Aston Villa boss Remi Garde is considering changes in the back next week after allowing seven goals in the past two matches.
Aston Villa allowed three goals to an extremely defensive Watford side this past weekend and Garde is thinking about making changes in the back. If we had to take a guess, it would be Ciaran Clark or Alan Hutton to make way for someone next week. The top choices to come into the squad are probably Jores Okore, who recently recovered from injury, and Leandro Bacuna.
Diafra Sakho limped off against West Brom this past weekend and is doubtful for next week.
Sakho injured his left leg with 20 minutes to go and is doubtful for Saturday's match against Manchester United. Slaven Bilic is worried about West Ham's mounting injuries as Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia are already on the sidelines. West Ham have been struggling with injuries year after year and it might be time for them to reevaluate their medical staff.
Dusan Tadic started Southampton's match from the bench this weekend.
The attacking midfielder was left on the bench for the first half but Southampton really struggled to create without him and he was put on in the second half. Tadic crosses enough to have a great deal of value in leagues that reward points for crosses so his fantasy value is strictly league related.
Jose Mourinho has denied having a falling out with star striker Diego Costa.
Reports came out today that Jose Mourinho had a falling out with star striker Diego Costa and Costa was benched for the Blues' rivalry match against Spurs today. Chelsea deployed Eden Hazard as a central forward but he failed to break down Spurs even with the help of Pedro and Willian from the wings. It's unknown who Chelsea will fire up next time out, so both Hazard and Costa are a bit risky in leagues where you can't make changes up until kick-off.
The injuries just keep on coming as another three players have been added to the Arsenal treatment room following the draw at Carrow Road. Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny will all be assessed over the coming days having picked up problems.
The loss of Sanchez to a pulled hamstring will fill the column inches and grab all the headlines but the [knee] injury suffered by Cazorla could be more damaging in my opinion. Of course, Aaron Ramsey is the player most likely to adopt the Cazorla holding role but he doesn’t have the ability, nor the tactical nous to be able to dictate the play and tempo like Ozil or the Spaniard. The Welshman is much better suited higher up the pitch where he can make those timely runs into the box. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott [once fit] need to hit the ground running if the Gunners hope to maintain their current title charge during a busy Festive fixture period.
Swansea City's remarkably poor form continued as Neil Taylor's handling of a cross awarded Liverpool a penalty which was converted to give the Reds a 1-0 win.
Frustrating times indeed for the Welsh club as Garry Monk must be feeling his job soon slipping away. He named a similar side that drew with Bournemouth last week and the changes don't seem to be making a positive difference, outside of perhaps Kyle Bartley who did well to keep a Jordan Ibe shot from going in. Jonjo Shelvey, who was involved in both of the Swans goals last week was absent, serving a suspension, and it wasn't until the final half hour after having conceded that the attack began showing competence. That period included efforts from former starters turned substitutes Jefferson Montero and Bafetimbi Gomis, but it wasn't enough to break through the Liverpool defense. Taylor will get the brunt of the blame for setting the Reds up for the penalty score but the Swans as a unit are simply in disarray these days.
Lewis Grabban out-positioned Gabriel for a goal from Robbie Brady's pass at the end of the first half and the second half was scoreless as Norwich and Arsenal drew 1-1.
It looked like it might be another ugly outcome for the Canaries as a John Ruddy error led to an early Arsenal goal. The home team tightened up the defense and picked up an equalizer through Grabban who was restored to the starting line-up. Perhaps more surprisingly it was Norwich rather than Arsenal that were brighter down the stretch as they had a few solid chances to win the match. Solid point from the Canaries and a great performance from Brady especially.
Liverpool weren't quite the attacking juggernauts who ripped apart Manchester City last week, but sound defending and a James Milner goal secured them three more points in a 1-0 win over Swansea City.
The Reds will take it any way they can get it as they move to sixth position in the league table. They certainly missed the creativity of Philippe Coutinho but they got a fine performance from Jordan Ibe in a spot start. Ibe nearly scored in the sixth minute but Swansea were able to clear it off the post to keep it 0-0. Then, in the 63rd minute, Ibe sent a cross that was handled by Neil Taylor, awarding Liverpool a penalty. Milner made it look clinical. The Swans fought harder from then on but couldn't equalize. Jordan Henderson made his long-awaited return from injury as a substitute and Daniel Sturridge made a cameo as well.