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John Terry scored from a header in the 65th minute for Chelsea to level the game with Tottenham, and it was enough for the Blues to earn an away point in a 1-1 draw.

Chelsea were lucky to be behind only 1-0 at the half and bosse Mourinho made a substitution that appeared to make the difference in the Blues resurgence. He brought on Juan Mata, and the Spanish playmaker was just what they needed. He clogged up what was a Spurs owned midfield, scored a goal that was called to be offside, and delivered the assist from a deep free kick that Terry was able to head in. After looking to be dropped from the regular XI over the past couple of seasons, Mourinho appears to have confidence in the skipper, and Terry is starting regularly this year.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 11:02:00 AM

Norwich’s excellent away record shuddered to a halt at Southampton, leaving question marks as to whether they are equipped to face the demands of a long, hard Premier League season…

The optimistic will point to right-back Steven Whittaker’s (soft) sending off after half an hour. Plus, Southampton looked a different animal having shed the weight of the Europa League. But the fact that eight of the Norwich starting line-up were involved in the relegation of two season ago is a worry. For all their defensive organisation and tidy midfield play, they lack cutting edge. Manager Alex Neil has been trying to add a striker all summer – bids for Stoke’s Jon Walters and Wolves’ Benik Afoe are the latest to fall on deaf ears. Early season star performers Nathan Redmond was nullified and Wes Hoolahan forsaken in the re-shuffle after Whittaker’s red card. And once that happens, this Norwich side don’t have a lot more to offer but honesty and endeavour. The next couple of days could be make or break for the Canaries…
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 31 - 5:17 AM

Man City racked up their 10th victory in a row, before announcing the £54 million signing of Kevin de Bruyne. It’s looking ominous for the rest of the PL…

It’s a perfect four from four this season for City, without a goal conceded. The one team in the Premier League with no discernible weakness has also added Europe’s most prolific goal creator of the recent seasons. Which means problems for managers. Manual Pellegrini has got to pick which players to leave on the bench… The rest of the PL managers have got to figure out how to deal with the players he puts on the pitch…And us FL managers have got to select which City players to own. Their ten goals this season have been scored by eight different players – the only two registering twice being Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho. Watford’s stubborn first half resistance was finally broken by Samir Nasri replacing Jesus Navas and Raheem Sterling playing centrally. David Silva was again the man that unpicked the lock. So where de Bruyne fits in remains to be seen. Perhaps Joe Hart will miss out – he didn’t have a shot to save on Saturday…
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 31 - 5:19 AM

AFC Bournemouth came through a bruising encounter against Leicester City but the Cherries’ may be counting the cost of securing a point at Dean Court following knee injuries to Tyrone Mings, Max Gradel and Charlie Daniels.

Mings was left reeling in agony just five minutes into his debut following a challenge by Foxes midfielder Danny Drinkwater. The 22 year-old needed gas and air before departing on a stretcher while Gradel "knew pretty early that he had a serious one" confirmed Eddie Howe. Both players will be assessed over the next 48 hours. Early reports suggest Daniels’ injury – certainly in comparison – is only minor although he will be checked further. Marc Pugh was also limping towards the end of the game but having made all three substitutions the midfielder had no option but to remain on the pitch until the final whistle.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 30 - 6:15 PM

Garry Monk has confirmed that Jefferson Montero was rested - for the visit of Manchester United - as a precaution after feeling discomfort in his thigh during the Swans final training session yesterday.

Montero was a surprise omission from Sundays’ starting line-up as Wayne Routledge came in for his first start of the campaign. The South American has been in scintillating form and supporters must have been fearing the worst as an unbeaten United side arrived at the Liberty. However those concerns were laid to rest during a five minute second half spell when in-form strikers Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis grabbed the goals to help Swansea secure 3pts. Post-match the Jacks fans received more good news as Monk confirmed Montero would be available for GW5 "He had a scan, there was nothing clinical so that's good news. It was more soreness and tightness. We decided it was best that we didn't involve him today and risk him being out for a long period."
Aug 30 - 5:54 PM

Chelsea used new signing Kenedy at left-back as frustrations about their defense grow.

The Blues have had one of the worst defenses in the league this season, which is very surprising considering their defensive prowess of the past few seasons. They are lacking speed at the back and Mourinho decided to replace Cesar Azpilicueta with Kenedy in the second half on Saturday. Kenedy played well there, despite being out of position, and was praised by Mourinho. We won't be surprised to see Kenedy or Baba Rahman start at left-back in the next match.
Aug 30 - 3:00 PM

Southampton kept a clean sheet with ease today as they only allowed Norwich to get six shots off.

