Premier League Team of the Weekend: Liverpool and Chelsea stars included from game week three

26 Aug

Game week three in the Premier League saw us get treated to more goals, shock and of course VAR in another exciting weekend of top-flight action.

The standout match saw Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield thanks to Joel Matip’s header and Mohamed Salah’s brace, with Lucas Torreira grabbing a consolation goal for the Gunners.

Mohammed Salah was in particularly good form against Arsenal
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Manchester City got back to winning ways as  Sergio Aguero’s double helped them get past Bournemouth. Raheem Sterling also scored in their 3-1 win.

Frank Lampard recorded his first win as Chelsea manager after edging to a 3-2 victory over Norwich with Tammy Abraham netting two goals, while Aston Villa secured their first victory of the season by beating Everton 2-0.

Newcastle United displayed their defensive resilience to claim a surprise 1-0 win at Tottenham, while Wolves left it late to find an equaliser against Burnley at Molineux.

The big surprise of the weekend saw Crystal Palace claim a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford – the first time the Eagles have beaten the Red Devils in the Premier League era.

There were some outstanding performances across the weekend and here’s who we deemed good enough to be included in the Team of the Weekend.

Goalkeeper: Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United)

The Magpies keeper did not have to make a huge amount of saves during their victory over Spurs but, when called upon, did not let his side down.

The Slovakian was equal to an effort from Heung-min Son in the first-half but what was more impressive was the way he commanded his box well throughout.

Few would have backed him to claim a sheet against a formidable Spurs attack but Dubravka did just that.

Centre-back: Paul Dummett (Newcastle United)

Dummett helped Newcastle claim a surprise win at Spurs
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One reason Dubravka was not required to make so many saves at Spurs was because of the great defensive work from Dummett.

The Wales international had one of those games where he did everything right.

Son, Harry Kane and Lucas Moura all struggled to make a major impact – largely down to Dummett and Newcastle’s well-organised defence.

Centre-back: Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa)

Tyrone Mings battling with Evertons Dominic Calvert-Lewin in Friday night’s match at Villa Park
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Newly promoted Aston Villa secured the services of defender Mings from Bournemouth in the summer, after the Englishman spent a successful six months on loan as Villa gained promotion via the Championship play-offs.

Against Everton, Mings showed just why Dean Smith was so desperate to retain his services. He was outstanding as Villa kept a clean sheet, throwing himself in front of every shot directed at Tom Heaton’s goal, as well as clearing the majority of crosses that came into the box.

Centre-back: Joel Matip (Liverpool)

Joel Matip, number 32 (right) celebrating in-front of the Liverpool fans are scoring the opening goal against Arsenal at Anfield
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A central defender who perhaps doesn’t get the credit he deserves when partnered next to Virgil van Dijk, the Cameroonian was outstanding against Arsenal.

Matip rose to connect with a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner just before half time, his powerful header beating Bernd Leno to open the scoring.

After the break, with Liverpool 3-0 ahead, Matip also recovered well to snuff out a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang chance as the Gabon striker went through one-on-one against Adrian. An impressive display.

Centre-midfield: Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea)

Chelsea activated their clause to purchase Kovacic from Real Madrid after the Croatian was on-loan at Stamford Bridge last season
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He was one of the most criticised players in the squad for his performances last season under Maurizio Sarri, but Kovacic seems to be finding his feet in the blue of Chelsea this season.

The Croatian was directly involved in Chelsea’s third goal and continued to make them tick, being the player who transformed defence into attack in a game that was end-to-end throughout.

Kovacic is still being used in a slightly deeper role due to N’Golo Kante being injured, but he’s showing signs of why Real Madrid signed him all those years ago and is set to give Frank Lampard a selection headache when everyone is fit.

Centre midfield: James Maddison (Leicester City)

Gareth Southgate must be considering Maddison for England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers in September
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What does this man have to do to make a first appearance for England’s senior squad?

Leicester midfielder Maddison was classy as usual during their victory over Sheffield United, which was the Foxes’ first three points of the season.

