Premier League Team of the Weekend – Oct 1-2

Everton 4-0 Manchester United – humbling defeat exposes poor season

Manchester City’s unbeaten run finally came to an end, while Arsenal scraped a narrow win over Burnley with a controversial goal. Here’s our EPL team of the Weekend…

Lee Grant (Stoke)
Made several great saves in the first half against United including an amazing double save from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in only his second Premier League appearance for the Potters after arriving on loan from Derby as cover for the injured Jack Butland. Kept Stoke in the game and set them up for a point that could kick-start their season after a disappointing few opening weeks. Left the fans raving on Twitter..

Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Walker was is sublime form, with his defending rather than his attacking prowess on display as he kept City’s twin attacking threat of Jesus Navas and the in-form Raheem Sterling largely quiet. Still found time to maraud down the wing in support of attacks and it was his interception that lead to Tottenham’s penalty.

Winston Reid (West Ham)
Reid had his best game of the season so far, making lots of string tackles and several important interceptions. Comfortably dealt with everything that Middlesbrough could throw at him and was the focal point of the West Ham defence.

Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)

The Tottenham central defender was outstanding alongside his Belgian international teammate Jan Vertonghen as they marked Sergio Aguero out of the game. Alderweireld made crucial interceptions when necessary and cleared his lines efficiently in a commanding display.

Michael Keane (Burnley)
Keane put in a superb display at the heart of a Burnley defence that came so close to shutting out Arsenal. Unruffled by talk of his future, he marshalled the defence well and almost scored when heading against the crossbar. Did not deserve to be on the losing side.

Nordin Amrabat (Watford)
Another relentless display of wing play from the Watford midfielder. The Dutchman got free down the flanks time and again during an improved second-half performance and whipped in lots of dangerous crosses, and helped to set up Deeney’s opener, as the Bournemouth defence struggled to contain him.

Oriel Romeu (Southampton)

The former Chelsea man was in imperious form for the Saints in the middle of the park on Sunday win. His positioning and tackling was second to none and he popped up with blocks to deny Jamie Vardy and Islam Slimani in a match-saving second half triple block after a poor back pass from teammate Virgil van Dijk.

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
A tireless display of defensive midfield mastery from the French international as Chelsea got back on track against Hull. Kante was here, there and everywhere, breaking down play and making simple passes to keep the play flowing for Chelsea in a performance reminiscent of his form that was so important to Leicester’s title victory last year.

Troy Deeney (Watford)

Deeney hit his 99th goal for the Hornets and worked hard against the Cherries to hold the ball up top despite a lack of service. His consistent performances at Vicarage Road have some pundits wondering whether an England call up is due in the not-too-distant future. More displays like this and his time may come.

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
A match-winning performance from the Brazilian in a Jeckyl and Hyde showing from the Reds. Firmino headed the equaliser after the break before winning the penalty that gave Liverpool all three points. A busy performance from the frontman as Liverpool won despite being nowhere near their best, the kind of win a manager loves.

Dimitri Payet (West Ham)
The French star put in a performance reminiscent of his form toward the end of last season and scored a mesmerising solo goal to earn the Hammers a point. The goal, which could already be the goal of the season winner, had boss Slaven Bilic comparing Payet to Lionel Messi, and he will be hoping for more Messi-like moments from Payet if he is to keep his job.

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