With a host of games in the Premier League seeing plenty of entertaining action as well as goals in all but one of the games, it is perhaps somewhat surprising that the game of the weekend in this case should be a 1-1 draw, but when Wolves travelled down south to Dean Court to take on Bournemouth the spectacle on display was anything but a dull affair. Penalties, plenty of controversy and an unscheduled water display ensured that fans attending Bournemouth’s ground were well entertained to say the least. If former Gladiators referee John Anderson were addressing entertainment in general, he would have said “you will go on my first whistle…..”
If at the beginning of the season, Bournemouth’s aim was to avoid relegation and improve on last season’s performances, then they can consider this season a huge success. Their points total improved this season by four, but it was their finishing position in the Premier League that was most eye-catching. From a relegation battle last season and finishing in 16th, this season they were comfortable throughout and managed a 9th place finish. Continue reading
The Premier League returns after a weekend of FA Cup action and here we take a look at the goal keepers most likely to add to their points tally. We feature Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois, Fraser Forster from Southampton, Arsenal keeper Petr Cech, Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford and Artur Boruc who keeps goal for Bournemouth.
Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea
Former Atletico Madrid keeper, Thibaut Courtois has been instrumental in Chelsea’s rise to the top of the Premier League. He leads the goalkeeping charts with a phenomenal 64 points from 20 starts and although he doesn’t come cheap, valued at 13.5M, with a match this weekend against a struggling Leicester City side, he must be in with a very good chance of keeping his twelfth clean sheet of the season.
Fraser Forster – Southampton
Southampton haven’t quite hit the heights of last season, however since his return from serious injury, Fraser Forster has reclaimed the No. 1 spot for Southampton. He is valued at 8.5M and has a total of 23 points so far this season, thanks to seven shut-outs. Southampton have an away tie at Burnely this weekend and Fraser may well be celebrating another clean sheet.
Petr Cech – Arsenal
Peter Chec is valued at 10.5M which may sound steep but he is one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League. In twenty starts he has kept 6 clean sheets and he lines up against a Swansea side this weekend who have been appalling this season.
Jordan Pickford – Sunderland
Sunderland have struggled this season, however they have shown some signs of a revival in recent weeks. They face Stoke City at home at the weekend in a must-win match for the Black Cats. Stoke have a terrible record at the Stadium of Light and haven’t won there since 2004. It may be worth taking a chance on the young keeper who is valued at just 2.5M.
Artur Boruc – Bournemouth
Artur Boruc has been at the centre of a Bournemouth side who have won many admirers this season. They have climbed into the top half of the Premier League and this weekend they face a Hull City side who have really struggled this season. Boruc is valued at 7M and he has kept five clean sheets in his eighteen starts this season. The chances of him keeping his sixth clean sheet of the season must be very high indeed.
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