The 13th week of the Premier League took place over the weekend, with all teams playing in midweek in this busy schedule, these set of games will prove just how strong a squad each team has with 3 games coming in the space of 7 days.
The biggest talking points from the week were Chelsea being held to a 0-0 draw by Sunderland, Manchester City defeating 2nd placed Southampton away even though they played the game with 10 men and Liverpool finally snapping their 3 game losing streak in the Premier League and picking up their first win in November after defeating Stoke in a hard fought victory.
Here is the team of the week for the 13th round of Premier League games.
GK: Costel Pantilimon
It should be a standout performance when you do not concede against Premier League leaders Chelsea. Costel wasn’t that troubled by the Chelsea attack as they were marshalled really well by the Sunderland defence but the Romanian did have to deal with a few long range efforts, especially from Nemanja Matic. The goalkeeper did everything right and was a rock in between the sticks, earning him a place in the XI.
DEF: Glen Johnson
The much maligned Liverpool right back was their saviour against Stoke City. Johnson has faced a lot of criticism from his own followers but he came to their rescue when he nodding in a goal from a brave header in the 85th minute to give Liverpool a much needed win. It was a brave header which resulted in him getting busted open and requiring treatment, who says he doesn’t give it his all when playing for the club?
DEF: Wes Brown
The former Manchester United defender was up against it when his team took on Chelsea but the current Sunderland defender was exceptional all night with centre back partner John O’Shea. Not only did he keep Diego Costa quiet throughout the game, the pair kept the league leaders quiet in the attacking front and were only reduced to taking long shots from outside the box. Gus Poyet deserves credit for making the Sunderland team play like this and thus they avoided defeat against the League leaders.
DEF: Kolo Toure
Another player who has been on the fringes of the Liverpool team this season, Kolo Toure has been brilliant ever since he returned to the line-up against Real Madrid a few weeks ago. He was great again for the Liverpool team in place of Dejan Lovren and looked really comfortable with Martin Skrtel. Brendan Rodgers must continue with the Ivory Coast player as he seems to have proved just how much he still can contribute to a leaky and shaky Liverpool defines.
DEF: Gael Clichy
The Manchester City defender was in a class of his own against Southampton, even though the team had to play a part of the game with 10 men. The former Arsenal player marked the game with a beautiful goal for Manchester City; he scored the third goal for the team in a 3-0 win over Southampton and was impressive in keeping attacks limited from his side of the defence.
MID: Frank Lampard
The now Manchester City player, yes he does not play for Chelsea anymore continues to shine for Manchester City. Although he does not start as many games as he did for Chelsea, he still comes up with important goals like he used to for Chelsea. Lampard scored the 2nd goal for Manchester City at a time when they were playing with 10 men, giving them the confidence to win the game 3-0 over Southampton.
MID: Christian Eriksen
The Danish international blows hot and cold for Spurs and was instrumental in them getting a foothold back in the Sunday clash with Everton. Tottenham were trailing Everton but Eriksen brought them level with a neat finish in the first half after scoring from a saved shot from Harry Kane. The Dane was at the heart of everything attacking for Spurs and makes it in the team of the week.
MID: Kevin Mirallas
If any player deserves to be in the team of the week thanks to their goal it has to be Kevin Mirallas, the Everton midfielder curled in a superb opener against Tottenham and probably scored the goal of the week. Kevin was brilliant all throughout the game and it was a bit of a surprise when Roberto Martinez substituted the Belgian in the second half when his team were looking for an equalizer.
FW: Bojan Krkic
He can do it on a cold windy night at Stoke; the former Barcelona striker was at his best against Liverpool. He hit the bar after some great work to beat a couple of defenders in the 2nd half and then had a late volley brilliantly kept out by Simon Mignolet. Bojan showed just how good he is and was unlucky in not ending the night with a goal or two for his performance.
FW: Danny Welbeck
The Arsenal forward scored his 6th goal for his new club after hitting a bit of a barren spell, Welbeck was played in a wide position against West Bromwich Albion with Olivier Giroud leading the attack but it was the Englishman who got the only goal of the game with a brilliantly taken header, which gave the Gunners an important 1-0 win over the Baggies.
FW: Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney didn’t really have to play really hard when Manchester United took on Hull City but he was impressive for the Red Devils with a brilliant, he scored the 2nd goal for the Reds as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Hull City. Rooney seems to be getting better under Louis Van Gaal but was taken off when he got injured in a nasty fall at the end of the game.
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