• Josip Drmic among Canaries set to have wings clipped following relegation

    Norwich are facing a rebuilding job after dropping out of the Premier League.

    05 Aug 2020, 09:21 CEST

    Norwich are ready to offload Josip Drmic, Tom Trybull and Moritz Leitner after relegation. The trio have been told they are unlikely to be involved in the squad when they return ahead of the new Sky Bet Championship season, the PA news agency understands. They are due to be part of the rebuilding job at Carrow Road with the Canaries having already made six signings since dropping out of the Premier League, including Kieran Dowell from Everton. Drmic has been an expensive failure after arriving on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer. The striker scored just three goals across 25 appearances and was one of the club's top earners, marking a wretched transfer window. Expensive loan moves for Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann, Sevilla midfielder Ibrahim Amadou and Patrick Roberts from Manchester City were cut short mid-season as Norwich finished bottom of the table. Drmic was sent off in his last game, a 2-0 defeat against Burnley, and all five of his starts came after the restart following the coronavirus lockdown. Trybull was one of boss Daniel Farke's first signings, joining the Canaries in 2017, and helped them win the Championship title in 2019. He started the first four games of the club's doomed Premier League campaign before suffering an ankle injury and was then restricted to just 10 starts after returning in November. Leitner, who initially joined on loan from Augsburg in 2018 before making a permanent move, played just 10 times last term and failed to make a top flight appearance after October. He was ruled out of the run-in in July with a hernia problem which needed surgery. His agent, Wassily Krastanas, told PA: "Together with the club we are looking for a good solution, with which both the club and the player are happy. "Moritz had a great time in Norwich and has developed in every way. The discussions were and are always open and fair, that is what characterises the people responsible for the Canaries." Jamal Lewis has been strongly linked with Liverpool while Ben Godfrey, Todd Cantwell, Emi Buendia and Max Aarons could all go. The club remains in a strong position as they signed new deals last year.

  • Football rumours from the media

    Possible moves at Aston Villa, Manchester United and Leicester are making headlines.

    05 Aug 2020, 06:09 CEST

    What the papers say


    Aston Villa will fight to keep hold of captain Jack Grealish amid huge interest from Premier League rivals, including Manchester United, reports the Sun. Dean Smith's side will offer a deal worth GBP 100,000-a-week to keep the 24-year-old, the paper adds. Meanwhile, Manchester United could drop their plans to sign Jadon Sancho after Borussia Dortmund set a target of GBP 108million for the winger, the Daily Mail writes. The paper adds the Old Trafford side could consider Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman as an alternative if the Bundesliga side do not budge on their valuation. Their cross-city rivals Manchester City have not made an offer for Barcelona right-back Sergi Roberto despite rumours linking the 28-year-old with a move to the Etihad, reports the Manchester Evening News. Leicester are running the rule over Burnley's James Tarkowski but the Clarets will be looking for at least GBP 50m for the defender, says the Daily Mail. Ryan Fraser is considering a GBP 50,000-a-week deal with Crystal Palace after leaving relegated Bournemouth, according to the Daily Mail.


    Social media round-up


    Players to watch


    Jamal Lewis: The Canaries could be set to part ways with their Northern Ireland left-back with Liverpool looking to bring in the 22-year-old for around GBP 10m, says the Daily Mirror. Ismaila Sarr: Liverpool will tussle with Crystal Palace and Wolves for the signature of the winger who is currently on the books of relegated Watford, writes the Watford Observer. Francisco Trincao: Leicester are keen on signing the Barcelona forward on a two-year loan deal with a view to a potential permanent move, according to the Guardian.

  • Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Philadelphia 76ers are solid 64.8 percent favorites over the Washington Wizards. The 76ers are shooting 50.1 percent from the field and the Wizards are forecasted to shoot 47.5 percent. The rebounding battle is pretty even with the 76ers projected for 47 rebounds vs. 46.4 for the Wizards. The 76ers are committing fewer turnovers at 12.5 vs 13.7 for the Wizards. The 76ers are making 13.3 three pointers on 43.5 percent from three point range. The Wizards are making 12.4 three pointers on 38.5 percent. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA---PTS: Joel Embiid 21.8, Rui Hachimura 13.6 ASSISTS: Ben Simmons 5.7, Ish Smith 4.7 REBOUNDS: Joel Embiid 9.9, Thomas Bryant 8.3 SPORTS ODDS: Sportsbooks and handicappers have set the line at WAS 10.5 TOTAL 231.5. WIN-LOSS Philadelphia 76ers 40-27 Washington Wizards 24-43 ATS Philadelphia 76ers 30-36 Sweat Barometer -1.3 Washington Wizards 35-32 Sweat Barometer -0.1 OVER-UNDER Philadelphia 76ers 34-31 Avg Over/Under Line 7.5 Washington Wizards 37-29 Avg Over/Under Line 6.9 ACCUSCORE PICK RECORD - POINT SPREAD PICKS Philadelphia 76ers 45-17 Washington Wizards 29-32 OVER-UNDER PICKS Philadelphia 76ers 30-33 Washington Wizards 39-27

