Sports Mole select their Premier League Team of the Week, featuring Mohamed Salah, Gabriel Magalhaes and Youri Tielemans.
The penultimate Premier League weekend before the World Cup is coming to an end and Arsenal maintain a two-point lead at the top after overcoming chelsea 1-0 in a London derby.
Manchester City had briefly risen to the top with a last-minute 2-1 win over Fulhamwhile Newcastle United moved up to third by beating Southampton 4-1.
Tottenham Hotspur have now slipped to fourth after losing 2-1 to liverpoolwhile Manchester United retain their grip on fifth place despite losing 3-1 to AstonVilla in Unai Emeryfirst game in charge of the Lions.
Brighton and Hove Albion stay in european conversation after beating Wanderers of Wolverhampton 3-2, and crystal palace peek into the top half after a late 2-1 win at West Ham United.
Somewhere else, Leeds United wonderfully came from 3-1 to beat Bournemouth 4-3, Leicester cityThe revival of continued with a 2-0 win at Evertonwhile Brentfordis in conflict with Nottingham Forest finished the level at 2-2.
Here, sports mole selects its team of the week for the latest round of Premier League fixtures.
After a few weeks where several goalkeepers claimed their claims for TOTW places, such performances were rare here. However, with four saves, two successful outings and the ball Eric Dier failed to process before Mohammad Salahthe goal, Alisson Becker gets the green light for us.
Guillaume Saliba was deservedly named man of the match in Arsenal’s crucial win over Chelsea, but Gabriel MagalhaesThe contribution of cannot be ignored. In addition to ensuring that Bukayo SakaThe corner from would end up in the back of the net, the Brazilian made four clearances and two tackles in a solid defensive effort.
Another goalscoring centre-back was on hand to deliver from a free-kick situation in Leeds’ dramatic win over Bournemouth, with Liam Cooper got up well to head home at the backstick – one of seven aerial duels he won that day – and he also erased the free kick that eventually led to Crysencio Summervilleis the winner.
There was no shortage of quality finishes at Villa Park as Unai Emery’s reign began with victory over Manchester United, but Lucas Digne had the pick of the pack, directing a brilliant free kick out of range of David de Gea to double his team’s lead on the day.
Bournemouth may have thrown the three points away at Elland Road, but take nothing away from Marcus Tavernierin the final third, as the 23-year-old gracefully hit a hometown volley before settling Philip Billing and Dominique Solanke in a strong individual display.
Overlooking James Madison feels almost criminal, and the Englishman would certainly have earned a place in our XI if he could have finished off any of the multitude of chances he had against Everton, but Youri TielemansThe goal-of-the-season-worthy volley is too good to ignore as speculation over his future once again mounts.
Exceptional performances in midfield were here, there and everywhere during the most recent week of play, with Thomas Partey and Kevin De Bruyne also noteworthy, but Jacob Ramsay waltzed into this team after setting up Leon Bailey and produce a postage stamp finish to seal Villa’s momentous win over Man United.
The first of two Brighton men to work their way into our Team of the Week is Adam Lallanawho rode with panache against the wolves before finding room for Karou Mitoma, our second Seagulls representative. There is certainly a huge air of excitement about the Japanese striker, who was involved in all the key moments in Brighton’s win – playing big roles in Lallana and Pascal Grossproducing a strong leap and header for his goal and also drawing the foul that saw Nelson Semedo take a bath early.
Sam GreenwoodBournemouth’s remarkable substitute cameo could be just what the 20-year-old needs to ignite his career at Leeds, as the youngster scored a superb curling effort from outside the box to reduce the deficit before choose Cooper with a perfect dive. back batting corner.
To finish, Mohammad Salah hasn’t been prolific as usual in the Premier League so far this season but the Egyptian’s brace saw Liverpool over the line against Tottenham. After clinically completing Darwin Nunezpass, Salah capitalized on Dier’s terrible attempt on a return header to Hugo Lloris chip the French in a hurry, and Jurgen Klopp believes the 30-year-old will become one of the ‘best strikers you’ll ever see’ when he finally hangs up his boots.
Sports Mole Premier League Team of the Week (3-5-2): Alisson; Gabriel, Cooper, Worthy; Tavernier, Tielemans, Ramsey, Lallana, Mitoma; Greenwood, Salah