Pre-season friendly squads should be getting close to best 11’s now, or at the very least formations used should be the ones that will be used in the season proper…. lets take a look around the grounds!
Everton 4 AEK Athens 1
Everton Starting 11: Howard (Mucha); Hibbert, Heitinga (Duffy), Distin, Baines (Barkley); Osman (Rodwell), Gibson (Neville), Fellaini (Gueye), Pienaar (Anichebe); Naismith (Coleman); Jelavic (Vellios)
Naismith (6.5) with a half game hatrick and Pienaar (6.5) with 2 assists, two to keep an eye on.
Barcelona 0 Man United 0
Man United Starting 11: De Gea; Valencia, Vidic (Carrick 46), Ferdinand (Wootton 83), Evra; Nani, Scholes, Anderson (Powell 79),Young; Welbeck (Berbatov 67), Rooney (Kagawa 46)
Rooney (12.0) missed a penalty, De Gea good in goal.
Derby 1 Sunderland 1
Sunderland Starting 11: Mignolet; Elmohamady, Adams (Cattermole 46), O’Shea, Cuellar; Larsson, Meyler (Noble 75), Colback, McClean; Gardner (Richardson 46); Campbell
McClean (6.5) looked good, hitting the post and scoring.. looks a strong option.
Swansea 4 Blackpool 2
Swansea Starting 11: Vorm (Tremmel 61); Rangel (Richards 61), Chico (Tate 80), Williams, Davies (Bessone 85); Britton (Agustien 74), de Guzman, Michu; Dyer ( Lita 80), Graham (Moore 67), Routledge (Edwards 85).
Graham (6.0) scored 3 and assisted one for Michu (5.5), shows plenty of potential with their easy fixtures although Sinclair (7.0) was missing. Would he have taken some glory?
MK Dons 0 Fulham 1
Fulham Starting 11: Stockdale; Kelly (Grygera), Burn Baird, Briggs; Na Bangna, Sidwell, Frei (Minkwitz 46), Kasami, Rodallega; Trotta (Kacaniklic)
A weakened side took the win, notably however was Rodellega (6.0) playing his first game, scoring from the left. Good news for Petric (6.0) admirers that he may stay upfront in the same side.
Yeovil 1 Stoke 1
Stoke Starting 11: Begovic, Boenisch, Wilson (Jerome 46), Shawcross, Upson, Shotton, Whelan (Palacios), Whitehead (Arismendi), Etherington (Ness), Jones, Walters.
Typical Stoke performance here but worries with injuries/illness to Huth (5.5) and Etherington (6.5) need to be monitored.
Hartlepool 1 Newcastle 5
Newcastle Starting 11: Harper (Alnwick 84); Simpson (Good 73), S Taylor (Ben Arfa 46), Williamson, James Tavernier; Perch (R Taylor 73), Bigirimana (Abeid 60); Marveaux (Obertan 79), Gosling, Amalfitano (Santon 80); Shola Ameobi (Vuckic 46)
Another weakened line up, S. Taylor (5.0) and Ben Arfa (7.5) played their first minutes of the pre-season, Marveaux (4.5) in everything, monitor as a cheap buy.
Brighton 1 Reading 1
Reading Starting 11: Federici (McCarthy 60); Cummings, Gorkss, Pearce, Harte; Robson-Kanu, Guthrie, Leigertwood, McAnuff (McCleary 46); Le Fondre, Pogrebnyak (Hunt 76)
A side which would seem close to first choice here.
Bristol City 1 Southampton 1
Southampton Starting 11: K. Davis; Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld (Seaborne 76), Fox (Richardson 46); Ward-Prowse (Cork 46) (Sharp 82), Schneiderlin (S. Davis 46) Lallana (Guly 60), Puncheon, Rodriguez, Lambert.
Clyne (4.0) surely must be locked in to start the season; he is the cheap back we want!
Walsall 1 West Brom 3
West Brom Starting 11: Myhill; B Jones (Gayle 68), Dawson, Tamas, Hurst; Cox (Allan 76), Thorne (O’Neil 76), Yacob (Sawyers 76), El Ghanassy; Wood (Berahino 46), Fortune.
El Ghanassey (5.5) on free kicks, corners and in everything! One goal, one assist. Monitor!
So thats about it! We should get a heap of final friendly games this weekend with most secrets being given up by club managers! Bring on the charity shield so we can see who will be playing for Chelsea and Man City!