EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 35

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterApril 25, 2018

EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 35

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    We're into the final stretch of the Premier League season, meaning the final pieces of the EPL100 are moving into place.

    We have updated our lists to take into account Matchday 35. They are divided into seven position groups and are based solely on performances in the Premier League in 2017-18.

    To be eligible, a player must have taken part in at least half the games his team has played.


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    It's as you were for the top nine this week, with the schedule hardly helping spice matters up. David De Gea and Ederson weren't tested midweek, Kasper Schmeichel is injured, and several clubs missed weekend fixtures due to the FA Cup semi-finals.

    We do have a new face right at the bottom, as Jack Butland re-enters after a short period out. He's been very busy and very good of late—even if his team-mates haven't.


    Biggest rise: Jack Butland (New!)

    Biggest fall: Asmir Begovic (Out)


    Top 10 Goalkeepers
    1David De Gea (Stay)Manchester United
    2Ederson (Stay)Manchester City
    3Nick Pope (Stay)Burnley
    4Lukasz Fabianski (Stay)Swansea City
    5Jordan Pickford (Stay)Everton
    6Thibaut Courtois (Stay)Chelsea
    7Kasper Schmeichel (Stay)Leicester City
    8Jonas Lossl (Stay)Huddersfield Town
    9Mat Ryan (Stay)Brighton & Hove Albion
    10Jack Butland (New!)Stoke City

Right-Backs/Right Wing-Backs

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    Victor Moses' goalscoring performance at Burnley last week lifts him above Antonio Valencia, who was rested midweek against AFC Bournemouth in preparation for the cup.

    Joe Gomez drops two spots after his error against West Bromwich Albion led to a goal in the dying minutes, denying Liverpool a three-point haul, with Kieran Trippier and Hector Bellerin rising above him despite not particularly shining.


    Biggest rise: DeAndre Yedlin (+2)

    Biggest fall: Kieran Trippier (-2)


    Top 10 RBs/RWBs
    1Kyle Walker (Stay)Manchester City
    2Matthew Lowton (Stay)Burnley
    3Victor Moses (+1)Chelsea
    4Antonio Valencia (-1)Manchester United
    5Kiko Femenia (Stay)Watford
    6DeAndre Yedlin (Stay)Newcastle United
    7Kieran Trippier (+1)Tottenham Hotspur
    8Hector Bellerin (+1)Arsenal
    9Joe Gomez (-2)Liverpool
    10Florent Hadergjonaj (Stay)Huddersfield Town

Left-Backs/Left Wing-Backs

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    This week saw Andy Robertson, Marcos Alonso, Ashley Young, Sead Kolasinac all either take rest or serve suspension, meaning this section's a little stale.

    Fabian Delph produced an excellent performance in Manchester City's demolition of Swansea City, but it's not enough to unseat Robertson at the top. Contrastingly, Arthur Masuaku struggled immensely against Arsenal and drops two.


    Biggest rise: Multiple (+1)

    Biggest fall: Arthur Masuaku (-2)


    Top 10 LBs/LWBs
    1Andy Robertson (Stay)Liverpool
    2Fabian Delph (Stay)Manchester City
    3Ben Davies (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
    4Marcos Alonso (Stay)Chelsea
    5Stephen Ward (Stay)Burnley
    6Ashley Young (Stay)Manchester United
    7Sead Kolasinac (Stay)Arsenal
    8Ryan Bertrand (+1)Southampton
    9Ben Chilwell (+1)Leicester City
    10Arthur Masuaku (-2)West Ham United


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    Virgil van Dijk's slow climb up the rankings continues, his good individual performance against West Bromwich Albion gaining him two more spots and lifting him into the top 10.

    Also impressive was James Tomkins, who helped Crystal Palace to a clean sheet, a vital point and struck the woodwork. He's been a consistent, leading presence this year; if they survive, he'll have a lot to do with it.


