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ProSoccerTalk’s Premier League Narratives: Matchweek 31 (Part Three)

Mar 29, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT

Everton's Mirallas is challenged by Manchester City's Milner during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool

In the final installment of ProSoccerTalk’s Premier League Narratives for Matchweek 31 we examine the last three matches on the slate: Everton v. Stoke City, Aston Villa v. Liverpool and Fulham v. Queens Park Rangers.

EVERTON v. STOKE CITY (Goodison Park, Sat 1:30pm ET)

After soundly defeating Manchester City 2-0 in Matchweek 30, Everton looks to continue its push for European football against an out-of-form Stoke side that has lost three of its last four matches. Tony Pulis will have a full squad available for the clash at Goodison Park while David Moyes’ lack of depth could be exposed as both Steven Pienaar (red card) and Marouane Fellaini (card accumulation) are unavailable for selection.

The wheels look to be coming off at Stoke. Expect Kevin Mirallas (pictured) and Everton to capitalize.

ASTON VILLA v. LIVERPOOL (Villa Park, Sun 8:30am ET)

When these two sides met last December Aston Villa emerged from their slumber to inflict the Reds’ worst home defeat (3-1) for more than three years. Now Paul Lambert’s side must repeat the feat as only three points separates the Villains from an up-start Wigan side looking to break out of the relegation zone. For Liverpool, the fixture is a must-win if the Reds have any intent on realizing its European dreams.

Should be an absolute cracker of a match with goals galore. In the end, I think Liverpool gets its revenge.

FULHAM v. QUEENS PARK RANGERS (Craven Cottage, Mon 3:00pm ET)

With 8 matches remaining Queens Park Rangers sits at the bottom of the table, seven points from safety. It will take a mammoth effort from Harry Redknapp’s men if they are to make a great escape but the R’s gaffer remains upbeat about his side’s chances claiming they still have four or five wins in them. Fulham should consider that a warning shot. Sitting comfortably at 10th in the table on 36 points, the Cottagers have effectively ensured survival and will be keen on preserving a four match unbeaten run.

A very unassuming Monday night encounter but I bet this entertains as the sides share the spoils.

  1. scottp11 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I love the content the new writers have brought the last couple weeks. But this type of posting is a whip. Having 3 EPL posts dedicated to 10 matches is just eye-litter.

    I humbly recommend making one EPL preview article (and one MLS Weekly Rankings, etc.) and put each subsequent page into each post. I know it’s about page-views, but it can still be achieved by embedding the 3 pages all into one post. Bleacher Report abuses this a bit, but they do it.

    Other than that, just keep it up. Love all the new material, there’s just so much to keep up with. Excessive posts only dampens and buries the reporting and writing.

    • bishopofblunder - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Perhaps the writers get paid by the post.

      • Michael Prindiville - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        @scottp11 Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. Wasn’t trying to excessive post or get page clicks – it was more of a word-cap thing. We’re all about the content at ProSoccerTalk. I’m going to rework next week’s piece into a single page so def drop by and check it out.

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