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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Kieran Gibbs all trained ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final tomorrow.

While not immediately relevant for Premier League purposes it seems reasonable to expect that all three players will be available for Arsenal's remaining league matches barring further injuries. With Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere still out the return of the two midfielders will be critical to the club's depth.
Source: @BenDinnery
Apr 11 - 7:23 PM

Louis van Gaal confirmed during yesterday’s press conference that new signing Ander Herrera will be absent from Sundays team sheet after the player suffered an injury in training.

Herrera joins an ever growing list of players currently sidelined after the midfielder was reported to have injured his ankle during a training session on Thursday becoming the third Manchester United casualty within the last seven days. Jesse Lingard hobbled out of the opener against Swansea City with suspected knee ligament damage while teammate Marouane Fellaini was spotted at hospital on Tuesday with his ankle in a protective cast. Herrera will undergo further tests next week once the swelling subsides allowing for a more accurate assessment and diagnosis.
Source: Daily Star
Aug 23 - 5:01 AM

Mike Williamson earned a second yellow card late on for Newcastle United but it did not help Aston Villa find a goal in a sloppy 0-0 draw.

It was a tough break for Williamson, as his first yellow in the 86th minute was very soft and seemingly given to "even out" things as the Magpies had not received a single yellow up to that point while Villa already had four. It made no difference, as Villa were positively inept in the final third. Newcastle were equally poor in their attacking, but they did come close as Siem De Jong, making his debut as a substitute, had a terrific chance but was denied by Brad Guzan. Newcastle have a nice run of fixtures on tap, however their attacking players have done little to give fantasy managers confidence and the success of their defense today had more to do with Villa's poor display.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 23 - 9:49 AM

Aston Villa escaped their home opener with a point thanks to another clean sheet by Ron Vlaar and company as they finished 0-0 with Newcastle United.

Amazingly, Villa sit on four points after two games having registered a total of ONE shot on target. Today, obviously, they had none. Possession and midfield work was fair, but every time they reached the final third, it was an inaccurate pass here, a shot sailing well into the crowd there...it is clear they are in serious trouble this season in terms of staying in the top flight unless they can find another dynamic player or two to strengthen the attack. Otherwise, they will have to rely heavily on their defense to keep up their end of the bargain.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 23 - 9:56 AM

Brendan Rodgers is set to have another weapon from his summer shopping spree available to him this weekend as Lazar Markovic has been deemed fit and will be in the squad Monday night when the Reds battle Manchester City.

Much like the departure of Gareth Bale from Tottenham last summer, the apparent strategy is to scoop up as many players as possible in the hopes to somehow fill the void left behind by Luis Suarez. Truth be told, all the quantity in the world cannot compensate for the level of quality special players like Bale and Suarez deliver. Markovic will have to earn his way into regular playing time and with the apparent arrival of Mario Balotelli imminent, it only complicates matter for fantasy managers in attempting to determine which players will be dependable regular starters. Jon Flanagan, incidentally, has been ruled out of this weekend's clash.
Aug 22 - 5:48 PM

Blackburn Rovers are holding out for the entire fee Hull City received for Shane Long or maybe even more if they are to part with prolific hitman Jordan Rhodes.

Hull City looked like savvy players in the transfer market when they more than doubled their money on Shane Long in approximately six months (half of which were vacation months). That windfall may quickly head back out the door if reports are to be believed that Hull City want Jordan Rhodes and Blackburn want the entire £12million for the man who has scored 53 goals for them in 99 Championship appearances. It seems likely Rhodes will want to make the move but will the clubs come to an agreement?
Source: ESPNFC.com
Aug 22 - 5:25 PM

There appear to be only the details standing between Mario Balotelli and a move to Liverpool.

Reports have the transfer costing Liverpool £16million in addition to £120,000 a week in wages which isn't a huge price if you consider Balotelli a premium forward. The question is whether Balotelli is a premium forward. The physical talent appears to be there but it's hard to see him fitting into a Liverpool attack that is based on rapid-strike counterattacks. "Quick on the counterattack" is not a phrase typically used to describe the mercurial Italian leaving us to wonder how he'll fit in and, if he isn't a regular starter, how that will go down in the locker room. Here's a question for you to ponder...who makes way for Balotelli? Sturridge? Sterling? Coutinho? Henderson? Gerrard? A holding midfielder?
Source: bbc.com
Aug 22 - 1:05 PM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Ozil will be included in the squad for Week 2 at Everton but he is more likely to be on the bench than start.

Arsenal have been very careful with the returns of Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski after their World Cup-winning summers. Wenger has indicated that his Germans are ready to be involved on Saturday but the implication in his statement is that they are most likely to be on the bench for Week 2. In fantasy formats where you have to make a decision before line-ups are announced then the prudent move will be to wait until Week 3 to include either Mertesacker or Ozil.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Aug 22 - 10:50 AM

Louis Van Gaal's team notes feature fantasy managers' least favorite term - could return - in relation to Robin van Persie.

There was a great deal of excitement about the potential partnership between RvP and his international manager when the hiring of Van Gaal was announced. Van Persie's success at the World Cup (at least in the group stage) just built the anticipation. With the Dutch forward held out to recover from his World Cup exertions uncertainty has been introduced to the equation. Today's United team notes indicate that van Persie could return this weekend against Sunderland but that doesn't seem like enough to commit a starting spot and the requisite budget necessary to have him in your fantasy team. Probably best to wait a week and see how things progress.
Source: bbc.com
Aug 22 - 11:00 AM

Daniel Drinkwater is still recovering from a hamstring injury and will miss Leicester's trip to Chelsea.

Drinkwater played fairly well in Leicester's tie against Everton but finished with zero fantasy points, making us question his fantasy value in the future. When healthy, Drinkwater has a starting spot in Leicester's team but his fantasy value is currently low. Avoid until he shows to be healthy and earning fantasy points.
Aug 21 - 9:14 PM

Thibaut Courtois is the top goalkeeper pick for Week 2 of the Yahoo Fantasy Premier League game.

As you may or may not be aware, an issue in the Yahoo database on Saturday led to Courtois, Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez dropping in price to just to £5.01million . To ensure fairness for all fantasy managers, the price of these players has been dropped down to below £6million ahead of the Week 2 deadline. Provided you're confident Courtois will remain Chelsea's number one goalkeeper then it's wise to grab him at that price while you can, plus he has a home game against Leicester.
Aug 22 - 4:24 AM

Diego Costa is the top striker pick for Week 2 of the Yahoo Fantasy Premier League game.

The striker would've been the top striker pick of the week at £12million. At £5.26million in the Yahoo game you should buy him, place him in your starting XI, forget about that slot until May 2015 and watch the fantasy points roll in. The very definition of a season-keeper and surely set to score well against Leicester.
Aug 22 - 4:25 AM




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