Coral’s Premier League Team of the Week matchweek 13: goals galore
Matchweek 13 provided a host of surprising game changers, so here’s who made our final cut for Team of the Week.
Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet
Much-maligned this season, Belgian custodian Mignolet also deserves his share of the plaudits when he protects his posts with aplomb. The under-fire stopper managed to keep his first clean sheet in three games, with a vital save to deny Bojan Krkic.
Right back: Glen Johnson
Johnson showed both bravery and determination to stick his neck on the line for Liverpool, emerging bloodied after making sure his head reached a loose ball ahead of Erik Pieter’s boot. The full back’s late lunging header ensured the Reds took an important three points.
Centre back: Chris Smalling
Smalling has seemingly managed to put his recent wobbles behind him and has turned out two resilient rearguard performances in a row. Composed in defence, the 24-year-old now appears to be trying his hand in attack, showing a killer instinct up front to poach an opener against Hull.
Centre back: Vincent Kompany
Imperious at the back against Southampton in an important win, the skipper once again stepped up with a leader’s performance when the Sky Blues needed him. Injured in the closing stages, captain Kompany will be a huge miss for City, who are 9/2 to win the Premier League.
Left back: Aaron Cresswell
New signing Cresswell has been vital in providing width and forward thrust to West Ham from his outpost at left back this term. Undeterred by an earlier miss, the Englishman kept pushing forwards in search of a winner against Newcastle United, and his adventure paid off just after the break when he grabbed his first Hammers goal.
Defensive midfield: Lee Cattermole
The dedicated destroyer was tenacious and tireless as he plugged away in front of the defence, appearing to win every battle as Sunderland shut out league leaders Chelsea and frustrated top marksman Diego Costa. Does an England call-up for Cattermole await?
Centre midfield: Mile Jedinak
With his second in as many games, Palace skipper Jedinak stole a point for his struggling side against Swansea City, coolly converting a spot kick with a captain’s composure.
Right midfield: Kevin Mirallas
Mirallas’ magnificent effort lands him a starting spot in our XI, as the Belgian international’s quick feet and stunning strike into the top left-hand corner gave Everton an early lead. His moment of inspiration kicked off a thrilling duel with Spurs in some style, and left super stopper Hugo Lloris well and truly beaten.
Left midfield: Christian Eriksen
Despite being stationed wide, Eriksen still managed to exert impressive influence over the midfield battle with Everton. The Dane was everywhere, popping up with his usual incisive passing, a well-timed run to net the opener and refusing to be knocked off the ball by Muhamed Besic.
Support striker: Harry Kane
A game changer, the England Under-21 star supported Roberto Soldado up top to great effect and proved he has much more in his locker than just cool finishing. His low effort caused Tim Howard to spill into the path of onrushing Eriksen, but it was his work rate when dropping back into midfield that created the opening for Spurs’ second.
Striker: Roberto Soldado
Soldado is the third Spurs player to make our XI, which shows what a fantastic shift the north Londoners put in. The Spaniard seemed to be cursed this season but has kept toiling away and was rewarded with a well-taken winning goal, much to his palpable relief. Tottenham are now 11/8 for a top four finish.