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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 17

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See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting seventeenth gameweek in the Premier League. Aston Villa, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur provide two players each, while there is one each from Arsenal, Manchester City, Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City.

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

The French international is making the most of his chances to show Andre Villas-Boas what he can do after putting in a commanding display in goal in Spurs’ 1-0 win over Swansea on Sunday. Lloris kept a clean and made some brave clearances with the highlight being when he came off the line to punch away a dangerous cross and deny Michu a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa)

Not too many full-backs have made Liverpool’s rising star Raheem Sterling look terrible this season, but Lowton certainly achieved the feat on Saturday. Sterling looked completely out of ideas as the Reds slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Anfield and the former Sheffield United man can take great comfort in knowing it was his positioning and reading of the game which made the pacey winger so ineffective.

Ashley Williams (Swansea City)

The Swans may have been on the end of a 1-0 defeat at White Hart Lane but Williams gave everything for the Welsh side, proving a rock solid presence at the back. A brave performance from the centre-half saw him make several key clearances and blocks as Spurs were denied a way through up until their late breakthrough from a set-piece.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Though he has played most of this season at left-back, the Belgian international earned a rare start in the centre of defence at the weekend, and his manager was rewarded for this decision, with Tottenham looking solid for the most part at the back. As a bonus, Vertonghen also popped up to score the winner, as he elegantly volleyed home Kyle Walker’s free-kick.

Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

Toure was the star when City played at St. James’ Park last season and he was the star again on the weekend as he ran the show in the middle of the park for City as they defeated Newcastle 3-1. The Ivorian’s pinpoint pass set up Sergio Aguero perfectly for the opener, while he added a goal of his own late on to put the seal on both City’s win and an impressive individual display.

Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Following their dramatic derby win, the Red Devils were in the mood against Sunderland on Saturday. Central to Saturday’s 3-1 win was former Aston Villa winger Ashley Young who had a hand in two of the three goals United scored that day. His best was obviously the assist for Robin van Persie’s opener, but he was definitely a handful all afternoon for the Black Cats’ defence.

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

The Gunners hit back at their critics after their embarrassing League Cup defeat to Bradford in the midweek, with an assured 5-2 victory over Reading which was inspired by Cazorla’s hat-trick. The little Spaniard has been impressive all season and he did early damage in the first half when he scored two goals in as many minutes then followed up his heroics on the hour mark to seal his first triple in an Arsenal shirt.

Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers)

QPR manager Harry Redknapp handed Taarabt a more advanced role against Fulham at the Loftus Road on Saturday and it worked a treat. Played just in behind the striker, the Moroccan international excelled and hit the Cottagers for two goals as the R’s emerged from the contest as 2-1 winners – their first win of the season after 17 attempts.

Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City)

Pilkington put in another stand-out performance for the Canaries against Wigan as he and fellow forward Wes Hoolahan continue to shine for the in-form club. A brilliantly-taken goal was the crowning moment of the Englishman’s afternoon, while his cross also set up Hoolahan for the second of the 2-1 win at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

12 goals in your first 17 Premier League games for a new club seems like a reasonable return doesn’t it? Even if you do have a £24 million price tag on your head. In United’s victory over Sunderland the Dutchman was instrumental, capitalising on John O’Shea’s mistake to score the opening goal. And in an ominous sign for Premier League defences everywhere, he again linked up with Wayne Rooney to secure a third.

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)

Benteke has been one of the signings of the season and was influential to Villa’s surprise win at Liverpool, producing a star turn for the Midlanders as he netted a double, dealing a blow to Darren Bent’s hopes of ending his stint on the bench. The Belgian also provided the assist for Andreas Weimann’s strike with an audacious backheel.

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Premier League 2012/13 Team Preview – Aston Villa

Welcome to IntoTheTopCorner’s team-by-team preview to the new Barclays Premier League season. Here we look at Aston Villa’s vital stats, their summer transfers and analyse their chances.

Manager: Paul Lambert.
Captain: Stiliyan Petrov
Stadium: Villa Park (43,786).
Last season: 16th.
Leading scorer (PL): Darren Bent (9).
Odds: Title 1000-1. Relegation 5-1.

