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Roy Hodgson confirmed that Ashley Young will not be included in the end of season internationals against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia as the Manchester United winger has a "slight medical issue" which will be addressed over the summer.

The specifics of the injury are currently unknown but Young is believed to have been playing with the problem for a while now and with fourth place already assured Louis van Gaal may take this opportunity to rest a number of players in the final game. Luke Shaw is another who looks set to miss out; the left-back is still suffering from the after-effects of a James McArthur arm to the face. England under-21 coach Gareth Southgate revealed the defender will not be selected for the upcoming Euro Championships due to concerns over his fitness. However Wayne Rooney [dead leg] does have a chance after missing the draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford in GW37.
May 22 - 1:56 AM

Sebastian Larsson will be assessed ahead of the final game at Stamford Bridge but Dick Advocaat will take no risks after a hard fought draw against Arsenal on Wednesday was enough to secure their place in the top flight for another season.

Larsson picked up a knee injury with around 30 minutes to go at the Emirates but the midfielder was determined to see game through and remained on the pitch as the Black Cats executed a perfect backs to the wall performance to secure the point they needed. With 9-games remaining Sunderland took a gamble on the no-nonsense disciplinarian - Dick Advocaat – and The Little General delivered finishing the season unbeaten in five - W2 D3. Sunderland travel to champions Chelsea this weekend in what is effectively a dead-rubber; Liam Bridcutt [knee] will face a late test but Alvarez, Gomez and Wes Brown are all ruled out.
Source: Metro
May 22 - 1:39 AM

Jose Fonte has revealed that he is trying to persuade Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne to stay at Southampton this summer.

Both Schneiderlin and Clyne are being pursued by big clubs and rumors has it that one or both will leave Southampton this summer. The Saints captain Jose Fonte is trying to change that as he's lobbying both players to stay in Southampton. The Saints have a good chance at a European competition next season if they can win points at Manchester City this weekend but things aren't entirely in their hands as they need Tottenham and Liverpool to drop points as well. Their qualification for the Europa Cup could be the determining factor on whether or not Clyne and Schneiderlin are sold.
Source: Daily Echo
May 21 - 11:20 PM

Roy Hodgson has said Jack Grealish can have a future with England if he wants one.

Grealish has played for Republic of Ireland at the youth level but he rejected a senior-squad call up recently as he debats whether to play for Ireland or England. The youngster qualifies for Ireland through his family and for England via birth. Grealish has impressed everyone in the past few weeks as he's been given a chance by Tim Sherwood and seems to have a bright future ahead. He will be a high risk, high upside pick in fantasy next season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 21 - 10:57 PM

Eden Hazard will miss the last match of the season due to a dental operation.

Hazard had to undergo an emergency removal of three wisdom teeth and will not be able to play in the final match of the season. Hazard also missed out on collecting his Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year trophy. The Blues' midfielder is obviously expected to be fully ready for next season. We would expect to see Juan Cuadrado start for Chelsea with Hazard out in the final week of the season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 21 - 10:43 PM

Marko Arnautovic continued his streak of yo-yo fantasy performances for the seventh consecutive week with a weak showing against Burnley.

1, 14, 3, 17, 3, 15, 4. You don't have to be an analytical genius to have predicted an off week for Arnautovic in Week 37 or to predict a big Week 38 either. A real data analyst will tell you that there is nothing "real" behind this sort of a pattern but with so little to base analysis on heading into a final weekend that is meaningless for so many teams and players, do you have anything better to base a selection on?
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 5:31 PM

Stoke City were kept off the scoreboard and Charlie Adam was largely quiet with peripheral statistics as his fantasy production fell off significantly from the previous week.

Charlie Adam has enjoyed a revival in recent weeks due in large part to increased opportunity caused by injuries within the Stoke City squad. With Bojan and Victor Moses out, Mark Hughes has struggled to find the right combination of attacking players to keep the Potters on the score sheet. One of the beneficiaries had been Adam who went without a goal from mid-October to early April but has now scored four of his six total league goals over the past seven matches including six starts. He is a good bet to start the finale given his production and the lack of alternatives.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 5:28 PM

Ryan Shawcross was uncertain for Week 37 but he overcame his injury and put up big fantasy numbers in Stoke City's nil-nil draw at Turf Moor.

Three blocked shots, a clean sheet, two tackles won and two passes intercepted. That's a strong effort from a central defender and a good indication of why Burnley were unable to break through with a goal in their final home match in the Premier League before being relegated. Despite the strong showing Shawcross, who has been nicked up for a great deal of the second half of the season, might be at risk for being rotated for the final match after Stoke City eclipsed their highest-ever point total in the Premier League.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 5:22 PM

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have forged an effective partnership at the center of Manchester United's defense over the second half of the season.

