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With Robert Huth agreeing a loan deal which will see the German defender moving to Leicester Mark Hughes will be slightly concerned after his captain Ryan Shawcross was replaced moments before half-time on Saturday because of a back issue.

Shawcross returned to the starting line-up having missed out in GW22 because of a groin injury and this latest setback will be worrying with Erik Pieters also out following a Hernia operation. His injury however didn’t affect Stoke too much as the Potters condemned QPR to their eleventh consecutive away defeat thanks to a Jon Walters hat trick - his first in over 8 years and his first in the Premier League. Marc Muniesa or Geoff Cameron are able to fill in defensively and with Marc Wilson over his recent knee problem Hughes has plenty of cover during the interim and is unlikely to panic just yet.
Feb 1 - 12:56 PM

Sam Allardyce left Anfield empty handed as West Ham were beaten by a resurgent Liverpool side which saw Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge secure the win but the Hammers’ boss will point to a number of injury problems which contributed to his sides loss.

The build-up to Saturdays’ game was hampered by issues affecting a trio of players – Carl Jenkinson [calf], James Tomkins [hamstring] and Alex Song – as well as Cheikhou Kouyate reporting a back injury on his return from AFCoN. Although Song managed to pass a late fitness test West Ham's chances were further hampered as Winston Reid and James Collins [both hamstring] were forced off while former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll was substituted following his foul on Emre Can which resulted in the forward being carried off – a disappointing end to a hugely frustrating afternoon. West Ham finished the match with ten men and Carroll will now have a scan to confirm the extent of his knee injury.
Source: London24
Feb 1 - 12:11 PM

Alan Pardew lost his first game since taking charge at Crystal Palace as Everton left Selhurst Park with all three points ending the Eagles’ four game winning streak but it was the loss of striker Marouane Chamakh which stole the headlines.

Chamakh was making his first Premier League start since mid-December having recently recovered from a hamstring strain and the Moroccan was hoping to add the two goals he scored in last weekends' FA Cup win at St Marys’. However the forwards afternoon was ended early following a clash of heads and he was stretchered off after just 25 minutes an injury which was later confirmed as a broken nose – and not concussion – meaning a return in game week 24 against Leicester is possible. However should Chamakh fail to recover in time then Pardew will have a number of attacking options with Dwight Gayle, Glenn Murray, Fraizer Campbell and Yaya Sanogo all able to lead the line.
Source: Daily Mail
Feb 1 - 11:34 AM

There were lots of heroes with Arsenal winning 5-0 but Santi Cazorla was the biggest star with a goal and two assists.

It looked like Mesut Ozil was going to be the star with a beautiful flick to put Giroud in for Arsenal's first followed by a goal of his own. Santi Cazorla came on with an assist for Theo Walcott'Walcott' third, a penalty of his own and then an assist on Hector Bellerin's capper in stoppage time. It was as comprehensive a win as we've seen from Arsenal this season that featured goal-scoring returns from Ozil and Walcott.
Feb 1 - 10:27 AM

Kurt Zouma seems to have taken the Chelsea starting center-back job from Gary Cahill.

Zouma has played spectacularly his last few times on the pitch and the defender is now the preferred choice to Gary Cahill. Zouma started today in a huge match against Manchester City, so the chances of him going back to the bench are low. He's available for cheap in plenty of fantasy leagues and can be claimed on waivers in season-long leagues. A starter in Chelsea's defense is automatically fantasy relevant, and Zouma should be owned in all season-long leagues. He is also a great bargain in the Yahoo! game at £ 3.73M.
Jan 31 - 4:37 PM

Chelsea and Manchester City settled for a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge today.

Chelsea opened up the scoring in the 41st minute after an incredible combination that started with Branislav Ivanovic. Ivanovic played a great ball across the pitch to Hazard, who was able to lay it through right in front of goal with just a touch where Loic Remy finished calmly. Just minutes later, David Silva equalized after deflecting a Sergio Aguero shot. Things were quiet in the second half and Chelsea chose to defend and settle for a point. It's a good result for the London club as they were missing Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas and currently have a five point lead on top of the table.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 31 - 2:30 PM

There was no famous comeback for the Foxes at Old Trafford as they fell 3-1 to Manchester United.

