News Wrap – GW14

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Angel di María hobbles off

We’re back! It’s only two days since the last gameweek and we’re already preparing for another one! We are well and truly submerged into the hectic Christmas Period where there are 7 gameweeks in the space of 1 month! It’s very good for football & fantasy football fans but with the hectic schedule it always leaves the door open for injuries and players being rested. With the space between gameweek 13 & 14 so small there is always the possibility of rotation and of course injury – let’s assess the damage! 


  • In what has been a rather barren spell of late for Manchester United singing Angel Di Maria, the Argentine has unfortunately succumb to injury after being substituted after only 13 minutes against Hull on the weekend. The playmaker limped off with a suspected hamstring injury and has consequently been ruled out of United’s midweek game against Stoke. After scores of only 2, 2, 6, 5, 1 in his past 5 outings he really wasn’t producing the premium scores we all expect. This injury is actually seemingly a blessing in disguise for managers looking to offload the Red Devil, with this a great opportunity to part ways with him. The injury isn’t believed to be overly serious, however it is bad enough to rule him out of United’s midweek game against Stoke, with Van Gaal saying “Angel shall be out for Stoke City.” More news regarding the full extent to his injury will come later in the week.
  • In the 11th hour last gameweek news emerged that Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul had suffered an ankle injury during training and was under an injury cloud heading into Newcastle’s game against West Ham. The severity wasn’t overly known but over the past 24-48 hours news has emerged that the Dutchman is expected to be sidelined until at least the New Year. This is good news for back-up keeper Rob Elliot who at just 4.0 all of a sudden becomes fantasy relevant. With Krul expected to be sidelined until the start-mid January, Elliot is in line to feature in 7 straight gameweeks for the Toon, meaning he will play against Burnley, Chelsea, Arsenal, Sunderland, Manchester United, Everton & Burnley again. Not the best fixtures but a starting keeper at 4.0 could be very handy to free up cash for elsewhere! WilliamsonHaidara and Janmaat are also expected to miss Tuesday’s game against Burnley through injury, with Pardew saying “all the ones who are struggling, we could be without Williamson, Haidara and Janmaat on top of the injuries we already have.”
  • Morgan Schneiderlin was substituted at Half Time in Southampton’s game against Manchester City on Sunday and it has since been revealed the Frenchman was struggling with a problem in his abductor. Koeman said that he will be unavailable for their trip to Arsenal and added, “he will have a scan on his injured abductor today.” Jack Cork was a surprise absentee from Southampton’s matchday squad but it was revealed the midfielder was struggling through illness. Koeman confirmed that he should be available for Southampton’s game on Wednesday after saying on Monday, “Jack I hope will be back, we need the players.”
  • Brendan Rogers has confirmed that both Mario Balotelli and Mamadou Sakho will once again be unavailable for Liverpool. Rogers said on Monday, “the squad will be pretty much the same. Sakho trained yesterday with the team for the first time, but wont be match-ready yet. And Mario is still not fit.” Looks like a relatively similar starting XI for Rogers and Liverpool as they take on Leicester on Tuesday. Will he restore his faith back in Stevie G? Hmmm….

Team News:

  • It really wasn’t going to be too long before Diego Costa served his first suspension of his Premier League career, unfortunately it has come at a very inopportune time. His feisty and competitive attitude, not to mention his love for a rash challenge or two, makes him very susceptible to gaining a yellow card! During Chelsea’s stalemate at The Stadium of Light on Saturday Costa received his 5th yellow card of the season, which as we all know results in a one match suspension. As a result of his antics with John O’Shea and Wes Brown, the Spaniard will consequently miss Chelsea’s derby against Tottenham on Wednesday. Thankfully it is only the one match ban and he will be available to take on Newcastle come Saturday. With Costa’s recent run of injuries it’s probably not the worst thing in the world that he is unavailable for Chelsea’s midweek fixture. And besides, I’d rather know he’s not going to be available than have Mourinho spring a selection nightmare on us by resting him! Also regarding suspension, club and country teammate, Cesc Fabregas, is only 1 yellow card away form serving his one match ban as well. With 6 games until every players yellow card count is reset in January, the midfielder is going to have to be very careful with his challenges. Just be wary a stint on the sidelines could be just around the corner for Cesc as well.
  • Sam Allardyce has confirmed that summer signing Enner Valencia will return for the Hammers on Tuesday as they prepare to face West Brom at The Hawthorns. He said to the media on Monday, “Valencia comes back into the squad and it’s about picking a team with the physical capabilities to come out again on a Tuesday.” In better news for The Hammers it is looking like Diafra Sakho is in line for a return to Premier League football after the striker has been struggling with a recent back injury. He has missed West Ham’s last two games after returning back from International Duty injured but looks like he has finally recovered. The latest news suggests he will be included in the matchday squad but there are conflicting opinions after Allardyce said in his Monday press conference, “It’s a disappointment as Sakho has been out for a while. If all goes well he could be back to face Swansea on Saturday.” This rather confuses the situation because the latest news suggests he will be available for their game on Tuesday despite what Big Sam is saying here. I think a spot on the bench is probably best case scenario with a full return against Swansea on Saturday the likely situation.
  • Alan Pardew has hinted that Newcastle are set to see the return of injured trio Fabricio Colloccini, Rolando Aarons and Emmanuel Riviere for their game against Burnley on Tuesday. Pardew said on Monday, “We’ve got half coming back that will feature against Burnley. Riviere, even though he didn’t get on because of the injury to Daryl, is ready to play. Aarons should be around on Tuesday, and the same for Colloccini. That’s what Premier League squads are for.”
  • Winston Reid will be available for West Ham’s game against West Brom on Tuesday after serving his one-match suspension for accumulating 5 yellow cards in their win over Newcastle last weekend. Should slot straight back into the starting XI.
  • Kyle Naughton will be available for Spurs’ trip to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday should Pochettino see fit to pick him, after the right back has served his second suspension of the season. He has missed Spurs’ last two games against Hull and Everton after being sent off against Stoke in gameweek 11. With Walker still unavailable he might well come straight back in, especially if Vlad Chiriches is their only other option at right back.

