By Neil Leverett and Niall Clarke
- Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool remain unbeaten after respective wins and Reds draw against Arsenal
- Huddersfield Town record first win of season against fellow basement dwellers Fulham in tense 1-0 win
- Leicester City earn emotional win against Cardiff City in south Wales
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – Both Leicester City and Manchester City claim two places in our team of the week, but which other names make their first appearances of this season?
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Goalkeeper & Defenders
Kaspar Schmeichel (GK) – It was an emotional weekend in south Wales as Leicester City picked up three points against Cardiff City, in the perfect tribute to their former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who had tragically died in helicopter crash shortly after taking off after the Foxes Premier League clash with West Ham last weekend. Whilst it was a less than stellar weekend across the top flight for goalkeepers, Schmeichel gets the nod with his two saves and clean sheet against the Bluebirds.
Seamus Coleman (RB) – It has been a tough road back for the Irishman since breaking his leg last season, but Coleman showed just what Everton have been missing with not just his first goal in almost two years, but his overall contribution against a plucky Brighton side. The right-back put in ten crosses, created a chance, blocked a shot and made two clearances and interceptions in a strong showing at Goodison Park.
Mathias Jorgensen (CB) – As the Terriers picked up their first win of the campaign, it was not Christopher Schindler – whose deflected effort off Timothy Fosu-Mensah led to Monday evening’s only goal – who makes our XI, but his defensive partner ‘Zanka’ for a remarkable defensive performance in the face of a wave of Fulham pressure. Jorgensen made a phenomenal nine interceptions for the second game running, with five tackles and blocks to boot. It was a stunning show from the Dane.
Federico Fernandez (CB) – Newcastle have a less than impressive opening eleven games of the season, but finally picked up a win and kept a clean sheet, as Fernandez held strong to give Rafa Benitez respite after a tough run of results. The Argentine centre-back made an interception and two tackles to keep Watford at bay at St. James’ Park.
Ben Chilwell (LB) – Completing the back line sees Leicester claim their second spot of the week in full-back Chilwell. The Englishman continues to blossom as one of the league’s finest defenders and again popped up with the assist for Demarai Gray‘s winner, as the Foxes fired themselves away from any potential trouble at the foot of the table.
Lucas Torreira (CM) – Arsenal have lacked an effective defensive midfielder since the days of Gilberto Silva, but it seems like Torreira is ready to step into that role and make it his own. The Uruguayan put in a man of the match performance in Arsenal’s fiercely competitive game of the week 1-1 draw with Liverpool, winning the ball back 10 times and shutting down many of Liverpool’s attacks. The summer signing from Sampdoria is settling in well to life in the Premier League and added another fine performance on Saturday.
James Milner (CM) – On the opposite side to Torreira was Milner who still proves that he ages like fine wine with another commanding midfield performance. The Englishman scored the opening goal for the Reds after Bernd Leno parried the ball towards the edge of the area and was once again the centre of all things good for Liverpool. Milner has never lost a match in which he has scored, and that shows just how important he is.
Raheem Sterling (RW) – The MVP of match-week 11 was undoubtedly Sterling who put in a world class showing in Man City’s 6-1 thrashing of Southampton. The Englishman contributed to four goals in the match, netting twice and assisting twice as City ran riot at the Etihad stadium. Guardiola certainly seems to get the best out of Sterling and the Citizens are looking like favourites once again to lift the Premier League trophy.
Felipe Anderson (LW) – Two Brazilian wingers dazzled with two goals on match-week 11, but it is Anderson who beat Richarlison to a place on our team of the week. The Hammers beat Burnley 4-2 at the London Stadium in large part because of the performance of Anderson and Marko Arnautovic – who also fails to sneak into our XI, despite a goal and assist. The Brazilian netted the second and third goals as West Ham climbed to 13th in the table.
Alvaro Morata (ST) – Often criticised for his lack of goals over the past year, Morata has now found his shooting boots as he netted twice in Chelsea 3-1 win against Crystal Palace. The Spaniard could have had a hat trick late on, but that does not take away from his performance up front for the Blues. His two clinical finishes came either side of Palace’s equaliser and he was once again a threat up top.
Sergio Aguero (ST) – The Argentine did not notch as many goals as Sterling, but Aguero’s overall performance might have been even better. The Man City striker scored once and assisted twice in his side’s 6-1 win, but the numbers show a much more well rounded game. Aguero took four shots, made four key passes, and even contributed defensively with four tackles and interceptions. It was a great performance that was capped off with his 150th Premier League goal.
Here is our Premier League Gameweek 11 team of the week. Do you agree with our picks?
Premier League Gameweek 12 sees Manchester City host derby rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday 10 November.
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