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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 18

Chelsea-TOTW

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting eighteenth gameweek in the Premier League. Chelsea and Liverpool provide not one, two or three but four players each, while there is one each from Manchester City, Manchester United and Reading.

Adam Federici (Reading)

Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan was one of the top performers of the week as he was virtually playing alone against Chelsea, but on a matter of principle I just couldn’t select a keeper who conceded eight goals in a match and so I went with Federici. The Reading goalie frustrated the Premier League champions Manchester City for 90 minutes and was very unlucky to concede a stoppage time goal in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)

Manchester City have yet to hit top gear but they still remain very much in the hunt to retain their Premier League title. It is fair to say that not everyone at City is pulling their weight at the moment but it would be harsh if its said the same about Pablo Zabaleta. The right-back has been in terrific form and if it wasn’t for his persistence – and cross for Gareth Barry’s winning goal – City would not have eked out Saturday’s late win.

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)

The Serbian was given one of the toughest jobs of the weekend – mark the inform Christian Benteke. He and Gary Cahill combined well to nullify the Belgian’s threat very effectively, recording a clean sheet in the 8-0 thrashing of Aston Villa on Sunday. He even managed to increase his goal tally for the season with a poacher’s goal after Cahill’s shot was palmed his way.

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool)

To be honest, Saturday’s action Premier League action fell dull until the late kick-off between Liverpool and Fulham at Anfield. The goal which brought the weekend to life was just superb from defender Martin Skrtel. A nice touch to control the ball before unleashing an unstoppable volley past Mark Schwarzer to open the floodgates for the Reds on their way to a 4-0 win over the Cottagers.

Patrice Evra (Manchester United)

Its been a funny season for Manchester United at the back. Their defenders are leaking goals but at the same time scoring at the other end of the pitch. Evra is a perfect example of this during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Swansea. The Frenchman did superbly well to score with a header from a Robin van Persie corner but then was caught out of position as Michu equalised for the Swans.

David Luiz (Chelsea)

Chelsea may have scored eight against Aston Villa, but none was better than David Luiz’s freekick. It was very similar to how Didier Drogba used to hit them for the Blues. It was not only the Brazilian’s goal which earns him a place in the Team of the Week. Played just in front of the back-four, Luiz looked right at home in the Obi Mikel role and the African must surely be a worried man now.

Ramires (Chelsea)

The Brazilian did not even start the game but yet he makes our Team of the Week. The midfielder, who is not known for his goal scoring, came on in the second half for Frank Lampard in Chelsea’s thrashing of Aston Villa on Sunday, and ended the match as one of the star performers and became the only player to score more than once in that match. He scored the Blues’s fifth and eighth goal of the night.

Stewart Downing (Liverpool)

Downing makes the Premier League Team for the first time ever. Perhaps this is what the Mayans were referring to? Back in his regular role of a winger, the former Aston Villa wide man put in an excellent performance in Liverpool’s easy win on Saturday. He set Steven Gerrard for the hosts’ second goal of the night and scored one himself in the second half. His first assist and goal in the Premier League since joining the Reds last season.

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Competition in midfield is tough this week given Chelsea’s hammering of Aston Villa but there was no chance of leaving Steven Gerrard out. The Liverpool skipper has been in patchy form this season as he adjusts to Brendan Rodgers’ style of play. However, we saw the Gerrard of the old as the Liverpool legend provided two assists for his teammates, but also got his own name on the score sheet too.

Eden Hazard (Cheslea)

After a blistering start to life in the Premier League, Eden Hazard has positively cooled off. Any worries should be abated now, though, as the Belgian wizard ran riot on The Blues’ left flank against Aston Villa. His holding midfield duo controlled the game and were able to find him regularly, so he had ample opportunities to shine. He also got himself on score sheet by scoring his side’s seventh goal of the night.

Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

Suarez was back to his best on Saturday. The Uruguayan bagged the final goal of four against Fulham and it was a perfect reward for his efforts all game long. Even though the goal came very late and technically unimportant at the stage of a comprehensive rout, it was important for Liverpool’s only injury free senior striker to get back among the goals after failing to score for more than a month.

TOTW GW 18

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Premier League ‘Bosman XI’ – Team Of Stars Out Of Contract In The Next Summer

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As we get close to the new year and the January transfer window, we make a team with the Premier League players who will be out of contract at the end of the season and could leave for free.

From the start of the new year, all these players can start negotiating with other clubs for a better contract and can join them for nothing in the summer. This year the likes of Michael Owen, Emile Heskey and Paul Scharner found new clubs, while Owen Hargreaves, Craig Gordon and Harry Kewell are left waiting for a phone call.

So come next summer which players could be moving on for free from the Premier League? Here is our Premier League ‘Bosman XI’..

Premier League Bosman XI

Subs:- Brad Friedel (Tottenham), Kolo Toure (Man City), William Gallas (Tottenham), Maynor Figueroa (Wigan), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Mladen Petric (Fulham), Franco di Santo (Wiagn).

Note:- The likes of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Jamie Carragher are also in their final year of their respective deals but have been excluded from the team because it is too hard to see them playing for anybody else.

Premier League 2012/13 Team Preview – Fulham

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

Manager: Martin Jol.
Captain: TBD
Stadium: Craven Cottage (25,700).
Last season: 9th.
Leading scorer (PL): Clint Dempsey (17).
Odds: Title 1500-1. Relegation 7-1.

In: Mladen Petric (Free, Hamburg), Sascha Riether (Loan, FC Koln), Hugo Rodallega (Free, Wigan), George Williams (Undisc., MK Dons).

Out: Dickson Etuhu (£1.6m, Blackburn), Marcel Gecov (Undisc., Gent), Zdenek Grygera (Released), Andrew Johnson (Free, QPR), Danny Murphy (Free, Blackburn), Bjorn Helge Riise (Free, Lillestrom), Orlando Sa (Released).

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Key Man – Clint Dempsey
Dempsey has been linked with a move away from Craven Cottage all summer but nothing has yet materialised. With the American, who contract is set to expire next summer, expected to start the campaign with west London club, he will be one of the key men for the Cottagers this season. Dempsey’s goal record in the Premier League is truly impressive and if he ends up staying at Craven Cottage, the club will need more of the same this season to finish in the top half.

Opening Fixtures
18-Aug – Norwich (H)
25-Aug – Man Utd (A)
01-Sep – West Ham (A)
15-Sep – West Brom (H)
22-Sep – Wigan (A)
29-Sep – Man City (H)

Probable Formation (4-4-1-1): Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Duff, Ruiz, Diarra, Dempsey; Dembele; Petric.

Verdit: After a slugglish start following their involvement in the Europa League, Jol’s side settled into form and should again be looking to finish in the top half of the table. Mladen Petric has looked a good bargain after his displays in the pre-season, but a lot rides on whether the club can keep hold of the American star Clint Dempsey. The former Spurs boss has allowed key players like Bobby Zamora, Andy Johnson and Danny Murphy to leave and it will be very interesting to see how he builds a new attacking spine to the team. I don’t expect anything out of the ordinary from the west London club and may just miss out on a top 10 finish this season.

Prediction: 11th.