Australian sinks Canaries, Arsenal win Emirates Cup, but Villa lose in Guadiana decider while there are also defeats for Liverpool and Manchester City.
After a very successful return to the Premier League last season, Birmingham City will now look to build on their success and consolidate their top flight status. But will second season syndrome strike?
Martin O'Neill's shock resignation has thrown Villa into turmoil, so the focus has shifted from the James Milner saga to finding a new boss. The new manager will have his work cut out if Villa are to get into Europe again this season. We look ahead at what's in-store at Villa Park.
Fantasy League begins its profiles of every Premier League club ahead of the new season with Arsenal. Their season depends on whether they can keep hold of skipper and Barcelona target Cesc Fabregas.
Everton can't afford Donovan transfer, Chelsea won't go for Kaka, Pantsil leaving Fulham, Klasnic nears Bolton move and Blackpool in striker hunt.
David Ngog scored both goals as Liverpool began their Europa League campaign with a 2-0 win away to Rabotnicki in the third qualifying round first leg. Elsewhere, Hernandez opens his Manchester United account and Boselli scores his first Wigan goal.
Fabregas still wants to leave, former Gunner Hleb tempts trio of clubs, Spurs to offer Villa three players for Young, Ngog to stay at Liverpool and Etherington tries to tempt Cole to join Stoke.
When West Brom secured an immediate return to the top flight their achievement was due, in no small part, to Scottish midfielder Graham Dorrans.
Following the news that Rio Ferdinand faces even more time on the sidelines, Fantasy League managers should follow Sir Alex Ferguson’s example and pick his understudy Jonny Evans for their teams.
Wigan beat Ajax to full-back, Wolves plotting tactical switch, Manchester United lead Ozil chase, Liverpool continue Aston Villa raid, Chelsea in double swoop and Fulham close on new manager.
Newcastle have snapped up former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell on a free transfer, after he was released at the end of last season.
Chelsea make massive defender bid, City to sell rather than buy, Mascherano leads Liverpool exodus, West Brom in double loan deal and West Ham reject Parker bid.