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North Vs South: Imagining The XIs For A Premier League All-Star Game

This weekend in Charlotte North Carolina, the very best the NBA has to offer will gather for the annual showcase that is the All-Star game.

A part of a full weekend of action which includes the Slam Dunk Contest, the Skills Challenge and the Rising Stars game, the All-Star break is one of the most exciting times in the basketball calendar.

But what if the Premier League had it’s own version of the All-Star game? Who would make each team, and more importantly who would come out on top?

In the NBA the squads are selected as players from the Eastern Conference and players from the Western Conference before the two team captains select from the pool of eligible players, meaning each team will have a mix.

For this exercise we will go with two starting XI’s, North vs South. Using the map below as a guide, everywhere from Wolves below, including the London teams are South and everyone from Liverpool above are North

The North will have three less teams to choose from than the South but they have players from both Manchester City and Liverpool so it evens itself out.

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The Premier League Northern All-Stars 

Manager – Pep Guardiola

Goalkeeper – David De Gea

Right-back – Kyle Walker

Centre-back – Virgil Van Dijk

Centre-back – Aymeric Laporte

Left-back – Andy Robertson

Centre-midfield – Fernandinho

Centre-midfield – Paul Pogba

Centre-midfield – David Silva

Forward – Mo Salah

Forward – Sergio Aguero

Forward – Raheem Sterling

Subs

Ederson, John Stones, Lucas Digne, Bernardo Silva, Marcus Rashford, Sadio Mane, Leroy Sane.

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A team made up of just three sides for the North, but what a plethora of talent they have at their disposal.  Five Manchester City players, four from Liverpool and two from Manchester United.

It’s difficult to find a flaw in the North, with marauding full-backs, solid centre-halves, Fernandinho providing a base for Pogba and Silva in the middle and a frightening front three.

A team unquestionably spoilt for choice.

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The Premier League Southern All-Stars

Manager – Mauricio Pochettino

Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris

Right-back – Matt Doherty

Centre- back – Toby Alderweireld

Centre-back – Cesar Azpilicueta

Left-back – Ben Chilwell

Centre-midfield – N’golo Kante

Centre-midfield – Lucas Torreira

Attacking-midfield – Eden Hazard

Forward – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

Forward– Harry Kane

Forward – Heung Min Son

Subs

Ben Foster, Jan Vertonghen, Shane Duffy, Marcos Alonso, Christian Eriksen, Callum Wilson, Wilfried Zaha.

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A wider array of teams represented in the South but it’s still an incredibly strong side on paper, especially in attack.

With two strong holding players and a scarily good front four, the South has talent in abundance. Four Spurs players, three Chelsea, two Arsenal, one Wolves and one Leicester.

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Who Would Win?

The All-Star game is competitive but for the most part it is an exhibition. On paper the North look to have the stronger side, but the South have plenty of goals in their team also.

On first glance it looks as though the North would be the easy winners but we feel it would be a tight affair between the two. We predict goals though, and it is essentially an exhibition match so we’re going a 3-2 win for the North.

 

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About Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here oisin@punditarena.com