Chris Smalling was seemingly on the verge of a summer exit from Manchester United after a disappointing spell at the club saw him fail to establish himself as a first team regular. With rumors swirling about a move away, the former Fulham man has asserted himself over the second half of the season and forged a solid, if not spectacular partnership with Phil Jones. The two have rarely been healthy at the same time this season. Louis Van Gaal's approach to central defense over the summer will be very interesting given that he could have his answer on the roster already if they can stay healthy.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 5:18 PM

Marcos Rojo finally returned from injury to start for Manchester United against Arsenal.

Heading into the weekend, Marcos Rojo was described as "doubtful" to participate against Arsenal. With Luke Shaw also unavailable and Daley Blind deputizing for Michael Carrick in holding midfield, the Argentine defender was either rushed back to fill a gap or not as doubtful as was communicated. Rojo had to be withdrawn after 73 minutes and his replacement, Tyler Blackett, was victimized by Theo Walcott for an own goal that turned out to be Arsenal's only goal.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 4:03 PM

Marouane Fellaini barely registered with his fantasy performance against Arsenal but the numbers don't give him his due for the result.

There are definitely weeks where Marouane Fellaini has been close to invisible for Manchester United over the past two seasons. The fantasy numbers would lead you to believe that Week 37 against Arsenal was one of those weeks. With nothing to show for his efforts beyond one pass intercepted and one tackle won (and a bunch of fouls given and received), you'd think it was a quiet day. Instead, Fellaini was instrumental in United's lone goal without scoring, getting an assist or even touching the ball. The threat of Fellaini centrally caused Nacho Monreal to collapse to him leaving Ander Herrera wide open on the far side of the action to convert Ashley Young's cross. The skill showed by Herrera was still solid but it was certainly a lot easier than it would have been had Monreal been in position to challenge his fellow Spaniard.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 3:57 PM

James Chester certainly exerted himself in trying to keep Spurs at bay but they dropped yet another decision as relegation looms.

Winning at White Hart Lane was always going to be difficult for Hull City regardless of who had what on the line. Spurs just have more talent. James Chester did his best to beat back that talent with five interceptions, two blocked shots, and three tackles won. Sadly for Steve Bruce's men, it wasn't nearly enough as Spurs scored twice and kept a clean sheet pushing Hull City closer to relegation.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 3:51 PM

Olivier Giroud has sputtered down the stretch as Arsenal have struggled to score over their past four matches.

The France international was on fire from mid-February through early April but his production seems to have hit something of a wall. Whether he is, as some commentators have posited, just not an elite talent or whether he is struggling after playing a lot of minutes consecutively without a rest isn't clear. It is also possible that he has just been unlucky in recent weeks. A flicked attempt against Sunderland forced a strong save while a near-post run resulted in a good shot into the side netting rather than into the net. The bounces and inches were with him when he was scoring 10 goals in 10 matches across all competitions for Arsenal. They have not been with him as he has gone scoreless in seven Premier League starts since then. With Arsenal essentially guaranteed third place and Giroud probably in need of a rest, it wouldn't be shocking to see him rotated for the finale against West Brom on Sunday.
Source: espnfc.com
May 21 - 3:47 PM

Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal split Arsenal's two starts in Game Week 37 with Gibbs outperforming Monreal significantly.

Kieran Gibbs hasn't started in a while but he returned to the Arsenal starting eleven against Sunderland in mid-week and put up a strong fantasy showing. In addition to the clean sheet that Arsenal kept against the Black Cats, Gibbs tallied three passes intercepted, a shot on target, two corners won and two tackles won. The shot on target was a rare headed attempt and it forced a good save from Costel Pantelimon. Gibbs may be in line for a second consecutive start on the final day of the season as Arsene Wenger looks to give time to potential reserves for the FA Cup final as well as giving some rest to over-taxed regulars.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 3:39 PM

Laurent Koscielny was the run-away most productive player for Arsenal over their two matches in Game Week 37.

The Gunners were making up a match with Sunderland that was postponed due to the FA Cup schedule and ended up with two matches in Game Week 37. Arsenal could pick up only two draws over the two matches and scored only a single goal. Laurent Koscielny, who recovered from the flu to feature in mid-week, led the way for Arsenal with 12 passes intercepted over the two matches along with three blocked shots, and two tackles won. He also got clean sheet points for the match against the Black Cats.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 3:34 PM



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