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Sevilla defender, Cala, terminated his contract with Sevilla and has joined Cardiff City despite the transfer window having closed last week.

As Ole Solskjaer reshaped his side in January, center back remained thin when the window closed. With Mark Hudson sidelined with a hamstring injury, Ben Turner was recalled to the side to partner Steven Caulker. Cala has a growing reputation after becoming a regular for Sevilla this season and will reinforce an all too porous Cardiff defence.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Feb 5, 2014 12:04:00 AM

AFC Bournemouth came through a bruising encounter against Leicester City but the Cherries’ may be counting the cost of securing a point at Dean Court following knee injuries to Tyrone Mings, Max Gradel and Charlie Daniels.

Mings was left reeling in agony just five minutes into his debut following a challenge by Foxes midfielder Danny Drinkwater. The 22 year-old needed gas and air before departing on a stretcher while Gradel "knew pretty early that he had a serious one" confirmed Eddie Howe. Both players will be assessed over the next 48 hours. Early reports suggest Daniels’ injury – certainly in comparison – is only minor although he will be checked further. Marc Pugh was also limping towards the end of the game but having made all three substitutions the midfielder had no option but to remain on the pitch until the final whistle.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 30 - 6:15 PM

Garry Monk has confirmed that Jefferson Montero was rested - for the visit of Manchester United - as a precaution after feeling discomfort in his thigh during the Swans final training session yesterday.

Montero was a surprise omission from Sundays’ starting line-up as Wayne Routledge came in for his first start of the campaign. The South American has been in scintillating form and supporters must have been fearing the worst as an unbeaten United side arrived at the Liberty. However those concerns were laid to rest during a five minute second half spell when in-form strikers Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis grabbed the goals to help Swansea secure 3pts. Post-match the Jacks fans received more good news as Monk confirmed Montero would be available for GW5 "He had a scan, there was nothing clinical so that's good news. It was more soreness and tightness. We decided it was best that we didn't involve him today and risk him being out for a long period."
Aug 30 - 5:54 PM

Chelsea used new signing Kenedy at left-back as frustrations about their defense grow.

The Blues have had one of the worst defenses in the league this season, which is very surprising considering their defensive prowess of the past few seasons. They are lacking speed at the back and Mourinho decided to replace Cesar Azpilicueta with Kenedy in the second half on Saturday. Kenedy played well there, despite being out of position, and was praised by Mourinho. We won't be surprised to see Kenedy or Baba Rahman start at left-back in the next match.
Aug 30 - 3:00 PM

Southampton kept a clean sheet with ease today as they only allowed Norwich to get six shots off.

Norwich were down to 10 men midway through the first half and that was part of the reason they couldn't get anything going against the Saints, but Southampton were brilliant in defense and did well to only allow six shots. Out of the six, only one was on target, and it was easily saved by Stekelenburg. Southampton's defense seems to be getting back on track and we feel now is a good time to invest, especially with Ryan Bertrand coming back soon.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 12:50 PM

Bafetimbi Gomis continued his consistent scoring run, netting the game-winner as Swansea City defeated Manchester United, 2-1.

After having taken the double from the Red Devils last season, it looked as if Swansea were in trouble after going 0-1 down in the 48th minute, knowing that the visitors had yet to give a goal up on the season. The absence of Jefferson Montero (thigh) furthered the uphill battle. But this very balanced Swansea attack found the breakthrough not long after going down. On the hour mark, a quick counter-attack saw Gylfi Sigurdsson deliver a perfect cross to Andre Ayew who had a free header to beat the keeper. Then, six minutes later, Gomis scored for the fourth consecutive contest, meeting up with a perfectly weighted pass from Ayew to slot home from point blank range. Rumors are circulating about Gomis' 7m buyout clause in his contract. Clubs like United and Spurs sure look in need of his services.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 30 - 1:00 PM

Manchester United took the lead with a Juan Mata goal but their defense finally cracked and allowed Swansea City to come from behind and defeat them again, 2-1.

