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Abdoulaye Doucoure has come through off-season appendix surgery and is fit again but Javi Garcia wouldn't be specific about the role the midfielder would play on opening weekend.

Doucoure was one of the surprise packages of last season producing consistent results from midfield despite being about as unheralded as a player can be coming into the Premier League. His injury status and the overall negativity over Watford's prospects have led to Doucoure going undrafted in many fantasy leagues and not considered in salary cap. Those are probably wise decisions for Week 1 but, especially in draft, Doucoure could surprise a second time once he regains his starting role, presumably in Week 2 at the latest.
Aug 10 - 11:43 AM

Tottenham confirm Eric Dier has been ruled out for the remainder of 2018.

The club reported that Dier was omitted from the squad to face Burnley on Saturday because of a virus, an unexpected absence which saw Mauricio Pochettino draft 18-year-old Oliver Skipp in for his full Premier League debut alongside Moussa Sissoko. With Victor Wanyama struggling with a persistent knee (cartilage) problem, and Mousa Dembele (ankle) not expected to return until early 2019, all of a sudden Tottenham are beginning to look a little stretched in midfield, although Harry Winks is capable of playing in the holding role. And the 22-year-old is likely to find himself with increased minutes over the festive period after Tottenham released a statement revealing Dier had undergone surgery to remove his appendix which will rule him out for the rest of the year. "He will now undergo a period of recovery before commencing rehabilitation and it is expected he will return to training with the squad in January."
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 17 - 5:32 PM

Eden Hazard's fantasy owners can breath a sigh of relief after it was confirmed that his leg injury is not serious.

The Belgian international left Sunday's 2-1 win over Brighton in the 82nd minute due to a knock after scoring and assisting. Hazard is now the league leader in goals contributed with eight goals and nine assists. But manager Maurizio Sarri allayed fears of an injury and hopes the winger can be available for the club's League Cup game on Wednesday: "Eden is okay. It's only a knock. I spoke with the doctor and he told me it's not a serious problem. He maybe needs one day to rest, two days maximum. No more. I think that he could play better because his level is a very high level, so I think he can go more - for him and for us. But after the two injuries he lost the physical condition. Now he is improving so I think in one or two matches he will be top."
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 17 - 5:05 PM

Eden Hazard picked up a knock as Chelsea swept Brighton aside on the south coast.

The Belgium star lived up to his billing at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, scoring one and setting up Pedro for the opener to earn the man-of-the-match award. With Alvaro Morata (knee) ruled out and Olivier Giroud failing to convince Maurizio Sarri that he deserves a regular starting berth, the Chelsea talisman was deployed as a false 9 and he didn’t disappoint. His performance merited three bonus points, however, his day ended on a sour note as worried owners watched on after he was forced off with 10 minutes remaining. Fortunately, speaking in his post-match press conference, Sarri was optimistic that the injury was not serious. "Eden is okay. It's only a knock," he said. "I spoke with the doctor and it's not a big problem. Maybe one day to rest, two days at most." Hazard is likely to be rested when Chelsea take on Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday but should return in GW18.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 17 - 5:08 PM

Jurgen Klopp was quick to dismiss talk of a "defensive crisis" in the build-up to Sunday’s north west derby.

Liverpool had progressed to the knockout phase of the Champions League with a hard-fought win over Napoli, but the victory came at a cost, as Joel Matip (fractured collarbone) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (ankle) joined Joe Gomez (lower leg fracture) in the treatment room. Klopp admitted he needed to "find [defensive] solutions" ahead of game week 17, which of course, was not perfect when facing rivals Manchester United. James Milner was a strong contender for the right-back spot despite limping off five days earlier at Anfield. Initially, Klopp played down concerns of a serious injury: "Millie had cramps – I hope it was only cramp. That was it, I don’t know anything else." However, he was ruled out of the late kick-off due to a "little bit" of a muscle issue. That meant forgotten man Nathaniel Clyne came in for only his third Premier League start of 2018 having recently returned to full training.
Dec 17 - 4:37 PM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson acknowledged that he has yet to make a decision about his No. 1 keeper.

Vicente Guaita earned his first ever Premier League start on Saturday which turned out to be a clean sheet in a 1-0 home win over Leicester City. The summer arrival from Valencia impressed Hodgson enough with two game-changing saves that the manager said he won't automatically give the starting spot back to Wayne Hennessey after the Welshman missed out due to back spasms in the lead-up to Saturday: "There is competition between the two of them and that will be a decision I have to make. I was really pleased with him today. I’m happy at this moment in time I don’t have to make that decision. I might have to at some stage in the week. I’ve got to that stage in my life where difficult decisions I don’t have to make, I push them into the future until such time I have to make them."
Dec 17 - 4:46 PM

Xherdan Shaqiri was the hero as he came off the bench in the second half to score twice and help Liverpool put Manchester United away, 3-1.