Norwich were down to 10 men midway through the first half and that was part of the reason they couldn't get anything going against the Saints, but Southampton were brilliant in defense and did well to only allow six shots. Out of the six, only one was on target, and it was easily saved by Stekelenburg. Southampton's defense seems to be getting back on track and we feel now is a good time to invest, especially with Ryan Bertrand coming back soon.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 12:50 PM

Bafetimbi Gomis continued his consistent scoring run, netting the game-winner as Swansea City defeated Manchester United, 2-1.

After having taken the double from the Red Devils last season, it looked as if Swansea were in trouble after going 0-1 down in the 48th minute, knowing that the visitors had yet to give a goal up on the season. The absence of Jefferson Montero (thigh) furthered the uphill battle. But this very balanced Swansea attack found the breakthrough not long after going down. On the hour mark, a quick counter-attack saw Gylfi Sigurdsson deliver a perfect cross to Andre Ayew who had a free header to beat the keeper. Then, six minutes later, Gomis scored for the fourth consecutive contest, meeting up with a perfectly weighted pass from Ayew to slot home from point blank range. Rumors are circulating about Gomis' 7m buyout clause in his contract. Clubs like United and Spurs sure look in need of his services.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 30 - 1:00 PM

Manchester United took the lead with a Juan Mata goal but their defense finally cracked and allowed Swansea City to come from behind and defeat them again, 2-1.

Louis van Gaal, meet Garry Monk. So much fanfare around LvG's arrival to Old Trafford last season, but he has now lost three in three to the young Swansea skipper and the Red Devil fan base will surely be asking questions as the transfer window closes about what looks to be a very inadequate attacking core. Wayne Rooney struggled once again up top and we are still waiting to see Memphis Depay make the kind of splash LvG was hoping for. They did manage to get a goal from Mata, who found a Luke Shaw cross at the far post to score his first of the season. Still, they need another playmaker in midfield and/or a striker before this window shuts. The Ander Herrera experiment in the No. 10 role did not work out well.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 30 - 1:14 PM

Sadio Mane was fantastic in Southampton's 3-0 win over Norwich today.

The midfielder was only credited with two assists but he was at the heart of all three Southampton goals today deserves as much credit as anyone on that squad. Mane created five chances on the day and attempted seven crosses, to go along with his two shots on target. He seemed healthy and rested after missing the Saints' midweek clash with a knock, and he seems primed for a huge season ahead. Buy low on him if you can, as some seem to be down on him at the moment.
Source: EPL Stat Man
Aug 30 - 12:14 PM

As Roberto Martinez enters his most challenging week yet as Everton manager, he might now have another player to replace as Tom Cleverley leaves the pitch on a stretcher…

The value of John Stones is seemingly increasing by the minute. Not just because Chelsea are intent on lurching from one drama to another – although that doesn’t hurt. But by another immaculate display, this time at the expense of last season’s great white hope Harry Kane. Yes, he was aided and abetted by Seamus Coleman, demonstrating that there is more than one Everton defender that big clubs will pay big money for. And Goalkeeper Tim Howard back to his athletic best. But the loss of Stones would be a crushing blow, no matter the number of zeros added to Everton’s end of year figures or who arrives in his place. Talking of new arrivals, the injury to Tom Cleverley should give an extended run in the team to Kevin Mirallas. But might also prompt the pursuit of another midfield player, in addition to striker Leonardo Rodriguez and defender Ramiro Funes Mori.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 30 - 10:12 AM

Sunderland will be grateful for an away point but with the shutters coming down on the transfer window, Dick Advocaat looks more than a few pieces of the jigsaw still missing…

The feeling inside Sunderland was the major (and expensive) surgery that took place in the summer had paved the way to a brighter future. And then the season started – which will undo all the best laid plans. The team looks still very much a work in progress, with the center-back partnership tinkered with again – Younes Kaboul partnered John O’Shea this time. Center-forward duties were shared – equally unconvincingly - a half each by Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher. Midfielder Yann M’Vila hasn’t convinced a single PL.com manager to invest, but opened his account with an excellent free-kick. But hopes will depend on the ‘worldies’ that Costel Pantilimon pull off (two so far this season) and the goals that Jermains Lens and Defoe can smuggle. And how many reinforcements can be drafted in before 6pm on Tuesday.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 30 - 10:14 AM




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