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Flying winger Jefferson Montero could miss the remainder of the Christmas schedule because of injury after limping out of the win over Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium on Friday.

The Ecuadorian had just returned to the side having tweaked his hamstring last week and this latest setback - recurrence - will need a scan to confirm the extent of the strain. Even a grade one tear could mean at least two weeks on the sidelines and his recent problems could mean Garry Monk may not risk a hasty return. However the Swans should be able to welcome back Leon Britton against Liverpool – a knee injury has troubled him recently but the midfielder did train this week while Gylfi Sigurdsson showed no signs of the foot injury - which kept him out of GW17 - by scoring the winning goal with a superb free-kick. Wayne Routledge is on standby if Montero misses out.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 26 - 3:59 PM

Alexis Sanchez was all over the pitch winning a penalty, having it saved, scoring Arsenal's first and then assisting on their second in a 2-1 Boxing Day win over QPR.

It was a little bit of everything from Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal on Boxing Day. Sanchez was very good drawing a penalty, scoring a goal and getting an assist. On the down side, Giroud was sent off for a rash headbutt on Nedum Onuoha and Sanchez saw a weak penalty saved by Robert Green. Arsenal also conceded a late penalty that Charlie Austin scored to make the final ten minutes tense at the Emirates.
Dec 26 - 2:24 PM

Charlie Austin was at it again with a goal from the penalty spot but QPR couldn't stage another big comeback as they lost their ninth consecutive away match at the Emirates 2-1 on Boxing Day.

It seemed unlikely that QPRs first road points of the season would come at the Emirates and they didn't but it was closer than expected after Olivier Giroud was sent off. Austin spent most of the first half as a make-shift defender warding off set pieces and corners in the QPR box. With Giroud off early in the second half, Austin and the Rs took a more attacking posture and were eventually rewarded with a penalty that Junior Hoilett drew from Mathieu Debuchy and Charlie Austin converted. The Rs pressed for the equalizer and had some solid chances and potential penalty claims but couldn't get the second.
Dec 26 - 2:35 PM

Roberto Martinez will be sweating on the fitness of a number of players ahead of the clash with Newcastle at St James’ Park in GW19.

The Toffees came through a particularly bruising encounter against Stoke having lost the game one nil and up to four of today's starters because of injury. In the first half alone over ten minutes of extra time were played as Phil Jagielka and John Stones [both ankle], Tim Howard [calf] and Ross Barkley [nose] all received treatment while Ryan Shawcross was left with a bloodied and bandaged head. Kevin Mirallas was also the recipient of a heavy Charlie Adam challenge during the second half. Howard and Jagielka remain the biggest doubts with Joel Robles and Antolin Alcaraz the likely benefactors in what the manager bills as a "pivotal" game on Tyneside – Everton are currently 13 points behind last season’s total at the same stage.
Dec 26 - 3:38 PM

Southampton defender Toby Alderweireld continued his hot fantasy form with a goal in the Saints' win over Crystal Palace.

Alderweireld makes it two consecutive weeks with double digit points despite not getting a clean sheet today. He is nailed on as a starter in Southampton and only costs £ 8.16M, making him an attractive options for fantasy managers in various formats. He can be used with confidence. Ryan Bertrand also scored today and is an even better fantasy option, but the price difference makes Bertrand hard to own unless you have him at a discount.
Dec 26 - 1:17 PM

Leonardo Ulloa returned to Leicester's starting lineup with a goal.

Ulloa was impressive today and created danger in front of Tottenham's goal. He scored the Foxes' only goal of the day and did enough to warrant being started again in Leicester's next match. Ulloa has shown he can be streaky, but he just finished a long drought and a match away at Hull City is probably not the best matchup for a striker. Stay away for now but consider him if he earns another start and plays well at Hull.
Dec 26 - 1:22 PM

Southampton got on the board early in the 17th minute and kept their foot on the gas, cruising to victory over Crystal Palace 3-1 on Boxing Day.

Sadio Mane got the Saints off to a great start, finishing a breakaway produced by a brilliant through ball from James Ward-Prowse. Mane and Ward-Prowse each assisted on the second and third goals. Palace finally got one back in the 86th minute off a set-piece header from Scott Dann, bringing some life to the home crowd, but that's about it. Saints were in control for most of the day. Palace play on the road vs QPR in two days and Southampton take on the league leaders (Chelsea) at home.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 26 - 12:55 PM

Diego Costa was back in top form today with a goal and an assist against West Ham United.

The Chelsea striker was a force from the start and was taken off with about ten minutes left to be presumably saved for Sunday's match against Southampton. Jose Mourinho stated earlier this week that no player will play in all three games over the holidays but with Costa being regularly pulled early, he may be risked for all matches. Check lineups before using him.
Dec 26 - 1:06 PM

Sam Vokes was brought on as a substitute in the final stages in an effort to find a equalizer against Liverpool, but the Clarets were kept quiet in a 0-1 loss.

It is positive news on an otherwise dreary day for the Clarets, who could not take advantage of a struggling Liverpool attack and showed their own inability to finish today. Burnley actually were the better side in the first half and were at least equal to Liverpool over the course of 90 minutes, but it appears only an in-form Danny Ings can provide their attack any semblance of consistency. Hopefully, for their cause, Vokes can add another dimension that helps them out of the drop zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 26 - 12:47 PM

Adam Johnson got the opener for Sunderland, but Hull City clawed their way back to win 3-1 at the Stadium of light.

Hull conceded 29 seconds into the match on a sloppy giveaway at the back, but Gaston Ramirez equalized in the 33rd minute, James Chester got the winner in the 51st and Nikica Jelavic put the nail in the coffin in stoppage time to put Hull within striking distance of escaping relegation. Ramirez finished with a goal and an assist, giving manager Steve Bruce plenty to consider when Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore return from suspension. Hull are at home vs Leicester in a couple days while Sunderland travel to Aston Villa.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 26 - 12:29 PM

Bojan was at the center of a major turning point in the match between Stoke City and Everton when the referee awarded a penalty after he was brought down, and it would be Bojan himself that converted the penalty which led to the controversial 0-1 final.

Stoke played the Grinch today and really stole the presents away from Everton fans at Goodison Park. Their lone goal was awarded via a penalty chance that looked rather soft, especially when just moments earlier, Jonathan Walters appeared to have committed a much more egregious foul that many would say deserved a red card. Otherwise, the Toffees dominated the stat sheet in just about every way and should have come away with something. Instead, Stoke rise to a more comfortable mid-table position, one point ahead of Everton.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 26 - 12:29 PM




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