Maddison’s best moment in the game saw him provide a sublime assist for Jamie Vardy’s opener and Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers insisted Maddison was one of the few players capable of playing a pass like that.

It’s no surprise Maddison has been linked with the likes of Manchester United despite only being a Leicester player for just over a year.

Left-wing: Moussa Djenepo (Southampton)

Moussa Djenepo’s second half performance will leave Ralph Hasenhuttl with a big decision to make as Southampton face Manchester United at St. Mary’s next in the Premier League
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Talk about making an immediate impact. The Mali international scored against Brighton just seconds after coming on as a substitute.

Djenepo replaced Yan Valery early into the second-half and moments later he unleashed a curling effort from 25 yards that curled beautifully past Mathew Ryan to make it 1-0.

The 21-year-old, who moved from Standard Liege in the summer, was also praised for his defensive duties during the game, as Southampton changed to a three at the back.

Right-wing: Harvey Barnes (Leicester City)

Harvey Barnes celebrating his rocket-shot winner against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane
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Barnes played less than half an hour against Sheffield United but gets the nod given his match-winning heroics.

The youngster scored with an absolutely thunderous strike that was clocked at 71mph as it hit the back of the United net.

It was a goal worthy of winning any game and demonstrated the huge potential the midfielder possesses.

Forward: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)

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Abraham has gone through a rollercoaster of emotions over the past few weeks, missing the decisive spot kick in the Super Cup final against Liverpool and losing his place to French striker Olivier Giroud last week, while he was also the victim of disgusting online abuse.

But he had an afternoon to remember against Norwich, netting his first Premier League goal for Chelsea and then following it up with another. Both were brilliantly taken and went a long way to silencing the doubters.

Forward: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Salah was at his brilliant best in the second-half against Arsenal
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Last week it was Sadio Mane with the man of the match performance, but this week it was 2018/19’s other joint Golden Boot winner Salah who eased Liverpool to victory – against Arsenal – to give the Reds nine out of a possible nine points this season.

The ‘Egyptian King’ gave new Arsenal signing David Luiz a torrid time at Anfield as he spun him in the box early in the second half, forcing the Brazilian to tug back Salah’s shirt and concede a penalty, which he then dispatched expertly into the top left corner to make it 2-0.

Next came a moment of magic where Salah flicked the ball round Luiz and drove towards the goal before slotting the ball brilliantly into the corner of the net.

Forward: Sebastian Haller (West Ham United)

Haller celebrates his second goal of the game in-front of West Hams travelling supporters
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West Ham’s record signing was the centre of attention in their 3-1 away win to Watford at Vicarage Road – the French striker picking up two goals and impressing with his hold up play.

Both goals came in the second half with the first being a nicely timed run into the six yard box before poking home into an empty net after neat work from Felipe Anderson down the wing.

Then the French striker showed some finesse to his game, with an acrobatic effort 15-minutes from time to make it 3-1 and ensure West Ham would take the points away from the Hornets.

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Premier League fantasy football tips: 25 Bargains to sign for your Dream Team XI

17 Jul

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Who will you pick for your Dream Team?

You’ve got a £50million budget to spend on your XI and just three transfers a month to test your managerial skills to the max.

It’s easy enough picking star men like Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane but you will need some bargains to ensure you don’t spend too much.

Whether they’re cheap and cheerful first-team fillers or smart deals for a diminished dime, here at talkSPORT.com we’ve taken a look at the players you should be signing.

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Goalkeepers

Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United) – £2.5m

Only one shot-stopper averaged over 7/10 on WhoScored.com, and that was Polish ace Fabianski.

He might not get heaps of clean sheets, although this could improve with additions to the Hammers, squad but he’s a steady point-scorer.

Rui Patricio (Wolves) – £2.0m

The Portugal international had a fine first season in the Premier League and should do well again under Nuno Espirito Santo.

Signing Patricio last summer was a huge coup for Wolves
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Ralf Fahrmann (Norwich City) – £1.0m

Landing a goalkeeper on loan with eight Bundesliga seasons under their belt is impressive for a newly-promoted side.
Sure, he was displaced at Schalke last season by talented youngster Alexander Nübel but he should be a fine performer at a cheap price.

Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United) – £2.0m

The Magpies are facing a tough campaign ahead and if he remains at St James’ Park then the Slovakian is likely to be a key star.

He’s been a fine signing and could almost certainly earn himself a big move if he is on top form again in 2019/20.

Dubravka has been linked with transfers this summer
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Defenders

Matt Targett (Aston Villa) – £1.5m

Having never had a full season as a starting player, Targett has joined the Villans for £15m.

But, he did get three assists and a goal last term as he made 16 appearances for the Saints, which isn’t too shabby.

Targett is set to play a major role for Dean Smith and he could offer cheap points.

Lewis Dunk (Brighton) – £2.0m

A move to Leicester City appears to be in the works if Harry Maguire joins Manchester United this summer.

Dunk is good for a few goals a season, while last year was the first time he hasn’t averaged more than 7/10 on WhoScored.

Playing for a bigger club is also likely to see an increase in clean sheets – the Foxes got 10 compared to Brighton’s seven in 2018/19.

Dunk has been a vital part of the Seagulls’ squad and has formed an excellent partnership with Shane Duffy
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Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £2.5m

The Red Devils’ standing may have fallen and the ex-Saint might not quite have fulfilled the potential he once showed but he’s a bargain on Dream Team.

If he remains fit all season he should improve on the one goal and four assists he got last-term.

He also got 14 WhoScored ratings of 7/10 or more, which will come in handy.

Ben Godfrey (Norwich City) – £1.0m

With four goals and two assists in just 31 Championship appearances from centre-back, Godfrey is a possible gem.

Yan Valery (Southampton) – £1.5m

French youngster Valery is on course to be the Saints’ starting right-back this season and is very capable of getting goals and assists.

His number of clean sheets is likely to improve too as Ralph Hasenhuttl improves his squad.

If you’re looking for a Saint to be your saviour and help you perform a mini-league miracle then Valery might be your man.
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Ryan Fredericks (West Ham) – £1.5m

The ex-Tottenham and Fulham right-back really kicked on at the end of last season and if he improves his final ball then he could be a huge winner for your XI.

Andy Robertson (Liverpool) – £4.5m

Okay, in comparison to the other men in this list, the Scotsman isn’t a ‘bargain’ but bear in mind he got 11 assists last year.

Teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold got 12 and one goal and is valued at £5m, while Virgil van Dijk is £6m.

Robertson helped Liverpool win the Champions League
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Midfielders

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – £2.5m

The English youngster can do it all in the centre of the pitch, creating and scoring, and is vital to Dean Smith’s squad.

If he stays, fit unlike last season, he could pitch up some nice Dream Team points.

A boyhood Villa fan, Grealish will need to continue his fantastic form in the Premier League
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Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton) – £1.0m

He may have been a dud last season after his huge move from AZ Alkmaar but under Graham Potter he may flourish.

Jahanbakhsh got two assists in the Seagulls’ friendly win over FC Liefering and played in the no.10 role too. He’s a wildcard pick.

Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) – £3.0m

Another wildcard, many may steer clear of the new signing but we reckon he’s worth a go.

He grabbed two goals and an assist in his last three games at Borussia Dortmund and hit another three at the Gold Cup.

Pulisic shined for USA in the win over Trinidad & Tobago
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Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) – £2.5m

He starred in the second half of the Foxes 2018/19 campaign and could well pick up where he left off after joining permanently.

There is a risk he could drop off but even so he’s a decent bet for points.

Naby Keita (Liverpool) – £2.5m

Another player who, points-wise, was a bit of a dud, we reckon he could really improve this season.

He may miss a game or two early on but could then really shine in midfielder as he did before he got injured at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Naby Keita has had a slow start to life at Anfield
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Daniel James (Manchester United) – £1.0m

How involved the speedster will be under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unknown right now.

If we’re honest, though, the price is extremely tempting, even if he’s just a rapid super sub!

Miguel Almiron (Newcastle United) – £2.0m

After impressing with Paraguay at the Copa America, Almiron’s stock is steadily rising.

