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Once again it appears that Manchester United are likely to be without top forwards Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie as they travel to Stamford Bridge for a Week 22 match-up.

Manchester United have been surviving the absence of their two best players reasonably well due in large part to the kindness of the schedule. With a trip to Chelsea looming in Week 22 and their two star men still not likely to be ready the consequences of the injuries is likely to be felt. Even with Rooney and RvP the Red Devils would likely have struggled to win against in-form Chelsea but without them it appears to be a bridge too far to expect even a single point from the match.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 09:27:00 AM

John Terry wants to see Didier Drogba at the club next season and hopes Chelsea give him a new deal.

Didier Drogba's contract expires at the end of the season but John Terry hopes the striker returns. Drogba is the third choice striker at Chelsea right now behind Diego Costa and Loic Remy, but with both of them injured, he's provided incredible cover considering his age. Drogba would not be a fantasy option next season if he returns, but he could once again play an important role in Chelsea's title run.
Source: Sky Sports
May 6 - 12:18 PM

Brazilian coach Dunga announced his 23-man squad for next month’s Copa America which included a number of Premier League players, however there was one notable absentee – Chelsea midfielder Oscar.

It was widely accepted that Oscar – who sat out of Sundays’ win over Crystal Palace – was still suffering from the after-effects of concussion but Dunga revealed "Oscar got an injury in his last training session with Chelsea, we spoke with Jose Mourinho and the doctor. His recuperation will take time he won’t be at his best during the Copa America." The specifics of the injury aren’t known at this stage although it is believed to be muscular related – possibly thigh – and with the Premier League title already secured the club will take no chances. Team mates Willian and Felipe Luis were called up along with Liverpool play maker Philippe Coutinho.
May 6 - 5:01 AM

Daniel Sturridge will play no further part this season after Liverpool made the decision for the England international to undergo surgery in an attempt to have the striker fully fit for the start of new campaign.

Sturridge has been struggling with ongoing hamstring, thigh and hip problems and was sent to America for a specialist assessment which highlighted an underlying condition thought to be the main cause of his problems. With only 3-games remaining and Champions League qualification unlikely the player opted to go under the knife rather than risk breaking down again at a later stage. In his absence Liverpool have struggled to hit the dizzy heights of last season especially in front of goal as Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert have all failed to fill the void managing a meagre 4 league goals between them.
Source: The Guardian
May 6 - 5:22 AM

Burnley cannot seem to buy a goal these days but their defense came off a productive weekend despite the 1-0 loss away to West Ham United.

Burnley are now on six games played without scoring a single goal, with the past four matches all ending in 0-1 or 1-0 results. Their defense though has been respectable, conceding a total of ten goals in their last ten games combined. Despite keeping clean sheets in only two of those contests, Claret defensive options have shown to be productive, such as this past loss to the Hammers. Three of the four defenders reached double digit points in the Yahoo game, including Ben Mee who scored 11. They will be tasked to stop Dame N'Doye in a pivotal relegation battle this coming weekend.
May 5 - 10:51 AM

Seamus Coleman had a tough day for fantasy managers as Everton shipped three goals in their loss to Aston Villa over the weekend, resulting in a nice price discount.

Coleman had the worst score of any of the Toffee defenders with a -4 in the Yahoo game. That has triggered a price drop which should be considered for Week 35 as Everton will be set to host Sunderland. While the Black Cats are coming off of a positive display with a win at home, odds are they will find things difficult at Goodison Park. Between attacking and defending potential, Coleman should be among the ranked defenders to own for Week 35.
May 5 - 10:57 AM

What was once assumed to be a replacement because of injury woes and a subsequent shift in form, it appears Glen Johnson has now carved out a place in Liverpool's XI.

