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Jonathan Walters was substituted at half-time of Stoke City's loss to Norwich City with a groin injury.

Walters will have a scan to determine the extent of the injury, but at the very least he will be a doubt ahead of next week's match at Fulham. Jermaine Pennant could see himself restored to Stoke's starting lineup should Walters miss the match.
Source: The Sentinel
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 07:42:00 PM

Riyad Mahrez notched his second goal of preseason as Leicester City defeated Rotherham United 1-2.

Claudio Ranieri unsurprisingly named a completely different side than the one that defeated Burton Albion only yesterday, with Mahrez looking noticeably sharp along with Jeffrey Schlupp and David Nugent, the latter of whom scored the other goal for the Foxes. Ranieri has a plethora of option in attack and may opt for a rotation at several positions but it looks like Mahrez should see the most time of the wide midfielders on the roster. Schlupp isn't getting classified as a defender in some formats anymore but has the chance of being a fantasy asset regardless and Nugent, despite scoring today, is still behind Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaka, Andrej Kramaric and Leo Ulloa in the battle for minutes at forward.
Jul 29 - 7:03 PM

Sunderland lost for the third time in their last four preseason tilts, today looking unsettled in a 2-0 loss to League One side Doncaster Rovers.

It may be yet another fight to the finish in an effort to avoid relegation this season for Sunderland if the preseason has any bearing on what is to come. Outside of a brace in Toronto for Jermain Defoe that took a few minutes to achieve, the attack has been ineffective and the defense were left today asking questions about the two goals they conceded. One in particular was the fault of Rodwell who failed to clear a ball and allowed Doncaster to capitalize. Outside of Patrick van Aanholt, there isn't much the Black Cats are offering to begin the season that would appeal to managers. Perhaps they will kick it into another gear when things begin to matter, but it would be nice to see better from them in their final tune up with Hannover.
Source: Guardian
Jul 29 - 7:14 PM

Newcastle United continued their lackluster preseason with a 2-0 loss to York City, but it appears Steve McClaren has big plans for Ayoze Perez in the coming campaign.

The Magpies have two losses and a draw in their past three preseason matches, giving up eight goals in the process. Say what you want about it only being preseason but that is not encouraging considering the state of affairs the club was in when last season ended. Aleksandar Mitrovic made his anticipated debut and got a couple of chances to show his talents, including a header that cleared the bar. Perez was the only player to start both of the past two matches, an indication that McClaren will have the youngster's name on his team sheet more often than not this season. Newcastle has one more chance to get ready for their Week 1 match against Southampton when they take on Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
Source: The Mag
Jul 29 - 7:25 PM

Welsh defender James Chester has moved to West Brom on a permanent deal after his Hull City side were relegated to the Championship.

Hull City had done a lot of buying for a club now located in the Championship. West Brom was looking very thin at all position groups with the season approaching rapidly. James Chester's move to the Hawthorns solves a problem for both with Hull City cutting the wage bill and gaining a fee for the player. Tony Pulis gets a starting center back for a formation that featured four center backs for much of his time at the club. Assuming Chester starts he is a great acquisition in almost all formats given Pulis' propensity to pile up clean sheets with a tough tackling defense.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 29 - 3:43 PM

Southampton added to their center back options by acquiring Steven Caulker from Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan.

Once the Saints lost their rights to retain Toby Alderweireld, they looked destined to bring in another center back before the end of the summer window. The question was how prolific a player they would grab. Maya Yoshida looked to be the one to partner Jose Fonte had Southampton stuck with the current options, but Caulker will certainly present a challenge now for Yoshida. Caulker was once lauded as one of the better young English center backs but his reputation took a hit while playing for Rangers. Odds are Ronald Koeman will give the spot to Yoshida in Week 1 but despite the budget fantasy price, he cannot be trusted to hold the position long enough to warrant in investment.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 29 - 3:23 PM

Abou Diaby, who had been in serious talks with the Baggies about a move, has decided to head back to France to link up with Marseille on a free.

After an injury-riddled tenure at Arsenal, the one-time France international was something of a low-risk, big-reward play on the transfer market for second tier teams this summer. With West Brom the closest to making a deal in England, Abou Diaby decided he would head back to France instead. Tony Pulis is definitely in need of squad depth at all positions even after the acquisition of James Chester so losing out on Diaby, speculative thought the move might have been, is at least a minor blow.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 29 - 2:53 PM

Andre Wisdom has joined Norwich on a season-long loan from Liverpool.

Wisdom recently signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool but the club have decided to send him on loan to Norwich so he can gain valuable Premier League experience. Liverpool see Wisdom as part of their future but have put an emphasis on getting him experience at age 22. Wisdom has 24 appearances at West Brom last season and will look to improve on that number at Norwich.
Source: Liverpool FC
Jul 29 - 2:54 PM

Ibrahim Afellay isn't the big name winger Stoke City were hoping for but he should provide quality depth for the Potters.

Afellay was once the "next big thing" coming from Holland. His move to Barcelona failed to materialize either the player or club wanted to and with Barcelona having three of the best attackers on the planet starting and players like Alexis and Pedro and Turan around as reserves in recent seasons, it wasn't likely to get any better. He did reasonably well on loan at Olympiokos last season and will now attempt to take a significant step up in competition moving to the Premier League. Don't let any lingering memories of Afellay as a "big name" fool you into thinking he's necessarily a starter for the Potters. Forget the name on the back of the shirt and think of him as a guy who scored 4 in 19 in the Greek league last season.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 29 - 2:49 PM

Fiorentina are once again attempting to block Mohamed Salah's move to Roma.

Salah was on loan at Fiorentina last season and played very well, raising his stock in the process. Fiorentina believe that they have Salah's rights for this season, and also want to be compensated for raising Salah's market value. The team is in talks with Chelsea in settling their agreement, but it seems Salah might not be able to complete his move until the sides find a compromise. At the end, it seems Salah is headed for Italy one way or another, so we'd avoid him in all Premier League fantasy drafts.
Jul 29 - 2:24 PM

West Bromwich Albion have signed defender James Chester for fee believed to be in the region of $13 million from Championship side Hull City.

Chester becomes the second major Baggies’ signing this summer and the second James having already picked up winger - McClean – from Wigan Athletic. Chester was a standout performer for the Tigers’ last season during a miserable PL campaign which saw Hull relegated to the second tier of English football and with only one year remaining on his contract – plus a desire to return to the top flight – the defender attracted interest from a number of clubs. Chester signs a 4 year deal and is worth some serious fantasy consideration given how his manager – Tony Pulis - was once described as the "best defensive coach in the country."
Jul 29 - 12:57 PM

Jack Grealish will play 45 minutes for Aston Villa's under-21s at Tamworth this evening.

Grealish is speeding up his recovery from a hamstring injury and it's good to hear that he'll feature in a match tonight. The youngster is hopeful to be ready for the start of the season but it may take him until week two or three to get up to full match fitness. Grealish is expected to contribute to Aston Villa's first team this season and he could prove to be a good fantasy option once he returns to full fitness.
Jul 29 - 12:43 PM




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