Premier League Team of the Week: Six-goal City dominate

Alvaro Negredo was in unplayable form against Tottenham
Alvaro Negredo was in unplayable form against Tottenham

There probably would have been a case for putting the entire Manchester City XI in this week after their 6-0 destruction of Spurs but in the end three of their forwards make it in to what is an attacking looking 4-3-3...

GK - Mignolet

RB - Rangel
CB - Gabbidon
CB - Mertesacker
LB - Gibbs

MF - Lampard
MF - Parker
MF - Navas

ST - Lukaku
ST - Aguero
ST - Negredo

Goalkeeper - Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

We wouldn't usually pick a keeper who let in three goals - especially when others like Wojciech Szczesny and Julian Speroni kept important clean sheets - but Mignolet was excellent at Goodison, making a total of nine saves.

If we're being picky the Belgian perhaps could have done more to retrieve the ball ahead of Romelu Lukaku's first strike but, in general, he was a thorn in Everton's side, making some very good stops.

It took a late Daniel Sturridge equaliser to earn Liverpool a point but Mignolet certainly didn't deserve to be on the losing side.

Liverpool are 1.645/8 to beat Hull on Sunday


Right Back - Angel Rangel (Swansea)

Craven Cottage is not exactly a fortress these days - Fulham are now third favourites for relegation at 2.829/5 - but it was nonetheless a hard fought win for Swansea on Saturday and Rangel was at the heart of it.

The full-back was resolute in defence as Fulham piled forward in an effort to pick up a much needed three points and was also a key creative force - he had a total of 131 touches, 27 more than any other Swansea player.

Rangel's commitment to attack was evident in the key role he played in the Welshmen's late winner, with his run taking Kieran Richardson out of the action giving Jonjo Shelvey the space to fire home.


Centre Back - Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

The first of two Arsenal defenders making our Team of the Week is giant German centre-back Per Mertesacker, and what a week he had. Mertesacker was rarely troubled against the best England had to offer in midweek and even had the audacity to score the winner in a 'friendly' international between two fierce rival nations.

But on Saturday Mertesacker was arguably better. The 2-0 scoreline that Arsenal won by suggests it was a comfortable afternoon for the Gunners defence but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact Southampton enjoyed more possession, had more shots at goal, and won more corners than the home side but Mertesacker was equal to almost everything the Saints threw at his team, while at the other end he won the penalty that eventually sealed the win for Arsene Wenger's men.


Centre Back - Danny Gabbidon (Crystal Palace)

The Palace players gave stand-in boss Keith Millen a great send-off with a huge three points at Hull on Saturday, a win that was based on an excellent rearguard action.

Veteran defender Gabbidon will have impressed the watching Tony Pulis with his commitment to the cause, winning three quarters of his aerial duels and making a series of important tackles and interceptions.

Palace certainly rode their luck at times and Hull will argue that they deserved at least a point for their efforts, but Gabbidon and his defensive colleagues stood tall and came out with huge credit, leaving the Eagles only three points from safety.

You can lay Palace in the 'rock bottom' market at 1.75/7


Left Back - Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)

When one of your season's star players scores a brace in a 2-0 win it takes a fine performance from a team mate to get the Man of the Match honours. But that's exactly what Gibbs did as he upstaged two-goal here Olivier Giroud at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Arsenal full-back, playing against one of this season's meanest defences, was a constant thorn in Southampton's side, attacking with regularity down the left flank and putting in a number of excellent crosses. When required to defend, Gibbs was on the top of his game and rarely looked troubled as his side moved clear in the Premier League table.

The Gunners are now clear second favourites at 4.3100/30 to win the Premier League title


Midfield - Scott Parker (Fulham)

If Darren Bent hadn't wasted a handful of golden chances, all laid on by Scott Parker, Fulham would surely be looking at a first Premier League win in five thanks mainly to the efforts of the former Spurs, Chelsea and West Ham midfielder. Parker scored his side's only goal - though doubts remain as to whether that was really a misplaced cross - but his positioning and awareness at the corner that led to the goal cannot be questioned.

The 33-year-old did enough throughout to have carried his team to a win but the Cottagers' strikeforce just weren't at the races. In a team lacking big characters Fulham need Parker to continue to post big performances but the ex-England midfielder appears to thrive on such situations and could play a vital role in the west London side's bid to beat the drop.


Midfield - Jesus Navas (Manchester City)

A lot has been made of Hugo Lloris' early mistake which led to the first Man City goal on Sunday, yet it wouldn't have been scored if not for a world class hit from Jesus Navas. With that strike he started the game as he meant to go on and finished the afternoon with another goal (courtesy of a neat finish), an assist and a formal request from the Spurs defence to please go away and never bother them again.

Next up for City is Swansea at the Etihad (a game the home team are currently 1.321/3 to win), and we imagine Ben Davies will be doing extra shuttle runs all week in anticipation.


Midfield - Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

There's a feeling that Jose Mourinho can always rely on Frank Lampard to come up with the goods when the Chelsea boss needs a result, and on Saturday he did so in no uncertain terms. Former West Ham midfielder Lampard had a stunning game against his old employers, being involved in everything his side did as the Blues dominated the Hammers.

The 35-year-old's stats read seven shots, four on target, and two goals. Lampard's first was from the penalty spot but his second was a trademark strike, arriving late on the edge of the box to pounce on the scraps left by the West Ham defence.


Striker - Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City)

As has been widely reported, Tottenham Hotspur actually had more of the ball in their 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Man City on Sunday. But there was a key difference between the sides and that was one of ruthlessness. Along with Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo was completely unplayable for the entire afternoon and gave Michael Dawson enough nightmares to keep him awake for the rest of his natural life. A complete forward's display was capped off by a Bergkamp-esque turn and finish which left Dawson with twisted blood, twisted knees and possibly even a whole new twisted outlook on his chosen career.

Negredo now has nine goals in all competitions this season and can be backed at 23.022/1 to finish as this year's league top scorer.


Striker - Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

There's something about playing Liverpool that inspires Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian forward shook off a two-game goalless spell to blast a brace in Saturday's Merseyside derby, to make it four goals in his last three Premier League matches against the Anfield giants. And it could have been more but, unfortunately for Lukaku, compatriot Simon Mignolet was in fine form between the posts for Liverpool or it could have been more. The 20-year-old was full of running and power, constantly troubling the visiting back four.

The on-loan striker has seven goals for Everton and, as the clear first choice at Goodison Park, looks a lively runner in the Top Scorer betting at a chunky 26.025/1 to back.


Striker - Sergio Aguero (Man City)

Another appearance for the Argentinian in our Team of the Week but when he keeps turning out performances as good as this how can he be left out? Aguero scored another brace to go into double figures in the Premier League this season, and his movement and pace troubled Spurs' backline throughout. City have now scored a barely believable 26 goals in their first six home games of the Premier League season with Aguero contributing seven of that total.

Plzen are next up in the Champions League, the mind boggles at how bad that could be. Betfair layers certainly aren't taking any chances with it - the any unquoted scoreline (either team scoring four goals or more) trades at 3.185/40!


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