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Southampton took a tough defeat at the hands of Tottenham, squandering a two goal advantage on the road in a 3-2 final.

It was a magical opening half hour for the Saints as they took advantage of errors and cracks in the Spurs defense. The opening goal came when Artur Boruc sent a deep goal kick toward midfield. The ball bounced precariously past Kyle Naughton and into the path of a sprinting Jay Rodiguez who finished nicely and has now scored in three straight. Then, in the 28th minute, Ricky Lambert would hook up with Lallana, and the midfielder would continue his fine season, scoring his 8th league goal of the campaign. It would all fall apart there though, as Spurs slowly began to control possession and would break through three successive times. Rodriguez and Lallana especially continue to be dependable sources of points in fantasy.
Sun, Mar 23, 2014 11:53:00 AM

Jonny Evans knee injury has healed to the point where he has been deemed available for the Week 35 match-up with Liverpool in the Premier League.

If I'm a center back playing for a team about to be relegated, the last thing I want to see on my way back from a leg injury is Liverpool and Mo Salah. Perhaps Evans gets a start regardless but it is hard to see much logic in bringing a player back into that environment regardless of how much recent success Albion have had against the Reds. It seems unlikely that many people will be counting on Evans for fantasy purposes but keep in mind that the cautious play would be waiting until next week to bring him back into the starting line-up.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:23 PM

Daniel Sturridge returned against Manchester United but will not be eligible to play for West Brom due to the terms of his loan from Liverpool to West Brom.

Daniel Sturridge hasn't produced the sort of impact that West Brom were hoping for when they rescued him from the fringes of the Liverpool squad as the January transfer window drew to a close. As is usually the case with Sturridge, injury has been the main culprit. Now, however, with his health at least temporarily good again he finds himself unable to help as Albion face his parent club in the league. Look for Salomon Rondon to get the start at forward.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:27 PM

Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori is in contention to start against Newcastle after returning from injury last week.

The Argentine international returns just in time to make a push for the World Cup team after playing in a competitive match for the first time in more than a year after recovering from an ACL injury. Ashley Williams is also in contention against Newcastle on Monday after returning from suspension, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is expected to be fit after missing last week with a minor injury. Said Allardyce: "I am very enthusiastic [about Funes Mori’s comeback], he has trained with the first team since returning from his injury. He came off the bench and, when needed, I feel we will give him his opportunity. It is good to have a player of his experience back in his squad."
Apr 20 - 12:36 PM

James Collins is expected to miss Sunday's trip to Arsenal as the defender continues to struggles with a hamstring issue.

Manager David Moyes is set to have the same players available for the trip to the Emirates as he had for the 1-1 draw with Stoke City. Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini, who both made substitute cameos, are likely to start from the bench, but defender James Collins isn't yet ready to return. "We are in good shape regarding our squad for the game," Moyes wrote in The London Evening Standard. "Angelo Ogbonna has had a bit of tendonitis in his knee but we’re hoping he will be okay while James Collins was undergoing an epidural procedure in an effort to cure a hamstring problem." Elsewhere, Moyes could drop Joe Hart after his blunder for Stoke's goal on Monday: "I’ve not made a decision on it yet. I’ll have a look at everyone in the remaining two training sessions before Sunday’s match at Arsenal and then decide."
Apr 20 - 1:09 PM

Southampton's fight for Premier League survival suffered another blow on Thursday as a poor performance away to Leicester resulted in a 0-0 draw.

Leicester dominated the first half and had better chances, the best of which fell to striker Kelechi Iheanacho but he failed to convert. Shane Long had a good chance for the Saints after the half-time interval but stand-in Ben Hamer was able to match his shot. Tadic and Soares were equally unsuccessful with the chances which fell to them. Jamie Vardy was unable to score to extend his recent purple patch either, as Alex McCarthy stopped his effort. A nil all draw makes little difference to Leicester, but for Mark Hughes' Saints it's another set of crucial points dropped.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 19 - 4:49 PM

Chelsea continued their push for a top-four finish with a crucial 2-1 win at Burnley on Thursday.

