Coral’s Premier League team of matchweek 30: Strikers on fire
Coral writers produce our pick of players from the Premier League’s matchweek 30, by carving out a starting XI team of stars that impressed.
Goalkeeper: Kelvin Davis (Southampton)
In the past three seasons, Saints’ club captain Davis had managed just 12 top-flight appearances prior to this fixture, but the 38-year-old was needed for the weekend clash with Burnley after Fraser Forster came off injured in the 14th minute. Davis stepped up and made three fantastic saves to help his side win 2-0.
Right back: Seamus Coleman (Everton)
The Toffees may be enduring one of their worst Premier League campaigns in recent years, but Irish star Coleman made sure they got off the mark early in the game against QPR, on the way to winning 2-1 at Loftus Road. Everton are now 9/2 chances for a top 10 finish.
Centre back: Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
Smalling was one of the scapegoats in United’s poor form earlier in the season. However, the England international has put in a few top class performances in recent weeks, including against Liverpool at Anfield, which has coincided with the club catching up on second-placed Manchester City to just two points now.
Centre back: Ashley Williams (Swansea City)
Aston Villa have looked impressive since Tim Sherwood took over as manager, so it was never going to be easy for the Swans on their travels here. But Skipper Williams put in an assured performance to keep a clean sheet as his team won 1-0.
Left back: Aaron Cresswell (West Ham)
Attacking left back Cresswell has been a revelation since his summer switch from Ipswich Town, and was lively against Sunderland in the Hammers’ 1-0 victory.
Defensive midfield: Fernando (Manchester City)
While City had it easy in this game, as Gareth McAuley was sent off, in another case of mistaken identity this season, after just two minutes, Fernando ensured that his side weren’t complacent. The Brazilian managed a goal and an assist as the defending champions (14/1 title chances) won 3-0.
Centre midfield: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United)
Like Smalling, Fellaini has won over the Old Trafford crowd this term, and he was such a handful for Liverpool in both areas.
Attacking midfield: Juan Mata (Manchester United)
But the star of the show at Anfield was most certainly silky Spaniard Mata, whose two goals got his side a crucial victory to give the Red Devils a five-point cushion on fifth place ahead of tough fixture list.
Striker: Harry Kane (Tottenham)
All possible superlatives have now run out to describe young England call-up Kane. Spurs newest superstar bagged a hat-trick to help see off a spirited Leicester City side that nearly caused an upset in the thrilling 4-3 occasion.
Striker: Diego Costa (Chelsea)
In another great match at the weekend, Costa was once again at his best, and the Brazilian-born Spain international bagged a brilliant strike and did well to create another.
Striker: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
Arsenal are quietly going about their business in the league, and are just a point off second now, after winning their last six matches. Giroud’s double ensured three points for the Gunners in what was a potentially tricky test away at Newcastle United.