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The Premier League's big six are back in action

ESPN staff
July 15, 2014
Samir Nasri gives the Dundee defence a pre-season workout © PA Photos

World Cup? What World Cup? As much fun as the festival of football was in Brazil, Germany's triumph, the hosts' humiliation and England's predictable early exit may already be fading in the memories of fans who can't wait for the Premier League to kick off.

Well, they won't have to wait long for a taste of what is to come because Liverpool's pre-season starts on Wednesday and Chelsea's just a day later. Manchester City, bless them, have already played a friendly and the season proper does not begin until August 16.

For the record, City lost 2-0 on Sunday to Dundee at Dens Park with Samir Nasri, Alvaro Negredo, Aleksandar Kolarov, Jesus Navas and Jack Rodwell all featuring.

Whether other clubs will field such star-studded early line-ups in the United States - where Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will all be playing warm-up games - and Europe, where Chelsea will be touring, remains to be seen.

Many of the players involved in the World Cup are still on holiday after the gruelling heat of certain Brazillian venues, so fans can expect friendlies to be used as a chance to blood young talent and give those who missed out on selection for the tournament some game time.

But new stars could be born and a rough form guide for the start of the season guessed at as fitness is improved. New signings will also be shown off at some point and, for followers of six of the heavyweights looking for a Premier League fix, here are their pre-season programmes:

July 19 v Boreham Wood
July 26 v New York Red Bulls
August 2 v Benfica
August 3 v Monaco

July 16 v Wycombe Wanderers
July 19 v AFC Wimbledon
July 23 v RZ Pellets
July 27 v NK Olimpija Ljubljana
July 30 v Vitesse Arnhem
August 3 v Werder Bremen
August 10 v Ferencvaros
August 12 v Real Sociedad

July 16 v Brondby
July 19 v Preston
July 24 v Roma
July 27 v Olympiakos
July 30 v Man City
August 2 v AC Milan
August 10 v Borussia Dortmund

Manchester City
July 13 v Dundee (lost 2-0)
July 18 v Hearts
July 23 v Sporting Kansas City
July 27 v AC Milan
July 30 v Liverpool
August 2 v Olympiakos

Manchester United
July 24 v LA Galaxy
July 26 v Roma
July 30 v Inter Milan
August 2 v Real Madrid
August 12 v Valencia (First match for Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford)

July 19 v Seattle
July 24 v Toronto
July 27 v Chicago
August 2 v Celtic
August 9 v Schalke

* All fixtures correct according to the clubs' official websites

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