For the first time this season, all 20 Premier League teams will not be in action for a league game week because of the Capitol One Cup Final. Cup finalists Chelsea and Tottenham are idle as are Leicester and QPR.
There is one game to check announced lineups in Week 27 before the ESPNFC fantasy game locks: West Ham-Crystal Palace.
Saturday, Feb. 28
West Ham vs. Crystal Palace
West Ham blew a two-goal lead at Tottenham for a disappointing draw in their last game on Feb. 22. Still, some impressive...
Manchester City have a star-studded squad yet seem to be stuck in a rut near the top of the Premier League. They face an uphill battle to defend their league title, while their hopes of finally making significant progress in the Champions League took a serious hit in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Barcelona at the Etihad.
How much of that is down to the manager? And is Manuel Pellegrini really the right man to push this team over the top?
Should Manchester City sack Manuel Pellegrini?
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MANCHESTER, England -- The agony the Champions League annually brings to Manchester City was only partly eased by the sight of Lionel Messi having his injury-time penalty saved by Joe Hart and his header of the rebound sliding by the post.
There were smiles among those home fans who had stayed behind. A moment of levity, perhaps even a glimmer of a chance for the second leg, but not one to disguise that at this level, in this competition, City again look short of the quality required to progress...
Clinging to small mercies is an occupational hazard for football fans. With 93 pulsating minutes on the clock, the score at 2-1 for Barcelona and Lionel Messi stepping up to take a penalty, Manchester City fans could have been forgiven for thinking the game -- and the tie -- was finally up.
Messi, who had spent the evening showcasing his unique balance and touch, chose to smack his penalty to Joe Hart's left, and the City goalkeeper stopped the shot. In an act of clemency toward Pablo Zabaleta,...