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Premier League Team Of The Week

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris – Tottenham

With Arsenal awarded a last minute penalty in Saturday’s North London Derby, Tottenham were facing the prospect of a third consecutive league defeat.

Captain Lloris stepped up in their moment of need, diving to his right to turn away Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s spot-kick and preserve what might prove a vital point in the race for Champions League qualification.

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Defender: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Crystal Palace

The young defender’s return from injury was a welcome one for Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, and the 21-year-old put in another reminder of his class, even providing an assist going forward.

The full-back has been linked with a move to some of the countries top clubs, and full international honours may not be too far on the horizon.

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Defender: Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool

Another imperious display from Liverpool’s defensive colossus. The front runner for the PFA Player of The Year awards, the Dutchman showcased all his defensive prowess in Sunday’s goalless Merseyside Derby.

Whilst Liverpool slipped from the top of the table, little can be blamed on their excellent defence who kept a 17th clean sheet of the season.

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Defender: Michael Keane – Everton

A goalless draw to dent their city rivals title hopes, Everton will have been happy with their performance in this weekend’s Merseyside Derby.

Central to their success was defender Keane, who’s vital intervention prevented Mohamed Salah from scoring an almost certain opener.

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Defender: Jan Vertonghen – Tottenham

A model of consistency since his arrival at Spurs in 2012, the Belgian produced another sound defensive display in the North London Derby.

His tackle to prevent Aubameyang’s follow-up to his missed penalty saved his side from certain defeat.

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Midfield: Declan Rice – West Ham

After committing his international future to England, West Ham midfielder seems almost certain to be included in Gareth Southgate’s squad in the coming international break.

The youngster capped another impressive display with a goal, could he be the answer to England’s defensive midfield conundrum?

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Midfielder: Jorginho – Chelsea

Much maligned at times this season, including suffering jeers from his own support, the Italian provided a reminder of his class during Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Fulham in the West London Derby.

The £57 million summer signing dictated the play from deep and fired a superb winner to keep Maurizio Sarri’s side in touch with the Premier League’s top four.

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Midfield: Andreas Pereira – Manchester United

The Brazilian has had to be patient for opportunities at Old Trafford, biding his time with loan spells at Spanish sides Granada and Valencia.

Handed an opportunity under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the 23-year-old flourished in the 3-2 win over Southampton, scoring a stunner for his first Premier League goal whilst also assisting Romelu Lukaku.

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Forward: Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace

Palace’s talisman showed his talent once more with a superb goal in their 3-1 win at Burnley. The Ivory Coast international twisted and turned to leave several defenders for dead before firing home low past Tom Heaton.

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Forward: Troy Deeney – Watford

Watford’s leader helped himself to a goal and an assist in their late win over Leicester at Vicarage Road. It was Deeney’s third goal in three games, ruining Brendan Rodger’s first game in charge of Leicester and keeping his side in the hunt for European football.

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Forward: Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United

Another player much maligned in recent weeks, the big Belgian has responded by hitting a purple patch of form for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United.

The 25-year-old scored twice, including a late winner, to secure a 3-2 win over Southampton and take his personal tally to four goals in his past two games.

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