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Matt Jarvis scored the opening goal in the 40th minute to give West Ham hope for a famous victory at the Emirates but it was not to be as Arsenal stormed back with three unanswered goals for the win.

West Ham played Arsenal even for most of the first half and may even have been considered the better team in the first half. In the 40th minute Matt Jarvis scored the opening goal with his head off of a rebound. The lead didn't last long as Lukas Podolski scored with a powerful left-footed shot in the 44th minute. The lead slipped away for good ten minutes into the second half as Thomas Vermaelen's long ball into the box was controlled by Olivier Giroud who put it through Adrian's legs for the match winner. Lukas Podolski scored an insurance goal for the final 3-1 scoreline.
Apr 15 - 8:08 PM

With Arsenal in dire need of points Lukas Podolski cancelled out West Ham's first half lead and then scored an insurance goal to ensure Arsenal all three points at home against the Hammers.

With many people predicting a trip up after a draining FA Cup semi-final over the weekend things were off to a rough start when Matt Jarvis scored the opener for West Ham. Lukas Podolski evened the score just before halftime to lighten the mood at the Emirates. In the second half Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski both scored to ensure victory for Arsenal as they continue their race with Everton for the final Champions League spot.
Apr 15 - 8:01 PM

Shay Given and Gordon Cowans have been promoted to assist Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert after the club suspended assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa earlier today.

Culverhouse and Karsa have been suspended for an "internal investigation" and it's unknown if it has anything to do with Villa's poor form at the moment. The club is struggling without their two strikers, Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak, who are out for the season with injuries. There are even rumors of Paul Lambert leaving the club in the summer, but they seem to be just rumors at the moment.
Apr 15 - 3:45 PM

Chelsea announced over the weekend that star midfielder Eden Hazard will return "sooner rather than later".

There was no timetable for Hazard's return, but considering his initial prognosis was two to three weeks, we expect Hazard to have a chance to return against Atletico Madrid next week. In terms of the Premier League, Hazard's most likely return to occur against Liverpool in week 36. The Reds are not known for their defense, so Hazard remains an options in that game if the team news are positive. In the meantime, Mohamed Salah will replace him in Chelsea's starting lineup.
Apr 15 - 3:34 PM

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Erik Lamela has been ruled out for the season with a back injury.

Lamela has already been out an extended period of time but was hoping to return sometime this season. The young Argentinian forward has struggled to adapt to life in England and has so far been a huge waste of money for Tottenham. The club and player will both hope he can do a better job next season, but don't be surprised to see him leave in the summer if Spurs can get any sort of meaningful offer for him.
Apr 15 - 3:27 PM

George McCartney has returned to West Ham's squad after missing a match through injury.

McCartney was on the bench while Pablo Armero started for the second consecutive time. We aren't sure if McCartney will regain his starting spot once healthy, but he is not worth owning at the moment. It's also worthy to note that Joey O'Brien is close to returning from injury as well and could be the chosen starter in favor of McCartney.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 15 - 3:10 PM

Pablo Armero has earned another start despite George McCartney's return to the squad.

We don't know if Armero is starting because of McCartney's fitness or if he impressed Sam Allardyce enough last week to deserve another start. As of mid-game, Armero is worth £ 1.97M in fantasy and worth picking up due to potential upside. The full-back likes to join the attack and West Ham's stellar defense can help him be a good fantasy option if he can continue starting in the future.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 15 - 3:07 PM

Manchester City will be missing Yaya Toure for up to two weeks due to the groin injury picked up against Liverpool.

This is obviously bad news for City, but Yaya was initially ruled out of playing again this season, so it could've been worse. The midfielder will miss the second part of this double-week against Sunderland, as well as the clash against West Brom in Week 35, but Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping he could be ready to return against Crystal Palace at the end of April. In other news, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero both came through the Liverpool game without problems and will be expected to start on Wednesday.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 15 - 8:39 AM

Chico Flores was sent off after collecting a second yellow card in the match and Swansea City could not handle Chelsea with 10 men, eventually conceding and losing 0-1.