    Biggest rise: James Tomkins (+4)

    Biggest fall: Andreas Christensen (-4)


    Top 20 CBs
    1Jan Vertonghen (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
    2Nicolas Otamendi (Stay)Manchester City
    3Cesar Azpilicueta (Stay)Chelsea
    4Ben Mee (Stay)Burnley
    5James Tarkowski (Stay)Burnley
    6Jamaal Lascelles (Stay)Newcastle United
    7Davinson Sanchez (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
    8Virgil van Dijk (+2)ArsenalLiverpool
    9Nacho Monreal (Stay)Leicester City
    10Antonio Rudiger (+4)Chelsea
    11Christopher Schindler (Stay)James Tomkins (+4)Huddersfield Town
    12Harry Maguire (Stay)Crystal Palace
    13Phil Jones (Stay)Manchester United
    14Andreas Christensen (-4)Chelsea
    16Kurt Zouma (-3)Stoke City
    17Nathan Ake (+1)Bournemouth
    18Lewis Dunk (+1)Brighton & Hove Albion
    19Alfie Mawson (-2)Swansea City
    20Florian Lejeune (Stay)Newcastle United

Defensive Midfielders/Central Midfielders

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    Biggest rise: Wilfred Ndidi (+4)

    Biggest fall: Multiple (-1)     


    Top 20 DMs/CMs
    1David Silva (Stay)Manchester City
    2Fernandinho (Stay)Manchester City
    3N'Golo Kante (Stay)Chelsea
    4Nemanja Matic (Stay)Manchester United
    5Paul Pogba (Stay)Manchester United
    6Aaron Ramsey (+1)Arsenal
    7Mousa Dembele (-1)Tottenham Hotspur
    8Jack Cork (Stay)Burnley
    9Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Stay)Liverpool
    10Eric Dier (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
    11Emre Can (Stay)Liverpool
    12Wilfred Ndidi (+4)Leicester City
    13Mohamed Diame (-1)Newcastle United
    14Jonjo Shelvey (-1)Newcastle United
    15Luka Milivojevic (Stay)Crystal Palace
    16Abdoulaye Doucoure (-1)Watford
    17Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Stay)Southampton
    18Aaron Mooy (+1)Huddersfield Town
    19Lewis Cook (-1)Bournemouth
    20Mario Lemina (Stay)Southampton

Attacking Midfielders/Wingers

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    There are three subtle shifts in this section this week. 

    Raheem Sterling's excellent showing against Swansea City gives him the edge over Christian Eriksen this week, Jesse Lingard's important contributions against AFC Bournemouth nudge him above Riyad Mahrez, and JB Gudmundsson's eighth assist of the campaign lifts him ahead of Willian.


    Biggest rise: Multiple (+1)

    Biggest fall: Multiple (-1)


    Top 20 AMs/Wingers
    1Kevin De Bruyne (Stay)
    Manchester City
    2Mohamed Salah (Stay)Liverpool
    3Leroy Sane (Stay)Manchester City
    4Raheem Sterling (+1)Manchester City
    5Christian Eriksen (-1)Tottenham Hotspur
    6Eden Hazard (Stay)Chelsea
    7Sadio Mane (Stay)Liverpool
    8Heung-Min Son (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
    9Mesut Ozil (Stay)Arsenal
    10Jesse Lingard (+1)Manchester United
    11Riyad Mahrez (-1)Leicester City
    12Alexis Sanchez (Stay)Manchester United
    13Dele Alli (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
    14JB Gudmundsson (+1)Burnley
    15Willian (-1)Chelsea
    16Bernardo Silva (Stay)Manchester City
    17Jose Izquierdo (Stay)Brighton & Hove Albion
    18Juan Mata (Stay)Manchester United
    19Marc Albrighton (New!)Leicester City
    20Matt Ritchie (-1)Newcastle United 


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    Alexandre Lacazette's late season surge in form has him climbing the rankings. He's managed a very respectable 13 goals from 26 starts despite suffering a goal drought after a rough injury. Arsenal fans will hope those represent the building blocks for an excellent 2018-19 campaign, rather than a pointless late flurry.

    Gabriel Jesus is taking full advantage of Sergio Aguero being shut down for the season, steadily adding to his goal tally, while Marko Arnautovic continues to impress no matter the opposition.


    Biggest rise: Alexandre Lacazette (+2)

    Biggest fall: Chris Wood (-2)


    Top 10 Strikers
    1Roberto Firmino (Stay)Liverpool
    2Harry Kane (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
    3Sergio Aguero (Stay)Manchester City
    4Romelu Lukaku (Stay)Manchester United
    5Jamie Vardy (Stay)Leicester City
    6Gabriel Jesus (+1)Manchester City
    7Wilfried Zaha (-1)Crystal Palace
    8Alexandre Lacazette (+2)Arsenal
    9Marko Arnautovic (Stay)West Ham United
    10Chris Wood (-2)Burnley



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