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Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has admitted he is interested in signing Marouane Chamakh and Darren Bent.

Palace have already broken their transfer record with the acquisition of Dwight Gayle from Peterborough for around £7million, but they require at least one more striker with last season's top scorer Glenn Murray likely to miss the majority of the season as he recovers from a cruciate knee injury. Arsene Wenger has suggested that Chamakh is close to a deal, but a deal for Bent may be more difficult with Newcastle rumoured to be leading the chase for the former England forward.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 04:36:00 AM

Abel Hernandez was back among the goals in Week 6 propelling him to a solid fantasy week in just about any format.

Hernandez has been up and down for sure with a strong debut effort against West Ham followed by a down match against Newcastle. He rebounded this week with a strong outing against Manchester City despite Hull City only scoring one goal on their own (the other was an Eliaquim Mangala own goal). In addition to the goal he was credited with two shots on target and two fouls won with a pass intercepted thrown in for good measure. Hernandez is still fairly dependent on scoring to get his fantasy points but the evidence so far indicates that he'll do that reasonably often which makes him a solid starter in unique ownership formats and a potential spot starter for the right price in salary cap leagues.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 1 - 1:57 PM

Curtis Davies hasn't lived up to his performances from last season yet but Week 6 saw him at least start to approach those levels despite the 4-2 loss to Manchester City.

Curtis Davies was an absolute stud last season. Despite his team not notching an exceptional number of clean sheets he won enough tackles, blocked enough shots and intercepted enough passes to make himself one of the better fantasy defenders available in leagues that give credit for those sorts of things. He started the season significantly off of that pace but picked it up against Manchester City with two blocked shots, five passes intercepted and three tackles won. In leagues that take points away from defenders for goals scored against, he probably didn't have a great week but it was good to see him producing defending stats like he did last season.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 1 - 2:02 PM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finally broke out with a significant fantasy performance on the strength of scoring Arsenal's only goal against Spurs in Week 6.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has seen increased playing time thus far in this campaign due to injuries to Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and others. Thus far, his contributions for both real and fantasy purposes have been modest as he has looked to find an end product at the end of his runs at defenders. His emphatic goal to draw Arsenal even ended that modest run but it may come too late as Theo Walcott is likely to reclaim his starting spot in the not-too-distant future. Bet on only one more start for The Ox against Chelsea to allow Walcott the international break and a slightly less high profile fixture before he returns. On the bright side, he did contribute additional attacking stats (2 SOTs, 3 SCs, 2 CWs) but had his fantasy total limited by picking up a yellow card.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 30 - 4:14 PM

Kieran Gibbs continued his effective play when healthy with a strong contribution for Arsenal against Spurs in Week 6.

The Arsenal left back has quietly been very good at the little things when he has started this season. He showed off his versatility this past weekend with six intercepted passes and a tackle won to go along with two successful crosses and four corners won. Those are good totals for fantasy purposes in their own right but it also speaks to a potential break out match coming as some of that attacking product turns into assists or even the odd goal.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 30 - 4:18 PM

Mesut Ozil continued his re-awakening with a solid attacking performance for Arsenal in Week 6 against Spurs.

The German play-maker had been slumping until his breakout effort against Aston Villa in Week 5. While he didn't reach those heights in Week 6 neither was he the peripheral figure that we saw in Weeks 1-4 either. The World Cup winner managed a shot on target, a corner won, and three successful crosses while being fouled three times as well. He looked even better once he moved infield and Alexis Sanchez came on.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 30 - 4:22 PM

Ander Herrera's return to the Manchester United starting line-up was a brief one with the midfielder playing three matches before breaking a rib against West Ham.

The season-opening review of Ander Herrera was that he looked "light-weight" but that was directed more at his performance than his ability to stay healthy in the Premier League. After missing three weeks with an injury sustained in the opener, Herrera scored two goals in three matches before fracturing a rib against West Ham in Week 6 action. He will miss the Week 7 match against Everton for sure and may well continue to miss time after the international break as well.
Source: foo
Sep 30 - 12:12 PM

Olivier Giroud may not be fit to play but apparently his writing hand is in working order as he penned a new deal that will keep him at the club through 2018.

The Frenchman broke his tibia in Arsenal's furious comeback against Everton earlier in the season and won't be back until early 2015 but his new contract, believed to be for £80,000-a-week, will see him stay at the Emirates into his early 30s. With Danny Welbeck now on board to give him competition it will be fascinating to see how Arsene Wenger doles out the playing time between the two forwards in the event they're ever healthy at the same time.
Source: The Mirror
Sep 30 - 9:50 AM

Didier Drogba has been ruled out of Chelsea's match against Sporting Lisbon with an ankle injury.

Drogba is out for a few weeks as he has aggravated an ankle injury in training. He is also ruled out for Sunday's match against Arsenal, which is a big blow for Chelsea fans who remember Drogba's scoring record against the Gunners. Diego Costa has been cleared to play against Sporting tomorrow and will start, while Loic Remy will be his backup. With Drogba out, Chelsea's decision to purchase Remy looks better and better every day.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 29 - 11:44 PM

Striker Stevan Jovetic is back in contention for Manchester City after recovering from the thigh injury which he picked up during training while on international duty with Montenegro at the beginning of September.

The return of Jovetic provides a welcome boost for Pellegrini as City approach a busy footballing period [after the international break] both domestically and across Europe which will see them play 7 games within 21 days easing pressure on his attacking teammates. Having suffered from a number of muscular issues throughout 2014 Sergio Aguero needs to be managed carefully leaving Edin Dzeko as the only other recognised striker within the first team squad; although youngster Jose Angel Pozo did impress during the Capital One Cup recently and won’t be far from a league debut if he continues in the same rich vein of form.
Source: BT Sport
Sep 29 - 4:20 PM

Christian BENteke took a big step towards a return to first team action after the striker played for over an hour on Monday for the Aston Villa development side marking his first appearance since March with a goal from the penalty spot.

Benteke stepped up his rehabilitation after almost six months out with a solid performance for the Under-21 side against Bolton Wanderers this afternoon providing Paul Lambert with a tricky decision ahead of the weekend’s visit of Manchester City. The striker joined the first-team squad in training over two weeks ago and has performed well suffering no adverse reaction to his recent injury with the Villa coach hinting at a potential return. The Claret and Blues have started well and currently sit sixth following a tricky set of opening fixtures but their position relies heavily on a tight defence having only scored four times this campaign [drawing blanks in four of their seven games] and the temptation to include his top scorer from the last two seasons must be growing as each game week ticks by.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 5:19 PM

Mixed injury news for Arsenal ahead of their UEFA Champions League home tie against Galatasaray on Wednesday as Jack Wilshere could be available but Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are ruled out.

With a history of ankle problems the sight of Jack Wilshere limping to the sidelines is a cause for big concern but Arsene Wenger gave a positive update from the Emirates today confirming the England midfielder suffered no significant damage and could play midweek – although Chelsea on Sunday maybe more realistic. However the news regarding teammates Arteta [calf] and Ramsey [hamstring] is not so good with the pair ruled out for three weeks and a month respectively. Laurent Koscielny will also face a late fitness test as he continues to manage an ongoing Achilles problem.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 3:47 PM






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