Sports Nova select Premier League XI of Gameweek 2


The second week of Premier League 2014/15 being over, we pick up our best eleven based on those ten matches, which saw as many as 23 goals, 29 bookings and 2 sent-offs. As usual, we will rely on a conventional 4-4-2 formation.

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Goal-keeper : Kasper Schmeichel (LEI)

The choice of the Leicester goal-keeper ahead of Courtois or Guzan may raise some eyebrows. However, keeping the Chelsea attack in mind, we should acknowledge that Schmeichel was the factor the Foxes could avoid a humiliating defeat. He made eight saves during the match and was beaten only twice, both to his dismay. At the 62nd minute, Blues’ new signing Diego Costa, thanks to a failed-clearance-attempt of a defender, managed to send the ball past Schmeichel. Fifteen minutes later, it was Hazard’s astounding strike from outside the box that increased the difference. Leaving those two instances aside, Kasper was amazing and he is going to be our first choice.

Defenders : Ivanovic (CHE), Coloccini (NEW), Shawcross (STO), Rose (TOT)

The first match of the week, between Aston Villa and Newcastle United, ended goalless and the Magpies should be thankful to their central defender Fabricio Coloccini. In the same match, Janmaat, Vlaar and Hutton also played crucial parts for their teams but the Argentine defender was simply the best with his blocking, snatching and clearances.

So far as the other central position is considered, Vlaar could have made the list easily had Shawcross not been the savior for Stoke against Hull City. A ten-man Hull, after the sending off of James Chester, scored through Jelavic and almost snatched the win. But, Ryan Shawcross rose up to the occasion and with only seven minutes to spare, squirmed the ball past McGregor after a volley from Bardsley hit the post.

This week was great for the right-backs. Janmaat was amazing for Newcastle while Eric Dier scored again for Spurs and Seamus Coleman opened his account for Everton. However, in our opinion, it was Branislav Ivanovic who was the best right-back of the week. He came close to score on a couple of occasions but was denied by an acrobatic Schmeichel. Along with great defending, time and again his run down the flank made a big difference and it was his step-over that helped Costa score Chelsea’s first goal.

The fourth defender of the week will be Tottenham’s Danny Rose. The left back played well and was instrumental for the Spurs’ fourth goal of the evening.

Midfielders : Chadli (TOT), Barry (EVE), Downing (WHU), Hazard (CHE)

Nacer Chadli scored twice to help his team win convincingly against newly promoted Queens Park Rangers. Though he played for 68 minutes only, he showed his attacking abilities and was, beyond doubt, one of the best midfielders of the week.

Stewart Downing was amazing the last week too and in our preview, we mentioned that he may prove his worth soon enough. It happened in the 37th minute when Downing took on two defenders and curved the ball around Speroni to score his first goal of the season.

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry will be our third choice in the middle. As a central defensive midfielder, he was incredible for the Toffees and played a crucial part for the first goal. Taking a pass from Baines, Barry crossed in towards the far post to and it met Coleman who headed beautifully to give the lead.

Regarding the last midfield option, there are plenty of choices as Juan Mata, Nathan Dyer, Jack Rodwell all scored this week. But, we select Eden Hazard ahead of others. The Belgian repeatedly disturbed the Foxes’ defense and in the 77th minute, with a sudden surge of pace, took out a few Leicester defenders and slammed the ball low into the far corner. We expect more to see from him in coming weeks.

Forwards : Adebayor (TOT), Jovetic (MNC)

Emanuel Adebayor is the third Tottenham player to be selected in the best eleven of the week. With one assist and one goal in his name, he was possibly the best attacker of the week. Stevan Jovetic, on the other hand, was the decisive factor in Manchester City’s triumph over Liverpool. The forward was always looking for chances and on either side of the break, managed to score to give his team a commendable 2-0 lead.

Apart from the above eleven, Courtois, Guzan, Dier, Coleman, Vlaar, Janmaat, Mata, Dyer, Rodwell, Larsson, Gerrard, Nasri, Lamella, Zarate and Naismith are some who played really well this week.