Team of the Week:
Sagna (Arsenal) Davies (Hull) Reid (West Ham) Theophile-Catherine (Cardiff)
Ramsey (Arsenal) Ramires (Chelsea) Arnautovic (Stoke)
Suarez (Liverpool) Torres (Chelsea) Aguero (Man City)
Hero of the Week:
A number of players stepped up this week to be heroes for their respective teams in some very big matches. Borini came off the bench to score a fantastic goal to give Sunderland victory over rivals Newcastle, Hernandez scored a late winner for Man Utd against Stoke, Torres had a brilliant game against Man City, and Suarez got a hat-trick as Liverpool thrashed West Brom 4-1. Sunderland have had a dire start to the season and this game was big enough due to it being Gus Poyet’s first home game as manager let alone it also being the Tyne-Wear derby. Basically if there was a game a fixture that could inspire a turnaround then this was it – and they delivered. Borini came on and scored and fantastic goal that sent the home crowd wild, that goal could be the catalyst for their season.
Torres missed a very easy chance early on in this one with the goal gaping and it seemed he was going to have one of those bad days but no. Torres brushed his shoulders off and put in an attacking masterpiece of pace, flair, and ruthlessness. He set up Schurrle for the opener and then scored the winner himself as Chelsea took all 3-points against City. He looked like the old Torres who scored for fun at Liverpool and was the key to a massive win. The Hero of the week however has to go to Suarez for his hat-trick against West Brom. We all know the about the saga that went on between Suarez and Liverpool over the summer and many doubted whether he could stay and if he did whether he’d be able to get back to form – well he showed it here. Three great goals that showed how much Liverpool miss him when he isn’t there. A creative force of flair, trickery and clever movement showed that he has just as much drive as ever to be playing for the Reds and evaporate any concerns that fans had about his commitment to the club. A mention also has to go out to Tim Howard who was a colossus in the Everton goal to keep out a persistent Villa to earn his team 3-points and a clean sheet.
Nipple of the Week:
We got a pair this week and both from the same diabolical situation, Joe Hart and Matija Nastasic. With not long left at Stamford Bridge and the score at 1-1 it looked as though there needed to be a moment of brilliance or a huge error for either team to win, for the City duo it was the latter. These two are among favourites to win the title this season and the result could prove crucial when it comes to league standings in May so no doubt about it, it was a big game. Willian hit the ball up-field with intention or aim but it somehow managed to cause havoc at the back for City. It was a simple situation that Hart and Nastasic turned into a nightmare. Hart rushed off his line unnecessarily while Nastasic is running towards the ball – and Hart. Surely the defender sees Hart coming out? But what is Hart doing anyway? Does he need to come out that far to clear a ball that should be dealt with? Both are to blame as much as the other as Nastasic heads the ball towards the on-rushing Hart who is outside the area so can’t even gather with his hands anyway. The ball goes straight past Hart and Torres comes sneaking in past the chaos to tap home. It’s not the first defensive mistake by City this season and it won’t be that last, and the same goes with Hart. City’s defensive mistakes have been hampering their season so far and Hart is usually at the centre of them, it’s an issue that needs resolving fast and it’ll be interesting to see how Pellegrini deals with it.
Goal of the Week: