A couple of weeks ago, we didn’t have enough English Premier League. Now that the break is over, we almost have too much (lol, like that could ever happen). Match-Week 31 will be kicking off on Tuesday evening; barely two days after Sunday’s final game, before coming to an end on Wednesday, with a game that could potentially “reopen” the EPL title race, for the first time in months
It promises to be an exciting round of fixtures, which will include games such as; Manchester United vs. Everton, Arsenal vs. West Ham United, Liverpool vs. Bournemouth, the relegation 6-pointer (between Hull City & Middlesbrough), the much anticipated Chelsea-Manchester City game, and we’re here for for all of this.
With ten games and several big names expected to be on show, it’s time for us to give you yet another Match-Week Top ELVN; with the names of some of the players we expect to be front and center, as soon as all the action commences. We hope you enjoy it.
11. Jordan Pickford:
Let’s all spare a thought for Jordan Pickford, while the new Match-week begins. He returned from his lengthy injury layoff to find his team dead last on the table, but he didn’t let that bother him and he continued to make impressive saves, week after week, while watching his opposite number have little or no work to do, at the other end of the pitch.
In the game against Watford, he faced 10 shots & kept most of them out (while Huerelho Gomes only had to face 3) and he wasn’t beaten until Fabio Borini’s poor headed clearance gave Miguel Britos a golden scoring opportunity (which he took, obviously).
Tonight, he’ll be in goal against a Leicester team that’s scored multiple goals in every single game since Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal. While Pickford is an excellent shot stopper and will undoubtedly impress in tonight’s game, he’ll literally have his hands full, and we’d like to wish him the best of luck.
10. Andy Carroll:
Games between Arsenal and West Ham United have historically favoured The Gunners, with The Hammers sneaking in just the one upset, in almost a decade. One thing that has remained constant in their recent encounters, however, has been Arsenal’s inability to deal with Andy Carroll.
Win, lose or draw, the 6’4” tall striker has been a thorn in the side of Arsenal defenders (whenever he’s been fit to go up against them), and his record of 4 goals in their last two encounters will attest to that.
He was featured in our last Top ELVN list, before scoring his 50th career EPL goal, but West Ham’s recent form has been shaky, at best, so he might need to go beyond number 51, tomorrow, if Slaven Bilic’s men are to leave The Emirates with a tangible result.