As enjoyable a match as Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Liverpool was, not one player from that game made it into our XI. An abundance of centre-backs and strikers high up the rankings means we’ve gone for a 3-4-3 this week. Here’s our Premier League team of week 21.
Goalkeeper: Ben Foster. Bournemouth 3-3 Watford.
How does a goalkeeper who concedes three goals earn a spot here? By being one of his sides top attackers.
Centre-back: Shane Duffy. West Ham United 2-2 Brighton.
Brighton often have a centre-back in this team – only Liverpool and Spurs have got more defenders into our XIs – and it’s often because they bag a goal.
Centre-back: Ben Mee. Huddersfield 1-2 Burnley
What a massive win this was for the Clarets. Mee was their top player and was the top defensive performer in the Premier League this week.
Centre-back: Nathan Aké. Bournemouth 3-3 Watford.
Aké appears for the second match week in a row, for scoring a goal while also conceding at least three for the second game in a row. Algorithms are weird.
Midfield: Christian Eriksen. Cardiff City 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur.
I was surprised to see this was Eriksen’s first TOTW cap of the season. More to come, Christian?
Midfield: Aron Gunnarsson. Cardiff City 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur.
While Spurs kept Gunnarsson busy at the back, his shot which we valued as 0.74 xG earned him a place in the XI.
Midfield: Granit Xhaka. Arsenal 4-1 Fulham.
Xhaka is a long time Twelve favourite, and this dashboard illustrates why. For all his faults, the Swiss international can certainly get the ball up the pitch.
Midfield: Ryan Fraser. Bournemouth 3-3 Watford.
Fraser is the Premier League’s top creator of clear-cut chances this season, and he added another to his tally here.
Forward: Marko Arnautovic. West Ham United 2-2 Brighton.
We’ve included the shots dashboard here, as the only other action on Arnautovic’s full chart was one pass. He’s in the team to score goals, and he duly obliged.
Forward: Troy Deeney. Bournemouth 3-3 Watford.
Deeney’s brace should really have won the points for the Hornets, but within ten minutes Bournemouth were level.
Forward: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsenal 4-1 Fulham.
Leaving the best until last, Aubameyang is our captain this week. However, despite scoring a goal and getting a 2nd assist, he missed three other high quality chances. What could’ve been performance of the season instead has to be satisfied with performance of the week.