Well that wraps up a quick assessment of all the injuries and team news ahead of a midweek fixture! Feel free to post any selection queries in the comments below. I’ll be back on Saturday for another edition – gotta love it! Cheers and good luck!

45 comments on “News Wrap – GW14

  1. James Ford

    Any new news on kompany? Walcott? How important do you think benteke’s return to villa side be? Worth going ings -> benteke? (Yahoo)

    • nburk53 Post Author

      Kompany just a knock, should be fine. Walcott on the bench at best. Villa face Palace, Leicester, West Brom and United in the next month so definitely quite enticing fixtures, however they have really struggled to score this season so I can’t strongly recommend any of their attacking options. Give him a few games and reassess.

  2. baysietoff

    Nice one Nick!!!

    Spewin about Krul. I had Krul/Given and managed to use my free trade to fix that last Sat morning, but went Given > Elliot due to not knowing how long Krul was out for… So, got complete coverage but the Krul > Elliot trade would’ve “given” me some handy cash to splash! 😀

  3. baysietoff

    Seriously… “Rookie goalkeepers Jak Alnwick and Freddie Woodman are on standby for their Newcastle debut with No 1 Tim Krul sidelined until next year and the wife of deputy Rob Elliot due to give birth.” Source Daily Mail

      • nburk53 Post Author

        Not Herrera. Mirallas will be inconsistent. As will Downing. Jedinak in a very good run of form but is relying on penalties to continue that. Assuming you don’t have Siggy, and out of those options, I’d probably go Downing. Chadli has recovered from his knee complaints so should be back to starting soon, if not on Wednesday against Chelsea. Not the worst option holding him and keeping the trade.

      • Bailey

        Cheers Nick and Matt. Who should I get in for Sakho out of Austin and Ings? Thinking possibly Ings with Newcastle not having Krul and possibly no Janmaat, Williamson and Haidara.

          • Bailey

            Yeah but it is only out of the 2, I inly just heard the news about the Newcastle defence and was wondering if that changed people’s opinions

  4. brandonpietie

    Great article Nick.

    So here is my Team.
    Not sure if a change is needed… what we think:

    Foster (Mannone)
    Ivano, Baines, Taylor (Moore, Duff)
    Sanchez, Brunt, Siggy, Jedinak (Wanyama)
    Roondog, Bony (V), Aguero (C)

    • Bailey

      I would say your team looks pretty good mate, your could trade Ivanovic to Azpi as a luxury trade to free up some cash, you could trade Brunt to Chadli, or you could downgrade a forward to Ings or Austin and then upgrade your Brunt to Hazard, Cesc or Yaya. What is your opinion of my question above? Newcastle don’t have Krul or Coloccini and possibly no Janmaat, Haidara and Williamson and Austin has been in good form, but so has Ings. What do you reckon?

      • brandonpietie

        “Cheap” Forwards are good to have, and both are on form, but when the slump comes (And it WILL come) then its a long slump. Personal opinion. But if you had to put a gun to my head I would choose Austin over Ings, but then again Kane is not a bad call either

    • theultimateandy

      Team looks great man, only suggestion I would have would be maybe you could do with Hazard or Fab. Little Chelsea coverage never hurt anyone!

      • Bailey

        Theultimateandy, I have taken the punt and traded Costa out. I have traded in Austin and Ings for Sakho and Costa because I will then trade Costa back in with my free transfer next game week. Should I take a hit and trade Fabianski for De Gea?

      • kingcolesy

        maybe re che coverage, cant do much about it tho. So hold trades, except for Moore to yun, and also wanyama to boyd if youve made your .1m off wanyama. just let it ride for a month, then maybe mannone to a 4m if he aint getting a game. boring wins the game! price changes are on the ball. rehold for 2 FTs then reaccess.

        • brandonpietie

          Thanx all.

          Think im going to hold for the 2 free transfers, then do Bony > Costa, and maybe Ivano > Chambers.
          Alternatively go Bony > Kane and Brunt > Hazard / Fab / ADM / Yaya.

          Still playing around with that though

          • nburk53 Post Author

            Nice idea holding your transfers, however bringing Chambers in is not advisable. Debuchy is about a week away from returning to full training so his return to the first team is imminent, once that occurs Chambers is a goner.

  5. Who?

    Great stuff as usual Nick! Who’s the best premium keeper to get? Currently thinking Hart will be good. I already have N.Taylor on the field so not keen on Fabianski. Cheers

    • nburk53 Post Author

      I’ve just gotten rid of Hart as of last gameweek. Mind you it wasn’t out of choice. It was to accommodate for a premium front three but since I’ve had him he hadn’t really delivered. Could be worth a shout however with their good upcoming run. I’d prefer to save the money and go Fab or even De Gea.

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