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Pundit Arena’s Premier League Team Of The Weekend

This weekend’s Premier League action will have had a huge bearing on the final standings at both ends of the table, with Manchester United taking a massive step towards securing Champions League football following victory against Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion seemingly destined for the drop after defeat to Huddersfield Town.

Here are the eleven men who stood out from this weekend’s clashes in our Pundit Arena Premier League Team of the Week.


GK: Wayne Hennessey – Crystal Palace

Palace were denied a point by a late Harry Kane goal against Tottenham but could’ve been embarrassed were it not for a fantastic performance from their goalkeeper.

The Wales international denied Spurs on multiple occasion, his late save from Ben Davies the pick of the lot – and he will feel incredibly unlucky not to have kept a clean sheet.


DEF: Florent Hadergjonaj – Huddersfield Town

A massive win in a relegation battle for Huddersfield – and Hadergjonaj was the heart of it. The Swiss international got forward on multiple occasions, causing problems down the flanks for West Brom. He put in some excellent crosses and did well defensively – and his performance will go a long way if the Terriers are to ensure Premier League survival in the coming weeks.


DEF: Joel Matip – Liverpool

Finding a consistent centre-back partnership has become a problem for Liverpool, but Matip played well in the centre alongside Virgil van Dijk, looking composed on the ball and playing out from the back competently.

Strong in the air and reliable with the ball at his feet, Matip barely put a foot wrong all afternoon.


DEF: Chris Smalling – Manchester United

Smalling has come in for criticism as of late, but put in an assured performance in a big win for United against Chelsea.

He made a multitude of clearances, last ditch tackles and dealt well with the threat of Chelsea’s forwards. Were it not for him on occasion, it could well have been a different result at Old Trafford.


DEF: Ben Davies – Tottenham

A fantastic attacking display from the Spurs’ full-back. Davies laid on a series of chances for his teammates throughout and was somehow denied a goal by a great save from Wayne Hennessey.

He was Spurs’ main source of creativity today, and crucial in securing three important points.


MID: Mohamed Salah – Liverpool

A joy to watch when in full flight, Salah was at the heart of everything again for Liverpool. An excellently taken goal, an assist and the source of constant threat with his lightning pace – he simply proved too hot to handle for West Ham. Excellent throughout.


MID: Nemanja Matic – Manchester United

The former Chelsea man showed his old side exactly what they are missing with an industrious display in midfield.

Multiple interceptions, a range of excellent passing and a calming presence in the centre, his performance was the springboard for a crucial victory.


MID: Pascal Gross – Brighton

A 4-1 win over Swansea will go a long way in securing Brighton’s Premier League status for next season – and Gross was superb throughout, finding his team-mates without fail, creating chances out of nothing and the focal point in their attack.

A goal of his own was all that was missing from a brilliant display.


MID: Rajiv van La Parra – Huddersfield

Huddersfield’s main man this campaign delivered when it mattered most. Took his goal well and brought the game to the opposition, who found him unplayable at times.

On current form, Van La Parra will be being watched by several rival clubs; performances like this being the reason why.


FW: Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United

His finest performance in a Manchester United shirt to date – Lukaku led the line well, was hard to knock off the ball and creative when in space.

Took his goal well, bullied Chelsea off the ball and provided an excellent cross for Jesse Lingard’s winner. He will have won over a lot of fans with his showing, and rightfully so.


FW: Glenn Murray – Brighton

Double figures for the campaign now for Murray after a brace this weekend – he is ruthless when granted the opportunity, scoring five goals from his last six shots in the Premier League.

Goals will go a long way in helping Brighton beat the drop, and with Murray’s current form – the Seagulls will find themselves flying up the table if they can create the opportunities for him.

Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena

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