Coral’s best 11 from Premier League matchweek four
A hat-trick hero and a duo of home debutants feature in this edition of Coral’s Premier League Team of the Week.
In what was an enthralling two days of action, Arsenal and Manchester City split the spoils, whilst rivals Manchester United returned to form with an emphatic 4-0 victory over QPR, and Chelsea put Swansea City to the sword.
Read on to find out who Coral writers think rose to the challenge and made the final cut in our starting XI of star performers.
Goalkeeper: Julian Speroni
Crystal Palace stopper Speroni single-handedly prevented his side from suffering defeat to Burnely. The Argentine made a super one-handed penalty save to deny Scott Arfield from slotting home what could have been an 85th minute winner, ensuring the Eagles survived to claim a point in their stalemate with the Clarets.
Right back: Seamus Coleman
Coleman usually catches the eye for his thrilling forays forward, but the Irish international played a crucial part in helping Everton keep their first clean sheet this season, limiting West Bromich Albion to just one shot on target.
Centre back: Toby Alderweireld
On-loan Atletico Madrid man Alderweireld illustrated confidence and composure on his debut to ensure Southampton kept a clean sheet against Newcastle United. The Belgian played little first-team football last season for Atleti but looked far from rusty in his first outing on the south coast.
Centre back: Philippe Senderos
Senderos put in an imperious performance to keep Liverpool, and Mario Balotelli, at bay. Aston Villa have their new summer signing to thank for reducing the Reds to one shot on target and helping them keep a crucial clean sheet.
Left back: Paul Konchesky
Konchesky was a key component in the Foxes’ water-tight defence keeping a clean sheet, but also contributed further forward. The 33-year-old provided a low cross from the left to feed star striker Leonardo Ulloa, who pounced to hit home the winner and spark Leicester City’s season to life.
Right wing: Kevin Mirallas
Mirallas is the man of the moment for Everton, having sealed the Toffees’ first Premier League win of the season with a 20-yard shot that trickled underneath Ben Foster. The Belgium star was a constant danger down the wing, brimming with confidence whenever he was in sight of the ball.
Central midfield: Cesc Fabregas
Fantastic Fabregas continued his potent partnership with Diego Costa, carving out two more assists for the striker against Swansea City. The Spain star was once again pulling the strings in midfield, and now has a fine record of six assists in four Premier League games for Chelsea.
Central midfield: Jack Wilshere
Wilshere provided a perfect midfield performance, contributing a goal and an assist in Arsenal’s draw against City. The England international sprang to life in the second half, lifting the ball over compatriot Joe Hart before turning provider for Alexis Sanchez.
Left wing: Angel Di Maria
Di Maria certainly seemed to enjoy his home debut at Old Trafford, excelling in a free role from the left of Louis van Gaal’s diamond formation. The Argentine’s usual lung-busting efforts were capped with a memorable goal from a looping free-kick and an assist for Juan Mata to make it 4-0 over QPR.
Striker: Graziano Pelle
Pelle bagged a brace and an assist for Southampton in their 4-0 drubbing of Newcastle, heading the Saints in front within six minutes. The Italian attacker has so far proven to be a shrewd buy for the club, who look to be hardly missing Rickie Lambert.
Striker: Diego Costa
Costa proved himself worthy of the Premier League Player of the Month Award by hitting a hat-trick to sink Swansea. After being an injury doubt before the game, Costa terrorised the visitors with his pace and power, and netted three out of just four attempts on target to keep his team at the top of the table.