Premier League team of matchweek 10: Derby delights and McClaren misery
Matt Haynes | October 26, 2015
Another weekend which included three derbies in the Premier League has thrown up yet more surprises and shocks. Read on to find out who made our much anticipated team of the week!
Goalkeeper: Costel Pantillimon
Sunderland’s goalkeeper was pivotal to their immense 3-0 derby win over fierce rivals Newcastle United, making a number of crucial saves. He definitely kept them in it in the first period, then denied his team’s opponents any chance to get back into the match late in the second-half.
Right back: Billy Jones
A hugely energetic performance from the Black Cats right back was capped by, albeit a fortuitous goal, as he followed in Yann M’Vila’s well-struck volley, though was gracious in his celebrations. Sunderland are now 15/8 with Coral to stay up.
Centre back: Nicolas Otamendi
Was given the Man of the Match award in the Manchester derby and was crucial to Manuel Pellegrini’s side, helping to keep Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney at bay. Seems to have definitely settled in at the Etihad following his summer switch.
Centre back: Younes Kaboul
It seems Sam Allardyce’s presence has got the best out of the former Spurs defender already, who made a number of last ditch tackles and capped his performance with an assist from the highest echelons of crossing ability on the counter-attack, to tee up Steven Fletcher.
Centre back: Laurent Koscielny
If it wasn’t for the Frenchman’s goal, Arsenal wouldn’t have had a big enough cushion and may not have been able to hold out against Everton in what was a tough match for the Gunners.
Left back: Aaron Cresswell
An assured performance from arguably one of the best up-and-coming English left backs. Having set up the winner for West Ham against Chelsea for Andy Carroll to head in, he has rightfully earned a place in this team.
Central midfield: James Milner
Another fantastic showing from the ex-Manchester City midfield, his all-action style is exactly what the Reds need and his superb, pinpoint delivery from deep enabled Christian Benteke to give Liverpool the lead in their 1-1 draw with Southampton.
Central midfield: Gylfi Sigurdsson
Clawed Swansea back into the game against Aston Villa with an equalising goal from the free-kick, sending it up and over the wall. A great strike.
Attacking midfield: Dimitri Payet
Responsible for assisting the opener in West Ham’s 2-1 win over Chelsea in their London derby and the Frenchman has been magnificent for his side since switching from Ligue 1 in the summer and can be key to helping the Hammers challenge for a European place, with the side 3/1 for a top six finish.
Striker: Harry Kane
Striker: Jamie Vardy
Scoring in his seventh straight Premier League match, what a season this is turning out to be for Leicester City’s latest England call-up. A pivotal strike as the Foxes rallied to a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
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