Going Anywhere Michael Keane?

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33 goals scored after 34 matches played, which averages less than one goal a game, Burnley is still above the relegation zone at 16th place and they have their defence to thank for.

Outstanding performance from Michael Keane and also his teammate Tom Heaton has helped Burnley to only concede 49 goals so far.  That is less goals conceded than all the bottom half teams, with 19th placed Middlesbrough an exception.

Only missing one game so far this season, he is considered to be a very durable defender which many teams would like to have.  Manchester United is particularly interested in him as he fits the bill to fill the gap in United’s sometimes wobbly defence.  They let him go on the cheap (believed to be around £3m) to Burnley permanently in January 2015 after being there on loan for 6 months.  Now United has only Eric Bailly in central defence since Smalling and Jones are long terms absentees due to injuries.

Other than Manchester United, there are also rumours about Everton, Liverpool and even Manchester City being interested in signing him.  The Toffees require an established central defender to replace the aging Jagielka and Williams.  Keane will be the perfect candidate to partner upcoming potentials in Mason Holgate and Matthew Pennington.  However, Koeman may not continue to pursue Keane if the big boys are to get involved in a bidding war for him.

Liverpool’s defence is in need for a quick fix.  Having one of the worst defence in the top half, Keane would be a great boost for the team.  Lovren, Klavan and Matip are not bad defenders but some suspect defending lost them games they were expected to win.

It will be interesting to see where Keane will go at the end of the season or maybe even staying in Burnley for another season as Sean Dyche is unwilling to let him go on the cheap, with his contract having 12 months remaining.

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List of Injuries, Doubts and Suspensions as of Saturday for GW34

Bournemouth

Federici (GK) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)
Wilshere (MID) – Hairline fracture (Out for the season)
Surman (MID) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)
Gosling (MID) – Knock (75% chance of playing)
Wilson (FWD) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)

 

Arsenal

Ospina (GK) – Back injury (Unlikely to play)
Mustafi (DEF) – Thigh injury (75% chance of playing)
Cazorla (MID) – Ankle injury (Out for the season)
Reine-Adelaide (MID) – Ankle injury (Out for the season)
Perez (FWD) – Thigh injury (Unlikely to play)
Welbeck (FWD) – Toe injury (75% chance of playing)

 

Burnley

Long (DEF) – Lack of match fitness (75% chance of playing)
Arfield (MID) – Knee injury (75% chance of playing)
Marney (MID) – Knee injury (Out for the season)
Vokes (FWD) – Hamstring injury (75% chance of playing)

 

Chelsea

Cahill (DEF) – Illness (75% chance of playing)

 

Crystal Palace

Dann (DEF) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)
Sakho (DEF) – Ineligible to face Liverpool (Will probably start against Spurs)
Souare (DEF) – Thigh injury (Unlikely to play)
Wickham (FWD) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)
J. Benteke (FWD) – Knee injury (Unlike to play)  *take note that this is not Christian                                                Benteke

 

Everton

Coleman (DEF) – Broken leg (Out for the season)
Funes Mori (DEF) – Knee injury (Out for the season)
Bolasie (MID) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)
McCarthy (MID) – Hamstring injury (Out for the season)
Lennon (MID) – Knock (Unlikely to play)
Besic (MID) – Lack of match fitness (50% chance of playing)
Valencia (FWD) – Ineligible to face West Ham

 

Hull City

Elabdellaoui (DEF) – Back injury (Unlikely to play)
Lenihan (DEF) – Lack of match fitness (75% chance of playing)
Odubajo (DEF) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)
Meyler (MID) – Knee injury (Out for the season)
Mason (MID) – Head injury (Out for the season)
Keane (FWD) – Knee injury (Out for the season)
Luer (FWD) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)

 

Leicester City

Morgan (DEF) – Hamstring injury (75% chance of playing)
Wague (DEF) – Dislocated shoulder (Unlikely to play)
Mendy (MID) – Ankle injury (Unlikely to play)
Slimani (FWD) – Groin injury (75% chance of playing)

 

Liverpool

Matip (DEF) – Knock (75% chance of playing)
Klavan (DEF) – Knee injury (75% chance of playing)
Lucas (MID) – Knock (75% chance of playing)
Mane (MID) – Knee injury (Out for the season)
Lallana (MID) – Thigh injury (Unlikely to play)
Henderson (MID) – Foot injury (Possibly out for the season)
Ejaria (MID) – Ankle injury (Unlikely to play)
Ings (FWD) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)

