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Premier League 2012/13 Team Preview – Fulham

Welcome to IntoTheTopCorner’s team-by-team preview to the new Barclays Premier League season. Here we look at Fulham’s vital stats, their summer transfers and analyse their chances.

Manager: Martin Jol.
Captain: TBD
Stadium: Craven Cottage (25,700).
Last season: 9th.
Leading scorer (PL): Clint Dempsey (17).
Odds: Title 1500-1. Relegation 7-1.

In: Mladen Petric (Free, Hamburg), Sascha Riether (Loan, FC Koln), Hugo Rodallega (Free, Wigan), George Williams (Undisc., MK Dons).

Out: Dickson Etuhu (£1.6m, Blackburn), Marcel Gecov (Undisc., Gent), Zdenek Grygera (Released), Andrew Johnson (Free, QPR), Danny Murphy (Free, Blackburn), Bjorn Helge Riise (Free, Lillestrom), Orlando Sa (Released).

Kits

Key Man – Clint Dempsey
Dempsey has been linked with a move away from Craven Cottage all summer but nothing has yet materialised. With the American, who contract is set to expire next summer, expected to start the campaign with west London club, he will be one of the key men for the Cottagers this season. Dempsey’s goal record in the Premier League is truly impressive and if he ends up staying at Craven Cottage, the club will need more of the same this season to finish in the top half.

Opening Fixtures
18-Aug – Norwich (H)
25-Aug – Man Utd (A)
01-Sep – West Ham (A)
15-Sep – West Brom (H)
22-Sep – Wigan (A)
29-Sep – Man City (H)

Probable Formation (4-4-1-1): Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Duff, Ruiz, Diarra, Dempsey; Dembele; Petric.

Verdit: After a slugglish start following their involvement in the Europa League, Jol’s side settled into form and should again be looking to finish in the top half of the table. Mladen Petric has looked a good bargain after his displays in the pre-season, but a lot rides on whether the club can keep hold of the American star Clint Dempsey. The former Spurs boss has allowed key players like Bobby Zamora, Andy Johnson and Danny Murphy to leave and it will be very interesting to see how he builds a new attacking spine to the team. I don’t expect anything out of the ordinary from the west London club and may just miss out on a top 10 finish this season.

Prediction: 11th.

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Premier League New Signings Best XI

With just over two weeks to go for the new 2012/13 Premier League season to begin, we continue to look forward to it and build up for the new season. Today, we have decided to make a best XI of the new signings done by the Premier League clubs this summer.  

The team is formed by using the 4-2-3-1 formation. It also has a manager (who has been recently appointed) and seven substitutes. Have a look at the them and feel free to comment below.

GK – ROBERT GREEN (WEST HAM TO QPR – FREE)

The experienced England keeper may be still haunted by the goal he conceded against USA in the 2010 World Cup, but he is a safe and reliable man to have inbetween the sticks. Hughes snapped him up for free after his contract with the Hammers came to an end this June.

RB – NATHANIEL CLYNE (CRYSTAL PLACE TO SOUTHAMPTON – £2M)

The young, highly-rated but talented right-back joined the Saints for a compensation fee after his contract with the Eagles expiered in the summer. The 21-year-old, who was once a target of Manchester United, will add a lot pace to Southampton’s defence and will be a constant threat on the right-side.

CB – JAN VERTONGHEN (AJAX TO TOTTENHAM – £11M)

The Belgium international was chased by a hosts of top clubs across Europe, but in the end Tottenham won the race to sign him. With Ledley King having announced his retirement in the past month, Vertonghen will be a perfect addition to the squad and his presence will be felt at the back.

CB – RON VLAAR (FEYENOORD TO ASTON VILLA – £3.5M)

The Dutch international has spent the best part of his eight year career at Feyenoord and the hard tackling defender – who had a decent Euro 2012 campaign compared to his team – will be a great addition to Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa side – who have been poor at the back in the past couple of seasons.

