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Manchester City fought back from 3-0 down to beat Chelsea 4-3 thanks to a late winner from Micah Richards, in a thrilling friendly at a sold-out Busch Stadium in St Louis.

Micah Richards hasn't had much to smile about this season after another injury hit campaign so this will provide him with a little bit of comfort as he completed a terrific City comeback. It also sounds like Edin Dzeko had a big impact, scoring two of City's goal and Javi Garcia chipped in with a goal and an assist. Demba Ba, Cesar Azpilicueta and Oscar had put Chelsea 3 goals up.
Fri, May 24, 2013 04:05:00 AM

Nikica Jelavic was expected to start at the Emirates last weekend but was a late scratch with a knee issue that could see him out for as long as six weeks.

The Croatian forward has been in great form for Steve Bruce so far this season but Hull City will have to get by without him as he will be on the shelf for approximately six weeks with a knee complaint. Abel Hernandez will likely continue to start with Bruce likely to see which of Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez is better suited to play regularly in Jelavic's stead.
Oct 24 - 1:07 PM

According to Lee Ryder on Twitter, Papiss Cisse has emerged as a late doubt for Newcastle ahead of their Sunday trip to White Hart Lane.

Ryder is a trusted source on all things Magpie, but unfortunately he could offer no details as to why Cisse is a doubt, nor can any of the other sources at this point who are picking up the story. Cisse has been a monster since returning from a long term injury but also contracted an illness that hampered his form and now this mysterious late-week issue. This makes him a potential fantasy headache to own, especially in leagues with limited transfers. With Emmanuel Riviere a doubt as well, it could be a long day for the Magpies this coming Sunday. Upgrade Spurs defensive options in an already favorable matchup.
Oct 24 - 12:36 PM

Alan Pardew expects to have Ryan Taylor's name on Newcastle's team sheet this weekend when the Magpies travel to play Tottenham, completing the versatile fullback's recovery from severe knee damage.

Pardew was quoted as saying "It's an inspirational story." Hopefully, Taylor can survive the first couple of real tests without any issues and can put what has been a rehabilitation filled setbacks behind him. It would make sense for Pardew to use him as a bench option for a considerable stretch, so the set piece specialist cannot be recommended for fantasy purposes any time soon.
Oct 24 - 12:26 PM

There are no fresh injury concerns for Everton ahead of their trip to Burnley, though we have an updated timetable on the return of Kevin Mirallas.

Mirallas continues to heal his hammy but Roberto Martinez has come out recently to state he hopes the Belgian midfielder would be fit after the next international break, which falls in mid-November. How long he can sustain fitness once he does return is the million dollar question. John Stones, Arouna Kone, and Bryan Oviedo continue to be on the shelf with Kone and Oviedo getting closer to their expected return
Oct 24 - 12:14 PM

A hat-trick from Harry Kane and a brace from Erik Lamela helped Tottenham thrash Greek side Asteras Tripolis and saunter to a first win in the Europa League group-stage.

Let's start with Lamela's first goal, a 20 yard 'rabona', one of the most outrageous finishes ever seen in football. If you haven't seen it yourself, check the link below. Kane opened the scoring with a fine strikr of his own and went on to score a hattrick, with Lamela grabbing a second goal himself. It was a particularly eventful night for Kane, who ended the game in goal when keeper Hugo Lloris was sent off (with Spurs having used all three substitutes), and conceded from the first shot he faced in comical style. Still, it was a great performance and result for Mauricio Pochettino's men and they will take confidence in to the weekend clash with Newcastle.
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Oct 24 - 3:40 AM

Fraser Forster is top of the goalkeeper picks for Week 9.

Southampton are in great form and have the best defensive record in the league, so with a home game against Stoke it would appear that Forster is the best keeper choice for the second week running.
Oct 24 - 4:53 AM

Branislav Ivanovic is tipped to perform well for Chelsea against Manchester United.

Manchester United appear unable to defend at the moment, particularity at set-pieces, and Ivanovic is one of the most dangerous players in the opposition's box. The defender is pricey, but a goal is very possible and you know he'll give 100% for the Chelsea cause. An excellent pick for Week 9 if you can afford him.
Oct 24 - 4:55 AM

Everton's Seamus Coleman can continue his good form at Burnley in Week 9.

Vital to Everton and a genuine goal threat, Burnley will find it difficult to cope with Coleman's runs down the right flank and the full-back could have a huge fantasy week. We marginally prefer him to Leighton Baines, but both are expensive options so you'd need to feel confident in Coleman's returns in order to splash the cash.
Oct 24 - 4:56 AM

Eric Dier could prove great value for Tottenham's home clash with Newcastle.

Dier was the must-have defender in the Yahoo game back in August after two goals in the opening two games of the season, and he's back on the radar this weekend. Obviously the young defender hasn’t been able to keep up that stunning early form, but his price is back below £6million and he will start Tottenham's home game against Newcastle with the two Kyles (Naughton and Walker) still out with injury. Solid in defence and a threat in the opposition's box, Dier could prove great value.
Oct 24 - 4:58 AM

Eden Hazard is the premium fantasy midfield choice, as Chelsea visit defensively-fragile Manchester United

After watching what West Bromwich Albion were able to do to Manchester United's full-backs on Monday night, you fear for them against Hazard and the Chelsea machine this weekend. Hazard appears to be clicking in to top form and notched a further two goals in the midweek Champions League thrashing of Maribor in a frighteningly-sharp display. The Belgian trickster comes with the added bonus of penalty duty, so he's our pick of the premium attacking options this week. If you can afford him, splash the cash.
Oct 24 - 5:02 AM

Ross Barkley inspired Everton on his return from injury in Week 8, and he can do the same against Burnley in Week 9.

It was no coincidence that Everton's drop in form during the opening two months of the season occurred while Ross Barkley was recovering from a knee injury. It was also no coincidence that Roberto Martinez's men put in their best performance of the season so far on Barkley's return against Aston Villa in Week Eight. The midfielder's energy, driving runs and clever passing changed the dynamic of the Toffee's attack and he had a hand in all three goals. Expect another exciting display against struggling Burnley at Turf Moor this weekend.
Oct 24 - 5:05 AM




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