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Brazil defender Maicon is on the brink of a move to Roma from Manchester City after arriving in Italy for a medical.

The 31-year-old right-back arrived from Inter Milan last summer for £3million, but has struggled with fitness and only started 4 league games last season. He is now third choice at the club behind Pablo Zabaleta and Micah Richards so it makes sense for City to get his £100,00 per week wages off the bill. Pellegrini has confirmed Maicon is not in his plans, so the Roma deal should be completed this week.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 06:58:00 AM

Marouane Fellaini will miss Manchester United's trip to Aston Villa due to an illness.

There weren't a lot of details given about the severity of Fellaini's illness in Manchester United's press conference but he is definitely out for Week 17 and may or may not be ready for United's Boxing Day match with Newcastle or the trip to Spurs on the 28th. Not the ideal time to pick up an illness or minor knock that would ordinarily only cause you to miss a single match. In the blink of an eye each team will have four matches between the 20th of December and the 1st of January.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 11:29 AM

Angel Di Maria could be set to return for Manchester United's Week 17 match against Aston Villa after the better part of a month out with a hamstring injury.

Given the quality (or lack thereof) of the opposition, it seems likely that Di Maria will return to the squad as a reserve unless he is 100% fit. The fact that his status is "could feature" leads me to believe he isn't 100% fit. I know I won't be starting him in any of my leagues but I will be watching closely to see how he does in advance of United's upcoming matches.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 11:37 AM

West Ham's Diafra Sakho comes highly recommended for Week 17.

West Ham have the pick of the Week Seventeen fixtures as they face rock-bottom Leicester City at Upton Park, so we are recommending striker Diafra Sakho - back to full fitness - as one of the top fantasy picks for Week Seventeen. Sakho is in the running for transfer bargain of the season having hit six goals in nine starts since his £4million move from Ligue 2 side Metz, and the Senegalese star has already built up a good understanding with Andy Carroll to form what could prove a devastating striker partnership as the campaign progresses.
Source: R
Dec 19 - 4:22 AM

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen is one of the top midfield picks for Week 17 as he comes up against Burnley.

Christian Eriksen is Tottenham’s star man right now, with the Danish international producing numerous match-winning moments of quality that have been the difference in tight matches. Eriksen is taking corners and free-kicks and is the top scoring Premier League midfielder in 2014 with six goals for the season alone, a terrific return for a wide player. Along with Harry Kane he has been keeping Spurs in the hunt for a Champions League spot and we’re tipping him to inspire his side to a rare White Hart Lane victory as Burnley come to town.
Dec 19 - 4:23 AM

QPR's Charlie Austin is tipped to shine against West Brom in Week 17.

QPR’s talisman Charlie Austin was sorely missed for the Everton clash in Week Sixteen but the striker has now completed his suspension and will be looking to fire his side to another vital home win as fellow strugglers West Brom visit Loftus Road. Austin has eight goals for the season already and it is important to remember that he is the club’s designated penalty taker - always factor to consider when selecting your fantasy forward-line.
Dec 19 - 4:26 AM

It's no surprise to see Aaron Cresswell at the top of the defensive recommendations for Week 17.

The easiest recommendation of the weekend would be West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell, who has starred as one of the most productive defensive players in the Yahoo fantasy game this season. Cresswell provides a well-priced opportunity to cover the likely Hammers clean sheet for the match against Leicester, while offering the added bonus of an attacking threat down the left flank.
Dec 19 - 4:28 AM

Disaster has been averted for Newcastle United as third choice goalkeeper Jak Alnwick was passed fit today after picking up a shoulder injury during the Capital One Cup defeat to Tottenham on Wednesday night.

The injury topped a hugely disappointing evening for the young stopper who sent Spurs well on their way to a 4-0 victory by dropping a regulation catch allowing Nabil Bentaleb to open the scoring. Alnwick is hoping to secure a new contract on Tyneside and in the absence of the injured Tim Krul and Rob Elliot has been handed the perfect opportunity to prove his worth. However having been on the receiving end of a mauling at the Emirates confidence is low after conceding nine goals in two-and-a half games but Alnwick will get a chance to right his wrongs after further tests revealed his shoulder injury won’t be enough to keep him out of Sundays’ derby against Sunderland.
Source: Daily Mirror
Dec 18 - 1:47 PM

Kieran Trippier continued his hot streak this weekend with 13 fantasy points against Southampton.

Trippier helped Burnley keep a clean sheet against a hurt Southampton squad and that lead him to a 13 fantasy point outing. Trippier is tied with Ryan Bertrand for first amongst fantasy defenders with 156 points on the season. Both players have shown an ability to provide fantasy points even without clean sheets and both players remain top options going forward.
Dec 18 - 2:14 PM

Stephen Ireland is expected to recover from a "bang on the knee" in time to face Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night.

Mark Hughes will need to check on a number of first team players ahead of game week 17 as Stoke head into the Festive period hoping to secure the points their recent performances have deserved. Bojan Krkic [hip] has returned to training while Glenn Whelan [hamstring] was back ahead of schedule last weekend - Victor Moses [thigh] is targeting early January. Robert Huth and Marc Wilson are both fit again and vying for a place in the heart of defence while Jon Walters has been in excellent form recently although with an ongoing knee issue the Irish international will need to be checked throughout this busy fixture period.
Dec 18 - 2:24 PM

Adam Lallana continued to disappoint fantasy managers in Liveprool's 3-0 loss to Manchester United.

Lallana has dropped off significantly from last season and Liverpool's lack of success hasn't helped. They are clearly missing the spark that Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge provided last season and their whole team is struggling as a result. Lallana's fantasy value might go up with Sturridge returning from injury but we wouldn't bet on him to be a good fantasy option this season.
Dec 18 - 2:25 PM

Mario Balotelli has been suspended for GW17 for posting an abusive Instagram photo.

Balotelli will miss Liverpool's match against Arsenal this weekend and will have to pay a $40,000 fine. The striker has had a rough season as he has yet to score in the Premier League and hasn't been able to replace any of the production lost through the departure of Luis Suarez and the injury to Daniel Sturridge. He is not a great fantasy option as of now but it's worth noting Balotelli can be streaky and can quickly become an option if he finds the back of the net soon.
Dec 18 - 2:32 PM




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