By Neil Leverett and Niall Clarke
- Manchester City claim derby honours after 3-1 win against Manchester United at the Etihad
- Cardiff City and Newcastle United continue resurgence in respective wins versus Brighton and AFC Bournemouth
- Tottenham Hotspur claim narrow London derby victory, Liverpool pick up Fulham win but Chelsea are held at home by Everton
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton and one other team each claim two spots in our last team of the week before the international break, but who?
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Goalkeeper & Defenders
Jordan Pickford (GK) – Everton held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge and that was in large part down to the performance of Pickford in goal. The England International made four saves to keep the Blues out on Sunday, including a world class effort to deny Marcos Alonso’s volley giving Chelsea the lead. Pickford also complete 21 passes on the day, the most in a league game this season for the Everton number one.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – Both Liverpool full backs were involved in goals over the weekend with Alexander-Arnold grabbing another assist. The English full-back played the ball through to Mohamed Salah who scored a controversial opening goal at Anfield.
Sol Bamba (CB) – It was a good all round display from Cardiff’s centre-back as he contributed at both ends of the field in their 2-1 win against Brighton. Bamba scored a scrambled winner for the Welsh side on the day but his defensive contributions also stood out. He made three tackles, one block and three clearances to prevent the Seagulls from scoring a second.
Juan Foyth (CB) – After a poor game against Wolves, it was a shock that Foyth was on the starting 11 against Crystal Palace. The Argentine repaid his manager’s faith with a solid performance at the back. The youngster got his first Premier League goal in what turned out to be the winner in Spurs’ 1-0 victory. Along with Hugo Lloris who was a contender for goalkeeper of the week, Foyth helped keep the home side at bay with some calm decision making under pressure.
Andrew Robertson (LB) – The Scottish full-back is becoming a real fan favourite at Anfield due to performances like the one against Fulham, and his contribution made a big difference once again. Robertson was once again a work horse down the left hand side and his cross to set up Xherdan Shaqiri’s goal was arguably the best assist of the weekend. Robertson has made the left back position his own since joining Liverpool with performances like that.
Bernardo Silva (RM) – It was a similar tale of Manchester City’s offensive stars in the derby on Sunday, but it was a distinct Silva lining taking precedent this time in our game of the week. Making his first appearance in the XI this season, it as Bernando who stole the show against the Red Devils assisting two of the Citizens’ three goal over the weekend, making an impressive six key passes on the day. The Portuguese also made three tackles to make a strong case as being player of the weekend.
Jonathan Hogg (CM) – Huddersfield look as though they may be getting their act together after a shaky start to the opening third of the campaign, and after taking four points from nine on offer, the Terriers could yet stave off relegation in their sophomore season. It has been the contribution of their midfield that has seen a rise in performance level in recent week and Hogg showed his importance to David Wagner in a decent draw against West Ham. Assisting Matt Pritchard‘s goal, Hogg also made four interceptions, two tackles and created a further chance against the Hammers.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (CM) – The Icelandic midfielder now looks to have settled into a more advanced role for Everton after Richarlison‘s move up front and Sigurdsson was instrumental, as the Toffees not only held but gave a scare to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Making four tackles and crossing twice, the playmaker also forced a smart save from Kepa Arrizabalaga to keep the visitors at bay.
David Silva (LM) – After hammering at the door all season, City’s other Silva, David makes the grade finally. His goal from close range opened the scoring for Pep Guardiola‘s men against United, but the Spaniard also made two key passes during the 90 minutes, as City remain unbeaten after 12 games.
Salomon Rondon (ST) – Since his move from relegated West Brom at the end of last season, Rondon has found himself having to play second fiddle to both Joselu and Yoshinori Muto for the opening ten games, but the Venezuelan finally proved his worth to score a brace for Newcastle United, now recording successive and creditable wins against both Watford and Bournemouth at home. The Magpies may yet be staring a relegation scrap firming in the face, but if Rondon can gain form after the international break, Rafa Benitez will be a very happy man.
Callum Paterson (ST) – After Bobby Reid came precariously close to make his way into our team of the week a few weeks back against Fulham, the Bluebirds have nonetheless forged their way into a striking role this time around, in what was a paltry gameweek showing for Premier League strikers. As Cardiff notched their second win at home in three, Paterson leveled the scores against Brighton on Saturday, before being involved – as documented – in Bamba’s chaotic late strike in south Wales. Very much an unlikely name for a team of the week XI – but a deserved one.
Here is our Premier League Gameweek 12 team of the week. Do you agree with our picks?
The Premier League returns on Saturday 24 November, as Tottenham Hotspur host Chelsea in game of the week.
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