Magpies fans will be hoping he finally breaks his ducks when it comes to goal contributions and if he does you’ll be laughing to the top of your mini-leagues.

Almiron has caught the eye after starring in the Copa America
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Emil Buendia (Norwich City) – £2.0m

A set-piece taker for the Canaries, we’re tipping the Argentine 22-year-old to make a splash in the Premier League.

Get on board this bargain early.

Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) – £1.0m

In total, the Senegalese youngster got 12 goals and seven assists last season, earning him his Premier League switch from Standard Liege.

The dribbler could be a smart signing for your XI.

Moussa Djenepo has signed a four-year contract with Southampton
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Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – £4.5m

Like Andy Robertson, Silva is a relative bargain.

When you consider Kevin De Bruyne and Sadio Mane are £6.0m, the Portuguese ace looks decent value.

Forwards

Michy Batshuayi/Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) – £2.0m

It’s best to analyse this as pre-season moves further down the line but whoever looks like getting the staring role is an almost must-have for your XI.

Yes, they have lost Eden Hazard but they still have quality elsewhere to provide them with ammo.

Tammy Abraham was a huge hit on loan at Aston Villa from Chelsea last season
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Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £3.5m

He’s not going to usurp Sergio Aguero any time soon but he will still get plenty of goals.

He got 17 in all competitions last season, not bad going at all.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £3.5m

The Red Devils could have another tough campaign in the Premier League, or they could bounce back.

If they do the latter then Rashford, their current main striker, is likely to get the goals for them

Rashford has signed a new contract at Man United
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Che Adams (Southampton) – £1.5m

The 23-year-old hit 22 goals and got four assists in the Championship last season.

He really troubled defences in the second tier and you wouldn’t put it past him doing the same in the Premier League too.

Premier League players with most errors leading to goals this season include stars from Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham

29 Apr

David De Gea was under more pressure following another mistake leading to a goal on Sunday against Chelsea.

He should have done better with Antonio Rudiger’s shot than palmed it into the path of Marcos Alonso, who scored to make it 1-1.

David De Gea made a costly error against Chelsea

The Manchester United goalkeeper has made three errors leading to goals in four games, in all competitions.

His three previous errors came in 129 appearances and there have even been calls for him to be dropped.

The 28-year-old was at fault for a Barcelona goal as they were dumped out of the Champions League.

He then should have done better with a Leroy Sane shot in the Manchester derby last week as they were beaten 2-0.

De Gea’s mistake proved costly

De Gea has not made the most errors leading to goals, though, in the Premier League this season.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has even made more than the United stopper.

Here are the players with the most errors leading to goals in the Premier League.

=7. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) – 2

Granit Xhaka has made two errors for Arsenal leading to goals this season

=7. Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) – 2

Kieran Trippier is Tottenham’s only player on the list

=7. James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) – 2

James Tomkins has made 29 Premier League appearances for Palace this season

=7. Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) – 2

Jean Michael Seri was relegated with Fulham this season

=7. Sergio Rico (Fulham) – 2

Sergio Rico has been on loan at Fulham from Sevilla

=7. Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle) – 2

Jamaal Lascelles is one of two Newcastle players to feature

=7. Ben Hamer (Huddersfield) – 2

Ben Hamer has made just seven appearances for Huddersfield this season

=7. Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff) – 2

Bruno Ecuele Manga battles for the ball with Shane Long

=7. Lewis Dunk (Brighton) – 2

Lewis Dunk has been a key member of the Brighton defence

=7. David De Gea (Manchester United) – 2

David De Gea has come under fire for his performances
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=7. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) – 2

Charlie Daniels is facing six months out because of a knee injury

=7. Harry Arter (Cardiff City) – 2

Harry Arter is one of three Cardiff players to make two or more errors leading to goals

=7. Cedric Soares (Southampton) – 2

Cedric Soares has since gone out on loan to Inter Milan

=3. Alisson (Liverpool) – 3

Alisson has kept 18 Premier League clean sheets this season but made three errors leading to goals

