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Date: Team: Pos:

Steve McClaren has indicated that Moussa Sissoko has "healed well" this week from the groin injury he suffered in Week 2, but cannot declare the midfielder fit quite yet.

In all leagues other than the official FPL.com game, given that the Magpies have the early Saturday kickoff, you should be able to get a look at team news in the morning and decide what to do with Sissoko if you own him. Even if he does lace the boots, it is a tough fixture and he may only be used for 45-60 minutes, so it would be recommended to go with another option if at all possible.
Aug 28 - 10:43 AM

Dusan Tadic started out the season well in fantasy but not well enough to keep his place in the starting line-up as he sits on the bench again in Denmark.

Southampton have been leaking goals this season and Ronald Koeman's reaction has been moving to a five man defense with Targett, Caulker, Fonte, Yoshida and Martina starting against Midtjylland with Romeu in front of them. That has meant that Tadic has been left on the bench for a third consecutive match after being yanked at halftime against Everton in Week 2. It may be that Tadic returns to the line-up once Jordy Clasie is available but we may be back to the second half of last season where Tadic was not a reliable starter.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 27 - 2:49 PM

Rudy Gestede gets his easiest matchup of the season in week four, at home against Sunderland.

Sunderland have allowed teams to shoot 19 times per game against them, highest in the league by a margin. They've also allowed nine goals in their first three matches, which were against Leicester, Norwich, and Swansea. There hasn't been much to be optimistic about at Sunderland, and Aston Villa can take advantage this week when they face them. Gestede should be licking his lips at the opportunities he'll have on Saturday.
Source: WhoScored
Aug 27 - 1:52 PM

Aston Villa midfielder Aleksander Tonev has completed a permanent move to Seria A newcomers Frosinone.

Tonev never established a rotation spot at Aston Villa and was a huge disappointment for fans. Everyone expected him to replace Bulgarian legend Stilian Petrov at the club, but Tonev never became half the player Petrov was. He has made 17 appearances for Villa but his only note-worthy contribution was a seven-match ban for racial abuse. Villa should be happy they've able to recoup some of the money they spent on him.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 27 - 1:35 PM

Jack Grealish started in place of Scott Sinclair in Aston Villa's week three match.

Grealish played the full 90 in Aston Villa's loss to Crystal Palace and despite looking a bit rusty, he seems to be the preferred choice for Tim Sherwood. It's important to note that both Sinclair and Jordan Ayew were on the bench for that match and both should be considered as very risky to own in fantasy leagues this season. The reasons are that they aren't guaranteed playing time and Aston Villa's attack lacks goals to bring them relevant fantasy value. Avoid Ayew and Sinclair for now.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 27 - 1:28 PM

John Terry will miss Chelsea's week four match due to being suspended.

Terry was sent off in the Blues' win in week three when he brought down Salomon Rondon in the 54th minute. He was sent off for denying a goal-scoring opportunity, which brings a one match ban. In his absence, the most likely starting duo for the Blues will be Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma, who seems to be securing a starting spot in Jose Mourinho's rotation.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 27 - 1:18 PM

Andy Carroll is expected to return to West Ham's matchday squad in week five against Newcastle.

There is an international break after week four which will allow Carroll to train for an extra week before week five. The Hammers striker hasn't been able to remain healthy for a few years now and there is little reason to think he can stay on the pitch for the remainder of the season. He is worth an add in very deep leagues as a high-upside play, but don't rely on him to be your striker for the rest of the season.
Aug 27 - 1:01 PM

Kevin Nolan has left West Ham United by mutual consent with immediate effect.

Nolan wasn't get a lot of playing time this season and hit the wrong side of 33 earlier this summer. The midfielder has played 157 matches for the club, scoring 31 goals in the meantime. He is currently looking for a job at another club but is intent on being promised consistent playing time. It's unlikely anyone promises Nolan consistent playing time in the Premier League, so you can safely drop him in all fantasy leagues.
Source: BBC
Aug 27 - 12:35 PM

Diafra Sakho "should be ok for Liverpool" according to West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.

