Defending champions Chelsea head to China and Singapore

Premier League clubs are flying all over the world on their pre-season tours as they prepare for another gruelling top-flight season.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham are in the United States, while Chelsea and Arsenal will face each other in Beijing.

Everton have played in Tanzania and are off to the Netherlands and Belgium, while Leicester City, West Brom, Crystal Palace and Liverpool are all in the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.

As teams aim to strike the perfect balance between fitness and finance, here’s a rundown of pre-season fixtures and results for all 20 Premier League clubs.

Pre-season fixture list:


13 July: Sydney FC 0-2 Arsenal ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia. Goals: Mertesacker, Lacazette

15 July: Western Sydney Wanderers 1-3 Arsenal ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia. Goals: Lustica; Giroud, Ramsey, Elneny

19 July: Bayern Munich (Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai, China)

22 July: Chelsea (Bird’s Nest Stadium, Beijing, China)

29 July: Benfica (Emirates Stadium)

30 July: Sevilla (Emirates Stadium)

6 August: Chelsea (Community Shield, Wembley)


15 July: Estoril Praia 1-2 Bournemouth Stadium Municipal, Marbella, Spain. Goals: Eduardo; Ibe, Gradel

22 July: Portsmouth (Fratton Park)

29 July: Queens Park Rangers (Loftus Road)

30 July: Valencia (Vitality Stadium)

2 August: Yeovil Town (Huish Park)

6 August: Napoli (Vitality Stadium)

Brighton and Hove Albion

14 July: Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-2 Brighton Sportplatz St Ulrich, Austria. Goals: Murphy, Hemed

22 July: Crawley Town ( Stadium)

25 July: Southend United (Roots Hall)

29 July: Norwich City (Carrow Road)

1 August: Girona FC (Nou Estadi Municipal de Palamos, Catalonia, Spain)

6 August: Atletico Madrid (Amex Stadium)


14 July: Shamrock Rovers 0-4 Burnley Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Goals: Walters, Barnes, Brady, Vokes

22 July: Kidderminster Harriers (Aggborough Stadium)

22 July: Alfreton Town (The Impact Arena)

25 July: Preston North End (Deepdale)

29 July: Nottingham Forest (City Ground)

1 August: Celta Vigo (Turf Moor)

5 August: Hannover 96 (Turf Moor)


22 July: Arsenal (Bird’s Nest Stadium, Beijing, China)

25 July: Bayern Munich (National Stadium, Singapore)

29 July: Inter Milan (National Stadium, Singapore)

6 August: Arsenal (Community Shield, Wembley)

Crystal Palace

15 July: Maidstone United 1-3 Crystal Palace Gallagher Stadium. Goals: Pigott; Mutch (2), Berkeley

19 July: Liverpool (Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong)

22 July: Leicester City or West Brom (Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong)

5 August: Shalke 04 (Selhurst Park)


13 July: Gor Mahia FC 1-2 Everton National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Goals: Tuyisenge; Rooney, Dowell