  • Oklahoma City Thunder vs LA Lakers

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Los Angeles Lakers are solid 68.5 percent favorites over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder are shooting 48.4 percent from the field and the Lakers are forecasted to shoot 50.3 percent. The Lakers have the rebounding advantage at 44.6 to 41.1. Turnovers are pretty even with the Thunder projected for 13 turnovers vs. 12.5 for the Lakers. The Thunder are making 10.5 three pointers on 39.9 percent from three point range. The Lakers are making 11.4 three pointers on 42.6 percent. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA---PTS: Danilo Gallinari 18.6, LeBron James 23.7 ASSISTS: Chris Paul 7.3, LeBron James 7.5 REBOUNDS: Steven Adams 8.2, Anthony Davis 8.5 SPORTS ODDS: Sportsbooks and handicappers have set the line at LAL -6 TOTAL 218.5. WIN-LOSS Oklahoma City Thunder 41-25 Los Angeles Lakers 51-15 ATS Oklahoma City Thunder 37-27 Sweat Barometer 1.8 Los Angeles Lakers 38-28 Sweat Barometer 0.5 OVER-UNDER Oklahoma City Thunder 31-34 Avg Over/Under Line 3.6 Los Angeles Lakers 31-35 Avg Over/Under Line 9.3 ACCUSCORE PICK RECORD - POINT SPREAD PICKS Oklahoma City Thunder 33-27 Los Angeles Lakers 36-27 OVER-UNDER PICKS Oklahoma City Thunder 32-32 Los Angeles Lakers 31-35

  • Colorado Avalanche vs Dallas Stars

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST - Jordan James Davies

    The Colorado Avalanche are solid 55.2 percent favorites over the Dallas Stars. The Avalanche are favored despite being projected for 29 shots on goal vs 33 shots for the Stars. The Avalanche goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 91.4% compared to the Stars goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 89.1%. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA --- SAVES: Philipp Grubauer 30, Ben Bishop 26 SHOTS: Nathan MacKinnon 4.6, Tyler Seguin 3.6 GOALS: Nathan MacKinnon 0.48, Roope Hintz 0.38 PTS: Nathan MacKinnon has a 64% chance of scoring at least 1 point and Tyler Seguin has a 42% chance of 1+PTs

  • Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Utah Jazz are solid 66.5 percent favorites over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are shooting 48 percent from the field and the Jazz are forecasted to shoot 50.2 percent. The rebounding battle is pretty even with the Grizzlies projected for 44.6 rebounds vs. 44.3 for the Jazz. Turnovers are pretty even with the Grizzlies projected for 17 turnovers vs. 17.1 for the Jazz. The Grizzlies are making 8.8 three pointers on 38.4 percent from three point range. The Jazz are making 12.8 three pointers on 42 percent. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA---PTS: Ja Morant 23.4, Donovan Mitchell 27.9 ASSISTS: Ja Morant 10.5, Mike Conley 6.8 REBOUNDS: Jonas Valanciunas 8.2, Rudy Gobert 12.2 SPORTS ODDS: Sportsbooks and handicappers have set the line at UT -5 TOTAL 225. WIN-LOSS Memphis Grizzlies 33-35 Utah Jazz 42-25 ATS Memphis Grizzlies 35-32 Sweat Barometer 20.1 Utah Jazz 32-33 Sweat Barometer -1.3 OVER-UNDER Memphis Grizzlies 33-35 Avg Over/Under Line 24.8 Utah Jazz 32-35 Avg Over/Under Line 0.4 ACCUSCORE PICK RECORD - POINT SPREAD PICKS Memphis Grizzlies 33-34 Utah Jazz 31-31 OVER-UNDER PICKS Memphis Grizzlies 35-33 Utah Jazz 36-29

  • Shanghai Shenhua vs Shandong Luneng

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    There is a 24.9% chance of a draw. In simulations where the game is not a draw Shandong Luneng, at 50.0%, are heavy favorites to beat Shanghai Shenhua who have a 25.1% chance. In simulation wins, Shanghai Shenhua upsets Shandong Luneng by averaging 12.7 shots and 4.3 shots on goal. They average 2.2 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.6 in simulation losses. Overall, the average simulation score is Shandong Luneng 1.7 to Shanghai Shenhua 1.1.

  • Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Yankees

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The New York Yankees are 4-0 at home this season and the Philadelphia Phillies are 0-1 on the road this season. This is a close match-up with both teams having a 45 to 55 percent chance of winning based on 10,000 game simulations generated one play at a time by the AccuScore Simulation Supercomputer. Phillies' starter Aaron Nola is forecasted to have a better game than Yankees' starter Jordan Montgomery. Aaron Nola has a 34% chance of having a Quality Start (QS) while Jordan Montgomery has a 27% chance of a QS. If Aaron Nola has a quality start the Phillies has a 79% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 3.4 and he has a 17% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the Phillies win 53%. In Jordan Montgomery quality starts the Yankees win 78%. He has a 21% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio and if he does his team wins 78% of simulations. In simulations we tracked the batter for each team that was most productive based his average hits, walks and RBI per simulation. The most productive batter for the New York Yankees is Aaron Judge who averaged 3.22 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 57% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Yankees have a 56% chance of winning. The most productive batter for the Philadelphia Phillies is Adam Haseley who averaged 3.69 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 71% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Phillies have a 60% chance of winning.

  • Miami Marlins vs Baltimore Orioles

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Baltimore Orioles are 3-3 at home this season and are solid favorites to beat the Miami Marlins who are 3-1 on the road this season. The Orioles have a better than 55% chance of winning based on 10,000 game simulations generated one play at a time by the AccuScore Simulation Supercomputer. Both starters have a relatively low chance of having a quality start. Asher Wojciechowski has a 44% chance of a QS and Elieser Hernandez a 40% chance. If Asher Wojciechowski has a quality start the Orioles has a 77% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 4.3 and he has a 25% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the Orioles win 56%. If Elieser Hernandez has a quality start the Marlins has a 67% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 2.3 and he has a 18% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the Marlins win 47%. In simulations we tracked the batter for each team that was most productive based his average hits, walks and RBI per simulation. The most productive batter for the Baltimore Orioles is Hanser Alberto who averaged 2.91 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 53% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Orioles have a 65% chance of winning. The most productive batter for the Miami Marlins is Brian Anderson who averaged 2.75 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 50% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Marlins have a 55% chance of winning.