Antonio Conte made six changes from the side that beat Southampton at the weekend. Eden Hazard dropped to the bench, Emerson was brought in for Marcos Alonso, and Olivier Giroud paired with Alvaro Morata in a two-man attack. Chelsea took the lead on 20 minutes when Victor Moses' cross deflected off Burnley defender Kevin Long and over the line for an own-goal. After Alvaro Morata missed a one-on-one chance with Nick Pope earlier in the second-half, the Clarets equalized when Johan Berg Gudmunddson's shot took a deflection off Ashley Barnes and nestled into the bottom corner. However, the visitors got the decisive goal five minutes later. Emerson provided the cross for Moses, who collected the ball and smashed it home at the near post. Chelsea now trail fourth-placed Tottenham by five points with four matches remaining.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 19 - 5:32 PM

Mark Hughes welcomes Steven Davis back into the fold after more than two months, but the Saints travel to Leicester City without Mario Lemina and Sofiane Boufal.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mark Hughes confirmed Davis "is back in the group" although admittedly he hasn’t trained a great deal and lacks match-fitness. The Northern Ireland international sustained a hamstring strain back in February and was poised for a return in game week thirty-three at Arsenal, when he suffered a setback, injuring his Achilles. Following a couple of decent performances, but not results, Southampton need at least 3 wins from their last five games and can ill afford to lose at the King Power on Thursday with Manchester City still to play. However, they face Leicester without the services of Lemina who has "an issue with his back" affecting his hamstring, and Boufal, who is ill. Following the return of Sam McQueen to the matchday squad on Saturday, Southampton have no other injury concerns.
Apr 19 - 4:13 AM

Jack Wilshere faces a late fitness test after missing the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle last weekend because of injury.

Arsenal take on London rivals West Ham at the Emirates and Arsène Wenger will use this game as preparation for Thursday nights Europa League semi-final tie against Atletico Madrid. "I rested some players after the Moscow match, and they will need a game......" That should include the likes of Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin who were omitted from the matchday squad at St James' Park. Henrikh Mkhitaryan [knee] is running again and "he will be assessed over the next 4-5 days." David Ospina has fully recovered from his recent ankle problem but there is some uncertainty over Jack Wilshere who has an ankle injury. Even though Aaron Ramsey [shin laceration] is yet to train with the group, "he will be available" on Sunday. Santi Cazorla continues his rehab in Spain and there is still hope that he can return to the club before the end of the season, although he will not feature during the run-in.
Source: The Mirror
Apr 19 - 5:18 AM

The Belgian forward was 9n the bench to start but came in to put away United's 2-0 win over Bournemouth.

With the World Cup looming Lukaku's form was of some concern as the second half of the season hasn't been particularly prolific by his or United's standards. Everyone from Jose Mourinho to Roberto Martinez will be happy to see Lukaku score as the season winds down.
Source: Espn.com
Apr 18 - 6:49 PM

Sergio Aguero's arthroscopic surgery could have more repercussions that just the end of the Premier League season.

Aguero has likely been ruled out for the remainder of the season after sustaining a couple knocks to his knee over the last few weeks, but Argentina's team doctor has his doubts over Aguero's place in the World Cup team this summer, saying that the star striker at least won't be 100 %. Said Homero D'Agostino: "That a player has undergone an arthroscope with 60 days to go before the World Cup is worrying. The recovery process will require at least five weeks...It's never going to be less than three or four weeks, or even more. I imagine that he will not arrive 100 percent fit with the limited time that is left before the World Cup."
Source: ESPN
Apr 18 - 3:07 PM

Adam Lallana is going global in an attempt to fast-track his recovery from a hamstring related problem.

The Liverpool midfielder has endured an injury ravaged campaign which didn’t start until November after he suffered a thigh muscle strain during the penultimate game of pre-season. Niggling issues and a lack of match fitness have restricted Lallana to a single Premier League start in 2017/18. And after suffering another setback at Selhurst Park earlier this month – an injury which is likely to end any hope of featuring at the World Cup finals – the 29-year-old has travelled to South Africa to receive specialist treatment at the Sports Science Institute in Cape Town. The rehabilitation centre was selected by the club’s medical department to aid his return to fitness, as they had done previously, when Lallana attended the world-renowned Aspetar Clinic in Doha. Meanwhile, Liverpool face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and Jurgen Klopp is hoping to have defender Joe Gomez back amongst the ranks following his return to full training this week.
Apr 18 - 9:58 AM





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