The latest round of Premier League action has just drawn to a close with important wins for Chelsea and Liverpool while Arsenal slipped to a surprising defeat away at Stoke City.
There were some stand out performances such as the hat-trick struck by Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle but there were plenty of other noteworthy performances.
Here’s our team of the weekend.
GK – Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)
The Belgian was superb against Southampton and if he continues this fine form over the rest of the season, he stands a great chance of being Belgium’s number one at the World Cup.
RB – Glen Johnson (Liverpool)
Made it very difficult for the Saints to build any momentum or pressure down his side of the team. Defensively he was very solid and he got forward well to support the attack.
CB – Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur)
This was a very important performance for the Tottenham captain considering the lack of turnaround time following the Europa League game last week. He made the basic decisions well and led the team admirably against Cardiff.
CB – Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa)
Vlaar reacted superbly when Aston Villa went behind in their game against Norwich City. He grabbed the team by the scruff of the neck and reorganised his defence admirably.
LB – Leighton Baines (Everton)
Baines has been one of the most consistent players in the Premier League. With all the talk surrounding Luke Shaw’s first England call up, Baines showed against West Ham why he’s the best left-back in the country.
RM – Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)
Sissoko was unplayable at times against Hull City and produced great work in attacking areas.
CM – Gareth Barry (Everton)
Barry played more accurate passes than any other player throughout the weekend’s games. He protected Everton’s defence well and moved the ball forward effectively.
CM – Charlie Adam (Stoke City)
Adam had a great game against Arsenal to go with the solid performance he put in against Manchester United earlier this season. He made two key interceptions and made it difficult for the Gunners to move the ball around.
LM – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
The Belgian just gets better and better. His first-half against Fulham was flat but he turned things around and formed a real attacking and creative threat in the second 45 minutes.
ST – Andre Schurrle (Chelsea)
Bagged himself a hat-trick as the Blues went onto win against Fulham. He showed great composure and produced great finishes in front of goal.
ST – Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)
Benteke scored an awesome goal and was generally a handful throughout the game against Norwich. He’s been building up a head of steam in terms of the stats and this capped things off nicely.
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