In: Karim El Ahmadi (£2.6m, Feyenoord), Brett Holman (Free, AZ Alkmaar), Matthew Lowton (£3.3m, Sheff Utd), Ron Vlaar (£3.3m, Feyenoord).

Out: James Collins (£2.8m, West Ham), Carlos Cuellar (Free, Sunderland), Emile Heskey (Released), Andy Marshall (Released).

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Key Man – Darren Bent
The England international was injured for the majority of second half of the season and yet he ended as the club’s top goalscorer with nine goals. Now with him being fully fit and ready, he will be Villa’s key man for the season and will be looking to score the goals Villa dearly missed last time round.

Opening Fixtures
18-Aug – West Ham (A)
25-Aug – Everton (H)
01-Sep – Newcastle (A)
15-Sep – Swansea (H)
22-Sep – Southampton (A)
30-Sep – West Brom (H)

Probable Formation (4-1-2-1-2): Given; Lowton, Vlaar, Dunne, Warnock; Bannan; N’Zogbia, El Ahmadi; Ireland; Agbonlahor, Bent.

Verdit: The capture of Paul Lambert was a real coup for Randy Lerner and his presence alone will be good for a few extra wins than last season. But the team has not made the necessary additions to the squad to make a drastic improvement. I can’t see a top 10 finish for the Lions but surely safe in the mid-table.

Prediction: 12th.

Top 7 Teenagers To Watch In The Premier League

With just more than a month to go for the new Premier League season to kick-off, it’s time to look forward and build-up to it. Today, we look at the top 7 teenagers (under-20 years of age) to keep an eye on in the upcoming Premier League season.

1. ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN – ARSENAL

‘The Ox’ joined Arsenal from Southampton last season and was very impressive in his debut season in Premier League. The 18-year-old made 26 appearances for the Gunners during the last campaign and scored four times. His performances in the league caught the eye of the new England boss Roy Hodgson and was picked for the Euros in Poland/Ukraine. The winger, who started his country’s opening game against France, has been capped five times by the Three Lions.

The 18-year-old has a lot of pace and his direct attacking style has been already loved by Arsenal faithful. Chamberlain broke into the first team last season and he is expected to stay there & play an important role for Arsene Wenger’s team this season, who love to give the teenagers a chance to prove themselves.

2. NICK POWELL – MANCHESTER UNITED

Powell joined Manchester United from Crewe Alexandra this summer for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of £4m. The 18-year-old caught the eye of many top Premier League clubs with his impressive displays for the League Two side as he played an important role in helping Crewe win the playoffs. The England U-18 international made a total of 38 appearances last season scoring 14 goals including the winning goal in the nPower League Two Play-Offs final at the Wembley.

Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed in the press conference yesterday that he would be developing the teenager in center midfield role and with United having many problems in that position over the past couple of years, Powell could get his chances this season. The attacking midfielder is certain to feature in most of the Capital One Cup games and FA Cup games this year.

3. ROMELU LUKAKU – CHELSEA

Lukaku moved to Stamford Bridge last season from Belgium side Anderlecht for a fee around £18m. The 19-year-old, who is dubbed as the ‘next Didier Drogba’, was tipped for big things last year but he hardly got a chance to impress. The Belgium international, who has been capped 14 times by his country, made just eight Premier League appearances and failed to score a single goal.

The former Anderletcht striker was one of the flop signings of last year, but with both Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba having left the club and with just Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge ahead of him in the pecking order, this might well be the year where the teenager may get the chance to impress at the bigger stage.

4. ROSS BARKLEY – EVERTON

Barkley has been the part of Everton’s successful youth academy and has come through the ranks at Goodison Park. The 18-year-old has been at the fringes of the senior team ever since signing the professional contract at the start of the last season. The England U-21 international has made a total of six appearances for Toffees – mostly from the bench – in the Premier League since making his debut against QPR in the opening game of last season.

The midfielder, who has been predicted to ‘become one of the best ever player to play for England’ by Martin Keown, is expected to get much more game time this season than what he got last season. With a lower budget to spend in the tranfer market, David Moyes is certain to give Barkley and many other young players a chance to play in the first team.

5. JOSH McEACHRAN – CHELSEA

The creative midfielder, who is the product of Chelsea’s youth academy, is heralded as the future of the Blues. McEachran made his first team debut for the Blues in a Champions League match against MSK Zilina in September 2010 and ever since has been around the senior team making a total of 22 appearances in all competitions. The 19-year-old, who is touted as the natural successor to Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge, spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea.

