Well it's been a great weekend for Merseyside clubs, so-so for North London and completely abysmal for the North East in the Premier League.
Tottenham and Arsenal fans will have mixed feelings about their points earned in their respective games with very few players shining for either side. Their failure to pick up three points was compounded by Chelsea's stroll to victory against Swansea, now suggesting that Spurs and Arsenal may be left to battle it out for fourth spot.
Meanwhile we finally received confirmation of QPR and Reading's relegation, an inevitable outcome but a sad sight for fans of both clubs nevertheless. Wigan may yet rue conceding a late equaliser against Tottenham as Aston Villa moved five points clear of the drop zone, dragging Sunderland and Newcastle back into the relegation mixer.
It's been an exciting weekend of football, mostly from Liverpool and Aston Villa who are both well represented in this weeks team. Let me know your thoughts!
GK: Mark Schwarzer - He's been around forever it seems but the old dog is still performing new tricks. May have been on the losing side against Everton but performed gallantly between the sticks making a number of fine saves to keep the margin down to just the one goal and hold hope for a Fulham comeback. Alas it was not to be but Schwarzer can be happy with his performance.
Unlucky to miss out: Jussi Jaaskelainen
RB: Matthew Lowton - Lowton continued his excellent debut Premier League season with yet another fine performance. Showed intelligent awareness to intercept the Sunderland pass and then pick out Weimann for Villa's second goal and got forward well as per usual. Defended stoutly to secure an excellent win finishing with a 96% pass completion rate and five interceptions. Simply outstanding performance even if Benteke will receive more column inches.
Unlucky to miss out: Seamus Coleman
CB: Phil Jagielka - Arguably unlucky not to be selected in the PFA Team of the Year, Jagielka showed off his abilities in a dominating display agonast Fulham on Saturday. Performed all the key basic duties excellently, marshalling the Fulham attack away from goal and played a key part in Everton keeping an impressive clean sheet in their 1-0 win. Did well to keep the very dangerous Dimitar Berbatov in check.
Unlucky to miss out: Adrian Mariappa
CB: Joleon Lescott - Lescott wasn't hugely tested against West Ham in the Saturday lunchtime kick off but having been sat on the bench for the majority of the season, performed admirably on his return to the side. Solid in defence, he ensured the threat of Andy Carroll was diminished for the majority of the game as he slipped in besides Vincent Kompany once more. Made a number of important blocks and clearances.
Unlucky to miss out: Ron Vlaar
LB: Joe Bennett - Bennett has perhaps been largely outshone by Lowton on the other side of the Villa defence, but against Sunderland proved to be equally as impressive for Paul Lambert's side. Showed a willingness to move forward with the ball to assist attacks and defensively coped very well with the threat of Adam Johnson, giving the winger a torrid time out on the right hand side.
Unlucky to miss out: Armand Traore
WG: Gabriel Agbonlahor - Inconsistency has plagued Agbonlahor's career but if he can continue to produce performances like last nights against Sunderland for the rest of the season, all will be forgiven. Looked frighteningly dangerous for the Midlands side going forward, providing the perfect foil to Christian Benteke. Indirectly assisted Benteke with a long range shot and then grabbed a deserved goal late on rounding the goalkeeper confidently.
Unlucky to miss out: Stewart Downing
CM: Lucas - Three years ago the Brazilian was seen as a laughing stock, the weak link of the Liverpool midfield. How things have changed since then, the Brazilian now arguably more important to the side than Steven Gerrard. Made a number of excellent tackles in his own half against Newcastle and is forming an excellent midfield partnership alongside Gerrard. Newcastle simply couldn't break through, a credit to the work of Lucas.
Unlucky to miss out: Charlie Adam
CM: Marouanne Fellaini - Forming the second half of a powerful merseyside midfield duo, Marouanne Fellaini. The big Belgian was back to his best form as he got forward well for Everton when his side was attacking and largely dominated the centre of the midfield to provide the platform for his side to go on to victory.
Unlucky to miss out: Jordan Henderson
WG: Phillip Coutinho - Luis who? Ok that might be overdoing it but the impact Coutinho has had since joining Liverpool in January has been oustanding and is definitely helping to soften the blow of the Uruguayan's suspension. Played a fantastic pass to Sturridge in the move that lead to Sturridge's first goal and Liverpool's second, before performing a similar trick for Sturridge's second. So comfortable on the ball, Liverpool have an immense talent on their hands.
Unlucky to miss out: Eden Hazard
ST: Daniel Sturridge - Another two goals to the tally of Daniel Sturridge who must be loving the new lease of life he's received at Liverpool. Arguably in the finest form of his career, Sturridge tore Newcastle's defence apart in Saturday's late encounter, helping himself to two well taken goals. Causes opposition sides all sorts of problems with his pace and power. (Attacking stat)
Unlucky to miss out: Romelu Lukaku
ST: Christian Benteke - This man just keeps going from strength to strength and his three goals against Sunderland last night may just prove the difference in the battle to stay in the Premier League. Lead the line with typical physical prowess, causing all sorts of problems for the Black Cats back line and demonstrated the impressive knack of consistently positioning himself in great areas. If Villa hold on to him they'll do well next season.
Unlucky to miss out: Pavel Pogrebnyak
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