Louis van Gaal, meet Garry Monk. So much fanfare around LvG's arrival to Old Trafford last season, but he has now lost three in three to the young Swansea skipper and the Red Devil fan base will surely be asking questions as the transfer window closes about what looks to be a very inadequate attacking core. Wayne Rooney struggled once again up top and we are still waiting to see Memphis Depay make the kind of splash LvG was hoping for. They did manage to get a goal from Mata, who found a Luke Shaw cross at the far post to score his first of the season. Still, they need another playmaker in midfield and/or a striker before this window shuts. The Ander Herrera experiment in the No. 10 role did not work out well.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 30 - 1:14 PM

Sadio Mane was fantastic in Southampton's 3-0 win over Norwich today.

The midfielder was only credited with two assists but he was at the heart of all three Southampton goals today deserves as much credit as anyone on that squad. Mane created five chances on the day and attempted seven crosses, to go along with his two shots on target. He seemed healthy and rested after missing the Saints' midweek clash with a knock, and he seems primed for a huge season ahead. Buy low on him if you can, as some seem to be down on him at the moment.
Source: EPL Stat Man
Aug 30 - 12:14 PM

As Roberto Martinez enters his most challenging week yet as Everton manager, he might now have another player to replace as Tom Cleverley leaves the pitch on a stretcher…

The value of John Stones is seemingly increasing by the minute. Not just because Chelsea are intent on lurching from one drama to another – although that doesn’t hurt. But by another immaculate display, this time at the expense of last season’s great white hope Harry Kane. Yes, he was aided and abetted by Seamus Coleman, demonstrating that there is more than one Everton defender that big clubs will pay big money for. And Goalkeeper Tim Howard back to his athletic best. But the loss of Stones would be a crushing blow, no matter the number of zeros added to Everton’s end of year figures or who arrives in his place. Talking of new arrivals, the injury to Tom Cleverley should give an extended run in the team to Kevin Mirallas. But might also prompt the pursuit of another midfield player, in addition to striker Leonardo Rodriguez and defender Ramiro Funes Mori.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 30 - 10:12 AM

Sunderland will be grateful for an away point but with the shutters coming down on the transfer window, Dick Advocaat looks more than a few pieces of the jigsaw still missing…

The feeling inside Sunderland was the major (and expensive) surgery that took place in the summer had paved the way to a brighter future. And then the season started – which will undo all the best laid plans. The team looks still very much a work in progress, with the center-back partnership tinkered with again – Younes Kaboul partnered John O’Shea this time. Center-forward duties were shared – equally unconvincingly - a half each by Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher. Midfielder Yann M’Vila hasn’t convinced a single PL.com manager to invest, but opened his account with an excellent free-kick. But hopes will depend on the ‘worldies’ that Costel Pantilimon pull off (two so far this season) and the goals that Jermains Lens and Defoe can smuggle. And how many reinforcements can be drafted in before 6pm on Tuesday.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 30 - 10:14 AM

Crystal Palace continue to walk the walk, becoming only the second team to win at Chelsea in Jose Mourinho’s 100 matches at the Bridge…

Who’d have thunk it? Palace bosses Pardew and Parish spent the summer talking the talk – and, it should be said, backing it up with spending the cash. But we didn’t think they would be going to Chelsea and winning, did we? Of course, we didn’t think that Chelsea would start the season like a new-born giraffe. And no-one could’ve foreseen the descent of Branislav Ivanovic from FL manager’s ‘must have’ defender to weak link. Palace mercilessly targeted the right-back, basing 50% of their attacking play down their left. Bakary Sako dominated the poor Serb, setting up the winner for Joel Ward – that’s five goals and four assists in his last nine matches. And we perhaps shouldn’t be too surprised by the result. This is the Eagle’s seventh win from nine away trips since January. Won’t be their last either…
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 30 - 10:15 AM

Southampton finally gave in a good display this season, defeating 10-man Norwich 3-0 at home.

Dusan Tadic re-entered the starting XI today and was instrumental in the win. He scored twice in the second half to secure the game, after Graziano Pelle scored at the end of the first to open things up. Sadio Mane also played really well today, getting two assists on top of two shots on goal and seven crosses. Southampton are now in 10th place with five points from their first four matches.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 10:51 AM




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