The Reds dominated again, though it took the final 20 minutes to get them into a winning position. They won the possession battle nearly two-to-one, had an 11-to-2 advantage in shots on target and took thirteen corners to United's two. They opened the scoring midway through the first half, when Roberto Firmino sent an overhead ball to Sadio Mane and the Senegalese star supplied a left-footed finish. Manchester United were able to equalize as the two were level at halftime. Shaqiri made an instant impact in the second, scoring inside of three minutes of hitting the pitch when a ball across the mouth of goal was deflected into his path and his shot squeezed through his defender and just in off the underside of the crossbar. Seven minutes later, the points were secured when Shaqiri scored off another deflected shot.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 16 - 3:50 PM

Manchester United, giants of the Premier League for decades, looked once again short of elite status as they were outplayed in every way by Liverpool in a 3-1 loss.

You have to go back 28 years since the last time the Red Devils were sitting on only 29 points at this stage of the season. To be fair, this was always going to be one of their toughest fixtures of the campaign but, other than David de Gea doing his best to keep them in it with his eight saves, they showed little hope in getting a result against the Reds. After conceding the opener, United did manage to draw level. Allison made a rare mistake, spilling a seemingly harmless cross and Jesse Lingard was in the right place to mop it up. While they managed to keep things level entering the final 20 minutes, the fresh legs of Xherdan Shaqiri came on to beat the exhausted United defense twice, scoring goals deflected off defenders on both occasions.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 16 - 4:02 PM

Charlie Austin made it five in five for Southampton against Arsenal as his 85th minute goal won it for the Saints.

It was coming all afternoon as the Gunners' lack of center backs left the middle open. First Danny Ings scored a brace of headers from good-but-not-great crossed and then it was Austin who beat Bernd Leno to Shane Long's cross for the winner. The win will give the Saints confidence under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Source: Espn.com
Dec 16 - 11:31 AM

With a goal and an assist in the first half, Eden Hazard powered Chelsea to a 2-1 victory away to Brighton.

The Blues got rolling early with Pedro finding the back of the net in the 17th minute. Moving through the Brighton backline with ease, Eden Hazard teed up the Spaniard for the opener. Not long after, it was Willian assisting Hazard to double the league. The tally’s brought Hazard to his eighth goal and ninth assist on the season as he continues to pace the league in combined scoring. Heading into the half with a 2-0 lead, it looked like Chelsea was going to roll with ease but Brighton had other ideas. Solly March continued his hot form torturing Marcos Alonso for a goal in the 66th minute. Also picking up a yellow card late, it was a trying day for Alonso owners as his attacking returns are drying up making him an albatross at his current 7.0 m price tag. Is this the beginning of a fall in his ownership?
Dec 16 - 10:30 AM

Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled his season tally of goals but it wasn't enough as Southampton put three past Bernd Leno and won 3-2 on the south coast.

Mkhitaryan has experienced a frustrating campaign from a production standpoint but it has been mitigated by four months of results. Now, Mkhitaryan has returned to the scoresheet in style with two goals but Arsenal couldn't hold on for a result. With Laurent Koscielny only recently returned to action and Arsenal's three other senior center backs unavailable due to suspension and/or injury the Gunners couldn't defend down the middle and fell victim to three headed goals, two from Danny Ings and one from notorious Gunner-killer Charlie Austin who netted the winner.
Source: Espn.com
Dec 16 - 10:39 AM

They got ahead quickly then held on but the Hammers took advantage of Fulham's bad form winning 2-0.

Robert Snodgrass put West Ham in the lead 17 minutes in by jumping on a ball that fell to him. It was Snodgrass’ second match in a row with a goal as he is finding form along with the Hammers. Not long after, Michail Antonio split Sergio Rico’s head for the second goal of the game. Fulham had chances in the first half but none were bigger Aboubakar Kamara who was denied on the line by Lukasz Fabianski. In the second half, Fulham created chances but West Ham did something that they haven’t done often this season, clamp down defensively, to keep them at bay. The victory saw West Ham rise to ninth in the table as they look to close in on a European spot in the table.
Dec 15 - 3:04 PM





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