With just 3 games left in the season (or four, or five, depending on whom you play for), it’s now or never time for absolutely everything and everyone. The title race, the relegation scrap, the battle for European places, and even future job security are all on the line. With the fixtures coming in at a relentless pace, there a lot of teams who are better placed than others, in relation to their respective ambitions, but there are very few guarantees at this point and an ill advised step could potentially ruin all of the good work from Match-weeks past.
We’ll be starting our player preview from Friday (the 5th of May, 2017) evening’s game between West Ham and Tottenham, and closing it with Chelsea vs. Middlesbrough on Monday (the 8th of May, 2017). Between those days, we’ll also get to see Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace, Hull City vs. Sunderland, Leicester City vs. Watford, Swansea City vs. Everton, Liverpool vs. Watford, Arsenal vs. Manchester United, and a host of other mouthwatering encounters.
In order to help you prepare for and keep up with all of the upcoming action, we’ll be taking you through our Top ELVN players to watch, on Match-week 36 of the English Premier League. We hope you enjoy it.
11. Riyad Mahrez:
The Leicester City attacking-midfielder will be making his 100th career EPL appearance in the game against Watford on Saturday afternoon. Apart from being an important personal occasion for him, it will also make him the first Algerian player to reach that milestone in the history of the English Premier League, and that’s something he can be very proud of. Joining the “100 club” aside, the 2016/17 season hasn’t exactly been the most successful of Mahrez’s career; in addition to having his PFA Player of the Year reign ended by a former teammate (Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante), he and the rest of his teammates have also had to endure a very turbulent League campaign and he currently has only 5 goals and 3 assists to show for his efforts (a far cry from the 17 and 11 he finished with, last time out).
It can only be seen as a good thing, then, that game number 100 will be coming against Watford. The Hornets seem ripe for the picking, at the moment, and Mahrez can also lay claim to a relatively positive record against them, after scoring both of Leicester City’s lone goals, in the last two games between both sides; and scoring again or assisting in Saturday’s game (and hopefully winning) would undoubtedly be the perfect way for Mahrez to celebrate this momentous occasion.
10. Adam Lallana:
Southampton is a bit of a bogey team for Liverpool and maybe that’s just because The Merseyside Reds won’t stop snatching their players. Sadio Mane would’ve been an easy choice to fill up this position, if it hadn’t been for his injury; before joining Liverpool and instantly becoming a key player, he was the scourge of The Reds at Southampton and scored against them on several occasions. Just like Mane, Adam Lallana is another ex-Saint who’s now an important member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad and he’s been with The Reds for even longer. He was having his best season in a Liverpool jersey before succumbing to a hamstring injury (his third injury of the season) and his absence was felt just as much as anyone else’s.
He turned in a good performance in the game against Watford, which was his first since the middle of March, and a home game against the side he once captained would be a prime platform to push on and finish the season on a high.