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EPL Team of the Weekend – Mar 4-5

It was a game of missed opportunities as Man City drew with Liverpool, while Chelsea and Spurs keep on winning. But who did enough to make our Premier League Team of the Weekend?

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Jesse Lingard of Manchester United (C) celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Juan Mata of Manchester United (L) and Ashley Young of Manchester United (R) during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Manchester United at Riverside Stadium on March 19, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester)
Was the hero as the Foxes earned their first three points away from home this season. Pulled off two tremendous saves to deny Andy Carroll as West Ham pushed for a late equaliser. The second save in injury time was world class, as he spread himself to deny Carroll from six yards out after a free-kick had been deflected into the Hammers’ forward’s path. A top-class performance.

James Milner (Liverpool)
Kept very busy by Man City’s fleet-footed attack, but the former City favourite performed admirably in defence, but he was perhaps lucky not to concede a penalty for a tackle on Raheem Sterling. Was the coolest person on the pitch as he converted another penalty to maintain his 100 percent record from the spot this season (seven out of seven).

Craig Dawson (West Brom)
Utterly dominant in the air at the back, he also helped himself to two goals. Dawson timed his runs to perfection before climbing above the Gunners defenders to head in in-swinging corners to notch a goal in each half, the second goal killing the game and heaping even more pressure on Arsene Wenger in the process.

David Luiz (Chelsea)
The rock at the heart of the Chelsea defence, Luis was masterful in the air and equally good on the ground, dealing with the awkward Jonathan Walters with aplomb. Was also effective in attack, winning the header that led to Gary Cahill’s winner and almost got on the score sheet with a long-range free kick.

Allan Nyom (West Brom)

Performed well at full-back in the face of the threat posed by Theo Walcott, and also got forward well when he had the chance, setting up Salomon Rondon for a first-half opportunity that the striker should have converted. Becoming Mr. Consistent for Baggies boss Tony Pulis.

Emre Can (Liverpool)
Has struggled for consistency this season, but now looks to be the player that we all knew he could be. A call up for the latest Germany squad a just reward. Dominated the midfield area with a powerful display and also got an assist for the penalty with a lovely chipped ball in behind the City defence to Firmino. Jurgen Klopp will be happy if he can maintain this kind of form. If anyone can, Emre Can!

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
The talented Dane came to the fore in the absence of the injured Harry Kane, showing some delightful touches, while threading passes through the Southampton defence for his teammates as he drove Spurs forward. Grabbed his sixth goal of the season with a well-placed shot from distance.

Willian (Chelsea)
A solid game in the centre of the park for a team missing the creative influence of the injured Eden Hazard, Willian took the mantle of creator and did a lot of good work. Gave the Blues a first-half lead with a delightfully clever free-kick when he caught Stoke keeper Lee Grant off guard at the near post by whipping in the ball at goal when everyone was expecting the cross.

Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Made it clear that he doesn’t want to stick around at Goodison Park too much longer, but the fans still went wild as he netted two-late goals to pass the 20-league goal mark for the season – the first Everton player to do so since Gary Lineker more than 30 years ago. Had Hull keeper Jakupovic not pulled off a great first half save he might have been celebrating a hat-trick, so he had to be content with two strikes and a nice assist for Enner Valencia’s game-sealing second goal.

Benik Afobe (Bournemouth)
Has not had the best of times at Bournemouth since arriving from Wolves last year after a prolific season in the Championship, but now looks like he has settled and is scoring goals after a run in the side. His smart run and shot was deflected in off Alfie Mawson for the first goal before he claimed the second goal for himself with a smart finish into the corner after being played through. The former Arsenal youth player will be hoping to turn these goals into a run.

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
One of his better games. Provided a constant threat when drifting in off the left and played several good balls in behind the Moro defence. Capped a solid performance when he ran from half way and hammered a rising shot into the top corner to double United’s lead. Pity about the celebration, though!


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