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A shoulder injury ended Ben Davies' afternoon early at Southampton after the Welsh full-back fell awkwardly [dislocating his shoulder] in only his ninth league start of the campaign.

Davies replaced the injured Danny Rose [hamstring] but suffered his own problem on 76 minutes and he departed on a stretcher; although the player did re-emerge from the treatment room to watch the final moments of the game with his shoulder supported in a sling. Tottenham will now await the results of further tests plus a specialist report before deciding on the best course of action. Vlad Chiriches is a potential replacement for the visit of Manchester City next weekend if the pair are ruled out although Pochettino may decide to shuffle Jan Vertonghen across to the left with Younes Kaboul playing centrally.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 27 - 6:26 AM

Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney will be assessed after picking up a knee injury at his former stomping ground on Sunday.

Rooney was replaced during the dying moments at Goodison Park by the returning Robin van Persie although he didn’t appear to be in too much discomfort. The injury capped a miserable afternoon on Merseyside as United were outclassed and outfought with James McCarthy exemplary in his play. Louis van Gaal confirmed post-match "Yes, Rooney was injured. He had a shot on his knee, so we have to wait and see how heavy [serious] it is." United supporters will be hoping his withdrawal was more of a precaution with the game already over as a contest [3-nil] as Liverpool are still within touching distance of fourth spot. On a more positive note Daley Blind and Adnan Januzaj [both ankle] were passed fit prior to the game.
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 27 - 5:36 AM

It was a story of non-penalties as David Ospina, Santi Cazorla and Gary Cahill all avoided having penalties called against them as Arsenal and Chelsea drew nil-nil at the Emirates.

Of the three penalty decisions perhaps the most controversial was David Ospina taking out Oscar at the top of the box. Hector Bellerin cleared Oscar's shot off the line. The Chelsea number ten had to be removed at halftime with concussion fears. The match ended nil-nil with very few chances from open play.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 26 - 1:22 PM

Gary Cahill was f I rtunate to avoid being penalized as he blocked an Arsenal shot with an extended arm in the nil-nil draw at the Emirates.

There were three potential first half penalties, two for the Blues and one for Arsenal, but none were called. There were some OK chances both ways but mostly it was a cagey affair as Chelsea again conceded possession and defended stoutly against a top challenger. The draw brings the Blues a step closer to the title.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 26 - 1:11 PM

With less than a month of the season remaining Manchester City will be sweating on the fitness of Yaya Toure after the midfielder failed to emerge for the second half against Aston Villa on Saturday after tweaking his hamstring.

Toure was seen stretching his leg following a heavy challenge by Fabian Delph just minutes before half-time and the Ivorian was substituted at the break. However it was his replacement - Fernandinho - who grabbed the winner to earn all 3-points as the game seemed destined for a draw. Post-match Manuel Pellegrini confirmed his withdrawal was injury related "Toure had a hamstring problem so he couldn't play the second half. It is difficult to know today what happened, but it was not a precaution. It was a muscle injury and we will see tomorrow [Sunday] or Monday how bad it is." Typically a minor grade one tear would mean around 2/3 weeks on the sidelines and anything worse would end his campaign.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 11:51 AM

Garry Monk remains hopeful that Jefferson Montero will be available for the visit of Stoke in GW35 after the Ecuadorian was replaced during the second half at St James’ Park as a precaution.

The speedy winger was enjoying a fruitful afternoon on Tyneside but Montero indicated to the bench midway through the second half that he was feeling a little tightness in his hamstring. Montero has suffered a number of soft tissue problems this season and rather than risk a recurrence Monk took no chances and introduced Matt Grimes for only his second appearance. Swansea supporters were rocked earlier in the day with the news that Wayne Routledge had been ruled out for the season after undergoing ankle surgery, a move which prompted a recall for Modou Barrow who was on loan at Nottingham Forest. Bafetimbi Gomis is aiming for a return at the Emirates in early May.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 26 - 10:56 AM

Manchester United played to their second consecutive loss as they looked flat in their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Everton.

A return to Goodison for Marouane Fellaini was the main storyline for the Red Devils as they looked to rebound from their loss to Chelsea last weekend but they instead played worse. Their defense was unorganized from the jump which led to the early deficit and their attack was dormant. Fellaini picked up a yellow card and was summarily subbed off to begin the second half for Radamel Falcao. Falcao breathed a bit of life into the attack but neither he nor Angel Di Maria who came on later could match the intensity of the opposition. The loss opens the door for Liverpool to edge closer to them for the final Champions League spot.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 26 - 10:36 AM

Everton put on a dynamic display against Manchester United, beating them at Goodison Park for the third consecutive season in a 3-0 win.

