Premier League Team of the Week
Sports Mole select his Premier League squad of the week for matchweek five, including Jamie Vardy, Bukayo Saka and Joao Cancelo.
Another thrilling weekend of Premier League action has passed, with Liverpool at the top of the standings despite a 3-3 draw by the newly promoted Brentford.
Manchester city came out ahead 1-0 against Chelsea to move their title rivals to second place, while Manchester Uniteds title aspirations quickly took a hit with a home loss to Aston Villa by the same score.
During this time, Arsenal lacked convincing winners on Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby, while Evertonis a good start under Rafael Benítez continued with a 2-0 success on the lowest City of Norwich.
Somewhere else, West Ham United shaded a tight contest with Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers outmoded Southampton, Leicester City and Burnley played a four-goal draw while the Watford–Newcastle United and Crystal Palace–Brighton and Hove Albion the clashes ended 1-1.
Here, Sporty Taupe chooses his team of the week for the sixth matchweek of the Premier League season.
There was only one candidate for gloves in our Team of the Week this time around. The finish may have been all about Raul Jimenez‘s quality on the ball, but wolves number one José Sa claimed the assist with a peach from a long ball and also made six saves against Southampton to preserve his team’s clean sheet that day.
It was a painful sight to see Ethan PinnockThe day against Liverpool was cut short after 43 minutes due to injury, but the Brentford man certainly made his presence felt during his short time on the pitch. A classic rags-to-riches story, the man who played for Dulwich Hamlet five years ago was in the right place at the right time to score his first Premier League goal, made five clearances and won all of his four aerial battles before to be forced to leave.
Another Big Six team to feel the full force of a defender’s prowess was Manchester United, as Kortney Hause spent a day he would never forget at Old Trafford. The man of the Villa soared into space expertly to meet a corner of the Villa and pass a head David de Géa and made two blocks and two interceptions to come home with a hard-earned clean sheet.
The last member of our rear guard seemed ready to return home without a point or a blank sheet to show his efforts, which would have been totally undeserved. Vicente Guaitathe wrong clearance allowed Joel Veltman implement Neal maupay away for a dramatic equalizer in the M23 Derby, and the Dutchman also made eight tackles and won nine of his 11 ground duels for the top-flight Seagulls.
There is no better for an Arsenal academy graduate than scoring a goal and assisting against Tottenham, and that is exactly what Bukayo Saka made in front of the merry devotees of the Emirates. A constant nuisance on the right side, Saka chose Emile Smith Rowe for the opening of the game before persevering to open his account for the Premier League season later in the first half, and he played his role defensively with three tackles on the day.
On the opposite side, João Cancelo took on his left-back role with aplomb and played a key role in his side’s potentially crucial victory at Chelsea. The Portuguese defender claimed an assist as his shot made its way into the path of Gabriel Jesus, while he also made three interceptions and succeeded in all three attempts to dribble.
Aston Villa’s Douglas luiz was the man to claim the assist to Hause’s header against Man United with an accurate corner, and the Brazilian hub would end the day after making three key passes in a compound display. By his side, a man who did not finish on the winning side this weekend, but Yuri Tielemans a performance that we are used to seeing from the talented Belgian, who has Jamie Vardy on his way to score the game’s first equalizer by making five key passes, shooting three fouls and winning six ground duels in an all-action draw.
Certainly proving that the links with Liverpool were justified, Raphinha continues to dazzle on the right side of the Leeds attack and swept a delightful left-footed finish to open the scoring against West Ham while winning five of their six ground duels, and Elland Road loyalists are hoping his injury scares the day does not turn out too serious.
It was truly a day for the Hale Enders as Arsenal beat Tottenham in the derby, with Emile Smith Rowe also scoring a goal and an assist on the “best day of his life”, and the Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has expressed his desire for his children to follow in the footsteps of the Arsenal academy playmaker.
You will very rarely see Jamie Vardy waving the net on the wrong side of the pitch, but the veteran Leicester expertly recovered from his own goal to take center stage in a thrilling draw with Burnley – sweeping his side’s first equalizer before d ’round Nick pope and the net from a tight angle – and the 34-year-old will be hoping to continue making the headlines in the opposing penalty area after a rare moment of madness.
Mole Sports Premier League Team of the Week
Mole Sports Premier League Team of the Week (3-4-3): Her; Pinnock, Hause, Veltman; Saka, Tielemans, Luiz, Cancelo; Raphinha, Vardy, Smith Rowe