to key players and may slip out of the league. West Brom's new boss Alan Irvine will need to get the very best out of his team if they are to avoid the drop. Finally, the step up to the Premier League may prove too much, too soon for Burnley."

Vote: Who will finish bottom of the Premier League?


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You've already predicted Chelsea will finish top of the Premier League, but now our attention turns to the foot of the table.

Who do you think will finish in 20th place, destined to drop into the Championship clutching the dreaded wooden spoon?

Cast your vote on the right-hand side of this page. Voting will close at 16:00 BST and we'll bring you the results on this page soon after. Full terms and conditions are available here.

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has scrapped free match tickets for manager Alan Pardew, his players and his coaching staff, according to the Daily Mail. The billionaire angered the club's coaching staff after withdrawing their complimentary ticket allocation at the weekend.

Revealed: Cricketers drawn by cricketers


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Michael Vaughan by Joe Root; Stuart Broad by Michael Vaughan; Nasser Hussain by Jos Buttler

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How's stat?!


  • Last season saw 1052 goals plundered in the Premier League's 380 matches thanks in no short part to Manchester City and Liverpool each racking up more than a ton.
  • The average attendance reached 36,696 - the highest in English football's top-flight history.
  • An average of 877 passes were completed in each match, with 82% finding their target.

More City signings unlikely - Pellegrini


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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says his squad is stronger than ever following the addition of five new players over the summer.

"We bought five very important players," the Chilean says. "Willy Caballero is a very good goalkeeper, I think the experience of Sagna, Fernando and Lampard will be very useful for our team. Mangala is a young player who will be very important in our team, so we have a strong squad in [terms of] defending, which for me was maybe our weakest point last season."

But Pellegrini says there are unlikely to be any more additions, with City's hands tied by Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules. "We've had a lot of problems with Financial Fair Play, with the restrictions on the amount of players that we can have in our squad," Pellegrini says. "I don't think that we are going to sign another player, because we cannot do it."

Heading in the wrong direction


Hands up if you have ever got lost trying to find a football ground. And, hands up if you got lost while following instructions from navigation technology.

Is that the hand of Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley we can see raised?

Pilley had a bad start to his side's Capital One Cup first-round encounter with Rotherham,turning up at the wrong ground. The Millers relocated in July 2012 from the Don Valley Arena in Sheffield to the New York Stadium in Rotherham. It seems that particular news had not spread to Lancashire!

Bryant withdraws from Euros


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At the European Championships in Zurich, British decathlete Ashley Bryant withdraws from the competition with two events to go.

Bryant, who won silver at the Commonwealth Games, was down in 20th place on 5511 points after the pole vault, well adrift of Germany's Kai Kazmirek who leads on 6193.

Princess Haya to end FEI role


Princess Haya Al Hussein of Jordan has announced that she will not run for a third term as president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).

Princess Haya, daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan, took office in 2006 but said she would not seek a third term in charge, instead choosing to focus on raising her children and United Nations humanitarian causes, such as those in Gaza.