EPL Best XI – Week 29

pereiraThis past weekend saw no less than three local derbies in the Premier League, with two of them winding up as draws. Of the six clubs involved in these three games only Chelsea triumphed, toppling Scott Parker’s Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage. It was a spirited performance from the hosts, who sacked manager Claudio Ranieri last week after only 19 games in charge. Spurs hosted Arsenal while Liverpool made the short trip to Everton, with both of these games ending in stalemate. Arguably the finest action to be seen was at Old Trafford, where resurgent Man Utd battled to a 3-2 home win against Southampton, who on this performance alone really should not find themselves in the trouble they are in. Adopting a 4-3-3 this time, let’s see which players stood out!

GK – Jordan Pickford (Everton)
With a few keepers managing to help their sides to a clean sheet this past weekend, it was arguably England stopper Pickford who managed the most impressive of the bunch, at home against title hopefuls (and local rivals) Liverpool for seven points.

DF – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
On the opposing side to Pickford, Alexander-Arnold put in a solid display to keep the Toffees at bay. The right back looked assured as normal, and earned five points for his troubles as the two sides battled to a goalless draw.

DF – Lewis Dunk (Brighton)
Dunk helped Brighton to keep the wolf at the door (for the time being at least) as the Gulls earned a 1-0 win at home against bottom side Huddersfield.They remain five points clear of the drop zone, but Dunk earned his own five points for the clean sheet here.

DF - Romain Saiss (Wolves)
Saiss played the whole game as Wolves saw off the challenge of fellow Premier League new boys Cardiff on Saturday. He contributed to his side’s three points, and earned five of his own on the Euro Fantasy League game with the 2-0 victory.

DF - Michael Keane (Everton)
The former Burnley defender was as instrumental to Everton’s clean sheet against Liverpool as team-mate Pickford was, earning himself five points in the process. Everton extended their lead over 11th-placed Leicester to two points.

MF - Diogo Jota (Wolves)
Jota may have only featured for one half of that 2-0 win against Cardiff, but it was an impactful half to say the least. One goal and one assist, as well as two points for the clean sheet, gave him a great total of eight for half a game’s work.

MF - Andreas Pereira (Man Utd)
Pereira scored his first Premier League goal for Man Utd during their 3-2 home win against Southampton, and what a screamer it was too. It gives caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a record of 13 wins from his first 16 games in charge, and earned Pereira six fantasy points in the process.

MF - Riyad Mahrez (Man City)
Like Pereira, Mahrex bagged himself six points this past weekend as well. He scored the only goal of City’s 1-0 win at Bournemouth, and earned two points for the clean sheet as well – despite only playing 48 minutes of the game. Good effort!

ST - Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd)
Lukaku was the top Premier League striker this weekend, earning himself seven points thanks to his brace in that 3-2 win against Southampton. He was booked for removing his shirt during celebrations of his late winner, meaning he lost a point but otherwise – great performance.

ST - Raúl Jiménez (Wolves)
Jiménez earned six points on Saturday, thanks to a goal and an assist in Wolves’ 2-0 win against Neil Warnock’s Cardiff. That takes his season tally to 53, and with just a 5.50m valuation he could be worth consideration from fantasy managers in the latter stage of the season!

ST - Troy Deeney (Watford)
The only player to have featured on both this week’s and last week’s lists, Deeney bagged another five points to make it into the top three EPL strikers this weekend. That is thanks to a goal and an assist in the Hornet’s 2-1 win against Leicester, but he was booked which cost him one of those points.
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