Team News - Week 4

Team News - Week 4
All the starting XI's, benches and lineup changes for Week 4 in the Premier League can be found here.
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After some suspect goalkeeping last week against Manchester City, Tim Howard deserved Man of the Match for keeping Tottenham out and gifting a dormant Everton attack a point in a 0-0 final.

Everton were bossed by Spurs in possession throughout the day and hardly gave Hugo Lloris much to worry about as Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley looked short on ideas for the second consecutive week. The defending was suspect too, perhaps a result of lack of depth at the position and having played in a midweek cup tie that went to extra time. Lucky for them, Howard had his best performance of the young season, making several crucial saves and showing his reaction time is still sharp. Roberto Martinez has been wondering seemingly forever about the future of his defense with or without John Stones, but he may want to focus some energy on improving the attack as well before the window closes.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 29 - 2:43 PM

Totteham put in a quality performance but could not find the net despite creating several chances, coming away with only a point against Everton in a 0-0 final.

Frustration mounts at White Hart Lane though it cannot be attributed to poor play as Spurs gave the Toffee defense plenty of problems consistently through 90 minutes, but the finishing product was filled with shots missing the target or being saved by Tim Howard. The Spurs defense was sharp, looking especially hard to break down with Eric Dier and Nabil Bentaleb partnering in central midfield, with the return of Danny Rose offering that extra attacking edge. It's not panic time yet for Tottenham, but they need Christian Eriksen back and a bit of luck on their side.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 29 - 2:33 PM

Jamie Vardy drew a penalty late in the match and converted it to allow Leicester City to escape their trip to AFC Bournemouth with a 1-1 draw.

The Foxes did not get any heroics from Riyad Mahrez today and without his finishing form, it was looking like they were headed for their first loss of the season, down 0-1 with five minutes to go. It was then that Vardy, who never seems to tire as a match wears on, got on the ball with a burst of speed and Steve Cook felt there was little to do other than trip the quick man up. Vardy took the chance himself and nailed it to take a point away from their road trip.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 29 - 12:28 PM

Callum Wilson scored a spectacular overhead goal, building off his hat trick last weekend, but AFC Bourenmouth would concede late and settle for a 1-1 draw with Leicester City.

The good news - Wilson seems to be relishing his chance in the top flight after he and the Cherries were kept quiet in the first two weeks. A Charlie Daniels cross into the box was headed by Max Gradel and deflected in reach of Wilson who smashed it in with the always eye-pleasing overhead. The bad news - Tyrone Mings was introduced in the second half and not long into his appearance, he suffered a severe leg injury that required him to be stretchered off. Then, with about a quarter hour to go, Max Gradel had to limp off. AFC Bouremouth might be regretting letting a lead go at hope and dropping two points at some point down the road, but for now they are more concerned about the health of two key players.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 29 - 12:18 PM

Scott Sinclair scored twice to help Aston Villa to a 2-2 draw against Sunderland.

Aston Villa got ahead early from the penalty spot but Sunderland were able to rebound Jeremain Lens and Yann M'Vila. Sunderland will be happy with the result as they earn a point on the road in a great comeback. Jeremain Lens has been their best player so far this season and he's looking to be a great fantasy option for the season ahead.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 29 - 12:09 PM

Having not won at Anfield since the 1960s, West Ham United did so today in convincing fashion with a 0-3 win over Liverpool.

A result a half-century in the making, the Hammers had it all go their way this afternoon in Merseyside. They went ahead early when Aaron Cresswell got hold of a poor clearance and found Manuel Lanzini in the box who poked it home. Near the half hour mark, the Hammers made it 0-2 when a Liverpool giveaway was pounced on and slotted home by Mark Noble. West Ham were on cruise control in the second half when they received a man advantage but Noble would draw a straight red for a tackle on Danny Ings to give the Reds a glimmer of hope. A third goal in the final moments by Diafra Sakho put the icing on the cake for the Hammers instead. We await the suspension length for Noble but plan on seeing Reece Oxford fill in in the meantime.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 29 - 12:09 PM

Bakary Sako scored and assisted on the way to earning Crystal Palace three points at Stamford Bridge.

Palace were the better team today and deservedly won 2-1. This is another embarrassing result for Chelsea, who can't keep anyone out at the moment and aren't scoring enough to be winning games. Jose Mourinho will certainly be upset, and changes could be coming to Chelsea's starting lineup next week. Despite Chelsea's struggles, Palace should feel proud for the great result they got at one of the hardest places to win the Premier League.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 29 - 12:03 PM

Liverpool played poorly on both sides of the ball and went down to ten men when Phillipe Coutinho was given a second yellow card as they lost to West Ham 0-3.

This is one the Reds will want to forget as quickly as possible. Poor defending led to the first two Hammer goals, as Martin Skrtel failed to clear a ball effectively and Dejan Lovren simply gave the ball away to put the Hammers up 0-2 within the opening half hour. Early in the second half, Coutinho made a rash sliding tackle of Mark Noble and his second booking saw him off. The attack, outside of a 30 yard strike of the woodwork by Roberto Firmino in the early going, was dormant all day. The Reds will have a fortnight to get things right but no Coutinho in Week 5 will certainly hurt.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 29 - 12:01 PM
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