Building up to the 2017/18 season

The fixtures are released and our opening game of the season is… away. We’re travelling to… Fulham. Our first home game will see us welcome… Liverpool! Manchester City are the favourites to win the title at 7/4; we’re 2,000/1 and predicted to finish 20th. There have been title winners with longer odds than 2,0000/1 though…

BBC Sport profile our team, picking out Federico Cenci and Nathan Ake as our key players for the upcoming season. If Cenci can pick up where he left off last season, I am very confident that we will be safe. Ake will be an important part of a defence that’s likely to be tested often.

We reject a number of offers for Alain Besse, who requests to be removed from the transfer list. As my intended first-choice left winger, I’m more than happy to accept his request. Adriano Gazzoli requests to terminate his contract for £350,000. I reject. He’s a good young player and I’d let him go, but only if we get a good offer for him.

Loic Fournier will miss the start of the season – he’s out for 2 months with a double hernia. He was only going to be a squad player, so it’s not a massive loss for us.

The draw for the second round of the League Cup is made and we will be travelling to Colchester United. It will be a heavily rotated team that travels for that game.

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