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Paolo Di Canio wants to buy 10 new players in a major shake-up at Sunderland - and will sell Stephane Sessegnon and Simon Mignolet, report the Daily Mirror.

Mignolet is on the verge of a move to Liverpool and Sessegnon is reportedly unsettled in the North-East and wants to move back to France to be closer to his family. The money from their potential sales will allow Di Canio to add a number of players to his squad, including Inter Milan midfielder Alfred Duncan. They have already signed defenders Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite, midfielders Cabral and El-Hadji Ba and plan to add 5 additional players.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 09:39:00 AM

Juan Mata scored one and created one in Manchester United's 3-0 win over Liverpool continuing a strong run of form that has run from November into December.

With Angel Di Maria out of action with a hamstring issue, Manchester United needed someone to step into the Argentine's creative role in midfield. Juan Mata, an afterthought for much of the early part of the season, has taken the opportunity provided by Di Maria's absence and run with it. With three goals and an assist since the beginning of November he is definitely forcing himself into Louis Van Gaal's thinking. Hard to believe there was a time this season when Adnan Januzaj was starting ahead of a healthy Mata.
Dec 17 - 2:53 PM

Wayne Rooney scored United's opening goal and contributed a little bit of everything to the not-as-convincing-as-the-scoreline-makes-it-look 3-0 victory.

If ever there was a stat line and a match that summarized Wayne Rooney as a player, this was it. Manchester United won, he scored a goal, added a couple shots on target, got a yellow card, committed a couple additional fouls and contributed various and sundry other stats. The end result was good for both the team (they won) and Rooney (17 fantasy points in the Yahoo system). How they got there wasn't necessarily as great (it could easily have been 3-2 Liverpool but for De Gea's greatness and a blown off-side on Mata's goal). Hard to figure but it works out far more often than not for Rooney.
Dec 17 - 2:58 PM

Phil Jones has been in and out of the line-up all season and he returned again against Liverpool with a big game in United's 3-0 win.

The England defender contributed six interceptions, three tackles won and a blocked shot to Manchester United's clean sheet. He wasn't nearly as important to that clean sheet as David De Gea but fantasy managers will like to see Jones back. When he has been healthy this season he has generally been very effective at accumulating large phantom point totals even when United weren't keeping clean sheets. Now that things appear to be moving in the right direction overall, Jones could be even more effective.
Dec 17 - 3:01 PM

It has been an up and down past four weeks for the big Belgian but he was "up" again in United's big rivalry win against Liverpool in Week 16.

Week 13 = -4; Week 14 = 21; Week 15 = 2; Week 16 = 13. Something of a pattern in Marouane Fellaini's results within the Yahoo scoring system, huh? Despite committing four fouls and being shown a yellow card, Fellaini managed 13 points on the back of eight tackles, four blocked shots, and three passes intercepted. That's a big defensive effort if ever there was one. I think Arsenal players are still having flashbacks of Fellaini throwing himself around in midfield as well.
Dec 17 - 3:05 PM

19-year-old Hector Bellerin showed well against Newcastle with an assist and solid defending in Arsenal's 4-1 win.

Clearly, things were going Arsenal's way for most of the match so it's hard to judge just how effective the young right back was but compared to recent results, he looked promising. His drive into the box and service for Arsenal's third goal were well done and the left side of Newcastle's attack didn't create problems for a makeshift Arsenal defense. With Calum Chambers having served his suspension, it is likely Bellerin will take a place on the bench for the Week 17 match against Liverpool but as a spot starter or injury replacement, Bellerin showed well.
Dec 17 - 1:46 PM

In Week 15, Allan McGregor had a huge fantasy week as Hull City kept a clean sheet but his fortunes sunk markedly in Week 16 as they fell 2-0 to Chelsea.

Such is the danger of goalkeepers outside of the top clubs. Occasionally a goalkeeper on a team that is outclassed as Hull City were by Chelsea will pick up a bunch of saves to offset the negative points associated with goals conceded and picking up the loss. In this case, McGregor only managed one save and registered a negative point total. That makes two significant negative outings in the Yahoo format (-7 and -6) over the past four match weeks. Just a word to the wise if you were thinking of skimping on your goalkeeper to focus your resources elsewhere.
Dec 17 - 1:56 PM

23, 0, 29, and 28 - those are RvP's previous four fantasy totals as the big numbers start to overwhelm the little ones for the first time this season.

When that zero happened, it made the 23 against Hull City look like the outlier because van Persie's season-to-date hadn't been very good. As the past two weeks have unfolded, it looks more like the zero that was the outlier with van Persie among the goals in three out of his past four Premier League matches for a total of four goals and two assists in four weeks. I hope the bandwagon didn't fill up before you had a chance to jump back on.
Dec 17 - 2:00 PM

Olivier Giroud has been up and down since returning from injury but was definitely "up" again scoring a brace against Newcastle on Saturday.

The France international showed why he can be such a valuable player when he is on his game. His towering header for Arsenal's opening goal was a prototypical center forward's goal. His second goal showed off his deft touch as he directed a near-post Hector Bellerin cross. Throw in the sort of ability he showed with his late goal from outside the box against Manchester United and his ability to link attacking moves together and he can be a devastating force. He will likely never be in the Robin van Persie/Sergio Aguero class of forwards who can win a game by themselves but he's certainly an extremely valuable starter when healthy and in form.
Dec 17 - 1:41 PM

Alexis Sanchez has shifted his productivity from goal-scorer to goal-creator in recent weeks with an assist against Stoke City and two in the route of Newcastle.

Initially, it was Alexis Sanchez looking very much like a one man team scoring the goals required to keep Arsenal at least within shouting distance of the top four. Over the past few weeks the Chilean has failed to add to his goal total in the Premier League but he has maintained his productivity creating opportunities for his teammates. Sanchez had two assists against the Magpies as well as drawing six fouls leading to a strong overall fantasy showing yet again.
Dec 17 - 1:32 PM

Edin Dzeko has joined Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic in the physio's room, with Manchester City set to be without a recognised senior striker against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Now this is an interesting one. We know Sergio Aguero is out injured for at least six weeks, but the Manchester Evening News are reporting that Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic will also be missing this weekend. Enter 18-year-old Jose Angel Pozo, who made his debut against Leicester in Week 16 and is listed as a midfielder in the Yahoo game, priced under £4million. Manuel Pellegrini also hinted James Milner is an "option" in a strikerless formation.
Dec 17 - 5:29 AM

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock has urged Dwight Gayle to prove his worth after the striker slipped down the pecking order at Selhurst Park.

24-year-old Gayle has struggled to hold down a starting role for Palace, despite netting six goals in his brief appearances this season. Warnock admits the former Peterborough player has failed to impress in training and was ‘disappointed’ with his contribution as a late substitute in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Stoke. The Eagles boss has reiterated his plans to dip in to the transfer in market in January for a proven goal-scorer, and reports suggest his club are interested in Swansea duo Bafetimbi Gomis and Michu.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 17 - 5:37 AM

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