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Shola Ameobi scored on the hour as Newcastle drew with Portuguese side Pacos.

Ameobi left the last preseason match with what looked like a bad wrist injury so his return is welcome news. However, this is the second disappointing result for Newcastle as the side looks to rebound from last season's flirtation with relegation.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 06:15:00 PM

Huddersfield Town defender Martin Cranie has been ruled out of Sunday's match with Newcastle and isn't expected to return until after the international break.

The 30-year-old was held out of the season opener against Crystal Palace last weekend with a hip flexor, which manager David Wagner says will force him to miss another four weeks. While Cranie was not expected to challenge for a place in the starting XI, his extended absence leaves the Terriers thin for depth at right-back. This means the backup right-back role will now be held by midfielder Danny Williams, who featured off the bench in relief of captain Tommy Smith in the 3-0 victory at Selhurst Park.
Aug 18 - 12:37 PM

Roberto Pereyra suffered a mild tear to his groin in his Week 1 return to the Watford starting line-up and he will likely be out until after the international break as a result.

It has been a frustrating time for the former Juventus man since he arrived at Vicarage Road. After missing a significant chunk of last season he will again miss some time recovering from the groin injury he picked up in the Hornets Week 1 draw with Liverpool. Richarlison deputized for Pereyra after the injury and was very promising so fantasy managers looking for a short-term fix in their midfield may want to consider the new arrival for Weeks 2 and 3.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 11:23 AM

With Roberto Pereyra out for 2-3 weeks after a Week 1 injury, new arrival Richarlison looks likely to get a second start.

Richarlison was forced into the line-up in Week 1 due to an injury to Roberto Pereyra. While the appearance may have been forced, it was also productive and it seems likely he'll get to start from the opening whistle in Week 2 and likely Week 3 if Week 2 goes well. He was dynamic against Liverpool and picked up an assist for his trouble. He could be an intriguing stop-gap for draft fantasy formats.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 11:28 AM

Jonathan Hogg has been ruled out of Sunday's match against Newcastle and will not be back in action until after the international break.

The 28-year-old midfielder is battling back from an ankle injury suffered in pre-season but is still facing a few more weeks on the sidelines. Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner revealed Hogg has been working hard with the medical department to speed up his recovery and is hopeful the holding midfielder will be back in early September. "Hoggy was back on the grass at the beginning of this week with the fitness coaches, not with the team," said Wagner. "We will see if he can train (with the team) maybe at the end of next week, but I am totally sure he will be back after the international break if he can’t get minutes before the break." Hogg's absence will afford Philip Billings another start alongside Aaron Mooy, with Danny Williams available off the substitute's bench.
Aug 18 - 11:48 AM

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner revealed striker Nahki Wells is expected to miss five to seven weeks following an ankle operation.

Wells was not expected to feature against Newcastle United, as the former club record £1.3m signing having underwent surgery early this month to have a screw removed from his ankle. Speaking on Wells' status ahead of Sunday's clash at the John Smiths' Stadium, Wagner confirmed the striker had his stitches out on Thursday and won't likely be ready until sometime around the second international break (October 2-10). With first-choice striker Steve Mounie coming off a brace against Crystal Palace and Collin Quaner having faired well off the substitute's bench, the absence of the Bermuda international is nothing more than a slight knock to the frontline depth. When Wells does return, he will face big competition from Quaner and Laurent Depoitre for a place in the first team.
Aug 18 - 12:17 PM

Troy Deeney has been training with the rest of the Watford squad this week and Marco Silva has indicated that he could be involved in the Hornets' Week 2 match against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

The Watford captain has some competition for minutes after the arrival of Andre Gray from Burnley and the continued health of Week 1 scorer Stefano Okaka. The new-found depth at forward will allow Silva to be conservative as he works his captain back into the line-up. I would expect that Deeney is a reserve in Week 2 with the expectation that he will be back to leading the line in Week 3 assuming he doesn't suffer any set backs.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 11:16 AM

Nik Argiropoulos is tipping defender Nathan Ake to perform well this weekend as Bournemouth host Watford.

A regular in Nik's column during his Bournemouth loan spell last season, Ake contributes a variety of fantasy points for defensive contributions while offering a threat at set pieces (three goals in eight PL starts last term). We saw a glimpse of these qualities against West Brom last weekend with the young centre-back winning four tackles, four aerial duels, making three clearances, an interception and producing a shot on target, returning 10 points in Togga's Perfect XI format despite a disappointing defeat for the Cherries. He can surpass that score in victory at home to Watford.
Source: Rotoworld
Aug 18 - 5:08 AM

Nik expects Henrikh Mkhitaryan to shine again as improving Manchester United visit struggling Swansea.

Points chasing? Perhaps. Nik has never been Mkhitaryan's biggest fan but those 90 minutes against West Ham were enough to convince that he deserves a spot in his fantasy team for Week 2. With the opposition so concerned about trying to match the power and pace of Pogba, Matic, Lukaku, Rashford etc. it looks as though it will leave the necessary time and space for the Armenian to weave his magic from the No. 10 position. Don't let us down Henrikh.
Source: Rotoworld
Aug 18 - 5:12 AM

Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold has forced his way in to Nik's fantasy team for Week 2.

Liverpool may be a shambles at the back but there has been a positive in their first two games, and it's the form of local boy Alexander-Arnold, deputising for Nathaniel Clyne. The youngster still has a lot to learn defensively but he's doing ok, is taking corners and curled in a beautiful free-kick again Hoffenheim last night. He'll continue on set piece duty against Palace which should bring plenty of point scoring opportunities. Just don't expect a clean sheet, even with Wilf Zaha missing for the Eagles.
Source: Rotoworld
Aug 18 - 5:14 AM

Dusan Tadic tipped to be the key man for Southampton as they look to hammer West Ham in gameweek 2.

Tadic is something of enigma, with Saints fans split down the middle in their opinions. Misunderstood genius or wasteful luxury? We're not here to judge; all we know is that the Serbian can be an extremely effective fantasy performer in his attacking midfield role behind the central striker. He took four shots, created two chances and sent in eight crosses against Swansea, with little reward, and yet this still yielded 15 points. He can top that total against the Hammers.
Source: Rotoworld
Aug 18 - 5:17 AM

Tottenham submitted a bid for Ajax center back Davinson Sanchez for a fee worth up to a club-record £40m, and the Eredivisie club has accepted the offer.

Having yet to spend a penny in the summer window, Spurs are poised to take the bulk of the 50m they pocketed from the sale of Kyle Walker and re-invest it in the promising 21-year-old Colombian international. When interest first leaked of interest in the player, Ajax took a stance that Sanchez was not on the market, but Sanchez himself gave every indication he would be happier with the move and now the deal looks like it will get done. At minimum, Spurs are in need of cover at the position and Kevin Wimmer may still depart before the window closes. But Sanchez could work his way into the XI rather quickly if he can get acclimated and join Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in a three center back formation that Mauricio Pochettino has come to prefer. Assuming he signs,he is likely worth a stash in most draft leagues if you can afford to preserve him on your bench until he carves out his role.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 18 - 5:30 AM





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