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Sunderland have made an undisclosed bid for Swansea captain Ashley Williams, according to Sky sources.

Sunderland are short on central defenders, and Williams has just one year left on his contract at the Liberty Stadium. With no evidence of the 29-year old wanting to sign a new deal, Swansea might be tempted to cash in on him now rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 04:27:00 AM

Tottenham kept their title hopes alive with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace thanks to Christian Eriksen's superb 78th-minute strike.

Tottenham struggled to break down an in-form Palace side for much of the match at Selhurst Park. But, despite a quiet performances by Harry Kane and Dele Alli, Mauricio Pochettino's side stayed patient before a magic move from Eriksen finally broke the Place defense. The Dane exploited a rare bit of space in the center of the park, letting fly from 35-yards out and into the bottom corner beyond the reach of Wayne Hennessey. The result means Tottenham move on to 74 points, surpassing their previous best ever league total of 72, and within four points of leaders Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 26 - 5:46 PM

Arsenal left it late but Nacho Monreal bounced a shot off of Robert Huth and past Peter Schmeichel as the Gunners beat Leicester City 1-0 at the Emirates.

Arsenal dominated possession for nearly the entire match but had precious little to show for it heading toward the end of the match. For all of their passing around the outside of the box they had trouble generating anything resembling a solid opportunity on goal. It looked for all the world like the match was going to end nil-nil and effectively end Arsenal's quest for a Champions League spot until Nacho Monreal took a rebound out of the air and got a fortunate bounce off of Huth that was ruled an own goal for the win.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 26 - 4:48 PM

Robert Huth couldn't get out of the way of Nacho Monreal's shot and the deflection, ruled an own goal, ended up as the only goal of the match.

Leicester City have one point to show for their four matches against the Gunners since the start of last season. Arsenal were the only club to beat the Foxes twice last season as Claudio Ranieri's boys shocked the world. Fast forward a year and it looked like it was going to be two nil-nil draws this season as Craig Shakespeare's edition of the Foxes were well on their way to authoring a valiant holding action in the face of dominant Arsenal possession. It was not to be as Robert Huth inadvertently steered Nacho Monreal's shot, which was headed well wide, into the net in the 86th minute.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 26 - 4:51 PM

Jose Mourinho provided a mixed update ahead of Thursday’s Manchester derby with Paul Pogba set to miss out because of injury.

The £89m midfielder performed as a "hero" at Turf Moor before he was replaced during the dying moments of the 2-0 win. Mourinho described Pogba as "dead" on Sunday following a gruelling week of football which included an extra-time victory over Anderlecht in the Europa League. "Dead he is for sure," said Mourinho. "If he's injured or if it's just the super accumulation of fatigue in the muscles, I don't know." However, the United manager confirmed during today’s press conference that Pogba would not be ready to face Man City having failed to train this week. Ander Herrera [ankle] has been passed fit, while Antonio Valencia is also expected to return the ranks, but Mourinho must contend with several absentees with Zlatan Ibrahimović, Marcos Rojo, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones ruled out through injury: "We go with what we have and we fight with what we have."
Apr 26 - 1:03 PM

David Silva seems certain to miss tomorrow’s Manchester derby having failed to recover the knock which forced him off at Wembley.

The Spain star was caught during the opening exchanges of Sundays FA Cup semi-final by Arsenal centre-back Gabriel, but despite trying to run the injury off, he was replaced on 23 minutes: "David [is a] real, real doubt - I don’t know if he will be ready to play," Pep Guardiola said. However, it does look like Sergio Aguero will be OK following a return to training while Gabriel Jesus is available after three months out due to a fractured metatarsal, although his "physical condition is not optimal." Fernandinho was confident of recovering earlier this week but there was no mention from Pep. Bacary Sagna could also make a surprise return but John Stones is struggling with an unspecified muscular problem and is likely to be absent again.
Apr 26 - 1:20 PM

