Under Roy Hodgson’s tutelage Fulham had a very specific game plan. The now Liverpool boss put together a very balanced team that were hard to beat and surprised everyone by reaching the final of the Europa League.
After a season dogged by injury, Everton look set to improve on their eighth place in the last campaign. But a lack of strength-in-depth could once again hamper ambitions of breaking into the top four.
Stoke snatch striker wanted by rivals, Brazilian has Chelsea medical, Fabregas staying at Arsenal, Cleverley going to Wigan, Hart in demand, Forlan for City and Owen in Championship loan link.
Champions Chelsea go into the new season with a stable first-team and several new acquistions that will help them push for a second-straight Premier League title.
Bolton have signed striker Ivan Klasnic on a permanent deal following a successful loan spell at the club last season. The Croatian was released by French outfit Nantes because they could not afford his wages.
If Owen Coyle, a manager known for playing attractive football, continues to recreate Bolton in his own image then they could become a decent option for your Fantasy League team this season.
Chelsea seal deal for Brazilian midfielder, Fabregas in crunch Wenger talks, Milner to move at the weekend, Tottenham bid for Sporting striker, Wigan fish for Figueroa offers and battle rages for loan starlets.
Many have reservations about Blackpool’s ability to cut it in the top tier and it’s hard to argue with this when considering their small squad and lack of Premier League experience.
Blackburn have finished in the top-10 during four of the last five seasons. Manager Sam Allardyce is targetting the same again and his organised defensive set-up guarantees a tough match for any opponent travelling to Ewood Park.
The third of four instalments looking back at the 19 seasons Fantasy League has been running. This five-season section features the most points in a season by a goalkeeper, a full-back, a centre-back and an overseas player.
Tottenham and AC Milan in got, got, need, swaps negotations, Cole staying at West Ham, Chelsea near Ramires capture, United troublemakers face remrimand and Blackpool continue striker search.
Australian sinks Canaries, Arsenal win Emirates Cup, but Villa lose in Guadiana decider while there are also defeats for Liverpool and Manchester City.