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Premiership Countdown: 36 Days to Go

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One of the joys of summertime in England is basking in the sun and watching the pre-season friendlies. It’s a ritual that many soccer fans relish. Smelling the freshly cut grass, getting your hopes up that “this could be the season,” and watching new transfer signings and youth players playing for your team for the first time in tiny and antiquated stadiums.

It’s also an opportunity for smaller teams to play against Premiership sides. While the English Premier League teams get much-needed match practice, the smaller clubs get a nice injection of cash from ticket sales. It’s a perfect agreement, except that many Premiership sides these days now revert to flying overseas for tournaments thereby taking the ticket revenue out of the country.

Keeping up with all of the friendly fixtures is a full-time job, but here’s a selection of some of the more interesting matches during the next few days:

Saturday, July 15:
Wrexham v Liverpool
Barnet v Arsenal

Tuesday, July 18:
Celta Vigo v Spurs

Wednesday, July 19:
Accrington Stanley v Blackburn

With these matches, though, you can’t take the results seriously. The matches usually feature unlimited substitutions and key players may be rested while they recover from World Cup duty, or make way for fringe players who have a lot more to prove.

Interestingly, Sheffield Wednesday from the Championship will play the USL Soccer League All-Star Team on Wednesday, July 19 at 8pm ET in Cary, North Carolina. The match will be shown live on Fox Soccer Channel.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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