Our Premier League team of week 13 features six debutants. Some are from struggling clubs, and some are Leroy Sané. But all have earned their place here, and can be found in the upper echelons of this week’s leader board. Let’s see who our algorithm has selected for the XI.
Goalkeeper: Wayne Hennessey. Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace.
Hennessey topped the defence leader board in week 13, thanks mainly to making five saves (including one from a clear-cut chance). But he also won four aerial duels, which was the joint-most by any player in their own half in this match. For context, Ederson, Fabianski, Lloris and Schmeichel have won four in total this season.
Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold. Watford 0-3 Liverpool.
Trent was the top off-ball performer this week, which will have delighted Jürgen Klopp. His goal wasn’t bad either, was it? That’s two in two for club and country for the young Scouser.
Centre-back: Federico Fernandez. Burnley 1-2 Newcastle United.
Newcastle had to battle hard for the three points at Turf Moor, and few of their players contributed more to their successful cause than Fernandez. Look at how many key defensive contributions he made in the centre of the box if you need any proof.
Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk. Watford 0-3 Liverpool.
Troy Deeney is a monster in the air. Few players in the Premier League win more aerial duels than the Watford captain. Yet he didn’t get a bean out of van Dijk on Saturday, as the Dutchman dealt with him superbly.
Left-back: Ciaran Clark. Burnley 1-2 Newcastle United.
Clark’s mainly in the team for scoring the winner in Newcastle’s third league victory in a row. However, as his dashboard nicely illustrates, he played a key defensive role on the edge of the Magpies’ box.
Midfield: David Silva. West Ham United 0-4 Manchester City.
It seems boring to keep including Silva in our team, but he keeps earning his place. This is the Spaniard’s sixth cap this season, which moves him one ahead of Eden Hazard.
Midfield: Aaron Mooy. Wolves 0-2 Huddersfield.
Huddersfield are the Premier League’s joint-lowest scorers this season, with just eight goals in 13 matches. In that context, Mooy’s pair at Wolves were absolutely priceless, as they earned three precious points.
Midfield: Stuart Armstrong. Fulham 3-2 Southampton.
Armstrong marked his third Premier League start with two goals, and Southampton will need more of that if they’re going to stay up this season.
Midfield: Leroy Sané. West Ham United 0-4 Manchester City.
Our captain this week is Leroy Sané. With two goals and an assist, it’s no wonder. The most frequent dribblers complete around three per game on average, yet City’s #19 completed six. As we can see on his dashboard, four were of especially high value. Sané amassed the most attack points in our team this week as a result.
Forward: Aleksandar Mitrovic. Fulham 3-2 Southampton.
Tottenham vs Chelsea was the biggest match of the weekend in theory, but at the wrong end of the table Fulham’s win over Southampton was everything. Claudio Ranieri’s reign began with a win thanks in no small part to Mitrovic’s brace, which powered the Serbian to the top of the shot chart this week.
Forward: Harry Kane. Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Chelsea.
Kane scored, as Kane usually does. But it’s interesting to see how many dangerous dribbles he completed, especially in light of Sané’s performance across town on Saturday. Kane the dribbler; who knew?