The Premier League become a whole more exciting this weekend with Chelsea’s first loss of the season at Newcastle, paving the way for Manchester City to half the gap to the top of the table thanks to a 1-0 win over Everton. The other standout result was Stoke City’s 3-2 win over Arsenal which again brought out the calls for a more resolute team at Arsenal, there were a host of 0-0 draws in this weekend’s results as well.
Some players were on fire this weekend, like Robin Van Persie, who scored twice in their win over Southampton, pushing Manchester United to third in the table. Bojan Krkic was brilliant for Stoke City and Andy Carroll back from injury was great for West Ham United. Here is the team of the week for the 15th round of Premier League games.
The Hull City goalkeeper was in fine form for his team’s 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion, he kept his team in the game with a great penalty save in the first half, this was his third penalty save this season, no player has been able to beat McGregor from the spot this season.
Chelsea might have lost their Premier League game to Newcastle but it wasn’t due to a lack of trying, Ivanovic was a tank at the right back spot and makes it to the team of the weekend. He was not only strong in defence but was often linking up down the right to attack the Newcastle team.
West Ham’s brilliant season continues, they stay 4th in the league after an impressive win against a very good Swansea team. Bony has been a terror in the box this season and got a goal for Swansea but Tomkins did extremely well to hold off the Ivorian for the rest of the game.
Another great performance by Coloccini, he was up against Diego Costa and then the duel threats of Costa and Drogba in the second half. Coloccini was able to keep both the strikers quiet throughout the game and help Newcastle to a brilliant win over the league leaders, Chelsea.
Cresswell was signed from Ipswich Town at the start of the season and that has been money well spent by Sam Allardyce, Cresswell looks like a proper Premier League player and has made the step up to the big league in pretty amazing fashion, at this rate he could make an appearance for the English national team.
The former Sunderland midfielder now plays for Newcastle, which wouldn’t keep him in many good books but he was exceptional in the win over Chelsea. Colback didn’t allow a lot of time to the Chelsea midfield and Alan Pardew should be grateful for the work rate the young player put in for Newcastle.
Sam Allardyce has made some amazing signings this season and signing Alex Song on loan has to be one of them. The midfielder seems to have found his Arsenal form back for the Hammers and has been a rock in midfield, partly the reason for them doing so well but the complete West Ham team have been brilliant this season, they were 17th at this stage last season, this time they are 4th.
Yes, yes he can do it on a cold windy night at Stoke! The former Barcelona man was on fire against Arsenal, not only scoring once but he did have the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled offside. Mark Hughes might have made a very astute signing by bringing Krkic to Stoke City.
Andy Carroll has had a pretty torrid time with injuries but a fit Andy Carroll showed what he can do against Swansea, not only did he score 2 goals, he played a part in the third goal as well. He was strong up front and the Swansea defence just could not deal with him.
Robin Van Persie
The Dutchman hasn’t been flying this season at Manchester United but thanks to his two goals, United climbed up to third in the league standings. This was the old Robin Van Persie in fine form and United fans will be hoping he continues this vein of form for the rest of the season.
He didn’t start the game but when he came on, he won the game for Newcastle. Cisse was in the right place at the right time to score both of Newcastle’s goals and was the star striker from the game.
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