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SportPesa Premier League Team Of The Week

SportPesa Premier League Team of the Week

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford

A largely quiet game for the Everton stopper but the best goalkeepers earn their wages when they are called into action. Watford barely threatened on Saturday but the one time they did manage to breach Everton’s defence, Jordan Pickford responded with a world class save from Troy Deeney.

Defender: Joel Matip

Playing alongside Virgil Van Dijk each week often hides the impact Joel Matip has on the Liverpool defence, but the Cameroonian defender has had an impeccable 2019. Against Southampton on Saturday, Matip provided a ton of reassurance as Southampton threatened to derail Liverpool’s impressive start.

Defender: Jack O’Connell

Not the best game to advertise the Premier League but Sheffield United fans won’t care as they grabbed their first win of the season against a lacklustre Crystal Palace side. The aerial/pace combination of Christian Benteke and Wilfred Zaha appeared flat and that’s because they were stopped at every opportunity by the impressive Jack O’Connell.

Defender: Lucas Digne

An impressive player ever since making his Everton bow, Lucas Digne has maintained a brilliant level of consistency since arriving at Goodison Park. His ball to set up Bernard’s winning goal was stunning, and he was a rock in defence as Everton snuffed out every meaningful Watford attack.

Midfielder: Dani Ceballos

The performance of the weekend as Dani Ceballos delighted the Emirates with a midfield performance not seen since the days of Cesc Fabregas. As well as grabbing two assists, Ceballos was combative in midfield and was at the very centre of every Arsenal attack. A joy to watch and potentially the signing of the season.

Midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne

How he walked off the pitch not on the winning side is bewildering as Kevin De Bruyne provided spectators at the Etihad Stadium with a wonderful performance of vision and accuracy against Spurs. Despite the game finishing 2-2 and being dominated by VAR, De Bruyne’s performance will live long in the memory.

Midfielder: James Maddison

The Leicester City midfielder is receiving widespread plaudits and his outing against Chelsea on Sunday had the Sky Sports panel pushing for James Maddison to be an England regular. His first season with Leicester was impressive and with Brendan Rodgers allowing him more freedom, he’s started this season in quality form.

Midfielder: Bernard

Everton fans have had to wait a long time to see the best of their little Brazilian, but it finally looks like Bernard is beginning to demonstrate the form that threatened to excite Goodison Park throughout last season. His goal against Watford on Saturday was crucial and if Everton are to break the top six then Bernard will surely have a big say on that.

Forward: Sadio Mane

Despite not enjoying a summer break like the bulk of his Premier League contemporaries, Sadio Mane has returned to Liverpool in the same destructive manner that was evident last season. His two goals in The UEFA Super Cup final helped Liverpool win the trophy and his unstoppable strike against Southampton followed by his assist for Roberto Firmino ensured Liverpool left St Mary’s Stadium with three points.

Forward: Teemu Pukki

He was something of a flop when playing for Celtic several years ago, but Teemu Pukki’s form for Norwich City has been vital in enabling the East Anglia club to become a Premier League side. His opening day goal against Liverpool was just a consolation, but his hattrick on Saturday against Newcastle was nothing short of sensational.

Forward: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

The striker that Arsenal have been desperate for since Robin Van Persie left. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has been in stunning form for the Gunners since his big money move from Borussia Dortmund and although Burnley tried their best to keep him quiet, he only required once chance to make his mark and he took it with no questions asked.


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