During the latest round of 2018/19 Premier League fixtures, the number of unbeaten clubs in the division halved from two to one as champions Manchester City were turned over in London by Chelsea.
Liverpool recorded their 13th win in 16 Premier League matches at Bournemouth’s expense on Saturday morning – a result that simultaneously pushed them to the summit of the table and kept the zero in their ‘games lost’ column.
Elsewhere Manchester United ended a 3-game winless run with a 4-1 triumph over bottom club Fulham, while Arsenal and Tottenham kept their top 4 charge going with wins over Huddersfield and Leicester respectively.
Nearer the foot of the table, Cardiff and Burnley grabbed 3 crucial points each from their clashes with Southampton and Brighton, while Newcastle were beaten at home again, this time by Wolves.
Let’s take a look at the players that we thought put in the best individual performances of the weekend in our FST Premier League TOTW:
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)
Chelsea number one Kepa Arrizabalaga became only second Premier League goalkeeper after Liverpool’s Alisson to keep a clean sheet against Manchester City this season. In total, the 24-year old made 4 saves to help keep the Citizens at bay.
Right Back: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Arrizabalaga’s Chelsea teammate and compatriot Cesar Azpilicueta was a rock for the Blues at right full back during their dogged display against Manchester City on Saturday. Azpilicueta completed an incredible 13 tackles during the 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge, more than twice the number of tackles made by other player on the pitch.
Centre Back: James Tarkowski (Burnley)
Burnley won their first Premier League match since the end of September against Brighton on Saturday, and centre half James Tarkowski was the Clarets’ match-winning hero. The defender was an all-conquering monster in the air to keep the Seagulls out, and Tarkowski was on the spot at the other end to slam home the game’s deciding goal just before half time.
Centre Back: David Luiz (Chelsea)
Fiery Brazilian stopper David Luiz had an incredibly effective evening at both ends of the pitch for Chelsea in the Blues’ superb 2-0 win against Manchester City. Luiz made a game-high 7 clearances against City and the 31-year old nodded home the match-clinching second goal from a set piece on 78 minutes.
Left Back: Ashley Young (Manchester United)
Manchester United skipper Ashley Young set the standard for his teammates to follow on Saturday, with an all-action display at left back in Utd’s much needed win against Fulham. Young opened the scoring with a searing strike after 13 minutes and he book-ended his excellent day by threading the final pass to Marcus Rashford for the game’s fourth 8 minutes from time.
Midfield: Lucas Torreira (Arsenal)
Tireless midfielder Lucas Torreira put in another brilliant shift at the heart of Arsenal’s midfield during the Gunners’ narrow 1-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday. With Arsenal struggling to break the Terriers down, Torreira found space in the penalty area to smash home a sensational overhead kick from a clever Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pull-back on 83 minutes.
Midfield: Felipe Anderson (West Ham)
Felipe Anderson scored his 5th goal in 6 games for West Ham in their pulsating 3-2 over Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Brazilian was a constant menace down the Irons left, giving talented right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka one of his biggest tests of the season so far.
Midfield: Juan Mata (Manchester United)
Juan Mata’s intelligent movement and subtlety of touch helped Man Utd unlock the Fulham defence time and time again at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. The Spaniard finished neatly from a Marcus Rashford pick-out to double United’s lead just before the half hour mark, and Mata rolled the ball across for Romleu Lukaku to grab the third less than 15 minutes later.
Mata played a key role in helping United score more than twice in a game for only the second time in the Premier League this season.
Forward: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Mohamed Salah put in a virtuoso performance for Liverpool in their terrific 4-0 win against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday. Salah netted a superb hattrick against the Cherries to take his tally for the season to 10 in the Premier League. The Egyptian scored 3 times from only 4 shots during the 90 minutes.
Forward: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Marcus Rashford continued his recent resurgence with a scintillating attacking display for Man Utd in their 4-1 win over Fulham at Old Trafford. Rashford provided assists for the game’s first 2 goals, before capping his performance with a goal of his own with 8 minutes on the clock. In total, Rashford took 6 shots and played 3 key passes against the Cottagers.
In-form Rashford looks set to keep his place in the United team for their Champions League clash with Valencia on Wednesday. Check out our expert match previews, prediction and betting tips for all this week’s Champions League fixtures here.
Striker: Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur)
South Korean international Son Heung-Min was instrumental in helping Spurs battle their way to a 2-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday evening. With the game drifting to half time parity, Son unleashed a stunning strike from outside the area to give Tottenham the lead. The 26-year old then picked out Dele Alli for the game’s second just 13 minutes after the break.
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