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Eden Hazard scored from the penalty spot in the dying moments of the match to snatch a point from the jaws of defeat as Chelsea's battle with West Brom concluded in a 2-2 draw.

This game could have easily been 0-3 for West Brom, but Chelsea found a way to sneak a goal out of the final seconds of each half to get the draw. Hazard delivered a powerful shot on target late in the first half that Baggie keeper Boaz Myhill was able to deflect, but teammate Liam Ridgewell inexcusably failed to clear the ball and Samuel Eto'o was there to poach one. Hazard then scored the late equalizer from the penalty spot, an honor usually reserved for Frank Lampard, but the veteran had already been subbed off earlier. Hazard is a fantasy weapon hampered by his forward classification in the Yahoo game. However, if he hits a run of form, he may be worth consideration.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Manchester United progressed into the FA Cup quarter-finals with ease with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield at the John Smith Stadium.

United were ahead by the third minute through striker Romelu Lukaku, who latched onto a Mata through ball after initially crating a platform for United's attack with good hold-up play. He held off Schindler and finished at the near post. Tom Ince had two good chances in the first half but failed to convert. Instead Mata thought he had doubled United's lead against the run of play but VAR swooped in to deny the strike for offside minutes later as the first half drew to a close. Lukaku doubled United's lead in the second half to complete a counter-attack by the visitors. A Huddersfield corner was defended and the Belgian broke from his own final third, supplying Sanchez and receiving the ball back in the other half, showing great composure under pressure with his shot. All eleven United players could be seen in their own half at stages, again throwing into question Mourinho's negative tactical outlook.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 19 - 3:33 AM

Brighton have secured an FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Manchester United as a reward for beating League Two side Coventry City at the weekend.

Brighton started with a second string side, giving a debut to record signing Jurgen Locadia and a first start to Ulloa on his return to the south coast. Only Stephens and March were retained from their league draw with Stoke City 7 days earlier. Locadia opened up his Brighton account after just a quarter of an hour having already hit the woodwork. He finished well after some poor marking left him with a lot of space to finish a low cross from deep by Knockaert. Dale Stephens headed home in the second half to double the lead from a corner by Suttner - he seemed to be the target man for crosses by the Seagulls at set pieces. Again light marking could be blamed for Brighton's third. This time Ulloa was there to head home a Bruno cross. Jonson Clarke-Harris scored a consolation goal to give the travelling support something to cheer but Coventry couldn't mount an unlikely comeback.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 19 - 3:46 AM

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has returned to full team training, according to manager Pep Guardiola.

The Manchester City forward has missed the last month-and-a-half due to a knee ligament injury, but could return as soon as Monday's FA Cup match with Wigan. "Gabriel Jesus will be in training today. It’s good news. I don't know when he'll be ready to play – the first step was to make one or two weeks of training alone – but today will be his first training for the team." If anything, the Brazilian international looks likely to face Arsenal, either in the League Cup final next Sunday or in GW28, which could mean a well-deserved break for Sergio Aguero.
Feb 18 - 1:12 AM

Everton veteran Leighton Baines has returned to team training this week in Dubai as he eyes his return from injury.

The left-back suffered a calf injury in Gameweek 13 against Southampton at the end of November and has not seen any action since Sam Allardyce took over as manager. While he still doesn't have a return date in mind, Baines said he has his eyes on being a valuable contributor to the Toffees in the last third of the season: "That will probably be determined by the fitness staff and the technical staff. Between them everything is very bespoke now and they’ll look at the numbers and see how my condition correlates to the other lads when I’m doing the same sessions as them, and obviously get my feedback as well. Hopefully I’ll be available to the manager sooner rather than later.
Feb 18 - 1:21 AM

There are growing concerns at Goodison Park that centre-back Eliaquim Mangala may have played his last game for the club.

The Manchester City defender joined Everton on a six-month loan deal in January but was forced off last weekend against Crystal Palace following an awkward fall. Although Mangala had a scan scheduled before the team flew out to a warm-weather training camp in Dubai, it’s believed that those results were inconclusive, and tests remain ongoing. However, reports do indicate that there is knee ligament damage, but the precise details and nature are currently unknown. Depending upon the severity, a tear to either collateral ligament – medial or lateral – is likely to result in 2/3 months out while a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament could keep Mangala sidelined for the remainder of 2018. Fortunately, Ramiro Funes Mori is on the comeback trail having missed the previous 11 months and following a couple of appearances for the development side, the Argentine will be back soon to help bolster the ranks.
Source: Daily Mail
Feb 17 - 10:23 AM