The Toffees jumped ahead early when James McCarthy cleaned up a cross meant for Romelu Lukaku and scored inside of five minutes. Manchester United didn't seem to have a response and as the first half wore on, you felt another Everton goal was coming. It did in the 35th minute when John Stones headed home a Leighton Baines corner, giving the young center back his first top flight goal and a monster fantasy day. The Toffees did well to never take their foot off the gas and Kevin Mirallas put the game to bed by scoring from the bench. It has been a rocky season at Goodison but Everton look to end the season on a strong note.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 26 - 10:28 AM

A number of mistakes ended up costing Aston Villa points at the Etihad as they lost 3-2 to Manchester City.

Aston Villa started the match extremely poorly after Brad Guzan gifted Sergio Aguero an open net when trying to connect a pass across the back. It was possibly Aguero's easiest goal of his career and it was the start Manchester City needed. Villa were able to fight back and eventually tie the match 2-2, but a late Fernandinho goal gave City a much needed three points. Aston Villa will surely be disappointed as they must feel they deserve more than zero points from this match. They are now just two points above the relegation zone and are still strongly involved in the relegation race.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 25 - 3:23 PM

Chelsea may have to rely on veteran striker Didier Drogba for the upcoming Premier League matches against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday plus the midweek trip to the King Power if the latest reports are to be believed.

The Daily Mail understands that Diego Costa has not responded as hoped to treatment and won’t be risked at the Emirates while the Spanish international is also said to be struggling for Wednesday despite the managers’ optimism during Fridays’ press-conference. With Loic Remy "out for sure" tomorrow the Frenchman may not recover in time which means Dominic Solanke will deputise. The young striker has played just 17 minutes for the first team but was withdrawn from the under-21 squad on Thursday in an effort to keep him fresh for this weekend.
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 25 - 12:57 PM

Newcastle United dropped their seventh straight, losing at home to Swansea City 2-3.

More heartbreak for the Magpies though they may have a reason for optimism in their final four matches. Siem De Jong, sidelined since last August, made his first appearance since his return and promptly scored in the 88th minute to pull Newcastle back to within a goal though it turned out to be too little, too late. More encouragement from Ayone Perez, who ended a goal drought that lasted well over 1,000 minutes as he scored the opener. Darryl Janmaat picked up a knock that wasn't serious enough to take him off immediately, but he did eventually get replaced, leaving an element of doubt as to his availability next week. The Magpies have a nice schedule for their final four games. De Jong may prove a nice play before it is all said and done.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 25 - 12:41 PM

Jamie Vardy scrambled a winner to lift Leicester out of the Premier League relegation zone just seconds after bottom club Burnley missed a penalty.

A match to define the fine margins in the Premier League. With the game at 0-0 Burnley were awarded a penalty after Paul Konchesky fouled Matty Taylor. Taylor stepped up but hit the post and Leicester raced to the other end, with Vardy bundling the ball over the line after Tom Heaton had prevented a Michael Duff own goal. Leicester move out of the relegation zone after a run of four wins in a row, while Burnley are without a goal in five games and look doomed, five points from safety
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 25 - 12:37 PM

Connor Wickham scored in the first minute but Sunderland were dominated for the rest of the match and dropped into the relegation zone after having to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Their lone goal was more luck than it was skill or even endeavor and it showed for the final 89 minutes as Sunderland fell into the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw at the Britannia. Wickham's goal was the direct result of an Asmir Begovic error and after that there weren't many chances for Dick Advocaat's men. Jermain Defoe had a credible chance but within two minutes of him missing out, Charlie Adam scored another stunner for the final 1-1 scoreline. Stoke City had most of the chances to find a winner but neither side could manage it in a match that was tense because of the implications for Sunderland.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 25 - 12:36 PM

Charlie Adam scored another great goal to equalize an early Sunderland goal and seal the final score between Stoke City and Sunderland at 1-1.

In a match that saw an Asmir Begovic error gift Connor Wickham a first minute goal, Charlie Adam led the charge as Stoke City equalized and eventually drew the match. The early error not withstanding, the Potters were the better team for nearly the entire match dominating possession and shots on target on their home turf. Despite some strong opportunities they couldn't find a winner and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with the Black Cats. Adam's goal was his third in four matches in the month of April.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 25 - 12:32 PM

Swansea City received a huge performance from Nelson Oliveira as they became the latest club to beat up on Newcastle United with a 2-3 win at St. James' Park.

Oliveira seems to have answered the question as to who is the clear striker behind Bafetimbi Gomis with his play today. He had a hand in all three goals. He scored the first one on a header by way of a Gylfi Sigurdsson corner. He then played a decoy when Sigurdsson scored his second, drawing defenders away to allow Siggy room to operate. He then grabbed an assist as Jack Cork played a 1-2 and Oliveira found Cork in front of net for what turned out to be the game-winner.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 25 - 12:27 PM



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