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Vito Mannone marked his return to the Emirates by watching four goals go past him as Sunderland lost 4-1 to the Italian keeper's former club Arsenal.

On a day when Arsenal honored one former player, Dennis Bergkamp, they weren't nearly as kind to another returnee in the form of Vito Mannone. It is hard to blame the goalkeeper given the quality of the defending in front of him. Sunderland allowed two spectacular passing sequences for the first and third goals. The second goal was the result of a telegraphed back pass to Mannone that should never have been made. The final goal was a wide open header from Laurent Koscielny on a corner kick that Mannone was powerless to stop.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 12:52:00 PM

Stewart Downing has slowed down in recent weeks after a hot start to the season.

The West Ham midfielder has not been horrific but also hasn't shown the form he was displaying early in the season. He's averaged just 6.5 fantasy points over the last four weeks in the Yahoo! game and at this point, there are better players in his price range that you should be considering. Take him out of your Yahoo! lineup while he regains form, but keep him in draft leagues.
Mar 1 - 3:01 PM

Aston Villa's players continue to struggle in both real life and fantasy.

This was a horrific week for Aston Villa. They lost yet another match, this time to Newcastle, and their players couldn't produce any fantasy worthy stats. The best scorer of the week for them was Ciaran Clark, who came out with eight fantasy points, but there isn't a single player we would recommend owning in the Yahoo! game in the coming weeks. There is just too much inconsistency and lack of upside.
Mar 1 - 3:09 PM

Chelsea won the Capital One Cup today with a 2-0 win over Tottenham.

Chelsea started the match with a surprising lineup, placing Kurt Zouma in defensive midfield to replace the suspended Nemanja Matic. The move placed them in a slight disadvantage as they seemed to struggle early on, but Tottenham couldn't capitalize despite hitting the crossbar. The Blues gained the advantage late in the first half after John Terry finished a deflected ball in the box. A Kyle Walker own goal doubled the advantage in the second half and Chelsea cruised to their first title of the year. Chelsea players are great investments at the moment as they'll have a double gameweek in the near future.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 1 - 2:55 PM

Captain Phil Jagielka made a saving block but then deflected a Tomas Rosicky shot into his own net as Everton dropped a 2-0 decision to Arsenal.

Coming off a big boost in Europe Cup action and facing an Arsenal team who looked bad in Europe both clubs reverted to form as Arsenal won 2-0 at the Emirates. Everton had a few solid chances but they couldn't capitalize while their opponents were more clinical and rode that finishing to a win.
Mar 1 - 11:54 AM

Arsenal recovered from their mid-week embarrassment against Monaco with a 2-0 win over Everton.

Olivier Giroud started the scoring with a volley from a corner kick. The goal got the French forward back on track after he let two good opportunities go begging in mid-week. Tomas Rosicky scored a late goal to ice the match although he got help from a deflection.
Mar 1 - 11:11 AM

Steve Bruce revealed post-match on Saturday that Robbie Brady suffered a "horrible calf injury" in training which could sideline the midfielder [come defender] for "weeks or maybe months."

The news of his absence will come as a massive blow to the Tigers as Brady has been in great form and this latest setback effectively rules the player out of a number of crucial games against teams around them at the bottom including Sunderland and Leicester City. Bruce was also forced into two other changes prior to the loss at the Britannia as the boss decided not to risk top scorer Nikica Jelavic – the striker is managing an ongoing knee complaint and cannot play two games in quick succession though he should be available on Tuesday. The in-form Dame N’Doye was also restricted to a place on the bench after spending most of last week travelling to Russia presumably tying up loose ends following his last-minute move during the January window.
Mar 1 - 5:39 AM

The win over Hull City on Saturday was overshadowed by the horrific injury sustained by Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland who required 10 stitches in an open wound which left manager Mark Hughes fuming at another poor refereeing performance.

Ireland was the unfortunate recipient of a Maynor Figueroa tackle from behind which went unpunished by the referee and was missed by the assistant who was within 10 yards of the incident. Hughes will be speaking to the FA and seeking retrospective action following the challenge which he described as career threatening. The injury is likely to keep Ireland sidelined for at least a month and is the latest in a long line of problems this term which include muscular, knee and chest injuries. Fortunately for Stoke their midfield quota is relatively well-stocked at the moment with Steve Sidwell, Charlie Adam, Geoff Cameron and Marko Arnautovic all potential replacements.
Mar 1 - 6:07 AM

Philippe Coutinho scored a stunning winner as Liverpool dented Manchester City's Premier League title defence with a deserved victory at Anfield.

This was a great match between very good sides, but in the end Liverpool shaded it and deservedly took the three points. Jordan Henderson's curling effort put the Reds ahead before Edin Dzeko finished off Sergio Aguero's great pass to equalise after a slick team move. That was how an even match stayed until half time, but Liverpool came out with renewed energy in the second half and their pressure eventually told when Brazilian midfielder Coutinho capped a man of the match display with the decisive goal with another curling strike from 25 yards. The result leaves Man City five points behind Chelsea having played a game more, while Liverpool move to fifth and are on a run of 11 Premier League matches without defeat
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 1 - 9:23 AM

Saido Berahino's early goal was enough to secure a vital victory over Champions League hopefuls Southampton.

This was another big step towards Premier League survival for the Baggies as Saido Berahino's strike proved enough to beat Southampton. Berahino scored after just 71 seconds at The Hawthorns when he fired home from Maya Yoshida's clearance and the home side held on to take the three points. Graziano Pelle squandered Southampton's best chance when he failed to tap in Ryan Bertrand's excellent low cross. West Brom move up to 13th, eight points clear of the drop zone and it appears Tony Pulis has worked his magic once again. The Saints have now won just one of their last four league matches and remain in 5th, two points behind 4th placed Arsenal who have a game in hand.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 28 - 12:39 PM

Wayne Rooney scored once from the penalty spot and once from open play as he broke a personal eight match goalless streak and gave his team a 2-0 over Sunderland.

United weren't great but they did more than enough to sentence Sunderland to another Old Trafford loss. Falcao drew a penalty that was charged to Wes Brown but actually committed by John O'Shea. Brown was sent off and his former teammate converted the resulting penalty to put United up 1-0. Not too long after that Rooney popped up again on to head home the rebound of his own shot for a 2-0 lead. The win put United into third place in the league pending the results of Arsenal's match against Everton on Sunday.
Feb 28 - 12:02 PM

In a case of mistaken identities, Wes Brown was sent off instead of teammate John O'Shea as Sunderland dropped a 2-0 decision at Old Trafford.

Sunderland played Manchester United even through the first half despite a massive possession deficit. United's domination of the ball was eventually too much as O'Shea fouled Falcao in the box. The foul got Wes Brown a red card and Wayne Rooney a penalty that he converted. Rooney scored again later in the second half to seal the Black Cats' fate. It was never likely that Sunderland were going to take points off of United at Old Trafford but they will be disappointed in the way they capitulated.
Feb 28 - 12:05 PM




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