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SportPesa Premier League Team Of The Week

SportPesa Premier League Team of the Week

Goalkeeper: Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace)

Crystal Palace were in a good position to take all three points against Arsenal on Saturday following the sending off of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, but it was The Gunners who had the best chance to win the game. With minutes left on the clock, Nicholas Pepe’s left foot strike was tipped onto the post by Vicente Guaita and the rebound was gathered by him before Arsenal could grab a winner.

Defender: Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)

There was some uncharacteristic moments of panic in Liverpool’s ranks as they looked to protect their 1-0 lead against Spurs on Saturday, but one figure of composure in their line-up was Virgil Van Dijk. The Dutch defender was outstanding as Spurs piled on pressure and his contributions were vital as Liverpool kept yet another clean sheet.

Defender: Fernandinho (Manchester City)

Although the game at Villa Park best highlighted the attacking prowess of Manchester City, there was still a lot to admire about Fernandinho. With the game effectively done after half an hour, City could’ve been forgiven for taking their foot off, but that couldn’t happen with Fernandinho at the back. The Brazilian was superb throughout as he barked instructions at his teammates consistently as City completed a professional job in the second city.

Defender: Craig Dawson (Watford)

Nigel Pearson’s appointment at Watford has been a miraculous one so far with the Hornets lifting themselves from the basement position to safety in no time. They enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win over a woeful Bournemouth on Sunday and key to that victory was Craig Dawson in defence. Bournemouth offered some fight on occasion, but any moment of success they thought they had was quickly snuffed out by the oft-alert Dawson.

Defender: Reece James (Chelsea)

There’s been two sides to Chelsea this season, but it was their impressive face that showed up on Saturday as they were too strong for Burnley. Reece James was relentless for Chelsea as he bombed forward whenever he was given the opportunity and the amount of chances he created for his teammates was something to be admired. James’ industry was rewarded as provided an assist in the game to cap off an excellent display.

Midfielder: Juan Mata (Manchester United)

One of the Premier League’s best playmakers has endured a tough time at Old Trafford lately, but it was refreshing to see Juan Mata do what he does best against Norwich City on Saturday. Fans of Manchester United haven’t had much to enjoy in recent seasons, but Mata’s performance was a throwback to more successful times for United as he used the ball expertly to rip The Canaries apart.

Midfielder: Bernard (Everton)

Everton’s tiny Brazilian, Bernard, provided Everton supporters with enough cheer against Brighton as The Blues bounced back brilliantly from their FA Cup setback against Liverpool. Carlo Ancelotti would’ve wanted a response from his team and Bernard took that request serious as he danced past the Brighton defenders with ease throughout as Everton registered a 1-0 win.

Midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Manchester City were exquisite against Aston Villa with a number of players shining brilliantly and to no one’s surprise, Kevin De Bruyne was at the centre of everything brilliant from his side. His assist for Jesus’ goal was breath-taking and was the highlight of a display that contained so much high quality.

Forward: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

One of the Premier League’s finest servants added more history to his legacy on Sunday as Sergio Aguero became the highest scoring foreigner overtaking Thierry Henry. Villa’s raggedness in defence made his achievement somewhat easier, but there was no denying the ruthlessness of the Argentine menace as his hatrick ripped The Villains apart.

Forward: Danny Ings (Southampton)

One of the best signings in recent memory and arguably the sole reason why Southampton have performed so well in recent months. A lot was made of The Saints’ loss to Leicester early in the season, but they demonstrated just how much they’ve improved on Saturday as they ran out 2-1 winners over The Foxes with Ings scoring the crucial goal.

Forward: Firmino (Liverpool)

After missing a golden chance for Liverpool in the opening stages of their game with Spurs, it didn’t appear to be Firmino’s day as his side desperately tried to break down their stubborn opponents. Later on in the first half, the Brazilian wizard danced past his marker and unleashed a vicious left foot strike into the goal, and it was enough to give Liverpool another three points on their march towards their first Premier League title.

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