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[Discussion] EPL's most UNDERrated player?
So after we talked about the most overrated players yesterday, it only makes sense to do the opposite today! Who are the most underrated players in the EPL? Riyad Mahrez - Leicester City While teammate Jamie Vardy gets lots of the headlines for his goal scoring, Mahrez has been an absolute standout for Leicester this season. He's turned in great performance after great performance and has even added to his game with some goals. He definitely deserves more credit. Yannick Bolasie - Crystal Palace You knew I had to include a Palace player on the list! At his best, Bolasie is an absolute terror down the wing or through the middle. He has pace and strength like any player in the league and just needs to round out his goalscoring form to make his game complete. He nearly made a big money move to Spurs over the summer but Palace held onto him, and with his form this season they'll be happy they did. Jack Butland - Stoke City While Butland is beginning to accumulate some accolades for his play this season in net for Stoke, it's time we start considering him one of the league's best keepers. He's got a little while to go before he unseats Joe Hart as England's #1, but it looks like the future of English goalkeeping is in safe hands with Butland's talent. Philippe Coutinho - Liverpool Sure, everyone knows that Coutinho is a great player, but I don't think he gets nearly enough credit for what he does for Liverpool. His work rate is off the charts and he has come up with some truly ridiculous goals to go along with amazing assists over the past few seasons. For my money, he's as good as attacking midfielders come in the Premiership. Romelu Lukaku - Everton Lukaku is a player whose stock has gone from way up to way down and now he's flying high again. After being a highly touted Chelsea youth product, Mourinho sold him away to Everton. He struggled for the Toffees at first but has come up with the best form of his career this season. At just 22 years old, the Belgian has a huge future ahead of him. I'm going with Coutinho as my choice. The man simply cannot be stopped and does not get enough credit! Who do you think? @InPlainSight @AbdulrahmanSaad @trinityarcangel @thefeels @MarcusJiles @DerekGumtow @havic @yaakattackk @bnzatton @SherzTYCi @krishntejanand @addri @mishthi @andwas @NimishMathur @Sydsocquet @starli @kyleatekwana @BenjiPhilip @Eduardo14 @AshfakEjaaz @EmanueleYagoda
[The Sports Guru] EPL Match Day 21 Preview
It's an unusual week in the English Premier League, with the FA Cup fixtures over the weekend interfering with the normal schedule. So that means we've got a full fixture list coming up today and Wednesday - here's what to look forward to! Manchester City vs. Everton City's form has been all over the place this season, but it has done them some good to this point, as they sit in 3rd place on 39 points, just 3 behind leaders Arsenal and one behind second place Leicester. Kevin de Bruyne has been an absolute standout, while the return to fitness of Kun Aguero and David Silva have City fans dreaming of a really solid second-half of the season and another title. But Everton is no easy match, much less at Goodison Park. Most interesting of all is that these two teams faced off in the League Cup just a week ago, and Everton took it 2-1, so they'll no doubt be feeling good about their chances. In the end, though, I think City will use their strength in attacking to take it to to Toffees. My pick: City 3, Everton 1. Spurs vs. Leicester Two teams that are going to be absolutely sick of each other in a week's time are Spurs and Leicester. After playing to an entertaining 2-2 draw in the FA Cup over the weekend, the two face off in the league on Wednesday, only to play their FA Cup replay next weekend. Three matches in two weeks will be a lot for these two teams and it'll be interesting to see if either of them really go for this one. Spurs have been really positive in the league recently and have risen to 4th, 4 points behind Leicester who sit on 40. I'm really looking forward to this one, which will be played at Spurs' White Hart Lane, giving them the upper hand. I think they'll manage a win and send Leicester down the table a spot. My pick: Spurs 1, Leicester 0. Arsenal vs. Liverpool *Match of the Week* A great match to look forward to will be leaders Arsenal vs. Liverpool. Two of the league's most historic sides face off at Anfield on Wednesday, and while Liverpool's form has been rocky since Jurgen Klopp arrived, they are never to be counted out. They have some awful injury troubles and are really struggling, especially in the back, where they are missing Sakho, Srktel and others, leaving them with mostly youth players. Arsenal looked strong in their 3-1 win over Sunderland in the FA Cup over the weekend and have been playing the best football in the league over the past few months. I think they continue their form in this one despite playing on the road. My pick: Arsenal 2, Liverpool 1. Enjoy the matches everyone! @InPlainSight @AbdulrahmanSaad @trinityarcangel @thefeels @MarcusJiles @DerekGumtow @havic @yaakattackk @bnzatton @SherzTYCi @krishntejanand @addri @mishthi @andwas @NimishMathur @Sydsocquet @starli @kyleatekwana @BenjiPhilip @Eduardo14 @AshfakEjaaz @EmanueleYagoda @mchlyang
