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Rickie Lambert, hoping to bolster his World Cup chances, scored the opener in a dominant first half for Southampton.

The big Saints forward has been a revelation over the past two seasons and, based on performances on the field, should be on the plane to Brazil with the England squad. In his last chance to impress before the team is announced on Monday, Lambert forced a poor clearance from Nemanja Vidic that Steven Davis played back to Lambert for the opening goal. Southampton couldn't maintain the momentum for the entire match though. In the second half, United saw more of the ball and a Juan Mata free kick goal gave United a consolation point.
Sun, May 11, 2014 12:15:00 PM

Jordon Ibe is hoping to be available for first team selection well ahead of schedule following a return to light training less than a month after knee surgery.

Ibe strained his lateral collateral ligament during a Europa League tie in Turkey and despite Brendan Rodgers initially confirming 3/4 weeks further tests revealed the damage was far worse than originally feared with his surgeon advising a realistic time-frame of up-to 3 months. However it now looks like Jordon Ibe could return in GW32 for the visit of Newcastle to provide the Reds with a welcome boost. Having impressed during his loan spell at Derby earlier this season Ibe arrived at Anfield in great form and made his first league start during the Merseyside derby draw at Goodison in February. Long-term Ibe could go head-to-head with Markovic for a place on the right in a 3-4-3 and this emerging talent will almost certainly see Javier Manquillo return to the La Liga following his loan move from Atletico Madrid.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 29 - 4:02 PM

Garry Monk is sweating on the fitness of two of his squad members after Jefferson Montero was replaced just before half-time for Ecuador on Sunday while Tom Carroll will also return to the club having limped off for England U21s on Friday.

Montero reportedly suffered a thigh injury - the extent of which is unknown – moments after the Swansea winger had a chance to level a Javier Hernandez opener for Mexico. If confirmed this latest setback could represent Montero’s fourth hamstring injury of the season following his $8 million move from Liga MX side Morelia. The news comes on the back of an English FA statement confirming midfielder Tom Carroll will not be included in the under-21 squad that takes on Germany this Monday after the Tottenham loanee grabbed the winner in Prague on Friday before limping off.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Mar 29 - 3:07 PM

Ayoze Perez has needed to step up his scoring in the absence of Papiss Cisse but has failed to do so as Newcastle United continue to look in rough shape.

Perez caught everyone's attention earlier in the season when he tallied a goal in each of his first three league starts. He would add a couple more in the month of December, but since then the well has dried up, going over 800 minutes now without scoring. It's not like John Carver has any great alternatives. Emmanuel Riviere has been an absolute bust, failing to score once in league play this season, and Siem De Jong, who is more of a midfielder by trade anyway, is still battling back from a long injury layoff. The position must be addressed in the summer, as Cisse has built a reputation for missing too many matches - 11 entirely in league play, and another 10 where he only featured for 45 minutes or less.
Mar 28 - 7:11 PM

Jack Cork has been a revelation for Swansea City since his transfer from Southampton in January, and is still a cheaper fantasy option than most of his teammates, though that may not last much longer.

We began monitoring Cork and pointing out his production a month ago, and since then, he has continued to thrive both in reality with a Man of the Match award and in fantasy. His past four starts have garnered scores of 15, 10, 14 and 6 in the Yahoo game. Incredibly, he could have been owned for under 6m at the beginning of that run, but his current 8.96m price is still extremely good value for his output. With only a minuscule .55% ownership right now, he is a fantastic difference maker if you find your XI every week to be too similar to your rivals.
Mar 28 - 6:38 PM

Michael Kightly, one of the few Burnley players with any top flight experience at the start of the season, looks to be a forgotten man at Turf Moor these days.

The Clarets do not have deep pockets to put it mildly, so even though Kightly isn't exactly All-World, when he was signed to a permanent deal from Stoke City after a successful loan spell saw him help Burnley gain promotion last season, it was for them, a major acquisition. However, the bigger impact signing has been George Boyd, who has nailed down a wide midfield position opposite Scott Arfield, and Sean Dyche has shown to keep the changes to his XI at a minimum. When Dean Marney went down injured, it could have opened the door for Kightly, but instead Ashley Barnes is out wide with Arfield tucked inside and Kightly hasn't so much as earned an appearance as a substitute for the past two matches. It wouldn't be surprising to see him request a transfer this summer.
Mar 28 - 2:37 PM

Kevin Mirallas has been sidelined for the past three league games due to a dead leg picked up against Dynamo Kiev but is pushing for a return next weekend when the Toffees host Southampton.

