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Both of Arsenal's specialist left backs - Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs - are listed as doubts headed into the club's Week 28 trip to Stoke.

If neither left back can go on Saturday then Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna are the likely deputies in that order of preference. It appears that Laurent Koscielny will be available to man his center back spot again after coming out early last weekend so Arsene Wenger will hope to start Sagna on the right and one of Monreal, Gibbs or Vermaelen on the left. Given the uncertainty, it seems wise to leave all three out of your fantasy line-up.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 03:41:00 PM

Burnley continued their good home form with a narrow 3-2 win over Bournemouth at Turf Moor.

Burnley's Republic or Ireland duo Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward fired the Clarets to an early lead. The former scored a goal of the season candidate after controlling a high ball from Lowton. Ward's goal was scrappier, with Boruc spilling the ball for the full back to drill in. It was a fantastic start for Burnley but the shocked Cherries rebounded with an Afobe goal just before the break. Bournemouth continued to dominate possession but the home side struck again, this time through George Boyd. Charlie Daniels scored a goal in injury time to give Howe's men a chance of another result with an unlikely comeback but it was not to be. A great match with positives for both sides but Burnley ultimately rewarded for their lightening start.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 10 - 11:57 AM

The KCOM Stadium proved to be the place to be on Saturday afternoon as a cracking 3-3 draw was played out between Crystal Palace and Hull City.

Hull went into the game struggling to end a torrid run of form while Palace have recently shown signs of finding form. Hull made it to half time with a slender lead after Snodgrass converted a penalty which he dubiously earned himself after Dann was adjudged to have fouled the Scot. Palace had dominated up to that point but were rattled. They emerged after the break in fighting form, equalising through a penalty of their own from Benteke. The game opened up into a high energy affair with Zaha scoring a phenomenal solo goal to give them a lead. Diomande roared the Tigers back into the tie after spinning on the edge of the box to slot passed Hennessy. Diomande had perhaps benefited from poor Palace defending notching up the second and the same could be said for Livermore who scored with ease. Sub Frazier Campbell headed the Eagles level after a Zaha cross to cap off a remarkable game with a fair result.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 10 - 12:09 PM

Hector Bellerin was thrust back into the action a little sooner than anticipated on Saturday after Shkodran Mustafi was forced off against Stoke City due to an apparent hamstring problem.

Mustafi is almost certain to miss the trip to Goodison Park on Tuesday while a scan will confirm the extent of his injury. Gabriel should revert to centre-back at Everton while Bellerin, who has missed the six previous games due to an ankle ligament injury, is expected to start at right-back. Per Mertesacker [knee surgery] has been ruled out until early 2017, so Rob Holding will provide cover from the bench. Carl Jenkinson lacks confidence and is struggling to make the match day squad.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 10 - 11:42 AM

Antonio Conte reveals David Luiz could miss the game on Sunday due to ongoing discomfort in his knee after the "dangerous" challenge by Sergio Aguero last weekend.

The Argentine was dismissed deep into injury time following the reckless lunge on Luiz which left the defender in a heap. Speaking at Fridays press conference, Conte reported that John Terry [gluteal] was ruled out through injury, but there was no mention of the Brazilian until the press embargo had passed later that evening: "I have to check on Saturday if David Luiz is able to play on Sunday because, after this tackle … this tackle was very bad," said Conte. "It will be very important tomorrow for him and for me to decide whether he’s able to play on Sunday. That tackle was dangerous." Oscar [illness] and Nemanja Matic are expected to recover for the visit of West Brom.
Dec 10 - 10:59 AM

Stefano Okaka scored twice to help Watford come from behind and eventually hang on to a 3-2 win over Everton.

Okaka had played a total of less than half an hour in league play this season until he got a start last week and today, the veteran made a big statement. After conceding the opener on 17 minutes, the veteran Italian striker leveled the match with a classy backheel flick after being fed in the box by Nordin Amrabat. The Hornets took the lead just before the hour mark, when Sebastian Prodl headed home a Jose Holebas free kick. Okaka then made it three unanswered, scoring from a Holebas corner. It was the first time Okaka had scored in the PL since 2010 for Fulham and he certainly looks destined for a prolonged run in Watford's XI.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 10 - 9:44 AM

Romelu Lukaku got back on the score sheet with a pair of goals, but Watford would score three times between the Belgian's strikes and down Everton, 3-2.

