By Neil Leverett and Niall Clarke
- Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth take the honours this week, with two picks each in our Gameweek 18 XI
- Lilywhites rout Everton 6-2, as Foxes take surprising scalp of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, whilst the Cherries win south coast battle with Brighton
- Crystal Palace stun champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, as Liverpool pick up impressive win at Wolves
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – Spurs, Leicester and Bournemouth are the stars of the weekend for Gameweek 18, but who else made the cut in our Premier League team of the week?
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Goalkeeper & Defenders
Kaspar Schmeichel (GK) – It was a great defensive performance from Leicester City as they ran out 1-0 winners over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and that was in large part down to the performance of their goalkeeper. Schmiechel made five saves as the Foxes kept a clean sheet against one of the best attacks in the Premier League. There were rumours that Claude Puel could be in the sacking line, but this performance has surely kept him at the helm over Christmas.
Ricardo Pereira (RB) – The signing of Pereira may be one of the best signings of the season and the Portuguese right back put in another great performance for the Foxes on Saturday. The former Porto player effectively kept Willian and Eden Hazard quiet with two tackles, five interceptions and an impressive 11 clearances as he helped his side to a big victory against Chelsea. It would not be a shock to see a big club move in for him over the summer.
Virgil van Dijk (CB) – On the topic of great signings, van Dijk proved his worth once again with a commanding performance against Wolves on Friday. The Dutch centre-back has yet to be dribbled past all season and he kept that form up by keeping Adama Traore at bay throughout. Van Dijk also got his first league goal for the Reds by converting Mohamed Salah’s cross to make it 2-0 at Molineux.
Christian Kabasele (CB) – Kabasele put in a fine defensive performance to help Watford gain a clean sheet in their 2-0 away win at West Ham. The Congoles-born Belgian international blocked four shots, made two interceptions, and had ten clearances in a rock solid performance at centre-back. He led his side in both clearances and blocks during the victory.
Charlie Daniels (LB) – Daniels put in a solid performance at left-back in Bournemouth’s 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday. He was a consistent crossing threat throughout and contributed defensively when needed. Whilst Brooks stole the show in many ways at the Vitality Stadium, Daniels put in a solid effort and helped his side keep a clean sheet.
David Brooks (RM) – The Welsh international wonder returns to our XI after a brace against Brighton over the weekend. The Cherries midfielder has adapted to the English top-flight with aplomb and is fast becoming a cult favourite at the Vitality this season. Brooks could be the man in waiting to replace Gareth Bale as the Premier League’s most impressive player to heil from the valley in some time.
Luka Milivojevic (CM) – Crystal Palace’s almighty shock in overturning champions Manchester City on Saturday, was masterminded in no small part by the Serbian enforcer. After a quiet start to the season, Milivojevic has catapulted himself to the upper echelons of the Fantasy Premier League charts with his penalty prowess. Scoring the Eagles’ third and as it turned out decisive strike at the Eithad, the midfielder also made five tackles, two interceptions and two further clearances against City to record a famous win.
Jesse Lingard (CM) – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s tenure as Manchester United caretaker manager got off to the perfect start with a handsome 5-1 win at Cardiff City. Whilst Paul Pogba racked up a trio of assists under his new manager, it was Lingard who stole the show with another brace and a further assist against the Bluebirds. The England international could now be set for a decent run of form over the Christmas period.
Son Heung-min (LM) – Star of the show this week were arguably Spurs, but it was Son who earns player of the week for his double of goals and assists as the Lilywhites came from a goal down to thrash Everton at Goodison. The South Korean is set to leave for the Asian Cup in the new year, but until then Spurs fans could see the forward hit his straps as 2019 approaches.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) – Its another week another double for Arsenal’s Gabonese striker, who now stands alone at the top of the scoring charts for the season. His two well taken efforts in a fiery encounter with Burnley confirmed Aubameyang’s status as one of the best marksmen in world football. He could take some stopping for the golden boot come May…
Harry Kane (ST) – One man that could have his say is north London’s other talismanic marksman. Kane also notched twice in Spurs’ Merseyside maul of the Toffees, with an assist to boot. With six goals and four assist in his last eight outings, Tottenham’s hot-shot could be another man to enjoy a very merry festive period in the Premier League – provided he avoids Mauricio Pochettino’s rotation policy.
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Premier League Gameweek 19 begins on Boxing Day, as Watford host Chelsea in Game of the Week at Vicarage Road.
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