19 July: FC Twente (SV De Lutte, Overijssel, Netherlands)

22 July: KRC Genk (Luminus Arena, Genk, Belgium)

6 August: Sevilla (Goodison Park)

Huddersfield Town

12 July: Accrington Stanley 0-1 Huddersfield (Wham Stadium). Goal: Ince

16 July: Bury 1-3 Huddersfield (Gigg Lane). Goals: Beckford; Mounie, Ince, Kachunga (pen)

18 July: SV Sandhausen (BWT Stadium, Sandhausen, Germany)

22 July: Barnsley (Oakwell)

1 August: Stuttgart (Schwaz, Austria)

4 August: Torino (Jenbach, Austria)

Leicester City

19 July: West Brom (Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong)

22 July: Crystal Palace or Liverpool (Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong)

26 July: Luton Town (Kenilworth Road)

28 July: MK Dons (Stadium MK)

29 July: Wolverhampton Wanderers (Molineux Stadium)

1 August: Burton Albion (Pirelli Stadium)

4 August: Borussia Monchengladbach (King Power Stadium)


12 July: Tranmere Rovers 0-4 Liverpool Prenton Park. Goals: Milner (pen), Grujic, Chirivella, Woodburn

14 July: Wigan Athletic 1-1 Liverpool DW Stadium. Goals: Gilbey; Salah

19 July: Crystal Palace (Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong)

22 July: Leicester City or West Brom (Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong)

29 July: Hertha Berlin (Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany)

1 August: Bayern Munich (Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany)

2 August: Atletico Madrid or Napoli (Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany)

5 August: Athletic Club (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)

Manchester City

21 July: Manchester United (NRG Stadium, Houston, USA)

27 July: Real Madrid (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA)

29 July: Tottenham Hotspur (Nissan Stadium, Nashville, USA)

4 August: West Ham United (Laugardalsvollur National Stadium, Reykjavik, Iceland)

Manchester United

16 July: LA Galaxy 2-5 Manchester United (Stubhub Centre, Los Angeles, USA). Goals: Dos Santos, Romney; Rashford (2), Fellaini, Mkhitaryan, Martial

18 July: Real Salt Lake (Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, USA). Goals: Silva; Mkhitaryan, Lukaku

21 July: Manchester City (NRG Stadium, Houston, USA)

23 July: Real Madrid (Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, USA)

27 July: Barcelona (FedExField, Washington DC, USA)

30 July: Valerenga (Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo, Norway)

2 August: Sampdoria (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)

8 August: Real Madrid (Uefa Super Cup, Philip II Arena, Skopje, FYR Macedonia)

Newcastle United

14 July: Heart of Midlothian 1-2 Newcastle Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh. Goals: Walker; Gayle 2

22 July: Preston North End (Deepdale)

26 July: Bradford City (Northern Commercials Stadium)

29 July: FSV Mainz 05 (Opel Arena, Mainz, Germany)

2 August: Wolfsburg (AOK Stadion, Wolfsburg, Germany)

6 August: Hellas Verona (St James’ Park)


22 July: Brentford (Griffin Park)

29 July: Saint-Etienne (Stade Municipal de Chambery, France)

2 August: Augsburg (St Mary’s)

5 August: Sevilla (St Mary’s)

Stoke City

10 July: Neuchatel Xamax 0-1 Stoke City Tissot Arena, Biel, Switzerland. Goal: Sejmenovic og

12 July: Young Boys Bern 2-2 Stoke City Stoke win 4-3 on pens. Tissot Arena. Goals: Guillaume, Yoric; Adam (pen), Muniesa

15 July: Monaco 4-2 Stoke City Stade d’Octodure, Martigny, Switzerland. Goals: Fabinho, Saint-Maximin, Falcao, N’Doram; Berahino, Diouf

25 July: Sheffield United (Bramall Lane)

29 July: Bolton Wanderers (Macron Stadium)

5 August: RB Leipzig (Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany)

Swansea City

12 July: Barnet 1-0 Swansea The Hive Stadium. Goal: Akinde

15 July: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Swansea (Talen Energy Stadium, Philadelphia, USA). Goals: Sapong, Simpson; Bartley, Ayew