EPL Match of the Week: Everton vs. Crystal Palace
It's a slightly quiet week in the EPL, as there are no matches between teams in the top 6. We have to dig a little deeper this week to find our Match of the Week, and it goes to Everton hosting Crystal Palace. Palace and Everton are both in good form and their recent run has seen them both enter the top 10. Palace especially are turning some heads and making some noise as they sit in 7th in the table, riding high after their 5-1 drubbing of Newcastle last week. Everton Striker Romelu Lukaku is playing some amazing football, and his performances this season have been more impressive than ever before. He currently sits second in the league's scoring tables with 10 goals, behind the untouchable Jamie Vardy. Midfielder Ross Barkley has recovered his form, too, after a tough campaign last year. The team are playing admirably and are one of the more fun teams to watch in the division as they score loads of goals. They're coming off a wild draw with Bournemouth where they will feel like they dropped points, as they let the bottom-dwellers come back and earn a 3-3 draw at the death. Crystal Palace Winger Yannick Bolasie was named ESPN's Player of the Week last week after his performance putting in 2 goals against Newcastle, and he isn't the only one playing great. James McArthur had a wonderful match, too, and finally seems to be getting the credit he deserves for doing the dirty work in Palace's midfield alongside Yohan Cabaye. Wilfried Zaha and Connor Wickham are both playing extremely well, too, with the latter just coming back from injury and doing his finest to solidify his place in the first XI for manager Alan Pardew. Prediction It's a game with goals in it, that much I know. Palace don't give up very many, but Everton's defense has been suspect recently. I'm not sure they'll be able to hold off Palace's attack long enough to sustain this one despite having a home crowd behind them. I'll say 2-1, Palace. Cabaye and Wickham on the scoresheet. What do you think? @InPlainSight @AbdulrahmanSaad @trinityarcangel @thefeels @MarcusJiles @DerekGumtow @havic @yaakattackk @bnzatton @SherzTYCi @krishntejanand @addri @mishthi @andwas @NimishMathur @Sydsocquet @starli @kyleatekwana @BenjiPhilip @Eduardo14 @AshfakEjaaz @EmanueleYagoda
20 Clubs in 20 Weeks: Everton
Everton are a club rich in history. Founded in 1878 as St. Domingo FC, the club quickly changed their name in 1879 to Everton, based off the surrounding area. Their crest was designed with the famous Prince Rupert's Tower, also found in the surrounding area. In 1888, Everton helped found the Football League and in 1891, after starting the season in fantastic form, Everton won their first top flight title. The Everton Committee and President then were involved in a bitter feud, one that saw Everton move to Goodison Park in 1892 and the formation of Liverpool FC. After the feud and move, Everton began to rebuild, winning the FA Cup in 1908 before winning the Football League again in 1915. 1928 saw Everton win a third league title, before a turn of fortunes in 1930 saw them finish bottom of the league and relegated to the Second Division. They would turn around a year later to win the Second Division title in 1931 and carry that form to their fourth league title in 1932. Everton's dominance would continue into the following year, winning them the FA Cup for a second time in 1933. Everton would again win the league in 1939, right before the breakout of the Second World War. Everton struggled after the war, selling some marquee players and being financially restricted. The under-funding saw Everton relegated in 1951. 1954 saw Everton's turnaround, finishing 2nd in the Second Division and earning promotion back to the First Division. The 1960s saw Everton's greatest era, beginning with just 6 losses on their way to the 1963 title. They then came back from 0-2 down to win the FA Cup in 1966. In 1970, Everton again found their league form, winning the title for a seventh time. The 1970s saw Everton bounce around the table quite a bit before their return to title contending form in the early 1980s. 1985 saw Everton win the title with four games remaining in the season on the back of their 1984 FA Cup win. They would go on to win the European Cup Winners cup in 1985 as well, to complete their to date their only ever double trophy winning season (excluding the Charity Shield). Two years later in 1987, Everton would again win the league, this their ninth First Division title. Everton would then go on to win the FA Cup in 1995 and establish themselves as a constant Premier League side before struggling in 2001 and 2002 to avoid relegation. The appointment of David Moyes as manager helped them escape relegation in 2002 and turn them into a constant top-half club. Moyes would leave for Manchester United (before his sacking and hiring at Real Soceidad). Today, under Roberto Martinez, Everton finished 5th in 2014, but are struggling so far currently in 13th place.
