Gameweek 26 will perhaps turn out to be the most crucial one to remember when the eventual winner will be crowned later this year as Chelsea were denied 2 penalty claims and were held at home by Burnley; while Manchester City cruised to a 5-0 win against Newcastle United and the reduced Chelsea’s lead at the top to only 5 points now.
Elsewhere, Manchester United continued their struggles and lost to Swansea, Sam Allardyce was left fuming after Spurs were awarded a late penalty, Everton salvaged a late draw themselves and the professor (Tim Sherwood) did not have the best of starts at Villa Park.
Having said all of that it’s time to focus on Sportzwiki’s Team of the week for Gameweek 26 in the English Premier League.
Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)
Simon Mignolet is not everyone’s preferred man in goal for Liverpool but the man has put in some stellar performances over the past few weeks. Mignolet and Liverpool have not conceeded a goal in their last 5 away league games. Against Southampton he looked an assured figure when Saints were pressing hard for the goal and kept his calm and a clean sheet for the reds.
Defender: Ben Mee (Burnley)
The man who brought the pain to Chelsea by scoring the equalizer late in the game with an unstoppable header. Mee kept out the threat of Juan Cuadrado and was an assuring figure for Sean Dyche’s men at the Bridge.
Defender: Martin Skrtel (Liverpool)
Second Liverpool player to feature in our Team of the Week and rightly so. The Slovakian was a rock at the back for his side and kept out the wave after wave of Southampton’s attack. Southampton full backs were targetting Pelle with their crosses and Pelle was completely dominated by Skrtel as he negated any possible goal threat by the Italian.
Defender: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
Ivanoic has been in inspired goal scoring form for Jose Mourinho. He has now scored 4 goals in his last 6 games for Chelsea. Ivanovic’s goal helped the blues earn a vital point at the Bridge and build their title challenge, Ivanovic however could not anything about Mee’s headed goal.
Midfielder: Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester)
Still showing his class at the age of 34. The highly decorated Argentine scored his 3rd goal of the season and perhaps the most vital one as he led side to Goodison Park and helped his side earn a well-deserved point against a revitalised Everton side. Cambiasso was a real steel in the midfield for Leicester as he controlled the pace of Leicester’s play and nullified any possible Everton’s attack from the midfield.
Midfielder: Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham)
West Ham have found a reliable player who can play in both defense or in midfield with ease. The Senegal International headed one of the most powerful headed goals this season and was the main reason why the likes of Chadli, Lamela and Demebele were ineffective for Spurs. The London derby was well and truly Kouyate’s game to remember as he keeps getting better and better for Sam Allardyce and West Ham.
Midfielder: David Silva (Manchester City)
Often the man who makes Manchester City tick and he was at his best was Man City had a convincing win over Newcastle United. Silva scored 2 sublime goals and kept feeding Ciy’s frontmen with passes to go and get goals. Silva has been one of the best editions to the League since his arrival to City from Valencia.
Midfielder: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s go-to man in recent weeks has been Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard has been in inspiring form lately scoring and assisting goals for fun. Many feared that once Sanchez would arrive, Cazorla’s form and impact on the Arsenal side would dip but since Sanchez’s return Cazorla has scored 2 goals in 2 games for the Gunners. Cazorla’s form would be key to Arsenal’s hopes in remaining matches this season.
Midfielder: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Philippe Coutinho is one of the most eye catchy players in the league. Coutinho’s movements are so swift that he makes the game look effortless at times. Coutinho’s greatest strengths are his quick feet and vision over the ball. Only thing lacking in his game was goals, it seems he is working on it after getting a regular playing time. Coutinho’s goal against Southampton could be one of the goals of the season.
Striker: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
Before I say anything, lets look at a stat which says Giroud’s 50 league goals have come at a quicker rate than Didier Drogba. That says a lot for the Frenchman’s potent skills in front of the goal. Giroud’s return to fitness and form has been a massive boost for Arsenal in their quest for Top 4 finish in the league and a stable season in the Champions League.
Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
He scored from the penalty spot but before people bash my call, I must tell you it requires equal composure to finish from the spot as it takes to score from the open play, if not more. Aguero is never just about the goals for City, his allround play is one of the things to admire about City’s game. Aguero always plays on the shoulder of opposition’s defense and same was the case when Man City won 5-0 against Newcastle United.