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Shane Long has completed his second move of 2014 with news that the surprising switch from Hull City to Southampton has gone official.

Southampton certainly have a need in attack as Jay Rodriguez is injured (and reportedly wants to leave) and Rickie Lambert and Dani Osvaldo have already left. The surprising part of this move is the price (£12million) reportedly paid for Long just months after his £5million move to the KC Stadium. The forward performed well for Steve Bruce but hardly well enough to more than double his price. With so many arrivals it will be fascinating to see how Southampton lines up in the early going and how opportunities are distributed in the flow of the attack.
Aug 14 - 12:10 PM

Alexis Sanchez scored a precision free kick to put Arsenal ahead 1-0 in the first half but Southampton scored twice to win at the Emirates and boot Arsenal from the competition.

Arsenal are now down to three competitions for the 2014-15 season after bowing out to red hot Southampton 2-1 at home on Tuesday. Fielding a team that combined youngsters (Hector Bellerin, Isaac Hayden, Francis Coquelin, and Joel Campbell), experienced reserves (Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby, Lukas Podolski, and David Ospina) and a couple starters (Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers and Jack Wilshere) Arsenal were a step behind Southampton's mostly full-strength side for much of the match despite being at home. The Gunners had opportunities but Fraser Forester made five saves to secure the win for Ronald Koeman and his side.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Sep 23 - 5:04 PM

Former Spanish youth international Marc Muniesa scored a brace against Sunderland to put Stoke City through to the final 16 of the League Cup.

Who would have guessed that Stoke City would end up employing two former Barcelona trainees and that the one scoring a brace against Sunderland on Tuesday wouldn't be Bojan? That was the case as left back Marc Muniesa scored two left-footed goals to answer Jozy Altidore's opener and give Stoke City a League Cup win at the Stadium of Light. It is also worth noting that Stoke City held 60% of the possession on the day. It's a far cry from the Tony Pulis era, huh?
Source: ESPNFC.com
Sep 23 - 5:15 PM

West Ham United chairman David Gold confirmed late on Monday night that Cheikhou Kouyate could be sidelined for around six weeks after a scan confirmed the defensive midfielder suffered a muscular tear during Saturday’s win over Liverpool.

Kouyate pulled up during the game with a slight grimace and appeared to be in pain but the West Ham player quickly allayed fears saying he was "ok, I’m fine [to continue]" and completed the full 90 minutes. Post-match the club confirmed Cheikhou would be sent for a [precautionary] scan which revealed the adductor tear was much worse than anyone had considered. However having amassed quality over the summer Sam Allardyce now has the strength and depth within his Hammers squad to draft in a number of worthy replacements - Matthew Jarvis ready to return following a thigh problem, goal scoring substitute Amalfitano is waiting in the wings and loanee Alex Song nearing full fitness.
Source: Club Call
Sep 23 - 10:51 AM

Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas failed to get on the score sheet for Chelsea for the first time in five games to start the season.

Up until Sunday's clash with Manchester City, Costa had scored and Fabregas had assisted in every single game this season. With that said, Costa still leads the PL in goals with seven and Fabregas still leads the league in assists with six. There are going to times in which these two players do not produce, but this isn't a sign of things to come. Barring injury, Costa (61 percent owned) is a must-own player with 87 points in Yahoo's Fantasy premier league game. He leads the next closest player by 20 points. Fabregas (28 percent owned) is tied for 11th with 52 total points, and in my opinion, is also a must-own. Look for them both to bounce back this weekend at home against Aston Villa despite the team's No.3 overall ranking.
Sep 23 - 12:13 PM

Mile Jedinak continued his superb fantasy form as Crystal Palace picked up their first win of the season at Everton.

Jedinak is once again proving a terrific performer in the Yahoo fantasy game, sitting in the top five of point scoring midfielders so far. Sunday saw the Palace captain pick up a further 19 fantasy points thanks to a penalty, combined with two blocks, five interceptions and three tackles won. As we've repeatedly mentioned, the Australian is essentially fixture proof, putting up points home and away, no matter the opponent.
Sep 22 - 5:33 AM

Yaya Toure continues to disappoint as Manchester City drew at home to title rivals Chelsea.

What has happened to Yaya? The midfielder was the driving force behind Manchester City's Premier League success last season, but has managed just three fantasy points in five games as he continues to look a shadow of his former self. Whether Toure is carrying an injury is a question worth asking, because he appears laboured and late when tackling - a problem that has lead to a bunch of negative points due to fouls conceded and yellow cards. Until we see a clear upturn in form you should ignore the Ivory Coast star for fantasy purposes.
Sep 22 - 5:38 AM

Sunderland's Patrick Van Aanholt continues to impress both on the pitch and in fantasy.

Sunderland clean sheet against Burnley helped van Aanholt to another double digit fantasy return, but his performance was far more than just that. The ex-Chelsea man was unlucky not to score the winner after his long-range shot hit the post before rebounding off the keeper to go inches wide. In addition, the left-back picked up defensive points for tackles won and passes intercepted, and should remain close to the top of your defensive considerations every week while he continues to display this consistent form.
Sep 22 - 5:48 AM

Liverpool have emerged as potential suitors for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

This seems extremely unlikely, but the Metro newspaper have quotes from Hart which suggest he is unhappy with his current contract situation - despite more having more than 18 months left to run - because Manchester City have not started discussions over a new deal. The basis for the Liverpool link is simply that Simon Mignolet has had a rough start to the season which may lead to the Reds entering the market for a new keeper, so take this rumour with a pinch of salt.
Source: Metro
Sep 22 - 5:54 AM

Manchester United’s defensive problems deepen as Jonny Evans is replaced after 30 minutes at the King Power Stadium on Sunday while Tyler Blackett was shown red.

Leicester supporters witnessed one of their greatest comebacks in living memory as The Foxes came from behind to defeat a star studded United side in arguably the game of the season to date. Their second half performance was every bit as good as Manchester United’s inability to defend and now Louis van Gaal must consider his options ahead of game week six with the loss of Jonny Evans [injury] and Tyler Blackett [suspension]. Evans will have a scan on Monday to confirm the extent of his ankle problem although the initial signs aren’t good as he left the ground in a protective cast on crutches. With Phil Jones still 10-14 days away and Jesse Lingard out United can ill-afford any further problems - Luke Shaw is in line to make his first team bow against West Ham next weekend.
Source: skySPORTS
Sep 22 - 6:25 AM

Southampton climb into second but the three points at The Liberty came at a cost as James Ward-Prowse and Maya Yoshida are lost to injury.

James Ward-Prowse will be assessed after the Saints midfielder was caught by Swansea debutant Frederico Fernandez midway through the second half resulting in the player leaving the field of play on a stretcher. Although the early signs did not look good post-match Ronald Koeman confirmed that he had spoken with the medical team who advised the problem was "not bad," despite having his ankle fixed in a plastic cast. There was also good news regarding defender Maya Yoshida, his ankle injury only appears to be knock meaning a return next weekend would be realistic with defensive teammate Toby Alderweireld also expected to recover from the minor hamstring injury which sidelined him for the win over Swansea.
Source: Daily Mail
Sep 22 - 7:24 AM

Everton scored first and last but couldn't put away struggling Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.

One of the keys to Everyone's success last season was ruthlessly beating the teams they were supposed to beat. Already this season they had dropped points to Leicester City but this weekend's result was even worse with the Toffees dropping three points at home to a previously winless Crystal Palace team.
Sep 21 - 2:50 PM




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