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Moussa Sissoko will miss out again this weekend as he is struggling with a hamstring injury.

Newcastle have been hit by injuries, and have nothing left to play for this season. Sissoko provided a bit of muscle and drive from midfield that they've been lacking in his absence. How much any of it matters at this point, is debatable.
Source: SkySports
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 01:30:00 PM

Kyle Walker had to exit Tottenham's match against Liverpool during the first half because of an illness.

Walker did not look right from the start and had a rough time trying to contain the runs of Philippe Coutinho. He was removed in the 27th minute and replaced by Vincent Janssen, Janssen causes Dele Alli to drop into a deeper midfield role with Eric Dier covering at right back. With the international break coming up, Walker should be feeling better in time for Week 4.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 27 - 8:38 AM

Michel Vorm, filling in for the injured Hugo Lloris, put in a solid performance and helped Tottenham to keep within reach of eventually drawing with Liverpool, 1-1.

It did not take long for Vorm to come up big for Tottenham, stopping a Philippe Coutinho shot from close range. Liverpool were on the front foot for the majority of the match, but Vorm was excellent in his decision-making, coming out of the box on a few occasions to thwart a Reds chance. The only ball that managed to get by him was a James Milner penalty shot shortly before halftime. Spurs managed to level the match in the 72nd minute with a Danny Rose strike after he met a ball headed to him by Erik Lamela. Spurs have questions that need answers in their attack but Vorm has been solid between the sticks.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 27 - 9:30 AM

Liverpool's attack was dangerous for much of the match but they only could muster one goal courtesy of a James Milner spot kick and eventually settled for a 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

Sadio Mane returned to the XI for the Reds and his pace along with Philippe Coutinho's trickery gave Tottenham problems early and often. While Spurs struggled in their buildup play, Liverpool created chance after chance but Michel Vorm helped keep the match goalless until shortly before halftime. In the 43rd minute, Erik Lamela clipped Roberto Firmino in the box, awarding the Reds a penalty that was successfully converted by Milner. Liverpool looked more poised in the back, with Joel Matip getting his first start and Milner playing mistake-free as opposed to former starter Alberto Moreno. They will finally get to play their first game at Anfield in Wek 4 against Leicester.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 27 - 9:37 AM

James Morrison finally played a full 90 minutes in Albion's midweek visit to Northampton and is in contention to start again in the Premier League in Week 3.

The visit of Middlesbrough combined with transfer activity and some strong performances from Albion youth have Tony Pulis' starting eleven for this weekend a bit of a mystery. James Morrison played the full 90 in midweek signaling his long-awaited return from a hamstring injury last season. Sam Field was dubbed "the best player on the pitch" in midweek and could earn playing time as could new arrival Brendon Galloway who can play center back or left back.
Aug 26 - 5:14 PM

With Olivier Giroud still coming back from his summer exertions, it seems likely that Alexis Sanchez will line up as a central forward for the third week in a row at Watford.

There are two things to note here. First, Sanchez hasn't been very effective playing in a center forward role either in his two appearances this season or on the rare occasion that Arsene Wenger has deployed him there in the past. The second is that Sanchez should be back to playing a wide attacking role soon with Giroud back and Lucas looking like he'll be ready to go after the international break after passing his medical at Arsenal following his transfer from Deportivo la Coruna.
Aug 26 - 5:02 PM

Arsene Wenger indicated in his press conference that it would be a last minute decision as to whether Mesut Ozil would be ready to start on Saturday.

We know that Ozil is sharp enough to participate because he came on and was bright in a cameo against Leicester City last weekend. Heading into Week 3, the question is whether he has achieved sufficient fitness to start against the Hornets at Vicarage Road. Wenger has traditionally been conservative when it comes to these decisions and with an international break coming up, it wouldn't be a surprise if Ozil were to contribute off the bench for a second week in a row.
Aug 26 - 5:08 PM

Daryl Janmaat has come in to Vicarage Road this week but Walter Mazzarri has indicated that all three of his new signings are unlikely to start this weekend.

It may have to wait until after the international break with Janmaat being one of the later signings for the Hornets. With Roberto Pereyra and Younes Kaboul also having arrived this week, Mazzarri is likely to try to keep the upheaval to a minimum with Arsenal arriving at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Expecting Janmaat to start this weekend would be a pretty huge leap.
Aug 26 - 4:23 PM

Roberto Pereyra has arrived at Watford but his status is uncertain for Week 3 against Arsenal at Vicarage Road.

The former Juventus man could be a significant addition for the Hornets who clearly need an attacking spark from midfield. It is reasonable to expect that we'll get to see at least a cameo appearance against Arsenal in Week 3 but with Walter Mazzarri saying that all three of his new arrivals - Pereyra, Kaboul and Janmaat - would be unlikely to start together Pereyra's status isn't obvious. Assuming that he adapts well he should be a starter after the international break.
Aug 26 - 4:29 PM

With Jack Butland being brought back slowly from injury, Shay Given will get his third consecutive start in net for the Potters against Everton at Goodison Park.

With Ronald Koeman figuring things out at Everton and getting Yannick Bolasie and Romelu Lukaku up to speed, picking Given is a questionable-at-best decision. There is a case that he'll likely be called on to make lots of saves so there is some potential in formats where saves are well-rewarded. For those formats where a clean sheet is paramount, Given should be ignored.
Aug 26 - 3:44 PM

Xherdan Shaqiri is up to his old tricks missing matches and being questionable for others with no word on whether he'll participate at Everton on Saturday.

It's getting to the point that Shaqiri is in the Andy Carroll zone as it regards being an injury risk any and every time he steps on a field for a match or training. Shaqiri may play on Saturday but there appears to be at least as good a chance that he's out for the second consecutive match leaving Stoke City a questionable-at-best attacking proposition across the board.
Aug 26 - 4:05 PM

With Glen Johnson still not ready for action, Phil Bardsley will get his third consecutive start to begin the season.

Johnson seems likely to be back after the international break that comes in the first weekend of September. That means that fantasy managers should consider Bardsley nothing more than a temporary fix. As temporary fixes go, he isn't a great one this weekend with Stoke City looking vulnerable on the road against the Toffees.
Aug 26 - 4:07 PM




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