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Premier League weekend – Heroes and Villains

Hero – Sadio Mane

Liverpool’s popular winger was right back in form at the weekend as he took on Neil Warnock’s deep sitting thirty-man defence. He took his two goals brilliantly, with the first one almost bursting the net. Already, Mane has six goals in the Premier League this season, compared to the ten he got in 2017/2018, which is some return from the Senegalese star. Liverpool look all the more dangerous when he is fully firing.

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Villain – Aboubakar Kamara

Fulham’s French forward was in inspired form against Bournemouth on Saturday. With that kind of performance, he is sure to win the Dive of the Season accolade, ahead of some really tough competition.

In all honesty, it’s a dive Kamara should be ashamed of, going down as if he’d been clipped by Begovic, clearly looking for a penalty. His mock surprise at his subsequent booking merely added to his petulance on the day. Also should have been sent off for kicking the ball away like a spoiled brat in the second half. Top fella.

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Hero – Luka Milivojevic

The big Serbian showed his cajones, thankfully not literally, during his sides battling draw with Arsenal at Selhurst Park.  Having seen his spot kick last weekend against Everton, the Serbian was given the chance to make amends against the Gunners.  His two conversions shows he possesses real character and bravery, and with him in the team, the Eagles can at least point to another quality player in their ranks.

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Villain – Mark Noble

There must be something in the Premier League juice at the moment. Another weekend of action saw yet another horrible tackle thrown in. This time it was Wilfred Ndidi’s turn to see if his legs can withstand a high speed, potentially career threatening studs up challenge. Mark Noble’s tackle was high, late and dangerous and he deserved to walk for it.  It was truly unpleasant from Mr West Ham, who had been enjoying his football under Pellegrini thus far.

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Hero – Matt Ryan

Brighton’s favourite Australian, if that even is a thing, was at it again at The Amex on Saturday. Matt Ryan has endeared himself to the Seagulls fans over the past year with some excellent saves and important goalkeeping, which has seen his side look pretty solid in the Premier League.

This time round, it was Wolves who had to endure a frustrating succession of saves from the Australian. Ryan kept Wolves out no fewer than seven times in ninety minutes, as they pilled forward in search of an equaliser. His save in stoppage time to deny Ryan Bennett was top class, it’s moments like that, which keep you in the top flight.

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Villain – Paul Pogba

It seems harsh to vilify the Frenchman too much as he did score the rebound from his first half penalty. Jordan Pickford guessed right and kept out the initial spot kick from Pogba, however, if you are going to do the world’s slowest and weirdest run up, you’d better score at the first time of asking.

Whether or not it’s his true eccentricity shinning through is hard to tell, but United fans will likely want to that kind of palaver quickly knocked on the head. The World Cup winner was also at fault for Everton’s goal as he sloppily gave the ball away with a real brain fart moment in the centre of the park. He really doesn’t do himself any favours does he?

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