Premier League Opinion: Premier League Team of the Week
This week of Premier League fixtures saw only 16 teams in action as both Chelsea and Manchester City were involved in the final of the EFL Cup, which means that their matches with Brighton and Everton respectively have been postponed.
The biggest game this weekend was obviously the massive battle at Old Trafford between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rampant Manchester United and Jurgen Klopp’s title-hopefuls Liverpool but it failed to live up to the expectations and ended in a drab stalemate.
Arsenal were comfortable winners against Southampton while the biggest surprise of the week came when Burnley triumphed over Tottenham despite the boost given to them by Harry Kane’s return from injury ahead of schedule.
Elsewhere, Crystal Palace thrashed Leicester City 4-1 at the King Power stadium which triggered the dismissal of Claude Puel as the manager of the Foxes. Watford went to Cardiff and absolutely pulverised the Bluebirds by a 5-1 scoreline.
Premier League Team of the Week:
GK – Alisson Becker
Had Liverpool has any other goalkeeper between the sticks against United, there’s a high chance they wouldn’t have got the point that they earned.
RB – Phil Bardsley
Starred for Burnley in their astonishing 2-1 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor despite Harry Kane’s return from injury.
RCB – Virgil Van Dijk
The Dutchman was a rock at the back for Liverpool and despite all of United’s counter-attacking intentions, they were only able to create a couple of decent chances.
LCB – James Tarkowski
The Englishman put up the showing of his life with England manager Gareth Southgate watching from the stands. Made Kane seem irrelevant all game and dominated the box.
LB – Luke Shaw
Ran rings around Milner once the game wore on and his defensive work was excellent too. He made Mohamed Salah’s lung-busting runs look extremely ordinary with sharp movement and positioning.
CDM – James McArthur
The Premier League veteran is 31 now but that didn’t show in his inspired display as a rampant Palace side went to the King Power stadium and got Claude Puel fired by setting up two goals.
RM – Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Arsenal were comfortable 2-0 winners against Southampton. The Armenian turned up against the Saints and contributed with a goal and an assist to earn a place in this XI.
CAM – Gerard Deulofeu
Got himself a rather neat hat-trick against Cardiff and even set up a goal for his strike partner Troy Deeney as they smashed Cardiff City 5-1.
LM – Wilfried Zaha
A player who seemed to be in inspired form against the Foxes, Zaha came out in the second half as a man on a mission. He scored twice and was easily the best player on the pitch.
RF – Chris Wood
Another week, another Burnley masterclass. Wood had an exceptional game against Spurs. He ran the channels and toyed with the Spurs backline and even made Kane look average.
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LF – Troy Deeney
Watford’s 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff wouldn’t have been possible had Deeney not been on the pitch. His sharp movement left the Bluebirds’ defence clueless and he even notched up two goals and an assist.