Thursday July 23

Daily Links Round-up - July 23, 2015

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

Manchester City make an initial offer of £40m to Wolfsburg for midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. However, Wolfsburg appear to be looking for a number closer to £50m. (Daily Mail)

• Report: Liverpool reach out to Borussia Dortmund regarding Marco Reus, joining Real Madrid in targeting the German midfielder.

• Manchester City's Edin Dzeko could be on his way out after manager Manuel Pellegrini admits the striker isn't participating in preseason matches as "it is not clear if he will continue here". Dzeko is attracting interest from Arsenal and Roma, amongst others. (ESPN FC)

• Despite having four separately reported birth dates which place him anywhere from ages 19 to 25, Newcastle is primed to sign defender Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht. (Daily Mail)

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Wednesday July 22

2015-16 Fantasy Preview - Sunderland A.F.C.

Last season the Black Cats of Sunderland A.F.C. once again stared relegation in the face, and once again they managed to put together a finishing run (12 points in their final 8 matches) which secured their place in the Premier League for the 2015-2016 season. Manager Dick Advocaat returns on a one-year contract following a brief retirement that was announced after the final match of last season.

Nickname: The Black Cats

Manager: Dick Advocaat

2014-15 Finish: 16th (38 points, 7-14-17 record)

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Wednesday July 22

Daily Links Round-up - July 22, 2015

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

• Louis van Gaal backpedals on earlier claims, now says Manchester United may not be bringing in a striker after all. (Sky Sports)

• Watford have signed two more players for the upcoming season, defender Miguel Britos from Napoli and midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado from Spartak Moscow. (Sky Sports)

• Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero is in talks with Manchester United regarding a potential three-year contract. Manchester United is also discussing a potential move for Angel di Maria** to PSG. (Daily Mail)

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Tuesday July 21

2015-16 Fantasy Preview - Aston Villa F.C.

Aston Villa F.C. and their supporters have had a tumultuous off-season, to say the least. Nonetheless, the lineup is still a very fluid situation, with at least one to three more transfers expected before the transfer window closes. We will be sure to keep you all abreast of the situation, but in the meantime, here is our fantasy analysis for the upcoming season for AVFC:

Nickname: The Villans

Manager: Tim Sherwood

2014-15 Finish: 17th (38 points, 10-8-20 record)

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Tuesday July 21

Daily Links Round-up - July 21, 2015

Here's a quick roundup of today's happenings in the Premier League:

• Louis van Gaal continue to play coy regarding the mystery striker coming to Old Trafford, says "It's not the striker that the media has written." (Daily Mail)

• Liverpool transfer rumors include a £46m bid for Marco Reus and the potential departures of Rickie Lambert and Mamadou Sakho. (Telegraph)

• Everton center-back John Stones looks to speak to Chelsea about a transfer to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail)

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Tuesday July 21

2015-16 Fantasy Preview - Watford F.C.

If someone were to tell me that a team which had four different managers during the course of a season was able to earn a promotion, my first instinct would be to ask that person if they were having a go at me. Yet that is exactly what Watford F.C. was able to do during their 2014-15 Football League Championship campaign; despite having having three separate managerial changes in the first three months of the season, the Hornets and their fourth manager (Slaviša Jokanović) were able to right the ship and win 19 of their final 27 matches, earning a place in the Premier League for the first time since the 2006-2007 season. Almost immediately after being promoted, however, Watford found itself in a familiar position as the team was unable to come to terms with Jokanović regarding a new contract and once again found itself without a manager. Spaniard Quique Flores is now at the helm and looks to install his 4-2-3-1 with a team that has seen over a dozen moves in the current transfer window.

Nickname: The Hornets

Manager: Quique Flores

2014-15 Finish: 2nd Place, Football League Championship (promoted)

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Sunday July 19

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

Norwich City F.C. returns to the Premier League after a one-year absence from their relegation following the 2013-14 season. From a fantasy perspective, the Canaries offer some intriguing options for fantasy owners looking to make some budget picks or implement a rotation strategy at certain positions.

Nickname: The Canaries

Manager: Alex Neil

2014-15 Finish: 3rd Place, Football League Championship (promoted via playoffs)

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Saturday July 18

2015-16 Fantasy Preview - A.F.C. Bournemouth

Leading up to the start of the 2015-16 season, we will be previewing each team in the Premier League and providing some fantasy insights for each team. We will start with the three teams that were promoted from the Football League Championship last season, and then begin climbing the rest of the table in order of finish, starting with #17 Aston Villa and finishing with the defending champions, Chelsea.

Without further ado, here is the first entry of our 2015-16 fantasy preview: A.F.C. Bournemouth

Nickname: The Cherries

Manager: Eddie Howe

2014-15 Finish: 1st Place, Football League Championship (promoted)

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Saturday July 18

Welcome to Soccer Captains!!

With the publishing of this post, is officially launched! We've got big plans for the future of Soccer Captains, and we are looking forward to bringing you the very best in fantasy soccer analysis, research and commentary. We hope you enjoy visiting our site as much as we enjoy posting on it!

If you're new to fantasy soccer in general, we recommend you check out our New To Fantasy Soccer page, which should help answer any questions you might have.

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