There were plenty of stand out defensive performances over the weekend as seven teams kept clean sheets, which meant more points in bids for European glory and Premier League safety.
Liverpool deserve a special mention for the way they kept a very talented Arsenal side quiet while Norwich City also did superbly to earn themselves a point against Manchester City.
We’ve taken a look at the best performer over several key areas.
Skrtel deserves a mention because he got Liverpool off to a great start against Arsenal with a first-half brace. He was imposing in attack and solid at the back, providing a platform which Liverpool never gave up.
|Billy Jones||West Brom||DF||7||1||90|
Again, it’s no surprise that Liverpool feature prominently here. Jon Flanagan and Kolo Toure did well to get stuck in, breaking up the play which made it very hard for Arsenal to move the ball around easily.
|James Collins||West Ham||DF||22||1||90|
|James Tomkins||West Ham||DF||15||1||90|
Fulham’s Burn and Norwich’s Bassong both played extremely well in games where their clubs would have been tipped for defeats before kick-off. They both made key clearances which stopped Manchester United and Manchester City from being able to maintain pressure.
Aerial Duels Won
|Gareth McAuley||West Brom||DF||9||1||90|
|Nemanja Vidic||Man Utd||DF||6||1||90|
|James Collins||West Ham||DF||5||1||90|
Gareth McAuley was particularly dominant in the air but he wasn’t able to stop the Baggies from falling to defeat away at Crystal Palace. He cut out the aerial threat but unfortunately Palace has too much in terms of pace, movement and skill on the deck.
|Liam Ridgewell||West Brom||DF||4||1||45|
Had it not been for Santon then Newcastle’s defeat to Chelsea could have been a lot worse. Cesar Azpilicueta also made it difficult for Newcastle to build much attacking pressure during the game.
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