The pick of this Gameweek’s matches was the final fixture of the weekend. Chelsea destroyed Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, running away with an 8-0, emphatic victory hence 3 Chelsea players making it into our dream team XI.
Everton, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City all won their games, leading to a bit of shuffling at the top of the table. Chelsea maintained their third place spot, but Arsenal moved up to fourth, leapfrogging Tottenham and Everton. Tottenham drew and therefore lost their spot slipping down to sixth.
I’ve gone for a 3 2 3 2 formation in my dream team this week, simply because there were too many good attacking performances to choose from.
Stoke added to their clean sheet record again this week thanks to one Asmir Begovic. They went to White Hart lane and stayed strong, earning themselves a valuable point. Once again, their defensive record was upheld by a solid goalkeeping performance, as stopper Begovic made 6 saves, denying hot shots Defoe and Bale.
Leighton Baines. In a controversial encounter at West Ham, Baines maintained his concentration, and helped Everton gain the three points in the end. He and Pienaar have run defences ragged whenever they have been paired together down the left. It was a similar story this week and Baines’ industrious left back performance was a huge factor in their win.
Skrtel scored a great volley to open up the scoring against Fulham. Though Fulham offered little in this encounter, Liverpool were so dominant in this game thanks to their disciplined defence. A clean sheet and a goal for Skirtle capped a top quality centre back performance.
Azpilicueta looks to be getting to grips with the Premier League, and with Ivanovic playing at centre back, he has been given the chance to prove his worth. He looked very dangerous down the right flank, taking on defenders, putting in dangerous crosses and nearly getting a goal himself – forcing a smart save from Guzan.
David Luiz was Gary Neville’s man of the match, and deservedly so. For a second time he operated in a holding midfield role, alongside Frank Lampard. His range of passing from deep positions is a real threat, and we saw against Villa how he begins attacks quickly with long through balls. His defensive instincts provided solid cover for the two centre backs and if you didn’t catch his free kick, please go out of your way to watch it, it’s a peach.
Steven Gerrard was at the heart of a dominant display by Liverpool against Fulham. He was involved in the build up of everything positive that Liverpool did. He spread the ball far and wide, creating space for wide men, and attacks that the Fulham defence just could not deal with. Gerrard’s trade mark bursts into the box led to a goal that he thoroughly deserved, marking a real captains performance.
Steven Pienaar is a consistent performer for Everton and a goal and an assist to his name prove it was his performance that really clinched this encounter for David Moyes’ team.
Hazard has an arsenal of skills which he uses to set a dynamic pace to the game. His speed, movement off the ball, and passing ability make him a nightmare for defenders. Against Aston Villa he operated as more of a traditional winger, sticking to the touch line and providing chances for those in the box. His stand out moment in the match came when he did come inside, skinned three players and smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
Snodgrass has been big part of Norwich’s recent success. Winning the free-kick and then scoring it, he capped a good performance again from the Scottish midfielder.
Michu has been a surprise package hasn’t he? He just keeps on providing goals. It doesn’t matter who he plays against, whether Swansea are losing 3-0 to Norwich, or 1-0 to Manchester United, Michu finds a way to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and get his team back into the fight.
At just 19 years old, Lukaku definitely has a bright future ahead of him. Time and time again he managed to find space in and around Norwich’s box. This means there is always a target for the likes of Morrison to find. His work rate was rewarded with a header that displayed his strength and power, heading in the winner at the far post.