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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 10

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting tenth weekend in the Premier League. Manchester United and Norwich City have provided two players each, while there is one each from Reading, West Ham, Aston Villa, Swansea, Everton, Liverpool and West Brom.

Alex McCarthy (Reading)

The Royals may still be looking for their first win of the season, but the 22-year-old put in another inspired display for his team in the 1-1 draw against QPR at Loftus Road. He first excellently tipped Esteban Granero’s free-kick onto the crossbar and then produced another inch-perfect save to deny Adel Taarabt in the closing.

Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)

Making your debut in the Premier League is not at all easy, even for a seasoned professional like the former Rangers man – who was handed his Norwich City debut against Stoke on Saturday.  Whittaker was very impressive at the back, especially his crossing as the Canaries picked another welcomed win and kept a clean sheet.

James Collins (West Ham United)

Manchester City started with Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli at Upton Park and then introduced Sergio Aguero in the second half, but they couldn’t find a way through the West Ham defence. Collins, alongside Winston Reid, marshaled the Hammers’ back four brilliantly and restricted the reigning Premier League champions to a number of half-chances.

Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa)

Clark provided the defensive foundation for his side to build an important 1-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday. On the one-occasion when Clark was stretched defensively, the centre-back recovered excellently to block Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon from scoring an almost certain goal.

Patrice Evra (Manchester United)

The Manchester United left-back has had a lot criticism recently, but it was all-smiles for the Frenchman during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Arsenal. The defender was hardly troubled by the Gunners, who didn’t at all have pace in their attack. He also scored United’s second goal, which turned out to be the winner with Arsenal scoring with the last kick of the ball.

Pablo Hernandez (Swansea City)

The Spaniard was at the heart of Swansea’s attacking threat, constantly probing with intelligent passing and movement. Hernandez created a host of Swansea chances before taking it upon himself to net the equaliser with just two minutes left on the clock, following a well-taken finish from the edge of the box.

Marouane Fellaini (Everton)

Everton will feel as though they should have left Fulham with all three points on Saturday, with David Moyes’ side dominating at Craven Cottage. A 2-2 draw, however, keeps them in the top four and Fellaini has been an influential figure for them this season. He bagged a brace at Fulham over the weekend to take his tally to five goals in nine matches.

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City)

The Norwich City playmaker has always had the talent to play at the top level, but his inconsistency has often been the problem. However, against Stoke he was near to his best, pulling the strings as he drifted effortlessly from one side of the pitch to the other.

Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

The Uruguayan striker scored one of the goals of the season as he dug Brendan Rodgers’ side out of another hole. Full of craft and skill, Suarez appeared unplayable at times, and will haunt the Magpies skipper Fabricio Coloccini after his trickery tempted him into a clumsy challenge, which resulted in a red card for his fellow South American.

Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

Van Persie took just three minutes to remind Arsene Wenger why his absence is a massive blow to Arsenal’s lofty ambitions this season, when he capitalised on an uncharacteristic error by Thomas Vermaelen to give United the lead. His clever movement and constant attacking intent caused the visitors endless problems at the back.

Peter Odemwingie (West Brom Albion)

Odemwingie was the star of the show on Monday night as West Brom defeated rock-bottom Southampton 2-0 at the Hawthorns, with the Nigerian international striker grabbing a deadly double to pile pressure on Nigel Adkins’ side.

Premier League 2012/13 Team Preview – Southampton

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

Manager: Nigel Adkins.
Captain: Dean Hammond.
Stadium: St. Mary’s Stadium (32,689).
Last season: Promoted as Championship runners-up.
Leading scorer (CH): Ricky Lambert (27).
Odds: Title 1000-1. Relegation 5-4.

In: Nathaniel Clyne (£2m, Crystal Palace), Steven Davis (Free, Rangers), Paulo Gazzaniga (Undisc., Gillingham), Gaston Ramirez (£11.8m, Bologna), Jay Rodriguez (£7.6m, Burnley).

Out: Bartosz Bialkowski (Free, Notts County), David Connolly (Released), Harley Dean (Free, Brentford), Ryan Doble (Free, Shrewsbury), Tommy Forecast (Loan, Gillingham), Dan Harding (Undisc., Nottingham), Lee Holmes (Free, Preston), Radhi Jaidi (Retired), Aaron Martin (Loan, Crystal Palace), Aaran Racine (Released).

Kits

Key Man – Adam Lallana
The classy playmaker has attracted a lot of interest from many Premier League clubs in the past year or so, and was the Saints’ best player last season. He was the source of a lot of Saints’ best work in the final third and broke into double figuers last term. His form this season will be vital for Southampton’s hopes of surving the drop and staying up in the Premier League.

Opening Fixtures
19-Aug – Man City (A)
25-Aug – Wigan (H)
02 Sep – Man Utd (H)
15-Sep – Arsenal (A)
22-Sep – Aston Villa (H)
29-Sep – Everton (A)

Probable Formation (4-4-2): Davis; Clyne, Hooiveld, Fonte, Fox; Lallana, Davis, Hammond, Ramirez; Rodriguez, Lambert.

Verdict: The Saints marched back up to the top flight following successive promotions from League One and the Championship, but their return has been a long time coming and expect it to be a tough campaign at the St Mary’s. Nigel Adkins’ defence could prove the weak link. Kelvin Davis in goal has played out of his skin for the south coast side in recent years, but both centre backs Jose Fonte and Jos Hooiveld are inexperienced at the top level. But there is no doubt that Southampton’s strength is their firepower, with Lambert, Lallana, Rodriguez and now the recent addition of Gaston Ramirez. Adkins boasts creativity in abundance and frontmen who can be relied upon to create and take chances when they arrive. Ramirez’s signing from Bologna is a huge one and proves the ambitions of the club. I think Southampton will stay up with the firepower they have.

Prediction: 15th.