By Neil Leverett
- Liverpool and Chelsea remain both unbeaten after 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge
- Leicester City pile pressure on beleaguered Newcastle United at St. James Park
- Harry Kane and Gylfi Sigurdsson both net braces, as West Ham United beat Manchester United to turn up the heat further on Jose Mourinho.
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – Both Leicester City and West Ham United players feature twice in this week’s Premier League XI, as three make their debuts, but who else made the cut?
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Goalkeeper & Defenders
Rui Patricio (GK) – Wolves are now unbeaten in four games, with two wins and two draws and Patricio has been a big part in that record of late. Whilst the likes of Willy Boly and Matt Doherty have featured in recent weeks, this week saw the Portuguese star making six saves, in the host’s 2-0 win over Southampton.
Kieran Trippier (RB) – What more needs to said of Trippier? One of the league’s finest full-backs, the Lancastrian slips into our XI courtesy of another fine defensive display for Spurs was capped off by his sublime cross for Harry Kane’s opening goal at the weekend.
David Luiz (CB) – The Brazilian was denied what would have been an excellent clean sheet against the league leaders Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, but nevertheless makes the cut after one of the strongest centre-back displays this season so far. Luiz made a high impressive five interceptions against the Reds, added to three tackles of blocks and made one key pass.
Harry Maguire (CB) – Maguire has come into criticism for his rather complacent showings of late, but the England man had superb outing against a struggling Newcastle side scoring and winning the penalty at St. James’ Park on Saturday. The Foxes’ defender also made two interceptions and made the same number of tackles.
Patrick van Aanholt (LB) – Dutchman van Aanholt has been one of Palace’s most consistent performers – often bringing a sizeable goal threat and the pacy left-back again found the target in a lively encounter at the Vitality Stadium on Monday night, even if the Eagles did fall to a narrow defeat.
Raheem Sterling (RM) – The English midfielder continues to divid opinion, but there is no debate he was one of the stand out performers of the weekend. Sterling scored Manchester City’s opener in their 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion, before assisting Sergio Aguero in a lovely move for the second. Sterling certainly suits Pep Guardiola’s style of play and his 99% pass accuracy backs that claim up.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (CM) – Despite missing a penalty, Sigurdsson has with an overall great performance in Everton’s 3-0 win over Fulham. The Iceland international recovered from his penalty miss to score a brace and create five chances for his team-mates. It was a performance that showed why Everton paid such big money to acquire him from Swansea.
Mark Noble (CM) – West Ham United have two players in this week’s team of the week, but the best was veteran midfielder Noble. The Englishman ran the show at the London stadium, dominating the midfield battle alongside Declan Rice as the Hammers defeated Man United 3-1 on Saturday. He provided the most passes out of anyone in the West Ham side and assisted Marko Arnautovic for the third goal.
Felipe Anderson (LM) – There are not many better players to watch in the Premier League than Anderson, and he once again dazzled for the Hammers on Saturday, finally netting his first top flight goal. The Brazilian helped himself to a goal in West Ham’s 3-1 win over Manchester United and was a constant threat throughout. His dribbling and passing ability constantly got the Hammers up the field, in another solid performance from the summer signing.
Harry Kane (ST) – The England international provided a clinical performance against Huddersfield Town as he helped his side to a 2-0 win at the John Smith’s Stadium. Kane only had three shots on goal the entire match, but he managed to score two of them to give his side the win. One came from the penalty spot with the other being a towering header. Kane has no scored more Premier League goals than any other player at the John Smiths Stadium
Jamie Vardy (ST) – Completing the all-English front line is Vardy who once again was a constant threat against Newcastle. His pace gave the Newcastle defence problems throughout and his penalty gave Leicester the lead in their 2-0 win over the Magpies. It was another performance that shows what England fans will be missing in upcoming International fixtures.
Here is our Team of the Week. Do you agree with our picks?
Premier League Gameweek 8 begins on Friday night as Brighton & Hove Albion host West Ham United at the AMEX Stadium.
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