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Serie A club Roma have signed former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole on a two-year deal.

Ashley Cole's contract with Chelsea expired this summer and the left-back will not be returning after losing his starting job to Cesar Azpilicueta last year. The 33 year old has decided to join Italian club AC Roma on a free transfer. Cole should have enough left in the tank to be the starting left-back at Roma and could be a big piece of that team. He provides speed down the flank and enough experience to compete at any level.
Source: BBC
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 01:48:00 PM

Manchester City reminded everyone of why they deserve their league title this season with a dominant 5-0 win over Swansea City.

City took the lead early in the first half after holding possession well, with Raheem Sterling teeing up David Silva for the Citizens' first. Sterling himself scored soon after, tapping in a Delph cross. City continued their good work in the second half and Kevin de Bruyne got his name on the scoresheet with a long-range thunderbolt, his fifth from outside the box this season. Raheem Sterling won a penalty for City, which Lukasz Fabianski tipped onto the post, only for Bernardo Silva to score it. Jesus atoned for his miss with a header late on, ably assisted by Yaya Touré's precise chip over the hapless Swansea defence. City close in on a number of Premier League records, whilst the PL's only Welsh side are far from safe 4 points ahead of 18th placed Southampton.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 22 - 1:35 PM

Ashley Barnes is in the form of his life, scoring another goal for Burnley and helping the Clarets add another point to their season total with a 1-1 win at Stoke City.

One more point that looks to give Burnley a final table position no lower than seventh and a ticket to Europe next season. Sean Dyche's side were unchanged from their loss to Chelsea on Thursday and may have been a bit knackered which was exactly what Stoke, who are hungry for points, needed to win. The Clarets would capitulate early, falling behind after only eleven minutes. But once again, the defense kept from falling apart and were able to keep the score at 1-0 to Stoke at halftime. Burnley began to take control in the second frame, with the productive striker partnership of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood once again providing threat. The latter would eventually find an equalizer shortly after the hour mark turning in a loose ball from a James Tarkowski shot. Barnes would soon be subbed off, sitting on a yellow card and having been involved in an earlier event that could have seen him take an early shower. His goal gives him scores in six of Burnley's last eight games.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 22 - 10:46 AM

Stoke City needed a win to help keep their top flight status but they gave a lead away and could only draw at home to Burnley 1-1.

Paul Lambert's side needed to bring the intensity today and, to their credit, that is precisely what Stoke did in the first half. Pesky defending was forcing Burnley into miscues, effectively beating the Clarets at their own game. They got an early goal from Badou N"Diaye, his first for the club, collecting a pass from Mame Diouf and slotting home in the 11th minute. The energy was noticeably lacking in the second half though and eventually Burnley would equalize. Stoke still had a few chances at a winner, with one attempt off the post and a Stephen Ireland strike from range missing the top corner by inches. Math is keeping Stoke alive as they head into next weekend, but not much more.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 22 - 10:32 AM

Arsenal were lackluster 3arly but came on strong late as Aaron Ramsey and Alex Lacazette pushed the Gunners to victory.

It was the Gunners' first match since the announcement of Arsene Wenger's resignation. Wenger's men took their sweet time gearing up for the match with Mknreal and Arnautovic trading goals. The introduction of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang changed the tone of the match as Arsenal scored three late goals to make the final score look like a vintage Wenger result.
Source: Espn.com
Apr 22 - 10:35 AM

Marko Arnautovic scored a beautiful goal but the Hammers collapsed late as Arsenal rolled to a 4-1 win at the Emirates.

The first half of the match was eminently forgettable. Neither team produced much. The second half saw plenty of fireworks but, unfortunately for the Hammers, most of the action went Arsenal's way. Even Arnautovic's goal contained more than a hint of offsides in the build-up.
Source: Espn.com
Apr 22 - 10:42 AM

Jeffrey Schlupp returned to full training on Thursday, but he is unlikely to be considered for the squad which travels to Watford this weekend.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Vicarage Road, Roy Hodgson confirmed the 25-year-old is back with the group after missing the previous month. "Jeffrey trained today, which is great news and is much earlier than we expected after his nasty injury at Huddersfield. It's probably a bit close to think about including him on Saturday, and even though not out of the question, in an ideal world I would like him to have at least another weeks’ training." Schlupp has timed his comeback perfectly following his second major setback of the year [he suffered knee ligament damage in January] as Palace look to secure their top-flight status during the run-in. The Eagles are currently five-points above the drop zone knowing that a win would probably be enough. If it doesn’t come here, then they will fancy their chances with matches against Leicester, Stoke and West Brom coming up.
Apr 21 - 6:01 AM

Despite his impressive form of late, Arsène Wenger could drop striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the game against London-rivals West Ham United.

