There was huge Premier League fixtures over the weekend which affected both ends of the table.
Liverpool came out on top in the Merseyside derby; a 3-1 victory over Everton extending their unbeaten streak at Anfield against their arch rivals. Harry Arter’s blazed a penalty over the bar which would have given Bournemouth three points in their derby against Southampton while Watford’s win over Sunderland has all but consigned them to relegation.
We take a look at the top performers from match day 30…
Goalkeeper – Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace)
Crystal Palace completed the unlikeliest of comebacks against league leaders Chelsea after going a goal down following Cesc Fabregas’ third goal in as many home games. Sam Allardyce had Wayne Hennessey to thank for keeping the Eagles in front to secure a valuable three points. The Irishman made ten saves in their 2-1 win; more than any other Premier League keeper this weekend.
Defender – Danny Simpson (Leicester)
Leicester’s extraordinary revival under Craig Shakespeare continued against Stoke with the Foxes coming away with a 2-0 victory meaning their new manager joins an elite list of managers to win their first four Premier League games. Danny Simpson was a key to their victory, picking up assists for both of Leicester’s goals meaning he takes his place in our defence.
Defender – Andrew Robertson (Hull City)
Hull came from behind to beat West Ham at the KC Stadium to keep their hopes of staying in the Premier League alive. After Andy Carroll had opened the scoring, left-back Andrew Robertson leveled with his first Premier League goal of the season. The Scot has improved massively under Marco Silva, and his goal was crucial in securing three points.
Defender – Eric Dier (Tottenham)
Tottenham eventually broke down a stubborn Burnley side at Turf Moor through Eric Dier before Heung-Min Son’s goal settled proceedings. The England international was named man of the match and kept his cool to volley into the top corner. He retained an 89% passing success; the highest of any player on the pitch who started the game. He also won more aerial battles than anyone else but Ashley Barnes.
Defender – Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace)
Liverpool fans must be wondering why Mamadou Sakho was allowed to leave the club as his form since joining Crystal Palace has been nothing short of exceptional. The French defender was forced out of the club by Jurgen Klopp but has responded in the best possible fashion. Another dominating performance against Chelsea has staked his claim for a starting place with his parent club who are looking to fetch £30m for his services in the summer.
Midfielder – Wilfred N’Didi (Leicester)
Replacing N’Golo Kante was never going to be easy, and Wilfred N’Didi has some sizable shoes to step into. The £15m man is starting to adapt to life in the Premier League and opened his account with a 25-yard screamer against Stoke to give his side the lead. It’s no surprise to see clubs sniffing around the Nigerian midfielder.
Midfielder – Lucas Leiva (Liverpool)
With Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana missing through injury, Klopp called on Lucas Leiva to plug the huge gap in the Liverpool midfield. With his contract up in the summer and rumours of an exit, Lucas did not let speculation about his future cloud his performance. He was the best player on the pitch, keeping Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku quiet. He made 15 tackles, won 15 aerial duels and even picked up an assist.
Midfielder – Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Equally as impressive as Lucas was his Brazilian team-mate, Philippe Coutinho. ‘The Magician’ has come under intense scrutiny following some lacklustre performances since returning from injury. But Coutinho was back to his magnificent best against the Toffees. He got Liverpool’s second after cutting through the Everton defence before curling into the top corner. The Brazil international caused problems all afternoon and picked up an assist for Divock Origi’s goal.
Forward – Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
While Hennessey impressed at the other end of the pitch, Wilfred Zaha was running the show in the attack. The former Manchester United winger has stepped up his game and Chelsea simply couldn’t handle him. After scoring for Ivory Coast in the international break, he got Palace level with a low finish. He completed more dribbles than any other player, completing all five.
Forward – M’Baye Niang (Watford)
Watford’s victory over Sunderland all but secured their survival, with Miguel Britos scoring the match-winning goal. M’Baye Niang was the player who caused the Black Cats problems with his pace and skill proving hard to deal with.
Forward – Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)
Another Crystal Palace player but another who is fully deserving of a spot. Christian Benteke hadn’t set the world alight at Selhurst Park since his move from Liverpool but was back to his best against Chelsea. He gave Gary Cahill and David Luiz a torrid time and notched the winner in sublime fashion; faking Thibaut Courtois before chipping the ball into the net. His link-up with Zaha was a joy to behold.
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