This game week might have seen its fair share of goals with Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham scoring four goals, but there certainly were some great defensive performances which helped teams like Sunderland and Stoke City to keep clean sheets and pick up important victories.
Tackling is just one of the art forms in the game which doesn’t get enough credit while Lionel Messi and Ronaldo bag the goals; there is always a Gerard Pique who does his bit to ensure his team are ahead in the game.
We look back at this game week and list out the top five tacklers in the Premier League thanks to stats from Squawka.com.
Sebastian Coates – Sunderland
Sam Allardyce might have thought about his record of staying up in the Premier League after he took over the job at Sunderland, but the Black Cats won a tough encounter against Southampton, thanks to a great defensive showing from the much maligned Sebastian Coates. The Uruguayan won five tackles and six aerial duels as he helped his team keep a clean sheet away from home.