Leicester City were last season's surprise package with their fifth place finish and the challenge for coach Brendan Rodgers will be to get near repeating that, and to get close he needs Jamie Vardy to keep hammering home the goals.
The 37-year-old played an important role in the country's first-ever qualification to the FIFA World Cup in Germany in 2006 and subsequently in the 2010 and 2014 editions in South Africa and Brazil respectively. Enditem
The Shandong club then extended the lead as Lu Guangzu defeated Li Shipei 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 in the men's singles.
Liu Cheng/Li Yinhui earned the opening point for Xiamen in the mixed doubles, before Olympic champion Chen Long suffered a straight-set loss to young shuttler Ren Pengbo 11-7, 11-5, 11-4.
Melichar said: "Before the match, I told my coach I was prepared for a 7-6 in the third set. Obviously I'm thrilled we won 7-6 in the third. You always wish that it's easier, but we fought our hearts out."
"It was really a tough game. I was challenged in today and yesterday's game (the one against He Bingjiao)," commented Chen. "Zhang moved fast and made few errors on the court. She controlled the game in the first and third sets. I had to make adjustments and finally changed the situation."
Emery will have been sad to see Santi Cazorla move on, but the club has moved well in the transfer market to poach Parejo and Coquelin, while Take Kubo, who arrives on loan from Real Madrid, showed what a threat he can pose while at Mallorca.
In an earlier match on Monday, Xiamen Tefang beat Hunan Hualai 3-1 to win the bronze medal.
Evergrande doubled the lead in the 69th minute with a stunning free kick from Ai, two minutes after his tap-in was ruled out due to off-side.
Real Sociedad are another side affected by COVID-19 in the run into the new campaign, with striker Willian Jose testing positive on Wednesday to become the third player at the club, (along with new signing, David Silva and Spain international Mikel Oyarzabal) to be affected by the virus. Adnan Januzaj will also miss out through injury leaving Alexander Isak to lead the visitors' attack, which for the moment looks weaker than last season.
CHENGDU, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Hunan Hualai claimed a touch victory over Zhejiang Nengyuan, while Qingdao Renzhou triumphed in the match against Xiamen Tefang in the 13th round of the 2020 China Badminton Super League here on Thursday.