Nine games to go. Manchester City have moved one point ahead. Are Liverpool bottling it, the massive frauds? No, of course not. But the champions win 1-0 when it comes to players included here. Let’s see who our algorithm selected for the Premier League team of week 29.
Goalkeeper: Neil Etheridge. Wolves 2-0 Cardiff.
Etheridge may have been beaten twice in three minutes, but he made four saves including keeping out two clear-cut chances.
Right-back: Kieran Trippier. Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Arsenal.
Trippier hasn’t had a great season, with his own goal at Stamford Bridge last week the ultimate example of that. But no right-back picked up more points than he did this weekend, so here he is.
Centre-back: Jannik Vestergaard. Manchester United 3-2 Southampton.
The top off-ball performer in our team, Vestergaard made plenty of defensive interventions and several incisive long passes.
Centre-back: Shane Duffy. Brighton 1-0 Huddersfield.
Brighton really needed the three points on Saturday. He may not have scored the decisive goal, but our top defensive performer this week ensured they got them.
Left-back: Ruben Vinagre. Wolves 2-0 Cardiff.
In with a bullet at #50 in our leader board, Vinagre should really have scored at least one of the decent chances he had against the Bluebirds.
Midfield: Andreas Pereira. Manchester United 3-2 Southampton.
Pereira’s starting to make a real name for himself, and a goal and an assist against the Saints won’t do his chances any harm.
Midfield: Calum Chambers. Fulham 1-2 Chelsea.
Chambers was kept very busy in a defensive capacity, as the red markers illustrate, but he did pop up with a goal to give Fulham some hope for about four minutes. His midfield partner here had other ideas about that though.
Midfield: Jorginho. Fulham 1-2 Chelsea.
Jorginho is the example held up as to why our algorithm doesn’t work. And we’ve never said it’s flawless. Whether he deserves a spot here or not, his goal ensured Chelsea ended their horrendous run on the road.
Midfield: David Silva. Bournemouth 0-1 Manchester City.
Silva picked up his ninth TOTW cap of 2018/19, the most of any player. His assist on the south coast might prove invaluable in the title race. Though we gave it 300 points, same as always. Rules are rules, after all.
Forward: Romelu Lukaku. Manchester United 3-2 Southampton.
There’s lots of people who’ll tell you our man of the week is a flat-track bully, who only does well against the weaker teams. I’m sure a brace against Southampton will change all that.
Forward: Raul Jimenez. Wolves 2-0 Cardiff.
A goal and an assist usually earns a player a spot here. If Jimenez had converted a high value opportunity in the second half, he’d have probably been this week’s top performer. I wonder which goalkeeper denied him?