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David Moyes' anticipated return to Goodison Park, where he managed Everton the previous seasons, did not go as hoped as Manchester United once again looked outclassed in a 2-0 loss to the Toffees.

In case you needed it to be official, United have been eliminated from a Champions League finish for the first time in 19 seasons. Today, they were winning the possession battle but could not find any creativity to break through the wall Everton put up every time they got close. Jonny Evans made his return to the XI to play the opening hour before being substituted for an attacking replacement. With three games remaining, it looks safe to say Moyes' job is safe through season's end. United look to be locked in to a 7th place finish. Even those who chalked up this year as a transitional one could not have expected such a disappointing outcome.
Apr 20 - 1:32 PM

Leighton Baines delivered a top performance against Manchester United, scoring the game-winning goal and keeping a clean sheet as the Toffees keep pace with Arsenal for the final Champions League spot in a 2-0 win over Manchester United.

Everton needed to bounce back from their midweek loss to Crystal Palace and they did so in convincing fashion. While United had won the possession battle, the Toffees would not allow them any major scoring chances, as Tim Howard had very little to do. Neither side looked especially threatening until nearly a half hour in, when Romelu Lukaku blasted a shot that Phil Jones got an arm on and a penalty was awarded. Baines converted and is now 13 for 13 in that situation, an unmatched record in the PL. Before the end of the half, Seamus Coleman streaked down the right flank on a counter attack and fed Kevin Mirallas who scored his eighth goal of the season from a very tight angle. It was cruise control from then on. Everton now have the task of winning away to Southampton next week while Arsenal host floundering Newcastle. Advantage: Gunners.

Hull City conceded three goals to Arsenal in an embarrassing 3-0 loss at the KC Stadium.

Hull City continued their season of mediocrity by playing an average match that they ended up losing by a margin. They started the game well but missed a few chances to take the lead and once Arsenal scored, it was over. Jake Livermore was one of the only positives for The Tigers but couldn't capitalize on his chances. Hull are now in 14th place, 6 points ahead of the relegation zone, but they may need to earn another point before the season is over if they want to avoid relegation.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 20 - 11:28 AM

Aaron Ramsey scored a goal and registered an assist in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Hull City.

This was Ramsey's first start since returning from injury but the Arsenal midfielder was as impressive as ever. He made runs down the middle that Arsenal had missed in his absence and he made Arsene Wenger's side look dangerous once again. Considering Arsenal must win the remainder of their games to qualify for the Champions League, Ramsey should play a big part for the rest of the season. He is a must own player in fantasy at the moment. Arsenal are now four points ahead of Everton but The Toffees have played a game less and the final few weeks of the season are bound to provide for good entertainment.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 20 - 11:04 AM

Liverpool opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Norwich.

It's Liverpool's to lose now. Brendan Rodgers' men were out of the traps quickly as usual and were 2-0 up within 11 minutes thanks to a fine long-range strike from Raheem Sterling and a neat finish from Luis Suarez. The Reds seemed in control until Simon Mignolet's error allowed Gary Hooper to grab a goal back for Norwich, before Sterling made it 3-1 after a run and shot that deflected off Bradley Johnson, looping over John Ruddy. The Canaries didn't give up and managed to nick another goal back thanks to a Robert Snodgrass header, but despite the pressure in the closing minutes Liverpool survived and are now in complete control of the title race. Norwich remain in deep trouble, just two points outside the relegation zone.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 20 - 9:20 AM

After what until now has been a quiet and disappointing first season in the Premier League, US international Jozy Altidore won a penalty for Sunderland which resulted in the game winning goal as the Black Cats pulled off a huge 1-2 upset over Chelsea.

Epic. Sunderland found themselves down after 12 minutes, and with Chelsea's home record under Jose Mourinho, had little reason to feel optimism. However, Connor Wickham, who had erupted with a brace midweek, was in the right place following a shot by Marcos Alonso which was spilled by Mark Schwarzer, allowing for the easy put back. Chelsea stepped up the attack for the next hour, but Vito Mannone was strong in net, stopping shot after shot. Wickham was replaced by Altidore in the second half, and the American was brought down by Cesar Azpilicueta in the box. Fabio Borini converted and Sunderland held on to take three huge points. They are now 3 points behind Norwich with three home games in their last four against Swansea, Cardiff and West Brom. We may keep the Tyne-Wear derby a top flight affair after all.

Jose Mourinho was handed his first ever loss at Stamford Bridge as manager of Chelsea, as last place Sunderland pulled off the upset of the season in a 1-2 final.

After 77 unbeaten matches, 61 of which were wins, Mourinho finally tastes defeat on his own pitch, ending one of the more spectacular records in league history. The manager had to turn to Mark Schwarzer to fill in for Petr Cech, who was a late scratch due to a virus. Samuel Eto'o gave the Blues the lead in the 12th minute, converting a left footed volley from a Willian corner and it looked to be business as usual. Sunderland would level six minutes later however, as Schwarzer spilled his save, allowing Connor Wickam to score. Chelsea had their expected share of chances, but Vito Mannone was up to the task after the early Eto'o goal. Compounded with Mourinho's record being smashed, the loss takes the fate out of Chelsea's hands for the title race assuming Liverpool take care of business tomorrow.
Apr 19 - 2:34 PM

Shola Ameobi scored his first goal in ages to give NEwcastle United the lead and end their scoring drought, but the Magpies would rack up injuries and concede twice to eventually come up empty-handed in a 1-2 loss to Swansea City.

