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Robert Snodgrass scored his first league goal of the season and it proved to be the game winner as Norwich City came from behind to defeat West Ham United 3-1.

With one swing of the leg, Snodgrass reminded fantasy managers of his scoring abilities which were showcased frequently last season. After the Canaries leveled the game at 1-1 on a Gary Hooper penalty conversion, a foul to the right of center beyond the 18 yard box was the perfect spot for Snodgrass to wield his powerful and accurate left foot, curling over the wall into the top right corner of net. Perhaps this game will kick start the Norwich attack, which had failed to score more than once in a game since opening weekend, and kick start Snodgrass as well.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 02:47:00 PM

Strikes from Ryan Fraser and Marc Pugh were enough to give Bournemouth a narrow 2-1 win over Birmingham City in the EFL Cup Second Round.

Former Cherries boss Harry Redknapp had hoped to pull off an upset against his former employers at St. Andrew's and his side took an early 11th minute lead from a set-piece. A ball from a corner was met by the head of Jonathan Grounds, he nodded it across the area to Maikel Kieftenbeld finished. Ryan Fraser scored the equaliser almost straight after half-time, putting away a cross by Adam Smith from the right flank. Lys Mousset teed up Marc Pugh for his winner, sealing a confidence boosting win for Bournemouth who have struggled to find the net so far this term. Otherwise of note from a fantasy point of view in this encounter was that Jermain Defoe played the full 90 minutes - he may get more minutes in the PL soon as pressure mounts on Eddie Howe to grind out results.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 23 - 12:44 AM

Salomon Rondon has been relegated to the bench thus far this season in the Premier League but he returned in Carabao Cup with a goal and an assist as Tony Pulis' side moved on to the 3rd round Tuesday.

Tony Pulis spent a reasonable part of the off-season trying to find a replacement for Salomon Rondon as the focal point of the attack. Jay Rodriguez has come in and started both Premier League matches with Rondon having played only a handful of substitute minutes the wins in Weeks 1 and 2. Rondon's return for the Carabao Cup was fruitful with the hitman opening the scoring from a Jay Rodriguez assist and then turning provider for Matt Phillips' second. It remains to be seen if Rondon can translate that to the league when action restarts with the visit of Stoke City on Sunday. West Brom won the match 3-1 with both Jay Rodriguez and Matt Phillips both matching Rondon with a goal and an assist each.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 22 - 4:33 PM

Watford captain Troy Deeney returned to the starting line-up for the Hornets' Carabao Cup match against Bristol City on Tuesday.

After missing out entirely in Week 1 and being an unused substitute in Week 2, Marco Silva has an opportunity to see his captain in competitive action. After getting goals from both Stefano Okaka in Week 1 and Richarlison in Week 2 and assists from both Richarlison and Andre Gray, Silva is hardly desperate for help but he will be happy to have a proven Premier League forward back in contention. It will be interesting to see how he chooses to deploy the trio in the league come the weekend assuming that all three are healthy.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 22 - 3:50 PM

Xherdan Shaqiri will miss the Carabao Cup tie against Rochdale on Wednesday but Mark Bowen is hopeful the Swiss international can recover in time to face West Brom.

Shaqiri was forced off after with less than half-an-hour on the clock in game week two [against Arsenal] after pulling up with a "slight [hamstring] strain". However, subsequent tests confirm the injury is not as serious as initially feared. "He will miss the game tomorrow night but we hope that he is available and fit for the match on Sunday." There was better news regarding full-back Erik Pieters who could be included in the squad: "His was more of a twist," revealed the assistant manager after Pieters was caught late on by Shkodran Mustafi: "He's feeling a bit tender, but I'm sure he'll be in the frame." The Potters intend to name a strong side against their League One counterparts: "There's only so many competitions you've got a chance of winning, so it's massively important to get through this tie."
Aug 22 - 1:21 PM

Burnley have found their replacement for Andre Gray with the acquisition of Chris Wood from Leeds United for a transfer fee of £15m.

On paper, this looks to be a fair bit of business for the Clarets. They sell the Golden Boot winner of the Championship from two seasons ago and get last season's Golden Boot winner in his place (Wood scored 27 goals for Leeds), at a savings of 3m and Wood is half a year younger than Gray. At the end of the day, what matters most is if Wood can make the leap to the top flight and return Burnley around 15 goals. The addition would allow Sean Dyche to return to a two-man striker partnership, with Wood sharing the pitch with Sam Vokes. Vokes certainly drew attention with a hot end to last season followed by an opening day brace but time will tell if Wood's presence eats into Vokes' goal output or helps Vokes and the rest of the attack to be a more formidable one. If needing help at forward in your fantasy league, Wood is definitely worth a look.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 22 - 5:23 AM

Raheem Sterling's late volley saved face for 10-man Manchester City as the Citizens rallied to draw 1-1 with Everton at the Etihad on Monday night.