LB – FABIO (MANCHESTER UNITED TO QPR – LOAN)

The young United left-back has been primed for big things in the future, but his opportunities and Old Trafford have been very limited. The pacey Brazilian, who is good with either foot is expected to be R’s first choice left-back at Loftus Road and will be hoping to impress his employees with a good season under Mark Hughes.

CM – OSCAR (INTERNACIONAL TO CHELSEA – £28M)

The young Brazilian has been one of the top performers for his country at the Olympics this year and his big money move to Chelsea has excited a lot of fans. The playmaker, who has great vision, passing and an eye for spectacular goals, is tipped for big things at Stamford Bridge.

CM -GYLFI SIGURDSSON (HOFFENHEIM TO TOTTENHAM – £8.8M)

The Iceland international had a very successful loan spell with Swansea last term and that attracted a lot of suitors for the 22-year-old midfielder. The former Reading star snubbed offers from Liverpool and Swansea to join Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham and is expected to play a major role at White Hart Lane this season.

LW – LUKAS PODOLSKI (FC KOLN TO ARSENAL – £11.4M)

It’s not often that you see Arsene Wenger buying experienced and proven talents over youngsters, but this signing of the German international, who has more than 100 caps to his name, could be a masterstroke and could well help the Gunners win their first ever major silverware in more than seven years.

CAM – SHINJI KAGAWA (DORMUND TO MANCHESTER UNITED – £13.2M)

Kagawa has seen a steap rise in his career from Japanese League football to Premier League football in the last three years or so. The Japanese international was named the Bundesliga player of the season last term after helping Dortmund do the domestic double and his transfer to United has delighted the United fans. The playmaker is expected to play a key role in helping United regain their Premier League title this season.

RW – EDEN HAZARD (LILLE TO CHELSEA – £32.5M)

The highly-rated playmaker was the most sought-after property in Europe at the start of the summer. Manchester City and Manchester United were both interested in him, but in the end Chelsea landed the Belgium international after winning the Champions League. Roman Abramovich has again splashed a lot of money on a youngster who is expected to become one of the best player in the world.

ST – OLIVIER GIROUD (MONTPELLIER to ARSENAL – £10.5M)

The France international had a great last season as helped Montpellier win their first ever league title in their history. Arsenal ssigned the striker early in the summer beating off competition from several clubs across Europe. With skipper Robin van Persie expected to leave in the near future, Giroud will have a huge role to play this season.

Manager – ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS (UNEMPLOYED TO TOTTENHAM)

The Portuguese had a distatourous time at Stamford Bridge which lasted for just over nine months, after he had helped Porto to do the treble in the previous season by winning the League, domestic cup and the Europa League. Villas-Boas was given another chance to prove himself in the Premier League after he was appointed as the new boss at White Hart Lane to succeed Harry Redknapp. The 34-year-old will be hoping make the most of his second chance and help Tottenham secure Champions League football for the next season.

Subs – Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton to West Ham for Free), Steven Whittaker (Rangers to Norwich for Free), James Collins (Aston Villa to West Ham for £2.8m), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen to Chelsea for £8.6m), Park Ji-Sung (Manchester United to QPR for £2.7m), Junior Hoilett (Blackburn to QPR for Free), Fabio Borini (Roma to Liverpool for £11.7m).

Premier League Team Guide To Pre-Season Friendlies

Most of the Premier League teams are back in training ahead of the new season. But before the big kick-off on 18th August there is a lot of hard work to be done and friendly fixtures to be played. Here is a complete list of all the friendlies of every Premier League club.

