Premier League: Best 11 Players of the Weekend: Matchday 5

Everton are still top after they drew 2-2 against rivals Liverpool in a fiery derby match that saw Everton reduced to 10 men and a good goal ruled out for Liverpool. Aston Villa continue their 100% start to the season and West Ham stunned Tottenham by coming back from 3 goals down to draw 3-3 in a very exciting weekend for the Premier League once again.

Did any of your players make the best 11 of the weekend? Let’s see below.

Goalkeeper: Damian Martinez – Aston Villa 7pts

As has been the case this season defending hasn’t been the strongest element in the league so far and that means more goals. However Damien Martinez pulled off a clean sheet and it was an impressive one with Aston Villa going to Leicester and winning 1-0.

Defender: Tyrone Mings- Aston Villa 5pts

Tyrone Mings makes the final 11 cut for the second time in a row. Mings was rock solid in defence as Leicester could not score at the King Power Stadium for the 2nd game in a row. Mings is racking up the points now and if he isn’t in your team may be worth looking into getting.

Defender: Matt Targett- Aston Villa 5pts

Matt Targett was assured and collected 5pts at the weekend and he now has a total of 12. Villa have started the season in stunning fashion and Targett can be brought into your team for an absolute bargain of only 3m.

Defender: Kyle Walker- Manchester City 5pts

Manchester City really needed a win and a clean sheet after a bumpy start to the season and they did well to beat Arsenal 1-0. Kyle Walker put in an assured display and made some very good interceptions and earned 5pts at the weekend.

Defender:  Ruben Dias- Manchester City 4pts

Ruben Dias was just as good as Walker in the defence of Manchester City, though he did lose a point because he was booked in a game that got more tense as it went on. The result, a win over Arsenal will have been a huge lift to Manchester City though.

Midfielder: Raheem Sterling- Manchester City 6pts

Raheem Sterling scored the all important goal that was enough for his side to beat Arsenal 1-0 at the Etihad. Sterling now has scored 2 goals so far this season and has 12 points to his name.

Midfielder: Ross Barkley- Aston Villa 6pts

Ross Barkley looks like a new player since moving from Chelsea to Aston Villa. He followed up his goal against Liverpool, by scoring the last minute winning goal for Villa as they beat a very tough Leicester side away from home.

Midfielder: William Zaha- Crystal Palace 4pts

Where would Crystal Palace be without the quality of Wilfried Zaha? He keeps scoring the goals and has started well for the Eagles. He earned 4pts as Palace drew 1-1 with Brighton. His goal at the weekend was his 4th of the season so far.

Midfielder: Bruno Fernandes- Manchester United 4pts

Bruno Fernandes had another eventful game for Manchester United as they overcame Newcastle 4-1. Fernandes had a goal ruled out by VAR, he then missed a penalty, then scored a goal and then set up United’s 4th goal. At least he is the centre of the party and it is very clear that the club need the Portuguese player to remain fit this season.

Striker: Harry Kane- Tottenham 10pts

Every week Harry Kane seems to make the best 11 cut and yet again he was on fire at the weekend. Kane scored another 2 goals and now has 5 for the season and he has already assisted in a further 7, in a stunning start. The only disappointment for him will be that Tottenham let a 3 goal lead slip with just 8 minutes of the game left as their opponents West Ham came back to draw 3-3.

Striker: Timo Werner- Chelsea 10pts

Timo Werner was under a lot of pressure to perform for Chelsea as he still hadn’t scored yet but the German international rectified that at the weekend when he scored a brace as Chelsea drew 3-3 with Southampton. Like Kane Werner will be annoyed with the final result but personally this was a great weekend for the 24 year old.

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6 classic Chelsea vs Tottenham games from the Premier League era

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham (May 2016)

Although they were not involved, this was one of the most famous games in Leicester City’s history. Tottenham’s failure to win at Stamford Bridge handed the Premier League title to Claudio Ranieri’s men, many of whom were gathered at Jamie Vardy’s house to watch the action unfold.

Spurs stormed into a 2-0 lead but then lost their heads to an extent in the second half, with nine of their players ending the night in the referee’s notebook. A superb Eden Hazard strike ended their title dreams late on.

Tottenham 5-3 Chelsea (January 2015)

A Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham gave Chelsea their toughest game of the season on New Year’s Day 2015. Kane scored twice to take his tally for the season to 17, with Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli also getting on the scoresheet for Mauricio Pochettino’s charges.

Chelsea had been an entertaining attacking force in the first half of the campaign, but this defeat persuaded Jose Mourinho to shut up shop for the run-in.

Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea (January 2017)

Chelsea had won 13 games in a row prior to their visit to White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day, only for Spurs to stop them in their tracks. Dele Alli scored twice, both of them headers, to give the hosts victory.

Spurs were arguably the best team in the country for a while after this game, but the eventual runners-up finished seven points behind Antonio Conte’s champions – the same margin that separated them after this encounter.