The Swans are finding themselves creeping into dangerous territory with another loss, as they are just three points clear of relegation, though with a healthy goal difference. They were without Michu, who had an ankle complaint and did not make the squad, though to be fair, he has had little influence since returning to the XI. After being booked for a foul on a streaking Willian, it took two minutes for Chico to find himself issuing a clumsy challenge on Andre Schurrle just outside the area, and referee Phil Dowd sent him off after a few moments of consideration. Chelsea were not sharp but being a man down and forced to remove Pablo Hernandez to replace Chico with another center back kept the Swans from taking advantage. They will look to rebound next week with a trip to Newcastle.
Apr 13 - 1:24 PM

Chelsea were not their sharpest today, but Demba Ba scored the only goal they would need to take the points and keep pace in the title race with a 0-1 win.

The Blues were without Eden Hazard and Frank Lampard in their squad, and Mourinho gave Ba a rare start. They did not show much chemistry in their attack on the whole during the match, but an early sending off of Chico Flores provided the advantage necessary to finally break the Swansea defense in the second half. Ba found himself isolated with Ashley Williams, went left, shot with the left foot and found the back of the net for his fourth league goal of the season. Their defense meanwhile kept things tidy against 10 men and continue to be a reliable fantasy source.
Apr 13 - 1:11 PM

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson was sent off in injury time during the clash with Manchester City and faces a three match ban.

Henderson was shown a straight red card by Mark Clattenverg for a dangerous challenge on Samir Nasri, which means he will miss three of Liverpool's last four games. Lucas or Joe Allen will replace the midfielder, but his loss is a big blow for the title run-in.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 13 - 11:22 AM

Yaya Toure was substituted in the first half of Manchester City's 3-2 defeat to Liverpool due to injury.

Toure injured himself attempting a shot early in the game and never looked comfortable before he was eventually withdrawn on 19 minutes. It looked to be a groin problem, and it would appear unlikely that the midfielder will be able to face Sunderland in midweek. We await official news from City over the coming days.
Source: Goal.com
Apr 13 - 11:16 AM

Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2 to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League, with Philippe Coutinho hitting the winning goal.

What a game. As has been their signature this season, Liverpool started strongly and were 2-0 up within 25 minutes thanks to a smart finish from Raheem Sterling and a trademark header from Martin Skrtel. Manchester City worked their way back in to the match despite losing Yaya Toure to injury, and were unlucky not have been awarded a penalty towards end of the first half when Mamadou Sakho took out Edin Dzeko. City continued to press in the second half and were rewarded when David Silva slotted home after great work by substitute James Milner. It was soon to become 2-2 as Glenn Johnson diverted a cross in to his own net, and City came close to taking the lead when Sergio Aguero's cross was nudged agonisingly wide by Silva. With 12 minutes remaining and the away side in the ascendancy, Vincent Kompany sliced a clearance and the ball fell to Philippe Coutinho, who hit a sweet snap-shot beyond Joe Hart to win his side a massive three points.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 13 - 11:09 AM

It was a nervy time but Arsenal rode Lukasz Fabianski's two penalty shootout saves to a win over upstarts Wigan Athletic.

Arsenal went behind to giant-killers Wigan on a penalty kick from Jordi Gomez but it was ultimately from the spot that the Gunners would win their FA Cup semi-final. After equalizing on a Per Mertesacker goal in 82nd minute Arsenal and Wigan played two scoreless extra periods before going to penalties. Lukasz Fabianski threw down the gauntlet by saving Wigan's first two penalties. With Arsenal's first four takers - Arteta, Kallstrom, Giroud, and Cazorla - all scoring Arsene Wenger's men were through to face the winner of Hull City vs. Sheffield United.
Apr 12 - 2:59 PM

Erik Pieters scored his first goal in six years in any competition and it was enough to secure a home win for Stoke against Newcastle.

The irony here is that Pieters' first goal in such a long time really wasn't intentional. His intention appeared to be to make a cross and it ended up finding the net behind Tim Krul. The win moved Stoke to within three points of Newcastle and a place in the top half of the table. With Newcastle stumbling badly you wouldn't bet against the Potters finishing 9th for the first time in their history.
Apr 12 - 2:19 PM



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