Arsenal

July 14: Southampton/Anderlecht (45-min matches,St Mary’s)
July 24: Malaysia XI (Kuala Lumpur)
July 27: Manchester City (Beijing)
July 29: Kitchee (Hong Kong)
Aug 05: Nigeria (Abukja)
Aug 12: Cologne (A)

Aston Villa

July 14: Burton Albion (A)
July 18: Philadelphia Union (A)
July 21: Chicago Fire (A)
July 24: Portland Timbers (A)
Aug 01: Peterborough (A)
Aug 04: Nottingham Forest (A)
Aug 11: Wolves (A)

Chelsea

July 18: Seattle Sounders (A)
July 22: Paris Saint-Germain (New York)
July 25: MLS All-Stars (A)
July 28: AC Milan (Miami)
Aug 04: Brighton (A)
Aug 12: Man City (Community Shield, Villa Park)

Everton

July 14: Morecambe (A)
July 18: Dundee United (A)
July 21: Motherwell (A)
July 26: Galatasaray (Jakarta)
July 29: Indonesia XI/Malaysia XI (Jakarta)
Aug 05: Blackpool (A)
Aug 08: AEK Athens (H)
Aug 11: Malaga (A)

Fulham

July 18: Lokomotiv Leipzig (A)
July 28: Wycombe (A)
Aug 11: Charlton (H)

Liverpool

July 21: Toronto (A)
July 25: Roma (Boston)
July 28: Tottenham (Baltimore)
Aug 05: Bray Wanderers (Liverpool XI, A)
Aug 07: Crusaders (Liverpool XI, A)
Aug 12: Bayer Leverkusen (H)

Manchester City

July 13: Al Hilal (Innsbruck)
July 17: Dynamo Dresden (Innsbruck)
July 20: Besiktas (Innsbruck)
July 27: Arsenal (Beijing)
July 30: Malaysia XI (A)
Aug 12: Chelsea (Community Shield, Villa Park)

Manchester United

July 18: AmaZulu FC (A)
July 21: Ajax Cape Town (A)
July 25: Shanghai Shenhua (A) TBC
Aug 05: Valerenga (A)
Aug 08: Barcelona (Gothenburg)
Aug 11: Hannover 96 (A)

Newcastle United

July 13: Chemnitzer (A)
July 16: Monaco (Landsberg am Lech)
July 27: Olympiakos (Faro)
July 28: Porto (Faro)
Aug 11: Cardiff (A)

Norwich City

July 21: Hertha Berlin (A)
July 24: Celtic (A)
July 28: Peterborough (A)
July 31: Ajax (H)
Aug 03: MK Dons (A)
Aug 07: Hull (A)
Aug 11: Borussia Monchengladbach (H)

QPR

July 18: Sabah XI (A)
July 20: Kelantan (A)
July 23: Persebaya Surabaya (A)
July 24: Aldershot (A)

Reading

July 14: AFC Wimbledon (A)
July 21: Quarteirense (Vilamoura)
July 24: Sheffield Wednesday (Vilamoura)
July 27: Olhanense (Vilamoura)
Aug 04: Bournemouth (A)
Aug 07: Brighton (A)
Aug 11: Crystal Palace (H)

Southampton

July 14: Arsenal/Anderlecht (45-min matches, H)
July 18: Etoile Carouge (A)
July 21: Evian (A)
July 28: Ajax (H)
Aug 04: Wolves (H)
Aug 07: Bristol City (A)
Aug 11: Udinese (H)

Stoke City

July 18: Sion (A)
July 24: Columbus Crew (A)
July 28: Orlando City (A)
Aug 01: Sporting Kansas City (A)
Aug 06: Torquay (A)
Aug 07: Yeovil (A)

Sunderland

July 19: Seongnam (A)
July 22: Hamburg or Groningen (A)
July 27: Hartlepool (A)
Aug 08: Derby County (A)
Aug 11: Leicester City (A)

Swansea City

July 21: Port Talbot (A)
July 24: Colorado Rapids (A)
July 28: Ventura County Fusion (A)
July 31: San Jose Earthquakes (A)

Tottenham Hotspur

July 17: Stevenage (A)
July 24: LA Galaxy (A)
July 28: Liverpool (Baltimore)
July 31: NY Red Bulls (A)
Aug 04: Watford (Spurs XI, A)
Aug 09: Valencia (A)
Aug 10: Southend (Spurs XI, A)