  • Los Angeles Angels vs Seattle Mariners

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Seattle Mariners are 1-4 at home this season and the Los Angeles Angels are 2-3 on the road this season. This is a close match-up with both teams having a 45 to 55 percent chance of winning based on 10,000 game simulations generated one play at a time by the AccuScore Simulation Supercomputer. Both starters have a relatively low chance of having a quality start. Marco Gonzales has a 44% chance of a QS and Dylan Bundy a 40% chance. If Marco Gonzales has a quality start the Mariners has a 76% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 3.9 and he has a 35% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the Mariners win 53%. If Dylan Bundy has a quality start the Angels has a 70% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 5.3 and he has a 33% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the Angels win 50%. In simulations we tracked the batter for each team that was most productive based his average hits, walks and RBI per simulation. The most productive batter for the Seattle Mariners is Jake Fraley who averaged 4.92 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 100% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Mariners have a 51% chance of winning. The most productive batter for the Los Angeles Angels is Anthony Rendon who averaged 2.91 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 51% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Angels have a 63% chance of winning.

  • Toronto Blue Jays vs Atlanta Braves

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Atlanta Braves are 6-1 at home this season and are heavy favorites to beat the Toronto Blue Jays who are 3-3 on the road this season. The Braves have a better than 60% chance of winning based on 10,000 game simulations generated one play at a time by the AccuScore Simulation Supercomputer. Braves' starter Sean Newcomb is forecasted to have a better game than Blue Jays' starter Hyun-jin Ryu. Sean Newcomb has a 42% chance of having a Quality Start (QS) while Hyun-jin Ryu has a 29% chance of a QS. If Sean Newcomb has a quality start the Braves has a 85% chance of winning. His simulated strikeout to walk ratio is 3.7 and he has a 27% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio. When he has a 5/1 ratio the Braves win 67%. In Hyun-jin Ryu quality starts the Blue Jays win 60%. He has a 45% chance of having a 5 to 1 K/BB ratio and if he does his team wins 60% of simulations. In simulations we tracked the batter for each team that was most productive based his average hits, walks and RBI per simulation. The most productive batter for the Atlanta Braves is Marcell Ozuna who averaged 2.97 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 54% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Braves have a 75% chance of winning. The most productive batter for the Toronto Blue Jays is Travis Shaw who averaged 2.32 hits+walks+RBI. He has a 38% chance of having a big game with 3+ Hits, Walks, RBI and if he has a big game the Blue Jays have a 47% chance of winning.

  • New York Islanders vs Florida Panthers

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Florida Panthers are solid 61.4 percent favorites over the New York Islanders. The Panthers are favored by AccuScore simulations partly because they have a +4 edge in shots on goal and are projected for 34 shots on goal vs 29 shots for the Islanders. The Panthers goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 89.9% compared to the Islanders goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 89%. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA --- SAVES: Thomas Greiss 30, Sergei Bobrovsky 26 SHOTS: Brock Nelson 2.6, Mike Hoffman 3.2 GOALS: Jean-Gabriel Pageau 0.44, Mike Hoffman 0.47 PTS: Matthew Barzal has a 52% chance of scoring at least 1 point and Jonathan Huberdeau has a 60% chance of 1+PTs

  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Pittsburgh Penguins are solid 55.6 percent favorites over the Montreal Canadiens. The Penguins are favored despite being projected for 30 shots on goal vs 33 shots for the Canadiens. The Penguins goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 90.8% compared to the Canadiens goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 88.8%. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA --- SAVES: Matthew Murray 30, Carey Price 27 SHOTS: Jake Guentzel 3.2, Brendan Gallagher 3.8 GOALS: Jake Guentzel 0.49, Brendan Gallagher 0.39 PTS: Evgeni Malkin has a 64% chance of scoring at least 1 point and Tomas Tatar has a 49% chance of 1+PTs

  • Edmonton Oilers vs Chicago Blackhawks

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Edmonton Oilers are slight 54.7 percent favorites over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Oilers are favored despite being projected for 30 shots on goal vs 32 shots for the Blackhawks. The Oilers goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 90.3% compared to the Blackhawks goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 88.9%. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA --- SAVES: Mikko Koskinen 29, Corey Crawford 27 SHOTS: Connor McDavid 3.3, Patrick Kane 3.9 GOALS: Leon Draisaitl 0.55, Patrick Kane 0.47 PTS: Connor McDavid has a 69% chance of scoring at least 1 point and Patrick Kane has a 60% chance of 1+PTs

  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Tampa Bay Lightning are slight 50.8 percent favorites over the Boston Bruins. The Lightning are favored despite being projected for 28 shots on goal vs 31 shots for the Bruins. The Lightning goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 90.3% compared to the Bruins goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 89.3%. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA --- SAVES: Andrey Vasilevskiy 28, Jaroslav Halak 25 SHOTS: Steven Stamkos 3.1, David Pastrnak 3.9 GOALS: Steven Stamkos 0.44, David Pastrnak 0.65 PTS: Nikita Kucherov has a 59% chance of scoring at least 1 point and Brad Marchand has a 61% chance of 1+PTs

  • Nashville Predators vs Arizona Coyotes

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Arizona Coyotes are slight 53.3 percent favorites over the Nashville Predators. The Coyotes are favored despite being projected for 32 shots on goal vs 32 shots for the Predators. The Coyotes goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 91.2% compared to the Predators goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 90.8%. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA --- SAVES: Pekka Rinne 29, Darcy Kuemper 29 SHOTS: Roman Josi 3.8, Taylor Hall 3.6 GOALS: Filip Forsberg 0.33, Conor Garland 0.32 PTS: Roman Josi has a 51% chance of scoring at least 1 point and Taylor Hall has a 48% chance of 1+PTs

  • Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Boston Celtics are solid 74.9 percent favorites over the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets are shooting 46.2 percent from the field and the Celtics are forecasted to shoot 48.8 percent. The Celtics have the rebounding advantage at 50.3 to 43.2. The Celtics are committing fewer turnovers at 11.5 vs 16.1 for the Nets. The Nets are making 15.7 three pointers on 40.9 percent from three point range. The Celtics are making 12.4 three pointers on 41.6 percent. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA---PTS: Caris LeVert 18.7, Jayson Tatum 25.8 ASSISTS: Caris LeVert 5.4, Marcus Smart 4.3 REBOUNDS: Jarrett Allen 9.1, Enes Kanter 8.4 SPORTS ODDS: Sportsbooks and handicappers have set the line at BOS -8.5 TOTAL 225.5. WIN-LOSS Brooklyn Nets 32-35 Boston Celtics 45-22 ATS Brooklyn Nets 35-32 Sweat Barometer 0.3 Boston Celtics 39-26 Sweat Barometer 2.2 OVER-UNDER Brooklyn Nets 32-35 Avg Over/Under Line 0 Boston Celtics 34-32 Avg Over/Under Line 12 ACCUSCORE PICK RECORD - POINT SPREAD PICKS Brooklyn Nets 28-35 Boston Celtics 29-32 OVER-UNDER PICKS Brooklyn Nets 32-35 Boston Celtics 36-29

  • Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic

    05 Aug 2020, 00:00 CEST

    The Toronto Raptors are solid 63.7 percent favorites over the Orlando Magic. The Raptors are shooting 49.4 percent from the field and the Magic are forecasted to shoot 45.8 percent. The rebounding battle is pretty even with the Raptors projected for 44.7 rebounds vs. 44.7 for the Magic. The Magic are committing fewer turnovers at 11.3 vs 13.5 for the Raptors. The Raptors are making 14.8 three pointers on 44.2 percent from three point range. The Magic are making 11.2 three pointers on 37.2 percent. KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA---PTS: Pascal Siakam 21.8, Nikola Vucevic 19.5 ASSISTS: Kyle Lowry 7.4, Markelle Fultz 4.1 REBOUNDS: Pascal Siakam 7.9, Nikola Vucevic 10.8 SPORTS ODDS: Sportsbooks and handicappers have set the line at ORL 6.5 TOTAL 222.5. WIN-LOSS Toronto Raptors 48-18 Orlando Magic 32-36 ATS Toronto Raptors 39-27 Sweat Barometer 3.4 Orlando Magic 34-34 Sweat Barometer 0.1 OVER-UNDER Toronto Raptors 34-32 Avg Over/Under Line -0.5 Orlando Magic 38-30 Avg Over/Under Line 7.8 ACCUSCORE PICK RECORD - POINT SPREAD PICKS Toronto Raptors 36-30 Orlando Magic 28-36 OVER-UNDER PICKS Toronto Raptors 32-33 Orlando Magic 37-29

  • Scott Parker believes due diligence was the difference as Fulham won promotion

    The 39-year-old labelled promotion the proudest moment of his whole career.

    04 Aug 2020, 22:43 CEST

    Scott Parker was delighted Fulham's due diligence on Brentford paid off to earn them a 2-1 victory after extra-time of the Sky Bet Championship play-off final and promotion to the Premier League. Left-back Joe Bryan struck a brace at Wembley to help the Whites seal an instant return to the top flight and clinch bragging rights over their west London rivals. The defender stunned Bees goalkeeper David Raya in the 105th minute when his 35-yard free-kick caught out the Spanish stopper at his near post. It was the breakthrough this nervy and tense derby needed and while he struck again, before Henrik Dalsgaard pulled one back for Brentford, it was the opener which proved decisive in the hunt to join Leeds and West Brom in the Premier League.


    Parker said: "We did our due diligence on the keeper and he has an aggressive high starting position from wide free kicks. "We looked at it, brought it up in a set-play meeting this afternoon and spoke to Joe and Harrison Reed, who would have been on the opposite side. "I felt when we brought Mitro (Aleksandar Mitrovic) on, Joe was going to cross the ball because one of Mitro's biggest attributes is heading. "I called him over but I didn't want to try and let on to Brentford's bench and their players so tried to bluff it and just said to Joe 'listen I want you to go for it, commit to it and really give it a go and let's see what happens'. "Thankfully it has gone in, executed well and he has an unbelievable left-foot." Eight years ago Parker captained England at Wembley in a friendly against the Netherlands, but he ranks this promotion in his first full season in management as the proudest moment of his career.


    Fulham's win over local rivals Brentford has earned them GBP 135million in revenue over the next three years and makes the tough points of the 2019-20 campaign worthwhile for the 39-year-old. "Yes it is my proudest moment by a long way," Parker added. "I think why I am so proud is I am proud of the players and the team because I have seen the team grow along the journey which has been tough this year. "I front it on the side and the players are the same and they go out and play, but underneath there is a support mechanism and who I am speaking about is family and close friends and it will be the same for the players. "I am probably proud and emotional for them because at times this year it has been very tough and difficult."


    Brentford head coach Thomas Frank paid tribute to opposite number Parker and admitted it was a game of fine margins. "First I would like to say congratulations to Fulham, Scott Parker and his coaching staff and everyone at Fulham," he said. "They are in the Prem and I wish them the best of luck. It is tough when you lose in a final in a very, very tight game, but I am extremely proud of my players and this club and all we have achieved. "We have gone from a mid-table club to a team who were the third best team and we played three teams who either directly came down from the Premier League last year or two years ago. "I think we are very fine margins away from the Premier League which is an incredible achievement by us so I can't praise my players and my staff enough, but this is football you don't always get what you deserve."

  • Joe Bryan happy to prove doubters wrong as Fulham bounce back to Premier League

    Fulham returned to the Premier League at the first attempt.

