Pre-season: Results, scorers, standouts

Date published: Wednesday 10th August 2016 7:23

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Pre-season means one of two things. If you do well and impress, it means you are going to win the league. If you do badly and disappoint, you will end the campaign in the relegation zone. For many, summer preparation remains highly important for every club, so we have kindly compiled a list of the results, top goalscorers and standout performers of each Premier League team. Enjoy.

 

Arsenal (P5 W4 D1 L0 F17 A5)
Drew 1-1 v RC Lens (July 22)
Won 2-1 v MLS All-Stars (July 29)
Won 3-1 v Chivas de Guadalajara (August 1)
Won 8-0 v Viking FK (August 5)
Won 3-2 v Manchester City (August 7)

Scorers:
4 – Chuba Akpom
3 – Joel Campbell, Alex Iwobi
2 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott
1 – Rob Holding, Santi Cazorla

Who has best stated their case?
Chuba Akpom. Because scoring four goals in pre-season for a club whose problems in forward positions are well-documented will do that.

 

Bournemouth (P6 W3 D3 L0 F11 A5)
Won 4-0 v Minnesota United (July 21)
Drew 3-3 v Portsmouth (July 23)
Drew 1-1 v Reading (July 29)
Won 1-0 v Cardiff (July 30)
Drew 1-1 v Valencia (August 3)
Won 1-0 v Angers (August 7)

Scorers:
2 – Callum Wilson, Lewis Grabban, Jordon Ibe
1 – Dan Gosling, Lewis Cook, Benik Afobe, Marc Pugh

Who has best stated their case?
Nathan Ake. But in central midfield, as opposed to left-back, where he impressed for Watford last season. He has played as a defensive midfielder in pre-season, and sees his future in that role.

 

Burnley (P6 W4 D2 L0 F14 A6)
Won 3-1 v Stade Nyonnais (July 15)
Drew 1-1 v Morecambe (July 19)
Won 4-1 v Bradford (July 23)
Won 2-1 v Bolton (July 26)
Won 3-1 v Rangers (July 30)
Drew 1-1 v Real Sociedad (August 5)

Scorers:
9 – Andre Gray
1 – Ashley Barnes, Michael Keane, Ben Mee, Michael Kightly, Josh Ginnelly

Who has best stated their case?
Johann Berg Gudmundsson. Teenager Dan Agyei has impressed, but the new signing is far more likely to provide the foil for striker Gray.

 

Chelsea (P7 W5 D0 L2 F21 A8)
Lost 2-0 v Rapid Vienna (July 16)
Won 3-0 v Wolfsberger AC (July 20)
Won 8-0 v Atus Ferlach (July 21)
Won 1-0 v Liverpool (July 27)
Lost 3-2 v Real Madrid (July 30)
Won 3-1 v AC Milan (August 3)
Won 4-2 v Werder Bremen (August 7)

Scorers:
3 – Loic Remy, Pedro, Eden Hazard, Oscar
2 – Michy Batshuayi, Bertrand Traore
1 – Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah, John Obi Mikel, Diego Costa, Gary Cahill

Who has best stated their case?
Ola Aina. Branislav Ivanovic’s reign of terror at right-back may well be over, with the teenage Englishman staking his claim to start.

 

Crystal Palace (P9 W6 D2 L1 F17 A9)
Drew 0-0 v Philadelphia Union (July 14)
Won 2-0 v FC Cincinnati (July 17)
Drew 2-2 v Vancouver Whitecaps (July 20)
Won 1-0 v Colchester (July 25)
Won 3-2 v AFC Wimbledon (July 27)
Lost 3-1 v Fulham (July 30)
Won 2-1 v Bromley (August 2)
Won 3-1 v Valencia (August 6)
Won 3-0 v Farnborough (August 8)

Scorers:

4 – Sullay Kaikai
3 – Connor Wickham
2 – Fraizer Campbell, Jordon Mutch
1 – Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie, Alex Wynter, Keshi Anderson, Mile Jedinak, Luke Dreher

Who has best stated their case?
Sullay Kaikai. Alan Pardew may hate young players, but Kaikai could have done no more to earn more competitive chances.

 

Everton (P7 W3 D2 L2 F9 A5)
Won 1-0 v Jablonec (July 16)
Won 3-0 v Barnsley (July 23)
Won 3-1 v MK Dons (July 26)
Lost 2-1 v Dynamo Dresden (July 29)
Drew 1-1 v Real Betis (July 30)
Drew 0-0 v Manchester United (August 3)
Lost 1-0 v Espanyol (August 6)

Scorers:
3 – Gerard Deulofeu
2 – Ross Barkley
1 – Brendan Galloway, Kevin Mirallas, Muhamed Besic

Who has best stated their case?
Idrissa Gueye. One of James McCarthy or Gareth Barry will have to make way, as the arrival from Aston Villa is an improvement on both.

