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Samir Nasri netted twice as Manchester City beat Chelsea 5-3 in the second match of the English clubs' end-of-season trip to the United States.

Gareth Barry, James Milner and Edin Dzeko were also on the scoresheet as City followed up their victory in St Louis with another win in New York. Ramires grabbed two goals for Chelsea and Juan Mata scored a beauty, but it was not enough for the Blues in Rafael Benitez's final game in charge.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, May 26, 2013 03:58:00 AM

Manchester City suffered their second defeat in only five days as Newcastle went to the Etihad on Wednesday evening in the Capital One Cup and dominated their fourth round encounter and deservedly dumped the current trophy holders out of the competition.

Although the manner of the defeat - lacklustre & off the pace – will be of some concern and the way City have defended recently – six goals conceded in three games – the injuries suffered by David Silva [knee] and Yaya Toure [groin] will fill Pellegrini with trepidation. The Spanish playmaker lasted a mere 9 minutes when an innocuous shirt pull by the returning Ryan Taylor twisted the midfielders knee straining ligaments – his participation in this weekends’ derby is in serious doubt. Toure will also be assessed after the Ivorian departed with a groin problem although the Chilean manger is not expecting a serious issue.
Source: Daily Mail
Oct 30 - 7:36 AM

Harry Redknapp provided a team news update on Thursday ahead of Saturdays’ trip to Stamford Bridge with the Hoops expecting to retain the same squad which took three points in the victory over Aston Villa at Loftus Road on Monday Night Football.

Redknapp remains "hopeful" Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch [both hamstring] will return to training next week – meaning game week 11 is a realistic target - but the big news is that Adel Taarabt is back in contention following his recent public spat with the manager. Despite lacking match-fitness Redknapp "wouldn’t hesitate" to include the attacking midfielder and with a point to prove the player is worth some serious consideration over the coming weeks. Rio Ferdinand serves the first of a three game domestic ban while Nedum Onuoha [hamstring] and Alex McCarthy [thigh] remain out.
Source: Daily Mirror
Oct 30 - 7:58 AM

Lukasz Fabianski has continued his impressive season for Swansea and helped them keep a clean sheet over the weekend.

Swansea faced a poor Leicester City side at home but it was still a good outing for Fabianski who was able to save four shots. The ex-Arsenal goalkeeper is third amongst goalkeepers in fantasy scoring this season behind Thibaut Courtois and Fraser Forster. Swansea don't have a good enough defense to make Fabianski match-up proof but he remains a fantastic option against teams in the lower half of the table.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 29 - 11:20 PM

Swansea City are appealing Federico Fernandez's suspension after the defender was sent off during the Swans Capital One Cup loss to Liverpool yesterday.

With the suspension left as it is, Fernandez would then not be eligible for another league match until November 29th, effectively losing a starting defender for a month. The foul which got him sent off was soft by anyone's standards and Swansea may have a good case to get their defender off the hook. It is the least they deserve considering Liverpool went on to score in the closing seconds and win with the man advantage. Jordi Amat would likely deputize should the suspension stay put.
Oct 29 - 2:43 PM

After starting Newcastle's first six games, Alan Pardew benched Remy Cabella for the past three, but the promising midfielder will hope to regain a regular spot in the XI after an effective substitute appearance in their win over Tottenham.

Cabella and Sammy Ameobi were inserted into the match at the start of the second half against Spurs and their influence could not have been more noticeable. Ameobi scored six seconds after the second half began and Cabella delivered a cross that was headed home by Ayoze Perez for the game-winner. Cabella was a major signing for the Magpies in the summer and they need all the attacking help they can get. While not recommended as a play this weekend, he should be on your monitor for future gameweeks if Pardew starts him.
Oct 29 - 2:37 PM

With a clean sheet over the weekend and a goal scored in the League Cup match with Swansea yesterday, Dejan Lovren looks poised to provide fantasy returns after starting the season quite slowly.

While much of the attention was focused on the ineffectiveness of Mario Balotelli in the Reds attack as they drew 0-0 with Hull over the weekend, credit is due to their tidy defending. It was the best partnership with Martin Skrtel we have seen to date and may signal a tighter, more organized back line going forward. Until Daniel Sturridge comes back, Brendan Rodgers is going to need his defense to step up to help bag points. Despite the second half heroics against Spurs, Newcastle are a weak attacking side without Papiss Cisse. Should he be absent again this weekend, Liverpool could very well keep them out on their own ground.
Oct 29 - 2:17 PM

In light of Roberto Martinez's shakeup to his front six in Everton's win over Burnley, the safest area to invest for fantasy purposes is in defense.

No one should be required to hear a sales pitch regarding the merits of Baines and his fellow fullback Seamus Coleman, but they may well be worth the hefty price tags they carry as their spot in the XI is all but set in stone whereas the status of players such as Ross Barkley, Aiden McGeady and Steven Pienaar appear difficult to predict. Normally, you would expect a lone striker, Romelu Lukaku with Barkley as the attacking midfielder tucked behind him. But with such an effective shift put in by the likes of Samuel Eto'o, it would be hard to picture a veteran of his caliber being benched. He waited for a start and made the most o f it. For what it's worth, Wilfried Bony looked terrible in his League Cup match with Liverpool yesterday. An ineffective Bony would make a Toffee defender all the more attractive to own when the Swans travel to Goodison Park this weekend.
Oct 29 - 2:07 PM

George Boyd looks to be an attractive budget option for Burnley as he has settled in nicely since his move from Hull City.

Boyd has averaged 11 points per game over Burnley's last two matches which included a goal against an upstart West Ham side. Despite not scoring last weekend, he showed he can still salvage some fantasy points by winning seven tackles and intercepting two passes. While not recommended in a tough fixture at The Emirates this weekend, the Clarets schedule becomes very friendly for a long stretch once they play the Gunners and Boyd will provide some solid returns in that period.
Oct 29 - 1:54 PM

Adnan Januzaj got his second consecutive start for Manchester United but his status as a starter is likely due to more to injuries and suspensions than any broader trend.

Wayne Rooney was suspended and is now possibly injured. Falcao is injured again. Ander Herrera is still nursing a rib injury that only allowed him to play half of the match against West Brom in Week 8. All of these circumstances have conspired to give Adnan Januzaj another run in the line-up. Given his tepid performances over the past two weeks, it's hard to see him retaining his spot when his teammates are healthy but he's a worthy emergency starter in unique ownership formats as long as the injuries continue.
Oct 28 - 4:59 PM

Marouane Fellaini has received an unexpected opportunity to contribute over the past two weeks and has made the most of it with two solid performances.

Marouane Fellaini hasn't had much to be happy about (other than his paycheck) since moving to Manchester United from Everton the summer before last. Seemingly lost and without a position since his arrival he contributed a critical goal against West Brom last week and delivered a strong start against league-leading Chelsea in Week 9. His performance didn't register much from a fantasy point of view but until United's injury woes abate he will be a very reasonable starting option.
Oct 28 - 5:11 PM

Chris Brunt has been inconsistent in recent season but showed vintage form in Albion's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

There was a time when Chris Brunt was a strong fantasy option week in and week out producing assist, successful crosses, corners won, shots on target and even the occasional goal. It has been a couple of seasons since we've seen that sort of form from the West Brom winger but Week 9 saw him rekindle his form with an assist, three successful crosses and a surprising five tackles won in a strong all-around effort. It's probably too much to hope that this marks a return to his former ways on a consistent basis but it was fun to remember when he was a threat every week.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 28 - 5:15 PM




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