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Presenting The Balls.ie Premier League Team Of The Weekend

Presenting The Balls.ie Premier League Team Of The Weekend
By Balls Team Updated

It was a riveting weekend of Premier League action that started with the Mings stamp on Zlatan and featured the bizarre benching of Alexis Sanchez, Harry Kane's golden scoring streak and ended so predictably with Man City hammering Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Here's our team of the weekend.

GK - Artur Boruc

It was like 2007 all over again for the Holy Goalie yesterday at Old Trafford. Boruc stopped a Zlatan penalty and bossed his box to help 10-man Bournemouth get a highly unexpected point away from home lunchtime yesterday. United had more than 20 shots on goal but they couldn't get two past Boruc. Not bad for a 37-year-old.

LB - Martin Olsson

Olsson continued his incredible run of form since joining Swansea from Norwich in January. Olsson scored another huge goal for the Swans as they continue to inch their way out of the relegation mire.

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CB - James Tomkins

Crystal Palace required three points from their trip to the Hawthornes yesterday, and they got it in large part to a solid defensive showing from the Palace defence anchored by Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins.  Big Sam was effusive in his praise of Tomkins after the match:

"James Tomkins didn't put a foot wrong again and they helped to provide the platform to win the game."

After the match. Palace fans were delighted with JT.

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CB - Ragnar Klavan

After Liverpool's shitshow at home against Leicester at Anfield last Monday, Klopp opted to reshuffle his deck and brought in the mostly-maligned Estonian Ragnar Klavan for the not-actually-a-centreback Lucas Leiva. Klavan was competent and assured, completely suffocating Olivier Giroud in the game's first half. Things changed a bit when Sanchez came on at halftime as Arsenal pressed to equalise but Liverpool fans can still dream of a Matip-Klavan partnership in the centre of defence, which is very surprising.

RB - Christian Fuchs

Leicester made it two wins from two in the post-Ranieri period with a win over Hull and Fuchs played a vital role in the victory. Fuchs combined brilliantly with Jamie Vardy to score Leicester's first goal and Fuchs has been inspiring for Leicester as they look to salvage some pride after this terrible season.

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LM  - Adam Lallana

Sane was the standout performer for Liverpool last night but Lallana is in this team not just for the ridiculous pass to Origi to set up the Wijnaldum goal that iced the game. His energy and enthusiasm helped Liverpool to a memorable win. He was singled out for praise from Danny Murphy on MOTD last night: “We know he is a good footballer and he is creative, but [for] this part of his game, playing in a central position is so much better for Adam Lallana. He is so much more involved in the game in every aspect.

CM - Gylfi Sigurdsson

Sigurdsson created five chances yesterday but his heel flick to set up Olsson's goal - his 10th assist of the season - was absolutely world class.

CM - Dusan Tadic

Dusan Tadic has been so good for Southampton these last few weeks, his transfer to Liverpool must be as good as done. Tadic scored a vital goal for Southampton yesterday and assisted on two others. Playing in a more central role, Tadic has forged a very fruitful partnership with Manolo Gabbiadini since his arrival from Napoli, and Tadic has the third-most assists of any Premier League player over the last three seasons.

RM - Nathan Redmond

The still Irish-eligible Southampton player turned in one of his best games of this stellar season when he scored twice during the Saints' entertaining 4-3 away win over Watford. Redmond hadn't scored a league goal since October but the stats showed he deserves a Man of the Match award.

F - Marko Arnautovic

Arnautovic scored twice in Stoke's 2-0 thrashing of likely-to-be-relegated Boro yesterday and in doing so, entered the pantheon of all-time great Austrian Premier League goalscorers.

We cannot vouch for his dress sense, however.

F - Harry Kane

Kane continued his insane run of form by adding two goals as Spurs doled out Everton's first league loss of 2017. Spurs look nailed on for the Top 4 thanks in large part to Kane's goalscoring spree these last few weeks.

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