Coral’s Premier League team of matchweek 27: Astute attack
Another superb weekend of top-quality Premier League action has passed us by, and here at Coral we have recognised the contributions made by players who have helped their sides pick up vital points.
The season is drawing to a close, with a ruthless relegation battle taking place, a ferocious fight for a top four finish going down to the wire and, of course, the league crown still being hunted down in a two-horse race.
Our football experts have got their heads together and picked the latest team of the week! Do you agree with our selections?
Goalkeeper: Ben Foster
West Bromwich Albion stopper Foster was superb against Southampton, keeping the Saints at bay and helping the Baggies claim a big three points. His efforts were rewarded with a piece of history, as he and his defence earned a club-record 11 clean sheets. The former Manchester United goalkeeper was instrumental, and has now kept as many shut outs this term as Iker Casillas has in La Liga. West Brom are now 12/1 with Coral for a top 10 finish.
Right back: Daryl Janmaat
Newcastle United’s fantastic full back had a sensational showing against Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa, defending strongly for a clean sheet, and assisting Papiss Cisse’s winning goal in their 1-0 victory.
Centre back: Fabricio Coloccini
Along with Janmaat, Coloccini was crucial to the Magpies’ hard-fought triumph at Villa Park, making several last-ditch tackles to keep the Villans from equalising. The Argentine put his body on the line for the cause, earning a clean sheet and an impressive away win.
Centre back: Scott Dann
Crystal Palace defender Dann helped Alan Pardew’s men in both attack and defence, heading home a clinical goal and shutting up shop early, refusing to be beaten more than once by relentless pressure from West Ham United.
Left back: Kieran Gibbs
Gibbs was rushed straight back into Arsene Wenger’s side for their midweek Champions League defeat to Monaco, but his performance against Everton showed he is back to his best. In a solid 2-0 victory over the Toffees, the England international kept brilliant Belgian Kevin Mirallas quiet for 90 minutes, helping keep another clean sheet.
Defensive midfield: Jordan Henderson
Henderson fired in a world class opener on Merseyside in an eventual 2-1 triumph, delivering a massive blow to Manchester City’s title ambitions this season. The midfield maestro is finding his feet now and looks confident enough to take over from Steven Gerrard as captain this summer.
Defensive midfield: Darren Fletcher
The Scottish skipper was a handful in midfield for West Brom, starting his side’s attacks and aggressively thwarting any danger coming from Ronald Koeman’s top four hopefuls Southampton. Fletcher has slotted into the Baggies starting line-up perfectly since his switch from Old Trafford, showing the drive and desire that made him a hero in the red half of Manchester.
Attacking midfield: Philippe Coutinho
Another incredible goal from the Brazilian earned Liverpool a sublime win over champions Manchester City, and moved Brendan Rodgers’ men closer towards the top four places. Coutinho has established himself as a key player at Anfield, and his wonderful winning strike proves he is relishing that starring role.
Attacking midfield: Raheem Sterling
Coutinho’s terrific teammate was a constant menace in the Reds’ 2-1 triumph, as he assisted both of his side’s goals. Sterling is having a magnificent campaign and is now proving he can perform against the top-flight’s big guns too.
Attacking midfield: Jason Puncheon
Palace’s emphatic win over West Ham was hugely thanks to their astute attacker Puncheon, who set up every Eagles goal at Upton Park, including Murray’s brace and picking out Dann with a pinpoint free-kick for their third.
Striker: Wayne Rooney
Rooney sprung to life after being switched to a familiar attacking role in the later stages of United’s 2-0 triumph. The Red Devils skipper dispatched a penalty, after a controversial decision from referee Roger East, before converting a close-range header to secure United’s top four place for another week. United are now odds-on 5/6 to secure a Champions League spot this term.