It’s week seven in the Premier League, and almost a fifth of the 2018/19 campaign is in the bag already. The game of the weekend was Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool, but only players from one side in that match make it in here. We also have seven debutants, including some very big names showing their faces in these parts for the first time. The Premier League team of week 7 begins with a player who only played one half of their match.
Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno. Arsenal 2-0 Watford.
Leno replaced Petr Cech in the Gunners’ home win over Watford, yet despite only playing for 47 minutes, he topped our defence leader board this week. That he was able to do that probably explains why there are no Arsenal defenders in this team.
Right-back: Matthew Lowton. Cardiff City 1-2 Burnley.
There’s a Burnley defender in our team almost every week, but it’s usually James Tarkowski. Instead we have a team of the week debut for Matthew Lowton. He and his fellow Clarets were kept busy in south Wales too, as Cardiff had 20 shots which is comfortably their most this season. As Lowton’s dashboard attests, but for his efforts in the Burnley box they’d have had more.
Centre-back: Harry Maguire. Newcastle United 0-2 Leicester City
Maguire was one of our fantasy football picks last week. As he earned his third team of the week cap in 2018/19, it was a sensible selection. The England international proved his worth in both boxes at St James Park, as can be seen in his dashboard.
Centre-back: David Luiz. Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool.
Luiz was the top off ball performer in the team of the week. However, his more memorable contributions to a fabulous match were some excellent long passes, and a goal line clearance from Roberto Firmino.
Left-back: Oleksandr Zinchenko. Manchester City 2-0 Brighton.
Zinchenko made his first Premier League start of the season, and will certainly face tougher defensive tests. But it’s worth noting he topped the accurate long ball chart for City on Saturday, and three of them were of sufficient value to be highlighted in his dashboard.
Midfield: Mesut Ozil. Arsenal 2-0 Watford.
Ozil scored the second goal on Saturday, which settled the result with seven minutes to play. It was his second goal in his last three games, which was as many as he managed in the previous 18. Aside from that, Ozil did what Ozil does; the German completed 30 of his 35 final third passes, which was the most of any player in this game.
Midfield: Jefferson Lerma. Bournemouth 2-1 Crystal Palace.
With five minutes of the Premier League weekend left, Lerma wasn’t in this side. He was in the right place to take advantage of one of Mamadou Sakho’s occasional moments of madness, however, and picked up 750 points for winning a penalty. It wasn’t just down to that that he’s included here though, as he made 13 ball recoveries, which was the most in the top flight this week.
Midfield: David Silva. Manchester City 2-0 Brighton.
Is he Manchester City’s greatest ever player? Probably not, but he is if you ask me. He didn’t add to his tally of assists this week, but as we can see here Silva provided his usual array of defence bending mayhem in-and-around the box. The Spaniard was our top attacking player this week, and he no doubt will be again before the season is out.
Forward: Raheem Sterling. Manchester City 2-0 Brighton.
This phrase may sound demeaning at first, but Raheem Sterling is the master of the back post tap-in, and he picked up another one against Brighton. Sterling also assisted the second goal, and completed several dribbles and passes within the Seagulls’ box.
Forward: Harry Kane. Huddersfield 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur.
Kane is our captain this week, and he topped the shots leader board too. It’s interesting to see his only other notable contributions (aside from one shot) were defensive ones, illustrating that Spurs didn’t have it all their own way at Huddersfield.
Forward: Eden Hazard. Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool.
Hazard picks up his fourth cap of the season, thanks in part to his second goal against Liverpool this week. The Belgian is also our player for the season so far, but he’s only just ahead of Harry on that front. Harry Maguire, that is. See you next week, when we’ll see some Liverpool or Manchester City players in the team of the week. Won’t we?