A moment of madness helped settle Bournemouth’s clash with Crystal Palace on Monday night. The scores were locked at 1-1 as the clock ticked into the 86th minute at the Vitality Stadium, with the hosts on top having been on the back foot for much of the second half.
Referee Mike Dean delayed the taking of a Bournemouth free-kick to warn several players from both sides about pushing and shoving in the 18-yard box, before pointing to the penalty spot when Mamadou Sakho elbowed Jefferson Lerma once the ball had been swung into the area. Junior Stanislas made no mistake from 12 yards, beating Wayne Hennessey down the middle to give the Cherries a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish in the closing stages.
The fifth weekend of the 2018-19 Premier League season saw Chelsea and Liverpool maintain their winning starts, while Manchester United picked up their second victory in a row with a 2-1 win over Watford. Let’s take a look at which players stood out to make the EPL Best XI of the Weekend.
GK: Wayne Hennessey, Crystal Palace – seven points
After being deducted two points in each of his last three games, Wayne Hennessey got back on track this weekend by keeping a clean sheet in Crystal Palace’s hard-fought 1-0 win away at Huddersfield.
The first three weeks of the 2018-19 Premier League season have gone according to plan for many EPL Fantasy managers, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City all having unbeaten starts to the campaign, but there are still plenty of players across the league who could be worthy of inclusion in your team this weekend.
GK – Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Everton haven’t started well defensively this season, conceding five goals in three games, but Jordan Pickford’s tally of -4 points should improve with home fixtures against Huddersfield and West Ham coming up. At 7.00m, he’s worth considering.
Steve Parish is an individual who has accomplished much during his time as owner of Crystal Palace. Having led the consortium which purchased the Eagles from Simon Jordan back in 2010 following some financial difficulties, Palace have arguably gone from strength to strength with the 53-year-old at the helm. Heading the CPFC 2010 consortium alongside the likes of Stephen Browett, Jeremy Hosking and Martin Long, Parish has overseen the club solidify themselves as a top flight presence for the first time in many years, and has helped to nurture fine young talent along the way. Before Parish’s tenure as Chairman, they had never survived for more than a single season in the Premier League, having been relegated at the first time of asking in 1992/93, 1994/95, 1997/98 and 2004/05.