The 6th round of this season’s Premier League produced some more unpredictable fixtures. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal dropped points in very close and decisive clashes. The rest of big six managed to survive, but just narrowly. Liverpool came back from behind to win against Sheffield United, whilst Tottenham Hotspur scraped past Burnley, thanks to a goal from Son Heung-Min.
The Premier League Round 6 took Liverpool to the 2nd spot behind their rivals Everton, with only their goal difference holding them back. The noisy neighbours from Manchester continue to struggle, following United’s and City’s stalemates with Chelsea and West Ham United respectively. Southampton rose to the occasion to give the league leaders Everton their first shock of the season.
Based on the events of the weekend and Monday night, we have picked our team of the week for gameweek 6.
West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski is our pick between the sticks. The Polish goalkeeper had a tremendous game against Manchester City. He denied Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling by making two important saves in the last 5 minutes. He rescued his side again when Mahrez tried to score from a tight angle.
Fabianski ended the game with 9 saves, 3 of which were from inside box. He was happy with his performance as he reflected that in an interview.
“Obviously against a team like City you’re always going to concede some chances but, at the end of the day, I was lucky and happy to help the team in that situation. That’s my part I have to do on the pitch and I was happy I could help today.”Fabianski on his performance against Man City
*Honourable Mention*: Edouard Mendy
Victor Lindelof and Thiago Silva make it to the team following their impressive display in a draw between Manchester United and Chelsea. Thiago Silva showed great leadership at the back, making more passes than anyone on the pitch (77), making 6 clearances, 2 interceptions and 2 tackles. Lindelof did well at keeping Timo Werner quiet in the game and helping in nullifying the Chelsea attack. He was awarded the Man of the Match for his performance.
As for the fullbacks, Stuart Dallas and Joao Cancelo take the spot. Cancelo played as a left-back against West Ham, assisting the equalising goal scored by Phil Foden. The Portuguese fullback created a few chances besides his assist as well. Leeds United’s Stuart Dallas started as a right-back and did a fantastic job by keeping Jack Grealish in his pocket. His resilient defensive display against Aston Villa is what makes us pick him in the right-back spot.
*Honourable Mentions*: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Luke Ayling, Jannik Vestergaard and Arthur Masuaku
Our pick for the midfield 3 is Ethan Ampadu, James Ward-Prowse and Tom Cairney. Ethan Ampadu was deployed as a defensive midfielder against Liverpool, and had quite a game. The Welshman recorded 2 interceptions and 3 tackles and won 3 aerial duals.
James Ward-Prowse pulled off a proper masterclass against Everton. The Englishman broke the deadlock by scoring the first goal of the game and controlled the game very well, having a 91% passing accuracy.
Tom Cairney bossed the midfield for Fulham against Crystal Palace, although on the losing side. He scored a screamer in the 95th minute. Besides his exquisite strike, he had a passing accuracy of 93%.
*Honourable Mentions*: Phil Foden and Bruno Fernandes
Danny Ings, Wilfried Zaha and Patrick Bamford make our front 3. Danny Ings was one of the standout players in Southampton’s win against Everton. He assisted both the goals scored by James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams.
Wilfried Zaha was arguably Crystal Palace’s best player in their 2-1 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage. The Ivorian scored a goal and assisted Jairo Riedewald’s goal. He is in top form at the moment.
Patrick Bamford scored his first Premier League hat-trick against Aston Villa to continue his fine start to the season.
*Honourable Mentions*: Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Sadio Mane, Son Heung-Min