A Manchester derby never needs more storylines than the match itself, but the striker situation at Manchester City is an alluring one.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that Gabriel Jesus will return to the squad after missing the last two-and-a-half months with a foot injury, just in time for the derby. Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero has also been cleared of a recent injury sustaining in stoppage time at the weekend, and it looks likely that Aguero will start as Gabriel Jesus still needs to gain match fitness: "Gabriel has no pain at all so is ready but [after] three months out his physical condition is not optimal. Sergio is much better. Today he make a part of the training session. Tomorrow he will be ready."
Apr 26 - 12:05 PM

Manchester City will be sweating on the fitness of midfielder David Silva ahead of Thursday's showdown with Manchester United.

It's a massive match for both sides as the Sky Blues sit just one point ahead of their rivals in the fourth and final Champions League spot with only six games left in the season. But while Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus for the match, Silva appears to be a major doubt after leaving the club's extra-time loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup semifinals on Sunday in the 23rd minute with an injury after taking a heavy challenge from Gabriel Paulista. Said Guardiola: "David Silva real, real doubt - I don’t know if he will be ready to play after what happened in the first minutes in the semi-final."
Apr 26 - 12:11 PM

With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain playing very well as the primary right-sided wing-back/outside midfielder in Arsene Wenger's 3-4-3 there is an open question about what becomes of Hector Bellerin.

Given that we're only two matches into the 3-4-3 experiment at Arsenal it is hardly a fait accompli that the transition is going to become a fixture at the Emirates. That said, the combination of the new formation and the strong performances by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in that role leaves open the possibility that star right back Hector Bellerin becomes something of a square peg in a round hole for the Gunners. Any plan that relies heavily on Oxlade-Chamberlain playing the majority of a 38 match season is probably fanciful but if Bellerin isn't slotted as a regular starter coming into next season it seems likely he will want to reconsider the frequent interest in him from clubs like Manchester City and Barcelona. Maybe a shift to the left side to replace an aging Nacho Monreal. Maybe a job-share with the Ox. What's certain is that Bellerin is less valuable to fantasy managers today than he was even slumping as a regular starter a few weeks ago.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 26 - 9:56 AM

Ryan Bertrand scored a late goal against former club Chelsea but it wasn't nearly enough as the Blues beat the Saints 4-2 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

After a number of reunions in the tunnel leading up to the match, Ryan Bertrand can be happy with scoring a goal against his former mates but not with the outcome for his side. The Saints trailed early and often against the leaders with Eden Hazard opening the scoring after five minutes. Oriol Romeu equalized in the 24th minute but Gary Cahill put the Blues ahead to stay in first half stoppage time. Diego Costa extended the lead twice and ended it as a contest before Bertrand got his goal deep in second half stoppage time to salvage a little pride if not a useful result.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 25 - 6:18 PM

Diego Costa scored a brace as Chelsea won a critical match in the title race over Southampton 4-2.

The Brazilian Spaniard had been sputtering through the second half of the season before breaking out Tuesday. The outburst couldn't have been better timed as Spurs have crept to within four points of the lead. Eden Hazard opened the scoring followed by Gary Cahill and then Costa's brace filled out score sheet.
Source: Espnfc.com
Apr 25 - 4:59 PM

Victor Valdes is the only expected injury absentee for Middlesbrough who face north east rivals Sunderland at the Riverside on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of the Tees/Wear derby, Head Coach Steve Agnew revealed Grant Leadbitter and Marten de Roon were on track to recover from respective hamstring and ankle injuries in time to face the Black Cats. Leadbitter did not to travel to Bournemouth on Saturday as a precaution due to muscular tightness, while De Roon was replaced during a first half mauling because of a problem with his ankle. But, the news from today's press conference today was good and Agnew provided a positive update: "Victor Valdes has a rib injury so will miss out [but] Grant Leadbitter and Marten de Roon have trained this morning. Everyone else is fit." The only other player expected to miss out is Gaston Ramirez, who picked up two needless yellow cards - the Uruguay international will serve a one-match ban.
Apr 25 - 2:46 PM




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