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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 6

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting sixth weekend in the Premier League. Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham have provided two players each, while there is one each from Sunderland, Stoke, Manchester United, Everton and Newcastle.

Simon Mignolet (Sunderland)

The Belgium international played a vital role in ensuring Sunderland registered their first win of the season. Mignolet made series of superb saves to keep Wigan at bay and also added to his clean sheet at Arsenal.

John Terry (Chelsea)

After the week he had, everyone though he won’t be completed focused on the game but he proved everyone wrong. The Chelsea skipper lead his team to victory by marshaling his troops and was rock solid at the back.

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke)

The Stoke skipper was as solid as a rock at the back along with Robert Huth. Shawcross symbolises the hard working and fierce nature of Tony Pulis’ side as he worked tirelessly to limit Swansea’s threat and keep a clean sheet.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

The Belgium international has to be one of the signings of the season. The versatile centre-back who started as a left-back combined with Gareth Bale to score the opening goal within two minutes which helped Spurs beat United at Old Trafford for the first time since 1989.

Juan Mata (Chelsea)

The Spaniard was the best player on the pitch against Arsenal. He troubled the Gunners’ defence in open play and was equally dangerous from set-pieces. His freekick in the second half won the Blues the game. He was the difference between the two sides.

Paul Scholes (Manchester United)

The 37-year-old, who came out of retirement last season, has been one of United’s top player in the midfield this season and against Spurs he was again at his very best. His perfect diagonals and long balls seemed as the only outlet for the Red Devils and he was at the heart of almost everything of the comeback effort.

Nuri Sahin (Liverpool)

The Turkey international scored both the goals in the Capital One Cup win over West Brom during the midweek and was once again at his very best against Norwich on Saturday. The on loan star from Real Madrid scored his first ever league goal for the Reds in his third league appearance and completely bossed the midfield.

Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)

The Welshman was one of the star performers for the Andre Villas-Boas’ team against United as he was no match for Rio Ferdinand and his defensive colleagues. He ran from the halfway line into the United box before striking a right-foot shot past Anders Lindegaard. He also set up Clint Dempsey’s second half winner.

Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

Suarez was perhaps the best player of the weekend as he repeated his last season’s hat-trick at Carrow Road as he troubled the Canaries. The Uruguayan international had chances to score more goals but was very unselfish at times as he set up Nuri Sahin and was denied a clear cut penalty.

Nikica Jelavic (Everton)

The Croatian international forward has not lived up to the standards he set last season but looked very sharp against Southampton as he scored twice to help Everton ease past the Saints 3-1 at Goodison Park.

Demba Ba (Newcastle United)

Newcastle’s Senegalese striker is one of forwards who has been in some top goal scoring form this season and he proved that by scoring a brace against Reading. His both the goals were worth a mention as the first one was a magnificent volley, while the second one was very controversial.

Premier League 2012/13 Team Preview – Stoke City

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

Manager: Tony Pulis.
Captain: Ryan Shawcross.
Stadium: Britannia Stadium (27,740).
Last season: 14th.
Leading scorer (PL): Peter Crouch (10).
Odds: Title 1000-1. Relegation 5-1.

In: Geoff Cameron (£1.82m, Houston Dynamo), Michael Kightly (£2m. Wolves), Jamie Ness (Free, Rangers), Goran Popov (Loan, Dynamo Kiev).

Out: Ryan Brunt (Loan, Leyton), Danny Collins (£563k, Nottingham), Florent Cuvelier (Loan, Walsall), Andrew Davies (Free, Bradford), Salif Diao (Released), Matthew Lund (Released), Carlo Nash (Released), Mamady Sidibé (Released), Michael Tonge (Released), Jonathan Woodgate (Free, Middlesbrough).

Kits

Key Man – Ryan Shawcross
The former Manchester United man has been a rock at the back since his arrival at the Britannia Stadium in 2007. He has formed a formidable partnerhsip with the former Chelsea defender, Robert Huth and in a team that wins by slender margins, his aerial goal threat and presence in both the boxes is an invaluable asset. An injury to either player would be disastrous for Tony Pulis’ side.

Opening Fixtures
18-Aug – Reading (A)
26-Aug – Arsenal (H)
01-Sep – Wigan (A)
15-Sep – Man City (H)
22-Sep – Chelsea (A)
29-Sep – Swansea (H)

Probable Formation (4-4-2): Begovic; Wilson, Shawcross, Huth, Popov; Kightly, Whelan, Palacios, Etherington; Walters, Crouch.

Verdict: Stoke’s European adventure had side-effects and it affected their domestic campaign last season, but Tony Pulis’ men still have enough to upset some people over the next nine months. As always with the Potters, it’s their physicality that they will be known for. All over the field lies strength, from the defensive power of Ryan Shawcross to the rough and tumble of Jon Walters at the other end of the field. Peter Crouch adds a bit class to the team, but he’s more likely to bundle one over the line from a long-throw or a corner than score another wonder-volley or a overhead kick. I expect a slight improvement from last season. The fans will hope for a top half finish but with the lack of transfer activity this summer, they should settle for a mid-table position.

Prediction: 13th.