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QPR forward Adel Taarabt has hit back at manager Harry Redknapp over claims that he is overweight and unfit to play.

Redknapp criticised Taarabt after QPR's defeat to Liverpool, claiming the midfielder was not named in his squad because he was "three-stone overweight", but Taarabt has refuted the claims in a scathing interview. The Morocco international stated that Redknapp does not regularly take training sessions, and slammed the way the QPR team was set up for matches, with no clear game-plan for the players to follow. Don't expect to see Taarabt back in the QPR squad any time soon.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 21 - 4:32 AM

Eduardo Vargas scored twice after coming off the bench against Liverpool.

QPR dominated the majority of the match with Liverpool but were guilty of missing a host of chances, in the first half in particular, and it wasn't until the introduction of Vargas with just 11 minutes remaining that they were able to breach Simon Mignolet's net. The Chilean striker scored with two instinctive finishes (reminiscent of former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez) and it was only a crazy lapse of concentration in the 94th minute that prevented Harry Redknapp's side from taking a point from the fixture. Vargas showed enough in this brief cameo to secure a starting spot for QPR's Week 9 home match against Aston Villa, and he could prove an interesting option for your fantasy team if you're looking to do something a bit different.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 21 - 4:18 AM

Marouane Fellaini hasn't played much under Louis Van Gaal due to injury and uncertainty of where he fits but he came on at halftime to score a crucial equalizer.

Manchester United's recent momentum was halted as they dropped two points against West Brom on Monday and looked poor in doing so. United may have controlled possession but Albion were more dangerous and Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino caught United's defense out of alignment on long balls on either side of halftime. Marouane Fellaini came on at halftime and did a nice job to convert a Angel Di Maria cross that still required the big Belgian to do some work to score. Daley Blind's 88th minute shot found it's way through multiple diving defenders to level the score but United couldn't mount a successful late rally and had to settle for a single point from a match that they would have expected to win.
Oct 20 - 5:03 PM

Saido Berahino continued his torrid start to the Premier League season as his sixth goal of the season as West Brom led twice and came away with a draw against Manchester United.

The England youth international has been staking his claim for bigger things in the near future with his goals for Alan Irvine's squad. West Brom can consider themselves unlucky not to get all three points after leading until the 87th minute. Stephane Sessegnon opened the scoring on a flowing attacking move that saw Angel Di Maria and Luke Shaw out of position on the left allowing Andre Wisdom acres of space to cross or Sessegnon. After a Marouane Fellaini equalizer, Berahino caught Rafael playing too deep and beat the central defense for a one-on-one against David De Gea that he converted. Daley Blind kept the Baggies from a win with a late goal but Albion will be feeling the better of the two about the result.
Oct 20 - 4:58 PM

Jose Mourinho will welcome Slovenian Champions Maribor to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night as Chelsea aim for another win in round three of the UEFA Champions League.

However despite their lowly ranking Mourinho will not be taking the game lightly as the minnows of Eastern Europe are currently unbeaten having already taken points from Sporting CP and Schalke 04. A victory would see Chelsea retain top spot and control Group G but the Portuguese coach must contend with a number of key injuries while considering their crucial tie at Old Trafford on Sunday. Diego Costa [hamstring] is currently rated as a big doubt while Andre Schurrle and Ramires did not train on Monday - neither will be considered for tomorrow. John Obi Mikel [foot] has also been ruled out after picking up an injury playing for Nigeria, despite making the bench at Selhurst Park he was not fit enough to train today.
Source: London 24
Oct 20 - 4:31 PM

New York City loanee Frank Lampard has been ruled out of Tuesday nights UEFA Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow after suffering a thigh injury during Manchester Citys’ BPL victory over Tottenham Hotspur in game week eight.

Worryingly the former Chelsea and England international was stretchered from the field of play after 28 minutes with a painful looking muscular problem – the extent of which is currently unknown. Pellegrini confirmed on Monday that Lampard did not travel with the squad to Russia remaining in Manchester for the results of his scan while he received additional treatment at the clubs Carrington training complex joining Samir Nasri [groin] as the only other Sky Blue currently sidelined through injury. Eliaquim Mangala has recovered from a minor thigh problem and will be in contention to make his European bow.
Oct 20 - 3:42 PM

Damien Delaney will be suspended for one game after picking up a red card in Week 8.

Delaney was sent off for two yellow card offences towards the end of the first half of Palace's defeat against Chelsea, and will miss the league game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 25 October. Delaney's absence will likely mean a start for Adrian Mariappa alongside Brede Hangeland, unless Scott Dann can recover from the injury which kept him out of the Chelsea match.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 20 - 9:57 AM

Manchester City's Joe Hart showed his very best form against Tottenham to ensure he remains the number one goalkeeper at the Etihad ahead of summer signing Willy Caballero.

Manuel Pellegrini managed Hart's drop in form perfectly last season by making the keeper fight for his place against Costel Pantilimon, and the summer signing of Caballero has seen the England keeper raise his game even further. Despite the lack of a clean sheet, Hart amassed a staggering 21 fantasy points against Spurs thanks to six saves - including the key penalty stop from Roberto Soldado - and deserved an equal measure of the plaudits handed out to four-goal hero Sergio Aguero. However, with Hart's price so high in the Yahoo game you'd need to feel supremely confident of a Manchester City clean sheet to select him in your starting XI over the far cheaper Thibaut Courtois or Fraser Forster.

