The main takeaway from this Premier League weekend has to be the number of away wins, which amounted to 7 in total.
It also included massive victories for clubs poised for a relegation battle – namely, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United. They claimed massive scalps in their games against Manchester United and Tottenham Hostpur.
Liverpool and Manchester City continued their dominance with Watford being the only side to have not gotten a point so far. Here’s the team of the week:
Ederson – Goalkeeper (Manchester City)
It’s not very often that the sweeper-keeper is called upon in games but with 6 saves on the day and some crucial ones during important periods of the game, he gets the nod in between the posts.
Emil Krafth – Right wing-back (Newcastle United)
There were quite a few doubts about his quality but defensively and offensively, the right-back looked like a man possessed and was symbolic of the Magpies’ fighting spirit
Gary Cahill – Centre-back (Crystal Palace)
What a game it was for the former Chelsea-captain, leading that backline to a very hard-fought victory in a game where they were very defensive.
Bjorn Engels – Centre-back (Aston Villa)
Engels looks inspired since his move and is quickly going to be leading the clearance stats if he continues to perform at this level. He and Mings are simply unstoppable when balls are thrown in the box.
Jannik Vestergaard – Centre-back (Southampton)
The giant put in a colossal performance to help Southampton get their first clean sheet and a much-deserved 3 points.
Patrick van Aanholt – Left wing-back (Crystal Palace)
He has really matured under Roy Hodgson and is now a senior player, who covers that left-flank as well as anyone and scored the winner to get the Eagles the three points.
Issac Hayden – Central midfield (Newcastle United)
He rarely touched the ball but as he shuttling from left to right and vice versa all game. It was an absolutely selfless performance and the Magpies will be glad that he’s still in the side.
Fabinho – Central midfield (Liverpool)
A lot of Liverpool players could’ve got the nod but the man central to allowing Liverpool to change their style from being a counter-attacking side to a more controlled side was the Brazilian.
David Silva –Attacking midfield (Manchester City)
We’ve come to expect this from the magician and it’s a shame that this may well end up being his final season in the Premier League. He set up two goals but David Silva is always more than just his number.
Sebastien Haller – Centre-forward (West Ham)
West Ham’s most expensive player of all time had come with a fantastic reputation and a fantastic brace besides all of his other qualities is exactly why Sebastian Haller was trusted by the West Ham hierarchy.
Tammy Abraham – Centre-forward (Chelsea)
A big weight would’ve been off the shoulders of the Chelsea graduate as he finally got off the mark in a Blue shirt. Two excellently taken goals should give everyone a sign of what Tammy Abraham is going to do for the rest of the season.
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