There were only five top flight games in England this weekend, but that’s no reason not to highlight the best performing players. Here’s our Premier League team of week 31.
Goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel. Burnley 1-2 Leicester.
Schmeichel only saved one shot at Turf Moor on Saturday. But he also made two punches, a high claim, and played a couple of relatively high value long passes as we can see here.
Right-back: Phil Bardsley. Burnley 1-2 Leicester.
The Clarets’ full-back played plenty of long incisive passes in the loss to Leicester.
Centre-back: Nathan Aké. Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle.
Aké made plenty of defensive and off ball actions as usual, but he earned a spot here by being fouled for a penalty.
Centre-back: Angelo Ogbonna. West Ham 4-3 Huddersfield.
Ogbonna’s goal started the Hammers’ fightback on Saturday. Despite Huddersfield scoring three, he made plenty of defensive interventions too.
Left-back: Matt Ritchie. Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle.
Ritchie’s injury time equaliser may yet prove invaluable to Newcastle.
Midfield: Manuel Lanzini. West Ham 4-3 Huddersfield.
While West Ham haven’t had a horrendous season, it would surely have been better had Lanzini been available throughout it.
Midfield: Mark Noble. West Ham 4-3 Huddersfield.
When Noble opened the scoring, he probably thought West Ham would win easily. It turned out rather differently.
Midfield: James Maddison. Burnley 1-2 Leicester.
Maddison is proving to be one of the signings of last summer.
Forward: Sadio Mané. Fulham 1-2 Liverpool.
This hasn’t happened before in 2018/19, but our top player from last week has repeated the trick for the second week in a row. Tim Cahill didn’t think the foul on Mané was a penalty; the picture at the top of the page suggests otherwise.
Forward: Joshua King. Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle.
King’s brace against the Magpies took his goal tally to six in his last nine appearances for Bournemouth.
Forward: Richarlison. Everton 2-0 Chelsea.
Much like Mané, Richarlison scored one goal and was also fouled for a penalty.