19 July: Richmond Kickers (City Stadium, Richmond, USA)

22 July: North Carolina FC (Sahlen’s Stadium, Cary, USA)

29 July: Birmingham City (St Andrew’s)

5 August: Sampdoria (Liberty Stadium)

Tottenham Hotspur

23 July: Paris St-Germain (Camping World Stadium, Orlando, USA)

26 July: Roma (Red Bull Arena, Harrison, USA)

29 July: Manchester City (Nissan Stadium, Nashville, USA)

5 August: Juventus (Wembley)


8 July: Woking 1-1 Watford Laithwaite Community Stadium. Goals: Bawling; Jakubiak

15 July: AFC Wimbledon 3-2 Watford Cherry Red Records Stadium. Goals: McDonald (2), Egan; Watson, Berghuis

18 July: Viktoria Plzen (Austria)

22 July: SD Eibar (Austria)

29 July: Aston Villa (Villa Park)

5 August: Real Sociedad (Vicarage Road)

West Bromwich Albion

12 July: SK Slavia Prague 2-1 West Brom Kumberg Stadium, Kumberg, Austria. Goals: Deli, Frydrych; McClean

19 July: Leicester City (Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong)

22 July: Crystal Palace or Liverpool (Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong)

26 July: Walsall (Banks’ Stadium)

26 July: Burton Albion (Pirelli Stadium)

29 July: Bristol Rovers (Memorial Stadium)

29 July: Slough Town (Kevin McGoldrick testimonial, Arbour Park)

1 August: Kidderminster Harriers (Aggborough Stadium)

1 August: Port Vale (Vale Park)

5 August Deportivo La Coruna (Estadio Riazor, A Coruna, Spain)

West Ham United

28 July: Werder Bremen (Osterwald Stadion, Schneverdingen, Germany)

29 July: Werder Bremen (Heinz-Dettmer Stadion, Lohne, Germany)

1 August: Altona 93 (Adolf-Jager-Kampfbahn Stadium, Hamburg, Germany)

4 August: Manchester City (Laugardalsvollur National Stadium, Reykjavik, Iceland)

All fixtures are subject to change. BBC is not responsible for any changes.

Huddersfield Town are preparing for their first season in the Premier League

How do clubs choose where to travel?

It is a tough balancing act between getting the players ready for that new campaign and exploiting sponsorship opportunities, says football finance expert Rob Wilson.

“Last year, China seemed to be the significant market and a lot of teams focused on that – but the North American market is the one the teams have been looking at this summer, largely because of sponsorship values,” Wilson told BBC Sport.

“The clubs will be looking to pick up affluent sponsors and there is a nice alignment between American brands and sponsorship deals for the clubs to exploit.”

Wilson, from Sheffield Hallam University, says it is difficult to get the right pre-season training while reaping the financial benefits of a tour.

“The choice of friendlies in Germany and Austria is about season preparation being at the forefront of clubs’ minds, rather than looking for sponsorship deals,” he said.

“Arsenal have always been very good at that in the past – putting football first. Others are much more focused on commercial drive.

“When you look at Manchester United, they are heavily sponsored by American companies.

“It also ties in with the increased interest in MLS. The infrastructure is already in place, the stadiums are there and fans’ interest is there. Clubs already have associations with football in America.

“In the Far East it is more difficult to sort out, logistically, so clubs have to work much harder to make a success of a tour.”

He says the focus has switched slightly this summer.

“Clubs do tend to work on a cyclical basis – there was a lot of activity in the Far East last year. I was half expecting teams to do some work in Japan this summer, especially a club like Chelsea, who have their Yokohama shirt deal.,” he adds.

“But maybe it is because China are concentrating much more on the Chinese Super League, so there is a bit of a conflict and the tours would not get as much attention.

“In terms of other countries – such as Africa – there are problems of infrastructure. It is getting to the point, though, where a club might need to do something different.”

What impact does long-haul travel have on players?

Former QPR midfielder Bradley Simmonds is a fitness coach to players including former Chelsea and England captain John Terry and Arsenal forward Theo Walcott. He says there are some benefits to the long-distance travelling.

“Lots of teams go to different countries to experience playing against different sides, so if they come to play in the Champions League they are used to playing against a range of top sides,” he said.

“Obviously the travelling is going to take its toll, but the staff at these clubs know what they’re doing. Jet lag can cause a problem, but coaches and medical staff will make sure the players get enough rest.

“You can become stiff during long-haul flights especially after training, so your body needs to recover. But these players travel first class on flights so they will be able to stretch their legs and get rest.”

While the clubs might be looking at the financial benefits, Simmonds says the players will be solely focused on their fitness.

“They’ll be looking to get lots of game time, even players who may not play regularly during the season will play in as many games as possible.

“It’s all about strength and conditioning, making sure the core and glutes have been worked on.

“They’ve had four or five weeks off so they need to get the brain switched on. The players that have been drinking or not looking after their body quite as much as maybe they should need to get back into it.”