Premier League Team of the Weekend – Oct 30-31

Man City slipped back into top gear following their recent patchy form while Burnley’s defence performed heroics to keep the Red Devils goalless. Here’s who performed best in our EPL Team of the Weekend…

Tom Heaton (Burnley)
There’s only one keeper in the running this week as the Burnley stopper put on a masterclass to almost single-handedly deny a frustrated Manchester United all three points. United had 37 shots during the 90 minutes and although many of then weren’t on target, Heaton dealt with everything the Red Devils threw at him, including one stunning stop to deny Ibrahimovic.

Danny Rose (Tottenham)
Another excellent game for the England full-back. Kept Leicester dangerman Riyad Mahrez relatively quiet and yet still found the time to threaten going forward, creating many chances with quality crosses. Unlucky not to score with a first-half shot that was saved by Schmeichel.

Joel Matip (Liverpool)
Handled the tricky Christian Benteke well as he put in another solid performance. Matip was a composed figure at the back for the Reds even as the mistakes of others lead to conceding two goals. Even managed to grab a first-half goal with an excellent header from a corner. Has yet to taste defeat in a Liverpool shirt.

Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Chelsea’s new captain seems to have cut out the errors that so often blight his game to form an effective back three with David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta. This was the Blues’ fourth clean sheet in a row. We’ve always known Cahill can play, but now that he’s not giving goals away he is looking like the solid, versatile, ball-playing central defender we knew that he could be.

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
An outstanding display from the left-back as he seeks to cement a regular place in the starting line up. A constant threat down the flank and provided the assist for Olivier Giroud’s first goal with a great cross. Almost got on the scoresheet himself but shot hit the post.

Ross Barkley (Everton)

Inconsistent is the word that is consistently used to describe the talented Everton midfielder. Here, Barkley was all that we know he can be, energetic, creative and a real influence on the game. Scored his first goal in more than two months to cap an impressive display and earn glowing praise from coach Ronald Koeman.

Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)
A near perfect display from the summer signing as he showed why he was much sought after by Pep Guardiola. Cut through the West Brom defence at will, setting up the first goal for Aguero before bagging a brace in the second period. Ran the show from start to finish.

Gaston Ramirez (Middlesbrough)
Deserves a place in the team of the week for his sizzling solo goal alone. He picked up the ball in his own half before sprinting into the box. Turned Andrew Surman and then slotted the ball past Artur Boruc. A polished display from the midfield man as Boro picked up a first win in eight Premier League games.

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Yet another man-of-the-match display from the tireless Chilean. Ran the Sunderland defence ragged, scoring two goals and being denied what looked to be a clear penalty. Has scored or had an assist in eight goals in his last eight games for the Gunners. How he didn’t get a nomination for the Ballon d’Or is beyond reason.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
The talented Brazilian was spellbinding, conducting the Liverpool attack with a masterful display of passing. Linked up well with Alberto Moreno to make things look easy. Contributed two assists from corners and was denied a deserved goal of his own by a handball.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
After this performance there can be no doubt that Manchester City have missed him. Hit a lovely first goal after running onto Ilkay Gundogan’s through ball before topping that with a sublime strike into the top corner for his first goals in six games. There may have been doubts that Aguero could play under Pep Guardiola’s system, but this game dispelled them emphatically.