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Fluminense have played down talk linking Brazil striker Fred with a move to Manchester City, saying: "He is very happy."

City are in the market for a new striker having sold Carlos Tevez to Juventus and 29-year old Fred is one of several names to be linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium. After a terrific Confederations Cup tournament Fred was bound to be linked to a number of the biggest teams in Europe, but his current club have stated categorically they he will be staying in Brazil. Fred however, suggested he "will only leave the club if there is a really great offer", which suggests big money could turn his head.
Source: Sky Sports
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 08:40:00 AM

Newcastle left it until the end to secure a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace thanks to a late goal from Mikel Merino.

The Spaniard only recently turned his loan from Borussia Dortmund into a permanent move, and rewarded his side with the match-winner in the 86th minute. Merino came off the bench early in the first half and, 30 minutes later, headed home the only goal of the match following a scramble off a corner kick, when Matt Ritchie's cross was headed by James McArthur off the head of Merino and into the back of the net to end Newcastle's three-match winless streak.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 21 - 11:56 AM

Despite leading with 71 minutes gone, Watford couldn't withstand a late comeback by Chelsea and suffered a 4-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Marco Silva's side fell behind in the 20th minute when Pedro scored a sublime strike from outside the area, but the visitors responded on the stroke of half-time when Doucore equalized with his fourth goal of the season. The goal shifted the momentum of the match and Watford emerged from the break firing on cylinders. Roberto Pereyra capitalized on some poor defending to give them a 2-1 lead in the 49th minute, yet, a pair of squandered chances by Richarlison would eventually haunt the Hornets. Chelsea responded through substitute Michy Batshuayi in the 71st and regained the lead on the 87th, while the Belgian completed his brace in stoppage time to hand Watford their first away defeat of the season.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 21 - 10:28 AM

Following two late withdrawals, Eddie Howe was forced to turn to Callum Wilson for trip to the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

The Bournemouth striker has been building fitness with the under-21s after more than 8 months out due to a serious knee ligament injury. However, a return to Premier League action was thought to be a little way off despite his midweek hat-trick. But, after losing Jermain Defoe during the build up to the game week nine – due a slight hamstring problem – and Josh King - who was omitted from the squad on Saturday morning because of illness - Howe was left with little option but to recall the 25-year-old. Wilson was said to be targeting a place in the England squad before rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament back in 2015 and following an injury plagued couple of years, he'll be hoping to throw his hat back into the ring for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
Oct 21 - 10:51 AM

Michy Batshuayi came off the bench and scored twice as Chelsea came from behind to beat Watford 4-2 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea looked in control when they took the lead in brilliant fashion through Pedro after he curled a first-time effort off the post and into the back of the net in 20th minute. But Watford responded on the stroke of half-time, with Abdoulaye Doucoure drilling a well-struck volley past an outstretched Courtois. Antonio Conte's side fell behind after the restart prompting the introduction of Batshuayi, which proved to be the alteration of the match. Batshuayi lead the resurgence with a header in the 71st while Cesar Azpilicueta provided a header of his own in the 87th, before the Belgian added a last-gasp goal to seal all three points. The victory snaps Chelsea's two-match losing streak and puts them six points off first-place Manchester City.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 21 - 10:07 AM

Brighton and Hove Albion shocked West Ham at the London Stadium in the first game of Gameweek 9 with an emphatic 3-0 win.

Brighton took an early lead thanks to a header by the man we all expected to lead their scoring charts this term, Glenn Murray. Egged on by a huge travelling contingent, Pascal Gross lofted in a free-kick towards the penalty area and the unmarked Murray power his header past a hapless Hart. The goalkeeper could have had complaints with his defence for the first but he can look to himself for allowing the second go in just before half-time. Brighton record signing José Izquierdo curled a shot deftly beyond Hart in response to decent pressure by the Hammers to send his side into the break 2-0 up. Hart should have kept it out. The home boo boys only got more to complain about in the second period after Murray grabbed his brace from the spot after winning it himself after colliding with Zabaleta. It was the Seagulls' first top flight win on the road since 1983.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 20 - 5:08 PM

Huddersfield Town are hoping to have midfielder Kasey Palmer back from injury after the November international break.

