Who were the best Premier League players over the weekend? Ba, Coutinho and more

Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Southampton stars all feature.

Another impressive round of Premier League action has been and gone with some important performances at either end of the Premier League table.

Liverpool secured a dramatic win against Manchester City while Demba Ba seems to be making a habit of dramatic late goals to keep Chelsea in with a chance of winning silverware this season.

There were also important wins for Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Fulham, all battling hard to avoid the drop at the other end of the table.

We’ve taken a look at the best performer over the weekend in five key areas.


Demba Ba Chelsea FW 1 1 79
Chris Brunt West Brom MF 1 1 90
Cala Cardiff DF 1 1 90
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool MF 1 1 89

Three players stand out there in terms of important goals; Ba, Coutinho and Eriksen. Coutinho in particular showed great skill to jump all over Vincent Kompany’s mistake at Anfield like a rash, with a neat finish past Joe Hart which keeps Liverpool in the title race.

On Target Attempts

  ClubPosOntarget Scoring AttAppsMins
Demba Ba Chelsea FW 2 1 79
Yannick Bolasie Crystal Palace MF 2 1 83
Christian Eriksen Spurs MF 2 1 90
Leroy Fer Norwich MF 2 1 68

Lambert deserves a special mention considering the recent injury to his Southampton teammate Jay Rodriguez. In light of that knee problem, Lambert has just been placed under extreme pressure. He was one of the most accurate strikers at the weekend, which makes the Saints’ defeat disappointing.

Interceptions Won

  ClubPosInterception WonAppsMins
Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace MF 11 1 90
Pablo Zabaleta Man City DF 10 1 90
Bradley Johnson Norwich MF 8 1 90
Younes Kaboul Spurs DF 8 1 90

No player was more effective over the weekend when it came to interceptions than Mile Jedinak. He read the game superbly against Aston Villa, which allowed his side to keep the pressure up over their opponents, as he cut off the angles and made it difficult for Villa to move the ball around.

Accurate Passes

  ClubPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Jack Cork Southampton MF 81 1 79
Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton MF 80 1 90
Steven Davis Southampton MF 79 1 90
Nemanja Matic Chelsea MF 72 1 90

The fact three Saints players appear at the top of this list will worry Mauricio Pochettino considering his side were defeated. His team protected the ball well and passed effectively but didn’t do enough to make the most of their chances in important situations.

Dribbles Won

  ClubPosWon ContestAppsMins
Mohamed Salah Chelsea MF 9 1 90
Morgan Amalfitano West Brom MF 7 1 90
Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 6 1 89
Fabio Borini Sunderland FW 5 1 90

Jose Mourinho will be pleased to see Mo Salah with the most dribbles over the weekend. He seems to finally be getting into the swing of Premier League football as he seeks to put pressure on Willian, Andre Schurrle and Eden Hazard over the rest of the season.

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