Leicester moved to the highest of the desk with a 1-0 win over Wolves, whereas Harry Kane scored his a hundred and fiftieth Premier League aim as Tottenham climbed to second with a 1-0 victory at West Brom.
Defending champions Liverpool drew 1-1 at Manchester Metropolis and Southampton claimed a cushty 2-0 win over Newcastle.
Aston Villa bounced again from consecutive defeats to say an emphatic 3-0 win at Arsenal, whereas Bruno Fernandes impressed Manchester United to combat again and win 3-1 at Everton.
Crystal Palace cruised to a 4-1 success over Leeds as Chelsea beat backside membership Sheffield United by the identical scoreline.
West Ham edged to a slim 1-0 victory over Fulham and strugglers Brighton and Burnley performed out a goalless draw.
However who impressed me within the Premier League this week? This is my crew. Examine why I chosen them beneath and select your greatest XI on the backside.
Goalkeeper – Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester Metropolis)
Kasper Schmeichel: What a save by Kasper Schmeichel from Ruben Neves. The Leicester keeper wasn’t required to do very a lot all through this recreation, however when he was known as upon to tug his crew out of the fireplace that is exactly what he did.
Leicester’s show towards Wolves was very totally different to their efficiency towards Leeds. The Foxes needed to dig, battle and chew for this victory and it took them to the highest of the desk. Leicester have been right here earlier than in fact – and I would not guess towards them being there or thereabouts on the finish of the season.
As for the penalty awarded towards Max Kilman for the ball putting his hand, the rule is absurd, unfair and critically flawed. What was ever improper with hand to ball?
Do you know? Schmeichel has stored three clear sheets for Leicester this season.
Defenders – Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Jonny Evans (Leicester Metropolis)
Harry Maguire: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left Goodison Park with a smile on his face and fairly rightly.
The Manchester United supervisor got here away with a victory and appears to have survived the media onslaught round his supposed pending departure – not less than for now. One of many causes the Norwegian has a keep of execution is the religion he has exhibited in his captain, Harry Maguire.
The England defender has recovered from a shaky begin to the season and was excellent towards Everton. The central defender utterly nullified the aerial menace from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
In the meantime, hypothesis relating to Solskjaer’s future should wait till after the worldwide break. As for Maguire, he’s on Three Lions responsibility. No relaxation for the depraved.
Do you know? Maguire made seven clearances towards Everton, three greater than some other participant within the recreation.
Thiago Silva: The ball from Hakim Ziyech was simply fabulous however the motion from Thiago Silva was merely sensible. He went, stopped, checked and went once more.
The timing of his run and the best way he met the nook was simply sensational. We’ve got all seen him do it earlier than and it’s a well-known reality which you could’t mark motion; actually not the best way Silva assaults the ball on set-pieces.
The arrival of the Brazilian has steadied the ship at Chelsea, particularly in defence. That mentioned, the Blues are a way from the Jose Mourinho days once they took the lead and the sport was successfully over. Fortunately, the soccer is way extra pleasant at Stamford Bridge today.
Do you know? Silva turned the sixth-oldest participant to attain for Chelsea within the Premier League (36 years 46 days), and solely Glenn Hoddle (36 years 150 days) was older when he scored his first aim for the Blues.
Jonny Evans: Even for a participant who has been round so long as Jonny Evans has, this was nonetheless a really difficult recreation towards a really harmful Wolves facet.
The Northern Eire centre-back discovered himself continually in the course of the motion particularly defending set performs.
There was even one stage the place it was thought he is likely to be affected by a recurrence of the again harm that had stored him out earlier within the season. Happily for his supervisor, Brendan Rodgers, the Foxes captain noticed the sport out, albeit a little bit battered and bruised.
Do you know? Evans gained six of his seven duels towards Wolves, together with all 4 within the air. No participant gained the next proportion.
Midfielders – Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea), Fred (Manchester United), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Ross Barkley (Aston Villa)
Hakim Ziyech: Frank Lampard has each purpose to be happy with what his crew is producing in the mean time. His new additions to what was already a healthy-looking squad are beginning to gel.
I mentioned that if Chelsea had been to lose Willian then they higher have somebody prepared to switch him. Effectively, they’ve and his identify is Hakim Ziyech. The Morocco worldwide made my crew final week after impressing towards Burnley.
He was even higher towards Sheffield United. The previous Ajax participant wasn’t on the scoresheet this time, however he supplied the impetus and the tempo for a really spectacular Chelsea victory. 5 groups can win the Premier League title this season – and Chelsea are considered one of them.
Do you know? Ziyech is creating 3.8 possibilities per 90 minutes within the Premier League for Chelsea this season, probably the most of any Blues participant.
Fred: When Fred arrived at Outdated Trafford I could not work out what his position really was. In actual fact, I went on report as saying I did not suppose he was a Manchester United participant.
Effectively, if former United midfielders Remi Moses and Gordon Strachan are something to go by then Fred shows precisely the identical grit, endeavour and willpower as they’d once they performed in midfield for the membership within the Nineteen Eighties.
At a time when United have an actual problem with consistency – a difficulty that has put query marks over their supervisor’s future – Fred supplied the assist for Bruno Fernandes towards Everton that has been absent when Paul Pogba has performed in that position. The Brazilian does not possess Pogba’s skill however epitomises the qualities a coach can depend on.
