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Bournemouth showed promise but could not find a way past Everton on Saturday afternoon in a 2-1 loss at Goodison Park.

The Cherries, who have lost three straight and five of the last six, could only manage a ninth-minute goal courtesy of Marc Pugh after the winger took a pass from Junior Stanislas and slotted it past Tim Howard just two minutes after Tom Cleverley opened the scoring. The Cherries managed to outshoot Everton with 12 shots on the day but couldn't manage to break through against an Everton defense that was missing two center-backs and the starting right back. Callum Wilson received his first start since a serious knee injury at the beginning of the season while Max Gradel missed out with injury.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 12:41 PM

Everton ended its horrendous seven-match winless streak in league play with a 2-1 win against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

Roberto Martinez has been under extreme scrutiny during the winless run, which dates back to a 3-1 win against Aston Villa on March 1, but the win is unlikely to do much to change his future at the club. It was Tom Cleverley who starred for the Toffees, scoring the first goal in just the seventh minute after taking a pass from Ross Barkley at the edge of the penalty box. But Everton conceded an equalizer just two minutes later to Bournemouth's Marc Pugh, who beat Tim Howard in his penultimate game at Goodison Park. But Cleverley responded just after the hour mark by setting up Leighton Baines for what ended up being the match-winner to secure the three points and move into 11th.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 12:33 PM

Marko Arnautovic led the way once again for Stoke City, but it was not enough for the Potters to move past Sunderland.

The Austrian international was a major doubt coming into Saturday's match due to a knock picked up during the week, but started opposite Xherdan Shaqiri, who also returned from injury this week. Arnautovic capitalized on his chance in the 50th minute after a scoreless first half thanks in part to Peter Crouch. The forward towered over Younes Kaboul, while also possibly fouling him with a push in the back, to head the ball down for Arnautovic, who hit the pass by a diving Vito Mannone. But just six minutes later, the winger had to be taken off with an upper-leg injury, being replaced by Jon Walters following his one-month absence due to knee surgery.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 12:22 PM

Crystal Palace continued to limp their way to the finish line with a 1-0 loss to Newcastle United.

The Eagles, who had designs on a Europa League spot during the first half of the season, have won just once since a week before Christmas in league play. They looked the better bet to score in the first half today, with Yannick Bolasie causing problems for the Magpies, but could not take advantage of their possession. Yohan Cabaye had a shot from short range but it was from a narrow angle and was saved by Karl Darlow. The two would lock horns again in the second half when it looked as though Palace were set to equalize with a penalty. They had converted every penalty they were given this season, but Cabaye's effort was poor and Darlow made the stop. At this point, the Eagles should feel fortunate the season is not a couple of games longer, or they would be staring at one of the most disastrous collapses in league history. Certainly, changes are in order this summer.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 12:18 PM

Sunderland waiting until the last possible moment to earn a critical point in the relegation race with a stoppage-time equalizer.

Jermain Defoe proved to be the Black Cats' hero once again after baiting Geoff Cameron into a tackle at the edge of the 18-yard box that was signaled for a penalty. The Premier League veteran stepped to the spot and delivered with a blast into the bottom right corner of the net away from a diving Jakob Haugaard in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time. The goal sealed the 1-1 draw and a point that pulls them one point past Norwich City, who has two games in hand, and into 18th place, just a point behind Newcastle.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 12:14 PM

Troy Deeney scored two goals in added time to give Watford a 3-2 win over Aston Villa.

The striker saved Watford from embarrassment as they almost lost to a horrible Aston Villa side. THey played the last 20 minutes a man up after Aly Cissokho was sent off for a silly challenge. Watford have finished the season on a horrible note overall, and this win gives them hope as they will be looking forward to next season.
Apr 30 - 12:09 PM

Mark Noble led West Ham to a huge win over West Brom by a score of 3-0.

Noble scored twice to give West Ham a very comfortable lead. He remains a solid midfielder but fantasy managers shouldn't expect to see this type of performance more than once a season. The other goal came from Cheikhou Kouyate, who is worth playing in very deep leagues only.
Apr 30 - 12:08 PM

Andros Townsend delivered a cracking free kick goal and Karl Darlow stopped a Crystal Palace penalty chance as Newcastle United move out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over the Eagles.

