Coral’s Team of the Week from matchweek 7: Dangerous defenders
Coral writers are back again, having put our heads together once more to pick the best of the bunch for our Team of the Week. Here’s who made our team sheet for matchweek seven:
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
The super stopper didn’t manage to keep a clean sheet, but makes our Team of the Week for a string of jaw dropping saves made near the end of the game to hand his side all three points. He also guessed the right direction for Leighton Baines’ poor penalty.
Right back: Branislav Ivanovic
Ivanovic was another from the Blues’ brilliant backline to make our list. The sturdy Serbian was once again an immovable object at Stamford Bridge, providing solidity and stability that was crucial for Chelsea’s attackers to feel confident on the counter-attack.
Centre back: James Tomkins
Tomkins helped West Ham United to keep their first clean sheet of the season. Solid at the back but went the extra yard to help out up front as well. The 25-year-old provided an accidental assist for the Hammers’ second after going for goal himself.
Centre back: John Terry
The Chelsea skipper is still his side’s best defender, and was key in nullifying Arsenal’s attack. Whilst the Gunners may have produced a poor showing, Mourinho’s men must be credited with producing another defensive masterclass.
Left back: Aleksandar Kolarov
Against a durable Aston Villa defence, Kolarov’s offensive threat was much needed. The Serbian full back may not be everyone’s cup of tea as a defender, but illustrated his attacking prowess by coming close to scoring in the opening 10 minutes and would have had an assist if not for Sergio Aguero’s bad luck.
Central midfield: Yaya Toure
Much-criticised Toure found himself under the microscope again during this clash, but gave the naysayers an emphatic response. The Ivory Coast international was the first to open up the stubborn Villa defence, bursting forward and placing his shot with precision.
Attacking midfield: Christian Eriksen
Tottenham, and coach Mauricio Pochettino, desperately needed a win against Southampton, and Eriksen duly stepped up to supply. The midfield maestro was quick on his feet, linking well with Nacer Chadli and seemed keen to try his luck from distance.
His perseverance paid off near half time, when the Denmark international netted his second goal of the season, slotting a lovely low shot past Fraser Forster. There was no mistaking the importance of that moment for Spurs.
Attacking midifeld: Stewart Downing
Downing continued his renaissance with a virtuoso performance against QPR, and was a crucial cog in almost all of the Hammers’ best play, with his set pieces causing havoc. The 29-year-old seems to have finally found his place in a more central position, orchestrating attacks from the tip of midfield or the left of a diamond.
Forward: Angel Di Maria
The wing wizard was once again the Red Devils’ best outfield player, putting in yet another Man of the Match performance. Di Maria danced and jigged his way through Everton’s defence, providing plenty of highlight reel flicks and crosses, before netting an assured opener. He was also integral to the winner, with his wonky shot finding Radamel Falcao in the box.
Forward: Steven Fletcher
Sunderland have been crying out for goals as of late, and Fletcher provided, ending his own personal drought by bagging a brace against Stoke to secure victory for the Black Cats. The Scotland striker has now almost equalled his tally of three from last term, and his relief to score again was palpable. Also set up Connor Wickham’s opening goal.
Forward: Diafra Sakho
The Senegalese frontman continues to impress for the Hammers, capping off another typically energetic performance by netting his fifth in five starts in league and cup for Sam Allardyce’s side. The hard-working forward was apparently unwanted by QPR before securing his summer switch to Upton Park, and certainly showed Harry Redknapp what he is missing, as he headed home the final goal.