The gameweek 25 has ended. Chelsea with a late winner at the Stamford Bridge maintained their 7 point at the top of the table. Second placed Manchester City also ensured they sustain a pressure on the Blues with a 1-4 romping of Stoke. Neighbours United meanwhile, albeit unconvincingly overcame strugglers Burnley to usurp Southampton in the 3rd place, with the Saints held at home by West Ham.
Lets take a look at the consolidated team of the gameweek.
Shut out Sunderland in their own backyard to earn QPR their first away win f the season. the 35-year-old pulled of a breathtaking save off Connor Wickham to register the Hoops’ first clean sheet of the new year.
Came on for the injured Phil Jones just 5 minutes into the game, and got on to the scoresheet within seconds. Towered home another just before half-time. Although he looked nervous against the slick Danny Ings, he gradually composed himself as United didn’t concede more than one.
Captain’s performance from the Portuguese. Marshalled his defence well. Gave little room for Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia to manoeuvre. Saints’ high-line was brilliantly organised by the 31-year-old, and they were perhaps unlucky not to win.
Continued his extended run of form at the back in the absence of Winston Reid and James Collins. Built on his goal-scoring heroics against Manchester United at the weekend with a sturdy performance at the back, as the Hammers played half-an-hour with 10-men.
QPR’s second best player after Green, the Dutchman demonstrated his aerial prowess, firing the Hoop’s into the lead with a bullet header. Outmuscled Gus Poyets midfield with his brute strength to lead his side to a very important victory.
Chelsea’s giant presence in midfield, the Serb again was subject of plaudits. Controlled the Blues midfield and unlike his midfield partner Ramires, he was reliable for his side. Drove forward whenever he found space, and found his teammates with flair on other occasions.
Last game was one to forget for the Frenchman, looking devoid of ideas after his injury return. Made amends against the Potters with a fine individual performance. The former Arsenal man assisted James Milner with an inviting cross, before finding the net himself with a sublime solo goal.
Chelsea’s match-winner was shifted to his favoured number 10 role to accommodate new signing Juan Cuadrado. Hit Everton on the counter whenever presented with the opportunity. Expertly drove home past Tim Howard that ricocheted off Steven Naismith.
Showcased his strength and pace to give his side the lead. Had the ball in the net just before half-time which was wrongly adjudged. Got his second eventually from the spot to conquer the Potters.
Hull’s new signing was quick to impress the fans on his first start fot the club. The Senegalese striker set-up his strike partner Nikica Jelavic for the Tigers’ first goal, before helping himself to open his Premier League account.
He just can’t stop scoring. Scored his 23rd goal of the season, and was unlucky not to end on the winning side in the thrilling encounter against Liverpool. Also played his part in setting-up Dembele’s goal, which restored parity for the second time in the game.