=3. Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – 3

Bernd Leno won the starting position from Petr Cech

=3. Martin Dubravka (Newcastle) – 3

Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has made three errors leading to goals

=3. Sol Bamba (Cardiff) – 3

Sol Bamba is part of the Premier League’s third worst defence this season

2. Jordan Pickford (Everton) – 4

Jordan Pickford has been under pressure at Everton this season

1. Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth) – 5

Asmir Begovic has the most errors leading to goals this season

The Premier League players who have made the most errors leading to goals including Pickford, Alisson and Trippier

14 Mar

Gareth Southgate’s admission that Jordan Pickford is still England’s No.1 certainly raised a few eyebrows.

The Three Lions boss named his squad to face Montenegro and the Czech Republic on Wednesday and declared Pickford is still the main man between the sticks.

Origi capitalised on Jordan Pickford’s error in the Merseyside derby in December

Not only is Burnley shot-stopper Tom Heaton in terrific form, but the Toffees star has made a rather unfortunate habit of making costly errors this season.

In Russia, the 25-year-old became something of a cult hero with his performances for the national side.

His penalty save in the shootout against Colombia and a series of gravity-defying stops against Sweden captured the imagination – even inspiring Ross Kemp to take his short off and film a number of questionable videos….

But his mistakes in the big games are beginning to cost Marco Silva’s men and the fact his position in the national team seems secure is surprising, to say the least.

Kieran Trippier missed a penalty in the 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup

Pickford is not the only Englishman to struggle after an incredible summer, with Kieran Trippier failing to replicate his form from Russia for Tottenham Hotspur.

But who has been the most error-prone player this season according to official Premier League statistics?

Scroll down to see the top 15 players who have made errors leading to goals.

Kieran Tripper (Tottenham Hotspur) – 2

Kieran Trippier even had his Wikipiedia page changed after an own goal against Chelsea

Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) – 2

Seri was once courted by Barcelona and Arsenal, but that is hard to believe now

Sergio Rico (Fulham) – 2

The shot-stopper has been woeful for the Whites

Alisson Becker (Liverpool) – 2

The Brazilian No.1 opted against joining Chelsea in the summer

Ben Hamer (Huddersfield Town) – 2

Hamer is not even the Terriers’ first choice keeper…

Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) – 2

The centre back is powerful and aggressive in his style of play

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) – 2

Dunk has not made it back into Southgate’s England squad

David De Gea (Manchester United) – 2

De Gea is normally assured between the sticks for the Red Devils

Charlie Daniels (AFC Bournemouth) – 2

The left-back is one of the first names on Eddie Howe’s team sheets

Harry Arter (Cardiff City) – 2

Arter is on loan from Bournemouth this season

Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – 3

The German has struggled at times in his first season in English football

Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United) – 3

The goalkeeper allowed this shot from Heung-Min Son to pass through his body

Asmir Begovic (AFC Bournemouth) – 3

The former Chelsea keeper has endured an error-strewn season

Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) – 3

The Ivory Coast international will not play again this season

Jordan Pickford (Everton) – 4

Pickford has made the most errors leading to goals in the Premier League this season

Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United: Martin Dubravka has lucky escape after huge chunk of ice narrowly misses his head

2 Feb

Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka had a lucky escape at Wembley ahead of kick-off against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Dubravka was warming up on the pitch when a large chunk of ice narrowly missed his head and smashed onto the grass beside him.

The ice narrowly missing Dubravka’s head

The sub-zero temperatures had evidently caused ice to form on the Wembley roof and was falling towards the playing surface.

Sky Sports’ cameras captured the incident ahead of kick-off.

Lucky to escape serious injury, Dubravka was later at fault for the goal that cost Newcastle a point against Spurs.

Heung-Min Son’s 83rd minute strike found its way under the Solvakian’s body when it should have been a routine save.

Tottenham took their chance to move ahead of Manchester City, who play Arsenal on Sunday, into second place in the Premier League and are four points behind leaders Liverpool, who face West Ham on Monday night.

Meanwhile, Newcastle could have moved above Crystal Palace with a point at Wembley but the goal seven minutes from time prevented that.