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David Silva missed Manchester City's surprise draw with Sunderland due to injury.

Twitter reports suggest Silva missed out with an ankle problem he initally picked up against Manchester United last month. Suggestions are the midfielder will be okay to face West Brom on Monday, but we'll ensure an update is provided in the team news post on Friday. Manuel Pellegrini will be desperate for Silva to make a speedy recovery, with talisman Yaya Toure already missing for the next two weeks and Sergio Aguero still feeling his way back to full fitness.

Everton's chances of finishing in the top four took a major blow this evening, as they have their seven game winning streak snapped at home to a confident Crystal Palace side in a 2-3 final.

Everton have to be feeling a bit stunned, as they had just put themselves in a position to control their fate over the weekend, and now find themselves losing at home to a side they may have underestimated. It was looking dire after going down 0-2 early in the second half, but substitute Steven Naismith helped the Toffees get back in it with his third goal of the last four matches. Palace went up by two again, but Kevin Mirallas cut the deficit late with his 8th league goal this season. Unfortunately, they could not eventually equalize, though Mirallas had a huge chance squandered in the final moments. Everton dominated possession and took over a dozen corners, but two goals were all they could manage, and it wasn't enough. They now hand the fate of the final Champions League spot back over to Arsenal.
Apr 16 - 5:17 PM

Manchester City dropped points in their attempt to close in on their Premier League title-chasing rivals, drawing 2-2 with Sunderland.

Who saw this coming? Rock-bottom Sunderland have been woeful for the past month and looked doomed to another defeat when Fernandinho opened the scoring for Manchester City after just two minutes. However, the Black Cats then put on an excellent showing and their hard work was rewarded with 17 minutes to go, as forgotten man Connor Wickham equalised, before shocking the Etihad by scoring a second goal ten minutes later. The goals looked to have given Sunderland a relegation life-line, but with two minutes left goalkeeper Vito Mannone fumbled Samir Nasri's shot over the line, which earnt City an undeserved draw. A point does neither side much good though, as Gus Poyet's men are set for the drop, while City sit six points behind leaders Liverpool and four behind Chelsea with only one of their games in hand remaining.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 16 - 5:10 PM

Jason Puncheon continued his stellar run of form, scoring the opening the goal and assisting the eventual game-winner, as Crystal Palace win their fourth straight in a 2-3 upset over Everton.

Palace opened the scoring thanks to a fine run and cross from Yannick Bolasie which eventually was controlled by Marouane Chamakh, who teed up Puncheon for the tap in. Early in the second half, the Eagles would go up two on a header from Scott Dann resulting from a Bolasie corner. Everton would mount a comeback but Palace's third goal would prove to seal the points as Puncheon would find Cameron Jerome who moved the ball to his right and created the space to shoot and beat Tim Howard. Today's result was a shining example of the job Tony Pulis has done since arriving to Selhurst Park, and his name surely belongs in the conversation for manager of the season. At one time, they were floundering in the relegation zone. A few months later, they are a formidable side.

Matt Jarvis scored the opening goal in the 40th minute to give West Ham hope for a famous victory at the Emirates but it was not to be as Arsenal stormed back with three unanswered goals for the win.

West Ham played Arsenal even for most of the first half and may even have been considered the better team in the first half. In the 40th minute Matt Jarvis scored the opening goal with his head off of a rebound. The lead didn't last long as Lukas Podolski scored with a powerful left-footed shot in the 44th minute. The lead slipped away for good ten minutes into the second half as Thomas Vermaelen's long ball into the box was controlled by Olivier Giroud who put it through Adrian's legs for the match winner. Lukas Podolski scored an insurance goal for the final 3-1 scoreline.
Apr 15 - 8:08 PM

With Arsenal in dire need of points Lukas Podolski cancelled out West Ham's first half lead and then scored an insurance goal to ensure Arsenal all three points at home against the Hammers.

With many people predicting a trip up after a draining FA Cup semi-final over the weekend things were off to a rough start when Matt Jarvis scored the opener for West Ham. Lukas Podolski evened the score just before halftime to lighten the mood at the Emirates. In the second half Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski both scored to ensure victory for Arsenal as they continue their race with Everton for the final Champions League spot.
Apr 15 - 8:01 PM

Shay Given and Gordon Cowans have been promoted to assist Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert after the club suspended assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa earlier today.

