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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

AFC Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn has stated that the club are open to making Jack Wilshere's loan at the club permanent.

Wilshere joined the Cherries from Arsenal on loan in a bid to get his career back on track after consistent set backs in recent years. He was no longer guaranteed game time so joined Eddie Howe's outfit to build fitness, confidence and form back. Wilshere has so far made three appearances for the club, showing some glimpses of his class in the process. However, he has not done enough to prevent the club's poor start to the season which finds them languishing in 15th position in the table. He hit the crossbar in last weekend's 1-0 win over Everton after a Coleman block stopped him scoring his first Bournemouth goal. He is yet to play 90 minutes for the club.
Source: ESPNFC
Sep 27 - 5:55 PM

Harry Arter put in a fantastic shift which has earned him plaudits from across the board in Bournemouth's unexpected victory over Everton last weekend.

Arter was both an attacking presence and a key part of Bournemouth's isolation of Everton's dangerous front four of Barkley, Mirallas, Bolasie and Lukaku. He was superior to Barkley in midfield, winning 10 duels compared to the Englishman's two. At the other end, he made the assist for Stanislas' goal and created a further chance. He also took four shots, some of which looked dangerous but were off target. One came from inside the box. Howe lauded him after the game for his tireless performance, praising him for "covering every blade of grass". He was positioned as a CM just off Wilshere as CAM. Surman player behind him to shore up the defence.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 27 - 6:08 PM

Arsenal came out on the positive side of injury news after Arsene Wenger revealed Francis Coquelin will only miss three weeks.

Reports suggested Coquelin could miss as much as two months with a knee injury similar to the injury that kept him sidelined for two full months last season. But Wenger said the scan did not reveal too much damage in the knee he injured in a 3-0 win against Chelsea over the weekend: "He is out for the game tomorrow, but it should be a short-term injury because the scan was quite positive and I think it will be three weeks out. It’s positive because last year during this period we got some bad news and a few long-term injuries and it was a handicap in our season."
Sep 27 - 6:13 PM

Despite only receiving his first Premier League start of the season this past weekend, Cesc Fabregas has a role under Antonio Conte.

Said the Italian manager last week: "Cesc is in my plans and in Chelsea’s plans. We all know Cesc as a fantastic player. I see him in every training session with great work rate. If he continues in this way, it’ll be very difficult for me to choose my midfield. But I want this, putting many doubts in my mind over choosing someone else." The Spanish international has been linked with a move to West Ham if his playing time doesn't improve as he has battled for a spot in the starting lineup this season with midfielder Oscar.
Source: Daily Mail
Sep 27 - 6:24 PM

Kevin de Bruyne will miss tomorrows’ Champions League tie against Celtic and the upcoming Premier League clash at White Hart Lane but the in-form City star could be back "shortly" after the international break.

De Bruyne travelled to Barcelona on Sunday with teammate Vincent Kompany to meet with Dr Ramon Cugat, "the best doctor in the world" according to Pep Guardiola. Initial reports had suggested that De Bruyne would miss around a month but speaking ahead of Wednesdays’ Battle of Britain at Celtic Park, Guardiola was able to provide a positive update on the 25-year-old: "Kevin is not a big injury - in two and a half or three weeks, maybe he will be ready." Jesus Navas or Leroy Sane are favourites to replace De Bruyne as City aim to preserve their 100 per cent start to the season against the top-flights only other unbeaten side.
Sep 27 - 5:42 PM

It is understood that Wayne Rooney will not be recalled to the Manchester United starting 11 to face struggling Stoke City this Sunday.

However, he is expected to start this Thursday in the Red Devils' Europa League clash against Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford. This all comes after Rooney was suddenly dropped by Jose Mourinho last weekend in the Premier League as United beat champions Leicester 4-1. A comprehensive victory which highlighted some of the reasons why Rooney should be on the field. The fact that United scored as a result of three corners from Daley Blind being just one of those - their conversion rate from them with Rooney taking was considerably lower. Chris Smalling has insisted that Rooney is still United's 'main man', but is he Jose Mourinho's?
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 27 - 5:44 PM

Sunderland have been dealt another blow after a scan revealed Manchester United loanee Adnan Januzaj damaged ankle ligaments during the 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old was replaced with just five minutes remaining on Saturday but when the injury actually occurred isn’t evidently clear. Januzaj was on the receiving end of a heavy challenge in the first half, however, he managed to continue until Victor Anichebe was introduced as the game was drawing to a close. Januzaj will join long-term absentees Seb Larsson, Fabio Borini and Vito Mannone in the treatment room while his injury serves as another major setback for David Moyes who is still searching for his first competitive win. Wahbi Khazri is poised for recall having spent much of his season warming the bench.
Sep 27 - 4:39 PM

Isaac Success came on and provided a second half spark but he couldn't inspire his team to a victory as Watford fell to Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor.

The Nigerian showed exceptional dribbling prowess upon his introduction but it wasn't enough as his shots went agonizingly close while his crosses failed to find teammates in position to do anything. For much of the match, getting close to a productive attack would have been an improvement. All across the pitch, the Hornets were a shadow of the group that dominated Manchester United last weekend. They were late to the ball and appeared to be out of ideas when they did have it. Ighalo and Deeney were isolated and ultimately provided little threat. Once the Clarets scored, first through Jeff Hendrick and then Michael Keane, the result was pretty well assured.
Sep 26 - 5:01 PM

Jeff Hendrick appeared to be everywhere, Steven Defour assisted on both goals and Burnley surprised Watford 2-0 at Turf Moor on Monday.

The Clarets continue to be their limited but organized and tenacious selves but Steven Defour has proven to be a solid spark from midfield and, on this day, that was more than enough. Neither goal will be up for Goal of the Week let alone Goal of the Year but the three points are huge for Sean Dyche's side as the battle to avoid relegation appears to have many entrants. Hendrick and Defour were the major stories along with Michael Keane who scored his first-ever Premier League goal to provide Burnley the insurance goal they needed down the stretch.
Sep 26 - 4:58 PM

Francis Coquelin looks set to spend to a number of weeks on the sidelines after injuring his knee during a dominant Arsenal display against Chelsea at the Emirates.

The defensive midfielder failed to shake off the after-effects of a brave block at the edge of his area leaving him unable to continue. Coquelin has started all but one of Arsenal's Premier League games this season but this latest setback could mean an extended period out: "He has a knee injury at the same place he had last year at West Brom," mused Arsène Wenger. "That's the negative of the day." The Arsenal boss was referencing a medial knee ligament injury suffered in November last year which keep Coquelin out for two-months. Fortunately, the Gunners have an adequate replacement in the form of Granit Xhaka, although with the news that Aaron Ramsey is likely to miss out again this weekend, they can’t afford too many more injuries.
Source: The Guardian
Sep 26 - 4:51 AM

Crystal Palace were forced into a slight switch of personnel for Saturdays’ trip to the Stadium of Light following injuries to key players.

Alan Pardew had made a raft of changes for the midweek EFL Cup match at Southampton [eight in total], but of the three first team regulars who played, two left St Marys’ injured ruling them out of the Sunderland game. Ever-present [and joint top scorer] Scott Dann limped off after just 19 minutes due to a muscular problem while Wilfried Zaha completed the match but minor hamstring discomfort meant the winger did not travel to Wearside. Fortunately, the Eagles were still able to secure three-points despite finding themselves 2-nil down after an hour. Christian Benteke grabbed a last-gasp winner deep into injury time leaving the Black Cats firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Sep 26 - 5:13 AM





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