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Robert Lewandowski's late winner for Borussia Dortmund at Emirates Stadium ended Arsenal's flawless start to their Champions League campaign and threw Group F wide open.

Arsenal fell behind early on before Olivier Giroud levelled the game up with his seventh goal of the season just before half time. The Gunners were very good for long spells of the game but did appear to miss Mathieu Flamini in midfielder, and were caught out with a sucker-punch late in the match as it ended 2-1 to Dortmund. The result was the club's first defeat for thirteen matches in all competitions so there's certainly no need to panic, and one would expect Crystal Palace to receive a bit of a backlash in the Premier League this weekend.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 04:59:00 AM

A back injury that kept Newcastle's newest forward, Facundo Ferreyra, out of the Magpies loss to Southampton last weekend will continue to keep him sidelined this weekend against Hull City.

There hasn't been much detail of Ferreyra's injury over the past week, but there are no reports saying he has returned to fitness. He is not a fantasy option until he can establish a regular spot in the XI, and still would be hard to consider if Newcastle continue their sinking ship.
Sep 19 - 7:40 PM

Matt Taylor will not be available for Burnley this weekend as they get set to host Sunderland due to an Achilles issue.

Sean Dyche has bigger worries up top after losing Danny Ings to injury in last weekend's draw with Crystal Palace, but Taylor was brought in over the summer to add some top flight experience to the promoted side. The Clarets luckily have a natural option to replace Taylor as deadline day signing George Boyd can step into the wide left midfield role.
Sep 19 - 7:03 PM

Ron Vlaar is a major doubt for Aston Villa's match against Arsenal this weekend.

Vlaar is struggling with a calf injury and likely won't be available when his team faces Arsenal. That's a big blow for Villa as they are a significantly better side with Vlaar involved. When healthy, he provides a level of experience and skill that's among the most consistent in the Premier League. We recommend him for fantasy in plus matchups, but of course he is not to be considered this week due to the injury.
Sep 18 - 7:56 PM

In what was an interesting move by Jose Mourinho, Didier Drogba started Chelsea's 1-1 against Shalke in the Champions League.

The good news here is that Diego Costa came off the bench and all facts point to him starting against Manchester City this weekend. It's clear Jose Mourinho wants to win both the Premier League and Champions League and Costa being fresh for Manchester City is a great way to help your team. Diego Costa has the toughest matchup possible but he still remains a lethal choice for fantasy owners. Must start every week.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 17 - 9:18 PM

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has returned to training after a long absence due to an ACL tear last season.

This is a huge boost for Villa and they can certainly use a striker at the moment. Paul Lambert confirmed that Benteke has practiced and if there are no complications, he will continue practicing. The Belgian striker will not be an immediate option as he returns from injury but should be picked up in most year-long fantasy leagues. He is unusable in daily leagues until he plays at least 60 minutes in a match.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 17 - 9:31 PM

Shane Long has earned himself the starting job at Southampton in favor of James Ward-Prowse.

Long plays on the right side of Graziano Pelle and has performed respectably in recent weeks, almost scoring last time out against Newcastle. On the left of Pelle is Dusan Tadic, who has also played well and is unlikely to lose his spot. Long is not the greatest of options against Swansea this week but can certainly be used when Southampton face easier opposition.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 17 - 9:38 PM

Nigel Pearson is expected to welcome back Kasper Schmeichel and Matty James this weekend when the big guns of Manchester United roll into town.

Schmeichel missed last weekend’s trip to the Potters after picking up a knee injury while on international duty – his first domestic league absence since signing from Leeds United back in 2011 – but the goalkeeper is expected to return to action to face United although stand in Ben Hamer can feel a little aggrieved following his performance at The Britannia. Matty James – who played for the Under-21s on Monday – will be included after a return to training. The midfielder was unfortunate not to make the squad for Stoke after recovering from a shin injury with a place on the bench likely. However defender Zoumana Bakayogo is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering a suspected anterior cruciate knee ligament injury.
Sep 17 - 11:32 AM

Arsenals’ misery was compounded in Dortmond last night as Jack Wilshere suffered ANOTHER ankle injury but his absence could see Mesut Ozil revert back to his preferred central role.

The Gunners travelled to Germany on Tuesday for their opening UEFA Champions League fixture with a host of injury problems to contend with. Mathieu Debuchy, Nacho Monreal, Yaya Sanogo and Calum Chambers were all suffering from injury or ailment while Mathieu Flamini was not risked because of a tight groin. However it was the problem picked up by Jack Wilshere that will be at the forefront of Wengers’ thoughts with the Arsenal coach quite rightly "cautious" regarding the severity of the issue - the England international has suffered none fewer than 12 significant ankle injuries which have restricted his game time since 2011 - the player will be assessed ahead of the game on Saturday.
Source: London24
Sep 17 - 11:59 AM

Adam Johnson opens his account four weeks into the season with a goal at home vs Tottenham.

Coming off an eight goal, six assists season in 2013 many expected Johnson to be the driving force behind Sunderland's attack. Unfortunately, up until this point, midfielders Sebastian Larsson, Jack Rodwell and Lee Cattermole have all been better - from a fantasy perspective at least. Hopefully his latest 15-point effort in Yahoo Fantasy's Premier League game will help get him going because at this point it's a little hard justifying his somewhat steep price tag.
Sep 16 - 11:19 AM

QPR's defensive struggles continue and it doesn't look to be getting any easier as the season continues.

QPR conceded four goals for the second time in four weeks which puts their season total at nine goals. Steven Caulker has been on the field for all of them. With three games against the Top 4 (currently) over the next six weeks, and five of their next seven against Top 10 teams (currently), it'd be a stretch recommending anyone on this team at this point in time. Although, a Week 5 matchup at home vs Stoke could be worth a shot. Still, the 15 percent of owners invested in Caulker is way too high at this point, especially with the fifth-highest price point of any defender in the game.
Sep 16 - 11:51 AM

Martin Demichelis tallied the first goal of the season for Manchester City's defensive unit against Arsenal this past weekend.

The defending champions have struggled with clean sheets in 2014. They started the year off with a 2-0 win at Newcastle, but since then have failed to record a shutout in their last three matches. With a tough home game vs Chelsea coming up in Week 5, and three of their next four versus Top 6 opponents (currently), a shutout at Hull in Week 6 looks like the best case scenario for a team that hasn't looked all that bad defensively.
Sep 16 - 10:02 AM




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