Premier League action is always exciting and this weekend didn’t disappoint. We saw Manchester City put 6 past Chelsea to return to the top whilst Liverpool kept up their hugely impressive home form with another win over Bournemouth.
For the teams at the bottom, there were mixed emotions. Cardiff fought back from a late equaliser and took all 3 points home from Southampton with Burnley taking the same amount of points back from the South coast. More misery was added for Huddersfield and Fulham as they again fell to defeat.
Plenty of impressive individual performances were on show so let us take a look at who makes this weeks FST Team of the Week.
Goal Keeper: Tom Heaton (Burnley)
It’s the performances of Tom Heaton that have allowed Burnley to kick on and produce the form that now sees them unbeaten in 7. Heaton was majestic again yesterday, producing a series of fantastic saves, the most notable 2 denying Pascal Gross. This is the form we have come to expect from Heaton but even by his standards the saves on show yesterday were exceptional. They were unlucky to concede late on but this does not take away from another man of the match performance.
Defender: Joel Matip (Liverpool)
Matip has come into the side as Liverpool have been hit with injury and has more than impressed. Yesterday’s performance might have been over shadowed by some scintillating attacking play but his work should be recognised. A clean sheet, 90% pass accuracy with 3 aerial duels and tackles won summarises an impressive performance. Solid foundations are important and Matip showed this week just how it’s done.
Defender: Sol Bamba (Cardiff)
Sol Bamba deserves a place in this weeks team just because of his passionate celebrations.
Ahahah sorry for your glasses big man 😂😂😂 you hugged me harder than my wife ever did https://t.co/nzf9TDe7fy
— Sol Bamba (@Sol14Bamba) February 9, 2019
The 34 year old centre half led his team to victory yesterday. He opened the scoring on 69 minutes with a poachers finish from a corner. His leadership was on show throughout the game, organising his defensive unit and was unfortunate to concede late in the game to take his clean sheet away. He showed his importance as a leader in Cardiff’s fight for survival.
Defender: Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
Chris Smalling made an impressive comeback today against a weaker opponent in Fulham. Smalling had been out for 2 months with injury but made an impact yesterday by handling Mitrovic with ease, winning 5 aerial duels across the match. Smalling provided both composure with his defensive distribution as well as determination and physicality to keep Fulham’s main man quiet. A good return which Solskjaer will hope can continue.
Midfielder: Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
It’s hard to keep this man out of the team of the week at the moment as he keeps producing a man of the match performances week after week. Another performance full of swagger from the Frenchman saw him add another 2 to his tally making that 7 goals in 9 league games under Solskjaer. A thumping near-post effort, a well dispatched penalty and absolute control of the game sees Pogba help United back into the top 4.
Midfielder: Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
Not one you would usually associate with a man of the match performance but Gigi produced a midfield masterclass against Bournemouth. Usually the unsung hero of the Liverpool side, Wijnaldum grabbed the headlines for himself with a lobbed finish of the highest order. Add this to his 91% pass accuracy and the fact he was ill in the follow up to the game shows a remarkable performance. A lovely back post cross to Mane in the second half should have seen him pick up an assist as well but it was not to be. If he continues with performances like this it will certainly help Liverpool’s title hopes.
Midfielder: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
Eriksen really was key for Spurs today having a hand in 2 of their goals. Eriksen put in a delicious corner which was powered home by Sanchez in the first half. Spurs number 23 then added their second with a curled effort from the edge of the box, quite a common sight from him. The Dane was integral to this win and to the team especially when missing Kane and Alli.
Midfielder: Raheem Sterling (Man City)
Raheem Sterling was exceptional this Sunday evening providing a constant threat to a shaky Chelsea back 4. Sterling opened the scoring in the 4th minute with a calm finish after Bernado Silvas cut back. He continued to run all evening constantly looking to beat his man and with pace like his, it was done at ease. His direct running forced Azpilicueta to bring him down in the box in which Mike Dean pointed straight to the spot. The performance was topped off with a second goal and City’s 6th in a game that takes City back to the top.
Attacker: Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
The fan favourite at United has just penned a new deal and after yesterdays performance you can see why. The winger found space out wide and slid a lovely through ball to Pogba for the games opening goal. Martial made one for himself as well, picking the ball up in his own half he rode the tackle of Odoi, skipped past Le Marchand and slotted the ball cooly away. He will be hoping this performance earns him a spot in Tuesday’s crucial Champions League tie.
Attacker: Chris Wood (Burnley)
Chris Wood’s double at the Amex helped move Burnley 3 points clear of the drop zone. His first came from a thumping effort on 26 minutes after an unfortunate slip from Duffy. His second showed more finesse with a curled effort, slotted into the bottom corner. His 5 goals in the last 7 games have been crucial to Burnley moving out of the relegation zone and if he keeps this up they should be safe.
Attacker: Sergio Aguero (Man City)
After missing an early sitter Sergio was simply sensational with a wonderful hat-trick. He shrugged off Jorginho and thumped an incredible effort into the top corner, giving Kepa no chance, for his first. His second came with a volley on the turn to completely take the game away from Chelsea. His hat-trick was completed when Raheem Sterling won the penalty which the Argentine slotted cooly into the corner. He provided constant threat throughout the game with 6 shots and 2 dribbles. This continues his sensational form making that 6 in 2 games and against top 6 opposition!
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