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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 13

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting thirteenth weekend in the Premier League. Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur provide two players each, while there is one each from Chelsea, Stoke City, Norwich City, Southampton and Wigan Athletic.

Petr Cech (Chelsea)

It has been a difficult past week for Chelsea, but the Czech international keeper has show some good leadership qualities during it. He was once again commanding in the draw with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, making a number of good saves.

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)

The Argentine international put in another professional display against Chelsea on Sunday and showed everyone why he is preferred ahead of Maicon and the injured Micah Richards for the big games. He was solid in the defence and always prepared to join the attack, looking to become the extra man in attack in an attempt to make the difference.

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)

Stoke recorded their sixth clean sheet of the season during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Fulham. The former Manchester United defender has played a leading role in making the Potters defence watertight and over the weekend he led by example, and also came close to finding the target as he struck the crossbar.

Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

Much of the focus before and during City’s trip to Chelsea was on the Blues’ new interim boss Rafael Benitez, but the City skipper was man of the match on the pitch. The Belgium international was solid as a rock at the back and showed no signs of his ankle injury that required heavy strapping. He kept Fernando Torres quiet throughout the whole game and made numerous blocks, interceptions and clearances.

Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City)

The Canaries have stretched their unbeaten run to six game and much of the credit goes to this Cameroon international. It doesn’t matter who Chris Hughton pairs him with, he seems to shine. He was the man who earned Norwich a share of the spoils at Goodison Park, and was also a rock at the back as Everton were restricted to just one goal in front of their own supporters.

Anderson (Manchester United)

The Brazilian has not actually shined during his time at Old Trafford, but on Saturday against QPR he entirely changed the game. He physicality in the midfield pushed United on following his introduction in the second half after going a goal down and his assist for Chicharito’s goal was top class.

Darren Fletcher (Manchester United)

On Saturday afternoon,  it didn’t look like it was the Scot’s first Premier League game for over a year as he put in a display that surely would have pleased the manager and the fans alike. He was not at his very best but made the most number passes in the game than any another player, and also scored an excellent header to put United ahead.

Gaston Ramirez (Southampton)

There has been a lot of talk of the Uruguayan international before his arrival to England and on Sunday he showed his true potential in Southampton’s 2-0 win over Newcastle. He put in an outstanding performance, as he set up the first goal for Adam Lallana and scored the second himself. He linked up perfectly with Lallana and Rickie Lambert as the hosts looked far more threatening going forward.

Jordi Gomez (Wigan Athletic)

His own fans were jeering him earlier in the game but his response was as emphatic as you can get. He scored an injury time goal that not only completely his hat-trick but also nicked all three points for the hosts against Reading on Saturday. He became the only second Spaniard ever to notch three goals in the same game – after Fernando Torres.

Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)

Much like his Tottenham team-mates, the Welshman has not really hit the heights so far this season, but a good display in the North London derby defeat to Arsenal last weekend looks to have woken him up. He scored a nice goal and was an ever-present threat to the West Ham defence during the 3-1 win at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur)

The England international striker is certainly enjoying his like under Andre Villas-Boas, as the former Porto and Chelsea boss prefers to play him in the lone striker role. His good form continued on Sunday with a brace against his former team, taking his tally for the season to seven.

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Premier League 2012/13 Team Preview – Wigan Athletic

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

Manager: Roberto Martinez.
Captain: Gary Caldwell.
Stadium: DW Stadium (25,138).
Last season: 15th.
Leading scorer (PL): Franco di Santo (7).
Odds: Title 1000-1. Relegation 7-4.

In: Fraser Fyvie (£558k, Aberdeen), Arouna Kone (£3.3m, Levante), Ryo Miyaichi (Loan, Arsenal), Ivan Ramis (£5.2m, Mallorca).

Out: Mohamed Diamé (Free, West Ham), David Jones (Released), Chris Kirkland (Free, Sheff Wed), Hugo Rodallega (Free, Fulham), Henry Thomas (Released), Ryan Watson (Loan, Accrington).

Kits

Key Man – Jordi Gomez
With Victor Moses expected to leave before the transfer window closes at the end of August, the Spanish playmaker is likely to be the Latics’ most creative influence in the midfield. Scored a number of important goals last season and boasts good vision, Jordi Gomez will have a huge role to play in helping Wigan survive the drop.

Opening Fixtures
19-Aug – Chelsea (H)
25-Aug – Southampton (A)
01-Sep – Stoke (H)
15-Sep – Man Utd (A)
23-Sep – Fulham (H)
29-Sep – Sunderland (A)

Probable Formation (4-5-1): Al Habsi; Boyce, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa; Moses, Gomez, Watson, McCarthy, Maloney; Kone.

Verdict: Roberto Martinez again left it late to produce the ‘Great Escape’, and it’s very difficult to say this season will be any different. Signing Ivan Ramis and Arouna Kone from La Liga side Mallorca and Levante, respectively, are very good ones, but if they fail to keep Victor Moses from joining Chelsea, they won’t be any better off. The Latics seem to survive every year, but I think this season will be a very tough one for the club and could be their last in the top flight.

Prediction: 19th.