The outlook began gloomy for Newcastle when Papiss Cisse pulled up limp and had to be replaced twenty minutes in, but Ameobi quickly reversed fortunes when he was fed in the box by Luuk de Jong and twisted his way around the defense to get a shot off that beat Michel Vorm and ended a goalless drought that lasted over six hours. However, things took a turn for the worse permanently when De Jong looked to suffer a major injury and both of the Magpie forwards had to be removed. Alan Pardew had to then rely om Loic Remy more than expected, who had just come back to the squad after a six game layoff, and he was ineffective. Newcastle continue to stumble their way through a mid table finish.
Apr 19 - 12:32 PM

Wifried Bony continued his productive first season in the Premier League by scoring his 12th and 13th goals of the season to help Swansea City defeat Newcastle United 1-2, and earn three crucial points in the process.

While Swansea City have had a rough go of it in the league, Bony has developed nicely and has picked up the slack at the scoring end this season left by Michu, who missed out due to injury again. One can only imagine how the two could work together when both are fully fit. After conceding the opening goal, the Swans leveled just before halftime as Bony showed his power in the air with a strong header resulting from a Ben Davies corner. Then with a draw looking imminent in second half stoppage time, Marvin Emnes closed in on Newcastle's goal only to be brought down by Cheik Tiote for a penalty which Bony converted smoothly. Swansea are six points clear with a comfortable goal difference and should be safe to stay up for another season.
Apr 19 - 12:19 PM

It was the battle of the penalty takers as Marko Arnautovic and Peter Whittingham both scored from the spot for the only goals in the 1-1 draw between Cardiff City and Stoke City.

Peter Odemwingie has been a man reborn since his move to Stoke City and while he didn't score himself in Week 35, he was a provider of sorts as he drew the penalty that Marko Arnautovic scored for Stoke's lone tally. Stoke had a rare dominant match from a possession standpoint but they couldn't turn it into much from open play but when Odemwingie drew a penalty from Kim Bo-Kyung in first half stoppage time, Mark Hughes' men had the opportunity they needed. The lead only lasted six minutes into the second half as Steven N'zonzi conceded a penalty that was converted for the final 1-1 scoreline.
Apr 19 - 12:08 PM

Peter Whittingham converted an early second half penalty to earn Cardiff City a 1-1 draw with Stoke City in Week 35 action on Saturday.

With a shocking 43% of possession against a Stoke team that is notorious for not winning the possession battle, the penalty was Cardiff's best form of attack and in the 51st minute, Frazier Campbell successfully drew a penalty from Steven N'Zonzi. Peter Whittingham converted the spot kick and gave Cardiff City a hard-earned point. The problem is that time is running short and a single point really didn't move Cardiff City much closer to their goal of getting out of the relegation zone. With Norwich City and West Brom within striking distance, they needed three points at home. They still have a fighter's chance given Norwich's brutal upcoming schedule but they aren't making it easy on themselves.
Apr 19 - 12:03 PM

Brad Guzan kept a clean sheet on way to a 0-0 draw against Southampton.

The point was extremely important to Aston Villa as they are trying to stay out of the relegation battle. They are now in 15 place with 35 points, 5 ahead of Cardiff and Fulham. The match was quite uneventful as both teams struggled to create chances and fantasy managers who invested in defense in this match came out satisfied. Marc Albrighton was the only positive in the VIlla attack and he is bound to feature again next week. Include him in your fantasy squad if you're feeling adventurous.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 19 - 12:02 PM

Pablo Armero failed to take advantage of his starting opportunity as he was at fault in the match's key moment as he conceded a penalty to Cameron Jerome that Mile Jedinak conceded.

Deputizing for George McCarthy, Pablo Armero had been solid. An interesting option for fantasy managers given his low price over the last couple of weeks, the defender showed why he was so cheap when he conceded a penalty to Cameron Jerome. When Armero's West Ham teammates failed to score it turned the defender's error into the decisive event of the match. Given the outcome, it seems likely that George McCarthy will get the next start.
Apr 19 - 11:54 AM

Mile Jedinak converted a penalty drawn by Cameron Jerome for the only goal in Crystal Palace's 1-0 win against West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground.

Crystal Palace have been a very strong team since Tony Pulis took over the club. Today's win, fueled by Mile Jedinak's penalty goal took the club to 43 points for the season and officially safe from relegation with three matches remaining. The goal also underscored Jedinak's impressive fantasy debut season. Jedinak has been a "phantom point" monster all season piling up tackles, passes intercepted and blocked shots to soar up the ranks of fantasy midfielders. Adding goals to his methods of scoring fantasy points would make for an extremely impressive fantasy option next season indeed.
Apr 19 - 11:54 AM

Steve Sidwell added to his team leading goal total by scoring his seventh of the season today, but it was not enough to get a positive result as Fulham lost to Tottenham 3-1.

Spurs were caught napping a bit, allowing Fulham to level just moments after Paulinho scored the opener. It was a nice move from Sidwell who, while charging into the box, caught up to his own attempted pass and pushed through the center of the Spurs defense to beat Hugo Lloris for his seventh league goal this season. After then falling behind, the Cottagers had a chance to get back in it when they were awarded a penalty due to a Christian Eriksen handball. Sidwell took it, much to the dismay of teammate Hugo Rodallega, and did not manage to get it past Lloris, who was top class today. Fulham will look to bounce back next week in a must win against Hull City.
Apr 19 - 9:57 AM


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