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Premier League: Team of the Week – Gameweek 27

Marko Arnautovic

For the second week running, three players from Tottenham Hotspur makes it to our Team of the Week while Southampton's emphatic return to league action yet again provides us with two representatives from the south coast side

It was a defining gameweek in the context of the title race as well as the relegation battle. While Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City affirmed themselves as Chelsea's prime rivals for the title run in, defeats for Hull City, Boro and Sunderland dealt a huge blow in their quest for survival with the trio giving an early impression of what could bottom three looks like at the end of the campaign. Elsewhere, Arsenal and Manchester United further aggravated their hopes of a top-four finish while Liverpool took advantage of the slip-up. Southampton were on the winning side of a thrilling game at the Vicarage Road whereas Leicester, Swansea and Crystal Palace took one step in right direction to maintain their top-flight status for the next season.

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As usual, we have picked up our best eleven from the latest round of fixtures. Here's our team of the week:

 

GOALKEEPER
 

Artur Boruc (AFC Bournemouth)

 

 

In a game marred by controversy, Boruc further added to the frustration of the hosts. Following in the footsteps of Lee Grant, Tom Heaton and Eldin Jakupovic, it won't be wrong to say the Pole had the game of his life at Old Trafford too. He made a total of six saves, including that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's penalty as the Cherries took home their first-ever point at Old Trafford.

 

 

DEFENDERS

James Tomkins (Crystal Palace)

Crystal Palace grinded out a hard-fought win at the Hawthorns and James Tomkins played a significant role in ensuring the Albion forward line had their work cut out. The former West Ham man won 9 duels, and made 11 clearances as the Eagles kept back-to-back clean sheets in the league for the first time this campaign. Captain Scott Dann's place in the eleven is in danger now.

 

Aleksandr Kolarov (Manchester City)

Guardiola has used the towering left-back as a centre-back on many occasions this campaign and the Serbian seems to have picked up the tricks and trades of playing at that position at last. Kolarov had a 100% success rate in winning tackles, aerials and won all but one of his 13 duels against Sunderland. That's not all, the 30-year-old completed all of his 3 take-ons, made 4 clearances and 3 interceptions. And even though he had very little to against Stoke – winning 2 duels and making 3 interceptions and 6 clearances; he was the only City player to have stung Lee Grant's palm on the night. Performing his task to perfection.

 

 

Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur)

The Welsh had been at the receiving end of some criticism in the recent weeks down to his below-par displays but against Everton, he finally came good. Ben Davies won 9 duels, 2 tackles and made 2 clearances nullifying the effect of in-form Seamus Coleman down his flank. And the former Swansea man was equally efficient in the final third as he created 5 chances, one of which was the layoff leading to Harry Kane's 25-yard screamer. Making a case for himself.

 

MIDFIELDERS

 

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

 

 

The Senegalese continued to show why he is worth his weight in gold for Liverpool. Mane took the complete control down the right flank against the Gunners and gave Nacho Monreal a torrid time on the pitch. His low drive across the face of the Arsenal goal, picked out Firmino that brought Liverpool the opening goal and dovetailed with the Brazilian again to score himself this time. Mane worked hard defensively as well, winning 8 duels and 4 aerials. The complete player.

 

Dusan Tadic (Southampton)

Tadic was at his creative best in the 7-goal thriller against Watford. Playing a central role on the day, the Serbian playmaker restored parity with a drilled low drive past Gomes and created 7 goalscoring chances with two of those helping teammate Nathan Redmond rack up a double. The brains behind the Saints.

 

Bamidele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)

 

 

The Spurs midfield hotshot was on his toes and at his instinctive best against Everton. Alli's assist for Spurs and Kane's second was possible only down to his alertness and swift work. And the goal that ultimately settled the game saw him take advantage of Everton's sleeping defence and made them pay with his poaching ability. The goal took his tally to 13 for the season and looks on right track to score 20 for the campaign. 

 

Nathan Redmond (Southampton)

The summer signing from Norwich City impressed with an all-around display against Watford. A brace from Nathan Redmond – his first for the club proved decisive in wrapping up 3 points for the Saints. Redmond created 5 goalscoring opportunities and completed 5 take-ons. Winning 7 duels and a tackle, he did his bit defensively carrying on from where he left against Manchester United in the EFL Cup final.

 

 

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)

The Austrian has massively underperformed this season but his performance against Middlesbrough gave us a sample of how devastating can he be on his day. While Arnautovic's first goal was all about a masterful touch and rounding off the goalkeeper, the second one showed his poaching ability in front of goal. He missed the game against City unfortunately due to illness but that match-winning brace is enough to warrant a place in our team of the week.

 

 

FORWARDS

 

Fernando Llorente (Swansea City)

 

 

There's probably no one better at heading the ball in the Premier League than the Spaniard himself. Llorente did justice to two sumptuous crosses from teammates Leroy Fer and Thomas Carroll by heading them to their right place. The match-winning brace took his tally for the season to 11 goals of which 5 have come through headers alone. Literally heading Swansea out of the relegation scrap.

 

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

 

 

'Hurricane' just doesn't look like stop scoring any soon. Harry Kane was at it again with his decisive double helping his side getting the better of Everton. A 25-yard screamer followed by an easy one-on-one finish underlines his ruthlessness in front of goal. With that, he now leads the Premier League goalscoring charts with 19 goals and looking at the rate at which he is scoring, not only he will surpass his 25 goal haul of last campaign but also looks certain to bag back-to-back Premier League Golden Boot.

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