By Neil Leverett and Niall Clarke
- Chelsea again keep a firm grip on team of the week, as two players make our Gameweek 10 XI
- Liverpool thump Cardiff City 4-1 at Anfield, as Crystal Palace end Arsenal’s 12-match winning streak
- Watford and Brighton & Hove Albion keep clean sheets as AFC Bournemouth continue to impress
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – It was another eventful weekend in Gameweek 10, but which player keeps his place in the starting XI from last week?
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Goalkeeper & Defenders
Ben Foster (GK) – There were plenty of stand-out goalkeeping performances over the weekend, including Mat Ryan and Lukasz Fabianski, but it is Foster who makes our team of the week. The Watford goalkeeper showed he still has quality between the sticks, keeping out a game Huddersfield with seven saves as his side eased to a 3-0 win. He was tested by Aaron Mooy early, before Chris Lowe forced the Englishman to tip the ball onto the bar in arguably the save of the weekend.
Bruno (RB) – Brighton’s goal was peppered by Wolves on Saturday, but the Seagulls managed to hold on for a third consecutive 1-0 win. Bruno was impressive at right-back and grabbed an assist for his efforts. Whether he meant it or not, he set up Glenn Murray for the winner and supplied a further key pass and that has earned ‘El Capitan’ a place in our team of the week.
Fabian Balbuena (CB) – The Paraguayan scored in West Ham’s 1-1 draw at Leicester on Saturday and turned in a solid defensive performance to go with it. The Hammers spent the majority of the game with 10 men after taking the lead, but they held on to secure a good point at the King Power. Balbuena was key to that in the defence, making numerous clearances and tackles over the course of the 90 minutes.
John Stones (CB) – Game of the week delivered fewer goals than expected, but it showcased a newly discovered facet of champions Manchester City’s resilience this season, having now conceded just three goals in ten games. It was far from a vintage Guardiola performance from the Citizens, the visitors withstood pressure from Spurs with Stones being a stand-out in the defence. He was a rock at the back, winning numerous aerial battles as the home side put crosses in the box to find an equaliser – but failed.
Marcos Alonso (LB) – In terms of going forward, Alonso might be the best full back in the league and it was another big performance from the Spaniard that helped Chelsea to a 4-0 win at Burnley. He made three clearances, one tackle and created three chances to add to his late assist, as the Blues dismantled their hosts at Turf Moor. A perfect way to celebrate a new deal.
Wilfred Ndidi (RM) – As the Foxes hammered at 10-man West Ham’s door on Saturday, it took a late Ndidi leveler to salvage a point for the hosts, via the Nigerian’s strike. The midfielder also made a key pass, two interceptions and two tackles as Claude Puel‘s men took a much-needed home point. The result was rather overshadowed by the events of the game’s post-match tragedy however.
Luka Milivojevic (CM) – Having notched double figures – mainly from spot last term – the Eagles’ Serbian playmaker but last weekend’s spot-kick miss behind him at Everton, to score twice from the 12-yard line and end Arsenal’s 12-match winning run.
Ross Barkley (LM) – Barkley holds his position for the second week running after another impressive showing for the Blues. Without the injured Eden Hazard, there may have been concerns as to where the visitors may get their attacking endeavor, but Barkley showed there was little need for anxiety from Maurizio Sarri. Two goals and three assists highlight Barkley’s growing influence in Chelsea’s game and it is great to see the England international return to best, with much promise ahead for the season.
Mohamed Salah (RF) – After a relatively dry spell in recent weeks, Liverpool’s midweek win against Crvena Zvezda and a lusty victorious against strugglers Cardiff have seen goals return to the Reds, as their attacking tyrannous trio return to form. Salah, after his prolific exertions of last season has seen the pressure dial turned up to nine for the Egyptian but after a dry spell, it seems Salah could again be hitting form at a vital time for boss Jurgen Klopp. Salah netted and assisted twice this weekend, and as trip to North London awaits this weekend, could be ready to terrorise the Gunners.
Callum Wilson (ST) – With Josh King ruled out for the trip to Fulham, it was strike partner Wilson who again took centre stage. It is now five Premier League goals already this campaign, and whilst also capable of amassing assists, the Cherries’ main man is in red-hot form – form which must surely pave the way to his first England cap later this month.
Sadio Mane (LF) – Despite Salah supplying a hat-full of points, he was again eclipsed by Mane, who netted twice to confirm Liverpool’s Anfield victory. Even with a broken thumb, the Senegalese has played on through pain, and like his team-mate returned to his clinical best in front of goal over the weekend.
Here is our Gameweek 10 team of the week. Do you agree with our picks?
Premier League Gameweek 11 sees Arsenal host Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday 3 November.
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