Wipe your tears and dry your eyes, ladies and gentlemen. We toughed it through the international break, and now, the English Premier League returns, to reward us for all our patience. Just like on Match-Week 29, we’ll see all 20 EPL teams take the pitch, at some point or another, during the course of the weekend.
The action will get off to a fast start, on Saturday (the 1st of April), with the Merseyside Derby, which will be followed by seven other games (including Manchester United vs. West Brom, Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace, Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur, and Southampton vs. Bornemouth). Then, on Sunday, the final two games of the weekend will kick off; with Swansea City and Middlesbrough going first, before being followed by the big one; Arsenal vs. Manchester City.
As is becoming our usual practice here, on this blog, we’ll be giving you our Match-Week TOP ELVN: A list of eleven players (sometimes more) whom we’ll be keeping our eye(s) on, during the activities of the given Match-Week, along with the reasons why we’ll be watching them. Enjoy.
11. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial:
There isn’t much left to be said here, as both youngsters were also included in our previous TOP ELVN article, and we all know the story, by now. This time, however, they’ll finally be playing in front of the Old Trafford crowd, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic serves the third and final game of his ban.
Neither one of them has found the net in quite a while, and today’s Match-day squad looks like it’s going to be super thin (thanks a lot, international break); so, if there was ever a time for either one (or both) of these guys to show themselves, the coaches, fans, and everyone else who cares to see, that they’ve got something left to say, concerning the future of Manchester United’s Central Attacking role, this would be it.
10. Robert Snodgrass and Oumar Niasse:
Before leaving for West Ham United, during the January transfer window, Robert Snodgrass had been involved in exactly 50% of Hull City’s league goals; undoubtedly their most important player. He hasn’t experienced similar levels of importance or success, since joining West Ham United, but that isn’t to say that his tenure with The Hammers has been all bad, and it would still be way too early to call his move a bust.
Oumar Niasse, on the other hand, seems to have become Hull City’s new talisman after making the loan move from Everton (also in January); with his 3 goals now amounting to 50% of the 6 that Hull City have scored in that time (with his goals also coinciding with wins for his new team).
While we expect that Manuel Lanzini (who scored a wonderful free-kick against Leicester City) will have a bigger impact on West Ham’s game, as a whole, we’ll also be keeping an eye on the aforementioned “match-up”; as the new and old talismans of Hull City do battle.
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