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Everton have announced the signing of veteran striker Samuel Eto'o to a two-year deal on a free transfer after his contract with Chelsea expired at the end of last season.

Looking for depth at the forward position with Arouna Kone returning from injury slowly, Roberto Martinez announced the signing of Samuel Eto'o as a deputy to Romelu Lukaku. In a vacuum, the signing of Eto'o is a solid piece of business as Everton are very thin behind Lukaku. The only concern is that Eto'o is old and expensive and, presumably, resources are limited at Goodison Park. With Sylvain Distin, Gareth Barry and Eto'o there is a lot of money tied up in aging expensive players. It may not happen this season but next season comes with the risk of a high wage bill being spent on players who are declining rapidly.
Source: @everton
Aug 26 - 4:03 PM

Queens Park Rangers are not only losing points but players as well with midfielder Sandro adding his name to the ever-growing list of first team squad members currently unavailable.

The talented acquisition signed during the close season has the potential to play at the very highest level but keeping Sandro fit is becoming a near impossible task after a groin injury forced his early withdrawal on Sunday – the latest in a long line of niggling problems [calf / knee / hip]. Redknapp bought wisely in the summer and with a limited budget he needed his big money buys to hit the ground running but injury is threatening to derail his season. The QPR coach has seen the likes of Jordon Mutch [hamstring] and Leroy Fer struggle to maintain fitness as well as influential skipper Joey Barton. In addition consider Kranjcar [toe], Green [tonsillitis], Onuoha [hamstring] as well as long-term victims Faurlin and Jenas [both ACL] and it’s easy to see why Redknapp is already facing an uphill task to keep his side in the division.
Oct 19 - 7:30 PM

Harry Redknapp cut a forlorn figure post-match as his Queens Park Rangers team were left rueing a number of missed goal scoring opportunities to leave his side firmly planted to the bottom of the Premier League.

Having dominated the opening proceedings QPR failed to capitalise on their first half dominance and while the game remained level a misfiring Liverpool side were always in with a chance. Leroy Fer was culpable of at least two glorious chances – hitting the woodwork when it appeared easier to score – misses which ultimately condemned the Hoops to their sixth defeat in eight games. Redknapp was left distraught following what he described as "their best performance" under his stewardship with the manner of their loss [two injury time goals conceded] being a particularly bitter pill to swallow. However with Aston Villa at home next weekend QPR must dust themselves down and hope injuries to Nedum Onuoha [hamstring], Rio Ferdinand [groin] and Niko Kranjcar [toe] are not severe enough to keep them out of the crucial six-pointer.
Oct 19 - 6:47 PM

Stoke City came from behind to win 2-1 over Swansea City, with the game-winner scored by substitute Jonathan Walters.

Fellow second half substitute Oussama Assaidi was equally important to the cause by delivering the cross that Walters would head home in the 76th minute. After conceding a penalty which led to them falling behind 0-1, Stoke were granted a penalty which Charlie Adam converted to level the match just before halftime. Mark Hughes' changes in the second half proved to be vital in grabbing all the points but now must figure out how to gameplan for a road clash with a Southampton side that just put a video game score up on Sunderland.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 19 - 1:06 PM

Wilfried Bony got Swansea City on the scoreboard first by converting a penalty near the game's half hour mark, but Stoke City would eventually score twice unanswered to come from behind and win 2-1.

Ryan Shawcross got charged with tackling Bony in the box and was issues a yellow card for his efforts. Bony then stepped up to take a penalty, one of several this gameweek, and converted. Stoke were given a penalty themselves to level the match, but the foul on Victor Moses looked more like a player going to ground on his own power. The call turned the tide in the match and Swansea would eventually concede the game-winner to the Potters. After a strong start to the season, the Swans are on a five game run without a win but will have a chance to break the streak next weekend at home against Leicester City.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 19 - 1:15 PM

Queens Park Rangers suffered a cruel defeat to the hands of Liverpool as two own goals would make the difference in a 2-3 loss to the Reds.

Rangers put in arguably their best performance of the season and were the better side for the vast majority of the match, but with the game still scoreless after the hour mark, Liverpool employed a bit of trickery by taking a quick free kick near the QPR box and Dunne helplessly tried to clear a low pass across the front of goal and guided it in. Rangers would manage to rebound not once, but twice, as substitute Eduardo Vargas notched his first two Premier League goals in short time, and it looked like a draw was on the horizon. Pool had one final breakaway though, and Steven Caulker was the goat in the second own goal that would leave Rangers with nary a point. The loss is so devastating, one has to wonder if there will be a shakeup at Loftus Road soon, they are firmly situated at the bottom of the table and relegation looks unavoidable without a significant change.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 19 - 11:08 AM

Liverpool were lucky to defeat Queens Park Rangers 2-3, as the hosts gifted the vistors two own goals, but the third Reds strike was a 90th minute beauty by Philippe Coutinho.

