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Sunderland beat Manchester United 2-1 in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg.

It was only the first leg of this tie, but Sunderland handed Manchester United their third defeat in a row in all competitions, the first time this has happened since 2001. Ryan Giggs' own goal in first-half injury time had put Sunderland ahead but Nemanja Vidic levelled in the second half. Fabio Borini's penalty won the game after Tom Cleverley was penalised for a challenge on Adam Johnson, and David Moyes is now officially under pressure. Gus Poyet will be delighted and must hope this form can be carried in to the weekend as the Black Cats face a huge match at Fulham.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 7 - 6:35 PM

Bojan Krkic's much-anticipated Stoke City debut was a bit of a dud both on the field (they lost) and for fantasy managers.

The one-time "next big thing" from the Barcelona youth system has fallen a long way at the tender age of 23 when his debut for Stoke City happened to mediocre-at-best reviews. The man they call Bojan scored a mere two points in both the Yahoo and PL.com fantasy formats. Not exactly scintillating stuff when the opponent was Aston Villa and the venue was the Britannia Stadium. He intercepted two passes and both committed and won a foul and that was about it for a full 90 minutes of work. Not an auspicious debut.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 21 - 1:44 PM

Fellow debutante Bojan made bigger headlines but Diouf has been more productive over the past two seasons but that productivity in Germany didn't translate to the Premier League in Week 1.

Former Manchester United player Mame Biram Diouf's acquisition by Mark Hughes was a bit lost in the glamour of the Bojan acquisition but recent history tells us that Diouf is the more likely to score actual goals. Unfortunately for the Potters, neither man did much on the pitch or in fantasy in Week 1. Diouf won two tackles and traded fouls for the only statistical evidence that he actually played on Saturday. It was good for a mere two points in both Yahoo and PL.com fantasy formats. Given the pre-season predictions for Aston Villa, there'sot a lot to be optimistic about with Stoke's new strikeforce after a week.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 21 - 1:49 PM

Not many of West Brom's new acquisitions played but new left back Sebastien Pocognoli played and wasn't bad for fantasy managers given he was a defender in a match with four goals scored.

Six fantasy points (Yahoo format) isn't a great deal to get excited about but when there is a nice mix of attacking stats (2 successful crosses and 2 corners won) as well as some defending stats (2 interceptions and 2 tackles won) from a defender, that's not a bad early sign of potential. When there are reinforcements - Gareth McAuley, Joleon Lescott and Cristian Gamboa - who have yet to play a match and could help the team get some clean sheets there's even more room for optimism. I'm not suggesting that Pocognoli is going to be a fantasy star but he certainly outperformed expectations in Week 1.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 21 - 1:54 PM

Erik Lamela came off the bench to change the game as Tottenham fought from a goal down to claim the advantage in their Europa League play-off tie against Limassol.

Spurs had fallen behind to an early Limassol goal and looked to be heading for a first leg defeat before Lamela was brought off the bench with less than 20 minutes to go. The winger set up Roberto Soldado's equaliser with a lofted through ball, before a terrific pass from the Argentinian was finished by Harry Kane to turn the tie around. The performance should ensure Lamela starts the game against QPR in Week 2, and he remains a terrific bargain in the Yahoo fantasy game.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 21 - 2:47 PM

Alan Pardew indicated via Newcastle's Twitter feed that attacking midfielder Siem De Jong has been training all week and will be in the squad to face Aston Villa on Saturday.

Perhaps Pardew's most dynamic signing this summer, De Jong appears set to debut for his new club. Fantasy managers may want to see a start from the Dutchman before considering investment as being guaranteed by a manager to be "in the squad" doesn't necessarily mean he will start. Still, his presence should give a boost to Newcastle's attacking weapons going forward and the test against Villa should be monitored for potential Magpie prospects.
Aug 21 - 10:28 AM

Swansea's newest signing, Federico Fernandez, is a doubt to make his debut against Burnley this weekend, as he continues to wait for international clearance.

The old "international clearance" hurdle claims another potential victim. Fernandez will likely not feature this weekend, and considering the Swans got a positive result at Old Trafford last weekend, it may be in Garry Monk's best interests to reward Jordi Amat another start before Fernandez inevitably takes over.
Aug 21 - 10:44 AM

Mikel Arteta is awaiting the results of his scan after the Arsenal midfielder suffered an ankle injury during Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League qualifying game against Besiktas.

Post-match Arsene Wenger revealed the player had "turned his ankle" and as the Spaniard hobbled through the press zone wearing a protective cast clearly in pain the initial prognosis did not look good. On Wednesday Arteta went for a scan to confirm the severity of the problem and dependent upon the results of those assessments the Arsenal coach could be forced to step-up his search for a replacement defensive midfielder. Recently linked to Cheick Tiote, Newcastle United have confirmed their Ivorian holding player is available having reportedly turned down an $12 million bid from Lokomotiv Moscow; although the transfer fee could prove to be a huge stumbling block with the Magpies holding out for around $20 million.
Aug 21 - 7:11 AM

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has signed a new four-year deal with the defending Premier League champions.

Dzeko was very nearly on his way out of the Etihad door towards the end of Roberto's Mancini's reign, but the striker has enjoyed working under Manuel Pellegrini and should play a key role for Manchester City as they look to defend their Premier League title. The 28-year-old joins Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, Aleksandar Kolarov, Vincent Kompany and David Silva in committing their futures to the club.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 21 - 7:58 AM

Newcastle United had a quiet fantasy day as expected in their loss to reigning champions Manchester City, but Remy Cabella was particularly disappointing given his over 15m price tag.

Committing two fouls and not registering a single shot on target is not conducive to the kind of fantasy production you would expect from a midfielder at Cabella's price. The weekend trip to Aston Villa should provide a kinder climate for Cabella to show us what he can do but for the money it takes to own him, he needs to show us something first.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Aug 20 - 8:53 PM

Queens Park Rangers continue to add Premier League experienced players to their promoted side, now having signed Leroy Fer from Norwich City for three years at a reported £8m.

The move is a good one for QPR and Fer alike. Fer is too talented to spend a year in the Championship and Rangers were in need of an upgrade in central midfield. The addition spells the end for Alejandro Faurlin as a regular with Fer slotting straight in to partner the enigmatic Joey Barton in the middle. Fer has goals in him, he scored one for the Dutch as a substitute in his very limited pitch time at World Cup 2014.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 1:40 PM

Given the overall disaster that was Manchester United's opening match, it's hard to get a strong sense of how good Herrera can be in reality or in fantasy this season.

By all accounts, Ander Herrera is a very good player. By those same accounts, Manchester United were a rotten team on Saturday. By the numbers, Herrera's debut was a bomb with the player scoring a mere two points in both the Yahoo and PL.com formats. Watching him actually play the match the best thing you could say about his performance was that United's midfield conspired to get worse when he was substituted out in the second half. It is probably worth waiting to see what United's team looks like after the transfer window closes and injured players return before writing Herrera off as a fantasy player.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 10:17 AM




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