After another breathtaking weekend of Premier League football which gave us 27 goals and two entertaining derbies, here at Bread and Butter Football we pick out our team of the week, which includes three Manchester City players after their record breaking win.
Goalkeeper – Ederson
The Brazilian’s brilliant double save from Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata with five minutes remaining ensured City made it 14 Premier League wins in a row, pushing them 11 points clear of their rivals.
Right Back – Tommy Smith
The Huddersfield captain helped his side pick up a first win in four, and made more key passes from right back than any other player on the pitch. Smith also won the corner which led to the Terriers’ opening goal.
Centre Back – Winston Reid
The Australian put in an extremely solid performance for the Hammers as they upset rivals Chelsea in the early kick off. Reid made the most clearances for his side (10) and won more aerial duels (3) than any other West Ham player.
Centre Back – Nicolas Otamendi
After Vincent Kompany was replaced at half time, the Argentine was City’s only recognised central defender at the start of the second half. Otamendi’s controlled strike in the 54th minute proved to be the difference in the derby.
Left Back – Ben Davies
Davies has been keeping Danny Rose out of the Tottenham side with his impressive performances, again proving his worth in the team. The full back crossed for Harry Kane to make it 3-0, and made three key passes during the game.
Centre Midfield – Mark Noble
Noble hadn’t featured for the Hammers in three games before Saturday. The central midfielder covered 12.9km over the course of the 90 minutes, more than any Hammers player has managed all season, with many pundits singling him out for praise.
Centre Midfield – David Silva
The Spaniard popped up in the box just before the break to open the scoring, and helped City control the midfield battle during the game, which saw the Blues have 65% possession.
Centre Midfield – Ki Sung-Yueng
Ki was an instrumental figure in helping Swansea pick up their first league win in nine games, making more key passes than anyone on the field during his side’s 1-0 win over Alan Pardew’s West Brom.
Forward – Harry Kane
The Englishman made it 50 goals for club and country in 2017 after his two second half strikes helped Spurs on their way to a 5-1 thumping of Stoke.
Forward – Jermain Defoe
Defoe made it three Premier League goals for the season after his brace at Selhurst Park helped Bournemouth leave London with a point. The forward’s second strike may well be a contender for goal of the season.
Forward – Son Heung-Min
The South Korean shone at Wembley on Saturday and received a standing ovation from the Tottenham fans when substituted with four minutes remaining. The forward grabbed Spurs’ second, before teeing up Christian Eriksen to make it five.