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Shocking news from The Mirror who are reporting that NYCFC will loan Frank Lampard to parent club Manchester City.

With the expansion MLS not set to start play until March 2015, there have been questions about what Lampard will do in the meantime. The Mirror are reporting that the Chelsea legend will be loaned to the defending champions. The move brings up all sorts of potential concerns with City's ownership of multiple clubs and how they could all be used strategically to skirt league rules in all countries they operate in.
Source: The Mirror
Aug 1 - 3:54 PM

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is expected to be fit for GW18 after missing games through a calf problem.

Noble is averaging seven points per match and his injuries have prevented him from having another solid season. Noble might not even earn the start as West Ham have a number of players who are capable of filling in. He is not a great option in fantasy leagues right now but may be a solid bench stash in season-long leagues.
Dec 24 - 6:33 PM

James Tomkins is dealing with a hamstring injury and will be assessed before West Ham's match against Chelsea on Friday.

Tomkins is doubtful for the contest and all signs point toward James Collins filling in for the center-back. West Ham have a very tough trip to Stamford Bridge and neither of their center-backs make for a very good option in fantasy leagues this weekend. If Tomkins continues to miss time, Collins could be an option in later weeks.
Dec 24 - 6:36 PM

Roberto Martinez has confirmed defender Tony Hibbert is likely to need another "couple of weeks" before the full-back can return to first team action.

Hibbert picked up a muscular problem during a training session at the beginning of December and the Everton boss confirmed in Wednesdays’ pre-match press conference that he doesn’t expect to see his player back until January with Leon Osman and Darron Gibson suffering a similar prognosis. However his absence won’t have a major impact on the team - Hibbert has only managed 8 starts over the past two-and-a-half seasons due to a culmination of injury and the emergence Seamus Coleman as one of the Premier Leagues’ best attacking full-backs.
Dec 24 - 7:50 PM

Roberto Martinez has confirmed Leon Osman could face another two weeks on the sidelines as the midfielder aims to overcome the ankle injury he picked up during the defeat to Manchester City as The Etihad.

Osman suffered ankle ligament damage and wore a protective boot while further assessments were carried out fearing the 33 year old – who has just signed a contract extension – may require surgery. However his latest MRI scan has revealed the tear is not as bad as originally feared and the midfielder could be back following the FA Cup tie against West Ham United. Everton are hoping welcome Kevin Mirallas and James McCarthy for the visit of Stoke in GW18 while John Stones is in line for his first start since October.
Dec 24 - 8:04 PM

Mamadou Sakho looks set to continue in place of the injured Dejan Lovren as Liverpool travel to Turf Moor on Boxing Day.

The $36 million signing has failed to live up to his huge tag since joining from Southampton in the summer with many believing his absence ‘is a blessing in disguise’ following a number of erratic defensive blunders in the heart of defence. Lovren was replaced during the Capital One Cup win over Bournemouth at half-time as a precaution but a further examination confirmed a minor groin strain which kept him out of the draw against Arsenal on Sunday. Liverpool are hopeful the defender could return over Christmas but following their impressive display at Anfield Rodgers’ maybe happy to stick with a back three which consists of Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho.
Dec 24 - 8:24 PM

Eden Hazard is doubtful for Chelsea's match against West Ham United on Friday with a foot injury.

Hazard picked up a foot problem in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Stoke City and is currently being assessed before Friday's match against the Hammers. Mourinho has also said that no player is likely to play all three matches over this holiday period, so it sounds likely Hazard will be rested on Friday. With Oscar being rested last time out, one can expect him to start against West Ham and be a strong fantasy option.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 24 - 4:53 PM

Mario Balotelli is available to Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool travel to Burnley on Boxing Day, but the manager admits that the striker "may be ill-suited to the Reds’ high-intensity style."

Well it is nice to know that Rodgers is the final person on the planet to view the Balotelli transfer as an abject failure but the truth is, he was never a good fit to replace Luis Suarez considering they were letting go a world class player for his antics and replacing him with perhaps the world leader in antics. Bottom line, they need Daniel Sturridge in their XI week in, week out to compete on any level that even slightly resembles the club that nearly won the title last season. Balotelli may not get sold in January but it looks clear he won't be at Anfield by the end of summer 2015.
Dec 24 - 5:35 PM

Chelsea midfielder Oscar was rested in Monday's win over Stoke City and will be ready for the Friday showdown against West Ham United.

Oscar has had a strong season and with Eden Hazard struggling to be fit for Friday, Oscar seems more and more likely to make the starting XI. In a home match, Oscar makes for a good fantasy choice this weekend. Use him with confidence.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 24 - 4:55 PM

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson will not appeal his suspension for gameweek 18.

Pearson will serve his ban when Leicester host Tottenham on Boxing Day. He was found guilty for getting into a heated exchange with a fan during his club's 3-1 loss to Liverpool earlier this month. Leicester have been so bad that they can't really get any worse even with Pearson not on the sidelines so there aren't any big fantasy implications from his suspension.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 24 - 5:07 PM

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has big plans for the Blues this season, saying a quadruple is possible for this squad.

The 26-year-old has been a huge part of what Chelsea have done this season and deserves all the praise in the world. He has been solid defensively and has gone up in attack when needed. Despite the great contributions, he has only averaged five fantasy points per match, which makes him a poor choice for managers. His lack of attacking stats keep his value down, so enjoy watching him play and fade him in fantasy leagues.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 24 - 4:05 PM

Ronald Koeman has been impressed with youngster Harrison Reed's performance and has a tough decision to make ahead of Friday's match.

Reed started in Southampton's 3-0 beating of Everton and helped the team get their first win in six matches. The choice to start him last week was easy with Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama suspended, but with the duo returning this week, Koeman has a decision to make. If Reed starts, he has a chance to be a good fantasy asset at just £ 5.58M. He had 13 tackles won against Everton and finished the day with 16 fantasy points. Expect something closer to 7-8 points if he gets the start on Friday.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 24 - 4:14 PM





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