Coral’s Premier League team of matchweek 8: Blue is the colour
The Premier League came back from the international break with a bang, as plenty of penalties were awarded and freak scorelines recorded.
Who made Coral’s team of the week, though?
Goalkeeper: Joe Hart
Saving a penalty is always likely to get a stopper in, and Manchester City’s England number one is no exception. Hart also made other key stops, while his Etihad teammates ran riot further forward.
Right back: Seamus Coleman
Everton always look more of threat with this great Irish engine getting up and down from full back. His goal rounded off the scoring in a comprehensive win over Aston Villa, and Coleman also aided Roberto Martinez’s men keep a rare clean sheet of late.
Centre back: Phil Jagielka
The Toffees skipper just cannot help himself when it comes to finding the net right now. Jagielka has two in his last three league outings for Everton, and he also helped the Merseyside outfit to a second clean sheet of the campaign.
Centre back: Fabricio Coloccini
Speaking of rare shut-outs, look no further than a much-needed one for Newcastle. Magpies captain Coloccini managed to keep compatriot Leonardo Ulloa quiet, and winning that key battle allowed some of the pressure on Alan Pardew to abate.
Left back: Leighton Baines
Two assists in the win over Aston Villa make for vintage Baines. Enough said.
Central midfield: Cesc Fabregas
Diego Costa may be missing with that troublesome hamstring problem, but the other half of Jose Mourinho’s successful summer signing axis stepped up and scored the winner against Crystal Palace. This was Fabregas’ first Premier League goal for Chelsea, and he is 7/4 to net anytime in the Champions League group game with Maribor.
Right wing: Eduardo Vargas
On another day, the impact sub role played by this Chile attacker to perfection would’ve been a winning contribution. Lousy luck on QPR’s part doesn’t mean we should fail to recognise what Vargas did here, bagging a brace off the bench against Liverpool.
Attacking midfield: Oscar
Chelsea’s Brazil star netted a peach of a free-kick at Palace before playing in Fabregas to seal victory at Selhurst Park. A goal and an assist are more than enough to justify his inclusion.
Left wing: Dusan Tadic
One of two Southampton stars in the crazy 8-0 demolition of Sunderland. Four assists from Serbia attacker Tadic, plus getting on the scoresheet himself, is an excellent afternoon’s work.
Striker: Graziano Pelle
Saints frontman Pelle continues to be brilliant. He broke his international duck for Italy on his debut, and continued his rich vein of form by netting at the double against the Black Cats.
Striker: Sergio Aguero
A four-goal haul from this lethal Argentine in Man City’s home game with Spurs is outstanding. Aguero is now Coral’s 11/8 joint-favourite to be Premier League top scorer.