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Premier League Fantasy Football: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in Gameweek 34

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The Premier League picks up again this weekend in Gameweek 34 as the 2017/18 season nears its conclusion. For several clubs this is also a double gameweek as they make up for games in hand, so points potential is increased further.

Be sure to check your teams and make any changes before the weekly deadline!

Goalkeepers

Who’s Hot

David de Gea – The Spaniard has kept clean sheets in each of Manchester United’s last six home games against teams in the bottom half. Enter, West Brom and Bournemouth.

Nick Pope – The Burnley stopper continues to be a smart choice. The Clarets have a very good defensive record and are facing a Leicester side fresh off a home defeat, then Chelsea.

Who’s Not

Thibaut Courtois – Usually so good, he’s in more than 10% of fantasy teams but has only kept one clean sheet in his last seven Premier League appearances.

Jordan Pickford – You worry that Everton, still not especially strong at the back, might suffer away in south Wales against a Swansea side fighting hard to stay in the division.

Defenders

Who’s Hot

Ben Davies – Will Manchester City be reeling from three straight defeats in all competitions? Spurs follow up Saturday’s clash with a game against Brighton in a double gameweek.

Nathan Ake – Liverpool could well take their eye off the ball after a huge week in Europe. We also know that Bournemouth have done damage in the past and that Ake has a goal in him.

Who’s Not

Vincent Kompany – City’s captain scored in the Manchester derby last weekend, but defensively he is not the same player he used to be and could be exposed by a vibrant Spurs.

Gary Cahill – One would expect the veteran to return to the bench for Chelsea’s two games, with Andreas Christensen set to return and Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta fit.

Midfielders

Who’s Hot

Kenedy – The Brazilian has made a real difference since joining Newcastle, and even though Arsenal have won 10 straight games against the Magpies, they have been poor away.

Luka Milivojevic – This guy is on fire right now, scoring in each of his last three appearances to take his season tally up to 10. A Brighton side in patchy form could see that become 11.

Who’s Not

Abdoulaye Doucoure – Just like Watford’s results, the midfielder’s form has really dropped off in recent weeks and he’s not necessarily the must-have bargain he was a few months ago.

Eden Hazard – For whatever reason, the Belgian just isn’t doing it for Chelsea at the moment. That’s something to bear in mind because he’s an expensive waste if he’s not bringing in points.

Forwards

Who’s Hot

Romelu Lukaku – The Manchester United striker will be facing his former club on Sunday, with West Brom rock bottom. And it’s a double gameweek, so it’s Bournemouth after that.

Charlie Austin – He had the bit between his teeth when he came off the bench to score as Southampton ran Arsenal close last week and could do more damage to Chelsea and Leicester.

Who’s Not

Gabriel Jesus – He’ll lead the line in Sergio Aguero’s likely absence again, but the Brazilian may struggle against Tottenham, especially with City reeling from three straight defeats.

Jamie Vardy – Despite his recent form, it’s worth noting that Leicester are facing a Burnley side this weekend who have conceded fewer goals than both Liverpool and Chelsea.

 

Source: 90min

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Arsene Wenger Resigns

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Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending a near 22-year reign at the club.

The Frenchman departs a year before his latest contract was due to expire.

The Gunners are sixth in the league and set to miss out on a top-four spot for the second straight season, with their hopes of reaching the Champions League resting on winning the Europa League.

Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years,” said Wenger. “I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

“To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club.

Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke described Friday’s announcement as “one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport”.

He added: “One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsene has brought to the club on and off the pitch.

“His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.”

Appointed on 1 October 1996, he is the Premier League’s current longest-serving manager and has taken charge of a record 823 games.

But some fans have turned on the Frenchman over the past two seasons as a result of their league performances.

Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle was their 11th in the league this season, equalling their worst tally in a campaign under Wenger.

They are 33 points behind leaders Manchester City, who have 87 points, and the same number away from bottom side West Brom, who have 21.

Arsenal finished outside the top four last term for the first time since Wenger arrived at the club, and are now 14 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, with five matches remaining.

They face Spanish side Atletico Madrid, who are second in La Liga, in the Europa League semi-finals, with the first leg on Thursday.

Wenger’s ups and downs

Wenger won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in his first nine seasons in charge.

In 2003-04, he became the first manager since 1888-89 to lead a team through an English top-flight season unbeaten.

But after winning the 2005 FA Cup, they waited another nine years – or 3,283 days – for their next silverware. It came as they beat Hull City to win the 2014 FA Cup, before winning the trophy again the following season.

Wenger won his seventh FA Cup last season, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, but finished 18 points behind Antonio Conte’s Premier League champions.

His side have struggled in Europe since losing to Barcelona in 2006 Champions League final.

They were eliminated at the last-16 stage for the seventh successive season on their last appearance in the competition in 2017, losing 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich.

In 2006, they moved into the £390m Emirates Stadium after leaving Highbury.

The Gunners have consistently spent less than their main Premier League rivals on new signings, but Wenger twice broke the club’s transfer record this season.

France striker Alexandre Lacazette joined in the summer for £46.5m, while his final signing was Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £56m in January.

 

Source: BBC

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FIFA Hand Out Fines For ‘Third Party’ Deals

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FIFA policy on third-party ownership bans either clubs or players from entering into economic rights agreements with third-party investors. Frequently such deals involve outside investors retaining or gaining a share of ownership in a player.

Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon was fined 110,000 Swiss francs (80,123.33 pounds) for “entering into two contracts that enabled a third party to influence the club’s independence as well as for failing to record an existing third-party ownership agreement”.

 Another Portuguese club Benfica was fined 150,000 francs for two deals involving third-parties.
Spain’s Rayo Vallecano was fined 55,000 francs for a third-party deal and Celta Vigo was sanctioned 65,000 francs for a deal which FIFA said “enabled Benfica to influence the club’s independence”.

Qatari club Al Arabi was fined 185,000 francs for several third-party deals and for not entering correct information in FIFA’s mandatory International Transfer Matching System in the cases of seven transfers.

 

Source: FIFA

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[GHPL] – Referee beaten in Sharks vs Medeama; Game abandoned

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Center referee Yakubu Nuhu Liman, was allegedly assaulted by Elmina Sharks fans in their match week 8 game against Medeama on Wednesday, at the Nduom Stadium.

The referee suffered deep cuts to his head and was later rushed to the hospital for treatment, causing the game to be abandoned with 0-0 score.

Elmina Sharks tweeted to claim that the referee suffered the injury after he slipped and fell while making his way out of the dug out for the second half.

But eyewitnesses, including Medeama’s Public Relations Officer, Patrick Akoto, said it was a “brazen attack by some sections of the Sharks fans” on the referee.

The referee is said to be in a stable condition, but Sharks could suffer huge penalties including a forfeiture of the said game, further home matches ban, and a hefty fine if found guilty of perpetrating the barbaric act.

This is the second time the referee is reported to suffered an attack this season.

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