 

Hull City (P8 W5 D2 L1 F13 A6)
Drew 0-0 v Grimsby (July 15)
Won 2-0 v North Ferriby United (July 16)
Won 1-0 v Mansfield Town (July 19)
Won 2-0 v Scunthorpe (July 23)
Drew 2-2 v Barnsley (July 26)
Won 2-1 v Nottingham Forest (July 30)
Won 3-1 v Caykur Rizespor (August 3)
Lost 2-1 v Torino (August 6)

Scorers:
4 – Abel Hernandez
3 – Adama Diomande
2 – Jarrod Bowen
1 – Greg Olley, Greg Luer, Shaun Maloney, Robert Snodgrass

Who has best stated their case?
Adama Diomande. The 26-year-old scored just three goals in 15 games last season, same as his tally in pre-season. And considering Hull have about five players, he has every chance of featuring.

 

Leicester (P4 W1 D1 L2 F5 A10)
Won 2-1 v Oxford (July 19)
Drew 1-1 v Celtic (July 23)
Lost 4-0 v Paris Saint-Germain (July 30)
Lost 4-2 v Barcelona (August 3)

Scorers:
2 – Ahmed Musa
1 – Demarai Gray, Jeffrey Schlupp, Riyad Mahrez

Who has best stated their case?
Demarai Gray. This time last year, the winger had signed a new deal at Birmingham, turning down top-flight interest. He is now a Premier League winner, and will expect to be handed more than the one league start he was afforded last season.

 

Liverpool (P9 W6 D0 L3 F17 A7)
Won 1-0 v Tranmere (July 8)
Won 5-0 v Fleetwood (July 13)
Won 2-0 v Wigan (July 17)
Won 2-0 v Huddersfield (July 20)
Lost 1-0 v Chelsea (July 27)
Won 2-0 v Milan (July 30)
Lost 2-1 v Roma (August 1)
Won 4-0 v Barcelona (August 6)
Lost 4-0 v Mainz (August 7)

Scorers:
3- Roberto Firmino, Marko Grujic
2 – Danny Ings, Ben Woodburn, Divock Origi
1 – Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Sheyi Ojo, Sadio Mane

Who has best stated their case?
Marko Grujic. Teenager Ben Woodburn has been excellent, but the powerful Grujic has emerged as a possible midfield starter.

 

Manchester City (P4 W1 D1 L2 F6 A5)
Lost 1-0 v Bayern Munich (July 20)
Drew 1-1 v Borussia Dortmund (July 28)
Won 3-0 v St Johnstone (August 3)
Lost 3-2 to Arsenal (August 7)

Scorers:
2 – Sergio Aguero
1 – Fernandinho, David Silva, Fabian Delph, Kelechi Iheanacho

Who has best stated their case?
Fabian Delph. His versatility and willing is likely to see the snake slither into Pep Guardiola’s plans. Injuries permitting, he will feature more often than he did under Manuel Pellegrini.

 

Manchester United (P4 W2 D1 L1 F8 A6)
Won 2-0 v Wigan (July 16)
Lost 4-1 v Borussia Dortmund (July 22)
Won 5-2 v Galatasaray (July 30)
Drew 0-0 v Everton

Scorers:
2 – Wayne Rooney
1 – Will Keane, Andreas Pereira, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata

Who has best stated their case?
Eric Bailly. The man-of-the-match performance in the Community Shield was simply the culmination of an excellent summer in which he played more often than any other United player.

 

Middlesbrough (P8 W4 D3 L1 F16 A5)
Won 6-0 v York City (July 9)
Won 2-0 v Doncaster (July 16)
Lost 2-1 v Real Betis (July 19)
Drew 2-2 v Alcorcon (July 23)
Won 2-0 v Al-Ahli (July 25)
Won 3-1 v Aston Villa (July 30)
Drew 0-0 v Udinese (August 3)
Drew 0-0 v Real Sociedad (August 6)

Scorers:
5 – Jordan Rhodes
2 – Dave Nugent, Alvaro Negredo
1 – Albert Adomah, Adam Reach, Stewart Downing, Alex Pattison, Viktor Fischer, Julien De Sart

Who has best stated their case?
Jordan Rhodes. Alvaro Negredo has arrived with a reputation, and while Rhodes, with his five goals, seems an obvious pick, the Scotland international has earned the chance to show he can score above the second tier.

 

Southampton (P6 W5 D1 L0 F11 A2)
Won 2-0 v DC United Under-23s (July 15)
Won 4-0 v PEC Zwolle (July 23)
Won 2-1 v FC Twente (July 27)
Won 1-0 v Groningen (July 30)
Drew 1-1 v Espanyol (August 3)
Won 1-0 v Athletic Bilbao (August 7)

Scorers:
2 – Nathan Redmond, Charlie Austin
1 – James Ward-Prowse, Jay Rodriguez, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Virgil van Dijk, Sam Gallagher, Oriol Romeu, Shane Long

Who has best stated their case?
Oriol Romeu. Someone has to replace Victor Wanyama, and with Jordy Clasie struggling last season, Romeu should partner new signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in central midfield.

