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Burnley hit a bit of an injury crisis in recent days but two key starting defenders, Matt Lowton and Ben Mee, will be fit to return to action against Brighton on Saturday.

Both players have been absent with knee injuries, with Lowton having missed the previous four games and Mee the last two. Amazingly, without Tom Heaton, Lowton and Mee the last two games, the Clarets are still giving their opposition's attack headaches, coming off of consecutive clean sheets. Despite admirable deputizing from Phil Bardsley and Kevin Long, Lowton and Mee are expected to come straight back into the XI, barring a setback. Meanwhile, Stephen Ward, also with a banged up knee, is a doubt for the weekend, setting up a possible first league start for Charlie Taylor, though Bardsley is capable of playing on either side.
Source: Metro
Dec 15 - 5:28 AM

Everton officially announced new contracts for a trio of upstart academy products who have become starters this season.

The club signed Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has two goals and six assists this season, to a six-year contract through 2023 while defenders Jonjoe Kenny and Mason Holgate sign on through the summer of 2022. Said manager Sam Allardyce: "We’re delighted that these young men have committed long-term to the Club and there’s no doubt in my mind that they will play big roles at Everton for a long time to come. The depth of young talent in our squad is very encouraging, a clear sign that we do things right as a Club in our development of young players and Mason, Jonjoe and Dominic epitomise what we are trying to accomplish with young players here at Everton."
Dec 14 - 11:52 PM

Time may be running out on Christian Benteke's starting role atop Crystal Palace's formation as manager Roy Hodgson grows impatient.

The Crystal Palace manager suggested that his patience is running thin as the club's record signing has yet to score a Premier League goal this season. Given Bakary Sako's recent run of form, Hodgson indicated that Benteke may not have a starting spot for long during the festive period: "If the goals aren't coming he needs to be making certain he's making a good contribution to the team's play, both in terms of our attacking and our defensive play. We certainly can't afford to carry anybody, let alone carry a goalscorer that isn't scoring goals."
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 14 - 11:46 PM

Defensive problems are beginning to mount for Stoke City with Kurt Zouma set for a spell on the sidelines.

The on-loan Chelsea defender has started all but one Premier League game for the Potters since arriving in the summer, but a suspected hamstring injury threatens to sideline him over over Christmas. Already without Bruno Martins Indi until late January, Mark Hughes will now look to partner Kevin Wimmer with captain Ryan Shawcross over the busy festive period if tests confirm a muscular tear or strain. The Stoke manager is under increasing pressure following a poor run of results, and Hughes felt the loss of Zouma was indicative of his sides current bad luck. "It's hard to take, Burnley didn't deserve to win, clearly. I'm pleased with what we produced tonight," he said. "We felt the loss of Kurt Zouma. If we'd have kept Ryan and Kurt they'd have dealt with that situation."
Dec 14 - 6:00 AM

Jonjo Shelvey will miss the next two games following his dismissal on Wednesday evening.

The Newcastle midfielder was making his first start since November as Rafa Benitez made a raft of changes to try and halt the clubs alarming slide down the table. The Geordies have taken just one-point from a possible 24 [at least three points fewer than any other Premier League side] over the last 8-games leaving them teetering on the edge of the relegation zone. And another dreary night on Tyneside was capped when Shelvey received his second booking deep into injury time [90+4] for a horrible tackle on Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye. His sending off means the 25-year-old must now serve a two-match ban since this is his second red card of the campaign. Despite "being different" [from the one versus Tottenham], [it's] still a red card," and Benitez was clearly unhappy. Isaac Hayden is expected to return to the side in a game at the Emirates which Newcastle can ill-afford to lose.
Dec 14 - 5:42 AM

Jose Mourinho didn’t go as far as to say that Eric Bailly would not play again this season, but the United boss did imply the defender will be sidelined for a significant period.

Speaking after the 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday, Mourinho admitted Bailly had suffered a "serious" ankle injury while on international duty in November. "We are trying a conservative treatment," he said. "But, if [that fails], probably he will have a surgical procedure," although Mourinho was keen to stress that he is "not a doctor" and any diagnosis or timescale would be better coming from a qualified medical practitioner. The return of Marcos Rojo has helped to ease the burden while the improved form of Victor Lindelof is encouraging. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are fit, for now at least, but it would be extremely naïve to think that the pair will remain that way for long given their recent history. Daley Blind is an option and Michael Carrick could also be deployed at centre-back once fully fit.
Dec 14 - 5:14 AM

Bournemouth created plenty of chances but found Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea impenetrable in a 1-0 at Old Trafford.

Eddie Howe's side were potent on the attack and registered five more shots on target than Manchester United, but couldn't find the back of the net on a rainy night in Manchester. Charlie Daniels was first to challenge with a powerful strike but his low drive was tipped away by De Gea. The Cherries responded after United took the lead through Romelu Lukaku on 25 minutes, but De Gea reached to parry away Junior Stanislas' deflected strike and later thwarted a pair of effort by substitute Jermain Defoe. The result leaves Bournemouth just two points above the relegation zone and winless in five league matches. Speaking after the match, Howe said: "They have an outstanding goalkeeper who made a number of good saves and maybe we could have done better in and around their box, but when you consider the opposition and where we were playing, I was very pleased with my players."
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 13 - 7:36 PM

Claude Puel got the better of his former club Southampton as Leicester City ran rampant in a 4-1 win at the St. Mary's Stadium.