The England U-21 international, who has the talent and potential in him to become one of England’s best midfielder in future is expected to spend next season away on loan at a Premier League side where he might get some more first team football than at Chelsea, due to the competition for a place in the starting XI at the Stamford Bridge club.

6. CONNOR WICKHAM – SUNDERLAND

Sunderland signed Wickham last summer from the Championsip side Ipswich for a fee of £8m. The 19-year-old was tipped for big things but his first season in the Premier League was a bad one. He was able to find the back of the net just once in 15 appearances as the Black Cats struggled without the services of Danny Welbeck, Darrent Bent and Asamoah Gyan, who were all present during the 2010-11 season.

This season is going to be the make-or-break for the England U-21 international has he will need to get over his ‘first-season blues’ and repay the club’s faith in him. Sunderland’s number 10 is expected to play an important role this season and he will have to score much more than what he did last season, if the Black Cats have to challenge for a place in Europe next season.

7. RYO MIYAICHI – ARSENAL

Miyaichi joined Arsenal in the summer of 2010 after impressing the scouts and the boss during a High School Soccer Tournament in Japan. The 19-year-old has featured only twice for Gunners since his arrival and that to in the Capital One Cup. The Japanese international was sent on loan to Bolton Wanderers in the January transfer window last season and he had a very successful time at the Reebok, making 12 appearances and was also voted as the club’s February Player of the Month.

With Andrey Arshavin expected to leave the club in the summer, Miyaichi may get a chance on the wings but at the same time he will face competition from the likes of Gervinho, Alex Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and the new signing Lukas Podolski for playing time. It looks likely that he will be sent on loan to another Premier League side again this season, where he will get some regular first team football.

Top 10 Players To Win Most Penalties

Ashley Young has been criticised for going over easily in the box, after winning two controversial penalties in as many weeks(against QPR & Aston Villa) for Manachester United.

All of which got us wondering which players win the most penalties in the Premier League. Into The Top Corner looks back over the past 10 years, from the start of the 2002/03 season, and came up with a list of players who’ve been awarded the highest number of spot-kicks in that time.

10. Adam Johnson – 6 penalties in 179 appearances

Kicking off the top 10, it’s the former Middlesbrough and current Man City winger Adam Johnson.

9. Salomon Kalou – 6 penalties in 151 appearances

Chelsea’s Kalou has won the Premier League, League Cup and three FA Cups at Chelsea. He’s also won a few penalties

8. Yakubu – 7 penalties in 248 appearances

For Portsmouth, Everton and Blackburn, Yakubu’s been a handful in the box in more ways than one.

7. Didier Drogba – 7 penalties in 224 appearances

Didier Drogba has a reputation for going over easily, especially considering his size and he’s won a fair few penalties, although his fans would no doubt claim that’s because defenders can’t handle him.

6. Steven Gerrard – 9 penalties in 302 appearances

Steven Gerrard has definitely won some dodgy penalties in his time, but his surging runs into the box do tempt defenders into rash challengers.

5. Peter Crouch – 9 penalties in 280 appearances

Crouch is an awkward customer and his gangly frame has been toppled over for nine penalties at various clubs, including Stoke, Spurs and Liverpool.

4. Gabriel Agbonlahor – 10 penalties in 211 appearances

Villa’s flying forward has been sent flying on 10 occasions to win a penalty in the box in just 211 Premier League games to date.

3. Darrent Bent – 11 penalties in 240 appearances

He scores plenty of goals and he’s won plenty of pens. Darren Bent has always spelled trouble for the opposition, from his days at Ipswich, through to Villa via Charlton, Spurs and Sunderland.

2. Ashley Young – 11 penalties in 200 appearances

He’s won some controversial penalties this season and Ashley Young is no stranger to hearing the whistle parp in his favour, but there is one player who’s won even more penalties in fewer Premier League games over the past decade.

1. Andrew Johnson – 14 penalties in 184 appearances

Andrew Johnson has won a whopping 14 penalties in just 184 Premier League games, which works out as a spot-kick every 13 matches. Be careful when you’re tackling Johnson in the box, Premier League defenders!