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Sean Dyche has heaped praise on the Manchester United loanee Michael Keane following his second half introduction for the injured Michael Duff during Saturdays’ win at the Britannia Stadium.

Keane has been restricted to just two substitute appearances since his summer loan move from United but with ever-present Michael Duff facing a race against time to make the Aston Villa match in game week thirteen the youngster will be hoping his impressive performance will be enough to earn his first start. The England under-21 international is tipped for an exciting future along with twin brother – William – but the defender needs to secure regular playing time if he hopes to establish himself in the United first team next season after loan spells at Blackburn, Leicester and Derby in recent years.
Nov 25 - 10:54 AM

Nacer Chadli was a noticeable absentee on Sunday as Tottenham travelled to the KC Stadium to take on Hull in game week twelve as Pochettino confirmed his squad was without nine first members including the suspended Kyle Naughton.

The Belgium midfielder was reportedly nursing a knee problem which he picked up while on international duty against Wales prompting Spurs to send their leading scorer for a precautionary scan – the results of which are still unknown. The form of Chadli this season has been one of the few highlights in an otherwise disappointing campaign and any significant absence would be a huge blow particularly with such a heavy fixture schedule coming up. However there was better news as the Argentine coach confirmed Kyle Walker is now back in training, the full-back is expected to return in early December. Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado & Etienne Capoue will all be checked before Everton visit White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Source: Goal.com
Nov 25 - 10:24 AM

Mile Jedinak was on the score-sheet once again as Crystal Palace came from behind to shock Liverpool at Selhurst Park.

This was another captain's performances from Jedinak as he dominated the midfield with two tackles won and five interceptions, before capping the display with a glorious free-kick to seal the points. The Australian now has four goals this season and has taken on penalty duty, so this attacking production combined with his consistently excellent defensive contributions makes him one of the most valuable midfielders in the Yahoo fantasy game.
Nov 25 - 8:52 AM

Stevan Jovetic scored his first goal since August as Manchester City came from behind to beat Swansea.

Jovetic had an excellent pre-season and started the proper campaign well with two goals in his opening three games before suffering an injury and consequently losing his starting spot to Edin Dzeko, but the roles have now been reversed. Dzeko is currently sidelined with injury so Jovetic is back in the team and scored the equalising goal against Swansea at the weekend, his first since August. If the striker can maintain fitness then he's back on the radar as a fantasy alternative to the expensive Sergio Aguero whenever Manchester City have a decent fixture.
Nov 25 - 8:41 AM

Eric Dier continued his fantasy slump with a negative score in Tottenham's win at Hull.

Dier was the must-have defender in the Yahoo game back in August after two goals in the opening two games of the season, but things have started drifting in the past month and the young man had found himself benched in recent matches. He was back in the Spurs side for the match at Hull but suffered a difficult first half up against Robbie Brady and was replaced by Vlad Chiriches at half-time after picking up a clumsy yellow card to return -1 fantasy points. At the moment Dier is best left alone until there are clear signs of a return to the first team and a return to form.
Nov 25 - 8:30 AM

Harry Kane scored again to spark the Tottenham comeback against Hull City in Week 12.

Kane is Tottenham's top scorer this season with two goals in three Premier League starts and 11 goals for the season in all competitions. The young striker has a knack for being in the right place at the right time and was the quickest to react to slot the ball in to the net after Christian Eriksen's free-kick rebounded off the post and the Hull goalkeeper. Kane has been averaging 15 Yahoo fantasy points per game since he came off the bench against Aston Villa in Week 10 and his form shows no sign of slowing down, so he should be seen as your "go-to" Spurs striker with Emmanuel Adebayor struggling for fitness and Roberto Soldado struggling for goals.

Alex Song was one of a number of key West Ham first team members to miss the defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday but the club remain confident their Cameroonian midfielder could return in time to face Newcastle in game week thirteen.

The Hammers were without Stewart Downing [knee], Diafra Sakho [back], Cheikhou Kouyate and Enner Valencia but West Ham chairman David Gold did confirm via his social media account that all five have a chance for this weekend to varying degrees – although there are concerns over the England international who reportedly had a pain-killing injection prior to the Scotland game to get him through the friendly match. Mark Noble will also be assessed after taking a knock early in the second half at Everton – worryingly the midfielder is set for scan amid fears the kick may have caused a muscle tear.
Source: talkSPORT
Nov 24 - 6:33 PM

Nathaniel Clyne denied Aston Villa a much-needed win as his late goal rescued a point for a disappointing Southampton side.

What a couple of weeks it has been for Clyne, who built on his two England caps during the international break with another fine performance and the equalising goal in the Monday night Premier League match. The right-back smashed home Ryan Bertrand's cross with just nine minutes remaining after Gabriel Agbonlahor had put Villa ahead in the first half after an error from Fraser Forster. The Saints were far from their best but dominated the second half, and their pressure finally told to provide Ronald Koeman's men a deserved point.

Gabriel Agbonlahor scored for Aston Villa as they picked up an unexpected point against Southampton in the Monday night Premier League clash.

