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Pre-season is now well under way and Premier League teams are building up to the launch of another exciting new campaign.

Alongside tournaments such as the International Champions Cup, teams from England's top divisions will be touring the world to get ready for the new season.

Premier League newcomers Hull City, Middlesbrough and Burnley are among those in action in the coming days as they prepare for their returns to the top-flight.

Leicester City, surprise champions of last year's Premier League, are competing in the International Champions Cup for the first time, while they will also take part in the FA Community Shield against FA Cup winners Manchester United at Wembley on August 7.

But what are some of the top Premier League 2016/17 pre-season fixtures taking place?

International Champions Cup

The International Champions Cup has expanded again and it is arguably the biggest pre-season tournament in the world now, with 17 high-profile clubs playing matches all over the planet.

As well as Leicester City, the Premier League will be represented by Manchester City and their rivals Manchester United, as well as Liverpool and Tottenham.

Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, who all won their leagues last season, have all been included in the competition, which will see games held in Australia, China, the United States and Europe.

The tournament gets under way on July 22 when Manchester United take on Borussia Dortmund and the contest ends on August 13.

It is laid out in three mini-tournaments in four locations, with a points-based system used to decide the champions of each group, with huge clashes such as Celtic v Leicester City, Manchester City v Manchester United, Chelsea v Liverpool, Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich v AC Milan among those lined up in the next couple of weeks.

Wayne Rooney testimonial

One of the biggest games of the Premier League 2016/17 pre-season fixtures being held is Wayne Rooney's testimonial, with the England and Manchester United captain welcoming former team-mates to Old Trafford for a match against former club Everton on August 3.

Money raised from the game will be used to set up The Wayne Rooney Scholarship, which will help to pay for young people to go to university.

Everton have committed to sending a full side to Old Trafford for the game, while United legends from the recent past are expected to return to Manchester to play alongside Rooney, with Real Madrid star and Euro 2016 champion Cristiano Ronaldo potentially among the famous faces on show, if he is able to recover from a knee injury in time to take part.

Dresden Cup

The International Champions Cup is not the only high-profile competition taking place as part of pre-season preparation for Premier League clubs.

Everton are among the four teams heading to Germany to play in the event, which takes place on July 29th and 30th, with Real Betis, Werder Bremen and the organisers, German club Dynamo Dresden, all competing. 

All the games will be held at DDV-Stadium in Dresden, with all clubs playing two matches.

Bovada
Football Expert