Chelsea 4-3 Tottenham (February 1994)

A seven-goal thriller in the 1994/94 season ended in Chelsea’s favour, although both teams endured underwhelming campaigns. Spurs led 2-0 inside the first quarter thanks to goals from Steve Sedgley and Jason Dozzell, but it was Chelsea who led 3-2 at half-time through Mal Donaghy, Mark Stein and John Spencer.

Andy Gray restored parity for Tottenham in the second half, but Stein was the hero after holding his nerve from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.

Tottenham 4-4 Chelsea (March 2008)

A pulsating clash in north London ended with the capital clubs each earning a share of the spoils. Chelsea led 2-1 at half-time after goals from Didier Drogba and Michael Essien either side of Jonathan Woodgate’s effort, and then extended their advantage further when Joe Cole found the net early in the second half.

Tottenham fought back, though, with Dimitar Berbatov and Tom Huddlestone drawing them level. Cole then grabbed his second of the day to put Chelsea ahead once more, only for Robbie Keane to grab a dramatic equaliser in the 88th minute.

Tottenham 2-3 Chelsea (September 2001)

Chelsea left it late before sinking Spurs in this 2001 encounter, with Marcel Desailly’s header earning them maximum points at the death. Tottenham thought they had salvaged a draw through Teddy Sheringham, but Chelsea refused to give in and found the time to strike for the third time that afternoon.

Claudio Ranieri’s side would go on to finish sixth, three places higher than a Tottenham team managed by Glenn Hoddle, who beat the Blues in a two-legged League Cup semi-final in January.

6 classic Chelsea vs Manchester United games from the Premier League era

Chelsea 4-0 Manchester United (October 2016)

Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge did not go well. Ten months on from his acrimonious sacking as Chelsea boss, Mourinho took his United side to west London and was on the wrong end of a one-sided thrashing – much to the delight of the home support, who taunted the manager they had once adored.

This was a third consecutive victory for Antonio Conte’s men, who were finding their stride having recently converted to a 3-4-2-1 formation. Pedro Rodriguez opened the scoring after 30 seconds, with Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante also getting in on the act.

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United (August 2004)

Mourinho was in the opposite dugout 12 years earlier, leading Chelsea out for his first competitive game as the club’s manager. The newly-rich Blues had spent heavily in the summer transfer market, with new signings Petr Cech, Paulo Ferreira and Didier Drogba included in Mourinho’s first Premier League XI.

Manchester United, who were forced to play Roy Keane at centre-back because of injuries, had the lion’s share of possession but were deservedly beaten by their hosts, for whom Eidur Gudjohnsen notched the winning goal.

Manchester United 3-0 Chelsea (April 1993)

Manchester United were bottom of the table after two games in the division’s inaugural season. They quickly climbed higher up the standings but were still down in third following a 0-0 draw with Arsenal, which makes their achievement of ultimately winning the league by 10 points rather impressive.

Alex Ferguson’s won each of their last seven games to storm to the summit, including a comfortable 3-0 defeat of mid-table Chelsea in April. Mark Hughes and Eric Cantona were both on the scoresheet, as was Steve Clarke, albeit at the wrong end of the field.

Chelsea 2-3 Manchester United (December 1994)

A five-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge ultimately ended in Manchester United’s favour, although it was a closer-run thing than Alex Ferguson would have hoped after goals from Mark Hughes and Eric Cantona had given them a 2-0 lead early in the second half.

Chelsea fought back admirably, though, with Eddie Newton drawing them level in the 77th minute after John Spencer had equalised from the penalty spot. Parity did not last long, however, with Brian McClair finding the net just seconds after Newton had done so at the other end.

Chelsea 5-0 Manchester United (October 1999)

In Premier League terms, the 1999/00 season was arguably Alex Ferguson’s best as Manchester United manager. The Red Devils won the title by a huge margin of 18 points, amassing 91 in total and scoring 97 goals.

Curiously, though, their three defeats that campaign were all comprehensive, none more so than a 5-0 demolition by a Chelsea side who were flying high under Gianluca Vialli in November. This was United’s first loss in 29 Premier League matches, as Gus Poyet (two), Chris Sutton, Jody Morris and a Henning Berg own goal gave the Londoners a famous win.

Manchester United 3-3 Chelsea (September 2000)

This was Claudio Ranieri’s second Premier League game as Chelsea manager following the dismissal of Vialli in mid-September. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gave the visitors to Old Trafford the lead in the eighth minute and Tore Andre Flo struck on the stroke of half-time, but United were into the interval with a 3-2 advantage thanks to Paul Scholes, Teddy Sheringham and David Beckham.

Chelsea battled back after the break, though, with Flo grabbing his second and the Blues’ third in the 70th minute. It was Ranieri’s first point as Chelsea boss, and one of the 80 United accumulated as they went on to win another Premier League title.

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