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Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, on loan at Olympiakos, scored a demoralizing second goal against Manchester United in today's Champions League match.

Arsenal supporters will take some joy from the fact that one of their players finally scored against Manchester United this season. That's the upside. The downside is that the player in question was on loan to another club and couldn't contribute to an Arsenal win against the Red Devils. Still, with Arsenal looking for attacking options over the summer, Campbell reminded the team that he is worth considering even if he isn't the big name that supporters are hoping for.
Tue, Feb 25, 2014 04:50:00 PM

Huddersfield Town saw its struggles return with a 3-1 loss to a dominant Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge.

After a win against Brighton that saw the club's four-match losing streak come to an end, Huddersfield saw its struggles return with a trip to West London. The Terriers fell behind in the 23rd minute and found themselves down two goals at half-time with Willian proving hard to stop—the Brazilian burned Huddersfield for a goal and two assists. It was 3-0 by the 50th minute, and Huddersfield could only manage a consolation goal in the 92nd minute thanks to Laurent Depoitre's header for his second goal of the season.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 12 - 5:05 PM

Stoke City saw a crucial point slip away in the final minutes of a 1-0 loss at Burnley on Tuesday evening.

The loss is the Potters' fourth defeat in their last five matches, which could see them drop them down into 17th place depending on Wednesday night's results. Stoke held tight for most of the match, forcing Burnley keeper Nick Pope into seven saves including a last-second reaction that could have seen Stoke steal a point on the road. But even with the reinvigorated Peter Crouch starting up top, Mark Hughes' side continued to struggle despite their favorable schedule. Next up for the Potters: West Ham at home over the weekend.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 12 - 4:51 PM

Don't look now, but Sean Dyche has the Clarets in fourth place following a 1-0 win against Stoke City on Tuesday.

Despite a slew of injuries—Tom Heaton, Robbie Brady and Ben Mee were among the absentees—and an injury to Stephen Ward in the 41st minute, Burnley found a way to win thanks to Ashley Barnes' 89th-minute goal. The second-half substitute teamed up with Scott Arfield around the penalty area and fired a shot past Jack Butland to bring Burnley into fourth place on 31 points, although after Wednesday's results the club could be back down in seventh.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 12 - 4:46 PM

Craig Dawson has been out since late October with a knee injury but could return in some capacity against Liverpool in Week 17 Premier League action.

It shouldn't be a huge surprise that West Brom has struggled mightily in the absence of Dawson who has been one of their stalwarts in the center of defense over his tenure at the club. The departure of Tony Pulis has likely shifted the tactical approach but regardless of the approach, the Baggies will be in better shape having Dawson to anchor the defense rather than deputy Allan Nyom. Given the length of layoff, expect Dawson to be eased back into the line-up. Perhaps a substitute appearance against Liverpool and then a start in Week 18 if all goes well.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 12 - 12:59 PM

Aaron Ramsey has been in fine form but, as so often has happened with the Welshman, his fine form has been interrupted by a soft tissue injury.

Ramsey came off of the 1-1 draw with Southampton with a hamstring injury and it isn't yet clear how long it will keep him on the sidelines but Week 17 at the London Stadium will certainly come too soon. It isn't unreasonable, given Ramsey's history, to assume that he'll also miss Week 18 and possibly Week 19 as well as he recovers. Arsenal are fortunate to have a reserve the quality of Jack Wilshere to deputize for Ramsey while he recovers.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 12 - 12:45 PM

Kiko Femenia was a late scratch over the weekend and faces a fitness test before Watford's Week 17 match at Selhurst Park.

If Femenia is available, he is a solid bet to pick up both some attacking points against a suspect Crystal Palace defense as well as an above average bet for a clean sheet given Palace's issues at the other end. The problem is that we probably won't know Femenia's fate until after deadlines have passed for the PL.com fantasy format. If Femenia isn't ready to go, Daryl Janmaat will presumably deputize again opposite Jose Holebas who will likely be deputizing for the suspended Marvin Zeegelaar.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 12 - 12:37 PM

Glen Johnson will miss Stoke City's trip to Turf Moor as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

With Glen Johnson still on the mend with a knee injury, Mark Hughes turned to youngster Thomas Edwards against Spurs over the weekend. The results were not good as the Potters conceded five goals. With Johnson still out for the mid-week match against Burnley, Hughes will either have to field Edwards again or revert to Mame Biram Diouf as a wingback again after moving him further forward at Wembley. Either way, the score is unlikely to be as lopsided against the Clarets due to their style of play but conceding even one may be more than the Potters can afford to concede at Turf Moor.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 12 - 12:05 PM

Jese remains unavailable for the trip to Turf Moor due to compassionate leave granted as he looks after his sick son.

The updates are still vague when it comes to Jese and any timeline associated with his return to the Stoke City side. He will certainly miss match week 17 and given how quickly the fixtures pile up over the next couple of weeks he may well miss a significant number of matches. More information as it becomes available.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 12 - 12:08 PM

After picking up a straight red card against Burnley at the weekend, Watford's appeal of the ensuing suspension has been rejected and Zeegelaar will miss the next three matches starting with Tuesday at Crystal Palace.

As quickly as Zeegelaar and Will Hughes ascended as fantasy and real life stars for the Hornets, they are gone again back into obscurity. Hughes was felled with another in a series of injuries that have cut short his first season in the Premier League. Zeegelaar will now be absent due to his suspension. Given the velocity with which Marco Silva has successfully replaced players who either weren't available for one reason or another, it is no guarantee that either player is a starter when available again.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 12 - 12:13 PM

Crystal Palace suffered a major blow on Saturday with the loss of Mamadou Sakho, who suffered a torn calf muscle.

The summer signing from Liverpool left the club's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in the 24th minute after pulling up with the injury and will miss weeks with manager Roy Hodgson refusing to put a timeframe on an injury that will take some time to recover from right as Palace enter the festive period. Said Hodgson: "He'll be out a long time, how long a time ?, I don't know, they won't put a time on it, but it's a serious muscle tear in his calf so I don't know, but it's weeks not days, I couldn't say if it was months. We'll miss him, in this period he's played a decisive role, been captain, shown his qualities and when you lose a player like that you can't be anything other than disappointed and sad."
Dec 11 - 6:28 PM

Crystal Palace head into a hectic fixture period without the services of Mamadou Sakho who is expected to be sidelined for weeks rather days.

The Eagles centre-back lasted less than half an hour on Saturday as Christian Benteke failed to convert a last-minute penalty allowing Swansea, winners over West Brom, to leapfrog them. Despite improved performances of late, Roy Hodgson’s men sit bottom of the Premier League table, and with five matches between now and December 31st, the loss of the influential defender will be the cause of great concern. "I would guess [that it's a serious one]," Hodgson said after the game. "Calf strains or pulls are normally a question of weeks rather than days. He'll be assessed tomorrow. I couldn't possibly give you a timescale." His absence should at least afford Scott Dann an opportunity to return to the starting line-up following his goal on Saturday. The 30-year-old has been struggling for form recently, but having recovered from injury and illness, Dann is expected to return alongside James Tomkins.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 10 - 5:00 PM




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