EPL Weekend Preview: Games to Watch, Stories to Follow During Round 28
EPL Round 28: Games to Watch, Storylines to Follow
Another weekend of English Premier League action approaches, but with the Capital One Cup finals looming around the corner (it is scheduled to take place on March 2 at the Wembley), four clubs would be missing in action. The Manchester Derby and Sunderland’s game against West Bromwich Albion have both been postponed to a later date, but there are many other matches that promise another round of excitement.
Southampton hosting Liverpool provides the only instance of two clubs in the top-10 facing each other this weekend as the race for the title continues to intensify. Chelsea would be attempting to win its 100th London Derby and looks to increase its unbeaten streak to an impressive 13 games – the team’s last loss came in an away match against Stoke City (something for Arsenal to take note of).
Meanwhile, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is closing in on former Manchester United player Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive League games. The former Chelsea player has now scored in eight straight games and does not look like slowing down too soon. Incidentally, Sturridge and Luis Suarez led the League’s Golden Boot standings after having scored 23 and 18 goals respectively so far.
Let us now take a look of this week’s most intriguing stories along with my pick for the MOTD. Check back on the same day next week to take a look at the key aspects that would dominate the next round of the League.
5. Will ‘Thursday-Trouble’ haunt Tottenham again?
Tottenham's Europa League battles on Thursdays have ruined the team's League outings owing to the meagre two-day break between games. The team has now lost five out of seven matches when returning to the League after playing in Europe. A match against relegation-threatened Cardiff City might not have come at a better time, but a loss for the Spurs will not surprise many.
4. Chelsea’s Strikers Face The Worst Defense In The League
Jose Mourinho’s disappointment with his strike force continues to increase steadily, but even the League’s worst defense in Fulham might not bring some solace to this situation as Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres continue to be notoriously inconsistent and Demba Ba hardly gets a chance to play, let alone impress.
3. Will Luis Suarez End His Drought?
Suarez has not scored in his last five games and has netted only once in the last six League matches he played – a strike against Everton in his team’s stunning 4-0 victory. While hitting top form as soon as he was back from a suspension he has recently been playing second fiddle to a brilliant Sturridge. Suarez’s scoreless streak might continue against a Southampton team looking to put behind a disappointing loss against West Ham United.
2. A Physical Test Awaits Arsenal
Stoke City is known for the physical element of its game, and the team is dead-last in the League’s official fair play table. Charlie Adam’s strikes against United lifted the entire team, but two draws and a difficult loss against City would not mean that Arsenal will have it easy at the Britannia Stadium. It would be another test for Mesut Ozil, whose aversion for rough opponents would surely come into strong focus against Stoke. Will Yaya Sanogo get another start under his belt?
1. MOTD: West Ham United vs. Everton
West Ham had a phenomenal month of February as Sam Allardyce’s squad finally put together a string of impressive displays and catapulted themselves into the top 10. A game against Roberto Martinez’s Everton will put West Ham’s revival to the test and if Kevin Nolan and company come away with another spectacular victory against the Toffees, the players can safely put relegation fears out of their mind and concrete on climbing up the ladder.