The Premier League signed off in style ahead of the final international break of the year, delivering six studs to the senses in typically dramatic fashion in what was another thrilling set of top-flight fixtures.
On Friday evening, Watford emerged as victors from the battle of the bottom two, securing their first Premier League win of the season at Norwich City’s expense at Carrow Road.
In the pick of the action on Saturday, there were home wins for Chelsea, Burnley, Newcastle and Leicester, while Everton stole three points on the road at Southampton.
On Sunday, Man Utd kicked things off with confident 3-1 win over Brighton, while Wolves took the points and the bragging rights with a 2-1 triumph over Villa.
In the weekend’s showpiece fixture, Liverpool tightened their grip on the Premier League title with a 3-1 victory over defending champions Manchester City in a thrilling contest at Anfield.
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Goalkeeper: Ben Foster (Watford)
Hornet’s veteran goalkeeper Ben Foster has been something of a fixture in our TOTW selections this season, and the 36-year old earns another spot in our XI this week after a fantastic performance against Norwich. Foster made five saves in total to help his side clinch their first win of the 2019/20 Premier League season and their first clean sheet on the road since February.
Right Back: Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)
Like Foster, Ricardo Pereira has been a Team of the Week regular this season and the incredibly consistent Portuguese fullback was superb again for Leicester at the weekend in the Foxes’ 2-0 win over Arsenal at the King Power Stadium. The 26-year old made a shinpad-splintering five tackles in total against the Gunners, and Pereira also contributed to numerous passages of play in the attacking third.
Centre Back: James Tarkowski (Burnley)
Physically dominant centre-half James Tarkowski was a rock at the back for Burnley in the Claret’s emphatic 3-0 win over West Ham on Saturday. The 26-year won a game-high 11 aerial duels against the Irons and Tarkowski provided the assist for the game’s first goal for Ashely Barnes in the early exchanges.
Centre Back: Ciaran Clark (Newcastle)
After netting against West Ham in the last round of Premier League fixtures, Magpies’ defender Ciaran Clark made himself a goal-scoring hero again at weekend, popping up with Newcastle’s second goal against Bournemouth at St. James’ Park. Clark also tended to his defensive duties well against the Cherries, completing six clearances and winning 80% of his aerial duels.
Left Back: Lucas Digne (Everton)
On Saturday in the Toffees win against Southampton, Lucas Digne recaptured some the form that saw him win Everton’s player of the season award for last season. The diminutive Frenchman won an incredible nine aerial battles against the Saints, and the 26-year old played more key passes (four) than any other player involved at St. Mary’s.
Midfield: Fabinho (Liverpool)
Brazilian holding midfielder Fabinho was at the peak of his powers for Liverpool in the Reds’ crucial 3-1 win over Man City on Sunday. The 26-year old was combative without the ball and assured on it, and the former Monaco star broke the deadlock in the first half with a sensational strike from distance.
Midfield: Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Christian Pulisic’s star continues to rise at Stamford Bridge and the United States international again stood out as the Blues’ best player in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday. Pulisic was a constant menace against the Eagles, racking up more shots (six) and more dribbles (six) than any of his teammates against a beleaguered looking Palace outfit. Pulisic capped his performance with the game’s second goal late in the match.
Midfield: James Maddison (Leicester City)
Foxes’ creative dynamo James Maddison was at his impactful best on Saturday evening in Leicester’s fine 2-0 win over Arsenal at the King Power Stadium. The 22-year old’s probing passing caused the Gunners numerous problems throughout, and Maddison notched City’s second goal with a beautifully struck shot deep into the second half.
Attack: Gerard Deulofeu (Watford)
Flying Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu played an instrumental part in Watford’s first Premier League win of the season against Norwich on Friday. The 25-year old scored the game’s first goal himself after just two minutes, and Deulofeu set up Andre Gray early in the second period to help establish an unassailable two-goal lead for the Hornets.
Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Marcus Rashford was in electric form for a youthful Man Utd side in the club’s 3-1 win over Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday. Despite a glaring miss in the second half, Rashford’s penetrative runs, silky skills and ferocious shooting proved a combination too potent for the Seagulls to deal with. The 22-year old bagged his fifth goal in six games with a well-taken effort on 66 minutes.
Attack: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Notorious giant-slayer Jamie Vardy added more positive numbers to his incredible record against the Premier League’s so called “Big Six”, though it was the Gunners that were left feeling decidedly small after been torn to shreds by the 32-year old. Vardy finished the game with a match-defining goal and assist double to help Leicester take maximum points.
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