 

Manchester City

Stones (DEF) – Knock (75% chance of playing)
Sagna (DEF) – Knock (Unlikely to play)
Gundogan (MID) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)
Jesus (FWD) – Foot injury (50% chance of playing)

 

Manchester United

Rojo (DEF) – Knee injury (Out for the season)
Smalling (DEF) – Knock (Unlikely to play)
Jones (DEF) – Toe injury (Unlikely to play)
Mata (MID) – Groin injury (Out for the season)
Zlatan (FWD) – Knee injury (Out for the season)

 

Middlesbrough

Valdes (GK) – Rib injury (Unlikely to play against Bournemouth, 50% chance of playing                                against Sunderland)
Fabio (DEF) – Knee injury (75% chance of playing)
Leadbitter (MID) – Hamstring injury (Unlikely to play)
Gestede (FWD) – Foot injury (50% chance of playing)

 

Southampton

McCarthy (GK) – Hamstring injury (Unlikely to play)
Van Dijk (DEF) – Ankle injury (Possibly out for the season)
Targett (DEF) – Hamstring injury (Unlikely to play)
Austin (FWD) – Shoulder injury (Unlikely to play)

 

Tottenham

Vorm (GK) – Back injury (Unlikely to play)
Rose (DEF) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)
Carter-Vickers (DEF) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)
Winks (MID) – Ankle injury (Out for the season)
Lamela (MID) – Hip injury (Out for the season)

 

Stoke City

Allen (MID) – Hamstring injury (75% chance of playing)
Walters (MID) – Knee injury (75% chance of playing)
Whelan (MID) – Illness (75% chance of playing)
Afellay (MID) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)
Ireland (MID) – Broken leg (Unlikely to play)

 

Sunderland

McNair (DEF) – Knee injury (Out for the season)
Watmore (MID) – Knee injury (Out for the season)
Larsson (MID) – Suspended for red card (Available again on 6th May)
Oviedo (MID) – Hamstring injury (Possibly out for the season)
Kirchhoff (MID) – Knee injury (Possibly out for the season)

 

Swansea

Rangel (DEF) – Foot injury (Out for the season)
Routledge (MID) – Hernia (Unlikely to play)
Cork (MID) – Ankle injury (Unlikely to play)
Dyer (MID) – Achilles injury (Out for the season)

 

Watford

Kaboul (DEF) – Hamstring injury (Possibly out for the season)
Pereyra (MID) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)
Watson (MID) – Groin injury (50% chance of playing)
Zarate (FWD) – Knee injury (Out for the season)

 

West Brom

Fully fit squad!  But they are not playing this week.  Bummer.

 

West Ham

Ogbonna (DEF) – Knee injury (Unlikely to play)
Byram (DEF) – Suspension for red card (Miss one match)
Antonio (MID) – Hamstring injury (Out for the season)
Noble (MID) – Suspension for tenth yellow card (Miss one match)
Obiang (MID) – Ankle injury (Unlikely to play)
Tore (MID) – Thigh injury (Unlikely to play)
Carroll (FWD) – Knock (Unlikely to play)
Sakho (FWD) – Knock (Unlikely to play)

 

That’s all for the list of injuries and suspensions for Gameweek 34.  They are valid at the time of writing but further updates may be available at Twitter.
Follow my Twitter account @footballtitbit for more news and updates for your FPL team.

Hope you have a great Gameweek!

Foxes Out of Champions League!

Despite being the underfox from the beginning of the tournament, they did well to make their way to the quarter finals and only eliminated by an aggregate of 2-1 to Atletico Madrid.

Judging from how Leicester fared in the English Premier League this season, they were not expected to progress from the group stage and some even placed their bets on them getting relegated!  Credits to them for turning their season around but only right after Claudio Ranieri got sacked?  There’s something fishy about it but let’s not mull over it.

Leicester is now so in-form that I would keep Vardy in my FPL team even though there are still Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur to play.  Clean sheets for Leicester might be hard to come by but goals from Vardy will not be unexpected.  The only Leicester players worth looking at the moment for your FPL team are Albrighton and Vardy.  Maybe Drinkwater as well since Leicester got eliminated and he’ll probably be back in the regular line-up.

More updates on other teams and players soon.  Be sure to follow for more footy titbits!!

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