Brendan Rodgers has recently changed his formation to restore a conventional back four instead of three, and it has handed Johnson another opportunity after spending much of 2015 as bench depth. Part of the initial take on the formation shift was a perceived injury to Alberto Moreno but he has since been declared fit only for Rodgers to stick with Johnson this past weekend. The England international is going for pretty cheap in the Yahoo game, but even if you think he is back for an extended run, you may want to wait an extra week as the Reds will be traveling to Stamford Bridge next.
May 5 - 11:07 AM

With Daryl Janmaaat and Mike Williamson both suspended for their next match, expect another patchwork defensive unit named by John Carver as Newcastle host West Brom this weekend.

Fabricio Coloccini will be at center back as per usual, otherwise Carver will have to move a few pieces around lest he wants to dip in to his youth squad. Expect Ryan Taylor to shift back to right back to fill in for Janmaat, Jack Colback to shift to left back from central midfield and Paul Dummett, who would normally be at left back, to push in to partner Coloccini. It would be difficult to imagine anything but a long day at the office for this unit, so despite not being known for attacking investment, the Baggies should be looked at for possible options there to potentially exploit the Toon.
May 5 - 11:17 AM

Swansea City's tidy 2-0 win over Stoke City at the weekend saw plenty of positive fantasy performances from the in-form side, but a trip to the Emirates next may prove difficult for them to keep up things up.

The Swans had big games from their defensive unit but to imagine a clean sheet away to the Gunners with the way they are attacking right now seems nearly impossible. Arsenal are pretty tough to score on right now too, having kept clean sheets in two of their past three and not conceding more than one goal in any of their previous ten. It may be a week to avoid the Swans if you can, but one prospect might be worth looking at in Ki. He is one of the best midfielders in the fantasy game this season and is still below 10m in price. He has a knack for popping up with goals in fixtures like this and can accumulate points in other categories should he fail to score or assist.
May 5 - 11:32 AM

The future of Erik Lamela has been a question hanging in the balance for Tottenham as he wraps up his second season with the club, but recent performances have given Spurs reason to smile.

One of the marquee signings in the aftermath of the Gareth Bale transfer, it had been nothing short of disappointment for Lamela for most of his Tottenham career until recently. After falling out of favor most weeks since the holiday season, he has seen a resurgence since Mauricio Pochettino turned back to him in recent matches. He assisted against Newcastle in Week 33, scored against Southampton in Week 34 and while not earning either credit this past weekend against Manchester City, he put in another solid shift that earned him 12 fantasy points. He could make for a nice low ownership play down the stretch this season.
May 5 - 11:41 AM

Arsene Wenger made it 4-games unchanged as Arsenal travelled to the KC Stadium on Monday knowing that a comprehensive victory would steal second place back from rivals Manchester City. However the Gunners’ did recall Tomas Rosicky to the bench as injury ruled Danny Welbeck out.

The England international was not available for selection because of knee inflammation although Wenger confirmed the "problem did not look serious." It is envisaged Welbeck will be available for the visit of Swansea next weekend [if not] then certainly for the Manchester United game 6-days later. The Arsenal physio room is looking unusually sparse these days with only Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain [groin] and Mathieu Debuchy [hamstring] receiving treatment which has coincided with a major upturn in league form.
May 4 - 4:37 PM

Alexis Sanchez scored two in the first half as Arsenal beat Hull City comfortably to draw even with Manchester City in second place with a match in hand.

Sanchez's first goal had a touch of luck to it as his free kick deflected off of Michael Dawson's head to wrong-foot Steve Harper. Sanchez watched as Santi Cazorla provided Arsenal's second goal as he fed Aaron Ramsey with a ball from deep that allowed the Welshman to turn neatly and loop a slightly deflected ball over the again-helpless Steve Harper. Sanchez capped off the first half with a smoothly taken goal from an Aaron Ramsey pass. Ramsey put the Chilean in and he rounded Harper to slot it into the open net. Arsenal gave up a Stephen Quinn headed goal in the 56th minute but closed it out for the 3-1 win.
May 4 - 4:51 PM





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