Premier League Team of the Weekend – Dec 3-4

The Chelsea juggernaut continued on its journey through Manchester, while Bournemouth upset the apple cart with a superb comeback win against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. See who made our EPL Team of the Weekend…

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
The lanky shot stopper was on top form at the Etihad on Saturday, pulling off a number of crucial saves that helped Chelsea earn a win that could define their season. Two saves from Sergio Aguero and one from Kevin de Bruyne kept the Blues in the game and with just 14 games gone the Belgian has already kept two more cleans sheets (7) than he did during the entire 2015/2016 season.

Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
The Spurs full-back was at his rampaging best, defending well while also providing a constant threat going forward. His performance was all the more commendable considering he took a wild boot to the face from the Swans Neil Taylor early in the game, but recovered to put in one of his best performances of the season.

Marc Muniesa (Stoke City)
The former Barcelona player showed some Barca style to start and finish the move for Stoke’s second goal and effectively kill off the game. Muniesa won the ball in his own half and played it wide before striding forward to volley home a cross and cap a fine all-round display.

Gareth McAuley (West Brom)
The giant Ulsterman was in the thick of the action for the Baggies all match long with one of his customary 100 percent performances. Tidied up at the back, with nine clearances and posed a threat from set pieces, plus a wonderful stop to prevent Troy Deeney from netting what could have been a key goal.

Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland)
Ripped the Leicester defence to shreds during an impressive display of attacking football in the first half, and although his performance after the break couldn’t quite live up to the same standard, was denied a clear penalty when he was sent tumbling in the box by Danny Simpson.

Chris Brunt (West Brom)
A goal and an assist for the West Brom midfielder gave the Baggies a third win in four games and took them up to sixth place. Brunt provided the corner for Jonny Evans’ opener and then netted via a deflected shot to cap an impressive display from the talented left-footer.

Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
The Spaniard took his chance in what was only his second Premier League start this season in the absence of Nemanja Matic, putting in a flawless performance to present boss Antonio Conte with a selection dilemma. Conte will not have been impressed, however, with Cesc’s decision to get involved in the aggro that saw Fernandinho red-carded near the end.

Idrissa Gueye (Everton)
The Senegalese put in an awful lot of work as Everton claimed a point against United, dominating the midfield at times against supposedly more illustrious opposition. His work rate and passing were good and he came out on top in three out of every four challenges he made. Also won the penalty thanks to a careless foul from Marouane Fellaini.

Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)
The Belgian continued his recovery from his nightmare spell at Anfield with his sixth and seventh goals for the Eagles in a comfortable win over the Saints to end a run of six consecutive defeats. The first goal may have been a gift after Fraser Forster’s howler but Benteke was in the right place at the right time as all good goalscorers should be.

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
The Chilean was once again the star of the show for Arsene Wenger’s side with an assist and a 15 minute second-half hat-trick that ended up giving Arsenal a comfortable win. Described as a fighter and a classy player by his boss, the pocket dynamo now has 13 goals and nine assists in 19 matches this term. How he did not get a Ballon d’Or nomination remains a mystery.

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)
The kind of performance the term ‘super sub’ was invented for. Came on after 55 minutes with the Cherries 2-0 down and won a penalty, scored the second from Callum Wilson’s cross and then set up the equaliser. His direct running after coming on causing James Milner all sorts of problems.