Ryan Mason was impressive again as he made his third consecutive Premier League start against Manchester City.

Mason has come from nowhere to become a key member of Maurico Pochettino's first team in the past month, and there are signs that the midfielder could be a useful fantasy asset. The 21-year-old is playing a central role in front of Etienne Capoue, dictating the pace of Tottenham's attacks and getting himself in to the box on regular occasions, as well as showing an aptitude for breaking up the opposition. Two shots on target and a bunch of tackles and interceptions brought 12 fantasy points against Manchester City (despite being on the end of a 4-1 defeat), so we'll be monitoring his form moving forward to determine whether he can be added to the "bargain" category of midfielders to consider each week. Mason is priced at less than £4million in the Yahoo game.
Oct 20 - 9:40 AM

Queens Park Rangers are not only losing points but players as well with midfielder Sandro adding his name to the ever-growing list of first team squad members currently unavailable.

The talented acquisition signed during the close season has the potential to play at the very highest level but keeping Sandro fit is becoming a near impossible task after a groin injury forced his early withdrawal on Sunday – the latest in a long line of niggling problems [calf / knee / hip]. Redknapp bought wisely in the summer and with a limited budget he needed his big money buys to hit the ground running but injury is threatening to derail his season. The QPR coach has seen the likes of Jordon Mutch [hamstring] and Leroy Fer struggle to maintain fitness as well as influential skipper Joey Barton. In addition consider Kranjcar [toe], Green [tonsillitis], Onuoha [hamstring] as well as long-term victims Faurlin and Jenas [both ACL] and it’s easy to see why Redknapp is already facing an uphill task to keep his side in the division.
Oct 19 - 7:30 PM

Harry Redknapp cut a forlorn figure post-match as his Queens Park Rangers team were left rueing a number of missed goal scoring opportunities to leave his side firmly planted to the bottom of the Premier League.

Having dominated the opening proceedings QPR failed to capitalise on their first half dominance and while the game remained level a misfiring Liverpool side were always in with a chance. Leroy Fer was culpable of at least two glorious chances – hitting the woodwork when it appeared easier to score – misses which ultimately condemned the Hoops to their sixth defeat in eight games. Redknapp was left distraught following what he described as "their best performance" under his stewardship with the manner of their loss [two injury time goals conceded] being a particularly bitter pill to swallow. However with Aston Villa at home next weekend QPR must dust themselves down and hope injuries to Nedum Onuoha [hamstring], Rio Ferdinand [groin] and Niko Kranjcar [toe] are not severe enough to keep them out of the crucial six-pointer.
Oct 19 - 6:47 PM

Wilfried Bony got Swansea City on the scoreboard first by converting a penalty near the game's half hour mark, but Stoke City would eventually score twice unanswered to come from behind and win 2-1.

Ryan Shawcross got charged with tackling Bony in the box and was issues a yellow card for his efforts. Bony then stepped up to take a penalty, one of several this gameweek, and converted. Stoke were given a penalty themselves to level the match, but the foul on Victor Moses looked more like a player going to ground on his own power. The call turned the tide in the match and Swansea would eventually concede the game-winner to the Potters. After a strong start to the season, the Swans are on a five game run without a win but will have a chance to break the streak next weekend at home against Leicester City.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 19 - 1:15 PM

Stoke City came from behind to win 2-1 over Swansea City, with the game-winner scored by substitute Jonathan Walters.

Fellow second half substitute Oussama Assaidi was equally important to the cause by delivering the cross that Walters would head home in the 76th minute. After conceding a penalty which led to them falling behind 0-1, Stoke were granted a penalty which Charlie Adam converted to level the match just before halftime. Mark Hughes' changes in the second half proved to be vital in grabbing all the points but now must figure out how to gameplan for a road clash with a Southampton side that just put a video game score up on Sunderland.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 19 - 1:06 PM

Queens Park Rangers suffered a cruel defeat to the hands of Liverpool as two own goals would make the difference in a 2-3 loss to the Reds.

Rangers put in arguably their best performance of the season and were the better side for the vast majority of the match, but with the game still scoreless after the hour mark, Liverpool employed a bit of trickery by taking a quick free kick near the QPR box and Dunne helplessly tried to clear a low pass across the front of goal and guided it in. Rangers would manage to rebound not once, but twice, as substitute Eduardo Vargas notched his first two Premier League goals in short time, and it looked like a draw was on the horizon. Pool had one final breakaway though, and Steven Caulker was the goat in the second own goal that would leave Rangers with nary a point. The loss is so devastating, one has to wonder if there will be a shakeup at Loftus Road soon, they are firmly situated at the bottom of the table and relegation looks unavoidable without a significant change.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 19 - 11:08 AM

Liverpool were lucky to defeat Queens Park Rangers 2-3, as the hosts gifted the vistors two own goals, but the third Reds strike was a 90th minute beauty by Philippe Coutinho.

A lively match that ended in bizarre fashion, Liverpool escape with all the points despite a lackluster overall performance. Mario Balotelli was frustratingly ineffective all day, including missing a sitter that will surely be one of the top Vine videos of the week. Things began to noticeably change for the better when Coutinho came on, as the pace he and Raheem Sterling possess allowed them to run free into the area. His goal came on a counter-attack as he took a Steven Gerrard pass on the left, cut sharply inside, and smashed a low drive with pinpoint accuracy into the far corner. Until Sturridge comes back, having Coutinho and Sterling on the pitch together appears to be essential to the Reds attacking hopes.



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