EPL Team of the Weekend – April 1-2

Crystal Palace upset the apple cart with a shock 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge to give the Premier League chasing pack a glimmer of hope. But how many of Big Sam’s boys made it into the team of the weekend?

Ben Foster (West Brom)
One of those days when a former player comes back to haunt his old club, Foster was in fine form to thwart the United frontline of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford while helping the Baggies record a first clean sheet away from home since the first match of the season. Two second-half saves from Rashford – one a long range shot and another from a late free kick – in particular caught the eye.

Andrew Robertson (Hull City)
Was a threat throughout the game with his energy producing countless runs down the left flank. May have struggled at times defensively, but more than made up for it with a lung-busting second-half run and finish five minutes before the end to give Hull a vital three points in their relegation battle. No wonder he is attracting interest from bigger clubs.

Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace)
The big defender has been a revelation for Palace since joining from Liverpool in the transfer window. Sakho is turning out to be the latest in a long line of Big Sam Allardyce’s transfer miracles. Another immense performance from Mamadou saw him nullify Diego Costa to pick up a fourth win in four games and a third clean sheet. Will Jurgen Klopp be having regrets?

Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough)
Middlesbrough may be near the bottom, but they have one of the best defensive records in the league, and much of it is to do with the form of Gibson. That’s why he’s now in the England set up. Here, he showed why with a commanding performance at the back. Boro will probably drop out of the Premier League at the end of the season, but on this form Gibson looks destined to earn more time in the top division with a move to another club. And the fans know it!

Danny Simpson (Leicester City)
He may not grab the headlines but Danny Simpson certainly helped his teammates grab them with two assists. His first-time pass inside set up Wilfred Ndidi for his scorcher while his cross for Vardy’s volleyed second goal was perfect. A productive day for one of Leicester’s unsung heroes.

Mousa Dembele (Tottenham)
Only played the second half but made a huge impact after coming on. Bossed things in the middle with Eric Dier as Spurs took control after a shaky start. The dominance they gave Spurs enabled Mauricio Pochettino’s men to grab a win at fortress Turf Moor and cut Chelsea’s lead at the top to just seven points.

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City)
Has a thankless task trying to fill the void left by N’Golo Kante’s departure, but is beginning to grow into the role after a slow start at the King Power Stadium. Scored a scorcher of a goal with a rising shot from 25 yards to give the Foxes the lead on 25 minutes and cap an impressive performance in the middle of the park.

Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
Has really come into his own after a slow start at City. Against Arsenal he was a constant threat, slotting in the opener after just five minutes and causing panic for the Arsenal defence every time he got the ball. Has five goals in his last eight games for the Citizens.

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
Was the fulcrum for Manchester City’s attacking display, linking the play together with some intelligent passing, while his first time ball to set up Leroy Sane for the first goal was exquisite (his 11th assist this season). Was also unlucky not to get on the score sheet after rattling the Arsenal woodwork on two occasions.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Has struggled with his form following an injury at the turn of the year, but was back to his best here, causing numerous problems for the Everton defence. Almost scored early on before putting the Reds back in front with a trademark curler after cutting in from the left – in what fans are now dubbing ‘a reverse Robben.’ Also set up Divock Origi for the clincher with a slide rule pass in behind the Toffees’ defence.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Showing the form that persuaded Manchester United to part with £10 million four years ago, Zaha was a constant menace to the Chelsea defence when Palace got the ball. Scored one beautiful goal after weaving his way through the Blues defence and also provided the pass for Christian Benteke to score the eventual winner. An all-action display.

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