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Bradley Johnson scored a 56th minute goal to put Norwich City up 1-0 over visiting Stoke but a penalty from Jon Walters saw the match end in a draw.

Norwich will have hoped that Johnson's goal combined with a tepid Stoke attack would see them earn all three points against the Potters. Sebastien Bassong's unnecessary foul on John Guidetti in the box gave Jon Walters a chance to score from the spot for the second weekend in a row and the forward made no mistake. There were some half-chances after Walters' 73rd minute penalty but nothing that could break the stalemate.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Jay Rodriguez will travel with Southampton for the final match of the season but will not be in the match squad.

Rodriguez is still recovering from numerous set-backs of his ACL injury and will not feature for a single minute this season. His recovery from an ACL injury has been extremely problematic and has us worries more than usual about his long term recovery. Rodriguez will go into next season with lowered expectations so he can probably be had for cheaper in fantasy leagues. He is a high risk, high upside pick late in drafts.
Source: Ben
May 22 - 12:00 PM

Eden Hazard will miss the last match of the season due to a dental operation.

Hazard had to undergo an emergency removal of three wisdom teeth and will not be able to play in the final match of the season. Hazard also missed out on collecting his Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year trophy. The Blues' midfielder is obviously expected to be fully ready for next season. We would expect to see Juan Cuadrado start for Chelsea with Hazard out in the final week of the season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 21 - 10:43 PM

Jake Livermore, who remains suspended for a positive drug test, will be Steve Bruce's only enforced absentee for their season finale against Manchester United.

It is all on the line for Hull City as Manchester United come to the KC Stadium looking to guarantee their former player Steve Bruce and his charges are relegated. Hull City need to win against the fourth place team in the league and get help from West Ham who must win or draw at St. James' Park for Hull City to stay up. Bruce will likely name an unchanged side for the match which means Nikica Jelavic, Dame N'Doye, Ahmed Elmohamady and Robbie Brady are likely the most interesting fantasy prospects.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:54 AM

David De Gea is a doubt for Manchester United's season finale at the KC Stadium as he continues to recover from the hamstring injury he suffered against Arsenal in Week 37.

The Manchester United number one has been the subject of a great deal of speculation as to where he will play his football next season. If he does leave then it is likely that he has played his final match for Manchester United as his hamstring issue will likely keep him out of United's season finale with Hull City. Victor Valdes, who gave up a goal in his brief outing against Arsenal, could be a very interesting bargain option in net for fantasy managers.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:58 AM

With Peter Crouch, Peter Odemwingie and Jon Walters all doubts for Week 38, Mame Biram Diouf might be lonely on top of the Stoke City attack.

While none of the three forwards - Crouch, Odemwingie or Walters - has been ruled out for sure, all of them are at risk of missing out on a season finale that means little to the Potters. Stoke City haven't provided a great deal of information about any of the injuries in question in their Friday press conferences so it may be nothing but fantasy managers should beware in bringing in any of the three Stoke City forwards.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:35 AM

Peter Crouch joins Peter Odemwingie and Jon Walters as potential absentees for Stoke City's final match of the season against Liverpool at the Britannia.

The former Liverpool man may miss out on the season finale against his former club with a vague injury mentioned by the BBC in their Week 38 match preview. With Crouch, Odemwingie, and Walters all in the same category of being listed with vague injury concerns just about anything could happen with the Potters' strikeforce. It probably makes sense to stay away unless you're in a desperate situation.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:38 AM

Jon Walters joins Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie who are all potential absentees for Stoke City's season finale against Liverpool.

Mark Hughes faces a trio of potential absentees on his front line with Jon Walters, Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie all facing questions about their availability for Sunday's match with Liverpool. Mame Biram Diouf is a lock to start but whether he is a lone striker or one of the walking wounded joins him is a big question. Fantasy managers should focus what energy they have for Stoke City's attack on Diouf, Marko Arnautovic and Charlie Adam who are among the stronger bets available.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:48 AM

After repeatedly indicating that Danny Welbeck would play before the end of the season, Arsene Wenger has reversed course and declared the England international out for Week 38 and the FA Cup final.

It has been a disappointing first season at the Emirates Stadium for Welbeck and Arsenal. After a move from Manchester United was supposed to lead to more playing time, especially at his preferred central forward spot, Welbeck hasn't played much more than he did for Manchester United last season. His opportunities have been curtailed by minor injuries, mediocre form, and the much better form of Olivier Giroud since February. It will be an interesting summer for Welbeck who could, once again, find himself as a spare part at a large club.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:11 AM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in training with the first team but will not be ready for Arsenal's season-ending match against West Brom at the Emirates.

Consider this season a half step forward for Oxlade-Chamberlain. When he played, he showed improvement along the path that could see him secure a starting spot on the right of the Arsenal attack or somewhere in the center of the park in the future. The downside was that minor injuries continued to plague his development. With Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck all missing significant time over the second half of the season, the Ox could have played a lot more but his own injuries got in the way. He may get a chance to come on as a substitute in the FA Cup final but he won't make it back for Week 38.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:15 AM

Tony Pulis will be missing only Ben Foster as his team heads to the Emirates for the final match of the 2014-15 season.

Coming down the stretch, West Brom has shown well and part of the credit should go to the training staff who have helped the team stay largely healthy even as the season has worn on. Aside from the Ben Foster ACL injury, they have nursed Saido Berahino, Brown Ideye and others who have had niggling injuries through those issues while allowing them to feature more often than not. Even Victor Anichebe is healthy for the finale which is saying something.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:18 AM

Sebastian Larsson will be assessed ahead of the final game at Stamford Bridge but Dick Advocaat will take no risks after a hard fought draw against Arsenal on Wednesday was enough to secure their place in the top flight for another season.

Larsson picked up a knee injury with around 30 minutes to go at the Emirates but the midfielder was determined to see game through and remained on the pitch as the Black Cats executed a perfect backs to the wall performance to secure the point they needed. With 9-games remaining Sunderland took a gamble on the no-nonsense disciplinarian - Dick Advocaat – and The Little General delivered finishing the season unbeaten in five - W2 D3. Sunderland travel to champions Chelsea this weekend in what is effectively a dead-rubber; Liam Bridcutt [knee] will face a late test but Alvarez, Gomez and Wes Brown are all ruled out.
Source: Metro
May 22 - 1:39 AM





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