    04 Aug 2020, 22:02 CEST

    Fulham goal hero Joe Bryan insisted the Cottagers proved the doubters wrong after he fired them back to the Premier League on Tuesday night. The defender scored a brilliant 35-yard free-kick and added a second late in extra-time as Scott Parker's side beat Brentford 2-1 in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley. It sent Fulham back to the Premier League at the first attempt after their relegation last year. "I'm not the hero, every single one of them, fans and people around us who has been with us all season is," he told Sky Sports. "We've been written off five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 times, I think I read somewhere we were supposed to be scared of them. "We took it to them, we scored twice, they made it hard for us but they're a good team and they've been playing really well. "I can't believe we made it straight back up."


    Cottagers skipper Tom Cairney scored the winner when Fulham beat Aston Villa 1-0 in the 2018 final. They came fourth in the regular season and he insisted Parker's men always sat under the radar in the promotion race. "I can't put it into words. It feels special. We got written off a bit this year, no one talked about us, they talked about Brentford and Leeds," he told Sky Sports. "It shows the spirit in the dressing room, not many teams bounce back up. I knew we had that performance in us, all season when we needed to win, we've done it when it mattered. "Brentford are a great side, a pleasure to watch and these were the two best sides in the Championship play-off final." Boss Parker added: "I feel emotional, the journey you go on – the ups and downs along the way, the disappointment. "I'm the face which fronts it up but behind the scenes is a support network of people who keep you going. I feel for those who are not here and those who have supported me as the manager. "I'm very proud of my team and what we've done."

  • 5 things Fulham must address after securing their return to the Premier League

    Here, we look at five key tasks for the Cottagers ahead of the new season.

    04 Aug 2020, 21:41 CEST

    Fulham are back in the Premier League after beating Brentford 2-1 after extra-time in the Championship play-off final at Wembley. Here, the PA news agency looks at five key tasks for the Cottagers ahead of the new season.


    Get more from Mitro


    Aleksandar Mitrovic's 26 goals have fired Fulham back to the top flight, but the Serbia international needs to prove he can cut it with the best. He found the net just 11 times in the 2018/19 campaign, when the Cottagers finished 19th in the Premier League.


    Ease the burden


    Midfielder Tom Cairney was Fulham's next highest goalscorer with eight. Boss Scott Parker needs another striker to both give support to Mitrovic and ease some of the pressure on him. A proven Premier League forward will be a priority. Keep it cleanFulham's calamitous defending was the chief reason they were relegated last time around. They managed only four clean sheets all season, and three of those came after they had been consigned to the drop. Goalkeeper Marek Rodak and defender Michael Hector helped shore things up this season and a few more shut-outs are a must.


    Learn from mistakes


    A scattergun transfer policy following promotion last time around cost Fulham GBP 100million and somehow left them with a far worse team. Jean Michael Seri and Andre Anguissa were among the expensive flops which proved throwing money around does not always pay dividends. Shrewder recruitment is needed this time around.


    Take a stand


    Craven Cottage will have only three sides with work ongoing to develop the Riverside stand, which will be ready in time for the season after next. Owner Shahid Khan says it will be a "game changer" and will be desperate for Fulham to be a Premier League club when it opens.

  • Joe Bryan’s extra-time brace sends Fulham back to the Premier League

    The defender hit the first double of his career to settle a subdued play-off final.

    04 Aug 2020, 21:38 CEST

    Left-back Joe Bryan was the unlikely Fulham hero in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final as his extra-time brace earned a 2-1 victory over Brentford at Wembley and an instant Premier League return. In a tense and subdued west London derby, Scott Parker's side created the better chances, but had a terrible misjudgement by Bees goalkeeper David Raya to thank for the opener in the 105th minute. Bryan's set-piece from 35 yards beat Raya at his near post and, while there were further goals in the second period of extra-time, it was this error by Brentford's Spanish keeper which proved crucial. The Craven Cottage club will earn around GBP 135million for bouncing back from relegation last season and this result also gives rookie boss Parker a first success of his fledgling managerial career. After his opener, Bryan grabbed a second in the 117th minute to confirm the result and, even though Henrik Dalsgaard pulled one back for Brentford, they will start life in their new ground still in the Championship.

  • Turnbull’s return lifted Motherwell skipper Gallagher on night to forget

    Gallagher conceded a penalty in his first game as club captain as Motherwell lost 1-0 thanks to Ross Stewart’s spot-kick.

    04 Aug 2020, 21:30 CEST

    Motherwell skipper Declan Gallagher was lifted by the return to the starting line-up of David Turnbull on a night to forget in Dingwall. Gallagher conceded a penalty in his first game as club captain as Motherwell lost 1-0 thanks to Ross Stewart's spot-kick on Monday. Liam Donnelly later missed from the spot for the visitors while debutant Callum Lang was sent off after missing a great chance. Christopher Long hit the post for Motherwell as they paid the price for a slow start which culminated in Gallagher's rash challenge on Harry Paton to give away the spot-kick. "I just wanted to get my body between the ball and the goal," he said. "I felt I got there and blocked it but his momentum took him into me. He has obviously felt me coming in and he screamed. "When we missed the penalty I thought it might be one of those nights for us. "Chris Long did well for his chance and he is unlucky he hit the post.


