The last week before the first international break of the season saw as many as 32 goals which contain both a goal-less draw and a 9 goal thriller at Goodison Park. Unlike the previous two weeks, the fixtures of this weekend featured no sent-offs. With a plenty of eye-catching performances in hand, it was hard for us to select the best eleven in this gameweek. We will take favour of the traditional 4-4-2 again.
Goal-Keeper : Asmir Begovic (STO)
The choice of Begovic ahead of Rob Green of QPR may lack the support of statistics behind it, as the latter produced seven saves, more than his stoke city counterpart, to keep Sunderland strikers at bay. But the main reason behind the selection is that the presence of the Bosnian between the sticks had caused one of the first upsets of the season at Etihad. He denied Yaya Toure twice to help his side win at Manchester and also keep the clean sheet.
Defenders : Daryl Janmaat (NEW), Michael Duff (BUR), Ryan Shawcross (STO), Alberto Moreno (LIV)
To fill the right back slot, we had to choose between Ivanovic of Chelsea and Dary Janmaat of Newcastle Utd. Both of them found the net his week with the Serbian again showing his form for the Blues. The Dutch right back was preferred because he conceded two goals to Ivanovic’s three. Apart from that, as we predicted before, the new-comer from Eredivisie clearly seemed to find the rhythm with the English pace and power.
The two central backs who could make it to the team this time is Michael Duff of Burnley and Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City. Both the players succeeded to earn the precious clean sheet against the big boys of Manchester. They put a commanding defensive display to deny the opponent from scoring. Though Calum Chambers of Arsenal and Dejan Lovren of Liverpool was brilliant at the back, Duff and Shawcross will get more plaudits for keeping the high-profile strikers quiet, while serving as the underdogs. It is worth mention that the Stoke centre back made it to our last week’s top eleven too.
For the left back position, we were not left with much choices as it was always going to be Alberto Moreno of the Reds, courtesy to his animated sprinting goal let alone the clean sheet.
Midfielders : Nathan Dyer (SWA), Morgan Schneiderlin (SOU), Nemanja Matic (Che), Jason Puncheon (CRY)
Fixing the wingers was a bit tricky as Sanchez, Dyer, Puncheon, Routledge, Hazard and Mirallas were among the contenders. Jason Puncheon scored the best goal of this week along with completing four successful dribbles, 10 recoveries and creating a few big chances. On the other hand, Nathan Dyer of Swansea made the headlines by scoring a brace in a home encounter against the Baggies. The Swans’ winger can also boast of a 91% pass accuracy. Speaking of the others, Sanchez was the only flair in Arsenal’s struggle against Leicester after scoring his first goal in Premier League. Eden Hazard of Chelsea also contributed handsomely in the goal-fest at Goodison Park.
Morgan Schneiderlin was instrumental in the saint’s away victory against the hammers. He netted twice and wrapped up a 92% pass completion in his match-winning performance.
Fabregas, Ramires, Matic – Chelsea’s midfield trio was in full flow as the Blues’ scored six times against the Toffees. We choose Matic over others for the one spot left in the midfield because of the subject’s display of dribbling, defensive and attacking skills in the rampage. The Serbian scored the winning goal and set up another, providing prowess in Chelsea attacking force.
Strikers : Diego Costa (CHE), Andreas Weimann (AVL)
Diego Costa was again proved to be fatal in front of the opposition’s net. He scored the first and last of Chelsea’s six to earn his side important three away points and was surely a first choice for the striking option in this squad.
Andreas Weimann and Diouf battle it out for the other spot left with the Austrian winning it for his outstanding performance en route to Villa’s 2-1 home win against Hull City.
Though not being able to make to this team, the potters’ forward Mame Diouf surely stole the show at Etihad following his energetic run accompanied by three dribbles on his way to scoring the only decisive goal in that fixture.