Southampton, Crystal Palace stars Premier League’s best on Saturday in key area

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Sadio Mane and Wilfried Zaha ran their opponents ragged on Saturday.

Southampton’s Sadio Mane and Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha were the most dominant attacking players in the Premier League on Saturday in terms of getting the better of their opponents.

Of course, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero notched an unparalleled five goals past a hapless Newcastle United side - yet the Argentine’s role for City is somewhat different to the above mentioned.

Palace boss Alan Pardew has warned that Zaha is among the best in the country at beating his opponent and that was shown by the whoping ten take-ons achieved against West Bromwich Albion.

But the skilful winger did more than just torment the Baggies with the ball - he also worked tirelessly off it and put in a number of tackles and blocks, helping the Eagles to a 2-0 victory.

  TeamDuel WinnersMinutes Played
Wilfried Zaha C. Palace 15 89
Sadio Mané Southampton 14 89
Idrissa Gueye Aston Villa 11 90

As Opta stats show, he got the better of his opponents on as many as 15 occasions be it by a successful dribble, a clean tackle or perhaps even via an unlikely crunching 50/50 winner.

Zaha wasn’t the only one to excel this weekend, as Southampton’s Sadio Mane put in an all-action match-winning performance at the home of champions Chelsea of all places.

The talented forward helped the Saints to a memorable 3-1 victory over the Blues, the heaviest Premier League defeat boss Jose Mourinho has suffered in his very own back yard in west London.

Mane, similarly, produced a number of take-ons, tackles and blocks to post a very impressive 14 duel winners - one less than Zaha but three ahead of next best Idrissa Gueye of Aston Villa.

Southampton's impressive victory lifts them up to eighth in the table, whereas Palace’s win means they have started the campaign in their best form since 1991, when they went on to finish third.

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