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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
Tue, Jan 7, 2014 06:35:00 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

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has posted a video showing off his kickboxing abilities captioned "Which knee?"

The video suggests that Zlatan is eager to return to professional football after his prolonged absence since suffering a season ending knee injury last April. José Mourinho previously admitted that Ibra and Manchester United had been speaking about handing the veteran striker a new contract once he could prove his fitness. Earlier this month, he said: "He's injured and needs time to recover. He's not ready to play tomorrow so it's not urgent. We're not desperate to have it done or not done." "We are discussing the possibility of him staying with us for the second part of the season," he added. Rumours are now suggesting that the Swede will indeed sign on for The Red Devils for the coming PL season, providing an exciting backup option for Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 20 - 11:37 PM

Tottenham's ability to play in their temporary Wembley home did not start off well as they failed to take advantage of a Chelsea side coming off a bad performance and it was the Blues who took the points in a 1-2 final.

It was a frustrating opener to be sure, as Spurs enjoyed 68% of the possession, had several more attempts on target and had a corner kick advantage of 14 to 3. But the curse of Harry Kane in August continued, as he managed to hit the post in this one, the second week in a row, as well as pick up a yellow card for the second match running. Christian Eriksen was able to make a fantasy contribution once again, as his free kick in the 82nd minute was directed in by Michy Batshuayi for an own goal, leveling the match temporarily. Chelsea found a winner minutes later, as Hugo Lloris was beaten on the short side by Marcos Alonso. The stats would make one think there's not reason to panic with this Tottenham side, but they had a chance to take points from their rivals who they were coming off a poor performance and two suspended starters, as well as dismiss the "Wembley effect", and today they failed.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 1:15 PM

Chelsea got back on track after their opening slip up against Burnley by using a pair of Marcos Alonso goals to lead the way to a 1-2 win over London rivals Tottenham.

After a week of speculation regarding how Chelsea's future looked following the loss to the Clarets, they responded positively today, as Victor Moses returned to the XI from suspension, Alvaro Morata was preferred to Michy Batshuayi and Tiémoué Bakayoko made his debut. The headlines belong to Alonso though, who reminded us of how dangerous he is in the Blues attack. A foul om David Luiz midway through the first half set up a free kick for the left-footed Alonso, and he curled one over the wall and past a helpless Hugo Lloris to put Chelsea ahead. While Spurs had their moments, Chelsea were in control late into the match but Batshuayi, who came on as a substitute, directed a SPurs free kick into Chelsea's own goal. Alonso saved the day though with a run down the left after a pass from Pedro and he beat the keeper short side for the match-winner.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 1:04 PM




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