By Austin Owens | Jun 27, 2021
Where to watch:
- Sunday, June 27
- 2:45 p.m. ET
- Live on Peacock
The final game of Week 3 in the PLL will see a matchup between a pair of teams that have headed in different directions to open the 2021 campaign.
The two-time defending champions took home in victories in Boston and Atlanta, respectively, before taking a thriller in overtime against Atlas on Friday night. They finish up their first doubleheader of the season against the winless Chrome on Sunday at 2:45 p.m. ET.
Chrome is searching for answers after a pair of tough defeats to open their season, and while they have had some of the worst luck of any squad in the league, the Whips aren’t going to take a game off for anyone.
They have a 672-day undefeated streak that they’re looking to keep alive on Sunday.
Who Ya Got?
Unsurprisingly, the majority of fans are riding with the champs. 92 percent of fans picked the Whipsnakes to win this game in PLL Pick ‘Em.
The Whipsnakes also have the betting odds in their favor, as they sit at -2.5 (-167) currently on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Chrome’s Injury Woes
This has been the major storyline surrounding Chrome to open the season.
Randy Staats, Jordan Wolf, Jared Bernhardt, and JT Giles-Harris are all out for the team currently.
Bernhardt has been added to the Injured Reserve this week while Giles-Harris landed on the Physically Unable to Perform List.
Ahead of this game, Tim Soudan made some personnel moves, including a veteran addition for the offense.
James Barclay will move into a bigger role with Bernhardt out for an unknown amount of time. Eli Salama will also be making his season debut following an impressive Championship Series performance last summer.
Haus vs. Haus
We all love to see a good sibling rivalry, and one of the best brother duos in the PLL will go head to head on Sunday.
John Haus has been a pivotal piece for the Whips once again this season, posting four goals and an assist in three games -- including the OT winner against the Cannons in Week 2. Will is a stalwart on the defensive side for Chrome, serving as their top short-stick defensive midfielder.
Could we even see Will guard John during this game? It’ll be a fun storyline to keep an eye on. Brad Smith could be the man to draw a pole in the midfield, so it’ll be up to Will Haus and Ryan Terefenko, among others, to shut down the Whips’ potent midfield.
Star-Studded Stripe Showdown
Joe Nardella is going to have some bruises after this weekend is said and done.
He already went through one battle with Trevor Baptiste on Friday, where he walked away winning 57 percent of the draws while nabbing four ground balls. It doesn’t get any easier for him, however, as he’ll go up against the physical Connor Farrell in this contest.
Farrell is at a 52-percent clip this season, and The Milkman he’s going to make Nardella work for every single draw win on the day.
We were treated to a great faceoff showdown in the opening game of the weekend, but we can’t discount how fun these scraps at the stripe are going to be.
What’s on the Line?
There are some obvious motivations for each club in this matchup. While the Whips would still be 3-1 on the year with a defeat, they’ll want to keep the streak alive for as long as possible.
Chrome needs this victory, especially heading into a tough doubleheader next weekend in Long Island. They open against the Archers on Friday before finishing up their doubleheader against a tough Atlas squad who’s embracing the underdog role and impressing in the process.
Chrome will be hard-pressed to get the win with their injuries, however, the Whips have been pushed to overtime in their last two games. There’s always a chance for an upset here, and don’t count out Soudan’s squad playing spoiler.