Pep Guardiola's side produced a dominate second-half performance to overcame a Kyle Walker red card and deny Everton a win as Wayne Rooney scored his 200th Premier League goal. The hosts entered the break down a goal and man after Walker was issued a pair of yellow cards within a span of three minutes. But City didn't let the disadvantage hindered their spirit as they pushed after the restart and dominated with 65% possession. Sterling would lead the charge with a lively cameo off the bench and provide the equalizer in the 82nd minute, with a splendid side-footed volley off Everton defender Mason Holgate's failed clearance. Though it was a bad start to the match, Pep will be happy with the sharp turnaround as the Citizens grabbed their fourth point of the season.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 21 - 5:43 PM

On a night that saw Wayne Rooney scored his 200th Premier League goal and Everton deserve all three points, the Toffees had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Rooney joined Alan Shearer as just the second player to score 200 Premier League goals when he put Everton ahead after 35 minutes. Dominic Calvert-Lewin provided the assist as the former Manchester United striker slotted the youngster's pass through the legs of Manchester City keeper Ederson from eight yards. Things looked even bright for the visitors just before the half as City were reduced to 10 men after Kyle Walker was booked twice in rapid succession. However, the numerical advantage was not enough to hold off the Citizens who found the equalizer when Raheem Sterling volleyed home a weak defensive header by Mason Holgate on 82 minutes. Everton would also finish the match with 10 men as Morgan Schneiderlin sent off in the 88th for a second yellow, capping off an unlucky night for Ronald Koeman's side at the Etihad.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 21 - 5:27 PM

Wes Morgan will sit out of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup clash against Sheffield United after suffering a back injury during the 2-0 win over Brighton.

Manager Craig Shakespeare addressed the media ahead of his sides visit to Bramall Lane confirming that he plans "to make changes" as there are squad players "that deserve a chance." Young defender Josh Knight will be included, while Ahmed Musa and Yohan Benalouane are set to feature. However, Morgan won’t make it, due to a slight back problem: "I don’t want to take a risk with him tomorrow so he’ll come in and train as normal and hopefully he’ll be okay for Saturday," said Shakespeare. "It’s not [the same back injury], it’s a different area. He’s had some physio and treatment on there and he’ll be fine." Danny Drinkwater [thigh], Vicente Iborra [groin] and Kelechi Iheanacho [toe] are also out. Robert Huth "is close" after playing 60 minutes for the development side last week but "he could do with another game before he goes into a competitive [first team match]."
Aug 21 - 4:33 PM

Marko Arnautovic issued an apology to West Ham fans on his Instagram page after he was sent off in the Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Southampton.

The Hammers were forced to play the majority of Saturday's defeat with 10 men after Arnautovic was shown a straight red card for a violent elbow on Jack Stephens in the 33rd minute at the St. Mary's Stadium. West Ham fought back after the attacker's dismissal as Javier Hernandez scored twice to bring Slaven Bilic's side back from a 2-0 deficit, but the spirited comeback was undone by a Charlie Austin spot-kick in the 93rd minute. While Arnautovic protested his innocence over the foul during the match, the 28-year-old posted an apology on social media after the fixture: "I want to apologise to all the West Ham fans. Just want to let you know I didn't want to let my team down and you fans. So please, sorry. A big apology to all of you." The club record signing will now serve a three-match ban before being eligible to return September 23rd against Tottenham.
Aug 21 - 3:18 PM

Jamie Vardy has recovered from a foot injury and is expected to be fit to face Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup clash on Tuesday.

Vardy was withdraw towards the end of the Premier League victory over Brighton & and Hove Albion on Saturday with a foot issue, but has been declared fit to face the Blades by manager Craig Shakespeare. "Jamie [Vardy] trained this morning (Monday) okay," Shakespeare said, but added the striker may see a limited role in the cup fixture with Leicester headed to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Saturday. This could see Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani lead the attack against Sheffield United in order to afford Vardy some more rest ahead of the clash with the Premier League leaders.
Aug 21 - 2:32 PM

Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been ruled out of Tuesday's Carabao Cup clash with Sheffield United but could be fit for the trip to Manchester United on Saturday.

Iheanacho has returned to training after missing the 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion with a foot injury but Tuesday's cup clash will come too soon for the £25million signing from Manchester City. "He [Iheanacho] won’t feature," said manager Craig Shakespeare on Monday. "There’s no real major problems which is a bonus. Obviously, when players get discomfort in there, you want that to settle down by giving him a few days off the grass." Iheanacho saw a specialist last week after experiencing pain in his toe while running at full speed and, according to Shakespeare, will be given more time to recover ahead of the trip to Old Trafford. Meanwhile, Wes Morgan (back), Robert Huth (ankle) and Danny Drinkwater (thigh) will also miss the trip to Bramall Lane on Tuesday.
Aug 21 - 2:52 PM




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