David Silva is expected to return for City tomorrow but Yaya Toure is unlikely to feature. Alan Pardew is happy with an angry Demba Ba, Harry Redknapp regrets a change of formation against Norwich, while both Liam Ridgewell and Chris Brunt are doubts for West Brom’s trip to the Etihad:

Roberto Mancini has today revealed he expects Yaya Toure to miss out for City in tomorrow’s match with West Brom. The Ivorian was subbed off early with a knee problem in Sunday’s loss at Arsenal but should be fit to return for the weekend trip to Wolves, according to his manager. David Silva has recovered from the knee problem that forced him out of the Gunners clash and has returned to training today – Mancini expects the playmaker to be fit and available for the Baggies clash as City look to return to winning ways at the Etihad.

Alan Pardew has admitted he is pleased with Demba Ba’s angry reaction to being subbed off in the 2-0 win over Bolton. The forward refused to shake his manager’s hand after being withdrawn just after the hour mark in Monday’s win and has now gone nine games without a goal for the Magpies, as Papiss Cisse and Hatem Bern Arfa continue to steal the headlines. Pardew revealed the move was designed to provoke the player in an attempt to re-ignite his spark after a series of poor performances:

Demba was upset when I brought him off. I was trying to get a reaction from him, if I’m honest. I want him to be angry and fight. He’ll come out fighting. I know Demba, and I’ve got no worries about him. It wasn’t Demba’s day, but it might be in two weeks’ time. Ba, Shola[Ameobi], Papiss [Cisse] and Hatem[Ben Arfa] all have massive roles to play for us between now and the end of the season.

Ashley Cole is an injury worry for Chelsea ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup Semi-Final with Tottenham. The left-back has missed the last couple of league games due to an ankle problem and will be assessed over the next few days, with Roberto Di Matteo hopeful of a quick return.

Bryan Ruiz has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a broken metatarsal. The Costa Rican has made a minimal impact since moving to Fulham last summer, with just a couple of goals and four assists to show for his toils. Martin Jol confirmed after last night’s draw with Chelsea that Ruiz will now be sidelined until June or July with the problem.

While Harry Redknapp was magnanimous in defeat after yesterday’s loss to Norwich, the Spurs boss was left ruing his decision to switch to a 4-4-2. The north London outfit have lined up in a 4-3-3 formation in recent weeks but Redknapp’s change of shape, in addition to making five changes to his side with the FA Cup Semi-Final against Chelsea in mind, saw his side come undone:

I thought we’d go with four forwards, play 4-4-2 and on paper it looks a really exciting, attacking team, but we looked too open playing that way. It’s alright playing a 4-4-2 if it’s a tight 4-4-2 and when you lose possession, you get back into a four (in midfield). We play 4-4-2 and we’re very open because we’ve got players who want to go forward and want to attack. That was a problem for us.

Roberto Martinez has revealed Hugo Rodallega may be set to miss out for Wigan’s clash with United tomorrow night. The Colombian has missed the last five in a run that has seen the Latics lose just once – Saturday’s controversial defeat at Chelsea – but is close to fitness and should be back for Monday’s trip to Arsenal at the latest.

Roy Hodgson was full of injury updates in this afternoon’s press conference. The West Brom boss revealed Liam Ridgewell and Chris Brunt are both doubts for the trip to City tomorrow due to knee injuries – Hodgson admitted both could return this weekend, though, with his side due to face QPR in Gameweek 34. Jerome Thomas continues to be ruled out with a hamstring problem, while Gabriel Tamas is also unavailable – the defender has flown back to Romania, where his wife is due to give birth.

Andreas Weimann may well have secured a place in Villa’s starting lineup after yesterday’s goal against Stoke. The youngster’s opener helped the midlanders pick up another point and edge further towards safety and, with Gabby Agbonlahor continuing a goal drought that stretches back to Gameweek 11, Alex McLeish has admitted Weimann’s threat is becoming impossible to overlook. Good news, then, for those considering a punt on the 5.0 prioced forward ahead of Villa’s couple of home fixtures against Sunderland and Bolton in double Gameweek 35.

Andreas’ goal was truly inspirational – something out of nothing. He’s manoeuvred himself into the corner and it’s a wonderful goal from a great young prospect. He is a finisher and a good finisher at that, as you saw from that one. Some players are great goalscorers while others are scorers of great goals. Andi proved he can be both. Goals talk. It will be hard to leave him out.

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  1. Doos you still here? What's the best strategy to make top 100?
    Continue to play tactical or balls out for double gameweek players?

    • 3 years, 10 months ago
    1. make a loose plan of who you want to bring in and play tactical.

      listen to advice on here, pick up tips on long shots, bandwagons etc. but always go with your own decision.

      ensure you have 11 players on the field each week.

      DGW's are often hyped, sometimes rewarding but mainly disappointing. don't be blinded by DGW fever and the rest will take care of itself.

      and wear sunscreen.

      • 3 years, 10 months ago
      1. Lol thanks.
        Trying to get top 100 but wondering whether to take a 4 point hit to play 11 next week or save and get more DGW players

        • 3 years, 10 months ago
        1. Look after your knees you'll miss them when they're gone..

          • 3 years, 10 months ago
  2. - Suarez 1pt cameo.
    - Enrique to come and score an own goal
    - 2 goals by lowest possessed Liverpool player for them to clinch the game

    • 3 years, 10 months ago
    1. Henderson and Maxi FTW

      • 3 years, 10 months ago
  3. Anyone having an idea on the best DGW forwards to have apart from Ade. Im assuming Cisse is the most popular?

    Jelavic could be a good call, especially with two good fixtures after.

    • 3 years, 10 months ago
    1. I am looking at Cisse and Jelavic, no Ade, frees up more cash to drop McClean to well, anyone

      • 3 years, 10 months ago
      1. The only problem with that is Spurs attacking players are essential IMO and Ade is safe to play both games.

        • 3 years, 10 months ago
          • 3 years, 10 months ago
          1. Suppose. Ive just had a look and I may get all three, Ade/Cisse/Jelavic and then Cisse to RVP for GW37.

            • 3 years, 10 months ago
  4. well we will soon find out if Liverpool reserves are better than Everton reserves

    • 3 years, 10 months ago
  5. starting to get worried about even putting out a full 11 now, no suarez & enrique with rotation risks of young & clichy tomorrow (and no doubt evans & valencia have a slight chance of being rested too). think i'd take the chance of a cameo from suarez tonight with the delights of mclean & wheater coming off my bench :(

    • 3 years, 10 months ago
  6. I didn't think much could look worse than Liverpool A, but Liverpool B? Wow.

    • 3 years, 10 months ago
  7. After placing a bet on The Yak scoring two tonight at 12/1, I just heard that he has never scored against Liverpool 😳

    • 3 years, 10 months ago
    1. This is a whole new Liverpool though.

      • 3 years, 10 months ago
    2. Yakubu missed penalty.... :lol

      • 3 years, 10 months ago
      1. smokin bet

        • 3 years, 10 months ago
  8. LOL Liverpool n Yakubu are a joke

    • 3 years, 10 months ago
  9. well my big bet on blackburn to win doesn't seem half as bad as it was moments ago, liverpool still look like they want to score, maybe I should hedge the bet and run.

    • 3 years, 10 months ago

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No Change Van Aanholt SUN A, VsX
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Up Dele Alli TOT A, Inj
Up Barkley EVE C, Vs
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