The 20-year-old re-joined the Huddersfield Town on a season-long loan this summer after a successful spell with the club last term, during which the attacking midfielder scored five goals and provided three assists in 25 appearances. Palmer, who is on loan from Chelsea, has been limited to just three appearances this season due to a recurrent hamstring injury. Manager David Wagner revealed the 20-year-old will take part in full training during the international break and barring any setbacks, will be back in contention come the middle of November. Once fit, he will compete with Elias Kachunga and Ravji van la Parra for place in the first-team.
Oct 20 - 5:07 PM

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed N'Golo Kante could be back in action before the next international.

Kante suffered a hamstring injury while playing for France earlier this month and was initially expected to be out until mid-September. But the midfielder is progressing and could potentially make his return sooner than expected. Said Conte: "I hope to have N'Golo back soon, before the international break. He's progressing well, the scan was better than before. If he is available before Manchester United and Roma I will be very happy." Should Kante return before the international break, it will likely come against Manchester United on November 5th. For the duration of his absence the midfield duties will be handled by Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoune Bakayoko, while Danny Drinkwater could factor in once he returns to full fitness.
Source: Chelsea
Oct 20 - 4:45 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed in his pre-match press conference that forward Sergio Aguero is fit to start.

The Argentine international has been limited over the last three weeks after sustaining a broken rib injury during Gameweek 7. However, while being in the side for the club's last three matches, including Tuesday's Champions League win against Napoli, the club's leading scorer has not started. Said manager Pep Guardiola: "The game against Stoke, he [Aguero] had done just one training session. The game against Napoli he was ready and, of course, he’s ready for tomorrow." However, it remains to be seen whether the striker will get the start with the club coming off a seven-goal performance against Stoke last weekend. A start for Aguero would mean the bench for in-form attackers Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane or Raheem Sterling after contributing a combined four goals and three assists last weekend.
Oct 20 - 3:32 PM

Huddersfield Town midfielder Phillip Billing is facing the prospect of surgery and eight to 12 weeks on sidelines due to the an ankle injury suffered in the 2-0 defeat at Swansea City.

The Danish Under-21 international was stretched off after he fell to the ground clutching his ankle at the Liberty Stadium. While Billing was already expected to miss Saturday's match against Manchester United, manager David Wagner revealed even less encouraging news in his pre-match press conference. "Phil Billing has a serious injury," the Town boss said. "We aren’t 100% sure if he needs surgery or not. The final investigations will be on Monday." With Billing facing an absence of eight to 12 weeks, Danny Williams could see an significant role increase . Meanwhile, Aaron Mooy could return to the starting XI against Manchester United having fully recovered from international duty.
Oct 20 - 3:38 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman announced five players are fit to face Arsenal on Sunday after a string of injuries.

The under-fire manager confirmed that Wayne Rooney, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka are all in contention to face the Gunners after being rested in the club's Europa League loss to Lyon yesterday. Said Koeman about Rooney: "He’s working hard to get it right for himself and also for the team. I admire the way he is a professional on the pitch and in training." The manager also confirmed that midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and James McCarthy are expected to be available for the weekend match.
Oct 20 - 3:40 PM

Laurent Koscielny has trained with Arsenal ahead of their Week 9 trip to Everton and should be available to participate.

Whether Arsene Wenger calls on the France international as he returns from his latest injury is another question but after the disappointment against Watford last weekend, you have to expect that he'll pull out all of the stops to get a win. Expect a trio of Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, and Nacho Monreal to start at the back flanked by Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal for the match against Ronald Koeman's mightily struggling Toffees early on Sunday.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 20 - 2:01 PM





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