By Neil Leverett and Niall Clarke

  • Chelsea’s unbeaten streak ended by a superior Tottenham Hotspur showing in 3-1 win at Wembley Stadium
  • Both Liverpool and Manchester City again record impressive clean sheet wins
  • Huddersfield Town and Arsenal record away wins, as Fulham win first game of Claudio Ranieri era
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK –  Manchester City again claim a double spot this week, with a number of surprise inclusions for Gameweek 13. But who makes the cut?

 

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Goalkeeper & Defenders

Wayne Hennessey (GK) – After another less than glamourous weekend for Premier League goalkeepers, the Welshman takes the spot for his clean sheet and five saves in Crystal Palace’s goalless draw at Old Trafford, despite the Eagles wasting a number of chances to take a shock win against Manchester United.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – Having been assist provider for large parts of the season thus far, Alexander-Arnold also displayed his eye for goal with Liverpool’s second on the road at Watford. In addition for the Red’s marauding full-back, he supplied four crosses, one key pass and made one interception at Vicarage Road.

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Yerry Mina (CB) – The Colombian has endured a frustrating start to light in the English top-flight after a niggling injury, but having fully recovered, Mina has now shown his pedigree in defence. Since coming in two games ago, Everton are yet to concede a goal and with his threat at the opposite end of the pitch to boot – as England know all too well – the centre-back could become a cult figure on Merseyside. In a narrow win over an improving Cardiff City, Mina made two key passes and completed two tackles.

Christopher Schindler (CB) – Scoring the winner against Fulham a few weeks back, Schindler was ousted for a spot in our XI after Mathias Jorgensen‘s defensive tour-de-force, but after shutting out Wolves at Molineux, the German finally gets his name in lights. A pivotal member of David Wagner‘s set-up, Schindler was again impressive in the heart of the Terriers’ defence, making six clearances, five interceptions and five tackles making him the star defender of the weekend.

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Sead Kolasinac (LB) – The Bosnian has struggled to adapt back to a full-back role under new boss Unai Emery, but as Arsenal deployed a wing-back system to counteract Bournemouth’s attacking threat, Kolasinac assisted both goals for the Gunners and returned to what he does best in creating chances. The defender has also suffered his own injury troubles of late, but his two interceptions and three tackles underlined the Arsenal man as still crucial for his side.

 

Midfielders

Aaron Mooy (CM) – Mooy’s double helped Huddersfield to a deserved 2-0 win away at Wolves and overall he put in a fine display from the centre of the park. The home side struggled with the Terriers’ press and when the Aussie gave Huddersfield the lead a shock started to be on the cards. Mooy added a second with a late free kick, showing why he is heralded as the best player at the club.

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Christian Eriksen (CM) – It was an impressive display by Tottenham in our game of the week, as they beat Chelsea in a 3-1 win at Wembley, and Eriksen was at the heart of it. The Dane did not get on the score sheet, but he was a key component in midfield with his range of passing, his ability to beat players and the high press Spurs were using to stop Chelsea from getting a passing rhythm. Eriksen assisted twice, made seven key passes and contributed defensively with three interceptions- that is what you call a midfield masterclass. Spurs are simply a different team with him.

Stuart Armstrong (CM) – Southampton may have lost 3-2 to Fulham on Saturday but Armstrong’s performance still deserves a place in our team of the week. The Scot scored two very well taken goals and was a forward threat from midfield. Unfortunately he cramped up and was forced off the field in the second half, but it was an encouraging performance from the former Celtic player. The Saints will need more from him if they are to avoid the drop this season.

 

Forwards

Raheem Sterling (RW) – The Englishman has found his place in the team of the week once again with another fine performance against West Ham. Sterling scored one and assisted Leroy Sane as City once again ran riot at the London stadium. There is no doubt Pep Guardiola knows how to get the best out of Sterling whose movement is a constant problem for the opposition.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic (ST) – When ‘Mitro’ is on fire your defence is certainly terrified, and the Serb certainly showed scary form in Fulham’s 3-2 win against Southampton. Mitrovic has struggled with consistency this season, but when he is on he is a real handful for the opposition. He netted twice against the Saints and used his big frame to full effect to impress his new boss Claudio Ranieri at Craven Cottage.

Leroy Sane (LW) – After an uncertain start to the campaign, the German is very much back on form, with a fine performance and composed brace against West Ham. Sane is a very gifted player and he showed that with his goal where he showed calmness and composure to sit two defenders down before slotting home. He also delivered a fine pass to set up Sterling, proving his talents go beyond his finishing and dribbling.

 

Here is our Premier League Gameweek 13 team of the week. Do you agree with our picks?

Premier League Gameweek 14 sees Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur in the first north London derby of the season, at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

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