West Brom

July 17: Worcester City (Albion XI, A)
July 19: Malmo FF (A)
July 24: Tamworth (Albion XI, A)
July 25: FC Copenhagen (A)
July 28: Barnsley (A)
July 31: Stockport County (Albion XI, A)
Aug 04: Sheffield Wednesday (A)
Aug 07: Walsall (A)
Aug 10: Nottingham Forest (A)

West Ham

July 7: Austria Vienna (A)
July 10: Boreham Wood (A)
July 14: Southend United (A)
July 17: Oxford United (A)
July 21: Colchester United (A)
July 25: FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt (A)
July 27: Dynamo Dresden (A)
July 29: FC Energie Cottbus (A)
Aug 04: Ipswich Town (A)
Aug 10: Braga (A)

Wigan

July 28: Southport (A)
July 31: Bury (A)

Top 25 Premier League Signings Of The Season

As we draw near the end of a thrilling season in the Premier League, almost everything is still up for grabs – relegation, UEFA Champions League qualification, and the title itself.

While we wait for those matters to be decided, let’s debate who the best signings of the season have been. Here are Into The Top Corner looks at the top 25 signings of this season. Tell us whether you agree or not in the comments section.

25. Steve Morrison – Millwall to Norwich for £2.5m

Canaries signed him in pre-season after the striker wanted to leave Millwall for a Premier League side. He has been influential for Norwich this season scoring goal at regular intervals with his last of the 8 league goals coming in the late win over West Brom in January.

24. Peter Crouch – Tottenham to Stoke for £10m

Joined Stoke on deadline day and has been Stoke’s top goal scorer with ten league goals from 30 appearances, including the stunning volley against Manchester City in 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.

23. Samir Nasri – Arsenal to Manchester City for £24.2m

Started off his City career on a high, assisting four goals in his first two matches but as the season progressed his form dipped and he was dropped to the bench. But he has been in good form off late since his winner against Chelsea in the 2-1 win at the Etihad.

22. David De Gea – Atletico Madrid to Manchester United for £17.6m

After a lot of scouting he was brought in to succeed Edwin van der Sar, but the young Spaniard took some time to settle and during that time he struggled a lot. But the last minute fingertips save from a Juan Mata freekick at Stamford Bridge was probably the turning in his career at Old Trafford. Since then his stock has risen and he has been one of United’s key performers in the 2nd half of the season.

21. James McLean – Derry City to Sunderland for £350k

The young winger has been one of Sunderland’s signings of the season. Since the arrival of Martin O’Neill, the Irishman’s performance has improved a lot and could well be in Irish squad for the Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

20. Brad Friedel – Aston Villa to Tottenham Hotspur for Free

The veteran and the highly experienced keeper has been very reliable and solid between the sticks for Spurs this season erasing memories of the error-prone Heurelho Gomes. The former Liverpool man didn’t cost a penny for the London club.

19. Sebastian Larsson – Birmingham City to Sunderland for Free

The Swede was impressive towards the end of last season for the Blues and he has continued that form in this season for the Black Cats. Was inconsistent at the start of the season but since Martin O’Neill taking charge at the Stadium of Light, he has been very effective.

18. Ashley Young – Aston Villa to Manchester United for £15.8m

Has had an inconsistent season mostly affected by injuries but whenever he has played he has given his all. The winger has scored 5 goals this season all worth a watch and Ferguson will feel the Englishman as a player who can offer United a lot more.

17. Pavel Pogrebnyak – Stuttgart to Fulham on Loan

The Russian international who is on loan from Stuttgart has been a hit for the Cottagers since his move in January. Former Spartak Moscow and Zenit striker has scored 6 goals in 8 appearances this season and the London club would be hoping to seal a deal for him which would see him stay permanently.

16. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Southampton to Arsenal for £12m

The youngster has immense potential in him and has already shown what he can do in his rare appearances for the Arsenal first team. Became the youngest Englishman to score in the Champions League and was also nominated for the PFA Young Player of Year Award.