This was a vastly improved performance from Aston Villa, who were well organised from the start and took a first half lead when Agbonlahor took advantage of an error of judgement from Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster. Paul Lambert's men resisted an onslaught from the Saints in the second half, that was until the 81st minute when Nathaniel Clyne scored a fine goal to deny the home side a vital three points. Still, a point moves Villa a little further from the relegation zone, up to 16th.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 24 - 5:07 PM

Wojciech Szczesny suffered a double whammy on Saturday as the goalkeeper was not only taken out by his own defender resulting in the opening goal at home to Manchester United but the injury forced the Polish international off with less than 15 minutes gone in the second half.

In an attempt to clear an in swinging cross from Ashley Young Szczesny came scampering off his line and collided with full-back Kieran Gibbs who was the recipient of an unnoticed Marouane Fellaini push – as both players remained on the floor the onrushing Antonio Valencia slammed the ball back into the box only for the outstretched leg of Gibbs to divert the ball into his own net. Szczesny remained down and following treatment a decision was made to introduce Damian Martinez despite the keeper wanting to continue. Post-match Wenger revealed the problem was not serious – hip injury - although his participation in the UCL against Dortmund is in serious doubt. He joins David Ospina on the sidelines meaning youngster Ryan Huddart could make the squad on Wednesday.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 23 - 5:55 PM

Newcastle were hoping to make it five Premier League wins on the spin as Queens Park Rangers came to St James’ Park having failed to take a single point on the road this season. However the home were missing a number of key players as Alan Pardew was forced to reshuffle his side.

With Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor both missing central defensive duties were left to the returning Mike Williamson and Paul Dummett but it was in midfield where the Geordies were struggling. Cheick Tiote, Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan were all ruled out which meant Ryan Taylor was afforded his first Premier League start in over two-and-a-half years following injury and it was the returning defensively midfielder who left the field in tears on 34 minutes. Taylor broke down unchallenged in the first half and following a quick assessment it became apparent he could no longer continue – although tests on his knee are still ongoing – the player himself has confirmed there are "no major problems."
Nov 23 - 3:42 PM

Roberto Martinez will be happy his Everton side were able to come away with all three points this weekend as his injury-ravaged squad were just able to edge out West Ham at Goodison Park.

The Toffees went into game week 12 with up to eleven players at risk or ruled out through injury while Aidan McGeady was another late omission following a bout of sickness. Leighton Baines, Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson all failed late fitness tests but Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy were able to start the game. However the biggest surprise was the inclusion of Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas - having missed the previous two months – who managed to complete 66 minutes before his replacement Samuel Eto’o scored the winning goal. But as the game was drawing to a close Steven Naismith overstretched for a ball causing a muscular tear – his withdrawal will almost certainly mean a spell on the sidelines although the initial assessment revealed the problem won’t "keep him out for too long."
Nov 23 - 3:17 PM

Cristian Eriksen lead the way for Tottenham to a 2-1 win over Hull City.

Eriksen was very active after Hull City went down to 10 men due to Gaston Ramirez being sent off. The midfielder hit a stunning a free kick which bounced off the post and into Harry Kane's lap, who tapped it in for the first goal. Eriksen then proceeded to score in stoppage time to give Spurs the win. The red card really hurt the Tigers as they had control of the game before that and they'll have Ramirez to blame for this result. Spurs are now in 10th place but are only two points away from fourth, providing us with one of the best races for Europe we've seen in recent years.
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 23 - 1:01 PM

Liverpool continue their poor start to the season by squandering an early advantage and eventually were outmatched by Crystal Palace in a 3-1 loss.

The day began perfectly. Lambert, a Liverpool native, scored his first goal for his childhood club just 90 seconds in. Adam Lallana delivered a fantastic deep lob pass directly to Lambert's foot as he entered the area, and Lambert finished in what looked like footage from Southampton 2013. The wheels began to fall off though as the Eagles tightened up in the back and Pool reverted back to their lackluster attacking display. Pool are facing their worst season after 12 matches since the first season of the Premier League in 1992. Brendan Rodgers has to make some drastic changes post haste.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 23 - 10:51 AM

Crystal Palace shook off an early Liverpool goal and gradually took over the contest, with a pair of goals in the final 15 minutes making the difference as the Eagles win 3-1.

Down a goal after 90 seconds, Palace could have been in for a long day but Dwight Gayle leveled things after 17 minutes and the crowd at Selhurst Park could smell blood. Gayle was gifted a kind rebound from a Bolasie strike that clanked straight off the post and squeaked it past Simon Mignolet. The Eagles went into an extra gear in the second half and again Bolasie was at the center of seemingly every chance. Impossible to contain, he was drawing extra defenders toward him whenever he was on the ball and that opened up space for others. He would find Joe Ledley wide open in the 78th minute and Ledley nutmegged Mignolet to give the Eagles the lead. They would put the game to bed when Mile Jedinak scored his fourth of the season with a picture perfect deep free kick that no keeper could reach. Now out of the relegation zone, Palace will look to build off the win when they travel to Swansea next.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 23 - 10:33 AM


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