FPL Draft Reviewing Week 2

FPL Draft Reviewing Week 2
Neal Thurman reviews Week 2 in the Premier League through the lens of the FPL Draft manager. What looks real and sustainable and what's just a one-we...
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Crystal Palace couldn’t build upon the momentum of a season-opening win in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool on Monday night.

After a 2-0 triumph over Fulham last week, Roy Hodgson’s side was squeezed by Liverpool’s relentless press and devastating counter attack from the start, averaging only 36 percent possession while taking only two shots on target. But the Eagles defense held tight until the end of the first half when former Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho fouled Mohamed Salah in the penalty area, which led to a James Milner penalty. Matters only worsened when FPL favorite Aaron Wan-Bissaka saw red when he took down Salah on a breakaway in the 75th minute. The young fullback, who is the third most popular defender in the FPL.com game at £4.1, will miss the club’s next match.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 5:19 PM

Even on a day when they weren’t at their best, Liverpool proved to be too much for Crystal Palace in a 2-0 win.

The Liverpool attack wasn’t as potent as their 4-0 season-opening win against West Ham, but the Reds’ defense continued to dominate with another clean sheet—the club has conceded only one goal in its last five Premier League games dating back to last season. James Milner opened the scoring with a penalty in the 45th minute when former Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho brought down Mohamed Salah in the box. Salah caused problems all evening for Palace, later drawing a foul that sent of a palace defender before assisting on the final goal of the game, a stoppage-time tally from Sadio Mane to put him tied atop the goal leaderboard.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 5:05 PM

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw will be assessed after picking up a knock on his left-foot during the 3-2 defeat at Brighton.

The 23-year-old fell down the pecking order in 2017/18 and seemed surplus to requirements with many believing Shaw was primed to leave Old Trafford. But, with Marcos Rojo injured and Daley Blind now at Ajax, Shaw was handed his chance in the opener due to the late return of Ashley Young [post-World Cup], and he didn’t disappoint scoring the winner with his first senior goal. "He made one mistake in 90 minutes, he was very good defensively," said Mourinho after the victory. "He had a good pre-season." However, ESPN report that Shaw was involved in clashes either side of half-time and, despite being able to complete the game, he will be managed carefully over the next week to ensure he is fit to face Spurs. United will be looking to bounce back and should have Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia back with the group following their return to training on Thursday.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Aug 20 - 4:19 PM

Morgan Schneiderlin has emerged as an early doubt for the trip to Bournemouth after limping off against his former employers.

The box-to-box midfielder suffered what was described as a "small problem" and now his involvement at the Vitality hangs in the balance. Having impressed in recent weeks, the Everton boss will be hoping Schneiderlin can feature against Eddie Howe’s men who sit joint top of the Premier League following back-to-back victories. "It is still really early to say any more about that," Marco Silva said. "It looks a small problem in his muscle but we have to wait a few more hours. I hope it’s nothing serious." Tom Davies came on as his replacement, and even though "he did really well," Silva admitted it did change the complexion of the game, particularly on set-pieces, and they will seek other solutions should Schneiderlin fail to recover. Bernardo could come into the managers thinking but Andre Gomes won’t be ready as he continues his recovery from a hamstring strain.
Aug 20 - 3:41 PM

Right-back Matt Doherty experienced a range of emotions at the King Power on Saturday as Wolves were beaten 2-0 by ten-man Leicester.

The Republic of Ireland international missed a gilt-edged opportunity to put the visitors one-up before his spectacular own-goal, against the run of play, gave Leicester the lead. Then, on 66 minutes, Doherty was on the receiving end of a Jamie Vardy challenge which ended his afternoon. Fortunately, the injury does not appear to be too serious. "He's okay," confirmed Wolverhampton Wanderers correspondent for the Express and Star Tim Spiers. "[He’s] got stud marks down his leg but as his foot wasn't planted, it doesn't seem there's any damage." The news will be welcomed by manager Nuno Espírito Santo with Man City heading to Molineux next weekend, a game which could see Adama Traore handed his first start following minutes from the bench. Leicester boss Claude was quick to defend Vardy who will begin a three-match ban. "He didn't want to make a foul. He touches the ball and was perhaps a bit too enthusiastic."
Source: Daily Star
Aug 19 - 5:10 PM

Isaac Hayden has apologised for his dismissal at Cardiff and vows to do his "upmost to repair" the mistake.

The 23-year-old was introduced at the beginning of the second half, as a makeshift right-back, after Javier Manquillo failed to recover from the ankle injury he suffered just before the break. However, it was a brief cameo for Hayden, who was sent-off following a rash challenge on Bluebirds winger Josh Murphy. "Have to apologise to everyone for today, was a needless tackle and one that was stupid from me in that circumstance in the game. Will learn from it for sure and will be doing my upmost to repair my mistake today, for my team-mates, manager and staff and fans in the future," Hayden posted from his personal Twitter account. The red card topped a truly miserable day in the Welsh capital which saw Kenedy miss a penalty in time added while the Brazilian also faces the prospect of a three-match ban after match officials missed him kicking out at Victor Camarasa.
Source: The Sun
Aug 19 - 4:36 PM

Alexis Sanchez could be sidelined for up-to two weeks after picking up an unspecified injury on the eve of the game with Brighton.

Concerns began to grow on Sunday morning when the Chile star was missing from the 20-man squad boarding a private jet, sparking rumours that he would miss out on the south coast. Those fears were well-placed as United made three changes at the AMEX Stadium which included the omission Sanchez. "Alexis was going to play but he had a little problem," revealed Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off. His absence afforded Romelu Lukaku his first start of the season while Marcus Rashford made way for Anthony Martial who was a surprise inclusion. But while the Belgium took full advantage, opening his account, Martial was hooked after an hour following a lacklustre performance. Post-match Mourinho revealed he is unsure when Sanchez will return. "I don’t know really. Let’s wait for the results of the studies, but I don’t think it’s a big thing. I think it will be one or two weeks maximum."
Aug 19 - 3:54 PM

Pascal Gross converted a penalty just before halftime and gave Brighton sufficient margin to see out their 3-2 home win over Manchester United on Sunday.

It was the first big scalp of the season by a mid-table side over one of the big boys. Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy scored in the 25th and 27th minutes respectively to give the home team a 2-0 lead. Manchester United clawed a goal back through Romelu Lukaku but it was Gross converting a penalty just before halftime that gave Chris Houghton's side the necessary goals to withstand Paul Pogba's penalty late in stoppage time of the second half. The win will be a massive early boost the Brighton's survival campaign.
Source: espn.com
Aug 19 - 2:19 PM
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