A lively match that ended in bizarre fashion, Liverpool escape with all the points despite a lackluster overall performance. Mario Balotelli was frustratingly ineffective all day, including missing a sitter that will surely be one of the top Vine videos of the week. Things began to noticeably change for the better when Coutinho came on, as the pace he and Raheem Sterling possess allowed them to run free into the area. His goal came on a counter-attack as he took a Steven Gerrard pass on the left, cut sharply inside, and smashed a low drive with pinpoint accuracy into the far corner. Until Sturridge comes back, having Coutinho and Sterling on the pitch together appears to be essential to the Reds attacking hopes.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 19 - 10:44 AM

Sergio Aguero had a monster game, scoring all four of Manchester City's goals, as the Sky Blues cruise past Tottenham, 4-1.

Aguero was a bit greedy today as Pellegrini went with a lone striker and the superstar forward had a superstar day, grabbing all the goals. He made two goals from the penalty spot and could have had five goals in total but missed yet another penalty chance. His effort today shoots him right up to a share of top scorer in the league, matching Diego Costa on nine. Today's performance will break the hearts of all who did not have him in their fantasy XI's, while those that did invest can pop the champagne bottle.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 18 - 9:40 AM

Steve Bruce was left scratching his head in frustration after an injury time goal once again cost his Hull side three points in game week eight.

Having lost striker Nikica Jelavic to a knee injury during the pre-match warm-up Steve Bruce could’ve been forgiven for thinking that it wasn’t going to be his day – especially after Sanchez burst through to open the scoring on 13 minutes. However The Tigers quickly settled and although Mo Diame scored a controversial equaliser there was no denying the finish by Abel Hernandez moments after half-time to put Hull firmly in control. Michael Dawson was immense throughout but it was the loss of the defender to an ankle problem which helped Wenger grab a late point. The big centre-back had marshalled his troops well but his withdrawal coincided with an Arsenal onslaught culminating in a Welbeck goal a minute into added on time.
Oct 18 - 7:54 PM

Steve Harper could be set for an extended spell on the sidelines if a scan next week confirms the former Newcastle United goalkeeper suffered a bicep rupture at the Emirates.

The aging stopper was in sparkling form on Saturday - belying his advancing years - with a string of top class saves to keep Hull in the game as Arsenal pushed hard to end the match as a contest during the first half. However moments before the 45 minutes played out Harper landed awkwardly as he scrambled down to make a save and immediately called to the sidelines for medical assistance. Harper – deputising for the injured Allan McGregor [shoulder] – could now face a number of months out if a grade three tear is confirmed meaning Steve Bruce may recall fourth choice goalkeeper Mark Oxley from his current loan spell at Hibernian.
Source: ESPN
Oct 18 - 8:28 PM

Leighton Baines assisted two of Everton's three goals and the Toffees got back to their winning ways with a tidy 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Roberto Martinez made a few changes to his typical XI, most notably with Ross Barkley handed a start immediately upon his return from injury. The team selection paid off. Baines sent one of his signature crosses into the box which Phil Jagielka headed home to give the Toffees all the scoring they would need. Romelu Lukaku grabbed his third league goal of the season shortly after the second half started and Seamus Coleman put the game to bed after being teed up by Baines to notch his second of the season. The usual fantasy giants of Goodison Park were the ones to own today, and with a kind schedule ahead, may be worth holding onto.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 18 - 12:08 PM

Dusan Tadic was the star as Southampton put in a phenomenal performance, thrashing a woeful Sunderland side 8-0

Tadic was the top recommendation in Nik's Player Picks column this week, and he didn't let anybody down. The midfielder grabbed his first Premier League goal and picked up three assists for a massive fantasy score, as Southampton smashed eight goals past sorry Sunderland. Graziano Pelle also starred with two goals, with Jack Cork, Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mané grabbing a goal a piece, along with two shocking own goals from the Black Cats. The Saints are a wonderful side to watch and move back in to third place, just one point behind Manchester City. The likes of Tadic, Pelle and their defence / goalkeeper should be on your fantasy radar for the foreseeable future.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 18 - 12:12 PM




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