    Liam is Mr Reliable from the penalty spot usually as well. He felt like he let the boys down but that's not the case as everyone had their part to play. "I gave away the penalty, we had a red card and missed penalty, but we are a team and we will stick together. "It isn't the result we wanted but we will look at the positives and negatives and make sure we are ready for the weekend." Turnbull's first start since May 2019 was a major positive as the midfielder bounces back from knee surgery. The 21-year-old showed his class by setting up Long for Motherwell's best first-half chance. "It is a massive boost having him back,"


    Gallagher said. "He is a GBP 3million player and I think he showed that at times. "It is just the way he can link the play and some of his passes are superb. He is a different type of player for us and it is brilliant to see him back. "He had cramp at the end but that is to be expected after so long out. The sooner we can get him up to speed we have a massive player on our hands. "We can't put too much pressure on him as he will take time to get back to top form. "In pre-season he hasn't played six or seven games, he had 45 minutes here or there. You can't throw him in and expect him to be the same player. "He can dictate games, he gets into pockets of space and he is a quality player. If he can get fully fit and last 90 minutes, then we will be laughing."

  • Ross County striker Ross Stewart eager to build on impressive debut season

    The Ross County striker got the new season off to a flying start with a well-taken penalty in a 1-0 win over Motherwell.

    04 Aug 2020, 21:30 CEST

    Ross Stewart is determined to prove his impressive top-flight debut campaign was no one-off. The Ross County striker got the new season off to a flying start with a well-taken penalty in a 1-0 win over Motherwell on Monday. Stewart scored seven Scottish Premiership goals last season and 11 in all before a hamstring injury forced him to miss the first two months of 2020. The 23-year-old said: "I have always put pressure on myself to do well. Coming off a pretty good season last year, there are going to be a lot of people saying 'can he do it again'? "I will certainly give it my all every time I cross that white line. It was great to get a goal in the first game of the season, and hopefully I can build on that and get some more." The former Albion Rovers and St Mirren forward was making his first start of the year with his comeback limited to two substitute appearances before lockdown. "Just as I was coming back into the team after injury, Covid happened, which was quite disappointing," he said. "But I used that time to get my body ready for where it needed to be for the first game back. "I felt good out there and it was good to get 90 minutes under my belt. I was delighted with how the night went."

  • What Fulham need to add to their squad after returning to the Premier League

    Scott Parker’s side defeated Brentford 2-1 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

    04 Aug 2020, 21:27 CEST

    Fulham are back in the Premier League having defeated London rivals Brentford 2-1 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley. Here, the PA news agency looks at the state of play at Craven Cottage ahead of another step up to English football's top tier. How much did Fulham's promotion cost?Fulham had little choice but to plan their Championship campaign around a clutch of astute loan deals, having been relegated despite spending GBP 100million for their abortive 2018/19 Premier League campaign. Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Knockaert commanded sizeable fees for their loan arrivals – but the Whites have since completed permanent deals for the two forwards. Michael Hector's move from Chelsea was understood to have reached GBP 5million, but beyond that Scott Parker's transfer dealings were more a question of recovery that outlay. Cavaleiro's permanent switch from Wolves is understood to have reached GBP 15million including the loan fee, while deals for Knockaert and Bobby Decordova Reid are in the region of a combined GBP 16million.


    The bulk of that cost has been spread onto the new season however, and promotion to the Premier League doubtless eases the financial burden. What will Fulham need to add to be competitive at Premier League level?Goals from midfield – in fact goals from anyone other than Aleksandar Mitrovic. Fulham's Serbia hitman was the only Whites man to notch double figures in the Championship. Winger Neeskens Kebano ended up fifth on the club's goals list, despite only breaking a 35-match barren run dating back to December 2017 on July 18. Fulham could do with an extra creative hand in the centre of the pitch too. But Premier League-level goals and assists are the two chief assets being chased by every side in England's top tier. What kind of buying power will boss Scott Parker have now?Fulham will surely have learned from their last foray into the Premier League, that when it comes to recruitment, there can definitely be too much too soon.


    The Whites spent GBP 100million on seven recruits for the 2018/19 top-flight campaign, only to tumble straight back to the Championship. The hurried assembly of that squad left new faces and old hands struggling to gel, so much so that big-money recruits like Jean Michael Seri and Andre Franck Anguissa entirely bombed out. Mitrovic was able to provide 11 Premier League goals and lay on three assists, but beyond that Fulham's recruits never fully fired. So while Fulham will have solid backing from owner Shahid Khan, the Whites will certainly be eyeing evolution not revolution this time around.

  • The key men who led Fulham straight back into the Premier League

    Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goals were a key factor in Fulham’s promotion.

    04 Aug 2020, 21:25 CEST

    Scott Parker has led Fulham back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Here the PA news agency takes a look at the key men behind the Whites' promotion from the Sky Bet Championship.


    Aleksandar Mitrovic


    The Serbian put to bed rumours about his future in the summer when he signed a new five-year contract and has again scored regularly in the second tier. Mitrovic found the net in five of his first six league games and has hit the 20-goal mark in the Championship this season. A hat-trick against Luton in October helped him win Player of the Month, but controversy has followed too for the striker, who was banned for three games for an elbow on Ben White. Michael HectorHector's availability since January has transformed the Whites defence. After his move to Craven Cottage was announced in September, the ex-Chelsea man had to wait until the start of 2020 to make his debut, but immediately shored up Fulham at the back. Parker saw his side keep three consecutive clean sheets after the Jamaican was introduced into the team and they have been much more solid during the second half of the season.


    Harrison Reed


    A summer loan signing from Southampton, Reed did not make his full debut until the end of August but has quickly endeared himself to the Fulham fans with a number of whole-hearted displays. The 25-year-old has proved to be a dominant figure in the centre of the pitch, with his energy and braveness on the ball similar to that of his manager during his playing days. A calf injury disrupted his campaign, but his return to fitness since football's resumption has been crucial.


    Marek Rodak


    The Slovakia international had to wait until October to make his first league start of the season and was then sent off in the following match at Middlesbrough. His manager still had faith in him though, and Rodak was back in the line-up after suspension and has proved a calming presence for the Fulham defence and kept over 10 clean sheets.


