It was another entertaining weekend in the Premier League, culminating in Divock Origi’s ridiculous winner on Sky’s derby day. The phrase ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ is well worn, but when you see who our goalkeeper is this week, you’ll want to use it again. The Twelve algorithm is a powerful beast, but it must be used wisely. Anyway, here’s our Premier League team of week 14.
Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford. Liverpool 1-0 Everton.
The 232nd Merseyside derby will be long remembered for the bizarre circumstances in which it was decided. Nobody in their right mind would call Pickford the best goalkeeper this weekend, yet on points he was. England’s #1 made a high value save from Shaqiri, and was strong in the air for the opening 95 minutes at the match. Shame about the last minute, Jordan.
Right-back: Matt Doherty. Cardiff City 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Doherty marked his 200th league appearance for Wolves with his 14th league goal for them. Despite his best efforts at the back, however, Cardiff turned the match around and took all three points.
Centre-back: Willy Boly. Cardiff City 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Centre-back: Shane Duffy. Huddersfield Town 1-2 Brighton and Hove Albion.
Duffy featured in our fantasy league selections for this weekend, and he didn’t let us down. Obviously his goal was of paramount importance, but few players will have made more important defensive contributions in their own box this weekend either.
Left-back: Charlie Daniels. Manchester City 3-1 Bournemouth.
Daniels completed over twice as many final third passes as any of his teammates on Saturday. To do so while attempting raking cross field balls is impressive stuff too.
Midfield: Ilkay Gundogan. Manchester City 3-1 Bournemouth.
David Silva missed out here for once, but feat not! There’s another City man ready to fill a spot in the midfield. The German international scored, but also played several incisive passes into the Cherries’ box, and still found time to make some defensive contributions on the edge of City’s penalty area too.
Midfield: Lucas Torreira. Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur.
Fans like to think they know more than managers, but it’s probably rarely the case. However, Torreira’s form certainly suggests Arsenal fans were right to clamour for their former manager to sign a defensive midfielder for so many years.
Midfield: Felipe Anderson. Newcastle United 0-3 West Ham United.
If matches ended after 92 minutes, Anderson wouldn’t have been in the team this week. But luckily for him they can go on longer which can make all the difference. Just ask our goalkeeper.
Forward: Andros Townsend. Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley.
The problem with assists is that they are simply the pass prior to the goal. Look at the green mark in the bottom right of Townsend’s dashboard; how does a goal get scored from there? There was nothing wrong with his own goal though.
Forward: Chicharito. Newcastle United 0-3 West Ham United.
It doesn’t matter that the dashboard is largely blank; two goals, one assist, job done. Aubameyang picked up his third team of the week cap, making him Arsenal’s most featured player so far this season.