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Tottenham have continued their summer spending with the signing of Steaua Bucharest centre-back Vlad Chiriches.

With William Gallas retiring and Steven Caulker's surprise sale to Cardiff, Tottenham had only three recognised central defenders in the squad but Chiriches now brings that number to four. The deal is for around £8.5million and the highly-rated Romanian will provide competition to Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 05:05:00 AM

Manchester United continued their strong start to the season with a convincing 0-4 win over Swansea City in which Paul Pogba provided a goal and two assists.

The opening half of the game was a possession battle which the Red Devils won, but outside a header off the bar on 10 minutes by Phil Jones, the Swans defense looked up to the task, keeping Romelu Lukaky quiet. Right on the 45th minute though, a corner kick was headed powerfully by Pogba on toward goal and Eric Bailly was there to poach the ball in on the line. It would remain 0-1 until the 80th minute and that's when the explosion happened. First, a Swansea turnover allowed Henrikh Mkhitaryan to pick out an open Lukaku who slotted home for his 3rd goal of the young campaign. Mkhi then fed Pogba a clever ball and the latter looped one over the Swans keeper for the third goal. Substitute Anthony Martial joined in the fun moments after that, with Pogba again playing provider. The defense was solid but were not tested too much. There is fantasy gold all over this side right now.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 19 - 9:39 AM

Swansea City's home opener was one to forget as they ran up against a blossoming Manchester United attack and were beaten soundly, 0-4.

It was always going to be a tough assignment for Paul Clement to get a positive result here, but his gameplan at least kept his side in the match right up until the 45th minute. Their best chance to score came very early on when Jordan Ayew found himself in loads of space, took it into the area and tried to lob one into the far corner but it hit the woodwork. The defense, meanwhile, did its best to stave off United's possession advantage as Roque Mesa made his first PL start in central midfield. They would concede just before halftime though from a corner and United were in control for the entire second half, eventually pounding the Swans with three goals in the space of four minutes. It is rather clear Swansea need to do some shopping for impact players before this transfer window closes.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 19 - 9:49 AM

Slaven Bilic may be forced back into the transfer market after Winston Reid suffered what looked to be a serious calf injury when warming up at St Marys’ on Saturday.

The West Ham centre-back, who has just signed a new six-year contract, only returned to the squad 3 weeks ago following knee surgery in May, but at first glance, Reid could be set for another extended spell out after being carried off on a stretcher. Slaven Bilic made four changes from the side well-beaten at Old Trafford, and it was one of those players – Angelo Ogbonna - who was recalled to the starting line-up to partner Jose Fonte. James Collins is capable of playing centrally while Cheikhou Kouyate had a spell as makeshift defender last season, but neither is ideal. Bilic may consider a move for Eliaquim Mangala, who was on the West Ham radar, before they dropped their interest in favour of William Carvalho.
Aug 19 - 11:16 AM

Crystal Palace will receive a major boost in midfield with Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur both returning from injury.

The central midfield pairing missed the club's opening match against Huddersfield Town as they recovered from injuries that hampered them in the preseason. However, the Eagles will have to cope without star winger Wilfried Zaha for about the next four weeks due to a knee injury. Said manager Frank de Boer: "Apart from him we do have most of the squad ready although some may not be fit for 90 minutes for example Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur are ready to be available to play some minutes for us."
Aug 18 - 5:25 PM

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has a chance to make his debut against Everton on Monday.

The 23-year-old missed the club's opening match with Brighton as he recovers from a thigh injury, but has a chance to make his debut against Everton as he is in the final stages of his recovery. Danilo filled in for the Frenchman, who became the most expensive defender in the world with a £52 million move from Monaco in July. Said manager Pep Guardiola: "Mendy is at last part of his rehabilitation – still not 100 percent but he’s almost done. And Fabian Delph, too, is the same position as Mendy, so we have all the players fit."
Aug 18 - 5:30 PM

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner revealed striker Nahki Wells is expected to miss five to seven weeks following an ankle operation.

Wells was not expected to feature against Newcastle United, as the former club record £1.3m signing underwent surgery early this month to have a screw removed from his ankle. Speaking on Wells' status ahead of Sunday's clash at the John Smiths' Stadium, Wagner confirmed the striker had his stitches out on Thursday and won't likely be ready until sometime around the second international break (October 2-10). With first-choice striker Steve Mounie coming off a brace against Crystal Palace and Collin Quaner having faired well off the substitute's bench, the absence of the Bermuda international is nothing more than a slight knock to the frontline depth. When Wells does return, he will face big competition from Quaner and Laurent Depoitre for a place in the first team.
Aug 18 - 12:17 PM

Huddersfield Town defender Martin Cranie has been ruled out of Sunday's match with Newcastle and isn't expected to return until after the international break.

The 30-year-old was held out of the season opener against Crystal Palace last weekend with a hip flexor, which manager David Wagner says will force him to miss another four weeks. While Cranie was not expected to challenge for a place in the starting XI, his extended absence leaves the Terriers thin for depth at right-back. This means the backup right-back role will now be held by midfielder Danny Williams, who featured off the bench in relief of captain Tommy Smith in the 3-0 victory at Selhurst Park.
Aug 18 - 12:37 PM

Pedro remains in doubt for Sunday's match with Tottenham after he reported pain in his ankle during training on Friday.

The Spanish attacker missed out on the 3-2 defeat by Burnley last weekend with an ankle knock and had hoped to make his season debut at Wembley this Sunday. However, the 30-year-old will likely miss out again having experienced discomfort in his ankle when he trained on Friday. Pedro's absence should see Willian retain his place in the starting XI alongside either Michy Batshuayi or Jeremie Boga. Meanwhile, Alvaro Morata is expected to make his first Premier League start.
Aug 18 - 1:25 PM

With Daryl Janmaat out 2-3 weeks with a groin injury, Kiko will likely be thrust into the starting role after deputizing in Week 1 after the Dutch international's injury.

I wouldn't expect a great deal fantasy-wise from Kiko but he is a starter who is likely available in almost all draft leagues. The opposition for the Hornets in Week 2, Bournemouth, isn't a walk-over by any means but if you believe that Marco Silva will get better results than his predecessors then a road win against a Cherries side that didn't look great in Week 1 against West Brom isn't out of the realm of possibility.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 1:34 PM

After bringing in former big name prospect Jese from PSG, Mark Hughes will have to decide if he will feature from the bench or get a start in his first week with the team.

Given the lack of production that Stoke City got from their forwards last weekend, it wouldn't be surprising to see Hughes role the dice and start the former Real Madrid trainee against the Gunners. It certainly isn't a great idea to count on Jese to start or be productive given the lack of chances created by the rest of Potters last weekend against the Toffees but if you need a forward in a draft format then he's worth a punt.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 1:37 PM

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed that Tiemoue Bakayoko could be available for Chelsea's match against Tottenham at Wembley.

Bakayoko has not featured for the senior side since joining from Monaco this summer due to a knee operation, but could be rushed into action this weekend with Cesc Fabregas suspended. The absence of Fabregas leaves just one natural option in central midfielder, N'Golo Kante, which Conte admitted could force him to include Bakayoko in his matchday squad: "The only worry is when you try to put players in very soon, the risk to have another injury is high, this is my worry. But we have to face this situation and we have to take some risks." Though the French international isn't fully fit, he could potentially feature as a sub or in the starting XI. Should Conte opt against risking his £40m signing, David Luiz or Andreas Christensen could start alongside Kante.
Aug 18 - 1:40 PM





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