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Tom Huddlestone, after coming on as a substitute against Chelsea, is likely to get his first Hull City start against Norwich this weekend.

Hull looked better as soon as the former Tottenham midfielder entered the match. After seeing that impact, Steve Bruce is highly likely to insert THud into the starting line-up now that he's had a full week of training at the club. Huddlestone's price looks to be a solid bargain at 6.07 now that he's very likely to be starting every week.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 06:51:00 PM

Burnley go goalless on their trip to Swansea city and find themselves at the bottom of the table in the early going having yet to earn a point.

Crystal Palace are level at the bottom with Burnley as both have played twice, lost both and are matched with a -3 goal difference. At least Burnley can take solace in that at leas they are not having a crisis in management like Place are. Regardless, Burnley are looking the weakest of the promoted sides and they should be battling relegation all season. Players like Lucas Jutkiewicz, who tore it up in preseason, simply cannot produce when it matters.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 23 - 1:08 PM

Louis van Gaal confirmed during yesterday’s press conference that new signing Ander Herrera will be absent from Sundays team sheet after the player suffered an injury in training.

Herrera joins an ever growing list of players currently sidelined after the midfielder was reported to have injured his ankle during a training session on Thursday becoming the third Manchester United casualty within the last seven days. Jesse Lingard hobbled out of the opener against Swansea City with suspected knee ligament damage while teammate Marouane Fellaini was spotted at hospital on Tuesday with his ankle in a protective cast. Herrera will undergo further tests next week once the swelling subsides allowing for a more accurate assessment and diagnosis.
Source: Daily Star
Aug 23 - 5:01 AM

Mike Williamson earned a second yellow card late on for Newcastle United but it did not help Aston Villa find a goal in a sloppy 0-0 draw.

It was a tough break for Williamson, as his first yellow in the 86th minute was very soft and seemingly given to "even out" things as the Magpies had not received a single yellow up to that point while Villa already had four. It made no difference, as Villa were positively inept in the final third. Newcastle were equally poor in their attacking, but they did come close as Siem De Jong, making his debut as a substitute, had a terrific chance but was denied by Brad Guzan. Newcastle have a nice run of fixtures on tap, however their attacking players have done little to give fantasy managers confidence and the success of their defense today had more to do with Villa's poor display.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 23 - 9:49 AM

Aston Villa escaped their home opener with a point thanks to another clean sheet by Ron Vlaar and company as they finished 0-0 with Newcastle United.

Amazingly, Villa sit on four points after two games having registered a total of ONE shot on target. Today, obviously, they had none. Possession and midfield work was fair, but every time they reached the final third, it was an inaccurate pass here, a shot sailing well into the crowd there...it is clear they are in serious trouble this season in terms of staying in the top flight unless they can find another dynamic player or two to strengthen the attack. Otherwise, they will have to rely heavily on their defense to keep up their end of the bargain.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 23 - 9:56 AM

Leicester City were game opponents but Diego Costa and Eden Hazard scored as Chelsea cruised to victory at Stamford Bridge in Week 2.

Kasper Schmeichel did his best to keep his team in it but his opposite number, Thibault Courtois, was just as impressive and eventually Chelsea's talent was just too much for Son-of-Peter. Diego Costa (sort of) controlled a centered Branislav Ivanovic pass with his chest and had enough time to power it past Schmeichel for the opener. Eden Hazard scored on a brilliant piece of individual effort to seal the win for Chelsea. Ivanovic was impressive going forward all day and unlucky not to get more tangible statistics for his efforts.
Aug 23 - 11:55 AM

Kasper Schmeichel made a few excellent saves and Leicester stuck with Chelsea for 62 minutes but couldn't hold back the tide of Chelsea's attack.

Schmeichel looked every bit his father's son saving eight shots against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Unfortunately, David Nugent wasn't up to the task of beating Thibault Courtois when he was in alone on the Belgian keeper and Chelsea's attack just kept coming. Diego Costa scored in the 63rd minute and Eden Hazard scored in the 77th to close out a Blues win. Make no mistake though, Leicester City will not be a pushover this season.
Aug 23 - 11:59 AM

A first half goal from Nathan Dyer was all that was needed to give Swansea City their second consecutive win to start the season, as they hold off several late flurries by Burnley to win 1-0.

Things are looking up at the Liberty Stadium in the early going. Sure, it was Burnley, but there have been plenty of underdogs giving their favored opponents fits already this season. It was a sweet through ball from Gylfi Sigurdsson that found Dyer using his pace to streak down the right and fire the ball in. Wilfried Bony didn't make the score sheet, but had his share of chances. The defense had little to do through the first hour as Swansea dominated possession, but as they game wound down, Burnley gave them a proper test and the Swans passed it.
Aug 23 - 12:05 PM

James Ward-Prowse hit the post in the in 70th minute but that was as close as either side got in a listless nil-nil draw at St. Mary's.

Dusan Tadic was again active as he looks to replace the creativity lost in midfield that was lost when Adam Lallana left for Liverpool this summer. Fellow Eredivisie alumni Graziano Pelle was less convincing as he managed to miss a couple of solid opportunities presented by Tadic. Ward-Prowse rattled the post but wasn't quite the force he was last weekend against Liverpool. A disappointing result for the Saints who will expect to win matches like this at home.
Aug 23 - 12:06 PM

Brendan Rodgers is set to have another weapon from his summer shopping spree available to him this weekend as Lazar Markovic has been deemed fit and will be in the squad Monday night when the Reds battle Manchester City.

Much like the departure of Gareth Bale from Tottenham last summer, the apparent strategy is to scoop up as many players as possible in the hopes to somehow fill the void left behind by Luis Suarez. Truth be told, all the quantity in the world cannot compensate for the level of quality special players like Bale and Suarez deliver. Markovic will have to earn his way into regular playing time and with the apparent arrival of Mario Balotelli imminent, it only complicates matter for fantasy managers in attempting to determine which players will be dependable regular starters. Jon Flanagan, incidentally, has been ruled out of this weekend's clash.
Aug 22 - 5:48 PM

Blackburn Rovers are holding out for the entire fee Hull City received for Shane Long or maybe even more if they are to part with prolific hitman Jordan Rhodes.

Hull City looked like savvy players in the transfer market when they more than doubled their money on Shane Long in approximately six months (half of which were vacation months). That windfall may quickly head back out the door if reports are to be believed that Hull City want Jordan Rhodes and Blackburn want the entire £12million for the man who has scored 53 goals for them in 99 Championship appearances. It seems likely Rhodes will want to make the move but will the clubs come to an agreement?
Source: ESPNFC.com
Aug 22 - 5:25 PM

There appear to be only the details standing between Mario Balotelli and a move to Liverpool.

Reports have the transfer costing Liverpool £16million in addition to £120,000 a week in wages which isn't a huge price if you consider Balotelli a premium forward. The question is whether Balotelli is a premium forward. The physical talent appears to be there but it's hard to see him fitting into a Liverpool attack that is based on rapid-strike counterattacks. "Quick on the counterattack" is not a phrase typically used to describe the mercurial Italian leaving us to wonder how he'll fit in and, if he isn't a regular starter, how that will go down in the locker room. Here's a question for you to ponder...who makes way for Balotelli? Sturridge? Sterling? Coutinho? Henderson? Gerrard? A holding midfielder?
Source: bbc.com
Aug 22 - 1:05 PM




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