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Groundskeeping: Friday Morning Roundup

Your daily round-up of the world of football (soccer), from a fantasy manager point-of-view, including the weekend team news.

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Bryn Lennon

English Premier League

West Brom and Swansea bravery pays off - ESPN FC

Eighth versus ninth is hardly the most exciting league clash of the season - but that shouldn't take anything away from their achievements. The two bravest appointments of last summer have turned out to be the most successful.

Where did it all go wrong for Rooney? (From The Northern Echo)

Somewhat inevitably, he has lost much of the fearless innocence that characterised his youth, with the exuberance having been replaced by a more predictable approach that appears to rely less on instinct.

Premier League Fantasy Gameweek 29 Preview | Never Captain Nicky Butt

Few teams in Europe can match hot Spurs right now - ESPN FC

Forget the Europa League, there are few teams in Europe as a whole, who could claim to be playing better than Andre Villas-Boas' team right now.

Alan Pardew pleased with Hatem Ben Arfa's efforts in forward role | Sky Sports

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says he would consider using Hatem Ben Arfa in a more advanced role again in the future following his performance against Anhzi Makhachkala.

The Watchlist – Romelu Lukaku @ Fantasy Football Tips, News and Views from Fantasy Football Scout

The summer departure of Didier Drogba looked tailor-made for Romelu Lukaku to barge his way past Fernando Torres in the Chelsea pecking order and justify the

Loic Remy to Lead QPR's Great Escape | Never Captain Nicky Butt

Weekend team news: Injuries and suspensions - ESPN FC

All the latest on injuries, suspensions and call-ups ahead of the weekend's top football action.

Villa's relegation run in begins at Reading - ESPN FC

Sturridge set for Spurs return - Liverpool FC

Daniel Sturridge will be fit to face Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, assistant manager Colin Pascoe today confirmed.

The Watchlist – Christian Benteke @ Fantasy Football Tips, News and Views from Fantasy Football Scout

He may have arrived on these shores as a relative unknown last summer but Premier League defences are now more than familiar with Christian Benteke.

Major League Soccer

After electric debut, Portland Timbers find their man in Diego Valeri |

Fantasy Tips: Round 2 | Vancouver Whitecaps FC

To help you climb a few rungs on the ladder let’s take a look at two players whose stock is certainly on the rise, and our featured team of the week.

Starting Lineup: MLS Fantasy Week 2 |'s Jason Saghini and Andrew Wiebe answer your questions about MLS Fantasy and tell you who to buy, who to sell, and who is worth the price.

MLS Week 2: A Look Ahead | Soccer By Ives

Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls travel to take on the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday in this weekend's marquee MLS clash.