Premier League Team of the Week: North-east sides dominate

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul produced a stunning display in his side's 0-1 victory at Tottenham
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul produced a stunning display in his side's 0-1 victory at Tottenham

There were shocks galore in the Premier League this weekend with Newcastle and Sunderland both pulling off major upsets - and unsurprisingly it's players from those two sides who dominate the Betting.Betfair Team of the Week...

GK: Krul

RB: Smalling
CB: Brown
CB: Williamson
LB: Bardsley


CM: Jones
CM: Gerrard
AM: Lallana
AM: Sessegnon

CF: Suarez
CF: Bony

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper: Tim Krul - Newcastle
The best goalkeeping display over the weekend undoubtedly came at White Hart Lane where Newcastle stopper Tim Krul produced an astonishing performance to prevent Tottenham from scoring. Spurs went a goal down early in the game but then created chance after chance - 13 on target to be precise - as they went in search of an equaliser. But Krul wasn't to be denied, saving all 13 shots on target - the most in any Premier League game this season - as Newcastle followed their win over Chelsea last weekend with another big scalp against Tottenham.

After back-to-back wins, Newcastle are in to 2.26/5 to record a Top 10 Finish


Left Back: Phil Bardsley - Sunderland
Bardsley scored his second goal of the week but the magnitude of his strike against Manchester City was far greater. The full-back started the game well, which gave him confidence to get forward, capped off when he broke free after 21 minutes, out-muscled James Milner and calmly slotted the ball home before returning to his defence to put in a brilliant performance. To be fair, all of the Sunderland back line could have made it into this week's TofW but any left-back that keeps a clean sheet against title-chasing Man City, scores the only goal of the game, and defends superbly all afternoon deserves a place in our side.


Centre Back: Wes Brown - Sunderland
It's been a long time since Wes Brown was the star of the show in a Premier League match but the former Manchester United starlet showed exactly why he was once so highly rated with a superb defensive display against Manchester City no less. City, who had scored 12 goals in their last two games, tried desperately for an equaliser at the Stadium of Light but the Sunderland defence stood mightily tall, none more so than Brown. Now a 34-year-old Brown was making his first Premier League start for 22 months, yet he used all his experience to keep the in-form Sergio Ageuro quiet, as well as making a countless amount of crucial interceptions as the game neared a conclusion.

After back-to-back home wins Sunderland are now available to back at 2.3611/8 in the Relegation market


Centre Back: Mike Williamson - Newcastle 
Yes, Tim Krul delivered a world-class display of goalkeeping to deny Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday, but he didn't do it all on his own receiving plenty of support from his back-four to pull off the shock victory. Former Pompey man Williamson was an impressive performer in the Newcastle backline as they recorded a second clean sheet in a row against top-class Premier League opposition. The 30-year-old started the season on the bench but has now been on the pitch for the last five games during which Newcastle have picked up 10 points. That's impressive form and suggests Alan Pardew's men could be dark horses for a high league finish once again. 


Right Back: Chris Smalling - Manchester United
He may have missed the chance of the afternoon which came to him quickly and at an awkward height, but against Arsenal, Chris Smalling was one of Man United's stand-out performers. United were always going to need to work hard to get a result against a confident Arsenal side that are top of the league, and Smalling typified this. He dealt with the rotating cast of Arsenal's forward players well and got up the pitchhimself to give Kieran Gibbs plenty to think about on occasion, too. After the game, David Moyes took the time to mention how impressed he was with the 23-year-old's performance, and rightly so. 

Smalling could line up in the England team to play Chile on Friday night. The Three Lions are 1.9110/11 to win at Wembley


Centre Midfield: Phil Jones - Manchester United
At Old Trafford on Sunday, it was always going to be important for Manchester United to close down the space when they didn't have the ball in order to stop Arsenal playing. Phil Jones was perhaps the best example of this during the hosts' 1-0 win that could provide the turning point for their season. Tireless energy, matched with clever positional play and more than a little blood, sweat and tears (see his clash of heads with Wojciech Szczesny which earned him a harsh booking) meant that Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta didn't have anything their own way. Robin van Persie's goal may have settled the affair, but Jones' work was the bedrock which the result was built on.  


Centre Midfield: Steven Gerrard - Liverpool
Fulham are possibly the Premier League's worst team at the moment but you can only play what's in front of you and Steven Gerrard played the Cottagers very well on Saturday. The Liverpool veteran was at his imperious best throughout, dictating matters from the centre of the park and directly contributing to two goals. A niggle looks like keeping the 33-year-old out of England's forthcoming friendlies - fans of Liverpool and England will be keeping everything crossed that Gerrard can stay fit through to Brazil 2014.


Attacking Midfield: Adam Lallana - Southampton
A second appearance in a few weeks for Saints' superb midfielder Adam Lallana, and arguably his place in the TotW this time around is more deserved than last time. Playing in front of watching England manager Roy Hodgson, Lallana produced a display of real quality that helped his side thrash Hull and move to the dizzy heights of third in the Premier League table. The 25-year-old Lallana was pivotal to everything good Southampton did on the day and he capped his performance with a Brazilian-style individual goal that will go a long way to securing his place in at least one of England's upcoming internationals.


Attacking Midfield: Stephane Sessegnon - West Brom
After finishing eighth last year, Steve Clarke's West Bromwich Albion side are once again one of the Premier League's most effective outfits and they were desperately unlucky not to leave Stamford Bridge with all three points on Saturday. The Baggies harassed and harried Chelsea all over the park but played some very decent football too, and summer signing Sessegnon was key to that. The former Sunderland man was a thorn in Chelsea's side all afternoon and his direct running and willingness to shoot made WBA a danger throughout. True, his goal wasn't much to write home about as he benefitted from an inexplicable Petr Cech mistake, but the fact that he was there to wrongfoot John Terry on the edge of the area and unleash a shot enabled the Baggies to take a deserved and impressive lead.

 West Brom are 2.526/4 for a Top 10 finish


Forward: Wilfried Bony - Swansea City
There always comes a certain amount of pressure being a club's record signing, and Wilfried Bony has the added burden of coming from the Eredivisie in Netherlands, where so many strikers have failed after coming to the Premier League. Although it's still very early in Ivorian's Swansea career, his start at the club has been slightly stuttering. However, his performances in his last two appearances have been encouraging, not least in the game against Stoke City where he capped off a fine performance with two goals, only for the home side to be denied by a luicrous penalty decision at the death. Swans fans will be hoping he can continue to fire and move their side away from the bottom half of the table.


Forward: Luis Suarez - Liverpool  
Luis Suarez has wasted little time catching up with the competition in the race for the golden boot and now looks a very solid bet to finish top of the pile this season. Suspended for the first five matches of the campaign, the Uruguayan sits alongside Daniel Sturridge and Sergio Aguero on eight goals after a brace against Fulham on Saturday and leads the betting at 3.65. Suarez was absolutely rampant against a troubled Fulham and should really have scored a second successive home hat-trick. The 26-year-old will probably always be a controversial figure but in this form we should consider ourselves lucky to have him playing in our top league.

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