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Hatem Ben Arfa finally gets Newcastle going, scoring their first goal of the season in a 1-0 victory over Fulham.

Ben Arfa scored perhaps the most beautiful goal of the day, dancing around defenders in the box and curling a left-footed beauty into the top left corner of goal. When fit, the Frenchman is one of the most dangerous players on the ball in the PL, capable of carving through defenses and finishing on a regular basis. If Newcastle can bolster their attacking options before the transfer deadline, it can only help Ben Arfa's fantasy prospects for the season.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 12:25:00 PM

Glenn Whelan has recovered from a hamstring injury and should be fit to start against Burnley in Week 14 action.

Whelan isn't much of a fantasy factor himself but his value in the fantasy world is that his presence might allow Joe Allen to move further up the pitch where he has been very effective. Assuming that Mark Hughes starts the match this way, expect a great match from Allen in what is expected to be a Potters win.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 2 - 1:41 PM

Joe Allen has been a great story after moving to Stoke City but his fantasy value hinges significantly on where he plays on the pitch.

Joe Allen is back from suspension and a date against Burnley at the Britannia looks tantalizing from a fantasy point of view given the Clarets' struggles on the road. That said, Allen's fantasy value has been very much dependent on where Mark Hughes has deployed him on the pitch. When deployed as a "number ten" Allen has been prolific while a role at the base of midfield has meant significantly less interesting production. With Glenn Whelan back in training and reportedly fit, Allen could move back up front. It is only the uncertainty that makes him less than a sure-fire fantasy pick for Week 14.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 2 - 1:39 PM

West Ham United defender Arthur Masuaku is prepared to step into the starting XI for Saturday's London derby with Arsenal.

Masuaku returned from a two-months injury spell in Wednesday's EFL Cup defeat by Manchester United, and is in line to deputize for the injured Aaron Cresswell against Arsenal. Masuaku, who started the first five league matches with Cresswell unavailable through injury, told West Ham's official website he is ready to once again step up. "We lost Michail Antonio and Cressy through injury [on Wednesday] and that makes things more difficult," said the 23-year-old defender, who debuted in the London derby at Chelsea in August. "I hope that we are going to beat Arsenal on Saturday and that is my only target."
Dec 2 - 1:22 PM

Middlesbrough defender Dani Ayala could feature in Monday's fixture with Hull City, according to manager Aitor Karanka.

Ayala, who has missed the last four league matches through injury, could make his return this week. "Dani is training with the team and he is ready, it’s just my decision," manager Aitor Karanka said. "I have to take it all in and we will see." This is good news for Middlesbrough as they will most likely be without fullback George Friend for Monday's fixture with Hull.
Dec 2 - 12:58 PM

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka says defender George Friend is his only fitness concern ahead of Monday's match against Hull City at the Riverside Stadium.

George Friend has been ruled out of Monday's clash with Hull City but seems to progress well as he recovers from an ankle injury, according to manager Aitor Karanka. "As everybody expected, George is going really quick," Karanka said. "He’s doing really well but I think another week or two at least." With Friend unavailable for GW14, Fabio is expected to make his third start of the season.
Dec 2 - 12:52 PM

Manchester United have beaten off Premier League opposition like Arsenal and Chelsea to sign Dutch 16 year old Millen Baars from Ajax.

Baars left Ajax in spite of being made captain of the B1 side this season. Baars arrives at Old Trafford having spent 9 years in the academy at Ajax, which recently produced other United prospects like Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Baars has already featured for the Red Devils' Under 16 team and will be eligible for Under 18 competition from January.
Dec 2 - 10:59 AM

Hull City are set to give 19 year old striker Jarrod Bowen his first Premier League start on Monday night after injuries have ruled out most other options.

Bowen has been around the fringes of the first team squad of late having appeared in the league, EFL Cup and FA Cup for the club already. He has been consistently scoring for the Hull Development Squad scored a couple of goals for the senior squad in 331 minutes of preseason friendlies as the squad became short of numbers. Manager Mike Phelan has admitted he has been impressed by Bowen and may be forced to introduce the striker before a live TV audience against 'Boro as Mbokani is suspended while Hernandez, Keane and Maloney are injured.
Dec 2 - 11:10 AM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that Bastian Schweinsteiger does not have to leave the club in the upcoming January transfer window.

The World Cup winning former German international had been ostracised from Mourinho's first team plans up until his reappearance as a substitute against West Ham in the ELF Cup on Wednesday - his first competitive minutes since the new manager arrived in the summer. Schweinsteiger had been training with the United reserves and Under 23s until October until he was brought back to first team training to make up the numbers. Mou also admitted that United did try to sell him in the summer. However, the midfielder has 18 months left to run on his contract and may suddenly be tempted to stay and fight for his place one last time at the highest level before a long-speculated move to the MLS. Mourinho did hint that any future role for Basti would be as a rotation option at best.
Dec 2 - 10:36 AM

Anthony Martial was dropped from the squad for the Europa League match against Feyenoord and the PL clash with West Ham by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho but he returned on Wednesday with a brace against the Hammers in the EFL Cup.

The young French international's return was down to the fact that he was "working harder" according to Mourinho. All this points towards what we already knew, Martial is not viewed as a key player in the current regime. However, Mourinho has opined that Martial's brace will spur him on to continue working hard to continue reaping the rewards and getting game time.
Dec 2 - 10:43 AM

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw looks to be a doubt for the club's Gameweek 14 clash with Everton at Goodison Park.

Shaw started Wednesday night's 4-1 drubbing of West Ham at Old Trafford but was replaced at half time after limping off the pitch. Daly Blind replaced him that night and now looks to be in line to make his first league start in over a month. This minor issue looks like it will sideline him or at least reduce him to limited minutes at Everton. However, Shaw is unlikely to be starting 100% consistently in the near future as Mourinho is trying to reintroduce him to the side slowly in order to avoid aggravating recently sustained problems.
Dec 2 - 10:49 AM

Jurgen Klopp has reported that Adam Lallana is back in training as of Thursday and "looked good", offering some optimism on the midfielder returning this weekend.

It is a bit of a mess in the Reds injury department for their attacking players, with some good news, and some bad. The best news of the lot is the possible return of Lallana for the weekend's match against Bournemouth, but Jurgen Klopp has several ways he can approach a strong XI, even without Lallana's inclusion. Roberto Firmino is expected to play, and may form a front three with Sadio Mane and Divock Origi, though Lallana could find a wide role in that trident. Should he revert back to the middle of the park, he will need to oust one of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can or Georginio Wijnaldum. Fantasy managers will hope for the best but may want to consider an alternative option as a Sunday kickoff gives even managers in formats that allow for lineup changes during the gameweek very limited replacement options.
Dec 2 - 6:26 AM




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