Gameweek 31 – Premier League Team Of The Week
Premier League had a rare gameweek of 4 games this weekend instead of 10 due to the FA Cup commitment of the teams that have progressed through to the quarterfinals of the prestigious competition. The rest of the fixtures were postponed but the featured ones had thrill, excitement and also disappointment for some – especially for Stoke City whose fight with 10 men went in vain due to a late winner from Everton hitman Cenk Tosun.
West Brom’s losing streak continued as they lost 2-1 to Bournemouth despite having a lead via Jay Rodriguez. They are now deep in the drop zone and are unlikely to avoid relegation.
Crystal Palace, the other relegation battlers, had an incredible outcome against Huddersfield Town as they registered a crucial 2-0 away win and jumped out of the bottom three for the time being.
Liverpool, meanwhile, were the only side from the ‘big six’ who had a Premier League game this weekend and the Reds did not disappoint the supporters on a snowy evening at Anfield. Mohamed Salah scored an incredible 4 goals and assisted one en route to a 5-0 demolition of Watford at Merseyside.
That said, here’s the Premier League Team of the Week.
GK – Wayne Hennessey
The Welshman has been criticised in recent weeks for his erroneous outings but stood up to the challenge against the Terriers and helped Palace grab a clean sheet from a difficult away encounter.
RB – Seamus Coleman
Everton’s game against Stoke City at Bet365 Stadium was not called off despite adverse weather conditions and it was hard to defend on a snowy afternoon. Coleman, who missed months with a broken leg has returned to the first-team and delivered a towering display against the Potters who were in desperate search of points to take themselves out of the drop zone.
CB – James Tomkins
Tomkins not only maintained his strong defensive resilience against Huddersfield Town but also broke the deadlock in the first-half from Luka Milivojević’s corner.
CB – Virgil van Dijk
The Dutchman has been a revelation in Liverpool defence and delivered another composed performance. He did not allow the opponents to cause trouble inside the box. He never let Troy Deeney move and create space inside the box and Watford hardly tested Loris Karius in goal.
LB – Andrew Roberston
The former Hull City man has been a bargain buy for Liverpool and is now featuring regularly, impressing in each of his outings for the Reds. The Scotsman maintained his defensive responsibilities and also kept on running forward to link up down the left and assisted Mo Salah for his second of the evening with a sublime cross.
RCM – Lewis Cook
The Englishman has been awarded a senior international call-up for his stunning display in the middle of the park and the Cherries youngster delivered another stellar performance where he controlled the game against the Baggies from a central midfield role.
CM – Luka Milivojević
The Serbian has been a quality recruit for the Eagles and played his part in Palace’s opener against David Wagner’s men and also scored from the spot to double the lead and ensure three massive points in survival race.
LCM – James Milner
Came on as a first-half substitute in place of an injured Emre Can and made his presence known everywhere on the pitch with his tireless runs and high work ethics. The veteran Englishman destroyed the Hornets midfield with his pressing game as well as great distributing and passing traits.
RW – Mohamed Salah
The Egyptian has now scored 28 goals in the league and is the clear favourite to lift the Golden Boot award in his maiden campaign with Liverpool. He broke the deadlock minutes into the first-half with an incredible finish and went on to score another three to stun the Watford defence. His third goal of the game has to be one of Premier League’s finest this year and the player keeps on breaking records with ease, week in week out.
LW – Junior Stanislas
The attacker has continued his great run of form this gameweek too and scored late against West Brom.
ST – Cenk Tosun
Despite struggling initially, the Turkish hitman is now having a scoring streak and is leaving an impact with his great goal poaching instinct which the Toffees were seeking in their attacking third. He scored to break the deadlock and netted again in closing minutes to seal all three points against the Potters.