LITESPORT London Lite Wednesday, 29 July 2009 37 ARSENAL FIRST GAME: EVERTON (A) BACARY SAGNA reckons Thomas Vermaelen will toughen up Arsenals defence this season. The defender said: He is very good. I am happy to see him in the team. PRE-SEASON: Today Hannover (a) Sat Atletico Madrid (h), Sun Rangers (h) August 8 Valencia (a) CHELSEA FIRST GAME: HULL (H) RICARDO CARVALHO has backed youngster Sam Hutchison to break into first team contention this season. He said: It is good to see Hutch come back from injury. Hes got quality. PRE-SEASON: Sat Reading (a), August 9 Man United (CS, Wembley) FULHAM ROY HODGSON will reject any offers for midfielder Danny Murphy. Stoke have been linked with a move for the former Liverpool star. FIRST FIVE GAMES:Tomorrow Futbolo Klubas Vetra(Europa Cup Q L1, a) August 6Futbolo Klubas Vetra (Europa Cup Q L2, h)15Portsmouth(a)18Blackburn (h) TOTTENHAM FIRSTGAME:LIVERPOOL(H) ALAN HUTTON looks increasingly likely to leave White Hart Lane this summer after Hull joined Everton in expressing an interest in the Scotland full-back. PRE-SEASON:TodayWestHam(Beijing) FriTBC (Beijing)Sun SouthChina(Hong Kong)August 9 Olympiakos(h) WEST HAM FIRST GAME: WOLVES (A) CARLTON COLE believes he produced the best form of his career last season. I am going to build on that this year, he said. PRE-SEASON:Today Tottenham(Beijing) FriTBC (Beijing)August 8 Napoli(h) CHAMPIONSHIP CRYSTAL PALACE FIRSTGAME:PLYMOUTH(H) THE EAGLES unbeaten pre-season campaign came to an abrupt end against Norwich last night. Simon Whaleys second half strike proved enough to hand the Canaries the win. PRE-SEASON:TomorrowBromley(a) SunGillingham(h) QPR FIRSTGAME:BLACKPOOL(H) MIKELE LEIGERTWOOD will not be rushed back to full training after picking up a thigh strain. These little knocks can sometimes become bigger issues if player comes back too soon, said manager Jim Magilton. PRE-SEASON:Sat Southampton (h) READING FIRST GAME: FOREST (H) JAMES HARPER should be fit to face Chelsea this Saturday after recovering from the calf injury that has limited the midfielders involvement. PRE-SEASON:Sat Chelsea (h) WATFORD FIRSTGAME:DONCASTER(H) FORMER Chelsea midfielder Enrique De Lucas has joined the Hornets on trial with a view to a move but the club will not be signing striker Claudio Beauvue. PRE-SEASON: Today St Albans (a) Sat Parma (h) LEAGUE ONE BRENTFORD FIRST GAME: CARLISLE (A) IPSWICH boss Roy Keane insists Brentford target Jordan Rhodes will not be allowed to leave Portman Road after impressing in pre-season. PRE-SEASON: Sat Hayes & Yeading (a) CHARLTON FIRST GAME: WYCOMBE (H) PHIL PARKINSON is determined to keep hold of Chris Dickson despite Gillinghams interest in the striker. Hes been working hard and we dont want any of our players to leave, said the manager. PRE-SEASON:Sat Bournemouth (a) GILLINGHAM FIRST GAME: SWINDON (H) MARK STIMSON admits he has still to decide whether Simon Royce or Alan Julien will start the season as his number one keeper. Those two have given me a proper headache, said the manager. PRE-SEASON: Tomorrow Croydon (a) Sat Thurrock (a) Sun Crystal Palace (a) August 4 Whitstable Town (a) LEYTONORIENT FIRST GAME: BRISTOL R (A) NEW signing Ben Chorley has been compared to England skipper John Terry. Hes a John Terry kind of character, vocal and leads well, said fellow centre- back Tamika Mkandawire. PRE-SEASON:Tomorrow StAlbansCity (a)SatDag&Red(a) MILLWALL FIRSTGAME:SHAMPTON(A) DANNY SENDA has agreed a new one-month contract after proving his fitness in pre-season. The defender (above) has been sidelined with a serious knee injury for the last 16 months. PRE-SEASON:SatMiddlesbrough(h) SOUTHEND FIRST GAME: HFIELD (H) A late goal from Francis Laurent helped the Shrimpers to a 1-0 win over League Two outfit Barnet last night. PRE-SEASON: Fri Stevenage (a) WYCOMBE FIRST GAME: CHARLTON (A) PETER TAYLOR expects Craig Woodman to be fit for the start of the season after confirming his thigh injury is not as serious as first thought. PRE-SEASON:Tomorrow Hampton and RichSat Bristol City (a) LEAGUE TWO BARNET FIRST GAME: LINCOLN (A) JOHN OFLYNN is struggling to be fit for the start of the new season. The Irish striker is still on crutches as he recovers from a foot injury. PRE-SEASON: Today Billericay (a) Sat Ebbsfleet (a) DAG & RED FIRST GAME: CREWE (A) WESLEY THOMAS has staked an early claim for a starting spot after hitting his third goal of the pre-season campaign. The striker, 22, scored Daggers first in Mondays 2-1 victory over Braintree. PRE-SEASON:Today Birmingham (h)Sat Leyton Orient (h),August 3 Enfield (a) Fixtures are subject to change LONDON CALLING Yourclub-by-clubguidetoalltheteamsinandaroundthe capital.Keepupwiththelatestnewsonyourclubeveryday by Boas injury At just 8m Spurs target is going for a Bassong TOTTENHAM are closing in on the 8m capture of Sebastien Bassong from Newcastle as manager Harry Redknapp looks to solve the clubs defensive crisis. Ledley King, Michael Dawson and Jonathan Woodgate will all miss the start of the season through injury, which increases the pressure on Redknapp to act. North London rivals Arsenal had explored the possibility of signing Bassong (below) but were quoted an exorbitant 15m. Although Newcastle remain without a buyer for the club following the Singapore-based Profitable Groups cessation of takeover talks yesterday, the Magpies are prepared to lower their demands for the promising 23-year-old centre-back. Talks are thought to have reached an advanced stage with Bassong prepared to accept a weekly wage in the region of 50,000 to stay in the Premier League. Meanwhile owner Mike Ashhley has denied claims the club will be put into administration. Fisty cuffs: Jermain Defoe celebrates his winning goal with a clenched fist, above, having wriggled away from the attentions of West Hams Julien Faubert, left, while England Under-21 teammates Mark Noble and Jamie OHara get to grips with each other, right index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html