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FANS' VIEW: Supporters of the sides involved at St James' Park this weekend offer their thoughts

A football fans dressed as Father Christmas performs keepy-uppys

Premier League fixtures 2015/16: Best Boxing Day matches including Watford vs Chelsea and Southampton vs Arsenal

Watford take on Chelsea in the middle of a testing four game run

Premier League fixtures 2015/16: Who's playing who on the first day of the season?

VIDEO: There are two huge games to be played on August 8 2015

Barclays has sponsored the Premier League for 15 years

Premier League fixtures 2015/16: How Twitter reacted to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and all rest

Fans and pundits were a broad mix of excited and apathetic

Premier League fixtures 2015/16: Best games from the opening day, including Manchester United v Tottenham and Arsenal v West Ham

Beyond United v Spurs, there are some enticing encounters to look forward to

John Terry, Louis van Gaal, Harry Kane and Arsene Wenger

Premier League fixtures 2015-16 released: Manchester United vs Tottenham on opening weekend as champions Chelsea face Swansea

The Premier League have confirmed the fixture list for the upcoming season as fans eagerly await the return of top-flight football

Newcastle players Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor and Jack Colback look glum during their defeat to Swansea in April

Newcastle fixtures 2015/16: Magpies handed tricky start with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea matches in first month

A complete guide to the 2015/16 Premier League fixtures for Newcastle United

Jesse Lingard is wanted by Newcastle manager Steve McClaren

Newcastle transfer news: Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard on loan shortlist as Steve McClaren attempts to resurrect Magpies

Lingard played under McClaren at Derby last summer and could leave United for a fifth loan spell

Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Thibaut Courtois and Jordan Henderson

FIFA 16: EA Sports announce front cover will be decided by a fan vote to join Lionel Messi

One of Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson and Thibaut Courtois will join Messi on the front cover

QPR need Charlie Austin to continue his rich form

Newcastle transfer news: Steve McClaren interested in Charlie Austin and Juanmi with Andy Carroll return reported to be on the cards

Austin is likely to leave QPR following their relegation while Juanmi has a release clause in his Malaga contract

Harry Kane, Adam Bogdan, Morgan Schneiderlin and Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao, David De Gea, Gareth Bale and Petr Cech

Radamel Falcao to Chelsea: Transfer news live - David De Gea to Manchester United, Abou Diaby in talks to stay at Arsenal

Follow Thursday's latest transfer news and rumours as they happen

Five things Steve McClaren has to tackle at Newcastle United

The new Newcastle manager takes over a side that nearly got relegated but, writes Martin Hardy, his biggest problems might be in the boardroom

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren appointed Newcastle United head coach on a three-year deal

Former England boss was first approached six months ago

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Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

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Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

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