Game week 21 of Premier League 2017/18 did not see a lot of goals being scored. In fact, as many as four matches ended goalless. A total of goals were scored over nine matches, and truly it was a week of the defenders.
Manchester City maintained their unbeaten run against Crystal Palace, while Manchester United faltered once again to share points with Southampton. Chelsea, meanwhile, thrashed Stoke City to leapfrog United in the league table. Elsewhere, Bournemouth, Swansea City and were the only teams to get three points in game week 21.
Combining all the performances from this weekend, here is our best eleven from game week 21.
We saw a hoard of spectacular performances from the goalkeepers. Jonas Lossl (HUD), Karl Darlow (NEW), Mathew Ryan (BHA), Alex McCarthy (SOU) and Wayne Hennessey (CRY) all had very good outings and managed to ensure clean sheets for their teams. Last two’s performances were more commendable, considering that they played against the top teams (Manchester United and Manchester City, respectively) of the league. However, we have to give the nod to Ederson who was the main man to continue City’s unbeaten run with a penalty save in the dying moments of the game.
Game week 21 was mostly about the defensive prowess of many players, and so we are going with five defenders in our team. In the center back, Nicolas Otamendi was very good for Manchester City. Along with him, we are choosing Christopher Schindler (HUD) and Lewis Dunk (BHA). Both produced their finest performances and helped their team get a point.
Other than the above three, Antonio Rudiger (CHE) scored a goal and maintained a clean sheet. Wesley Hoedt (SOU) was resilient against United attack, while Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof (both MUN) were reliable throughout. But, their stats are not as good as the select three in terms of clearances, successful tackles and interceptions.
Brighton duo Bruno and Gaetan Bong produced mindblowing performances against Newcastle. Kyle Walker (MCI) was very good against Crystal Palace. Right back Jack Stephens (SOU) was always effective against the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Ashley Young (MUN) provided brilliant support in the attack. And finally, in the left flank, Scott Malone (HUD) is another good performer of game week 21.
It was a tough call to make, but we eventually decided to go with Stephens and Bong.
Danny Drinkwater (CHE) scored his first goal of the season. His defensive abilities were amazing as well. Along with four valuable tackles, he played as many as 105 passes in the match with an impeccable accuracy of 89%. He is certainly the main man in the middle of the pitch.
In Drinkwater’s right side, we choose his teammate Willian, who was probably the best performer of game week 21. Against a hapless Stoke City, Willian scored a goal and provided two assists to make it a cakewalk for Chelsea. Ryan Fraser (BOU) will be out last pick in the midfield. The left winger scored a brace to hand his team a welcome win against Everton. He also played three key passes and provided necessary support to the defense.
Other than these players, Pedro (CHE), Wilfred Zaha (CRY), Philippe Coutinho (LIV), Riyad Mahrez (LEI) and Alexis Sanchez (ARS) played well in game week 21.
Mo Salah (LIV) has continued his fabulous display. He is most definitely the player of the season so far. Against Leicester City, the Egyptian scored twice when his team were behind and in the end, Liverpool got all three points thanks to him. Salah’s partner up front is going to be Jordan Ayew (SWA) who turned the tides in favour of his team when they were trailing 0-1 even after 87th minute. After Ayew’s goal, Swansea started to attack with more intent and eventually, Narsingh scored a winner for them in the dying moments. It was a welcome win for the Swans and the display surely earns Ayew a place in our best eleven of game week 21.
Jamie Vardy (LEI) and Jay Rodriguez (WBA) found the nets as well, but other than the goals, their performances were not top notch.
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