EPL Team of the Weekend – Mar 4-5

Leicester continued their post-Ranieri revival while Harry Kane was in the goals once again for Spurs. But did he make our EPL Team of the Week?…

Artur Boruc (Bournemouth)
Pulled off a string of superb saves to keep 10-man Bournemouth in the game at Old Trafford. One save in particular from Paul Pogba’s curling effort was outstanding, while he also dived low to stop Zlatan’s penalty to earn the Cherries a crucial point and break their recent slump in form. A performance that obviously got up the noses of some United fans.

Christian Fuchs (Leicester City)
Another player who looks revitalised since the departure of former boss Claudio Ranieri, the Austrian putting in a strong showing down the left flank. A delightful piece of link up play with Vardy saw him burst into the box and provide a cool finish for the crucial equaliser after the Foxes had conceded an early goal. Whatever it is they started putting in the water at the King Power Stadium last week – we want some of it!

Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace)
Another outstanding performance by the on-loan defender, whose arrival has coincided with an uptick in form by Sam Allardyce’s strugglers. Sakho’s willingness to put everything on the line for the cause and his red-hot form has made a big difference at the back for Palace and Liverpool fans must be wondering why Jurgen Klopp ever let him go considering their own defensive difficulties.

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United)
Questions were raised about his temperament earlier in the season following a couple of nasty two-footed challenges, although Rojo’s quality was never in doubt. Has settled down now and made the switch to centre back smoothly. Was the pick of the bunch at the back for Jose Mourinho’s side. Even turned up in the Bournemouth box to divert Antonio Valencia’s shot into the net following a corner.

Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Played as right-sided midfielder rather than his usual wing-back role, but was his usual self, marauding down the flank to great effect, giving Leighton Baines a torrid time. Defended well when called upon, but as he showed here obviously much happier in a more attacking role.

David Silva (Man City)
The mercurial Spaniard just never stops for City. After almost netting the opener in the first half when he was inches away from Leroy Sane’s cross, Silva was at his best in the second half, dictating play and instigating attack after attack before recording yet another assist (his 62nd in the Premier League) when he put Sane in on the left flank to seal the points with the second goal.

Harry Arter (Bournemouth)
Another hero for Eddie Howe’s men with a ferocious performance in the middle as Bournemouth played the second half with their backs to the wall following Andrew Surman’s dismissal. Made countless tackles and blocks as he fought tooth and nail for the result. Surely it won’t be long before bigger clubs come knocking?

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
Mahrez has struggled to reproduce the magic that saw him bag the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award last season, but he looked somewhat near back to his old self against Hull. After a quiet first half Mahrez scored one of those individual strikes he became renowned for last term, jinking one way and then the other before unleashing a powerful shot that crept in at the near post. Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic should probably have kept it out, but Mahrez won’t care.

Fernando Llorente (Swansea)
The veteran Spaniard was at the double again for the Swans (his fourth this season), earning them a crucial win in their battle for survival with a trademark towering header in injury time. It was well deserved justice for the Swans after Burnley looked like earning a point thanks to a controversial first-half penalty awarded for a handball – by a Clarets player. Llorente’s strike was almost identical to his first-half opener and he was denied a hat-trick when another header pinged off the bar.

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
The big Austrian has found goals hard to come by this season, but was in sparkling form against Boro, giving the Teessiders problems from the off while bagging two quality goals. Enjoyed a bit of good fortune with the opener but finished it well after taking it around Victor Valdes, while his second demonstrated a striker’s instinct after Peter Crouch headed down a corner. Mark Hughes will be hoping this is the start of a streak for the forward.

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Liverpool’s man of the season so far was back to his best against the Gunners, posing a constant threat down the right side. Provided the cross for Firmino’s opener and then scored the second with a drilled strike after Firmino returned the favour. Already has 11 goals this campaign, the same number he netted in the whole of last season.

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