15. Jose Enrique – Newcastle United to Liverpool for £7m

Has been inconsistent Liverpool’s most consistent performer this season. The Spaniard joined at the start of the season and has given a solid performance in his each and every match. Is one of the best left-backs in the Premier League and for just £7m, not bad at all.

14. Yakubu – Everton to Blackburn Rovers for £1.5m

The Nigerian has been Blackburn’s player of the season and top goal-scorer of the season with 16 league goals which included the famous brace against Manchester United at Old Trafford. If it wasn’t for his goals, Blackburn would have been relegated by Christmas.

13. Gylfi Sigurdsson – TSG Hoffenhiem to Swansea City on Loan

He has been Swansea’s star since arriving in January with some excellent displays. Has notched up seven goals and three assist this season and the Swans would surely be looking to secure him on the permanent basis.

12. Yohan Cabaye – Lille to Newcastle United for £4.4m

The talented French midfielder has been Newcastle’s main man in the midfield and has made a huge impact since joining the Magpies in the summer. The France international has scored four goals and assisted nine in his 32 league appearances.

11. Phil Jones – Blackburn Rovers to Manchester United for £17m

The youngster has shown his immense potential and maturity since his move to Old Trafford. Add to that he has also shown his versatility by playing in various positions and has performed well in each of those positions.

10. Emmanuel Adebayor – Manchester City for Tottenham Hotspur on Loan

Adebayor may only be on loan but he is arguably the reason why the North London is challenging for a Champions League spot this season. The Togo international has 16 goals and 11 assists to his name this season.

9. Nikica Jelavic – Rangers to Everton for £5.5m

Has to be one of the best signings ever made by David Moyes during his 10 years at the club. His hard work ethic has endeared him to the Goodison Park faithful his record of ten goals in eleven starts – including the 2 in the 4-4 draw at Old Trafford – isn’t bad at all.

8. Paul Scholes – Out of Retirement to Manchester United

Not exactly a transfer but since his return United have looked a completely different side. The 37-year-old’s experience in the center of the midfield has been very important to United’s success and challenge for the Premier League title post January.

7. Michael Vorm – FC Utrecht to Swansea City for £1.5m

The Dutch keeper has been one of the reasons for Swansea’s defensive record this season and their brilliant display in their debut Premier League season. If his form continues, he well may travel with the Dutch squad to Poland and Ukraine.

6. Mikel Arteta – Everton to Arsenal for £10.5m

Arteta has been one of those panic buys made by Arsene Wenger which has been successful. The stylish midfielder was brought to replace Fabregas and he got better and better as the season progressed and his winner against Manchester City will be long remembered by all Arsenal fans.

5. Juan Mata – Valencia to Chelsea for £24m

Quality crafty Spaniard has to be Chelsea player of the year this season. He has been in dangerous form whole season scoring 12 goals and setting up 22 goals for the Blues in all competitions. Possibly the one and only bright spot of otherwise up and down Blues Premier League season.

4. Scott Parker – West Ham United to Tottenham Hotspur for £5.5m

Parker’s career has been on the rise since the start of last season and it gets better and better. The guts and guile of the England international has given Harry Redknapp’s stylish and attacking minded team some steel in the midfield. At £5.5m his signing represents incredible value.

3. Papiss Cisse – Freiburg to Newcastle United for £10m

The Senegalese international striker has been in red hot form since his January move to the Sports Direct Arena. He has scored a record breaking 13 goals in just 12 games, including two stunners against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He is probably one of the reasons why Newcastle United are fighting for a Champions League place.

2. Sergio Aguero – Atletico Madrid to Manchester City for £39.6m

Although City spent a huge amount of money to get the Argentine to Manchester, he has still delivered on that fee and more. Diego Maradona’s son-in-law has scored an impressive amount of 22 league goals this season and also has nine assists to his name.

1. Demba Ba – West Ham United to Newcastle United for Free

The signing of the season!! Ba gave the Magpies the perfect start to season and is probably the reason for Newcastle’s brilliant performance this season. The Senegalese international has 16 goals to his name and best part is that he didn’t anything and that’s why he is our signing of the season.