This weekend’s Premier League fixtures may have huge title implications when said and done. Of all sides contesting for the title, Chelsea have the toughest fixture this week, facing an Everton side who are hungry for a fourth place finish. We look at three key matchups that could tilt the match in either sides favour…
Eden Hazard vs Seamus Coleman
Everton’s exciting young defender, Coleman will have quite the job of keeping hot shot Hazard quiet. Hazard has been in blistering form this season, and coming off his first career hat trick against Newcastle last week, will be looking to continue his run of form. Much of Chelsea’s attack comes from solid wing play, and Everton and Coleman will be aware of this when the two sides meet.
Ross Barkley vs Ramirez
The battle in midfield is sure to have huge bearings on the outcome of the match. In Barkley and Ramirez, the sides have two of this season’s best performers in the centre of the park. Both players like to get on the ball and drive at opposing defenses, especially off of the counter attack. It will be interesting to see if they can continue their attacking play while also neutralising their midfield counter part.
Lacina Traore vs Gary Cahill
Two of the league’s biggest and most imposing teams, the aerial duels in the match will be sure to entertain. None bigger than the powerhouse battle between on loan striker Lucina Traore and Gary Cahill. Everton will look to lump the ball forward to Traore, thriving off of his link up play. The Ivorian international is also very capable in the air and will look to connect to every cross or dead ball situation. Cahill and the Chelsea backline will have their hands tied with trying to keep Traore at bay.