Palace looked the likelier side to score in the opening 45 minutes, as the Magpies had a couple of opportunities come up empty. Jack Colback sent a dangerous ball into the area but Moussa Sissoko could not get a clean foot on it. Colback then missed a curling effort inside the area. It was Townsend who finally broke through in the 58th minute, drawing a foul a few yards outside the box then sent a sizzling free kick that popped the far corner of the net. Newcastle tried to park the bus but Sissoko was adjudged to have committed handball and former Magpie Yohan Cabaye had a chance to equalize from the spot. His kick was not wide enough and Darlow made the huge save that could mean the difference in the club's season. Sunderland still have a game in hand and a better goal difference record but their crosstown rivals have the benefit of facing lowly Aston Villa next weekend.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 12:07 PM

Andre Wisdom and Timm Klose will not play any part in the Canaries relegation run-in after suffering serious knee injuries.

Wisdom has ended his loan spell at the club after the defender suffered a knee ligament injury during the dying moments of the game against Sunderland. "Andre is out for the remainder of the season," the Canaries boss told Norwich's YouTube channel. "He is away back to Liverpool now. He was a loan player, so there is no point in him hanging about here, he needs to go start his rehab there." Alex Neil also confirmed Swiss defender Timm Klose won't play again in 2015/16: "He isn't going to be right between now and the end of the season. We need to come to terms with that and move on. It's going to be a slow process for him."
Apr 30 - 11:53 AM

Luke Shaw is confident he can return from injury before the end of the season after stepping up his recovery from a double leg fracture in recent weeks.

Speaking to MUTV the 20-year-old revealed: "At the moment, my leg feels really great every time I go outside. There was a bit of aching at the start but now they are all gone." Louis van Gaal had always maintained that Shaw would come into contention if United were able to reach the Europa League final on May 18. However, winning last weekends’ semi-final in the FA Cup keeps Luke Shaw’s hopes of playing again in 2015/16 alive. Following months of gym and pool work, his rehabilitation is "going really well" although the club will err on the side of caution and Shaw won’t be rushed. "I am just going to keep pushing now until the end of the season and see what happens."
Source: The Express
Apr 30 - 11:14 AM

Guus Hiddink confirms Gary Cahill and John Terry will return to Mondays' match day squad when the Blues take on London rivals Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

The Dutchman revealed Terry has recovered from the Achilles problem which kept him side-lined for the last month while Cahill missed the win at Bournemouth due to illness. In their absence, Hiddink opted for John Obi Mikel to partner Branislav Ivanovic in the heart of the Chelsea defence leaving youngster Matt Miazga on the bench, however, it’s a combination we’ll not be seeing again any time soon. With the skipper not ready to play 90 minutes just yet, Cahill should return to the line-up. Eden Hazard is also expected to be named in the starting XI following his brace in the 4-1 victory at the Vitality.
Apr 30 - 10:47 AM

Manchester City won't have Yaya Toure available for the weekend but are hopeful he can return for a critical week ahead.

Toure missed Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg against Real Madrid due to a thigh injury picked up last weekend against Stoke City. But despite being ruled out for Sunday's match against Southampton, the Ivorian international is set to return to training today in the hope that he can be available to face Real Madrid in the second leg on Wednesday after a scoreless draw in the first fixture. Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini also confirmed that Samir Nasri is in the team to face Saints on Sunday after recovering from a muscle injury.
Apr 29 - 4:39 PM

Manchester City will once again have to do without midfield maestro David Silva, possibly for the remainder of the season, due to a hamstring injury.

The midfielder was taken off in the 40th minute against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg after feeling his hamstring and signaling to be taken off immediately. The injury came just after manager Manuel Pellegrini professed his hope that Silva had overcome a persistent ankle injury that he struggled with throughout the season. But now Pellegrini said he will miss the next two to three weeks and may not even return this season unless the club advances to the Champions League final at the end of next month.
Apr 29 - 4:34 PM

Tim Howard will officially get the sending off Everton fans were hoping for despite not being listed as the club's No. 1 goalkeeper.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez confirmed that Howard will start in the club's two remaining home games to allow the Goodison Park faithful to give him a proper sendoff before his move to the Colorado Rapids this summer after more than nine years at the club. That means the American international, who hasn't started a league match in two months, will be the starting keeper at home against Bournemouth this weekend as well as the season finale against Norwich City in Week 38. Meanwhile, Joel Robles will start both away fixtures in Week 37 against Leicester City and Sunderland.
Apr 29 - 4:24 PM

Santi Cazorla has been ruled fit enough to participate against Norwich in Week 36 but his role isn't certain.

Arsene Wenger has stated that he will definitely not "risk" both Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as both players return from injuries. With a long line of players - Iwobi, Walcott, and Campbell - fit and able to play in Oxlade-Chamberlain's spot, it seems most likely that Cazorla will be the one risked if either are to start. If I were in a format or situation where I had to decide on Friday night whether to start Cazorla, I'd wait another week.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 29 - 1:12 PM


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