Matchday 14 of the Premier League season could be crucial come the end of the season at the top and bottom of the table. Chelsea picked up a valuable win over Manchester City while Arsenal had too much for West Ham and Liverpool dropped points at Bournemouth. Sunderland moved off the bottom of the table with a win over Leicester; a loss that sees the reigning champions face a relegation battle despite competing in the Champions League.
We take a look at the top performers from matchday 14.
Goalkeeper – Lee Grant (Stoke)Embed from Getty Images
Stoke moved into the top half of the Premier League table as they swept Burnley aside at the bet365 stadium. Despite the scoreline, Burnley had chances to win the game, but Lee Grant put in a fantastic performance to keep the Clarets at bay. In the absence of Jack Butland, Grant made six saves against Sean Dyche’s men to give Mark Hughes a valuable three points. He was one of just three goalkeepers to keep a clean sheet this weekend.
Right-Back – James Tomkins (Crystal Palace)Embed from Getty Images
Crystal Palace finally ended their losing streak against Southampton which eased the pressure on manager Alan Pardew. The former Newcastle boss moved defender James Tomkins to right-back where the scored in the 3-0 win. He was solid defensively, making four interceptions, seven clearances, and won 50% of his aerial duels.
Centre-Back – Steve Cook (Bournemouth)Embed from Getty Images
While Bournemouth failed to contain Liverpool in the first-half of action, the Cherries performed admirably in the second half to complete an unlikely comeback to grab three points. Defender, Steve Cook, got on the scoresheet for Bournemouth’s second goal, swivelling in the box before volleying past Loris Karius in spectacular fashion. Cook was also involved in the winning goal as he unleashed a vicious shot which Karius couldn’t deal with allowing Nathan Ake to tap in.
Centre-Back – Marc Muniesa (Stoke)Embed from Getty Images
Although Grant was in top form for Stoke, it was goals from Jonathan Walters and Marc Muniesa that won the game. The ex-Barcelona defender scored the Potters’ second goal in fine fashion. The Spaniard met Marko Arnautovic’s cross on the volley perfectly to double his side’s lead. He was equally impressive at the back, making eight clearances and retaining an 81% passing accuracy.
Left-Back – Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)Embed from Getty Images
Arsenal blew West Ham away at the London Stadium in a dominant display by the Gunners. Arsenal’s left-back, Nacho Monreal, was a constant pain in West Ham’s side, causing problems down the left flank. He created one chance for his team-mates but dealt with the threat that Manuel Lanzini posed. He won 100% of his duels in the air and also made three blocks.
Centre Midfield – Emre Can (Liverpool)Embed from Getty Images
Although Liverpool succumbed to defeat at the Vitality Stadium, German midfielder Emre Can put in a stellar performance from centre midfield. His long-ball to Sadio Mane for the opener was sensational, and he dominated the game with his strength and power. He also scored Liverpool’s third goal with a fine curling effort which capped a big display from the former Bayern Munich man.
Centre Midfield – Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)Embed from Getty Images
Tottenham were exceptional against a sorry Swansea side with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen bagging braces. The Dane’s first goal came after a slice of luck, Dele Alli’s shot looping over Lukasz Fabianski before Eriksen was able to bundle the ball over the line. His second goal was a great finish after some good work from Moussa Sissoko. He also picked up an assist after creating five chances for his team-mates.
Centre Midfield – Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)Embed from Getty Images
Bournemouth looked down and out before an injury to Junior Stanislas saw 22-year-old Ryan Fraser enter the field of play. The Cherries winger completely changed the game and ran Liverpool ragged. Seconds after his introduction he was fouled by James Milner in the box before he netted his first Premier League goal before setting up Steve Cook for his equaliser. A fantastic performance by the Scot.
Centre Midfield – Matt Phillips (West Brom)Embed from Getty Images
West Brom moved into the top seven with a win over Watford and winger Matt Phillips continued his fantastic form. He created three chances and had three shots in the win, scoring an excellent goal in injury time to wrap up the points for the Baggies. The free transfer from QPR has been a revelation under Tony Pulis and has become a key member of the Albion squad.
Striker – Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)Embed from Getty Images
Our player of the week goes to Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez who was simply irresistible against West Ham. In his new role as a striker, Sanchez has fired Arsenal into contention for the title and continued his form against the Hammers. The Chilean grabbed a hat-trick against Slaven Bilic’s men, including a masterful chip over Darren Randolph for his third.
Striker – Diego Costa (Chelsea)Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea’s win over Manchester City after going 1-0 down sees them become the new favourites for the title after securing their eighth successive win. Antonio Conte has revitalised Diego Costa who has been unstoppable at times this season. He dominated the City defence and levelled the scores, firing a low shot past Claudio Bravo taking his goal tally to 11 for the season.
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