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Manchester City have fired manager Roberto Mancini and assistant David Platt has left the club.

Mancini was fired after a disappointing campaign that saw his club exit the Champions League group stages, in a tournament they notably had tactical issues, and finish behind Manchester United in the BPL table. Platt has decided to follow Manicini wherever his next stop is, as indicated by a statement from the team: "David was offered the opportunity to continue his work with us but has declined the invitation. He has decided to leave his role with his close friend Roberto Mancini."
Tue, May 14, 2013 05:48:00 PM

Francis Coquelin is questionable for Arsenal's trip across London after suffering a head injury in a collision with Olivier Giroud in the 2-0 over Everton on Sunday.

The extent of Francis Coquelin's injury is still being evaluated. He could require surgery that would keep him out for Week 28 and possibly beyond. He could also be ready to go in Week 28 with the assistance of a protective face mask. With Arsenal not playing until Wednesday, only fantasy managers who can make changes right up until that team's matches start should consider Coquelin for their line-up. Even then, they should only do so if they have a credible alternative to substitute in whose match starts at the same time as Arsenal's on Wednesday.
Mar 3 - 10:54 AM

After being rested for Week 27 against Everton, Per Mertesacker may be rested again for Week 28 in order to give him an extended rest.

Per Mertesacker looked rotten against Monaco last mid-week in Champions League action and overuse has been called out as the biggest reason given how frequently the German started for Arsenal after playing for the entire World Cup. To make the rest a meaningful one, it seems likely that Gabriel will start a second consecutive match as Arsenal travel to Loftus Road on Wednesday. The rotation has not been made official anywhere but it makes sense given what we saw from Mertesacker.
Mar 3 - 11:01 AM

Phil Jones missed the visit of Sunderland over the weekend with an illness but should be ready to go again for the mid-week trip to St. James' Park.

Jonny Evans deputized for Jones against the Black Cats but it seems likely that Jones will return to the starting line-up now that he has recovered. Newcastle's form has been up and down so the value of Jones, Evans or any of United's defenders is definitely a hard thing to quantify even in the presence of certain starters. Given that there is at least some doubt over who will start with Jones and Luke Shaw both fit again.
Mar 3 - 11:14 AM

Jon Walters' ongoing knee issues may keep him out of Stoke City's Wednesday match with Everton in Week 28.

With Walters still questionable it will likely fall to Peter Crouch or Marko Arnautovic to partner Mame Biram Diouf. Stoke City are struggling with injuries all over the pitch to key players. Beyond Walters' injury they will be missing Bojan, Bojan's replacement Stephen Ireland, Ryan Shawcross, and Marc Muniesa. Ordinarily, the Potters are a strong bet against fellow mid-table opponents when playing at the Britannia but in this weakened state they should be treated as less of a strong bet.
Mar 3 - 11:30 AM

Dame N'Doye was rested due to fatigue after having to travel back and forth to Senegal last week. He is questionable for Week 28 but seems likely to play having had two more days to recover.

Both Jelavic and Dame N'Doye were absent over the weekend and Steve Bruce will hope that he has at least one of the duo back. Sunderland's trip to the KC Stadium offers a good chance for three points but that chance will be diminished with no recognized forwards available along with the absence of Robbie Brady. If you have the option to wait until line-ups are released then one or both Hull City forwards could be options but if you don't then it's probably best to avoid both Jelavic and N'Doye
Mar 3 - 10:46 AM

Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has accepted a Football Association charge of violent conduct after elbowing West Ham's Diafra Sakho.

Jedinak caught Hammers striker Sakho with an elbow near the end of Palace's 3-1 victory on Saturday but the incident was missed by the referee. The FA charged the midfielder retrospectively and he has accepted the charge. The Eagles say they are awaiting details of Jedinak's punishment, but it is widely expected that he will face a four games ban as this is his second red card offence of the season.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 3 - 9:11 AM

Massadio Haidara suffered a setback in training and is highly unlikely to feature for Newcastle United tomorrow evening when they host Manchester United.

Davide Santon would certainly come in handy right about now. The last thing the Magpies could afford was another casualty in defense but it is looking gloomy in that respect. This would almost have to give Ryan Taylor an opportunity to start unless they call up a youth player. Taylor played the final half hour over the weekend and grabbed double digit fantasy points in the process, with no goals or assists in that total - he is a fantasy darling in any fixture. He makes for a great differential in your XI this week.
Mar 3 - 10:07 AM

Saido Berahino played and scored over the weekend after being questionable but is listed as questionable again for Albion's mid-week at rivals Aston Villa.

The Baggies have struggled for goals all season and the possible absence of Berahino will compound that should he, indeed, miss the match. It compounds what is a trouble spot for West Brom against Villa since Victor Anichebe is definitely out and Brown Ideye also faces a fitness test on his knee. Expect one, if not both, of Ideye or Berahino to stage a miraculous recovery but betting on one of them will probably be more than most fantasy managers want to bit off.
Mar 3 - 10:28 AM

Nikica Jelavic who missed Hull City's Week 27 loss has a chance to feature in Week 28 with his manager saying that he's "hopeful".

Both Jelavic and Dame N'Doye were absent over the weekend and Steve Bruce will hope that he has at least one of the duo back. Sunderland's trip to the KC Stadium offers a good chance for three points but that chance will be diminished with no recognized forwards available along with the absence of Robbie Brady. If you have the option to wait until line-ups are released then one or both Hull City forwards could be options but if you don't then it's probably best to avoid both Jelavic and N'Doye.
Mar 3 - 10:38 AM

Toby Alderweireld should be available for Southampton in week 28.

Alderweireld was out for seven weeks with a hamstring issue but is finally deemed fit and should be available for selection against Crystal Palace in midweek. It's a bit risky to use Alderweireld in fantasy due to the fact he might come off the bench since he hasn't played in such a long time, but he'll be a great choice starting next week.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 3 - 12:02 AM

Graziano Pelle could lose his starting job after a series of horrible performances.

Pelle has been absolutely horrific in recent weeks and just can't finish regardless of how good his chances have been. Ronald Koeman might choose to bench him in favor of Shane Long or another one of his winger/forward options. Regardless of whether he plays, we recommend not using Pelle in fantasy during this rough stretch.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 3 - 12:16 AM




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