Bilic confirmed that Sakho will return to training on Friday and that he's hopeful that the striker will be OK for the Liverpool match. This is huge for the Hammers, who are still missing the majority of their strikers and need Sakho to be healthy this weekend. Andy Carroll will return to training soon and should be ready for week five, but this weekend will be too soon for him.
Aug 27 - 12:16 PM

Injuries are beginning to mount for Palace after Aussie international Mile Jedinak limped off minutes into the second half of Tuesdays' Capital One cup game with Shrewsbury.

"Mile has a little hamstring problem and definitely won't be involved at Chelsea," said Pardew. "It looks like he will be out for two-to-three weeks." Although his loss isn’t a major blow as the 31 year-old has only contributed 26 cumulative [PL] minutes so far this term. Yannick Bolasie will return after missing the win over Villa following the death of his father "He is dealing with his family – but he will be involved on Saturday, because he wants to be involved. He's in a good shape and frame of mind." Julian Speroni is making "good progress" and is targeting a return to training within 7-10 days while Connor Wickham is "hopeful" of recovering from a rib injury in time for the trip to SW6.
Aug 27 - 12:07 PM

Leicester City are healthy going into week four with only long-term absentee Matty James being out.

James won't be back anytime soon but the good news is that everyone else is healthy is raring to go. The club have had a healthy squad this season and that has been one of the reasons for their hot start. Danny Drinkwater has had a starting spot to start the season and has played respectably but hasn't contributed enough stats to warrant fantasy consideration, and he should remain on the waiver wire until something changes.
Source: LCFC
Aug 27 - 12:04 PM

Bacary Sagna looks set to continue his run in the City first team after Pablo Zabaleta was ruled out for up-to a month after damaging knee ligaments in training.

The Argentine had been working his way back to full fitness following his late return – Copa America – but this latest setback will hand Sagna an opportunity to establish himself for the first time since joining City back in 2014. On the opposite flank Aleksandar Kolarov also looks to have nailed down a starting berth for the foreseeable following an outstanding start to the season. The Serbian has now started nine consecutive PL matches and with Gael Clichy not match fit the 29 year-old dead ball specialist is worth some serious fantasy consideration with games against Watford, Palace, West Ham and Sunderland coming up.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 27 - 11:54 AM

Arsene Wenger could be forced into using Gabriel and Calum Chambers for the trip to Newcastle as doubts remain over the availability of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

The pair missed the visit of Liverpool on Monday due to illness and injury and "Mertesacker is still sick" while Koscielny will have a test on Thursday "I will certainly know more [on Friday]," revealed Wenger. "The less likely to be fit is Mertesacker." Danny Welbeck is progressing well and "should be available [after the international break] if all goes well." Jack Wilshere won’t be too far behind. "Maybe one week after, he will certainly come back into full training." Tomas Rosicky remains sidelined as he recovers from knee surgery.
Aug 27 - 11:31 AM

Liverpool were finally able to get Mario Balotelli off of their books with a loan of the maligned striker to AC Milan, and now "Super" Mario is ready to blame everyone but himself for flopping at Anfield.

To be fair, Balotelli didnt rip Liverpool to shreds, but he seems convinced that it was Brendan Rodgers tactics that were to blame for his low-goal output more than anything. An interesting theory considering Rodgers was making tactical decisions the previous season that saw the Reds score more goals in a single campaign than any other top flight club in the PL era. Perhaps it has a bit more to do with player personnel than tactics then. Balotelli was brought in as hail mary replacement for Luis Suarez and Mario....you are no Luis Suarez.
Source: Guardian
Aug 27 - 11:20 AM

Having seemingly given up on the pursuit of Saido Berahino, Tottenham have prepared a bid for the transfer of forward Son Heung-min from Bayer Leverkusen.

Time is running out on Daniel Levy to add a much-needed striker to the squad and after spending weeks trying to woo away Berahino, they are now scouring the globe for a competent striker. Son, a South Korean international, has had decent success in the Bundesliga, scoring 21 times in 63 appearances, and is still not fully mature at 23 years of age. He would need to exhibit the physicality necessary to thrive in the Premier League as a striker, but if signed, he will be a clear #2 to Kane as an option.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 27 - 11:06 AM


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