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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 – Sunderland

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

Manager: Martin O’Neill.
Captain: Lee Cattermole.
Stadium: Stadium of Light (48,707).
Last season: 13th.
Leading scorer (PL): Nicklas Bendtner (8).
Odds: Title 500-1. Relegation 9-1.

In: Carlos Cuellar (Free, Sunderland), Louis Saha (Free, Tottenham).

Out: Marcos Angeleri (Undisc., Estudiantes), Liam Bagnall (Released), James Brace (Released), Trevor Carson (Free, Bury), Jordan Cook (Free, Charlton), Bred Elliot (Released), Craig Gordon (Released), Asamoah Gyan (£6.6m, Al-Ain FC) Lewis King (Released), Jordan Lavender (Released), Mark Liddle (Free, Accrington) George McCartney (Free, West Ham), Cristian Riveros (£254k, Kayserispor), Oumare Tounkara (Released), Michael Turner (£1.6m, Norwich).


Key Man – Stephane Sessegnon
The Benin international was Sunderland’s player of the year last season, assisting nine and scoring seven goals, but he contributed more than just the goals. With his pace and dribbling skills, Sessegnon is the man charged with making things happen at the Stadium of Light and the fans will be hoping that he replicates his form of last season this term.

Opening Fixtures
18-Aug – Arsenal (A)
25-Aug – Reading (H)
01-Sep – Swansea (A)
15-Sep – Liverpool (H)
22-Sep – West Ham (A)
29-Sep – Wigan (H)

Probable Formation (4-4-1-1): Mignolet; O’Shea, Cuellar, Brown, Bardsley; Larsson, Cattermole, Gardner, McClean; Sessegnon; Saha.

Verdict: Martin O’Neill produced the positive impact on his appointment last season, and the Black Cats will continue to improve in all areas. Stephane Sessegnon one of the best season of his life and its a mystery why no bigger club has taken him away from Sunderland. The Black Cats haven’t made any big signings, so far, this summer and that’s a big worry. The striker position needs to be filled as Fraizer Campbell, Ji Dong-Won and Connor Wickham are not at all first-choice strikers and should be backups to a top striker. The signing of Louis Saha is a good one but his fitness is an issue and I can’t see the Black Cats finishing in the top 8 unless they sign Steven Fletcher or any other goal-scorer, who can guaruntee them 15 goals per season.

Prediction: 10th.

Three Signings That Will Make Liverpool Great Again

Liverpool struggles in the Premier League this year continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Aston Villa today. Into The Top Corner looks at the three possible signings (all three players are linked to the Reds this year) that Kenny Dalglish must sign if he is trusted with another transfer war chest this summer.

1. Stephane Sessesgnon – Sunderland –> £7-10m

The Benin ace has flourished at the Stadium of Light under Martin O’Neill, scoring five goals since the turn of the year. And Kenny Dalglish is said to among his admirers along with Tottenham, Arsenal and Sessegnon’s former club Paris-Saint Germain also interested. Sessesgnon who can play on both the wings and also in the center could be a very good signing for the Reds who lack a winger a who can create and score goals.

2. Pedro Rodriguez – Barcelona –> £10-15m

Anfield boss Kenny Dalglish is a known admirer of the 24-year-old forward and was said to have made enquiries about the player’s availability during the January transfer window. The Spanish international – who scored the first goal in the last season’s Champions League final win over Manchester United – has suffered injury and a dip in form this season, which has seen him drop behind Alexis Sanchez in Pep Guardiola’s plans, and his place looks further threatened by the emergence of young stars such as Cristian Tello and Isaac Cuenca. Pedro will fit in very well in the team and will also unite with his compatriots Pepe Reina and Jose Enrique.

3. Edinson Cavani – Napoli –> £24-30m

The Uruguayan has been in impressive form this season having scored 28 goals in all competitions. The highly-coveted 25-year-old is also high on City and Chelsea’s wishlist and it will some huge money for the Reds to bring him to Anfield. A move to Liverpool will see him partner his international buddy Luis Suarez. After Liverpool’s record in front of goal this season, Cavani is the right kind of man Liverpool need as his goal-scoring record since arriving in Italy has been very impressive.