Gameweek 28 of the Premier League saw all the 7 teams fighting for title and involved in the top 4 battle win their games. Understandably so, there were some big performances from some of the star players of the English Premier League.
After going through all the results and performances from the midweek action, I present to you Sportzwiki’s Team of the Week for Gameweek 28 from English Premier League.
Goalkeeper: Thibaout Courtious (Chelsea)
Hardly any surprises here as the Belgian kept out West Ham’s striker, Enner Valencia in particular to ensure Jose Mourinho did not have an uneasy night at Upton Park. Couritious made 3 crucial saves to deny Sam Allardyce’s team any chance of salvaging a draw against the leaders.
Defender: Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
This was one of the most dominant defensive displays I have seen all season. Gibbs had all areas of his games covered. Playing against Philips, Austin and Furlong, the Arsenal defender managed 4 tackles, 7 interceptions and an amazing 14 clearances. Going forward, Gibbs sent 4 crosses in the box and displayed a fine performance on the night which helped Arsenal edge QPR to gain a vital 2-1 away win.
Defender: Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
It has not been easy for Cahill this season. Mourinho has constantly looked to swap him with Kurt Zouma, Cahill got his chance against West Ham and he was the rock which West Ham could not bring down. West Ham had 18 shots in total which justifies Cahill’s 22 clearances in the game. Whenever ball went up in Chelsea’s box Cahill rose the highest to meet it. His composure allowed the blues to see off the game 1-0.
Defender: Emre Can (Liverpool)
Can’s stocks have been on the rise since his move to Anfield. He justified his selection with another key performance. Can had 2 tackles, 2 interceptions and an amazing 4 clearances against Burnley.
Centre Midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton)
Ronaldd Koeman missed Schneiderlin while he was nursing his injury. The Frenchman proved his worth once again and showed why the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are battling for his services. Schneiderlin notched up a 93% passing success with 90 touches of the ball making 5 tackles, 4 interceptions and 6 clearances. These numbers are as good as one can hope for playing at this position.
Centre Midfield: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
The man who is quickly becoming ready to fill Gerrard’s shoes. Standing Liverpool captain once again justified his selection as the next Kop captain with an all-round performance against Burnley. Henderson is growing fond of long range shots and if he keeps on delivering like he ha sbeen in recent games, people would happily pay to watch him play.
Centre Midfield: Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)
The player, everyone has been raving about in recent weeks. Arsenal have finally identified a player who can carry their midfield for number of years. Against QPR, Coquelin was at his best once again making 6 tackles, 3 interceptions and 8 clearances. He had 90% successful passes and enjoyed 73 touches in the entire game.
Attacking Midfield Right: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
These days, if Chelsea win a game, invariably its Hazard who comes up with the goods. Even though he was offside when he scored the goal, The Belgian had a bright game and deserves to be in our Team of the Week. Hazard had 4 shots (2 on target), 4 key passes, 3 dribbles, 66 touches and enjoyed a 90% passing success.
Attacking Midfield Centre: David Silva (Man City)
Silky and smooth, the two words which describe Silva’s playing time on the pitch. Silva continued his goal-scoring form against Leicester. Apart from his goal, Silva played 6 key passes, had 4 shots (2 on target), had 104 touches and attempted 86 passes with 81% success rate. The numbers would get him in to any side in the world.
Attacking Midfield Left: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
The Chilean had a dry spell recently, not been able to score in his last 7 games. Some said that Ozil’s return has hampered his position in the team. Against QPR he played in his preferred (CF) role and dominated the play. Sanchez scored with his 5th shot on goal and played 5 key passes. Sanchez’s biggest asset is his direct approach at goal and Arsenal fans would be delighted to see their star getting on the score sheet again.
Striker: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
I had a tough time picking a player for this position. I had Giroud, Austin the other two contendors but Sturridge nicked in with his overall play on the night and the quality of his goal alone. Sturridge is still feeling his way back to playing regular football but the English striker looked sharp. He was constantly playing on the shoulder of the defenders and ideally he should have scored at least 1 or 2 goals more since he had 5 shots (3 on target).
SUBS: De Gea, Skrtel, Azpilicueta, Mane, Coutinho, Giroud