 

Stoke (P5 W2 D1 L2 F8 A6)
Lost 3-0 v Burton Albion (July 16)
Drew 1-1 v Preston (July 23)
Won 2-1 v Orlando City A (July 27)
Won 5-0 v Orlando City B (August 1)
Lost 1-0 v Hamburg (August 6)

Scorers:
3 – Mame Biram Diouf
2 – Xherdan Shaqiri
1 – Bojan, Joselu, Marko Arnautovic

Who has best stated their case?
Mame Biram Diouf. Well, if I have to pick someone… Stoke still need an efficient central striker – no player made more than ten league starts in that position for them last season – and the man who played right-back at one point last campaign could have earned a second (third? Fourth?) chance.

 

Sunderland (P6 W4 D2 L0 F12 A5)
Won 3-0 v Hartlepool (July 20)
Won 2-1 v Rotherham (July 23)
Won 2-0 v Stade Nyonnais (July 25)
Won 3-2 v Dijon (July 27)
Drew 1-1 v Montpellier (July 30)
Drew 1-1 v Borussia Dortmund (August 5)

Scorers:
3 – Fabio Borini
2 – Jermain Defoe, Duncan Watmore, Wahbi Khazri
1 – Charles N’Zogbia, Joel Asoro, Lamine Kone

Who has best stated their case?
Joel Asoro. Chelsea, Manchesters City and United and Juventus have been linked with him in the past, and the teenage forward is now playing under a manager who is more than happy to hand youngsters playing time.

 

Swansea (P6 W5 D0 L1 F17 A3)
Won 4-0 v Charlotte Independence (July 13)
Lost 2-0 v Richmond Kickers (July 16)
Won 5-1 v Bristol Rovers (July 23)
Won 3-0 v Swindon Town (July 27)
Won 4-0 v Wolves (July 30)
Won 1-0 v Stade Rennais (August 6)

Scorers:
5 – Wayne Routledge
2 – Andre Ayew, Kyle Naughton, Oliver McBurnie, Jay Fulton
1 – Kenji Gorre, Leroy Fer, Stephen Kingsley, Modou Barrow

Who has best stated their case?
Jordi Amat. With Ashley Williams departing the Liberty Stadium, the Spaniard could finally be given a shot at earning a regular first-team place. Or Swansea will sign someone else and Amat will spend eternity as a back-up.

 

Tottenham (P4 W2 D0 L2 F10 A4)
Won 3-0 v Nottingham Forest (July 9)
Lost 2-1 v Juventus (July 26)
Lost 1-0 v Atletico Madrid (July 29)
Won 6-1 v Inter Milan (August 5)

Scorers:
2 – Harry Kane, Erik Lamela
1 – Dele Alli, Vincent Janssen, Shayon Harrison, Alex Pritchard, Tom Carroll, Heung-min Son

Who has best stated their case?
Cameron Carter-Vickers. There is a reason Mauricio Pochettino insisted that Tottenham “don’t need to go into the market to sign a centre-back” earlier this summer. The 18-year-old has partnered Toby Alderweireld in defence for much of pre-season, and should replace the injured Jan Vertonghen at the start of the campaign.

 

Watford (P6 W2 D3 L1 F8 A6)
Drew 1-1 v Woking (July 10)
Won 2-0 v Stevenage (July 14)
Won 3-1 v Union Berlin (July 19)
Drew 0-0 v Anzhi Makhachkala (July 23)
Lost 2-0 v QPR (July 30)
Drew 2-2 v Lorient (August 6)

Scorers:
2 – Troy Deeney, Steven Berghuis, Etienne Capoue
1 – Odion Ighalo, Jerome Sinclair

Who has best stated their case?
Ikechi Anya. Eight players featured in more Premier League games than the Scotland international, who has performed well under Walter Mazzarri in pre-season, last campaign.

 

West Brom (P6 W2 D1 L3 F6 A7)
Lost 2-1 v Paris Saint-Germain (July 13)
Won 2-1 v Kidderminster Harriers (July 16)
Won 2-1 v Vitesse (July 21)
Drew 0-0 v Plymouth (July 30)
Lost 2-1 v Torquay (August 1)
Lost 1-0 v Real Mallorca (August 7)

Scorers:
2 – Saido Berahino
1 – Salomon Rondon, Calum McManaman, Matty Phillips

Who has best stated their case?
Saido Berahino. An underwhelming summer both on and off the field has been permeated by the performances of youngsters Sam Field and Kane Wilson, but Tony Pulis mistrusts both those who are younger than 26 and who are not centre-halves. Berahino has therefore stated his case either for a move, or to feature more prominently in a side struggling for an attacking threat.

 

West Ham (P6 W1 D2 L3 F9 A13)
Lost 3-0 v Seattle Sounders (July 6)
Drew 2-2 v Carolina RailHawks (July 13)
Drew 2-2 v Slovacko (July 19)
Lost 3-0 v Rubin Kazan (July 20)
Won 3-0 v Karlsruher (July 23)
Lost 3-2 v Juventus (August 7)

Scorers:
4 – Andy Carroll
2 – Ashley Fletcher
1 – Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Sofiane Feghouli

Who has best stated their case?
Reece Oxford. The Premier League’s elite remain interested in the boy who nullified the threat of Juventus’ £75m Gonzalo Higuain, and shone in the second leg of the Europa League tie with NK Domzale. He is still only 17, but will provide ample competition at centre-half.

 

Matt Stead

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