Last time these two sides met Leicester City scored an all-time historic win for the club. It was not to be in the return match as Manchester United scored three before halftime. The only player who might consider it an historic day is Marcin Wasilewski who scored a goal at Old Trafford which will presumably be a career highlight he tells his kids about even if it didn't ignite a big comeback.
Jan 31 - 12:46 PM

Romelu Lukaku scored the lone goal in Everton's 1-0 over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Lukaku got on the scoresheet in the second minute of play when a cross from Steven Naismith ricocheted of a couple people and into the back of the net. Lukaku didn't know much about it, but they got the win and that's all that matters. The Belgian forward ends an eight game goalless drought, boosting his total to seven on the year. He averaged 16 goals over the last two season so he'll need to stay in form going forward if he hopes to match that by the end of the year.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 12:45 PM

Robin van Persie shook off his recent slump to score a goal as Manchester United beat Leicester City 3-1.

There was a suspicion of offsides as Daley Blind put the Dutchman through. Regardless, RvP made no mistake and scored United's opener as well as a personal confidence booster. United's other two goals came from a Falcao rebound and a Wes Morgan own goal from a Wayne Rooney corner.
Jan 31 - 12:35 PM

QPR's road futility continued as Jon Walters scores a hat trick while the Rs managed only one.

Harry Redknapp's men just can't win on the road and that continued in Week 23 as they dropped a 3-1 decision to Stoke City. Niko Kranjcar scored a goal to pull the Rs within 2-1 before Jon Walters finished off his hat trick in stoppage time. The loss left QPR without a point on the road after 11 attempts.
Jan 31 - 12:25 PM

Danny Ings was replaced in the second half in the team's 2-0 loss to Sunderland on Saturday.

Ings came off at the 61-minute mark without shaking hands with manager Sean Dyche. He wasn't having a poor game and the Clarets needed goals so the move is somewhat shocking, especially since Ings leads the team in goals. Multiple teams, including Liverpool, have reportedly been trying to lure Ings away from his current club with six months left on his contract, but Burnley insist he's not going anywhere. It's a situation worth monitoring over the next few days based on today's events.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 12:24 PM

West Ham United came up against a well-oiled Liverpool side and were never much of a threat as they leave Anfield empty-handed in a 2-0 final.

After an easy 3-0 roasting of Hull in their last league match, the Hammers ran into a buzzsaw today. For the first twenty odd minutes, it was looking rather even between the two sides but Liverpool gradually began bossing the show, scoring twice in the second half to seal the points. It was a particularly woeful day for Carroll though as not only did he fail to find the net on a couple of opportunities, he was booked and he hobbled off for a substitute in the 63rd minute. The Hammers will be happy to enjoy their home environs again next weekend, but they will be tested again when Manchester United pay a visit. Hammer investment is trending downward.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 12:19 PM

Jon Walters scored a surprising hat trick to power Stoke City to a 3-1 win over QPR at the,Britannia.

At 31-years-old, Jon Walters is having a breakout season for Mark Hughes and Stoke City. Walters has generally been viewed as a utility player and a workmanlike reserve but this season he has broken out as the Potters' leading scorer. With Bojan out for the season the club will need Walters to keep up his current pace.
Jan 31 - 12:19 PM

Jermain Defoe scores a goal in his debut at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland beat Burnley 2-0.

Connor Wickham put Sunderland out to an early led with a comfortable header close to goal 20 minutes into the match and Jermain Defoe made it 2-0 15 minutes later. Burnley outshot Sunderland 13-8, but Costel Pantilimon saved all four shots on goal. Sunderland fans have got to be pleased with the recent acquisition of Defoe who was brought in to replace US men's national team striker Jozy Altidore who was struggling to get on the scoresheet. Altidore had one goal in 42 appearances for Sunderland over the last two years while Defoe has a goal (and an assist) in just two appearances since joining the Black Cats earlier this month.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 12:12 PM

Liverpool enjoyed a productive afternoon as they won 2-0 over West Ham United with both goals set up by Phillipe Coutinho.

It looked like a frustrating day for the Reds after one half of play, as they dominated possession, and created several chances without cashing in, with a sitter from Lazar Markovic just before the half summing up their frustration. They never kept off the front foot though, and the chances began to come good in the second frame. A cross to Raheem Sterling allowed the speedster to play a 1-2 with Coutinho and Sterling chipped in his fifth league goal of the season. Then just 12 minutes into his substitution appearance, Daniel Sturridge scored after following Coutinho up the pitch on the break. The Brazilian dribbled nimbly toward the area then picked out Sturridge who finished with confidence. Add in another clean sheet and we are looking at the best form of the season right now for Liverpool. All of their fantasy stock is ticking up.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 12:07 PM

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