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Injury concerns mount for West Ham United as Sam Allardyce could be without six first team members for the visit of Southampton this weekend.

Matt Jarvis (thigh), Carl Jenkinson and James Collins (both hamstring) were all rumoured to be close to a return on Saturday but the Hammers boss confirmed during todays press conference that the trio will remain out joining long-term absentees Andy Carroll (ankle) and Kevin Nolan (shoulder). After a disappointing defeat in the Capital One Cup West Ham will be happy to get back to domestic duty and will hope to build upon last weekend’s excellent win at Selhurst Park. Enner Valencia maybe restricted to a place on the bench despite his 120 minutes of play on Tuesday while strike partner Diafra Sakho will face a late fitness test after suffering a minor back problem.
Source: London24
Aug 28 - 8:02 AM

News broke on Wednesday that Spanish international Diego Costa suffered a muscular problem in training with various outlets reporting his period of absence to be anything from four weeks to three months.

The reality of the situation is unclear - we simply do not know - as the full extent of the injury is not yet known and to suggest anything different at this moment is pure speculation. On Thursday morning Chelsea released an official statement advising Diego Costa "suffered a minor muscular injury" and that the club will be monitoring him over the next few days. Given his recent well-documented injuries it’s almost certain that the striker will miss the trip to Goodison on Saturday; Costa did not train with the squad today but has not yet been ruled out of the Everton match. Any significant damage could potentially scupper a loan departure for Fernando Torres for whom a move to Serie A side AC Milan has been reportedly agreed.
Aug 28 - 7:34 AM

New Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock is hoping to complete a sensational return to Selhurst Park for former winger Wilfried Zaha.

Zaha was instrumental in Palace's promotion in 2012/13 and his performances secured him a big-money move to Manchester United, but he had very little opportunity to impress under David Moyes and does not appear to be in Louis van Gaal's immediate plans. Neil Warnock has only been in the Eagles job for two days but Sky Sports are reporting he held talks with Zaha on Wednesday night in an effort to convince him to return to the club. Watch this space ...
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 28 - 7:17 AM

Carlos Sanchez was a poor choice for fantasy managers as he received a yellow card in his first Premier League match.

Sanchez intercepted a pass but his foul committed and yellow card resulted in him getting negative three points in the Yahoo! Fantasy Soccer game. Sanchez is a defensive minded midfielder who is more likely to commit fouls than score goals. Overall, he is much better in real life than in fantasy, and should be avoided in competitive fantasy leagues.
Aug 28 - 12:10 AM

Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor has been terrible for fantasy managers in the first two weeks of the season.

Agbonlahor had negative four points in week two after finishing with just one point in the first match. The forward has struggled to rack up any kind of fantasy stats and committed four fouls in week two to make matters worse. Gabby has never been a premium option, and with no good strikers at Villa to get at the end of his chances, his fantasy potential remains fairly low. When Christian Benteke returns, Agbonlahor's value will rise, but he will only be an option in the deepest of leagues.
Aug 28 - 12:04 AM

Southampton are reportedly after Belgium international Toby Alderweireld.

Alderweireld is a good defender who would be a likely starter at Southampton. He can play both center-back and right-back, so it's not certain where exactly he'll line up, but he will immediately improve the Saints already solid defense. The Saints are also in pursuit of Tottenham's Andros Townsend, who would add an exciting option to their attack.
Source: DailyEcho
Aug 27 - 11:56 PM

Leicester and Wigan have agreed on a fee for the rights to James McArthur.

The Wigan midfielder has been pursued by Leicester in recent weeks and the Foxes have finally made an offer big enough. Leicester boss Niger Pearson has repeatedly stated that he's happy with his players but needs more options to compete in the Premier League and it's hard to imagine McArthur as an every game starter. We don't anticipate to see McArthur as a great fantasy option this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 27 - 11:49 PM

Italian giants AC Milan are reportedly interested in Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.

Torres is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge at the moment with Diego Costa and Didier Drogba in front of him and Chelsea may want to get back some of the money they paid for him. The Spanish striker hasn't been the same since coming to Chelsea but still has a few years left of football for him and has the potential to be a goal scorer once again. Milan are also interested in Marco van Ginkel, although Chelsea are unlikely to sell him.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 27 - 11:25 PM

The scoreline was misleading as Sunderland struggled for much of the day but scored three late goals to make it look like an easy 3-0 over Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup.