[18th-Apr-15] Match Preview: Everton – Burnley
The Toffees will see the return of striker Romelu Lakaku after almost a month on the sideline with a hamstring injury. Lee Osman is a doubt for Everton while Bryan Ovideo and Aiden McGeady are expected to sit out. Burnley boss Sean Dyche is without the services of Kevin Long and Dean Murray, but another pair of players in Steven Reid and Ross Wallace are expected to be fit for the fixture. Background Burnley ended a run of 8 games against the top 8 clubs in the league with their 1-0 loss to Arsenal last weekend. The run saw them put in good performances but not good enough to take away a host of points, but with a win over Manchester City the Clarets managed 5 points out of the 8 games to keep their hopes of survival alive. If results go their way this weekend, Burnley could climb out of the relegation zone and into 16th or 17th with just 5 games to play. Head-To-Head Burnley have only won 1 game away from home this season at Stoke back in November and their 6 points in their last 11 games is worst in the league over that span of time. George Boyd’s goal in their 1-0 win over Man City was the last one Burnley scored and since then they have gone almost 5 hours without scoring. Burnley’s 0-0 draw in September at Selhurst Park is the Clarets’ only clean sheet on the road this season and the 29 first half goals that Burnley have conceded is the worst in the league. Burnley are also the only side yet to win a game against the bottom half of the table. Striker Danny Ings is out of form as well, having failed to score in Burnley’s last 7 Premier League matches. Burnley’s last league victory at Goodison Park came back in 1976, their only win in their last 12 attempts. Everton are looking to match their current season best 5-straight unbeaten with a win or draw this weekend. Their previous 4 games has seen 3 wins, with the 1-1 draw against Swansea the only blemish. Everton are also unbeaten in 2015 at home, a feat only matched by the current top 2 Chelsea and Arsenal. Everton also boast 4 clean sheets in their last 6 games at Goodison Park. Prediction: I think Burnley will come out firing but Everton are too good to be beaten at home. The goal drought for Burnley should end. Everton 1-1 Burnley
Watch it Again: BSC Young Boys - Everton
Just sitting down, warm mug of tea in hand, time to do one thing and one thing only: watch football. Today's match: BSC Young Boys - Everton from the Europa League Round of 32. 1' - And here we go. 3' - The one thing Everton need in taking a look at this squad is pace. A good attempt from Lakaku on goal off his head but it's saved. Like, Naismith and Lakaku are good as are Kone but they have no midfield pace. Gareth Barry is a clogger at his age. 7' - Lakaku offsides but he's making good runs. Can burn BSC if their back four doesn't drop deeper. 10' - WOW! Hoarau wasn't closed down after he received a pass back from a lovely flick on. Howard was out of position as well but it's a lovely strike to the corner of the net. Young Boys 1-0 Everton 15' - Great atmosphere. Young Boys supporters are loud, loving it. Great to see. 16' - Mvogo has to deny Lakaku and Barkley and does well to do both. 21' - Everton win a free kick that's deflected off the wall for a corner here. Nothing from it. 24' - Ball from Coleman across is scrambled away. Barry puts it back into the box. Lakaku is there! He passes it by the near post. Defender didn't do well to get caught out trying to drop back, giving Lakaku the space for the header. Young Boys 1-1 Everton 28' - The HSCYB right back has some answering to do. He's tucking into the post too much and allowing the Everton wing to run free towards the byline. After some play with Ovideo and Naismith they get the cross in and Coleman is on the far post to just tuck that in. Brilliant goal although Naismith looked slightly offside. Young Boys 1-2 Everton 31' - Howard has to make two huge saves there on Hoarau. The American came through in the end. 36' - Naismith is booked for a poor challenge. 37' - The resulting free kick is flicked on goal from Hoarau but it's just wide. Youngster's playing very well for Young Boys. 39' - Everton enjoying a lot of open play on the wings. Miralles flicks on and Lakalu looks slightly offsides at the start of the cross but it comes off a defender to the back post and the Belgian has a brace now. Young Boys 1-3 Everton 43' - Everton give away a free kick after Stones fails to clear the lines and takes down Hoarau near the touch. Free kick taken and THE BALL COMES OFF THE POST. My word almost 2-3 there. Half-Time Young Boys 1-3 Everton 49' - WOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. Sonogo fouls Barkley, then steps over him to kick at the ball which is close to Barkley's head and he actually catches his head a little, which infuriates Barkley and the two almost comes to blows. Sonogo should have seen red in all honesty. Both are booked. 52' - Coleman with a risky challenge. Should have been booked for that foul. 56' - Oviedo bumps him man off the ball to let it roll for a goal kick but he's hurt afterwards. Garbutt comes on for him. 59' - McCarthy is down and needs treatment but the ref says play on with Everton on the ball and they slot Lakaku in alone before he chips it over the keeper. TIE OVER. Young Boys 1-4 Everton 65' - Somebody explain to me what John Stones was doing on Hoarau. He basically WWE suplexs him into the ground in the box. Young Boys penalty. Hoarau to take. HE SKIES IT! Not what Young Boys needed. They're out. 69' - Failed to mention Stones was sent off for that challenge as the last man back so Everton are playing with 10 men. Barkley wins a corner as Young Boys make a change. 78' - Lakaku has an opportunity but he's deemed, and rightfully so, offsides. Honestly at this rate it's just waiting for the full-time whistle. 79' - Young Boys have made another change while Lakaku is booked for some reason? Don't know what happened there. 85' - Lakaku's denied a fourth from a brilliant save! Everton on the break catch Young Boys but what a save from the keeper. 89' - Hadergjonaj is booked and Young Boys make their last change. 90' - 3 minutes of added time to be played. Everton have this and with 4 away goals, don't need the second leg. Full Time Young Boys 1-4 Everton Easy win. Everton flying into the last 16. 4 away goals is hard to beat, and that's EXACTLY what Young Boys will need along with a clean sheet at Goodison in order to turn this around and that seems like a mountain and a half at the moment. Brilliant Lakaku.