English Premier League Team of the Week

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 10, 2013

English Premier League Team of the Week

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    Week 29 of the English Premier League is in the books and, as we head toward the season's climax, certain teams' futures are becoming clearer and clearer.

    With many of the big-hitters on FA Cup duty, we've only got six games to choose from, but that doesn't mean there weren't 11 excellent performances.

    See who joins the marauding Jan Vertonghen in the team.

GK Mark Bunn, Norwich City

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    A few options here, but Mark Bunn pips Artur Boruc and Brad Guzan thanks to a stellar performance.

    Southampton, after taking 17 shots on goal at Carrow Road, will likely ask themselves how they didn't score. The answer, of course, was Bunn's terrific form between the sticks.

    His cross-claiming was excellent and his reflexes superb as usual.

RB Jose Bosingwa, Queens Park Rangers

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    Jose Bosingwa making Team of the Week is something I never thought would happen this season, but his performance at Loftus Road this weekend was very promising.

    He looked every bit the marauding, positive full-back that Chelsea signed from FC Porto back in 2008, linking up well with his winger but not neglecting his defensive duties.

    Has Harry Redknapp got through to him?

CB Michael Turner, Norwich City

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    Michael Turner didn't put a foot wrong against a Southampton side desperate to score at Carrow Road.

    The Saints played slick, quick football that has asked the question of many EPL defences this season, but Turner, along with the aforementioned Mark Bunn, dealt with everything that came their way.

    It's not easy to keep Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Gaston Ramirez and Jay Rodriguez quiet all at once!

CB Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham Hotspur

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    Jan Vertonghen had an unbelievable game for Tottenham on Sunday.

    He scored both of Spurs' goals in the 3-2 defeat at Anfield and was a menace surging forward from central defence. According to Squawka, he started four attacks on his own and was a strong contender for Man of the Match, despite being on the losing side.

LB Jose Enrique, Liverpool

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    In a week of so-so left-back performances, Jose Enrique enters our Team of the Week for a high-energy performance.

    He would have been more thoroughly examined if Aaron Lennon were fit, but coped with Gareth Bale and Moussa Dembele when they ventured into his territory.

    His assist for Luis Suarez's goal was superb.

DM Morgan Schneiderlin, Southampton

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    Another week, another Morgan Schneiderlin appearance—does this kid ever put a foot wrong?

    He helped Saints control the game, recycled possession well and looked unbeatable in midfield; he and Jack Cork are beginning to form one of the finest midfield partnerships in the English Premier League.

DM Ashley Westwood, Aston Villa

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    Ashley Westwood played an unsung, yet important, role in Aston Villa's vital victory over Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

    His passing was accurate, acting as a metronome in midfield and slowing the tempo when necessary, enabling the away side to stem the flow of chances for their opposition and irritate the home crowd.

    Paul Lambert won the tactical battle against Brian McDermott, and Westwood was integral to executing the Scot's wishes.

CM Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United

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    Yohan Cabaye is the heartbeat of Newcastle United.

    Without him they looked likely for a relegation scrap, but following his return the Magpies have climbed the table and picked up some vitally important results.

    I'm not sure he's ever scored a goal that isn't beautiful, either.

RW Andros Townsend, Queens Park Rangers

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    Andros Townsend put in an absolutely electric performance against Sunderland, bagging a goal and an assist in Queens Park Rangers' 3-1 win.

    He was positive, confident and dangerous from the right flank, consistently cutting in and causing chaos for John O'Shea and Co.

    His goal—a dipping half-volley that left Simon Mignolet in no man's land—was absolutely sumptuous.

LW Luis Suarez, Liverpool

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    On the left of our 4-3-3 formation is Luis Suarez, who showed why he's such an important cog in Brendan Rodgers' machine once more.

    It's difficult to get the better of Hugo Lloris, but the Uruguayan's stabbed, first-time finish caught the former Lyon 'keeper completely off-guard and it allowed Liverpool to take the lead.

    In addition to his usual attacking prowess, Suarez totaled four tackles as his hardworking nature shone through in a game with much at stake.

ST Christian Benteke, Aston Villa

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    Christian Benteke showed his class yet again in a productive display at the Madejski Stadium.

    He had the presence of mind to halt his run and create space for Aston Villa's first goal, and shortly before that struck the bar with a towering header.

    His hold-up play and passing game was spot on and allowed the Villans to control the tempo of the game as the away side, while he also created several opportunities that Andi Weimann squandered.

    Adrian Mariappa and Alex Pearce were no match.