The American has been pounded with series of critics, one of the many reasons that Everton have nose-dived to combat for Champions League spot this season. The 36-year old sealed his second clean sheet in the space of three matches against Southampton last weekend. He displayed couple of superb reflex saves to ensure maximum points for the home side, three wins in a row for the Toffees. His instinctive stop from a goal-bound attempt by Pelle was outstanding and denied Ward-Prowse with strong fists. Despite being too late to counterpart their ambition, Roberto Martinez needs to clinch as many victories to ensure he is not considered for sacking orders by the management. This weekend could be a tricky fixture as Everton, as they travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City who have kept an eye on the Europa League competition. The Swans bagged a comfortable 3-1 victory against Hull City, with Bafetimbi Gomis thriving in tempo, he could be the biggest threat to exacerbate Howard’s short momentum.
Back-to-back frenzied performances by Liverpool got the Belgian being the scapegoat. Mignolet was one of the most flourish players in the second half of the season, securing a dozen clean sheets so far. However, he was downright washed up by four wonder goals from the energetic Arsenal attackers at the Emirates Stadium, yet it would be irrational to place the fault on him. The former Sunderland man made couple of solid saves instantly when the whistle was blown, where the Gunners kept on routing the wobbly backline of the Reds. This Monday, could give him some breathing space as Anfield welcome Newcastle United who look off colours in recent weeks. Martin Skrtel and Emre Can still serve their suspension whereas Sakho is still suspicious after picking up a hamstring injury against Blackburn Rovers yesterday. Unfamiliar and mind-boggling defenders handed the role of guarding the young Belgian, conversely he is undeniably one of the best shot stoppers in the league.
The Colombian has completely marshalled the Premier League game and deservingly holds the number one position between the posts. He wasn’t really threatened by Liverpool last weekend, as the attackers failed to find the rhythm, especially Raheem Sterling. Moreover, he almost fisted away Jordan Henderson’s penalty strike, as it tipped off his fingertips. In a short spell, Ospina has protected five empty nets with fine performances. This weekend, Arsenal travel to Turf Moor Stadium to face a courageous Burnley side, however he is expected to get the job done with the assistance of a well-organized defensive line. A decent contender for the fantasy premier league!
Hugo Lloris – The Tottenham skipper is expected to return against Aston Villa this weekend after recovering from a knee injury.
Thibaut Courtois – The Belgian was comfortable all afternoon against Stoke City but could not do anything to deny Charlie Adam’s world class hit from midfield.
Asmir Begovic – The Stoke City goal guardian made nine fabulous saves to ensure the defeat to Chelsea was only a narrow one.
David de Gea – The Spaniard made a rare cheeky error against Aston Villa, yet a single mistake doesn’t hurt his glorious season.
Adrian – The West Ham United shot stopper made a splendid save to deny Nugent’s penalty kick.
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