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Chelsea split the results of two 45 minute friendlies with Fenerbahce and Besiktas, with Diego Costa's goal against Fenerbache the highlight of the day.

Costa showed a fine display of individual effort after taking the ball just inside the opponents' half, turning and sprinting past three defenders to finish calmly. Branislav Ivanovic also would score in the same 45 minute friendly while a weaker XI went goalless against Besiktas. With Samuel Eto'o rumored to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge, Didier Drogba in the twilight of his career and Fernando Torres a long way away from form, the lone striker role is all Costa's to run with, giving him an opportunity to be an elite fantasy contributor this season.
Aug 8 - 10:17 PM

A hat-trick from Harry Kane and a brace from Erik Lamela helped Tottenham thrash Greek side Asteras Tripolis and saunter to a first win in the Europa League group-stage.

Let's start with Lamela's first goal, a 20 year 'rabona', one of the most outrageous finishes ever seen in football. If you haven't seen it yourself, check the link below. Kane opened the scoring with a fine striker of his own and went on to score a hattrick, with Lamela grabbing a second goal himself. It was a particularly eventful night ended for Kane, who ended the game in goal when keeper Hugo Lloris was sent off (with Spurs having used all three substitutes), and conceded from the first shot he faced in comical style. Still, it was a great performance and result for Mauricio Pochettino's men and they will take confidence in to the weekend clash with Newcastle.
Source: Vine
Oct 24 - 3:40 AM

Sadio Mane's goal was taken away by the Premier League today and has been ruled an own goal by Patrick van Aanholt.

The Premier League reviews goals the week after and in rare cases like this one, changes the call. This is only important for those keeping track of goals on the season or for Sadio Mane's career, both of which are fairly irrelevant. The good news for fantasy owners is that his goal stands in the Yahoo! game and Mane remains a good fantasy options for the coming weeks. Keep an eye on whether he starts over Shane Long, but we anticipate he will.
Source: DailyEcho
Oct 23 - 10:56 PM

Diego Costa was hospitalized earlier this week after getting a virus and falling ill.

The striker has been released and there should be more updates on his health tomorrow. Costa has also missed the team's last two games through injury and his status for this weekend's match is now cloudy at best. Check back tomorrow for a much needed update, which could be enough for us to know who starts for Chelsea on Sunday against a poor Manchester United defense.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 23 - 10:31 PM

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has declared himself ready to face Manchester United this weekend.

The striker is getting up to speed at age 36 and could be asked to lead the line on Sunday. Diego Costa is dealing with a number of injuries and health issues and Loic Remy was subbed out in the Champions League in midweek with an injury. All of Chelsea's strikers are sounding optimistic about their chances to play, to Drogba could be the only one standing come Sunday. Tomorrow's press conference should tell us more.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 23 - 10:43 PM

Mark Hughes confirmed during Thursdays’ pre-match press conference that Glenn Whelan will be out for up to six weeks after an assessment confirmed the Republic of Ireland international had fractured his leg during the draw with Germany.

Originally it was thought that Whelan had suffered a knee ligament injury and the experienced midfielder was sent for a scan to help diagnose the problem but a fracture has now been confirmed. His absence will open the door for the versatile Geoff Cameron to potentially fill the void following his impressive cameo against Swansea - himself just returning from a spell out. The Stoke manager would be keen to utilise his US international centrally although with Phil Bardsley [back]emerging as a doubt for the trip to St Marys’ then he may have to play in his more familiar full-back role with Andy Wilkinson joining Millwall on loan earlier this week.
Source: Daily Star
Oct 23 - 12:41 PM

Leicester City midfielder Marc Albrighton returned to the squad this weekend and started against Newcastle.

Marc Albrighton had missed a number of games despite being healthy and wasn't even being included in the matchday squad. That changed this weekend with a start against Newcastle but the winger didn't do too much to impress Nigel Pearson. He struck the crossbar early on but failed to cause any other danger in front of Tim Krul. He walked away from the match with five Yahoo! fantasy points but we aren't excited about his future fantasy potential just yet. Stay away for now.
Oct 22 - 11:06 PM

Enner Valencia scored his second Premier League goal over the weekend, showing fans why West Ham brought him in over the summer.

The popular signing has had a relatively quiet season so far but showed what the hype is all about this weekend with a goal. We expect Valencia to score more than once every four games(current rate), but the problem we have is that the striker doesn't contribute many points outside of goals. Good fantasy players return points even without scoring, and Valencia needs to step it up in that regard to become a better asset. With that in mind, at £ 6.99M, he could be a great differential play against lesser teams.
Oct 22 - 8:43 PM

Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar was active in his return to action this weekend and finished with eight fantasy points.

The Villa defender registered two blocked shots, two passes intercepted, and two tackles won. That was decent for someone just returning from injury and Vlaar showed why he is a valid fantasy option even without a clean sheet. He is cheap enough in most formats to where he makes for an excellent choice in plus matchups. Villa just came out of a very rough stretch of matches and their schedule gets easier with QPR, Tottenham, West Ham, Southampton, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, and West Brom up next.
Oct 22 - 8:02 PM

Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton continues to impress fantasy managers and provided his owners with ten points this weekend.

Hutton didn't get a clean sheet but provided stats in five different categories to get to the double digit points mark this weekend. He has 69% more points than the second highest fantasy scorer on his team - Andreas Weimann. For a defender to pull of something like this is incredible. On top of that, Hutton is the fourth best fantasy defender this year, ahead of the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Branislav Ivanovic, and Patrick van Aanholt. Being owned by only 5.05% of Yahoo! managers, Hutton is a fantastic differential play going forward.
Oct 22 - 8:13 PM

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Greek side Asteras Tripolis to White Hart Lane on Thursday night in the Europa League and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping his side can secure their first win in Group C at their third attempt.

Ahead of the game Pochettino confirmed the absence of full-backs Kyle Walker [pelvic] and Kyle Naughton [ankle] - both long term - although the pair are hoping to be back action by November after resuming light training. Algerian international Nabil Bentaleb has also been ruled out after missing Saturdays’ defeat to Manchester City because of an ankle problem which he suffered during the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi. The full extent of the injury is not yet known although it is understood that the Tottenham midfielder could have a chance of returning on Sunday when Newcastle United arrive in London. Jan Vertonghen could be promoted from the substitutes bench after the Argentine manager denied any rift between the two while Aaron Lennon is expected to make the match-day squad.
Source: London 24
Oct 22 - 6:26 PM

Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng is quietly having a decent season, including a 13 point performance on Sunday.

Ki Sung-Yueng has been doing fine for Swansea this season but the problem with using him in fantasy is consistency and upside. When Ki has a good game by his standards, it's something like this weekend, 13 points. What you want in fantasy in Ki's price range is someone who almost guarantees you five points but can explode for 25 any given week. Avoid Ki unless you're in a really deep draft league.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 22 - 7:34 PM




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