Roberto Martinez expressed confidence earlier in the week that the Belgian would be back in action immediately after the international break but has since admitted that his availability for the match against the Saints is still in question. Unless there is extremely positive news heading into next weekend, it would be wise to avoid Mirallas for fear he may not start. However, his price in the Yahoo game has dropped drastically in recent weeks and is an absolute bargain once he gets his spot back. He is one to monitor for a barndoor move the next time his name makes Martinez's XI.
Mar 28 - 2:45 PM

Leon Britton is hoping to return to training next week after missing the win at Villa Park because of a pre-existing back problem.

Britton has suffered from a bulging disc for the past two seasons and the problem flared up again during training in the build-up to GW30 – the latest in a line of injury niggles this year. The 32 year-old midfielder didn’t begin his season until November because of a bruised patella and a minor groin strain, illness plus further knee issues have restricted Britton to just six league starts but the player is determined to return following an excellent Swansea campaign. Although competition for places is fierce with Ki Sung-Yueng, Jonjo Shelvey, loanee Tom Carroll, Jay Fulton and January acquisition Jack Cork competing for a starting berth Leon Britton is confident he can force his way into the side to finish the season on a high.
Mar 28 - 1:54 PM

Danny Welbeck will return to Arsenal after picking up an injury during Friday nights’ comfortable Euro 2016 victory over Lithuania at Wembley.

Hodgson had already planned to replace Welbeck but a knee injury forced his withdrawal as the game entered its final phase. With a crucial Premier League match against Liverpool coming up England will take no risks given Tuesdays’ fixture in Italy is a non-competitive friendly. Post-match Hodgson confirmed Welbeck had "tweaked his knee" and he will continue to be assessed over the next 24/48 hours although the medical team aren’t overly concerned at this point. England could travel to Turin with only [17] outfield players having seen Leighton Baines, Raheem Sterling and James Milner return to their respective clubs however Ryan Bertrand has been "invited" to join the group.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 28 - 12:43 PM

The knock Simon Mignolet picked up in Liverpool's loss to Manchester United last weekend was not serious and the Belgian international is fit to play for his country during the international break.

Mignolet is behind Thibaut Courtois on the Belgian keeper depth chart but appears to be set to back up the Chelsea man for Belgium tomorrow as they take on Cyprus and then they face Israel on Tuesday. For fantasy managers and Liverpool fans though, what matters is that the Reds' #1 will be between the sticks against Arsenal in their next league game.
Mar 27 - 6:30 PM

Scans on Daniel Sturridge's hip did not come back clean and the striker is looking at up to a month on the sideline according to England manager Roy Hodgson.

A slight tear was found in the hip flexor muscle for Sturridge, so it will certainly take to heal. The timetable seems to open the door for an earlier return so with no league matches this weekend, perhaps one can only rule him out for Week 31's match against Arsenal for now. However long it takes, Brendan Rodgers will need to think about whether to start Mario Balotelli up top, who should be starting in this situation considering his wages, or to deploy Raheem Sterling there as he has at times this season. Ricky Lambert seems no more than depth at this point though perhaps he will enter Rodgers' thinking as well. Sterling is a solid investment no matter where he plays on the pitch, but a striker role certainly bumps his value.
Source: Daily Mail
Mar 27 - 6:20 PM

Roberto Martinez is hoping Darron Gibson will be available to face Southampton in GW31 following the Everton midfielders withdrawal from the Republic of Ireland squad due to a minor abdominal strain.

Gibson is one of a handful of players currently undergoing treatment at Finch Farm with Arouna Kone [knee & ankle] and Kevin Mirallas [dead leg] targeting a quick return while Romelu Lukaku [hamstring] is recovering with his national team in Belgium. Martinez confirmed South African midfielder Steven Pienaar [knee] will be back in full training from Monday after almost four months on the sidelines with Tony Hibbert also closing in on a return. Bryan Oviedo is progressing but could be a few weeks yet although he "is getting stronger every day" and Gareth Barry has completed a two match ban for his accumulation of 10 yellow cards.
Source: Goal.com
Mar 27 - 1:30 PM




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