Alfie Mawson is an early doubt for next weekends’ crucial trip to Brighton after missing the FA Cup fifth-round tie at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Swansea centre-back was initially named in Carlos Carvalhal’s starting XI, but following an injury during the warm-up, he was withdrawn and replaced by Kyle Naughton. Mawson was spotted in the visitors’ dugout wearing a protective knee brace, although post-match the Portuguese manager confirmed it wasn’t a "big, big problem" revealing he was already feeling better. Fortunes at the Liberty have changed dramatically in recent weeks and Saturdays 0-0 draw means that Swansea are now unbeaten in ten matches [all competitions], a run of results which has seen the Premier Leagues basement boys rise to 16th in the table. Swansea have a tricky set fixtures coming up, playing bottom half sides in five of the next 6 weeks, and Carvalhal may look to experienced defender Kyle Bartley to help plug the gap should Mawson be out for any significant period.
Source: Wales Online
Feb 17 - 10:57 AM

Paul Pogba will play no part in Saturdays FA Cup fifth-round tie against Huddersfield at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho fielded a host of questions during the build-up to this game about his relationship with Pogba and growing speculation of a rift, accusations which were given short shrift by the United boss. "I don't want to speak to you about my conversations with my players. It's a big lie that our relationship is not good, a big lie that we don't communicate, a big lie that we don't agree with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team." Mourinho revealed that Pogba would play a part this weekend, but news on Saturday broke confirming he was ill sending the rumour mill into overdrive. Academy prospect Ethan Hamilton has taken his place in the squad. Eric Bailly is poised to provide a timely boost after more than 3 months out, but Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford remain sidelined, although the pair are hoping to be ready for the Champions League meeting with Sevilla on Wednesday.
Feb 17 - 11:31 AM

David Wagner confirmed midfield ace Aaron Mooy will miss Huddersfield Town's FA Cup clash with Manchester United and potentially two additional matches with a knee infection.

The Australia international sustained a deep gash to his left knee which forced him off in the comprehensive 4-1 victory over Bournemouth at the weekend. While the 27-year-old escaped ligament or muscle damage, the stitched wound became infected and he now faces at least two weeks on the sidelines. "Aaron’s injury is only a cut but, unfortunately, there was infection when he got the stitches and this means a slight setback, but nothing serious," said Wagner, who doesn't believe the midfielder will be out long-term. "But he will be back, it is nothing like where there is ligament or muscle damage, it is just infection." Expect Philip Billing and Danny Williams to see more minutes for the duration of Mooy's absence.
Feb 16 - 2:07 PM

Jamie Vardy scored the lone goal as Leicester City reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United on Friday.

Riyad Mahrez returned to the starting XI and Wes Morgan made his first start since New Year's Day. The Foxes dominated possession and had to work hard to break down a well-organized Sheffield defense. With the match goalless after 65 minutes, Mahrez and Vardy combine to break the deadlock. The Algerian lofted the ball to the back post for Vardy, who looped a cushioned header over Blades goalkeeper Jamal Blackman. Kasper Schmeichel produced a fine save to keep their advantage before Vardy had the ball in the back of the net again, though it was ruled out for offside. The victory sends the Foxes through to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2012.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 16 - 5:04 PM

Willian was excellent and scored twice as Chelsea cruised into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 4-0 win over Hull City at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte made six changes from the 3-0 win over West Brom, as cup regulars Caballero, Ampadu, Drinkwater and Willian came in alongside Cahill and debutante Emerson Palmieri. Willian was lively throughout and curled Chelsea ahead after just two minutes. Pedro doubled the lead with a cool finish in the 27th minute, while Willian got his second with a blast from 25 yards after a clean one-two exchange with Giroud. Giroud capped the scoring with his first goal since arriving from Arsenal just before the break, finishing off an Emerson cross. Chelsea did concede a penalty early in the second-half, but Caballero rose to the challenge and denied David Meyler. The Blues will now turn their attention to next Tuesday's UCL clash with Barcelona.
Source: BBC
Feb 16 - 5:19 PM

Manuel Lanzini is targeting a comeback against Liverpool on February 24.

The Argentine playmaker has been sidelined since limping off versus Bournemouth last month, but the player is bang on schedule to return for the clash at Anfield when the Premier League fixtures resume. "If we're talking recovery time, maybe four to six weeks," said a despondent David Moyes after losing Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic back in game week twenty-four. The Austrian marked his return with a goal in the 2-0 win over Watford last weekend, and the Hammers will be looking for something similar from Lanzini who was in excellent form before his injury. Speaking to West Ham TV, goalkeeper Adrian revealed. "Manu is ready to come to the team," providing Moyes with a major boost ahead of the season run-in. "We hope all the injured players will come back as soon as possible," he continued. However, West Ham are likely to be without Pedro Obiang, Edimilson Fernandes and Andy Carroll for most, if not all, of the remaining fixtures.
Feb 15 - 5:06 AM




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