    Tom Cairney


    Fulham's captain has not always been at his best this term, but his quality has shone through at crucial times like with the equaliser at Bristol City before football was suspended. The Scottish ace enjoyed a strong start to the campaign and while his performances have tailed off, he has remained a key component for boss Parker in controlling the midfield battle.

  • Jadon Sancho signing still some way off as United baulk at Dortmund valuation

    Manchester United are in talks with the Bundesliga side over the England international.

    04 Aug 2020, 20:00 CEST

    Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund remain far apart in their valuation of Jadon Sancho as discussions over a summer switch continue. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are hoping to make the 20-year-old their marquee signing at a time when, given the coronavirus pandemic's impact, few other clubs can get near the Bundesliga club's lofty asking price. But United are not immune to the Covid-19 situation and Dortmund's valuation of Sancho, widely-reported to be 120million euros (GBP 106million), is a key sticking point. Sources close to the Old Trafford giants have told the PA news agency that there remains a lot of work to do, with the club willing to pursue other alternatives if a deal cannot be reached for the England international. United were ready to walk away from a deal for Bruno Fernandes in January before eventually striking an agreement with Sporting Lisbon, while sources insist personal terms have yet to be agreed with Sancho.


    Solskjaer gave little away when asked about the benefit of getting transfers completed early in the window on Wednesday afternoon. "This transfer window is a long one and every transfer takes its course," the United boss said as talk about Sancho dominates social media and column inches. "It is what it is. At the moment, I've got no updates for you anyway, so if there's any news, we'll update you." It would clearly be an advantage to get the deal done sooner rather than later, even if talk of Dortmund's Monday deadline to strike an agreement surprised some at Old Trafford. Solskjaer's side will be just 60 miles south of Dortmund from Sunday barring an almighty shock in Wednesday's Europa League clash against LASK. United won first leg of the last-16 tie 5-0 in Austria back on March 12 and a Cologne quarter-final against Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir will be the reward for wrapping things up at an empty Old Trafford. "Jesse (Lingard) will be starting but the team won't be too different from the team that played LASK away," Solskjaer said sat alongside the attacking midfielder. "We know it will be a difficult game. It wasn't a 5-0 difference between the teams, we were winning 2-0 after 60 minutes and scored three in the last five, so we know we have to perform and there's opportunities for players to stake a claim, if they get through."


    Youngsters Teden Mengi, Ethan Laird and Ethan Galbraith have been included in a 30-strong Europa League squad that United defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Luke Shaw have been omitted from due to injury. Solskjaer expects the injured defenders to be available from foot and ankle issues respectively when the Premier League gets under way in September. Chris Smalling could be another lining up for United next season, with Roma's inability to reach an agreement about extending his impressive loan spell meaning he leaves before the end of their Europa League campaign. The defender said he was "gutted" that he "can't finish what we started this season" as the Serie A side prepared to face Sevilla and Solskjaer is ready to welcome the 30-year-old back to Old Trafford. "I think Chris has shown over his career at Man United how valuable he is," the Norwegian said. "This season was about him being a regular, going to Roma, showing and proving how good a centre-back he is. "I wanted to give Harry (Maguire), Vic (Victor Lindelof), maybe Axel (Tuanzebe) a chance, so we found out that was the best for him to go to Roma, play for a year. "Now he's coming back and Chris has shown this season that he will be valuable. I've been speaking to Chris throughout and been delighted with his season."


    By contrast, Alexis Sanchez has got the green light from United to feature in the Europa League for Inter Milan. The Chile international has been an unmitigated flop at Old Trafford and PA understands discussions over an exit continue, having been given the go-ahead to feature for Inter against Getafe on Wednesday. United could face Antonio Conte's Nerazzurri in the August 21 finale in Cologne should both sides make it that far in Germany, where Solskjaer expects to stay rather than fly in and out of. "There's been a discussion at a higher level than me as to how the tournament will pan out," he added. "At the moment it looks like we're staying. "Of course, you could look at it as just one game and you travel to an away game. But at the moment it looks like a tournament so we'll be staying in Germany."

  • New signing Ferran Torres hopes he can help Manchester City win trophies

    The 20-year-old winger has signed a five-year contract after joining from Valencia.

    04 Aug 2020, 19:41 CEST

    Ferran Torres hopes he can play a part in Manchester City's future success after joining a club he believes are "one of the most attacking in the world". Manager Pep Guardiola's summer restructuring has begun following the loss of their Premier League title to Liverpool with the 20-year-old Valencia winger his first signing, having already sold Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich and lost David Silva at the expiration of his contract. City have also agreed a GBP 41million fee for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake as Guardiola looks to strengthen areas in which they were found wanting this season. Torres, who has signed a five-year contract after joining for an initial fee of GBP 20.9m, is keen to start work with the former Barcelona boss. "I am so happy to be joining City. Every player wants to be involved in attacking teams and Manchester City are one of the most attacking in world football," said the 20-year-old. "Pep encourages a really open, aggressive style, which I love, and he is a manager with a proven track record of improving players. To have him overseeing my development is a dream. "City have won plenty of trophies in the last 10 years and I hope I can play a role in continuing that success."


    Torres, who in November became Valencia's youngest player to make 50 LaLiga appearances, has been a long-time target for City. "We have followed Ferran's progress closely and have been very impressed," said director of football Txiki Begiristain. "He is young and still developing, but his technical qualities are exactly what we are looking for in a winger. He is quick, direct, can create space with one movement and is capable of producing match-winning moments. "I feel this is the perfect place for him to develop and take his game to the next level."

  • Comparing Alexis Sanchez’s career at Arsenal and Manchester United

    Sanchez scored 80 goals for the Gunners and just five at United.

