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Looking the clear favorites to take three points today, Everton were disappointed to finish with a 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace.

As Lukaku goes, apparently so do Everton. The Toffees played three league games before Lukaku arrived on loan from Chelsea, two of which were 0-0 scorelines. Lukaku then came in and has been the catalyst for the Toffee's attack. In the past two games though, Lukaku has been quiet and not finding himself in position for scoring chances. The result? Two consecutive 0-0 draws for Everton. With Liverpool up next, it may be time to look elsewhere for one of your forward options.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 01:08:00 PM

In a match without the availability of a pure striker, Manchester City were able to find their scoring shoes in the second half, as a David Silva brace would grab the headlines in their tidy 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Going into the locker room at the half 0-0, the storyline looked to be how ineffective City were without a true striker as the versatile James Milner filled the role in a false nine. They plenty of possession and eight shots, but none were on target at the break. The dominance of possession would eventually undo the Palace defense though, as Silva opened the scoring early into the 2nd half, scoring off a deflection after being fed by Pablo Zabaleta. It was Silva again, this time firing home from a Aleksandar Kolarov cross. Yaya Toure would wrap up the 2nd half onslaught with a signature powerful surge that gave him his fourth goal in his last six league matches. Its off to West Brom on Boxing Day for the Sky Blues, who are at least temporarily level on points at the top of the table now with Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 20 - 9:49 AM

Stephane Sessegnon had his second consecutive strong weekend as he provided assists on both of West Brom's goals in their 3-2 loss at Loftus Road.

Sessegnon re-emerged from an extended period of injury and ineffectiveness last weekend as West Brom managed a rare victory. He tried his best against Queens Park Rangers as he headed on a corner that Joleon Lescott headed home to give Albion an early 1-0 lead. The Baggies' second goal came through Valera who performed a beautiful give and go with Sessegnon at the edge of the box before scoring. Unfortunately, Alan Irvine's men couldn't hold on to the lead as Charlie Austin hit for a hat trick that saw QPR draw even with West Brom in the table.
Dec 20 - 11:57 AM

Erik Lamela finally opened his Premier League account, scoring his first in style, as Tottenham were able to hang on with a 2-1 win over Burnley.

While normally a struggle for Spurs to make a statement early in matches, they were able to do so today as Harry Kane opened the scoring twenty minutes in, heading home a cross from Nacer Chadli, giving him his first home goal in league play this season. It was Lamela that opened everyone's eyes in the 38th minute though, when he cut left from his right flank position and sent a dazzling curling effort over the box and into the top left corner of the Claret goal. Lamela is still a work in progress but the talent is there waiting to be harnessed and we saw a fine glimpse of it today. Expect his pitch time to increase.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 20 - 11:57 AM

Charlie Austin brought his team back from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 win with a hat trick to take Harry Redknapp's men out of the relegation zone.

His first came from the penalty spot after Leroy Fer was held in the penalty area. Austin went on to score two more goals from open play and QPR, who had gone behind on goals from Joleon Lescott and Valera, scored a massive victory in the battle to avoid relegation. It may just be Charlie Austin and his goalscoring that provides the difference between the Rs and relegation.
Dec 20 - 11:52 AM

James McArthur scored a goal but it looked to be wrongly deemed offside and that summed up a forgettable day for Crystal Palace as they were run over by Manchester City at the Etihad, 3-0.

Palace took a safe approach hoping City would not have their usual attack flowing minus a true striker in their XI and for the first 45 minutes, the plan was working. Though City had the lion's share of possession and took 8 first half shots to just one for the Eagles, Palace's shot was the only one that was on target. City began to click as the second half picked up and Palace found themselves down 2-0 in quick fashion. McArthur looked to have given them a fighting chance in the 68th minute though, when he scored from a Yannick Bolasie cross. The goal should have stood but it was adjudged offside. A bitter pill to swallow as the outcome may have been different, but in all likelihood, City were going to get three points from this regardless.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 20 - 10:01 AM

Joe Hart has signed a long-term contract that will keep him at Manchester City until the end of the 2018-19 season.

The England goalkeeper, 27, joins Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Aleksandar Kolarov, Samir Nasri and David Silva in signing a new contract with the club in 2014. Hart told the club’s official website: "I’m really happy, I’ve been here a long time now and I want to keep that going. Hart joined the club from Shrewsbury Town and has made 276 appearances since.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 19 - 2:58 PM

Radamel Falcao is reportedly nearing full fitness for the first time since arriving at Old Trafford.

Falcao was surprisingly left on the bench last weekend with James Wilson getting the start opposite Robin van Persie. It's hard to imagine that Falcao won't get at least a couple of starts over the next eleven days given the tight grouping of fixtures coming up. With United playing one of the tea time fixtures in Week 17 we won't get to see their starting line-up before Yahoo and PL.com lock down transfers so you'll be taking a risk having Falcao in your starting line-up for sure.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 11:50 AM

Theo Walcott, out with a groin injury since early November, faces a late fitness test in his efforts to return to the line-up for the second time this season.

It seems unlikely with Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez available that Walcott would be risked as anything more than a late-match change/infusion of pace substitute. It is more likely that he will return to the line-up in a lower pressure match like the Boxing Day visit of Queens Park Rangers.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 11:59 AM

Stoke's best summer signing looks like he will shake off the hip injury that caused him to be withdrawn early from the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

Bojan trained all week according to reports and should continue to be a guaranteed starter. With Chelsea the opposition, there is a reasonable case for rotating Bojan out of your personal fantasy line-up regardless of his health.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 12:02 PM

Marouane Fellaini will miss Manchester United's trip to Aston Villa due to an illness.

There weren't a lot of details given about the severity of Fellaini's illness in Manchester United's press conference but he is definitely out for Week 17 and may or may not be ready for United's Boxing Day match with Newcastle or the trip to Spurs on the 28th. Not the ideal time to pick up an illness or minor knock that would ordinarily only cause you to miss a single match. In the blink of an eye each team will have four matches between the 20th of December and the 1st of January.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 11:29 AM

Angel Di Maria could be set to return for Manchester United's Week 17 match against Aston Villa after the better part of a month out with a hamstring injury.

Given the quality (or lack thereof) of the opposition, it seems likely that Di Maria will return to the squad as a reserve unless he is 100% fit. The fact that his status is "could feature" leads me to believe he isn't 100% fit. I know I won't be starting him in any of my leagues but I will be watching closely to see how he does in advance of United's upcoming matches.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 11:37 AM





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