Wednesday July 29

2015-16 Fantasy Preview - Everton F.C.

After finishing 5th the prior year and qualifying for the Europa League, the 2014-15 season was step back for Everton F.C. and second-year manager Roberto Martinez. The Toffees finished 11th in the table, with fatigue and lack of depth becoming major issues as the campaign wore on; Everton played a grueling schedule with over 50 matches last season between the EPL, FA Cup, League Cup, and Europa League. With European soccer no longer in the equation this season, Martinez looks to challenge for a top-six finish once again, and he will do so with several familiar faces; many of the same players that were a part of the 5th place finish during the 2013-14 season are still on the team today.

From a fantasy perspective, Everton have an incredibly difficult stretch to start the season, with 8 of their first 10 matches coming against teams that finished in the top 10 last season. Once November rolls around, though, the fixtures become much more favorable for the Toffees - if Everton are able survive the opening stretch and emerge from it as a stronger team, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the EPL, both from a real-life and fantasy perspective.

Nickname: The Toffees / The Blues

Manager: Roberto Martinez

2014-15 Finish: 11th (47 points, 12-15-11 record)

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Tuesday July 28

2015-16 Fantasy Preview - West Ham United F.C

The Hammers of West Ham United are entering their fourth straight season in the EPL, and this one will be their last at the Boleyn Ground before their move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 campaign. They are now under the guidance of manager Slaven Bilic who joins the team from Beşiktaş J.K. of the Turkish Süper Lig. As one of the more active teams during the current transfer window, West Ham is looking to climb the table into the single digits for the first time in seven years.

Nickname: The Irons / The Hammers

Manager: Slaven Bilić

2014-15 Finish: 12th (47 points, 12-15-11 record)

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Sunday July 26

2015-16 Fantasy Preview - West Bromwich Albion F.C.

West Bromwich Albion enters their sixth consecutive season in the Premier League with Tony Pulis at the helm. Having never been relegated as a manager, Pulis has built a reputation of producing solid returns with limited budgets. Having a full offseason under his belt as West Brom manager, he looks to fully implement his defensive-minded, long-ball style of play; it is expected that he will operate with a 4-4-2 this season.

Nickname: The Baggies

Manager: Tony Pulis

2014-15 Finish: 13th (44 points, 11-16-11 record)

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Sunday July 26

Daily Links Round-up - July 26, 2015

Here’s a quick roundup of today’s news and rumors in the Premier League:

Angel Di Maria missed a flight to join up with the Manchester United tour in the United States, igniting rumors that a move to PSG will be finalized this week. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle have agreed to sign Chancel Mbemba after he successfully passed a physical - the deal is subject to the defender receiving a visa. (Sky Sports)

• Manchester United have joined the race to sign Everton's John Stones, and reportedly will improve upon the £20m offer Chelsea had made for the English defender. (Daily Mirror)

• Tottenham Hotspur are primed to complete a £15m transfer with West Brom to bring on 21-year-old striker Saido Berahino. (Sunday Express)

• Report: Chelsea will be making a £15.5m offer to Napoli for forward Jose Callejon. (Sunday Express)

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Saturday July 25

Daily Links Round-up - July 25, 2015

Here’s a quick roundup of today’s news and rumors in the Premier League:

• Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will reportedly not be moving to Arsenal this summer and "1000% certain to stay" with the club, according to his agent. (Daily Mail)

• Aston Villa's attempt to bring on Jordan Ayew has been held up after Lorient increased their asking price for the Ghanaian international. Ayew has responded by threatening to not return to France to train with the club. (Daily Mail)

Wolfsburg have yet to receive a formal request from Manchester City for midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, according to manager Dieter Hecking. (Sky Sports)

• Tottenham Hotspurs have sent a delegation to Germany to inquire after multiple players. Targets reportedly include Timo Werner, Christoph Kramer and Sven Bender. (The Telegraph)

• Louis van Gaal expects goalkeeper David de Gea to start the season between the posts for Manchester United. The Spaniard has been linked with a potential move to Real Madrid, but United would only be willing to agree to the move if they receive defender Sergio Ramos back as a part of the deal. (Sky Sports)

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Friday July 24

2015-16 Fantasy Preview - Leicester City F.C.

Leicester City's first season back in the Premier League was a tale of two seasons. For the majority of the season, Leicester languished on the bottom of the table - September 27th until March 21st, the team won a total of 2 matches and scored only 17 goals over a 24-match span. However, as soon as the calendar switched to April, Leicester caught fire for their final 9 matches, winning 7 and the only loss coming to Chelsea. This incredible final run resulted in L.C.F.C avoiding relegation and, more importantly (for us, anyway), won championships for those fantasy managers who rode this hot streak through the end of the fantasy season. The Foxes look to keep the momentum going for the upcoming season but must do so without Nigel Pearson, who was released as manager following an off-season scandal during a team goodwill tour in Thailand. To further complicate Leicester's woes, popular veteran midfielder Esteban Cambiasso declined to renew his contract earlier this week despite the pleas from new manager Claudio Ranieri.

Nickname: The Foxes

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

2014-15 Finish: 14th (41 points, 11-19-8 record)

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Friday July 24

Daily Links Round-up - July 24, 2015

Here’s a quick roundup of today’s news and rumors in the Premier League:

• Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck will miss the start of the upcoming Premier League season as he continues to work his way back from a knee injury in April. Manager Arsene Wenger claims he should be available once again in three weeks time.

• Arsenal will continue to pursue Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema after its' initial approach was rebuffed. (Daily Mail)

• Rumors: Manchester United have reportedly accepted a £45.9m bid for Angel Di Maria from PSG. (Fox Soccer). Additionally, it is rumored that Manchester United is targeting Cristiano Ronaldo once the Di Maria sale goes through. (The Guardian)

• New Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph suffered an apparent hamstring injury during a friendly against Real Madrid, the severity of which is to be determined. (Fox Soccer)

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Thursday July 23

2015-16 Fantasy Preview - Newcastle United F.C.

The Magpies of Newcastle United F.C. look to rebound from a dismal 2014-15 campaign which included the departure of long-time manager Alan Pardew, a run of eight straight losses late in the season and a narrow escape from relegation. Newcastle have brought on former England manager Steve McClaren to reinvigorate a Newcastle team that has traditionally preferred an open, attacking style of play. Given McClaren's preference for offensive soccer, his appointment could be exactly what the doctor ordered for both club supporters and fantasy managers.

Nickname: The Magpies

Manager: Steve McClaren

2014-15 Finish: 15th (38 points, 10-19-9 record)

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