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Jozy Altidore had a goal disallowed in the 70th minute of Sunderland's match with Arsenal that is being widely agreed to have been a bad decision made by the match referee.

Bacaray Sagna was blatantly trying to wrestle Altidore to the ground as he entered the box, but Jozy was able to shrug off the defender and finish brilliantly anyway. Referee Martin Atkinson's decision to stop play for a free kick rather than allowing Altidore to play the advantage is an absolute head-scratcher. It was unfortunate as Altidore was threatening to score all day and deserved to come away with something for his efforts.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 02:15:00 PM

Jonny Evans knee injury has healed to the point where he has been deemed available for the Week 35 match-up with Liverpool in the Premier League.

If I'm a center back playing for a team about to be relegated, the last thing I want to see on my way back from a leg injury is Liverpool and Mo Salah. Perhaps Evans gets a start regardless but it is hard to see much logic in bringing a player back into that environment regardless of how much recent success Albion have had against the Reds. It seems unlikely that many people will be counting on Evans for fantasy purposes but keep in mind that the cautious play would be waiting until next week to bring him back into the starting line-up.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:23 PM

Daniel Sturridge returned against Manchester United but will not be eligible to play for West Brom due to the terms of his loan from Liverpool to West Brom.

Daniel Sturridge hasn't produced the sort of impact that West Brom were hoping for when they rescued him from the fringes of the Liverpool squad as the January transfer window drew to a close. As is usually the case with Sturridge, injury has been the main culprit. Now, however, with his health at least temporarily good again he finds himself unable to help as Albion face his parent club in the league. Look for Salomon Rondon to get the start at forward.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:27 PM

Gerard Deulofeu made a quick impact at Vicarage Road but injury and now illness have derailed his season at Watford and look likely to continue to do so in Week 35.

The Hornets don't have much incentive to push Deulofeu given that their position in the Premier League next season is secure. Their Week 35 match-up is much more important for Crystal Palace than it is for the home-standing Hornets. Players like Deulofeu, Sebastian Prodl and others who have been ill will not be pushed. On the heels of only four goals over their past six Premier League matches including being shut out in Week 34, it wouldn't be at all surprising to see more listless action from the home side as the season winds down at the Vitality Stadium.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:32 PM

Will Arsene Wenger's "strong side" promise include Aaron Ramsey for the Week 35 home match against West Ham?

Between Arsene Wenger's surprising resignation and the looming Europa League semi-final, just about anything is on the table for Arsenal's starting line-up on Sunday. Aaron Ramsey is returning from a deep cut suffered against CSKA but is healthy enough to feature. Whether he will play is less certain as the Gunners look to conserve resources for their mid-week match against Atletico Madrid that many think, over two legs, will anoint the Europa League winner. It wouldn't be wise to base a fantasy strategy around the notion that Aaron Ramsey will start.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:36 PM

With the Europa League far more important to the success of Arsenal's season, it is reasonable to wonder if Mesut Ozil will play this weekend.

Yes, Arsene Wenger has promised a representative starting line-up against the Hammers, presumably in an effort to hold off hard charging Burnley and eliminate the embarrassing possibility of finishing behind the cash-poor Clarets in the final standings. Whether that is enough for Wenger to risk his German World Cup Winner against the Hammers with the Europa League semi-final test against Atletico is another question entirely. Ozil's likelihood of playing should be viewed skeptically and caution should be applied to fantasy and betting situations.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:39 PM

With the Potters and Paul Lambert fighting for their Premier League survival, Charlie Adam returns from suspension to help aid the fight.

Let's face it, at this point in his career Charlie Adam is more last ditch hope than he is integral part of a winning Premier League starting eleven. That said, with relegation looming as a more and more likely possibility, Paul Lambert will be happy to have Adam and his knack for scoring the odd spectacular goal available off the bench but it seems unlikely that Adam will start with Burnley coming to the Bet365 Stadium in Week 35.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:47 PM

With Moritz Bauer having taken Johnson's starting spot under Paul Lambert, it seems unlikely that Johnson's return to training will have a significant impact on the manager's thinking for this weekend.

Moritz Bauer has been a nice find since coming to the Premier League in January. He hasn't been a revelation but he's been a healthy, capable right back which is something that the Potters have lacked since Glen Johnson's arrival as the presumptive starter. Johnson has struggled to stay healthy and has forced makeshift answers including Geoff Cameron and Mame Biram Diouf neither of whom has played much right back heretofore in their careers. Look for Johnson to play no more than a role on the bench this weekend if he is healthy enough for that as Bauer continues his run of starts.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:52 PM

Kostas Stafylidis has been a solid option at left back for Stoke City since his arrival in January but Erik Pieters will certainly start in Week 35 with the Greek defender out with broken ribs.

It is a shame that Stoke City came so late to the party of finding solid outside backs for their squad. In August, it could have contributed to a middle of the table season at the Bet365 Stadium. In January, it seems like a little to little a little too late with Moritz Bauer and Kostas Stafylidis. Too many matches were played with makeshift options across the defense as injuries decimated the presumed starters. Look for Stafylidis and Bauer to get other Premier League jobs next season should the Potters indeed be relegated at the end of this season.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:56 PM

Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori is in contention to start against Newcastle after returning from injury last week.

The Argentine international returns just in time to make a push for the World Cup team after playing in a competitive match for the first time in more than a year after recovering from an ACL injury. Ashley Williams is also in contention against Newcastle on Monday after returning from suspension, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is expected to be fit after missing last week with a minor injury. Said Allardyce: "I am very enthusiastic [about Funes Mori’s comeback], he has trained with the first team since returning from his injury. He came off the bench and, when needed, I feel we will give him his opportunity. It is good to have a player of his experience back in his squad."
Apr 20 - 12:36 PM

James Collins is expected to miss Sunday's trip to Arsenal as the defender continues to struggles with a hamstring issue.

Manager David Moyes is set to have the same players available for the trip to the Emirates as he had for the 1-1 draw with Stoke City. Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini, who both made substitute cameos, are likely to start from the bench, but defender James Collins isn't yet ready to return. "We are in good shape regarding our squad for the game," Moyes wrote in The London Evening Standard. "Angelo Ogbonna has had a bit of tendonitis in his knee but we’re hoping he will be okay while James Collins was undergoing an epidural procedure in an effort to cure a hamstring problem." Elsewhere, Moyes could drop Joe Hart after his blunder for Stoke's goal on Monday: "I’ve not made a decision on it yet. I’ll have a look at everyone in the remaining two training sessions before Sunday’s match at Arsenal and then decide."
Apr 20 - 1:09 PM

Southampton's fight for Premier League survival suffered another blow on Thursday as a poor performance away to Leicester resulted in a 0-0 draw.

Leicester dominated the first half and had better chances, the best of which fell to striker Kelechi Iheanacho but he failed to convert. Shane Long had a good chance for the Saints after the half-time interval but stand-in Ben Hamer was able to match his shot. Tadic and Soares were equally unsuccessful with the chances which fell to them. Jamie Vardy was unable to score to extend his recent purple patch either, as Alex McCarthy stopped his effort. A nil all draw makes little difference to Leicester, but for Mark Hughes' Saints it's another set of crucial points dropped.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 19 - 4:49 PM





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