Do you know? Fred accomplished 61 passes towards Everton (of 67 tried), not less than 19 greater than any team-mate.
Bruno Fernandes: I do not know to what extent Bruno Fernandes was conscious of media consideration surrounding his supervisor’s long-term prospects at Outdated Trafford, however the best way he performed towards Everton not solely prompt he knew, however was decided to do one thing about it.
The Portugal worldwide fought for each ball, tried to win each sort out – and received booked as a consequence – scored two targets and laid one other on a plate for Edinson Cavani. He was in all places and made completely positive any hypothesis about Solskjaer’s speedy future was quashed.
United have a unprecedented squad and Solskjaer has rigorously put it collectively. What is required now could be for Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood to show extra of what Fernandes is displaying and repay among the religion their supervisor has positioned in them.
Do you know? Fernandes has now scored 10 targets and supplied 5 assists in his first 10 Premier League away video games.
Ross Barkley: I assumed Jack Grealish gave one other masterful efficiency for Aston Villa at Arsenal, together with Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa.
Nonetheless, I made a decision to pick Ross Barkley in my crew due to his sensational help for Ollie Watkins’ second aim. The 30-yard ball from Douglas Luiz to Barkley was fairly sensible, however what then befell was one thing fairly particular.
Barkley, with out taking his eye off the ball, volleyed probably the most sensational cross from the byeline for Watkins to move residence and seal the sport for Villa. The extent of ability, to not point out approach, required to carry out such a cross takes extraordinary expertise, but it surely additionally characterised the crew’s efficiency. Doubtless the perfect show I’ve seen from a Villa facet for years.
Do you know? Barkley created probably the most possibilities of any participant (three) in Villa’s win at Arsenal.
Forwards – Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
Eberechi Eze: If you are going to open your goalscoring account on your membership then that is the best way to do it. The free-kick scored by Eberechi Eze towards Leeds was excellent, however the best way the England Below-21 drew Robin Koch in the direction of the ball and slipped it previous him main as much as the aim was real expertise.
QPR would not have loved letting this lad depart Loftus Highway, but it surely’s clear – not less than within the video games I’ve seen him play – that the teenager is creating quick and has a brilliant future if he can maintain all of it collectively.
Patrick Bamford’s disallowed aim epitomised simply how ludicrous the video assistant referee (VAR) and its choice making on offside has change into. Hardly shocking that 70% of respondents to Gary Lineker’s Match of the Day tweet mentioned VAR needs to be scrapped. I could not agree extra.
Do you know? Eze each scored and assisted in a single league recreation for the fifth time, and the primary time since a aim and help towards Preston in March 2020.
Harry Kane: Premier League aim quantity 150 for Harry Kane. This was an enormous win for Tottenham away at West Brom, taking into account their midweek journey to Bulgaria.
Kane scored the opener within the Europa League recreation towards Ludogorets Razgrad and continued the place he left off by scoring the one aim of the sport towards a West Brom facet already preventing for survival and whose supervisor is already underneath intense media scrutiny.
Spurs would have misplaced this fixture underneath earlier managers and I’m wondering to what extent supervisor Jose Mourinho is liable for this clear sheet, which put Spurs high of the desk for a short time.
Do you know? Solely Alan Shearer (212) and Sergio Aguero (217) reached 150 Premier League targets in fewer appearances than Kane (218).
Ollie Watkins: You can not rating two targets away towards Arsenal and never get in my crew of the week. Ollie Watkins is making a reputation for himself within the Premier League.
The previous Brentford ahead opened his league account towards Liverpool, of all groups, and it appears like he has now received the style for it. Watkins has supplied Villa with a leading edge to match the inventive work Grealish and Barkley are actually producing.
Arsenal, in the meantime, have been sensible on the highway – notably in Manchester – once they have adopted a counter-attack mentality in video games. Nonetheless, the Gunners have an issue at residence, particularly when they’re performed at their very own recreation. Villa did not simply beat Arsenal them on the counter-attack, they destroyed them.
Do you know? Watkins has scored six targets in seven video games for Aston Villa within the Premier League this season. Solely Dean Saunders (seven) and Dion Dublin (9) have ever netted extra of their first seven appearances for Villa within the competitors.
The Crooks of the Matter
When former BBC Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen mentioned “you win nothing with children”, he was referring to moments in a recreation when you’re in determined want of expertise and never youth.
The 91st minute of the match between West Ham and Fulham was a type of events. The fixture had been filled with missed alternatives, so when Ademola Lookman received the prospect to equalise for Fulham it did not want somebody who was chasing glory by taking the penalty however a person involved solely with getting the job executed.
It is necessary at this juncture to not confuse the 2. Glory is about self; getting the job executed is about finishing the mission on behalf of the crew. What Lookman displayed was hubris.
Lookman’s try to breed Antonin Panenka’s penalty was not simply audacious, it was silly. The participant who launched this system to the world within the 1976 European Championship closing, when he beat German goalkeeper Sepp Maier with an impudent chip to say the title for Czechoslovakia, was an skilled skilled, not a rookie.
Panenka not solely knew what was at stake however he might execute the ability. Lookman couldn’t. The misplaced level is likely to be the distinction between Fulham staying up or happening however, extra worryingly, might within the closing evaluation value Scott Parker his job as supervisor.
Lookman does have the expertise to come back again from this but it surely will not be straightforward. Preserve Fulham within the Premier League, nonetheless, and no-one will give a fig concerning the missed penalty.
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