Cardiff v Newcastle: match preview

Cardiff and Newcastle United will be looking to bounce back from opening defeats but neither will have been distraught by their performances. Rafael Benítez’s side have won their past 10 successive league matches against Cardiff so the omens are not brilliant for the home side. Supporters are unlikely to care even if that is the case as they savour their unlikely return to the Premier League. Neil Warnock is set to give Harry Arter his debut. Graham Searles

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Salomón Rondón: ‘Asprilla told me Newcastle was a great city for my family’

Newcastle’s latest No 9 did his homework before arriving and aims to make as big an impact as the South Americans before him

Salomón Rondón sought expert counsel from a South American farmer before committing himself to leaving West Bromwich Albion for a season on loan at Newcastle United. “I spoke to Faustino Asprilla, we have things in common,” says Rafael Benítez’s new centre-forward, his face breaking into the broadest of smiles. “He told me this was a great city for my family.”

Rondón laughs and shakes his head when asked if those similarities with the former Newcastle and Colombia striker turned sugar-cane rancher extend to off-field activities. When Asprilla, famed for a lively social life on Tyneside, eventually vacated his rented Northumberland village home, bullet holes were found in one of the walls.

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Gareth Southgate to run rule over Southampton’s Alex McCarthy against Everton

• England manager will assess goalkeeper at Goodison Park
• Southgate to attend Crystal Palace v Liverpool on Monday

Gareth Southgate will attend Southampton’s game at Everton on Saturday to scrutinise first-hand the progress of Alex McCarthy in the visitors’ ranks as the England manager considers his options for the national side’s autumn internationals.

The World Cup semi-finalists confront Spain in the Uefa Nations League at Wembley on 8 September, with a friendly against Switzerland at Leicester’s King Power stadium three days later. Southgate is due to name his squad for the fixtures on 30 August but already knows he will be without Burnley’s Nick Pope for the foreseeable future after the England No3 dislocated a shoulder in the Europa League qualifier at Aberdeen last month.

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Tottenham v Fulham: match preview

Tottenham wave goodbye to Son Heung-min who will be competing at the Asian Games until September with South Korea U23 as one of their three senior players. Tottenham are counting on the favourites prevailing as a gold medal will mean Son is exempt from two years military service. Mauricio Pochettino has ample cover but with disappointment at the new stadium’s delay and legs still weary from exertions in Russia this could be a perfect time for Fulham to at least grab a point. Slavisa Jokanovic’s side showed promise against Crystal Palace especially from Jean Michaël Seri. Naturally Harry Kane’s never ending search for a goal in August, now standing at 898 minutes, continues. Graham Searles

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The Fiver | Howls of anguish at the modern proclivity of new-fangled coaches

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Seconds away for round two of the Premier League, following an opening weekend The Fiver couldn’t help notice was a little low on surprises. Southampton didn’t score, José fell out with one of his players, Manchester City won doing cartwheels and Sam Allardyce appeared as a guest on Goals On Sunday, perched on the studio settee in the traditional out-of-work manager role, commonly reserved for vultures like the former Limerick, Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton, Newcastle, Blackeye Rovers, West Ham, Sunderland, England, Crystal Palace and Everton gaffer, who would like to remind any watching chairmen that they are still knocking around and very much available. As season openers go, the first round of fixtures were entertaining enough alright, but lacked the kind of thriller that would have got the collective juice flowing ahead of similar humdingers to come.

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