And that's where we leave you for today, many thanks for being with us. Tune in again from 08:00 BST on Friday for more. Cheerio now.
BBC Radio 5 Live
A reminder that match at Selhurst Park will be the first 5 Live commentary of the new Premier League season. Ian Dennis and former England goalkeeper Rob Green will describe it all for you.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl with his hopes for the forthcoming campaign. "We are a very fit team and we can immediately push hard for the results," he says.
"We will be sticking to our principles, which makes the most sense.
"We will try and do things better and create more chances.
"I think the guys like how we play, they enjoy it. We will always try to get better."
Ralph Hasenhuttl is asked about the goalkeeping situation at St Mary's and he confirms former England international Fraser Forster - on loan at Celtic last season - will be remaining with Saints.
"He will stay with us at the moment. Alex McCarthy is our number one as he has developed a lot lately.
"The other two, one will maybe leave us and the other will stay with us."Copyright: Getty Images
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl brought in Ghanaian centre-back Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid for £10.9m last month and has also made the loan of full-back Kyle Walker-Peters into a permanent transfer but says: "We still need to do more. We have a good eleven but we have a lot of games this season.
"I don't want to discuss any names or rumours. We have a lot of players who could head out on loan and we will keep our eyes open on potential incomings."
Right, now we promised you Ralph Hasenhuttl and here he is. Saints finished a respectable 11th in the summer after a campaign in which they lost 9-0 at home to Leicester in October. The boss warns: "We are not thinking about top-10. This will be a tough season."
Saints begin at Crystal Palace, then host Tottenham and travel to Burnley before another home fixture with promoted West Brom.
"I hope we have a better start to the season but I also hope we can continue like we did at the end of the season," Hasenhuttl says.
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We'll have some live Women's Super League for you across the BBC on Sunday.
Champions Chelsea host Bristol City in the WSL live from 12:20 BST on Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.
It's set to be an entertaining fixture at Kingsmeadow as both sides look for their first win of the season. Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at Manchester United in the season opener, while Bristol City suffered a heavy 4-0 home defeat by Everton.
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Boro boss Neil Warnock quipped: "I've heard Watford are without 11 players. I haven't even got 11 players!"
Warnock has defender Grant Hall in contention to make a league debut and should also be able to include Marcus Bettinelli for the first time at Vicarage Road.
The Teessiders tied up a loan deal with Fulham for the goalkeeper, who worked briefly under Warnock at QPR.
Warnock lost 10 players since the end of last season and has recruited only two to date.
A quick look at the Championship now and new Watford boss Vladimir Ivic will be without a host of players for the club’s opener against Middlesbrough on Friday evening.
Andre Gray will miss out with a hamstring injury, while fellow striker Troy Deeney and winger Gerard Deulofeu are close to returning to training, but will not be available this weekend.
Midfielder Will Hughes as he continues his recovery from a medical procedure carried out during pre-season.
Long-term absentees Daryl Janmaat and Isaac Success have been joined on the sidelines by Adam Masina, who faces several months out, while Etienne Capoue, Roberto Pereyra and Danny Welbeck are in line to resume training within a matter of weeks.
BBC Radio 5 Live
We're expecting to hear from Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl later this afternoon ahead of his team's opening day trip to Crystal Palace. That match will be the 5 Live commentary on Saturday afternoon.
Ian Dennis will describe the action, joined by former England goalkeeper Rob Green.
The second part of the Premier League's response, denying it has rejected the Saudi Arabia-backed bid for Newcastle.
"The Premier League Board has, on a number of occasions, given its opinion about which entities it believes would have control over the club should the consortium proceed with the acquisition. That opinion is based on legal advice.
"This means the potential takeover could proceed to the next stage should the relevant entities provide all appropriate information. They would then be subject to a suitability assessment by the Board. As an alternative, the Board has repeatedly offered independent arbitration as a way forward since June.
"It is also incorrect to suggest these decisions were taken by any individual; they were agreed unanimously by all Premier League Board members."
The Premier League has insisted it has not rejected the Saudi Arabia-backed bid for Newcastle.
In the latest twist in a long-running saga, the governing body has hit back after the Magpies issued a statement on Wednesday evening, saying they were "considering all relevant options"
The Premier League’s response said: "The Premier League was disappointed and surprised by the Newcastle United Football Club statement regarding its potential takeover by PCP Capital Partners, the Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF).
"The club’s assertion that the Premier League has rejected the takeover is incorrect."
BBC Radio 5 Live
That Chelsea match at the Amex Stadium will be one of the 5 Live commentary matches available for you over the first round of fixtures in the Premier League.
Monday night's match will be described by Ali Bruce-Ball, joined by Chris Sutton.
More injury news from Frank Lampard concerning Chelsea's 19-year-old Scotland international midfielder Billy Gilmour after his knee operation in July.
"Billy Gilmour is obviously a longer term injury, he'll be out for a couple of months more after the operation he had," Lampard says. "Other than that we're in decent shape."Copyright: Getty Images
More Chelsea news from Frank Lampard.
Striker Michy Batshuayi is reportedly set for a loan move to Crystal Palace and the manager says: "Michy is an on-going situation so I won't say too much about that."
On England defender Fikayo Tomori's proposed loan to Everton he says: "Fikayo trained with us today and is in contention for the Brighton game so that's where we're at."
Chelsea have spent almost £200m this summer and they have also been linked with Rennes goalkeeper Mendy, with reports suggesting the two clubs are in talks.
But Blues boss Frank Lampard says: "It's a situation I don't want to be drawn on. Mendy is a Rennes player so it's a non-starter for me to talk about at the minute."Copyright: Getty Images
Chelsea finished fourth last term and Frank Lampard says the pressure to improve is "standard".
"That comes with the territory of this job," said Lampard.
"I don't want to talk about us making statements [with the new signings]. We should be excited but also have a word of caution that we need to work with the new players and my job is to get them settled and get the team working as well as possible.
"Unfortunately it's been a broken pre-season for everyone and when you're bringing in new players you have to work very hard very quickly. We'll do that."
"Other people can talk about whether we challenge or not. We have finished a lot of points behind in the last two seasons so we have to first look at closing the gap and building confidence. I'm not jumping ahead. Expectations will always be there and I thrive on them. I came here to try and win."
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard with news on the fitness of Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta: "Both trained since yesterday and both are in contention. They look to be over injuries and I just have to make sure I manage them carefully."
Chelsea begin their campaign on the south coast at Brighton on Monday evening, but they are likely to be without new recruits Thiago Silva, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell.
Manager Frank Lampard says: "Hakim Zayech got a knock in the friendly at Brighton and hopefully it will be a couple of weeks, we'll have to see.
"Ben Chilwell is working towards fitness and he won't be fit for Brighton. He has improved this week and is going in the right direction.
"Thiago Silva is now in London but not training with us until the weekend so I doubt very much if he'll be involved at Brighton."Copyright: Getty Images
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