Seb’s Team Of The Week

Updated: February 9, 2014

I can only say that firstly that who ever thought leaders Arsenal would lose to Liverpool 5-1 or Manchester City drawing at Norwich 0-0 with Norwich being the better team. Chelsea went top of the Premier League table by beating Newcastle 3-0 with a little help from Hazard now separating the top 2 by 1 point and separating 2nd and 3rd by 1 point.

Here’s my team of the week :

Goalkeeper : Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Crystal Palace against West Brom, Speroni kept out West Brom in excellent fashion especially in the second-half when The Baggies amounted more pressure. If Crystal Palace want to stay up, Speroni will definitely will be a key part of that team.

Right-Back : Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)

The Serb is Chelsea’s surprise weapon this season. He has been extremely solid at the back this season which has been the key to keeping out such teams as Arsenal and City. He has also discovered a new attacking side to his game bringing more up-field for Chelsea. There has always been a small debate as to whether Ivanovic should be playing at centre-back, I think he is a very good centre-back but Chelsea would miss him at right-back undoubtedly.

Centre-Back : Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

It was pretty much similar to the performance against City where he put his body on the line and mainly has just quite simply started showing dominance in games which hasn’t always been the case.

Centre-Back : Martin Skrtel (Liverpool)

It wasn’t about how Liverpool defended on Saturday that helped Liverpool win although Arsenal barely threatened Liverpool’s defence. It was more in Arsenal’s box that Skrtel was showing his worth, he troubled Arsenal’s defence with his aerial presence and obviously got two goals.

Left-Back : Martin Olsson (Norwich)

It says something when only one Norwich player makes it into my team of the week after an almost heroic performance against Manchester City. Olsson is known for liking to roam up-field and attack but Olsson restricted himself and it proved valuable by not giving Navas the space he would have wanted making it difficult on one of Manchester City’s few creative players on the day.

Right-Midfield : Raheen Sterling (Liverpool)

It’s been a bit too long since we’ve seen an 18 year old performing like that against Arsenal. He got two very good goals against Arsenal and made Arsenal’s defence look like that of a couple of years ago. His pace proved valuable and Arsenal never learned their lesson that Sterling kept running in behind and causing problems for the Gunners’ back four.

Centre-Midfield : Kevin Nolan (West Ham)

Trying to prove that last week wasn’t a fluke from his bad form and that he can play without Carroll. He ran the show against Aston Villa and really was the difference. He was showing aggression and dominating Villa’s reasonably weak and small midfield and of course a great back heel to open the scoring. His two goals were very valuable to West Ham’s battle for survival but they’ll need him to show reasonable discipline and put in proper performances.

Centre-Midfield : Phillipe Coutinho (Liverpool)

One who didn’t score against Arsenal but in my opinion was man of the match. His play on the ball was outstanding, managing to fins very difficult balls in behind Arsenal’s defence which was the key part to Liverpool winning the game. His work-rate shouldn’t go unnoticed as well, he was one of many players who helped closing down Arsenal high up the pitch and of course the way he intercepted Ozil’s pass to Wilshere to then pass it through for Sturridge to score.

Left-Midfield : Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Probably the best player in English football. Mourinho expressed his displeasure at Hazard not being selected as Premier League player of the month in January and I can understand why he’s not happy. He has got it all, he can dribble, pass and score. Newcastle couldn’t handle him whether he attacked on the right, left or down the centre, he could get past any Newcastle player easily with his skill or open up their defence with clever passes or flicks. He is definitely Chelsea’s best player at the moment.

Striker : Nikica Jelavic (Hull)

He was good on his debut for Hull and on his second start for the club, he has netted a goal and a well-taken goal at that. His partnership with Long is somewhat surprising but also great business from Steve Bruce which will surely keep Hull up this season. Against Sunderland Jelavic played like he did in his early days for Everton, being a nightmare and varying his game to whatever could get past Sunderland. His header in teh second-half was a very well deserved goal.

Striker : Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham)

He has transformed the way Tottenham play with Tim Sherwood, he is showing a lot more desire (admittedly playing more helps) than he did whenever he was brought on by Villas-Boas. He was a lone striker against Everton on Sunday but he dealt with it reasonably well and showed great intelligence to get in behind the Everton defence with the free-kick that

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came in for the only goal of the game.

Hazard Scores Hattrick Against Newcastle

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