Tuesday 21 November 2017

Stephanie Roche picks her Premier League Team of the Weekend

Stephanie Roche

Stephanie Roche

Ireland international Stephanie Roche picks her Premier League XI after another weekend of dramatic action.

Team of the week (3-4-3)

Jack Butland

It's been a mixed bag from Stoke this season, with some up and down performances. Butland however has been in excellent form and put on a great performance away to Newcastle. He made a string of fine saves to insure his side came away from St James Park with a point.

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File photo dated 27-10-2015 of Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland celebrates after victory in the penalty shoot-out following the Capital One Cup, Fourth Round match at The Britannia Stadium, Stoke-upon-Trent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 28, 2015. Stoke's goalkeeper Jack Butland has hailed the "incredible shift" put in by his team-mates after the Potters added to Chelsea's woes by knocking them out of the Capital One Cup. See PA story SOCCER Stoke. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.

Nicolas Otamendi

A great header for City's first goal of the game from the defender and a solid defensive display also. He has settled into the premier league very well and seems to be a lot more comfortable with his team's captain Vincent Kompany alongside him.

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Football - Manchester City v Norwich City - Barclays Premier League - Etihad Stadium - 31/10/15 Nicolas Otamendi celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Manchester City Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
 

Laurent Koscielny

Scored in consecutive games for the gunners for the first time in his career with controversial goal against Swansea. Everyone but the Frenchman stopped playing as he seemed adjudged to have fouled his former teammate Fabianski. He was quickest to react and tapped the ball home for his team's second goal of the game. He also played his part in securing a clean sheet for the gunners.

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Laurent Koscielny, left, scored Arsenal's second goal at Swansea

Chris Smalling

In what was yet another 0-0 draw for his side, Smalling was once again a stand out player. The defender has gone for strength to strength this season with some solid performances at the back and done well to keep a clean sheet against a Crystal Palace side who were a constant threat.

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Football - Crystal Palace v Manchester United - Barclays Premier League - Selhurst Park - 31/10/15 Crystal Palace's Dwight Gayle in action with Manchester United's Chris Smalling Action Images via Reuters / Tony O'Brien Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Philippe Coutinho

Scored two very good goals against a struggling Chelsea team to help his team win 3-1 and give Jurgen Klopp his first win as Liverpool manager.

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Philippe Coutinho scores Liverpool's second goal

Mesut Ozil

When at his best Ozil is a joy to watch. He can be a little bit of an unsung hero at times but he has had a good start to the season and with another two assists against Swansea I'm sure there will be more to come from the German this season.

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Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with Mesut Ozil (right) and Per Mertesacker during the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Swansea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
 

Riyad Mahrez

Scored what was his sixth league goal of the season to bring Leicester city level in the game and then went on to score his second goal. Himself and Jamie Vardy have been in fine form for Leicester city with 18 goals between them already this season.

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Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez (2nd right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story SOCCER West Brom. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
 

Joel Campbell

He showed signs that he had something special about him In the World Cup for Costa Rica but he has yet to have a string of games for Arsenal to try and impose himself on the premier league. Not only did he impress going forward and with his cool finish but he showed great work rate and got back to help his defenders out when needed.

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Football - Swansea City v Arsenal - Barclays Premier League - Liberty Stadium - 31/10/15 Arsenal's Joel Campbell celebrates after scoring their third goal Action Images via Reuters / Alan Walter Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Jamie Vardy

Eight consecutive goals and only two behind Ruud Van Nistelrooy's record of ten. He was a constant goal scoring threat and was exciting to watch.

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Jamie Vardy scored for the eighth straight game in Leicester's win

Arouna Kone

Secured a new contract with the club after scoring his first hat trick for Everton in what was a thrilling match. In a game that offered up lots of chances Kone was on form and on hand to finish his chances when they came his way.

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Arouna Kone of Everton celebrates as he scores their fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland

Odion Ighalo

The Nigerian has had a fantastic start to the season scoring 7 goals and always seems to be involved in all that has been good about Watford this season. The striker scored both goals of the game to beat West Ham 2-0.

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Watford's Odion Ighalo celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Vicarage Road, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Scott Heavey/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

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