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Premier League Team and Player of the Week – Gameweek 12

The first Premier League gameweek after the knockout stages of the Champions League and Europa League had many impressive displays.

8 out of the 10 games had narrow finishes with team either finding the equalizer or the winner in the final quarter of the game. A total of 19 goals were scored across all games this week.

How the games went:

The first match of the weekend was between Leeds United and West Ham United. Though Leeds dominated with possession while West Ham took the 3 points. The score-line was at 1-1 till the 80th minute when Angelo Ogbonna found the winner.

Aston Villa had the most exciting finish of the weekend after defeating Wolves 0-1 with a last-minute penalty. The game saw the referee flash 2 red cards in the space of 10 minutes to Douglas Luiz and João Moutinho.

Newcastle United scored in the very first minute of the game only to watch West Brom equalize in the 50th minute. However, Dwight Gayle scored in the 82nd minute to make it 2-1 and ensure their victory at home.

Ironically, the most awaited game of the week turned out to be the most boring game. The Manchester Derby ended in a goalless draw leaving both the teams out of the top 4 with a game in hand.

Chelsea missed a golden chance to go on top of the table after losing 0-1 to Everton. Gylfi Sigurðsson scored a composed penalty to take Everton to 20 points, 5 points off the top.

Southampton ran riot at Sheffield United with an impressive 3-0 victory at home. Leicester City thrashed Brighton & Hove Albion with the same score-line after James Maddison scored a fantastic brace.

Both the table-toppers were held in their away games. Tottenham Hotspur allowed Crystal Palace to find an equalizer and could not find a way past Guaita. Liverpool found a late equalizer after Fulham conceded an unlucky penalty.

Arsenal continued their woeful form after losing 0-1 to Burnley after Aubameyang nodded into his own net to give the visitors their 3 points.

Premier League Team of the Week:

Goalkeeper:

Vicente Guaita(Crystal Palace)

Conceded a really good shot from Harry Kane. Yet, stood to his line after that made some baffling saves to deny Tottenham especially in the final minutes of the game.

Defenders:

Kyle Walker-Peters(Southampton)

Impressive display down the right. Another competitor for England’s right-back position.

John Stones(Manchester City)

Did not allow United to complete their attacks. The 26-year-old English International may finally be getting his form back.

Tyrone Mings(Aston Villa)

Solid defensive display along with Martinez. Did not allow Adama Traore to threaten the goal.

Luke Shaw(Manchester United)

Impressive display after coming back from injury. Nullified City’s attack on the left.

Midfielders:

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur)

Controlled the midfield on his own. Did not allow Crystal Palace’s dribblers to get past him.

Scott McTominay (Manchester United)

Instrumental in helping the defence control De Bruyne & Co. Was a threat upfront too.

James Maddison(Leicester City)

Scored a brilliant brace. A constant threat in front of goal.

Forwards:

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Amazed the home crowd with his speedy dribbles. Clever link-up plays.

Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)

Troubled the Wolves defence throughout the game. Unlucky to not score.

Dwight Gayle(Newcastle United)

An instant threat after coming on the pitch. Deserved to score the winner.

Premier League Player of the Week:

This week had many impressive displays and the top 3 players were, Vicente Guaita, James Maddison, and Luke Shaw.

Our pick for the best player is Vicente Guaita. If it were not for his jaw-dropping saves and cat-like reflexes Tottenham would have surely bundled in a lot more.

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