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SportPesa Premier League Team Of The Week

SportPesa Premier League Team of The Week

Goalkeeper: Nick Pope (Burnley)

Nick Pope was Burnley’s hero as he saved Jamie Vardy’s spot kick, but there was so much more to like about the English stopper’s performance. Burnley have been something of a mixed bag this season, but one consistent in their dogged side has been Pope, and he was in fine form once more as Burnley registered a brilliant win over a stuttering Leicester side.

Defender: Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)

A complete performance from Virgil Van Dijk as the Dutch defender dominated proceedings at Anfield as Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners against Manchester United. After opening the scoring for Liverpool, Van Dijk done all he could to resist United as he repelled several balls into the box. One of his best performances in a Liverpool shirt.

Defender: Mason Holgate (Everton)

It’s been an indifferent season for Everton, but now with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, the Merseyside club are starting to look a little more solid. Their 1-1 draw with West Ham didn’t have many bright moments, but Mason Holgate was one of them. Is it too late for the Everton defender to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 plans?

Defender: Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace)

One of the signings of last summer, Gary Cahill has been a rock at the back for Crystal Palace and he was superb once again on Saturday as The Eagles grabbed a deserved 2-2 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad. As well as standing up to multiple City setbacks, Cahill was also on hand to provide Cenk Tosun with an assist for the game’s opening goal.

Defender: Craig Cathcart (Watford)

It’s been an incredible run of form for Watford since Nigel Pearson took over in December and they looked resilient once more as they stood up to a Spurs side desperate for a win. Central to their revival has been Craig Cathcart at the heart of their defence and he was superb once more as Watford blunted Spurs’ attack to claim a valuable point.

Midfielder: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Once upon a time there was mixed reviews surrounding Jordan Henderson at Liverpool, but the England midfielder is now rightly recognised as one of the world’s best midfielders. Against Manchester United on Sunday, Henderson controlled matters from the centre of the pitch and his star performance almost brought a goal as he was denied by the fingertips of David De Gea and then the post.

Midfielder: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

There’s not been a lot for Aston Villa fans to smile about this season, but Jack Grealish has been a rare delight. With Villa desperate for points, they looked to be heading for yet another defeat on Saturday against Brighton, but Grealish’s excellent finish ensured that Villa shared the spoils.

Midfielder: Adama Traore (Wolves)

Wolves looked dead and buried at half time as they trailed an in-form Southampton side 2-0, but their second half performance was immense as they took all three points. Adama Traore was a key part of this victory as he tore Southampton’s defence to shreds with a direct performance dripping with pace and power.

Forward: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

It was a display of perseverance for Mohamed Salah against Manchester United as he consistently knocked on United’s door. After missing several chances, Salah’s quick burst at the end had a ton of potential to go wrong, but the Liverpool marksman maintained his composure to seal all three points for the relentless Reds.

Forward: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

It was a frustrating performance for large parts for Manchester City on Saturday, but they can rely on Sergio Aguero more often than not. It was a quiet afternoon for the Argentine striker for 80 minutes on Saturday, but he came to life in the last ten minutes with two deadly finishes. Unfortunately for Aguero, his efforts didn’t count for a lot as his City side drew 2-2 with a robust Crystal Palace side.

Forward: Dominic Calvert Lewin (Everton)

With Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, and Marcus Rashford not confirmed for Euro 2020, is there a chance that Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be a surprise addition? With Everton trying all sorts of attacking formations, the one consistent has been Calvert-Lewin being a nuisance. With goals very much now a part of his game, his form from now until the end of the season will very much be on Gareth Southgate’s mind following another goal against West Ham.

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