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Premier League Team of the Week

Another weekend of Premier League action saw Liverpool and Manchester City fail to blink as they battle it out at the top, whilst Brighton edged away from the drop zone with a hard fought point at Wolves.

Here, in an attacking 3-5-2 formation, is the Football Faithful’s Premier League Team of the week…

Goalkeeper: Matt Ryan – Brighton

Chris Hughton’s strugglers travelled to Wolves with consolidation in mind, with a clear focus on keeping men behind the ball.

The defensive tactic worked as they left the Midlands with a point following a goalless draw at Molineux, a point which could prove vital as they bid to beat the drop.

Crucial to their success was goalkeeper Ryan, the Australian international making five saves to preserve a clean sheet.

Brighton are now three points clear of 18th-placed Cardiff with four games left to play, and Ryan’s ability to make big saves at crucial times may be a huge factor in whether they retain their Premier League status.

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Defender: Michael Keane – Everton

Everton delivered perhaps the performance of the weekend with a 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United at Goodison Park.

Marco Silva’s side have developed a formidable defensive record in recent weeks, and earned another clean sheet in Sunday’s clash.

Centre-back Keane, who began his career at Old Trafford, has formed a solid partnership with the on-loan Kurt Zouma in defence and the 26-year old marshalled ex-Everton forward Romelu Lukaku superbly.

Keane has recently been recalled to the England squad, and on recent showings could become a regular for Gareth Southgate’s side.

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Defender: Joel Matip – Liverpool

Whilst defensive partner and Player of the Year contender Virgil Van Dijk has rightly received plenty of plaudits this season, Joel Matip has quietly impressed alongside the Dutchman in recent weeks.

Having started the season as fourth choice centre-back, injuries allowed Matip his opportunity he has not looked back since.

He shone as Liverpool returned to the top with a 2-0 win at Cardiff, and could play a crucial role in the remainder of the title run-in.

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Defender: Lucas Digne – Everton

Everton boss Marco Silva has hailed Digne as one of the Premier League’s finest left-backs, and the former Barcelona player shone in the Merseyside club’s 4-0 win over Manchester United.

The Frenchman was a constant threat down the left flank, with his delivery typically excellent.

The 25-year-old capped his performance with a sweet strike, hitting a volley from outside of the box for his fourth league goal of the season.

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Midfield: Georginio Wijnaldum – Liverpool

A model of consistency, Wijnaldum established himself as a fixture in Jurgen Klopp’s side’s title challenge, before being left out in recent weeks as the German stumbled on a preferred midfield trio of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita.

Against Cardiff the former Newcastle midfielder returned, and capped another solid showing with the vital opener against Neil Warnock’s side.

Wijnaldum arrived at Anfield with a reputation as a goalscoring midfielder before being utilised in a deeper role, but his sweetly struck opener from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner was a reminder of his attacking prowess.

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Midfield: Phil Foden – Manchester City

The boy is ready to play.

Handed a rare start for Manchester City’s crucial clash with Tottenham, the 18-year-old excelled in Pep Guardiola’s side’s 1-0 win at the Etihad.

The talented teenager has had to be patient as he awaits an opportunity, though is learning from the very best in teammates David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

Foden looks to have a knack of ghosting into attacking positions, and did just that as he headed home the winner for his first Premier League goal.

Fans will be eager to see more of the youngster, though this local lad looks set to be around for years to come.

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Midfield: Gylfi Sigurdsson – Everton

A vital part of Everton’s late-season run, the Iceland international was the best player on the pitch as Marco Silva’s side thrashed Manchester United at Goodison Park.

The 29-year-old has been one of his side’s better performers this season, beginning to justify the £45m fee it took to sign him from Swansea City, with the attacking midfielder’s goal his 13th of the Premier League season.

Everton fans will have been pleased with the side’s form towards the end of the current campaign, and will hope the side can build on that and challenge the division’s top six next season.

Sigurdsson, alongside the likes of Bernard and Richarlison, will be crucial to their success.

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Right-wing: Bernardo Silva – Manchester City

Man of the match as City beat Tottenham at the Etihad, the Portuguese playmaker is rightly among those shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award.

Though unlikely to beat either Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk or teammate Raheem Sterling to the award, the 24-year-old has enjoyed a superb season for Pep Guardiola’s side and will have played a key role if they do retain their title.

Silva was at his creative best against Spurs, a constant threat in the attacking third.

Whilst namesake David might be coming to the end of an illustrious career in Manchester, in Foden and Bernardo the club seem to have the Spaniard’s long-term replacements ready made.

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Left-wing: Gerard Deulofeu – Watford

Watford’s FA Cup semi-final hero was at it again against Huddersfield, returning from an ankle injury to score twice in a 2-1 win.

The Spaniard has long been described as a prospect, but seems to have found a home at Watford and is beginning to deliver on a consistent basis.

The 25-year-old former Barcelona prodigy took his goals like a seasoned veteran, and has now scored 9 league goals for the season.

If Deulofeu can continue producing on a consistent basis, it would not be a surprise if bigger clubs begin to circle.

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Forward: Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace fans will not have been pleased to see Zaha announce his intentions to play Champions League football this week, though few could begrudge the player a move to a top club this summer.

The Ivorian has been in scintillating form of late, with another display in Roy Hodgson’s side’s impressive 3-2 win at Arsenal.

Zaha’s goal took him to nine for the season, and he continues to be linked with a move to some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham and Arsenal are all rumoured to be interested in a summer move, and Zaha’s pace, power and trickery would be an asset to any forward line.

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Forward: Ayoze Perez – Newcastle

The little Spaniard has not always been able to score on a consistent basis, but Saturday’s 3-1 win over Southampton was another reminder of his qualities.

Perez hit a hat-trick at St James’ Park, taking his tally to 11 for the season, and seems to have developed a strong partnership with Salomon Rondon.

That duo, alongside January signing Miguel Almiron, have invigorated Newcastle’s forward line with Rafa Benitez’s side finishing the season strongly.

There are few things Newcastle fans love more than a goalscoring forward, and if Perez can maintain this form he will become a true fans’ favourite.

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