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With a new manager arriving and a new pecking order to be established, Michael Carrick picked the wrong time to be injured. The United midfielder will be out through September with an ankle injury.

Louis Van Gaal's formation may or may not have a place in it for the aging Michael Carrick when he is healthy but we will have to wait a couple of months to find out that answer. The England international's ankle injury will open the door for others in a crowded United midfield to stake their claim to a smaller number of central spots likely to be available. With three central defenders, it is easy to see an alignment that contains Ander Herrera as the deepest-lying central midfielder with Adnan Januzaj/Shinji Kagawa and Juan Mata behind Robin van Persie/Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney. Not much room for Carrick even when he is healthy.
Aug 14 - 9:35 PM

Diafra Sakho made it 6 goals from 6 starts helping the Hammers to secure yet another three points as they topple the current Premier League champions.

Having won back to back games Allardyce decided to name an unchanged side for the visit of Manchester City despite the return to fitness of Cheikhou Kouyate. His place amongst the substitutes is a true measure of how far West Ham have progressed since last season and how successfully their summer signings have seamlessly integrated within the existing squad - Alex Song & Morgan Amalfitano have excelled in midfield while Aaron Cresswell has been a revelation at the back. In Valencia and Sakho West Ham have pace and power combined with goal scoring ability. However it is the latter which is the cause for major concern as the Senegalese striker was left nursing a shoulder injury late in the game. The player will undergo further tests this week with Allardyce sweating on the fitness of his star man with a number of important games coming up.
Oct 25 - 4:14 PM

Wilfried Bony scored a brace to help Swansea to a much needed 2-0 win over Leicester City.

The Swansea striker was a workhorse today and impressed with his skillful finishing. He now has four goals in his last three matches and is leading Swansea to a solid Premier League campaign that sees them in sixth place right now with 14 points. Gylfi Sigurdsson was dangerous for Swansea but had to leave the pitch with an injury in the second half. He did pick up an assist beforehand. Leicester, on the other hand, didn't play well and have slowed down considerably after a hot start to the season. They continued their poor away form and find themselves with only one goal in four matches away from home.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 25 - 2:34 PM

Jose Fonte helped Southampton to another clean sheet today in their home match against Stoke City.

Southampton have the best defense in the Premier League, at least statistically, as they've only allowed five goals in nine matches. Second behind them is Chelsea, who've allowed eight goals, and everyone else is in the double digits. That is a huge jump between them and everyone else, so having at least one of their defenders is very helpful. The obvious choices are Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand, but the Jose Fonte has had a quietly strong season and is known to be able to score a goal or two. Use him with confidence going ahead.
Source: Livescore
Oct 25 - 2:42 PM

Stoke City's attack struggled on the road as they only had one shot on target against Southampton.

Stoke were overall not good today as they only had 38.5% possession against a dominating Southampton squad. They couldn't keep possession and the counter-attack was often stopped quickly by them giving away possession. They only registered eight shots with one of them being on target. The only time we'd recommend using Stoke players is at home, and even then, you should focus on their defense.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 25 - 1:56 PM

Alexis Sanchez capitalized on two horrible Sunderland mistakes for the only goals of a match where Arsenal will be flattered by the 2-0 scoreline.

For the second week in a row Sunderland were in a very giving mood. Arsenal weren't very good on their own but when Sunderland, first in the form of Wes Brown and then in the form of Vito Mannone, gifted Sanchez golden opportunities in alone on net he made no mistake. On either side of halftime the Chilean took a free shot on goal. Other than those Sunderland-generated chances, Arsenal didn't produce much on the day. To add injury to insult, Kieran Gibbs went off with yet another injury, this time apparently to his hip.
Oct 25 - 11:57 AM

Sunderland mistakes effectively threw away a good home point against an Arsenal team that looked completely out of sorts as the Black Cats lost 2-0 to the Gunners.

Vito Mannone's position has to be up for serious debate after his howler late in the match leading to an Alexis Sanchez goal helped seal a 2-0 Arsenal victory. The former Arsenal reserve's mistake compounded the first half mis-kick from Wes Brown which also led to an Alexis Sanchez goal. After giving up eight goals to Southampton last weekend you get the sense that no one at the Stadium of Light is, or should be, safe in their job.
Oct 25 - 12:02 PM

Liverpool dropped points at home to Hull City, settling for a 0-0 draw in which Mario Balotelli once again could not grab his first PL goal in a Reds shirt.

He grabs headlines when he scores, he grabs headlines when he doesn't. No matter how you slice it, Balotelli cannot help but grab headlines. Liverpool fans and fantasy owners would rather see him grab something else - A goal. The opportunities were there. Liverpool enjoyed a better than 2 to 1 possession battle, took 14 corners to the Tigers' just one, and had an 11 to 4 shot on target advantage. Alas, chance after chance went frustratingly unfinished, including a stoppage time flurry that came up empty. The Reds defense were mostly untested but credit is still due for keeping Hull out on their end. The return of Daniel Sturridge is needed to jump start the attack, he cannot come back fast enough.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 25 - 12:08 PM

Sadio Mane scored to give Southampton a 1-0 win over Stoke City and take his team to second place in the standings.

The Saints played another spectacular match and this time it was Sadio Mane who took them to victory. The young winger scored from inside the penalty box on a rebound off of a Grazianno Pelle shot. Pelle was unlucky in this one as he hit the woodwork more than once. Dusan Tadic was by far their best player once again and almost scored himself but kept being denied. All three of the Saints attackers are great options as we go forward with this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 25 - 12:10 PM

Hull City were under a steady bombardment by the Liverpool attack but refused to concede, earning a cheeky road point at Anfield in a 0-0 final.

Liverpool dominated the stat sheet but if there were a stat for "moxie", Hull certainly were the better side. Despite being on the back foot for most of the match, they never appeared disorganized and tore down every buildup by the Reds systematically, with Davies as the leader in the back. On the negative side, their own attack was virtually non-existent and may be a worry going forward. They will try to correct when they host a tough opponent in Southampton next weekend.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 25 - 12:19 PM

West Brom came out with another 2-2 draw this week, this time coming from behind against Crystal Palace.

Last week, West Brom finished 2-2 against Manchester United, letting the Red Devils come from behind twice. This week, it was West Brom that pulled off a comeback in late fashion, coming back from 0-2 to end in another 2-2 draw. Victor Anichebe scored the first for the Baggies and red hot Saido Berahino scored from the spot in added time to tie it all up. West Brom now find themselves in 12th spot with 10 points, but they are only three points clear from the relegation zone. They have lots of work left to do.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 25 - 12:20 PM

Arsenal are expecting Aaron Ramsey to return to Premier League action when they face Sunderland in gameweek 9.

The midfielder played the full 90 minutes against Anderlecht and should draw another start here as Arsenal are missing a number of important players from midfield including Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil. Ramsey has been spectacular in the past two season when he's been able to stay healthy and we would recommend him in a favorable matchup this week.
Source: Player Picks
Oct 25 - 12:35 AM






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