The Bargain Hunter - Week 9

The Bargain Hunter - Week 9
Andrew Gastelum digs deep for the biggest bargains in your FPL Draft league ahead of Gameweek 9 in the Premier League.
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Antonio Conte has revealed Alvaro Morata will be in the squad for Chelsea's Champions League Group C match against Roma on Wednesday.

Morata missed the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend after he suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester City shortly before the international. Reports had suggested the Spain international could be out for 4-6 weeks, but his recovery has been much faster than initially anticipated. The 24-year-old took part in full training with the rest of the squad on Tuesday and will be available for the clash against Roma at Stamford Bridge. Considering Michy Batshuayi was rendered ineffective in Saturday's defeat to Palace, it's possible Morata could return to the starting XI: "I'm not taking a risk if I decide for Morata to play against Roma," Conte said in his pre-match press conference. Meanwhile, Chelsea will be without Victor Moses (hamstring), N'Golo Kante (hamstring) and Danny Drinkwater (calf).
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 17 - 5:07 PM

Craig Shakespeare has been sacked as manager of Leicester City just four months being given the job on a permanent basis.

Shakespeare succeeded Claudio Ranieri as caretaker manager last season and led the club out of the relegation zone and to a 12th-place finish. But less than 24 hours after a 1-1 draw with West Brom, the club decided to part with the 53-year-old. Monday's 1-1 draw with the Baggies dropped the Foxes into the bottom three and marked a run of sixth matches without a win - the same as when Ranieri was relived of his duties nine months ago. Shakespeare, who signed a three-year deal in June, leaves with Leicester having won just once in eight league matches this season. Michael Appleton, who had been working as Shakespeare's assistant, will take caretaker charge for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Swansea City. Among the potential replacement candidates being tipped are Sam Allardyce, Wales manager Chris Coleman, David Moyes and Roberto Mancini.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 17 - 3:06 PM

Jose Mourinho provided an unexpected injury update ahead of the Champions League tie against Benfica.

Marcos Rojo was part of the travelling squad to Portugal, but while the United boss revealed in an exclusive interview with MUTV, that the defender would not be included in the match day squad "he is coming with the team to train," Mourinho did go onto say that in "probably two weeks, Marcos is ready to play," which is a huge bonus given that his initial timeline was early 2018. The Argentina international was considered surplus to requirements at one stage, however he performances at centre-back earned him a regular starting spot in 2016/17 before he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the Europa League back in April. The return of Rojo next month will help to bolster the ranks as the team head into a busy period with 13 games scheduled during the six weeks leading up-to Christmas / New Year.
Oct 17 - 12:19 PM

The illness that caused Ben Davies to miss Tottenham's win over AFC Bournemouth this past weekend will keep him out of this week's Champions League tie with Real Madrid.

The timing of Davies' absence is intriguing, as Danny Rose has been working toward a return to action, has been training ahead of Madrid and is in the squad to make his first appearance since last season. However, Spurs are up against one of the best clubs in the world and one wonders if Mauricio Pochettino would want to use this type of matchup to reintroduce the England international. He could opt for Heung-min Son as a wingback as he did over the weekend. Either way, Rose's return calls into question how Tottenham's defense will line up going forward, as Davies has been fantastic thus far.
Source: LiveZone
Oct 17 - 6:17 AM

Riyad Mahrez came back from a weekend out of the starting line-up with a goal that saved a point at home for Craig Shakespeare's side.

After earning plaudits for his August efforts in the face of transfer rumors, Riyad Mahrez's impact waned through September eventually earning him a place on the bench in Week 7. Craig Shakespeare restored Mahrez to the starting line-up after the international break and he was rewarded with a much-needed equalizer from the Algerian international. It could have been two as Mahrez blazed a solid opportunity high in the early minutes of the second half with the match still scoreless. He eventually came good and repaid his manager's renewed faith with a vital point.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 16 - 4:53 PM

Nacer Chadli returned to the West Brom starting line-up with a bang as he scored from a set piece for Albion's only goal in their 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

Chadli, who has been suffering from a back issue since the summer, finally returned to the starting line-up and the shuffle yielded results for Tony Pulis. Chadli definitely showed some rust after his long layoff but he also showed his quality with a free kick that wrong-footed Kasper Schmeichel. It wasn't enough for the Baggies as Riyad Mahrez equalized past Boaz Myhill who was deputizing for an injured Ben Foster. Despite the result, look for Chadli's stock to rise as he rounds back into form.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 16 - 4:53 PM

Tottenham will have to do without starting left-back Ben Davies for the second straight match due to illness.

The Welsh international missed the club's 1-0 win against Bournemouth on Saturday after being a late scratch due to illness and will now miss the club's Champions League showdown with Real Madrid on Tuesday. However, manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that defender Danny Rose is set to be in the team after recovering from a knee injury suffered in January. "Danny Rose will be on the bench – that’s important, maybe he’s not fit to play from the beginning but to help the team...Mousa Dembele is here as well. Dele wanted to come and stay with the team. We have injured players like (Erik) Lamela, still recovering and (Victor) Wanyama back at the training ground."
Oct 16 - 3:44 PM

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is expected to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday in Champions League.

The Argentine forward was on the bench in the club's 7-2 rout of Stoke City on Saturday, but was kept off the pitch as he recovers from a broken rib injury suffered in a car accident before Gameweek 7. However, Aguero looks set to be recalled into the starting lineup for the club's Champions League group stage match against Serie A-leading Napoli. Said manager Pep Guardiola: "Day by day he is much better, yesterday (Sunday) he made an amazing training session. The day before Stoke was good but not perfect - yesterday was really good."
Oct 16 - 3:41 PM
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