Chelsea, Spurs, Watford and Leicester make up most of this week’s Team of the Week following convincing performances, while Norwich complete the set following a surprise victory over Manchester United.
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)
After a mini-blip, it was good for Tottenham to get back to winning ways, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Southampton at St.Mary’s.
Hugo Lloris was impenetrable in the Tottenham goal as he made four saves in total, and was one of just two goalkeepers to keep a clean sheet this weekend.
Lloris’ finest save of the lot was when he got down quickly, palming out an effort from James Ward-Prowse that seemed destined for the bottom corner.
Right-back: Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Slowly but surely, Kyle Walker is winning over his doubters, proving key for Spurs in their first win in five in all competitions.
Walker was good defensively, and also picked out Alli with a low cross to have a good impact at the other end.
Centre back: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
Jose Mourinho’s sacking brought about widespread anger from Chelsea fans, but a more unified performance from a dressing room that had clearly been lost.
Branislav Ivanovic has been a serial underperformer this season, but looked more like his usual self in his side’s 3-1 win at Sunderland, registering a goal and an assist.
Ivanovic headed in a Willian corner with just five minutes on the clock to get Chelsea fans cheering again, and soon after, he whipped in a cross that led to Pedro’s goal.
Left-back: Nathan Ake (Watford)
He may not have been given much of a chance by parent club Chelsea, but regular Premier League game time at Watford on loan has seen Nathan Ake blossom.
Ake pounced on stand-in Liverpool keeper Adam Bogdan dropping the ball – twice – to stab Watford into the lead with just two minutes on the clock.
The Dutchman was then accomplished at the back for the rest of the game, as the ever well-organised Hornets kept their third clean sheet on the bounce.
Right midfielder: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
On paper, all Riyad Mahrez did for Leicester in the 3-2 win over Everton this weekend was tuck away two penalties – but really, he did so much more than that.
Algeria’s most dangerous export since petroleum ran rampant for the 90 to cause the Toffees no end of bother, and they were stuck for ideas on how to handle the tricky winger.
Eden Hazard was named PFA Player of the Year after 14 league goals and nine assists last season. Mahrez has 13 goals and seven assists by Christmas.
Centre midfielder: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)
Dele Alli’s rapid rise continues, and if he keeps putting in displays like the weekend’s, then he could be a wildcard for the England Euro 2016 squad.
Alli, who was plying his trade with MK Dons in League One this time last year, had a hand in both of Tottenham’s goals, as he set up one and scored the other.
Tottenham and maybe-England teammate Harry Kane was set on his way by Alli for his goal, and then the 19-year-old midfielder capitalised on some awful Saints defending to make it 2-0.
Left midfielder: Willian (Chelsea)
Willian is one of few – very few – Chelsea players that the fans still like and admire following a dire 2015-16 season thus far, and he impressed again as the Blues finally picked up a win.
Ivanovic’s header was set up via a Willian corner, and Oscar’s penalty came about after the Brazilian was bundled over in the box.
Centre attacking midfielder: Oscar (Chelsea)
A bizarre yet perhaps expected turnaround for Oscar who, over the course of Saturday, went from his now usual tepid performances to one that really showed his true value.
Striker: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Jamie Vardy failed to find the back of the net this weekend – he is only human after all – but he did still impress the most from those in a Leicester shirt at Goodison Park.
One of Mahrez’s two penalties came about when Vardy made an intelligent diagonal run to entice Tim Howard out of his goal to bring him down.
Vardy was having a party later on too when he assisted Shinji Okazaki’s goal to secure the points for Leicester.
Striker: Odion Ighalo (Watford)
Watford’s surprise surge into the European places continued with a blistering 3-0 win over Liverpool and, much to the joy of anyone with a Fantasy Football team, Odion Ighalo keeps on scoring.
The goal-happy Nigerian added a further brace at Vicarage Road, and his tally now stands at 12 for the season.
Ighalo made it 2-0 to Watford when he shrugged off Martin Skrtel before beating Bogdan, and then he added his second with a superb header in the second half.
Striker: Cameron Jerome (Norwich City)
Louis van Gone? That’s the view and desire of many fans of the Red Devils as a result of Manchester United’s 2-1 home loss at the hands of Norwich, where Cameron Jerome of all people put in a Man of the Match display.
Jerome had the Canaries singing and had fans all over the country tweeting when he put Norwich in front with a composed finish past David de Gea, who conceded due to some uncharacteristically poor goalkeeping.
Alex Tettey was then put through by Jerome, who battled past Phil Jones to set the Norwegian on his way, who made it 2-0 to Norwich and set Old Trafford off to a chorus of boos.
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