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Liverpool continue their title run chase, defeating Sunderland 2-1, to move to within a point of the top of the table.

It wasn't for a lack of effort but Liverpool weren't their usual sharp selves this evening and it turned out they didn't need to be. The Reds broke through when Luis Suarez was fouled at the top of the box, and Steven Gerrard converted the set piece for his 11th league goal. Shortly after the start of the second half, Phillippe Coutinho would lay a pass off to Daniel Sturridge, who would tee up a left footed curler that proved to be the game winning goal, his 20th in the league this season. Pool coasted somewhat from there and it nearly cost them, as they would concede and fight for the remainder of the match to secure their seventh straight win. The defense was a bit of a let down over the two games of Liverpool's double, but the attack was plentiful as expected.
Mar 26 - 5:58 PM

Mikel Arteta is again facing an injury situation of unknown severity as he asked to come off about 15 minutes from time on Wednesday.

Just as it appeared that Arsenal might be starting to get healthy again they lost Jack Wilshere, Wojeich Szczesny and Danny Welbeck against Manchester United. Four days later Mikel Arteta and Yaya Sanogo both limped off against Dortmund. The two new injuries will have to be assessed before any conclusions are drawn but the French duo of Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Flamini might both be drafted in to service for the weekend against West Brom.
Nov 26 - 4:24 PM

Yaya Sanogo scored his first Arsenal goal against Dortmund early but went off with an apparent hamstring injury in the late going. He is currently being assessed.

Things at the forward position are getting desperate at Arsenal. Olivier Giroud wasn't yet fit enough to be in the squad for the Wednesday match. Danny Welbeck is now dealing with a knee injury that is still being evaluated. Theo Walcott is still finding his way back to fitness. On top of all that, Yaya Sanogo limped off against Dortmund with a hamstring injury. Might Lukas Podolski actually get a start against West Brom on Saturday? Tune in to Arsenal's Team News on Friday to find out.
Nov 26 - 4:28 PM

Emiliano Martinez kept a clean sheet and picked up a massive win for Arsenal in their bid to make it through to the knock out stage of the Champions League.

Martinez didn't really have too much to do until a nice save in stoppage time but with Arsenal down to their third choice keeper they will be feeling good about their ability to pick up points while Szczesny and Ospina are on the mend. The 22-year-old Argentine may get a few more starts before Szczesny returns so fantasy managers should at least take a look since he will likely be available and cheap regardless of format.
Nov 26 - 4:35 PM

Laurent Koscielny must be ahead of schedule in his recovery because Arsene Wenger has deemed him fit enough for a place on the bench against Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday's Champions League tie at the Emirates.

It was only a few days ago that Arsene Wenger declared Koscielny three weeks away from full group training. Apparently the schedule has moved up because he has been passed fit enough for a potential substitute role in a key Champions League match against group leaders Dortmund. It seems unlikely that Wenger will use the France international unless times are desperate but the way things are going at Arsenal, desperate isn't out of the question.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Nov 26 - 3:24 PM

Danny Welbeck was not fit enough to make the squad for Arsenal's critical Champions League match with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Welbeck was a bit on the gimpy side coming off of England duty but Arsene Wenger chose to start him against his former club on Saturday. Welbeck didn't look entirely healthy at the end of the 2-1 loss to United and the issue was confirmed as the forward was left out of the squad against Dortmund. Arsenal have yet to release any details on the extent of the injury or when Welbeck might be expected back in the line-up.
Source: Arsenal.com
Nov 26 - 3:30 PM

Craig Dawson, Andre Wisdom and Craig Gardner were the best of a mediocre lot for West Brom in Week 12 as they went down a man and capitulated to league leading Chelsea.

Eight fantasy points in the Yahoo format is nothing to write home about but when playing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, it isn't bad. It was also the best of a mediocre lot given that the Baggies didn't score, were a man down and conceded two. Andre Wisdom joined Craig Dawson at eight fantasy points and Craig Gardner, coming off of a suspension, was just behind them at seven points on the day. Odd to be saying this but things should get better this weekend with Arsenal coming to the Hawthorns for a visit.
Source: Yahoo.com
Nov 26 - 1:57 PM

Jon Walters scored Stoke City's only goal in their home loss to Burnley on Saturday.

Jon Walters may be the least aesthetically pleasing attacking player in the Premier League. That said, he continues to be a Premier League player because his no-nonsense style continues to produce the sort of results that a mid-table team needs from a reserve forward. There is no upside with Walters and even the hardest core Potters supporter will likely never come away from a match excited that they got to watch Jon Walters play but the Ireland international has put up 6, 7, 8, and 5 goals in his four full seasons at Stoke City despite being a substitute on many occasions. He already has three in eight appearances so far this season. He is the very definition of a mid-table squad player and that is in no way intended to be an insult.
Source: Yahoo.com
Nov 26 - 1:34 PM

Victor Moses continues to contribute phantom points just about every week regardless of whether the goals and assists are coming or not.

Against Burnley, Moses was the only Stoke City player not involved in their lone goal to reach double digit fantasy points. The on-loan Chelsea man contributed two shots on target, two corners won and a successful cross on his way to 11 points in the Yahoo format. Given that Stoke City lost to a bad team that's not a bad day's work. Unfortunately, it appears that the winger will likely be out for up to eight weeks through a thigh injury picked up as he was accumulating these statistics.
Source: Yahoo.com
Nov 26 - 1:25 PM

Sergio Aguero's hat-trick - including two goals in the last five minutes - kept Manchester City's Champions League hopes alive in a dramatic victory over Bayern Munich.

The stats tell you all you need to know about Aguero's form this season. 17 goals in 14 starts in all competitions is a remarkable return and the Argentine is - almost single-handedly - keeping Manchester City's title and Champions League aspirations alive. Manuel Pellegrini's men did their best to throw away another lead despite Bayern Munich being down to 10 men for the majority of the match, but Aguero was their saviour, scoring twice in the final five minutes. Win in Rome on 10 December and City should progress to the knock-out stages, but even a draw will be enough if Bayern beat CSKA Moscow.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 26 - 6:34 AM

It hasn't been a very productive second season at Hull City for Jake Livermore so far but Week 12 saw a goal against his former club.

It isn't exactly clear what Jake Livermore is. He isn't an attacking midfielder peppering the net with shots. He isn't a wide creator sprinkling in crosses and making fancy moves on the wing. He isn't a classic number ten dribbling and setting up easy goals for his teammates. He isn't a Makelele-style destroyer from deep or even a Pirlo-like initiator of attacks from a deep lying role. He just sort of "is" without any single outstanding quality. As such, you should probably look at his goal against Spurs as a nicely taken anomaly rather than the start of something.
Source: Yahoo.com
Nov 26 - 12:15 PM

Wayne Rooney led a lackluster Manchester United effort from a fantasy point of view despite the team winning on the field.

You'd have thought that in beating Arsenal at the Emirates and scoring two goals, Manchester United would have accumulated some solid fantasy points somewhere up and down the roster. As it turns out, Wayne Rooney's 18 points in the Yahoo format and David De Gea's 17 were the only double digit efforts. Part of the blame falls to United's first goal being an own goal and the rest falls to the lack of clean sheet points for the defense after Olivier Giroud's stoppage time goal salvaged some pride.
Source: Yahoo.com
Nov 26 - 12:30 PM





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