EASTBOURNE’S ‘Lifestyle’ Eagles roar back onto the Elite League stage following a month’s sabbatical this Monday (July 18) evening (7.30pm) when they host current champions Coventry Bees in front of the SKY Sports cameras at Arlington Stadium.
Heading the Coventry line-up is one of the most exciting talents to grace the sport in many a year – Russian superstar Emil Sayfutdinov.
Sayfutdinov has been stirring things up on the World Grand Prix stage since bursting onto the scene a few short years ago.
It was a coup for the Coventry management to secure his services for Elite League competition.
Monday will prove Sayfutdinov’s first appearance at Arlington but Coventry are by no means a one man band and will provide the Eagles with a stern test as they re-ignite their quest for a play off place.
It is essential however the Eagles get back inn the winning groove after their break.
Eastbourne’s most recent matches contained some seemingly jaded performances but one man to whom such an accusation could certainly not be levelled however is Czech Republican Lukas Dryml who signed off with two startling 20-point plus displays against Wolverhampton in the Knockout Cup and during Eagles rain soaked visit to Coventry.
Dryml, moves back up the order to the number two berth for the visit of the Bees, trading places with club skipper Cameron Woodward.
The likely teams are as follows.
Eagles: 1 Bjarne Pedersen, 2 Lukas Dryml, 3 Simon Gustafsson, 4 Lewis Bridger, 5 Joonas Kylmakorpi 6 Cameron Woodward (Captain), 7 Timo Lahti.
Bees: 1 Emil Sayfutdinov, 2 Kenni Larsen, 3 Ryan Fisher, 4 Przemyslaw Pawlicki, 5 Edward Kennett (Captain), 6 Josh Auty, 7 Travis McGowan.
r Supporters are reminded the Eagles ‘Kids for a Quid’ promotion remains in operation for the Monday night encounter with the reigning Champions, just as it will throughout the remainder of the 2011 season.