Premier League 2013-14 season is little over two weeks away. With many sides returning to England after preseason tours across the globe, each team now has a handful of games left to improve its fitness before the big kickoff.
The week of July 29 sees plenty of interesting encounters take place. England's best are gearing up to take on Serie A's heavy hitters in a number of mouth-watering battles that involve the Audi Cup, Emirates Cup and the Guinness International Champions Cup.
A handful of matches have already taken place on July 29, with full results and goalscorers recorded below. Which matches should you look out for across the rest of the week?
Let's break it down.
Monday July 29:
Kitchee FC 2-5 Manchester United, Hong Kong Stadium—Goalscorers: Wai, Alkande; Welbeck, Smalling, Fabio, Januzaj, Lingard.
West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Atromitos Athens, Hawthorns—Anelka, Berahino, Rosenberg; Karagounis.
Peterborough United 0-1 Hull City, London Road—Figueroa.
Tuesday, July 30:
Brentford vs. Cardiff City, Griffin Park—K.O: 2:45 p.m ET, 7:45 p.m BST.
St. Mirren vs. Newcastle United, St Mirren Park—K.O: 2:30 p.m ET, 7:30 p.m BST.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Norwich City, Amex Stadium—K.O: 2:30 p.m ET, 7:30 p.m BST.
Philadelphia Union vs. Stoke City, PPL Park—K.O: 7:30 p.m ET, 12:30 a.m BST.
Wednesday, July 31:
Walsall vs. Aston Villa, Bescot Stadium—K.O: 2:30 p.m ET, 7:30 p.m BST.
Manchester City vs. AC Milan, Allianz Arena (Audi Cup)—K.O: 12:15 p.m ET, 5:15 p.m BST.
Thursday, August 1:
Juventus vs. Everton, AT&T Park (Guinness International Champions Cup)—K.O: 11 p.m ET, 4 a.m BST.
Friday, August 2:
Chelsea vs. Inter Milan, Lucas Oil Stadium (Guinness International Champions Cup)—K.O: 8 p.m ET, 1 a.m BST.
Braga vs. Norwich City, AXA Stadium—K.O: TBC
Saturday, August 3:
Arsenal vs. Napoli, Emirates Stadium (Emirates Cup)—K.O: 11:20 a.m ET, 4:20 p.m BST.
Waterford United vs. Crystal Palace, Waterford Regional Sports Center—K.O: 1 p.m ET, 6 p.m BST.
Liverpool vs. Olympiacos, Anfield (Steven Gerrard testimonial)—K.O: 9 a.m ET, 2 p.m BST.
Celta Vigo vs. Southampton, Estadio Municipal de Balaidos—K.O: 3 p.m ET, 8 p.m BST.
Macclesfield vs. Stoke City, Moss Rose—K.O: 10 a.m ET, 3 p.m BST.
AS Monaco vs. Tottenham Hotspur, Stade Louis II—K.O: 12:30 p.m ET, 5:30 p.m BST.
Sunday, August 4:
Arsenal vs. Galatasaray, Emirates (Emirates Cup)—K.O: 11:20 a.m ET, 4:20 p.m BST.
Shamrock Rovers vs. Aston Villa, Tallaght Stadium—K.O: 9 a.m ET, 2 p.m BST.
Wrexham vs. Stoke City, Racecourse Ground—K.O: 10 a.m ET, 3 p.m BST.
Monday, August 5:
Fulham vs. Real Betis, Craven Cottage—K.O: 3 p.m ET, 8 p.m BST.
The schedule is only going to get busier for Premier League clubs. With manager busting a gut to bring in new signings before the opening round of fixtures, this also provides an excellent opportunity for acquisitions to acclimatise. Which preseason friendlies and players are you looking forward to watching?
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