Connor Wickham and Adam Johnson and the entire Sunderland side looked disjointed for much of the Capital One Cup match-up against Birmingham City but Jordi Gomez's goal in the 77th minute sparked them. Johnson (87th) and Wickham (88th) scored rapid fire goals late on to seal the tie for the Black Cats. It won't be one that they can take much from but in a week when Manchester United, Aston Villa, and QPR all went down to lower league opposition they can at least take solace in the fact that they are moving on and in a month no one will remember how they got to the final scoreline.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 27 - 5:10 PM

Jon Walters hasn't seen any playing time in the Premier League but he took his chance in the League Cup and scored a brace as Stoke City cruised past Pompey 3-0.

With Peter Crouch adding a late goal for good measure it was Stoke City's 2013-14 strikeforce providing the goals that their new recruits - Bojan and Mame Biram Diouf - have yet to find in the Premier League. Granted, the opposition was substantially weaker than you'll find in the PL but goals from forwards will be a welcome site for manager Mark Hughes in any competition. Now he'll hope his squad can repeat that performance in the league this weekend.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 27 - 5:05 PM

Alexis Sanchez repaid the majority of his transfer fee when he scored the lone goal of the home and away Champions League qualifying fixture against Besiktas on Wednesday.

It was a nervy time as, for the second time in the two match fixture, Arsenal went down to 10 men as Mathieu Debuchy was sent off for seeing two yellow cards. Before the French international was sent off his fellow new arrival Sanchez scored in first half stoppage time. Sanchez and Debuchy both had chances in the second half to double the lead but neither could convert. After that it was edge-of-seats time as Arsenal defended desperately and eventually saw out a 1-0 win. The theme of the season so far has been "ugly but effective" for Arsenal and that continued today.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 27 - 4:54 PM

Tottenham have signed defender Federico Fazio from Sevilla on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Fazio was highly rated in La Liga, has won two caps for Argentina and won the Europa League with Sevilla last season. The central-defender has been brought in to replace Michael Dawson and will compete with Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches for the right to partner first choice Jan Vertonghen in the heart of the Tottenham back-line.

Not ordinarily a fantasy stand-out, Youssouf Mulumbu put up 18 points in the Yahoo format despite only 3 in the PL.com game as West Brom got a clean sheet.

It's hard to say how many clean sheets the Baggies will get this year but if Joel Ward All-Star Youssouf Mulumbu continues to put up great phantom point numbers like he did in Week 2, they'll definitely have more than expected. With eight tackles won, six passes intercepted and a blocked shot he got to 18 fantasy points in the Yahoo format despite not getting credit for the clean sheet as a midfielder and not scoring any attacking-related points. Strong effort from the holding midfielder.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 27 - 9:46 AM

Antonio Valencia showed that he is up to the task of being a right wing back with a strong all-around performance in Week 2 for Manchester United.

One of only two United players in double digits in fantasy in Week 2, Mata was the other, Antonio Valencia had a strong match when it came to the "phantom points" that the Yahoo format gives out. Named a Joel Ward All-Star by the Rotoworld.com Monday Morning Manager for Week 2 for his combination of blocked shots (1), tackles won (6) and passes intercepted (3) this is the sort of performance that can be repeated because it wasn't driven by goals, assists or clean sheets which are harder to predict.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 27 - 9:42 AM

Juan Mata led only two Manchester United players in double figure Yahoo fantasy points in Week 2 despite a rotten overall showing as a team against Sunderland.

Juan Mata, on the strength of his goal, put up 13 points in the Yahoo format and 10 in the PL.com format for a strong overall week. In the Yahoo game it brings his season average to 10 points/match which is a solid output for a player who was priced just over 10 to start Week 2. The question with Mata will now be how his role is impacted by the arrival of Angel di Maria. United's upcoming schedule is still very soft but until they sort out their line-up certainty of production will be a worry.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 27 - 9:38 AM



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