Coral’s Premier League team of matchweek 35: Relegation revellers
Just three matchweeks remain of the 2014/15 Premier League season, with clubs still battling it out for the top four, a European place and safety.
Coral football writers pick our starting line-up of the week of stars that impressed us most and, surprisingly, nine of the players featured are from teams that could face relegation.
Goalkeeper: Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion)
California-born Wales keeper Myhill, standing in for the injured Ben Foster, was outstanding in net for the Baggies against much-fancied Manchester United at Old Trafford. He made no less than nine saves, four of which coming from Robin van Persie, including a penalty, as he helped his side to a 1-0 win.
Right back: Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa)
Bacuna has been one of Villa’s best players this season in an unfamiliar full back role, and was a nuisance all game against Everton in his side’s crucial 3-2 victory. The Dutchman also gained an assist.
Centre back: Wes Morgan (Leicester City)
Foxes skipper Morgan was a rock at the back all day against a woeful Newcastle United side, and even grabbed a goal in Leicester’s 3-1 win, their fifth victory in six matches. They are 5/1 for relegation, though.
Centre back: Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion)
Although Olsson knew nothing about the goal he scored against Man Utd, as Chris Brunt’s free-kick deflected off the Swede into the back of the net, he also put in an assured performance to keep a clean sheet.
Left back: Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion)
Lescott was pushed out onto the left of defence, a position he has featured occasionally throughout his career, but many would’ve predicted the Red Devils’ pacy and skilful wingers to take advantage of him. However, the former England international was very disciplined throughout and is deserving of this spot.
Right wing: Marc Albrighton (Leicester City)
Newcastle’s defence was torn to shreds by the ex-Villa wideman, as he provided two assists for Leicester to continue their incredible run.
Centre midfield: Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City)
Shelvey and Swansea have had a great season, as the former Liverpool midfielder has been one of Garry Monk’s key men this term. He also provided a brace of brilliant assists for the Swans in the 2-0 triumph against fellow top 10 high-flyers Stoke City.
Attacking midfield: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
An assist and a goal from the tricky Brazilian gives Liverpool a slim hope of qualifying for the top four (8/1 chances), after Man Utd’s loss.
Left wing: Jordi Gomez (Sunderland)
The Black Cats have not had a lot to cheer about recently, as they sit in the relegation zone after a terrible run, but Gomez was the hero of the day for them, as he netted two well-taken penalties to help see off Southampton 2-1. Sunderland are now even-money to stay up.
Striker: Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City)
Leicester are one of the in-form teams in the league, despite some bizarre rants their manager Nigel Pearson in recent weeks, and Argentine attacker Ulloa has been a big part of their success. He scored twice in the clash against the Magpies, to help his side go just one point behind them.
Striker: Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)
Big Belgian Benteke is on fire of late, smashing in 10 goals in his last eight top-flight games, including another brace in this match against Everton.