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Nemanja Matic | Midfielder | #21

Team: Chelsea
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 185

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Influential midfielder Nemanja Matic, who missed last weekend through injury, is fit to play for Chelsea against West Brom on Sunday.
Matic was a surprise omission from Antonio Conte's starting XI last weekend, due to a muscle injury, but is set to make his return this weekend. According to Chelsea's official Twitter feed, Conte has confirmed that Matic has trained since Tuesday and is fit. This means Matic will likely regain his place in the starting XI for Sunday's clash with West Brom. However, if Matic is unavailable then Cesc Fabregas would be favored to replace the Serbian international. Dec 9 - 10:49 AM

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Nemanja Matic, a steady presence in Antonio Conte's XI, was a surprise absence today, missing out with a minor thigh muscle injury.

It is not clear if Matic picked up the injury in training yesterday or sometime this morning, but the central midfielder misses his first league match of the season, in which he has started every one. It may come to some as a surprise that he is second in the league in assists, totaling seven so far. Cesc Fabregas deputizes today, getting a rare chance to start. Given the "minor" tag of the injury, Matic probably will be in contention next weekend for Chelsea.
Dec 3 - 8:22 AM

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic recorded an assist and completed 56 passes in Sunday's victory over Manchester United.

The imposing defensive-midfielder has become an essential figure in the starting XI and for the third straight league match recorded an assist. The assist extended his Premier League total to four, which means he now shares the league-lead with Kevin De Brunye and Dimitri Payet. His success is linked to the partnership formed with N'Golo Kante, who against Manchester United lead Chelsea in passes completed (57) and scored for the first time since moving to Stamford Bridge.
Oct 24 - 5:17 PM

New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has stated that Nemanja Matic is not for sale.

There have been rumors regarding Matic going to Juventus after Chelsea acquired defensive midfielder N'Golo Kante. However, it seems that Conte is excited to have a choice between the two and that could be a big motivator for Matic. There is a possibility where Chelsea play both together, and move Fabregas to a more advanced position, but either way Matic is not going to be a good fantasy player this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 27 - 4:33 PM

Nemanja Matic missed out on Chelsea's FA Cup win due to a head injury.

Matic "got hit by the ball in the back of the head" in training and was feeling slightly dizzy. It sure sounds like Matic could have concussion symptoms and if that's the case, he might be held out of the midweek match against West Brom. If he can't go, expect Ramires or John Obi Mikel to get the start in his place.
Jan 10 - 7:23 PM

Nemanja Matic is likely to play in Chelsea's match tomorrow but is expected to wear a mask.

Matic is not a viable fantasy target in most leagues due to his defensive minded production and the mask doesn't help. It's good news for Chelsea's defense that he'll play, but he shouldn't be played in fantasy.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 01:02:00 PM

Nemanja Matic was sent off for getting a second yellow in Chelsea's match against West Ham.

Both of Matic's fouls were not smart and he deservedly got sent off. He will miss gameweek 11 with a one-match ban for the red card. Jose Mourinho was also sent off for having words with the referee and it's unknown what the length of his ban will be. Chelsea's boss should be worried about his job now, as reports have surfaced about him being sacked following the team's horrific start to the season.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 12:21:00 PM

Chelsea FC are reeling early in the 2015-2016 season, suffering their third loss in the opening five games after falling victim to Everton today, 3-1.

The Blues may have ended their title-repeat hopes just one month into this season as they now have dropped eleven of a possible fifteen points. The defense once again proved the biggest issue, but the attack was not very crisp either. Nemanja Matic scored a cracker from distance after they had fallen behind by two goals, cued up by Jon Obi Mikel, but the players you would expect to be involved in scoring disappointed again, most noticeably Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Questions need to be asked about what is happening off the pitch because a roster that has had little downgrade from last season should not experience this drastic of a dropoff and Branislav Ivanovic's decline cannot be the only culprit. Things won't be made any easier with Arsenal as their next opponent.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 09:58:00 AM

Nemanja Matic is back from a two-match ban and will likely face Southampton this weekend.

Matic has been one of Chelsea's most important pieces this year and he's almost certainly going to be in the starting XI on Sunday. Chelsea are a better team with him and having just been eliminated from the Champions League, the Blues will look to take out their anger on Southampton. Matic doesn't get involved in the attack enough to warrant ownership in the Yahoo! game but he can be a decent option in leagues that give points for defensive stats. John Obi Mikel continues to be out.
Source: Sky Sports
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 02:31:00 PM

The FA has reduced Nemanja Matic's ban to just two matches, one less than the original three match-ban.

Chelsea are still furious with the decision as Ashley Barnes goes unpunished for his horrible challenge that caused Matic to retaliate and be sent off. This certainly helps Chelsea, as they now only have to play one Premier League game without Matic(his first match out is the Capital One Cup final). Expect Matic to come back in week 28 and use him as you normally would.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 08:48:00 AM

Chelsea will appeal to have Nemanja Matic's three-match ban revoked.

There is some controversy about Ashley Barnes not being punished for his challenge on Nemanja Matic and Chelsea have decided to appeal Matic's red-card. A situation similar to this one allowed West Ham goalkeeper Adrian to have a suspension overruled due to Mane committing a foul on him right before the red-card challenge. This could be a huge boost for the Blues if they can get the suspension removed since Matic has been one of their most important players this season. With Premier League matches against Southampton and West Ham coming up, this suspension alone can be a deciding factor in the title race.
Mon, Feb 23, 2015 10:54:00 AM

Nemanja Matic will serve a three-match ban after getting sent off in Chelsea's 1-1 draw against Burnley.

Matic was brought down hard by Ashley Barnes and in turn got up and pushed the Burnley forward to the ground. The reaction was uncalled for despite the referee's miss of the challenge and Matic was deservedly sent off. The Chelsea anchor-man will now miss Sunday's Capital One Cup final against Tottenham and then two extremely important games versus Southampton and West Ham in gameweeks 27 and 28. John Obi Mikel will likely start in his place if he can recover from injury, and if not, Ramires will likely get the start.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Feb 22, 2015 11:58:00 AM

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has big plans for the Blues this season, saying a quadruple is possible for this squad.

The 26-year-old has been a huge part of what Chelsea have done this season and deserves all the praise in the world. He has been solid defensively and has gone up in attack when needed. Despite the great contributions, he has only averaged five fantasy points per match, which makes him a poor choice for managers. His lack of attacking stats keep his value down, so enjoy watching him play and fade him in fantasy leagues.
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 04:05:00 PM

Nemanja Matic, Chelsea's most relied upon defensive midfielder, will miss out the Blues trip to Newcastle this weekend as he serves a one game suspension for accumulating his fifth yellow card before year's end.

Jose Mourinho has Ramires and Mikel to choose from as a replacement and though Matic has been rock steady in his role, their result at St. James's Park should not hinge on his absence. Things may have been a bit trickier if Cesc Fabregas was carded in midweek. He was on four yellows as well and will miss a game should he pick up a fifth in the next few weeks.
Source: Daily Mail
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 09:41:00 AM

Nemanja Matic got the on the scoresheet in Chelsea's 1-1 draw in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Matic has now scored three goals in all competitions this season but that still doesn't make him into a viable fantasy option. He's sitting on 44 points in the Yahoo! game, which averages out to 4 points per game, not nearly enough to be relied upon weekly. There are plenty of Chelsea midfielders that are useful in fantasy but Matic is not one of them.
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 11:58:00 PM