By Neil Leverett and Niall Clarke
- West Ham United claim an unprecedented four spots in our team of the week, after thumping Newcastle United 3-0 at St. James’ Park
- Crystal Palace also grab two berths for Gameweek 14, after a comprehensive 2-0 win over Burnley
- Arsenal beat Spurs in the north London derby with impressive 4-2 victory, as Liverpool and Manchester City win again
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – West Ham United claim a record four spots in team of the week this weekend, but which other teams bagged themselves a place in our Gameweek 14 XI?
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Goalkeeper & Defenders
Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – West Ham’s 3-0 win over Newcastle suggests the Hammers dominated the game at St James’ Park, but it was far from the truth. Newcastle enjoyed 59% of possession and had 16 shots, but the resolute defence and goalkeeper in Fabianski were able to keep the Magpies at bay.
Ricardo Pereira (RB) – The Portuguese full-back was a great signing in the summer for the Foxes, and he once again put in a fine performance as his side ran out 2-0 winners against Watford. Pereira provided four tackles and three interceptions as his side held Watford to no shots on target in the match. It was a hard working defensive performance from the 25 year old, and his contributions have helped his side to three clean sheets in their last four games.
Joe Gomez (CB) – Both Liverpool centre backs could have made a claim to be in the team of the week, but there was one incident in the Merseyside derby that tipped in favour of Gomez. After Andre Gomes’ header was saved by Alisson, it rebounded off the Everton midfielder and looked like it was creeping over the line, but Gomez’s intervention stopped the Toffees taking the lead at Anfield and preserved a clean sheet for his side. How vital that turned out to be after Jordan Pickford‘s moment to forget.
Fabian Balbuena (CB) – We have already mentioned West Ham’s almost smash and grab 3-0 win at Newcastle and how they defended resolutely in that game. Well nobody made more clearances than Balbuena, who got 10 in the match as the Hammers kept their opponents out. The next best was six by Pablo Zabaleta.
Patrick van Aanholt (LB) – It was a very well rounded performance by Crystal Palace’s left back who put in a shift both offensively and defensively in their 2-0 win against Burnley. The Dutch defender took four shots, and created five chances in the game, whilst contributing two clearances, one interception and one tackle to pick up a clean sheet on Saturday.
Andros Townsend (RM) – Every now and again the Eagles’ former England international makes a top flight statement and against the Clarets, that was very much the case. Creating six chances, one tackle, five crosses and having three shots – his only one on target finding the net – accompanied with James McArthur’s assist, it was a excellent outing for Townsend, only beaten to player of the week by one man.
Ander Herrera (CM) – As United went two down at at a now manager-less and struggling Saints, the alarm bells were ringing for Jose Mourinho once more, having not scored in their last two games. The Spaniard however rode to manager’s rescue adding a second goal for the Red Devils, after Romelu Lukaku finally ended his goal drought. Herrera also made an impressive seven tackles, two interceptions and made one key pass.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – With Kevin De Bruyne enduring a frustrating campaign through injury, City’s squad players are firmly grasping their chances when given to them and Gundogan is again to be an underrated cog in the Pep Guardiola machine. Scoring against a game Bournemouth on Saturday, the German made two key passes and three tackles.
Felipe Anderson (LM) – Making his second appearance, the Brazilian could become a regular fixture in our XI as the season rolls on, and his goal against the Magpies was exquisitely taken and his acquisition is looking like excellent business for Manuel Pellegrini, as West Ham flirt with the top half of the table.
Javier Hernandez (ST) – Since his move to West Ham, the little Mexican has briefly shown glimpses of his best and against a Newcastle, Hernandez grabbed a brace against a side who had won their last three games and gone unbeaten in four. Marko Arnautovic has been the Irons’ star man aside from Anderson this term, but played alongside the Austrian, Hernandez grabbed his rare starting berth with both hands. As the Hammers fourth player in team of the week, the striker may be afforded more opportunities to shine over the busy festive period.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) – Taking the limelight this weekend however was Arsenal’s Gabonese super striker. Looking a snip at £56m as every game passes, Aubameyang netted another double in our game of the week, as yet another chaotic north London derby exceeded expectations as the most pulsating game the Premier League has offered up arguably this season. Notching a penalty to open the scoring, the Gunners fought back from Spurs’ whirlwind two minutes when they turned the game on its’ head to roar back a take a deserved win against their fierce neighbours. Leveling the scores with a thundering, swerving first-time hit that left Hugo Lloris rooted in the Tottenham goal, Aubameyang also fed Lucas Torreira with a sumptuous through-ball to set up the Uruguayan for his first goal in Arsenal colours. Now in double figures after just 14 games, the Gabonese marksmen is very much in the running for the golden boot this season.
Here is our Premier League Gameweek 14 team of the week. Do you agree with our picks?
Premier League Gameweek 15 sees Manchester United host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, looking to prevent the Gunners reaching an unbeaten run of 20 games.
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