Sports-nova select Nova XI of English Premier League after game week 1


Game week 1 comes to an end with the blues winning comfortably against newly promoted Burnley FC. Though the season kicked off with a shocking home defeat for Manchester United against Swansea City, the other matches did not bring any surprise as the last year’s top four Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all acquired three points to set the season off to a flying start. Elsewhere, Spurs, Aston Villa and Hull City came out to be victorious with the narrowest margin; Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion drew level while Everton, thanks to a late goal from Steven Naismith, held on to a draw against Premier League’s new boy Leicester City. We look back at those ten matches and try to pick up the best eleven of the gameweek.

Goal-keeper : Mcgregor (HUL)

We are going to rely on a conventional 4-4-2 formation to pick up the best eleven. The goal-keeper of the week, beyond doubt, is the Tigers’ Allan Mcgregor, the main reason Hull City could pick up three crucial points as he saved a penalty from Charlie Austin of QPR at the 85th minute of the match. Though Guzan and Boruc were amazing under the bars, Mcgregor came out to be the best of the week.

Defenders : Chester (HUL), Koscielny (ARS), Dier (TOT), Clyne (SOU)

One of the center-backs of the week is definitely going to be Mcgregor’s teammate James Chester, who, not only defended well, but also scored the winning goal with a nice header. He was unfortunate when the referee called handball on him and pointed to the spot. However, the replay showed the contact was minimal and no damage was done as Mcgregor kept the shot out. Chester showed great promises to carry the Tigers’ defense on his shoulder. The other center-back of our team, Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny, also claimed a goal this week alongside defending brilliantly right from the start. On a couple of occasions early in the match, he snatched the ball and cleared while Puncheon and Campbell were on vulnerable positions. And only a few minutes later after Arsenal conceded a goal, the Frenchman made up for Sanchez’s defending error as he scored with a low header from a Sanchez cross.

Eric Dier was probably the best defender of this week and he also scored the winner for the Spurs. Spurs’ summer signing was instrumental behind his team’s success with his defending. And in the injury minutes, Dier broke off the offside trap and Harry Kane played him a nice ball that he sent past Adrian with great calmness. Our fourth defender will be Southampton’s Nathan Clyne. Both he and Chelsea’s Ivanovic scored this week but we will go with Clyne because of better defending and a better goal.

Midfielders : Sterling (LIV), Ramsey (ARS), Fabregas (CHE), Sigurdsson (SWA)

Having chosen our backline options, we move on to the midfield. Raheem Sterling and Aaron Ramsey have started the season from where they left off in the previous one. Sterling sealed the day for the Merseysiders with a goal and an assist while Ramsey, in the last few minutes, scored the winning goal for the gunners. Cesc Fabregas marked his return to the Premier League with two beautiful assists. In the 21st minute, he passed a ball to an unmarked Schurrle who slid a finish beyond Burnley goal-keeper Heaton. Soon after, it was Chelsea wing-back Branislav Ivanovic who scored the third Chelsea goal, thanks to Fabregas again. Finally, our fourth midfielder is Gylfi Sigurdsson, new signing for the Swans.

The ex-Spurs player stunned Old Trafford with an assist and a goal and helped his side win the first match of the season.

Forwards : Rooney (MUN), Berahino (WBA)

Steven Naismith, Diego Costa, Daniel Sturridge, Sergio Aguero – all of the star forwards scored this week but in our opinion, the best striker of the week was Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney. He scored with a stunning back-volley to bring his team back on track against Swansea and sometime later, a freekick was deflected off the post. Throughout the match, Rooney kept on trying his best and even though failed to secure any point from the match, he makes it to our best eleven. Another forwards who makes it to the best eleven is West Brom’s Berahino, who was the only player this week to score more than once. He scored a penalty at the 42nd minute after his team fell behind and then, in the 74th minute, scored again to put his team in front. Though West Bromwich Albion failed to secure three points from the match, Berahino stole the show with his attacking abilities.

There were many other who played astoundingly well but could not make the list. Vlaar (AVL), Routledge (SWA), Ulloa (LEI), Downing (WHU), Sanchez (ARS), Ivanovic (CHE), Silva (MNC) are some of the players who were impressive on the field and we hope they will continue their forms in coming week too.