It was a pretty standard week in the top flight of English football. The top two teams won, the next four didn’t, and everyone else went about their business. Our algorithm has weaved it’s spell to produce a leader board, and from that we’ve compiled our Premier League team of week 36.
Goalkeeper: Sergio Rico. Fulham 1-0 Cardiff City.
Cardiff have averaged 3.2 shots on target per game this season, but they had eight in the final 20 minutes or so at Craven Cottage. Rico kept them out, and might have sent the Bluebirds down as a result.
Right-back: Ricardo Pereira. Leicester City 3-0 Arsenal.
Solid at the back, incisive at the front, Pereira was excellent against the Gunners.
Centre-back: Ben Mee. Burnley 0-1 Manchester City.
It was inevitable that City would score eventually, but Mee did as much as anyone in Claret to keep them at bay.
Centre-back: Scott Dann. Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton.
Everton dominated the scuffle at Selhurst, and kept Dann very busy as you can see here.
Left-back: Marcos Alonso. Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea.
Since the start of last season, Alonso is Chelsea’s top scorer in league games among the big six. Strange but true.
Midfield: James Ward-Prowse. Southampton 3-3 Bournemouth.
Ward-Prowse scored his fourth goal of the season from outside the box. Only Christian Eriksen, with five, has more.
Midfield: Etienne Capoue. Watford 1-2 Wolves.
Watford may have lost the FA Cup semi-final rematch, but Capoue still had a good game.
Midfield: Youri Tielemans. Leicester City 3-0 Arsenal.
Leicester will be desperate to sign Tielemans to a permanent deal. The problem is, the way he’s playing, so will some much bigger fish.
Forward: Mohamed Salah. Liverpool 5-0 Huddersfield Town.
Salah assisted Liverpool’s fastest ever Premier League goal, before netting two of his own. Not a bad nights work for our player of the week.
Forward: Callum Wilson. Southampton 3-3 Bournemouth.
Much like Salah, Wilson was directly involved in three goals this weekend. He’s now just one shy of Alan Shearer’s record for most Premier League games in a season where a player both scored and assisted a goal.
Forward: Sadio Mané. Liverpool 5-0 Huddersfield Town.
Mané continued his fabulous recent record at Anfield. He now has 11 goals in the last nine league games there.