It was end to end action in this one from the jump but it was Everton who grabbed the opening goal on 17 minutes. Gareth Barry sent a ball over the top to find Lukaku in the box and the Belgian slotted home, ending his four game goalless drought. The Toffees did not do well to protect their lead however, as they conceded three goals unanswered, two of which came from set pieces where Everton displayed some shocking defending. They made a game of it late though, as Lukaku's second goal in the 86th minute brought them back to within a goal. This time, he scored a powerful header from an Aaron Lennon cross. It was too little, too late though as Everton have gone winless in the league since Week 10.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 10 - 9:51 AM

Bournemouth standout defender Charlie Daniels is expected to return from injury to face Burnley this weekend.

The attack-minded left-back has missed the last two matches due to a hip injury, which has opened up a spot for Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake in the starting lineup. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe confirmed Daniels is in line to return, which could cause a shake-up on the Cherries back-line: "Charlie has improved, he trained earlier this week and should be in contention, while Andrew Surman is not available." Howe also confirmed that winger Junior Stanislas is set for a period on the sidelines due to an ankle injury.
Dec 9 - 6:26 PM

Liverpool find itself caught in an all-too-familiar waiting game with Daniel Sturridge sidelined by a calf injury.

The forward has missed the last two Premier League matches due to the calf problem, giving Divock Origi a shot at the starting lineup with Philippe Coutinho also out. However, manager Jurgen Klopp said the only thing he knows about the forward's timetable is that he won't be available for this weekend or the midweek fixture on Tuesday: "[We have] no real idea. Until now he didn’t train on the pitch - maybe today but it wasn’t 100 per cent clear yesterday...He will be back as quickly as possible, but I have no idea at this moment. If he is not training with the team at the moment then we don’t have to think about him for West Ham, or think about him for Middlesbrough."
Dec 9 - 6:32 PM

Stoke City will have to keep on without defender Ryan Shawcross for another game due to a lingering calf injury.

The Potters captain has missed the club's last two Premier League matches after suffering an injury in training as manager Mark Hughes is cautious to bring him back too soon given his injury history. "Ryan hasn’t managed to join in with the group yet so it is unlikely he will be involved. It’s frustrating but we want to make sure he is right - he is progressing and is doing the right work with the right people, so hopefully it won’t be long until he is back available." Without Geoff Cameron, Shawcross' absence puts the club in a tough spot at center-back, but Marc Muniesa is expected to continue in his role.
Dec 9 - 6:18 PM

Slaven Bilic will welcome Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell back into his squad for Sunday's trip to Liverpool.

Antonio and Cresswell returned to training this week after recovering from groin injuries and are set to rejoin the West Ham squad for their trip to Anfield. The pair missed last weekend's 5-1 defeat by Arsenal but will be fit for this weekend, according to Slaven Bilic: "Antonio and Cresswell are training with us today after the press conference and according to the medical reports they are fit and they are OK." The return of Antonio and Cresswell is a huge boost for West Ham as they go in search of their first Premier League win since October.
Dec 9 - 1:51 PM

Cheikhou Kouyate sat out last weekend's defeat to Arsenal with a groin problem that will again keep him sidelined for Sunday's match with Liverpool, Slaven Bilic confirmed on Friday.

While Slaven Bilic will welcome back Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell, the manager will be without Kouyate for West Ham's trip to Anfield this weekend. Bilic said: "With Cheikhou Kouyate, it is a little bit different. We were hoping he would be OK for Sunday’s game, but unfortunately he will have to miss it." Bilic did however add that Kouyate's injury is "not a big one" and has a "great chance" to make his return ahead of next Wednesday's match with Burnley.
Dec 9 - 2:20 PM




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