    04 Aug 2020, 18:37 CEST

    Alexis Sanchez looks to be moving closer to signing a permanent deal with Inter Milan, ending his unhappy spell with Manchester United. Here, the PA news agency looks at the Chilean's remarkable career in England of mostly highs at Arsenal and lows at United.


    Arsenal – The HighsGoals



    There is no doubt Sanchez was outstanding for the Gunners in the three years following his GBP 30million move from Barcelona in the summer of 2014. In all he scored 80 goals for the club in 166 appearances, 25 of which came in an impressive 2014-15 debut season and 30 in a prolific 2016-17 campaign. The quality of his finishing was also, often, a particular delight. Fans will instantly recall a hat-trick – completing dummy and chip against West Ham and a backheeled finish as one of two goals against United. There were other deft chips and Panenka penalties among many fine strikes.


    Other telling contributions


    As well as the goals, Sanchez delivered in other areas of the pitch. With 45 assists to his name, Sanchez was involved in more goals than any other Arsenal player during his time at the Emirates Stadium. For Barcelona he scored 47 goals in 141 matches with 36 assists, meaning Arsenal enjoyed the best years of his career. Show-stopping skillsSanchez was electric with the ball at his feet. His ball control was magnificent and, combined with his speed of thought, often bamboozled opponents. His flicks and tricks seemed fancy but were backed up by substance of performance. Goals often came in gluts and in style. He scored more than one goal in a game on 15 occasions, including two hat-tricks.


    The trophiesSanchez helped deliver silverware in the closing years of Arsene Wenger's reign. His performances often lifted the team and he scored in both the FA Cup final victories of 2015 and 2017, against Aston Villa and Chelsea respectively. By contrast he won nothing at United.


    Arsenal – The LowReaction to failed moveThe biggest complaint about Sanchez from his spell at Arsenal centres around his performances in the first half of the 2017-18 season after a summer move to Manchester City failed to transpire. Sanchez had been expected to link up with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium but a potential GBP 60million transfer broke down on deadline day as the Gunners failed to land their first-choice replacement Thomas Lemar. From then on, Sanchez's form nosedived, with ineffective, wasteful displays and an apparent negative influence on the team.


    Man Utd – The HighJoining the clubhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCk30hIr1Sw


    There was plenty of excitement as United pulled off what appeared to be a coup to land Sanchez in January 2018. City were again interested and were favourites to sign him until baulking over wage demands. That cleared the way for United to make good on their interest and complete a deal that sent Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the opposite direction. United unveiled their star capture to much fanfare and with a video of Sanchez playing the piano and standing in the middle of a deserted Old Trafford.


    Man Utd – The LowsPoor returnUnited signed Sanchez on a four-and-a-half year contract worth a reported GBP 500,000 per week. In return Sanchez delivered just five goals in 45 appearances and contributed only nine assists.


    Negative influence


    Sanchez failed to spark in many of his games and his demeanour was poor. His poor returns led to rumours that his high wages were a source of disquiet within the squad. When United finished sixth in the Premier League in 2018-19, failing to qualify for the Champions League, he was targeted by many critics.


    No specialist position


    Whilst Sanchez delivered from numerous positions across the front line at Arsenal, particularly from the left or as a central striker, he failed to fit in at United. It was thought he would give them numerous options as a centre forward, number 10 or winger but, bereft of confidence, he failed to find a specialist role. Fans eventually got on his back and the problems worsened.

  • Rangers sign two strikers as Steven Gerrard boosts attacking options at Ibrox

    Former Leeds forward Kemar Roofe and Switzerland international Cedric Itten have moved to the Scottish Premiership club.

    04 Aug 2020, 18:06 CEST

    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard sent out a statement of intent with the double signing of former Leeds striker Kemar Roofe and Swiss forward Cedric Itten. Gerrard has been heavily backed 10 days after publicly stating he had told the Ibrox board of his need to strengthen. Roofe has joined from Anderlecht 12 months after moving to Belgium in a reported GBP 7million transfer, while Itten arrives off the back of a prolific campaign with St Gallen. Both fees were undisclosed.


    The pair will compete for action with Alfredo Morelos, the subject of serious interest from Lille, and Jermain Defoe, who missed the Scottish Premiership season opener at Aberdeen on Saturday with a hamstring injury. Gerrard told his club's website: "The fact we have announced two attacking options in the same day highlights our intent to bolster our squad as we begin the campaign. "I am pleased that a player of Cedric's ability and potential has decided to join Rangers as he embarks in the next stage of his career."


    Speaking earlier, Gerrard said: "Kemar is recognised throughout Europe as an intelligent attacker with an eye for goal. I look forward to working with him and recognise his potential to further progress our starting XI. "He has experienced the pressure and expectation at Leeds United and has played on the continent which will stand him in good stead for his time at Ibrox." Roofe has signed a four-year deal. The 27-year-old came through the ranks at West Brom but made his breakthrough at Oxford, netting 26 goals in his only full season there before joining Leeds in a GBP 3million deal in the summer of 2016.


    The Walsall-born attacker hit 32 goals in three seasons at Elland Road before moving to Anderlecht last summer for a reported GBP 7million fee. Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson told the club's official website: "Kemar was a primary target going into this transfer window and we are absolutely delighted that he has chosen to join Rangers. "He is a player that has been admired for some time by Steven and the staff and we are all very excited about what he can add to our team." Itten scored 19 goals in 34 league games last season to help St Gallen finished second in the Swiss league and has scored three goals in his first two international appearances.


    Wilson said: "Cedric's arrival is one that we are very pleased about. He is joining following an excellent season with St Gallen. "His potential is high and we know he can be developed here at Rangers, working with our staff. "This deal was agreed just over a week ago but with St Gallen in a title race and battle for European places we were respectful of that with the Swiss season only ending on Monday evening."