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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 11

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting eleventh weekend in the Premier League. West Ham United are the only side to provide two players, while there is one each from Chelsea, Arsenal, Fulham, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester United, Stoke City, Norwich City and Everton.

Jussi Jaaskelainen (West Ham United)

Kevin Nolan returned to St. James Park to haunt his old club, but the win was only possible thanks to a wonder save by the West Ham shot-stopper. Demba Ba thought he had levelled matters for Newcastle with a powerful header, but the keeper sprang across his goal to claw the ball away before it crossed the line.

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

For some time, the Blues have struggled to find a solid right-back who can fulfill the role with consistency and the Chelsea new-boy looks like he might be the one who can cope with the demands of playing in the Chelsea defence without buckling under the pressure. He was impressive against Shakhtar Donetsk and even more adventurous against Liverpool.

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)

The former Manchester United defender has enjoyed an excellent start to the season and looks set to challenge for a spot in Roy Hodgson’s England side in the next few months, and that continued on Saturday as he put in a commanding display in the Potters’ 1-0 win over QPR. He kept Djibril Cisse quiet for the whole game and was also a threat inside the attacking third.

Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City)

It was one of those desperate games for Norwich where they had to put their bodies on the line to defend but in the end they earned a valuable point against Reading. The former Tottenham and Newcastle man had one of his best games of the season as he single-handedly kept Jason Roberts, Stephen Hunt, Jobi McAnuff and Pavel Pogrebnyak quiet.

Jose Enrique (Liverpool)

Chelsea’s lack of width in the midfield gave Enrique all kinds of space and the Spaniard needs no invitation to go forward. He controlled the left flank for the Reds against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He was unable to keep a clean sheet, but impressed for Brendan Rodgers’ side and almost scored an injury time winner.

Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa)

Scoring two goals against Manchester United and ending on the losing side felt like ‘losing a cup final’ to Weimann. He can, however, take plenty of heart from the fact that he was able to breach a Manchester United defence on two occasions. His first was an unstoppable drive which fizzed past David de Gea and his second saw him display some predatory instincts inside the box.

Marouane Fellaini (Everton)

The Belgian midfielder is in the form of his life and there is no doubt he is attracting so much of interest from the top clubs. He has taken his game to a new level this season with talismanic displays put in on a weekly basis. Another inspirational showing on Saturday saw him score one and make the other for Nikica Jelavic as the Toffees overcame Sunderland 2-1.

Kevin Nolan (West Ham United)

Nolan gets the nod over Tottenham’s Sandro and Manchester City’s David Silva, as he collected three points and scored the winner for West Ham against his former employers at St. James Park. The former Bolton man put in yet another professional display for his side and not only scored the only goal of the game but also provided Andy Carroll with a chance to seal the game.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

It has taken a while for Giroud to get going in the Premier League, but he is now displaying the kind of form which saw him score for fun in France and earn international recognition. The powerful frontman netted a brace against Fulham over the weekend, with the only surprise being that a man brimming with confidence did not step up to take a late penalty.

Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)

Manchester United’s brilliant comeback win over Aston Villa has been mentioned a lot in this past week but it would have been impossible without this man. Voted as United’s player of the month, Hernandez started from the bench but was introduced at the interval to devastating effect. He completely turned the game on its head with his brilliant hat-trick and went home with the match-ball.

Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)

While Giroud was good for Arsenal on Saturday, Berbatov was even better. He too helped himself to a brace, but also provided an assist as Fulham held Arsenal to a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Emirates. The Bulgarian’s class was seen, as he controlled the game at his own pace, and the composure he displayed in slotting home a penalty perfectly illustrated what he is all about.

Premier League 2012/13 Team Preview – Reading

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

Manager: Brian McDermott.
Captain: Jobi McAnuff.
Stadium: Madejski Stadium (24,161).
Last season: Promoted as Championship winners.
Leading scorer (CH): Adam le Fondre (8).
Odds: Title 1500-1. Relegation 5-4.

In: Chris Gunter (£2.6m, Nottm Forest), Danny Guthrie (Free, Newcastle), Adrian Mariappa (£3.3m, Watford), Garath McCleary (Free, Nottingham Forest), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Free, Stuttgart), Nicky Shorey (Free, West Brom), Pierce Sweeney (Undisc., Bray Wanderers).

Out: Michail Antonio (Undisc., Sheff Wed), Cederic Baseya (Released), Harry Cooksley (Free, Aldershot), Tomasz Cywka (Free, Barnsley), Cameran Edwards (Released), Ethan Gage (Released), John Goddard (Released), Andy Griffin (Released), Brian Howard (Free, Torquay), Simon Locke (Released), Angus MacDonald (Loan, Wimbledon), Mathieu Manset (Undisc., Sion), Carl McHugh (Released), Jack Mill (Released), Joseph Mills (Loan, Burnley), David Murphy (Released), Garath McCleary (Released), Frankie Raymond (Released), Karl Sheppard (Loan, Accrington), Gozie Ugwu (Loan, Yeovil), Jacob Walcott (Released).


Key Man – Adam Federici
The Australian keeper has always been seen as a player with loads of potential and telent in him, but he proved his quality last season. Federici was ever-present last term, providing a reliable last line of defence throughout the promotion push. The 27-year-old shot-stopper helped the Royals keep a division-high 20 cleans sheets and he will have to do more of the same this season if the Royals have to stay in the Premier League.

Opening Fixtures
18-Aug – Stoke (H)
22-Aug – Chelsea (A)
25-Aug – Sunderland (A)
16-Sep – Tottenham (H)
22-Sep – West Brom (A)
29-Sep – Newcastle (H)

Probable Formation (4-4-2): Federici; Gunter, Pearce, Mariappa, Shorey; McCleary, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Kebe; Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre.

Verdict: The Royals finished last season like a train to claim the nPower Championship crown, but Brian McDermott’s men will be set for a very difficult return to the top flight, which could just prove a step too far for them. The signing Pavel Pogrebnyak – who was outstanding for Fulham last season – for free is a good way to go about readying the team for the Premier League, but doubts still remain. Although Reading have a decent squad which has been improved by some quality signings in the summer and they play a decent brand of football, the smart money is on them to go back from where they came. I liked what they did last year, but they have no real stars and someone has to finish bottom. Reading look the most likely to .

Prediction: 20th.