We witnessed yet another pulsating round of Premier League action. Pick of the story this weekend was Liverpool thumping Manchester City to put some serious dent in their title challenge. With a 2-1 win, Liverpool have moved in some serious contention to finish in top 4 this season.
Manchester United found some form this weekend with a 2-0 win over Sunderland, Arsenal came back strong from their European shocker and there were no surprises to see the new men Tony Pulis and Alan Pardrew enjoy victories with West Brom and Crystal Palace respectively.
Having said all of that, I present to you all Sportzwiki’s Team of the Week for Gameweek 27 from the English Premier League.
Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea City
Out of all the layers making a move in the summer, Fabianski has enjoyed the most success so far this season. He has gone from a mere back-up keeper at Arsenal to one of the most consistent ones in the league.
Fabianksi made 3 crucial saves and helped Swansea to a solid 1-0 victory over Burnley. This was Fabainsaki’s 10th clean sheet this season.
Defender: Gabriel Paulista, Arsenal
Arsene wenger’s January signing made his first start for the Gunners and looked like a 15 million man. After gifting an early chance to Lukaku, Gabriel looked comfortable and at home in the Arsenal’s defence. He looked assured over the ball and enjoyed a comfortable debut against a not-so-easy opponent.
Defender: Scott Dann, Crystal Palace
Scott Dann represents Crystal Palace’s form since Alan Pardrew has taken over at the club. It is no-nonsense and being solid. Palace’s 3-1 win was not a fluke, it was based on Dann’s ability to shield off any West Ham attack and going on the other box and scoring a towering header for Palace. Dann was a dominant presence in both the boxes and symbolised as the pillar of perfection for his side.
Defender: Daryl Janmaat, Newcastle United
The flash right wing-back showed his true qualities against his side’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa. Janmaat came in with big reputation after a fine World Cup 2014. It has taken the Dutchman some time to settle in the Premier League but he seems to be getting to his bets now. Janmaat’s clearance off the line in last moments of the game sealed three points for his side.
Right-Midfield: Jason Punchoen, Crystal Palace
The crafty winger was involved in all three goals for his side in a 3-1 win over West Ham. Puncheon provided 3 assists on the night and was unplayable at times for West Ham left back. Puncheon had 51 touches on the ball and he covered entire length of the pitch for his side.
Centre-Midfield: Jordan Henderson, Liverpool
Henderson looks destined to take over from Steven Gerrard as the Liverpool captain and he is certainly justifying that call with some fine performances back-to-back. Henderson’s goal against City will be one of the best this season. Henderson’s 77 touches and a 73% passing accuracy says about the great game Henderson played and he rounded it off with a brilliant goal.
Centre-Midfield: Darren Fletcher, West Brom
When Fletcher left Manchester United, it looked like the best thing for the player as he needed regular playing time. Fletcher was West Brom’s go-to man in their 1-0 win over Southampton. Fletcher had 50 touches, 40 successful passes, 3 interceptions, 1 tackle and 3 clearances. These stats justify Fletcher’s move to West Brom and Tony Pulis has certainly found his new and long-term club captain in Darren Fletcher.
Left-Midfield: Ashley Young, Manchester United
Louis Van Gaal has revitalised Young since taking over. Player who looked like a dead wood last season is United’s most potent attacker during games. Young hugs the left touchline and keeps beating his opponent full back to deliver dangerous crosses in the box. Young enjoyed 3 shots, 6 accurate crosses, 4 key passes, 2 successful dribbles. 61 touches and 33 passes with 90% accuracy. He was rightly selected as the MOM in United vs Sunderland game.
Attacking Midfield: Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool
When on full flight, Coutinho is one of the best players in the world and thankfully for Liverpool he has been at his best for a consistent period of time recently. Coutinho bettered his wonder goal against Southampton and ran riot against Manchester City in their 2-1 victory. Coutinho enjoyed 72 touches despite playing further up the field. He had 48 successful passes and that wonder goal to walk in to Sportzwiki’s TOT for GW 27 of Premier League.
Striker: Glenn Murray, Crystal Palace
What a night for Murray, 2 goals and a red card. Murray linked up with Puncheon superbly and his finishing was truly amazing. Glenn Murray guarantees goals when played. When Murray comes back from his suspension, Pardrew might be tempted to start with Murray more often than what he has been doing.
Striker: Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
Van Gaal must understand If he needs goals, Play Rooney up front. Rooney became only player to score 10 or more goals in Premier League for a record 11th season in a row. Rooney was involved in almost everything United did well on the night. Rooney had 5 shots, 4 on target & 2 goals in the game. These are the stats, United fans want instead of 80 touches, 70 passes or any other passing masterclass. Rooney with his 2 goals reminds Van Gaal why he is 3rd on the list of EPL all time goal getters.
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