The 28-year-old has scored five in his last 5 appearances, as well as providing two assists, but Wenger hinted that he may use Sunday as a dress rehearsal for this weeks’ Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, ruling the ineligible Aubameyang out. "I would say most of the time, after the Europa League games, it was a help because I could rest some players and bring someone fresh in," said the soon to be departing Arsenal manager. "[But] when you prepare for the Europa League it is a handicap because he cannot play." Alexandre Lacazette is expected to start while Danny Welbeck, who is a shoo-in for Thursday, is another who could benefit. Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin are poised for a recall after the trio were rested at St James’ Park last time out. Aaron Ramsey [shin laceration] has not participated in full training but he will be available for Sunday.
Apr 21 - 6:22 AM

Danny Ings scored his first goal since 2015 and Mo Salah found the net once again, but Liverpool leave stunned with only a point as West Bromwich Albion scored twice late to finish with a 2-2 draw.

Jurgen Klopp made several changes ahead of the Reds Champions League tie on Tuesday, with Ings getting a chance to lead the line. All the moves seem to pay off, as Ings scored under four minutes into the game, putting home a ball from Georginio Wijnaldum for his first goal since the Merseyside derby in October of 2015. Three changes were made at the back and a clean sheet was on the cards when Salah looked to have sealed the points on 74 minutes, supplying another smart finish from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's pass. The Baggies responded in dramatic fashion though and plucked two points away with two late goals.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 21 - 9:29 AM

Down two goals with just over 10 minutes to play and staring relegation in the face, West Bromwich Albion rose to the occasion with two late strikes to earn a dramatic 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

Scenes at the Hawthorns. The match started the way one would expect, with Liverpool's attack striking for an early goal. It would take until 35 minutes in for a chance at an equalizer but one chance to catch Loris Karius out of position was not converted and another attempt by Jay Rodriguez moments later missed the mark. The second half appeared to get no better for the home side. Craig Dawson was lucky to avoid a foul that would have given the Reds a penalty, then the Baggies were 0-2 down with a quarter hour to go. That's when hard work began to pay off. Jake Livermore grabbed his first goal of the campaign, following up a Dawson shot from a corner to pull one back. Then, with only a minute to go plus stoppage time, Chris Brunt whipped in a corner and Salomon Rondon was there at the near post to finish a power header. West Brom will likely escape the weekend still in contention to survive, but they need wins now.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 21 - 9:40 AM

Crystal Palace can thank the gloves of Wayne Hennessey for the point they earned from a 0-0 draw with Watford.

The point brings Crystal Palace up into 15th in the table, six points clear of the relegation zone with three games to play. Hennessey stepped up for the Eagles with five saves against a fervent Watford attack, especially in the first half. Wilfried Zaha had two penalty chances denied on either side of half-time and was booked for simulation on his second chance, which looked more like a penalty than the first. But Palace were unlucky in the second half with both Luka Milivojevic and James Tomkins hitting the woodwork.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 21 - 12:00 PM

Watford fans can exhale with the club closing in on safety following a scoreless draw at home with Crystal Palace.

The Hornets can mathematically secure safety with a win next weekend and Southampton dropping points after the draw put them on 38 points this season. However, Watford couldn't manage to break its five-match winless streak—the club has only three goals in the last six matches and has been shut out in four of them. Those struggles continued on Saturday despite five shots on target. The hosts dominated the first half and nearly went ahead in the fourth minute when Stefano Okaka's header rattled off the crossbar. Otherwise, the defense held strong for the clean sheet, allowing only one shot on target in a game that featured eight yellow cards.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 21 - 12:09 PM





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