Coming off a strong performance in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal, Southampton's defense was unable to handle a rejuvenated Leicester City attack. Riyad Mahrez struck first, afforded too much space as he dribbled unchallenged to the edge of the area and fired into the bottom corner past Fraser Forster. Shinji Okazaki made it 2-0 shortly after the half-hour mark when Southampton failed to clear a Christian Fuchs shot, while Harry Maguire was given time to turn and pick out Andy King at the far post six minutes later. The home side improved after the break and pulled one back when Yoshida rose to head in Ryan Bertrand's corner. But the Foxes crushed any hopes of comeback when Jamie Vardy picked out Okazaki's diagonal run and the striker completed his brace. Overall, it was a bad night for the Saints.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 13 - 6:45 PM

Romelu Lukaku scored the lone goal as Manchester United rebounded from their Manchester derby defeat with a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on a rainy night at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho made four changes to the side that fell 2-1 at the weekend, bring in Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Scott McTominay and Juan Mata. On 25 minutes United struck when Mata feathered a cross to the back post, and Lukaku leapt highest to head home his goal 14th of the season. Bournemouth had chances throughout the match but David de Gea was up for the challenge, making a seven saves en route to his 11th clean sheet of the season. United could have doubled their advantage twice in the second-half, but Martial fired a sitter over from six yards out and Marcus Rashford rattled a drive back off the crossbar. The victory means United remain second in the table and three points clear of third-place Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 13 - 6:01 PM

Shinji Okazaki returned to the starting XI and scored a brace as Leicester City cruised to a 4-1 win over Southampton.

Leicester City manager Claude Puel, who was sacked by Southampton in June, enjoyed a comfortable return to face his former club at the St. Mary's Stadium. Leicester took an early lead when Riyad Mahrez danced inside from the left and powered a low strike into the bottom corner of the net. Okazaki added the second on 32 minutes, finishing from close range after a scramble in the box, before Andy King tapped home a low cross from Harry Maguire to extend the lead six minutes later. The Saints pulled one back through Maya Yoshida in the 61st, but all hopes of a comeback were quashed when Okazaki completed his double with a brilliant run and first-time finish. The Foxes, who remain eighth in the table, have now won four straight league matches and are unbeaten in five.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 13 - 5:25 PM

Brighton and Hove Albion's recent troubles continued this evening at Wembley Stadium as they were outclassed by Tottenham in a 2-0 loss.

Tonight's loss is the third on the trot for the Seagulls, and they have earned just a single point in their last five. Chris Hughton made several changes with the short turnaround, but Spurs completely controlled the affair, as Brighton had the ball less than 30% of the match and were over 500 passes short of Tottenham's total. Jose Izquierdo had the first good look in the opening frame but missed and Shane Duffy gave a strong header but it was straight at the keeper. Tomer Hemed had an opportunity in the second half when a goal would have leveled things, but again, the shot went straight into the arms of Hugo Lloris. Brighton get Burnley next, a club no one wants to play right now.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 13 - 5:17 PM

Serge Aurier scored his first goal for Tottenham and a Heung-min Son goal late on sealed the points as Tottenham defeated Brighton and Hove Albion, 2-0.

As has been customary on short turnarounds, Mauricio Pochettino rotated his fullbacks, giving starts to Aurier and Trippier, as well as giving Dele Alli a rest with Harry Winks coming in. Erik Lamela made his first start in over a year and had an effort fizz over the bar on the half hour mark. Ten minutes later, Aurier put Spurs ahead in interesting fashion. After collecting a pass from Winks, he sent in a cross from near the touchline and the ball looped its way over the Brighton keeper and crept into goal. Tottenham had the clear edge over Brighton in the final third from then on, with Heung-min Son the most involved in their chances. Another hard-working shift from the South Korean finally payed off with a few minutes to go, as he flicked the ball coming in from a Christian Eriksen free kick. With three points and draws from Liverpool and Arsenal, Spurs find themselves back in the top four on goal difference.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 13 - 5:04 PM

Jack Wilshere was excellent for Arsenal deputizing for Aaron Ramsey but it wasnt enough as the Gunners failed to score against as resolute West Hsm side.

The question for Jasck Wilshere going forward is whether he will be given a chance to push forward from his excellent performa nice on Wednesday. Aaron Ramsey is reportedly close to a return and could be fit for the weekend. Fantasy manager's who bought in on Wilshere will have to wait and see how much of a run he gets.
Source: Espnfc.com
Dec 13 - 5:03 PM

Chicharito was agonizingly close to picking up three points but West Ham will feel good about their nil-nil draw against Arsenal at the London Stadium

David Moyes appears to have West Ham playing like one of his old Everton sides after they followed up their big win over Chelsea with a hard-fought draw against Arsenal. I could have been another win had Hernandez found the net from close range. Regardless, it appears that the Hammers won't continue to ber the pushovers they were under Slaven Bilic.
Source: Espnfc.com
Dec 13 - 4:59 PM

Dominic Solanke appeared to have scored a late winner only to see it ruled out for a questionable hand ball.

Overall, it was a lackluster effort from Liverpool who dominated possession but couldn't hit the back of the net and could barely get as shot on frame. It looked like Solanke saved his club blushes after he appeared to score from a Joe Gomez cross. It was not to be as the referee called the goal off after a delayed call.
Source: Espnfc.com
Dec 13 - 4:53 PM



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