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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 8

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting eighth weekend in the Premier League. Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have provided two players each, while there is one each from Fulham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Norwich and West Ham.

Joe Hart (Manchester City) 

He was criticized for the goal England conceded in Poland during midweek, but the City keeper was back to his best against West Brom. He couldn’t do much about the goal, but kept his side in the game late on, with two very important stops from Romelu Lukaku that allowed Edin Dzeko to come up with a late winner.

Chris Baird (Fulham)

The Fulham right-back scored the only goal of the match helping the Cottagers beat Aston Villa at Craven Cottage. He capped a solid display for his side with a goal as he provided the finish after getting at the end of a John Arne Riise corner and also helped his side keep a clean sheet.

Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

The England international was only in the side for the suspended John Terry, but was calm and collected at the back and put in one of his best performances of the season in the important 4-2 win over Tottenham. He also got his name on the score-sheet as he opened the scoring with a thumping volley.

Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United)

The Newcastle skipper was back in the side after fully recovering from his injury and he led by example. He was as solid as a rock at the heart of the defence and with the Magpies down to 10-men after just 25 minutes, he put in a shift for two. His side may well have collect all three points if he would have lasted the whole game.

Javier Garrido (Norwich City)

He may not have scored the winning goal, but the former City full-back was one of chief architects of Norwich’s historical win over Arsenal on Saturday. He put in a fine defensive performance and at the same time was very good in supporting the counter-attacks. He kept the Gunners’ right wing relatively quiet and restricted them to very few chances.

Juan Mata (Chelsea)

He is getting better & better by each game and is surely an early contender for the Player of the Year award. The little Spaniard responded perfectly to the national team snub by helping his side to a comeback win at White Hart Lane against his former boss Andre Villas-Boas. He scored twice and assisted once to keep Roberto Di Matteo’s side at the top of the table.

Mark Noble (West Ham United)

Noble has been playing in the Premier League for most of his career but his performance on Saturday was one of his best. He put in a commanding display, scoring twice (once from the spot) in the important 4-1 win over Southampton. His drive and determination in midfield made Hammers look good.

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

He is one special talent and is getting stronger with every game. He became the second youngest scorer – after Michael Owen – for Liverpool when he scored the winner against Reading. He has huge potential in him to become oen the best in England and it looks like he is on the right track under Brendan Rodgers’ guidance.

Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

The Dutchman was again at his classy best against Stoke and it was another example of how dangerous the partnership between Van Persie and Rooney is going to be. His brilliant left wing cross resulted to Rooney’s equaliser and then he himself got on the score-sheet with sublime finish just before the interval.

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City)

The Bosnian may only have been on the pitch for just over 10 minutes but he completely transformed the tie as he netted City’s both goals in the 2-1 win at the Hawthorns. A trademark header got the 10-men City leveled and in stoppage-time he calmly finished off a flowing counter attack to grab what could be a crucial winner.

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

A few months ago people were suggesting that Rooney and Van Persie couldn’t play in the same team and he will have to get used to life on the bench. Fast forward to mid October and the England international looks at his very best as he celebrated his decade in the Premier League. Scored an own goal, but responded brilliantly with two well taken goals at the right end. The second being his 200th in club football.

Premier League 2012/13 Team Preview – West Ham United

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

Manager: Sam Allardyce.
Captain: Kevin Nolan.
Stadium: Upton Park (35,014).
Last season: Promoted via Championship Play-Offs.
Leading scorer (CL): Carlton Cole (14).
Odds: Title 1500-1. Relegation 5-2.

In: James Collins (£2.8m, Aston Villa), Mohamed Diame (Free, Wigan), Alou Diarra (£2.2m, Marseille), Stephen Henderson (£655k, Portsmouth), Modibo Maiga (£5.2m, Sochaux), Jussi Jaaskelainen (Free, Bolton), George McCartney (Free, Sunderland), Raphael Spiegel (Undisc., Grasshoppers).

Out: Pablo Barrera (Undisc., Cruz Azul), Rudd Boffin (Free, Eskisehirspor), John Carew (Released), Papa Bouba Diop (Released), Julien Fabert (Free, Elazigspor), Abdoulaye Faye (Free, Hull City), Robert Green (Released), Peter Kurucz (Released), Olly Lee (Free, Barnet), Ravel Morrison (Loan, Birmingham), Frank Nouble (Free, Wolves), Freddie Sears (Free, Colchester), Marek Stech (Free, Yeovil).

Kits

Key Man – Mark Noble
Noble hasn’t proved his potential in the Premier League yet, but last season in the Championship the former England Under-21 international showed his true talent, as he bossed games and showed a level of poise and quality he previously lacked. As a graduate from the West Ham academy, he remains a loy fan and will give his best to help the Hammers stay up in the Premier League this term.

Opening Fixtures
18-Aug – Aston Villa (H)
25-Aug – Swansea (A)
01-Sep – Fulham (H)
15-Sep – Norwich (A)
22-Sep – Sunderland (H)
01-Oct – QPR (A)

Probable Formation (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Demel, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney; Collison, Noble, Nolan, Taylor; Maiga, Cole.

Verdict: Big Sam did his job by getting the Hammers back to the Premier League in the first attempt, albeit through the play-offs, but the real test of his credentials is yet to come. He has vast experience in the top flight and most of the people would back him to do a solid job at West Ham. The fans and the club are ambitious and already have a strong squad but they shouldn’t be dreaming of a top half finish. The signings of James Collins and Modibo Maiga are very good ones but with one or two more signings, they should be able to keep clear of a relegation dog-fight. I expect them to have a comfortable season and finish in the mid-table. Allardyce has never taken a team down from the Premier League yet and I don’t see that happening this season either.

Prediction: 14th.