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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 14


See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting fourteenth gameweek in the Premier League. Everton and Swansea City provide two players each, while there is one each from Aston Villa, Manchester City, Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City, Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur.

Simon Mignolet (Sunderland)

The Belgium shot-stopper put in a positive display – which showed he had recovered from error against West Brom at the weekend – to earn himself and his team a much needed clean-sheet. He was not regularly tested by the QPR forwards, but was more than ready when called upon and made total of six saves during the game on Tuesday.

Rafael (Manchester United)

Being a Manchester United fan, I am loving to see the progress the young Brazilian has made this season. He has come of age and was once again at his best, as he was alert to the early threat of Matt Jarvis, making a number of key interceptions. Going forward, he put in a couple of dangerous crosses and was a threat to deal with for the West Ham defence.

Ryan Nelsen (Queens Park Rangers)

QPR will need some strong characters in the dressing room and on the pitch to get them out of this tricky hole at the foot of the table, and the New Zealand international is one of those. Having signed him while at Tottenham in February, Harry Redknapp knows Nelsen has those qualities and the defender was rock solid in the heart of the defence  in their clean-sheet at Sunderland on Tuesday.

Matija Nastasic (Manchester City)

Many eyebrows were raised when Roberto Mancini decided to break up the successful partnership of Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott at heart of the City defence. But the doubts have given way to nods of approval as the young Serbian once again impressed alongside the skipper and was solid at the back in the City’s 2-0 win at Wigan on Wednesday.

Leighton Baines (Everton)

The Everton left-back has been in the form of his life this season as he put in another superb display in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal at Goodison Park. The marauding full-back provided a constant outlet for his side on left and linked up with Steven Pienaar to devastating effects at times which caused the Gunners some trouble at the back.

Pablo Hernandez (Swansea City)

Pablo Hernandez has made his name as a right-winger for Valencia in the La Liga, but in Swansea’s impressive win over high-flying West Brom on Wednesday, the Spaniard did much of his best work on the left flank. Hernandez was a class apart during a first half performance that saw the Swans go 3-0 up within 40 minutes and he was involved in all the three goals.

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City)

Another player who has been impressive alongside Michu and Pablo Hernandez for the Swans this season has to be Wayne Routledge. The former Newcastle man was at his very best in the win over West Brom. He scored twice with two superb finishes and the midfielder popped up virtually in every attacking position as he caused havoc to the Baggies defence.

Marouane Fellaini (Everton)

The big Belgian returned from suspension and played a huge part in his side’s 1-1 draw at home on Wednesday. Fellaini epitomised all that was good about hard-working Everton, but also brought a significant amount of quality too. His curling effort in the first half brought the Toffees back on level terms after Theo Walcott had given Arsenal an early lead.

Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)

It takes something special to make it in the Team Of The Week after scoring such an own goal and that’s exactly what the Welshman did in the 2-1 win over Liverpool at White Hart Lane. Bale’s driving run and delicious delivery led to Aaron Lennon’s opener within ten minutes before he doubled the lead with a brilliant free-kick.

Cameron Jerome (Stoke City)

We have seen many super-subs this season and Jerome was the latest of the lot. He came on in the 68th minute against Newcastle and completely turned the game on it’s head. The former Birmingham man used his pace to trouble the full-backs and delivered a perfect cross for Jonathan Walters to equalise. Then the forward repaid the faith shown in him by Tony Pulis as he won the game with a late strike.

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)

The Belgium striker has been keeping Darren Bent out of the team with his superb performances and on Tuesday night against Reading, he again showed why he deserves to start ahead of the England international. Benteke saw a superb chance denied by Adam Federici in the first half and was superb as a target-man throughout the game before scoring the late winner.


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).


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.

Stoke City Launch New Away Kit

Stoke City last night officially launched their new away kit for the 2012/13 season which has been specifically designed to mark the Club’s 150th anniversary.

Tony Pulis’ side will play in the new navy and cardinal colours once worn by the Stoke Ramblers following the formation of the Club back in 1863. It is one of the striking features of the away kit. The historic significance of the 2012-13 season is also reflected in a specially-adapted Club badge and the use of the 1863-2013 dateline on the back. Stoke Ramblers played in similar colours right at the outset, although it was hoops rather than stripes on their shirts back in those early days. The club also played in a striped version of the same colours, on two occasions in the 1890s and then again after the reformation as Stoke FC in 1908.

The adaptation of the badge is notable for ‘150 years’ replacing 1863, while it carries the Club motto Vis Unita Fortior underneath -United Strength Is Stronger. The badge and the dateline on the back of the neck will also feature on the new home shirt for the 2012-13 season which will be launched at a later date.