Culverhouse and Karsa have been suspended for an "internal investigation" and it's unknown if it has anything to do with Villa's poor form at the moment. The club is struggling without their two strikers, Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak, who are out for the season with injuries. There are even rumors of Paul Lambert leaving the club in the summer, but they seem to be just rumors at the moment.
Apr 15 - 3:45 PM

Chelsea announced over the weekend that star midfielder Eden Hazard will return "sooner rather than later".

There was no timetable for Hazard's return, but considering his initial prognosis was two to three weeks, we expect Hazard to have a chance to return against Atletico Madrid next week. In terms of the Premier League, Hazard's most likely return to occur against Liverpool in week 36. The Reds are not known for their defense, so Hazard remains an options in that game if the team news are positive. In the meantime, Mohamed Salah will replace him in Chelsea's starting lineup.
Apr 15 - 3:34 PM

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Erik Lamela has been ruled out for the season with a back injury.

Lamela has already been out an extended period of time but was hoping to return sometime this season. The young Argentinian forward has struggled to adapt to life in England and has so far been a huge waste of money for Tottenham. The club and player will both hope he can do a better job next season, but don't be surprised to see him leave in the summer if Spurs can get any sort of meaningful offer for him.
Apr 15 - 3:27 PM

George McCartney has returned to West Ham's squad after missing a match through injury.

McCartney was on the bench while Pablo Armero started for the second consecutive time. We aren't sure if McCartney will regain his starting spot once healthy, but he is not worth owning at the moment. It's also worthy to note that Joey O'Brien is close to returning from injury as well and could be the chosen starter in favor of McCartney.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 15 - 3:10 PM

Pablo Armero has earned another start despite George McCartney's return to the squad.

We don't know if Armero is starting because of McCartney's fitness or if he impressed Sam Allardyce enough last week to deserve another start. As of mid-game, Armero is worth £ 1.97M in fantasy and worth picking up due to potential upside. The full-back likes to join the attack and West Ham's stellar defense can help him be a good fantasy option if he can continue starting in the future.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 15 - 3:07 PM

Manchester City will be missing Yaya Toure for up to two weeks due to the groin injury picked up against Liverpool.

This is obviously bad news for City, but Yaya was initially ruled out of playing again this season, so it could've been worse. The midfielder will miss the second part of this double-week against Sunderland, as well as the clash against West Brom in Week 35, but Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping he could be ready to return against Crystal Palace at the end of April. In other news, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero both came through the Liverpool game without problems and will be expected to start on Wednesday.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 15 - 8:39 AM

Chico Flores was sent off after collecting a second yellow card in the match and Swansea City could not handle Chelsea with 10 men, eventually conceding and losing 0-1.

The Swans are finding themselves creeping into dangerous territory with another loss, as they are just three points clear of relegation, though with a healthy goal difference. They were without Michu, who had an ankle complaint and did not make the squad, though to be fair, he has had little influence since returning to the XI. After being booked for a foul on a streaking Willian, it took two minutes for Chico to find himself issuing a clumsy challenge on Andre Schurrle just outside the area, and referee Phil Dowd sent him off after a few moments of consideration. Chelsea were not sharp but being a man down and forced to remove Pablo Hernandez to replace Chico with another center back kept the Swans from taking advantage. They will look to rebound next week with a trip to Newcastle.
Apr 13 - 1:24 PM

Chelsea were not their sharpest today, but Demba Ba scored the only goal they would need to take the points and keep pace in the title race with a 0-1 win.

The Blues were without Eden Hazard and Frank Lampard in their squad, and Mourinho gave Ba a rare start. They did not show much chemistry in their attack on the whole during the match, but an early sending off of Chico Flores provided the advantage necessary to finally break the Swansea defense in the second half. Ba found himself isolated with Ashley Williams, went left, shot with the left foot and found the back of the net for his fourth league goal of the season. Their defense meanwhile kept things tidy against 10 men and continue to be a reliable fantasy source.
Apr 13 - 1:11 PM

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson was sent off in injury time during the clash with Manchester City and faces a three match ban.

Henderson was shown a straight red card by Mark Clattenverg for a dangerous challenge on Samir Nasri, which means he will miss three of Liverpool's last four games. Lucas or Joe Allen will replace the midfielder, but his loss is a big blow for the title run-in.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 13 - 11:22 AM


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