English Premier League Team of the Week

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterApril 21, 2013

English Premier League Team of the Week

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    Another week of English Premier League football served up a plethora of excitement and controversy while also going a long way toward shaping the relegation battle.

    We select our Team of the Week here, and before you ask, there's no Luis Suarez.

    See who made our prime XI this weekend, and comment below if a particular player caught your eye.

GK: Jussi Jaaskelainen, West Ham United

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    Jussi Jaaskelainen made a total of eight saves on the way to keeping a clean sheet against Wigan Athletic.

    He was an assured presence, made an astounding stop or two and made a superb save on a one vs. one with Shaun Maloney. He remains a wonderfully reliable presence.

RB: Jack Colback, Sunderland

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    Jack Colback was the only change from a Sunderland side that beat fierce rivals Newcastle United the weekend before, so the pressure was on to perform at the same level as everyone else.

    He's not a natural full-back either, and that just makes his performance all the more impressive. He broke up play superbly, played it simple, never needlessly over-complicated situations and provided a presence at both ends of the pitch.

CB: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Newcastle United

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    Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion played out an entertaining draw at the Hawthorns, with Steve Clarke's side finishing particularly strongly.

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa put in one of his best performances in a Newcastle shirt so far, keeping man-mountain Romelu Lukaku relatively quiet and limiting the damage to one goal.

CB: Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal

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    Arsenal continued their positive trend of winning games late in the season, but it wasn't as straightforward as Arsene Wenger would have wished for, considering they played 78 minutes against 10 men.

    Laurent Koscielny continued building his case to be considered the Gunners' best central defensive option with another categorically solid performance alongside Per Mertesacker.

    The Frenchman made the game's only goal, losing his marker and heading goalward before Per nicked it on the line.

LB: Danny Rose, Sunderland

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    To the other full-back slot, then, where we honour another Sunderland player.

    Danny Rose has been a completely different animal since Paolo Di Canio took over on Wearside, providing pace, energy and fearless attacking tendencies without neglecting his defensive duties.

    It's actually tough to believe we're watching the same player.

CM: Jack Cork, Southampton

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    It's a tough task to go to the Liberty Stadium and control the game, but that's what Jack Cork did, as Southampton put in a performance to be proud of.

    The English midfielder is regularly honoured here at Bleacher Report, and he continued his recent trend of outshining Morgan Schneiderlin against Swansea. Get this man in the national team!

CM: Tom Huddlestone, Tottenham Hotspur

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    Tom Huddlestone changed the game for Tottenham Hotspur when he came on in the second half.

    Spurs switched to a 4-3-3, and his positive passing allowed Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale to do damage in the right areas; without him, Scott Parker would have continued to pass sideways and slow the pace of the game.

RAM: Shaun Maloney, Wigan Athletic

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    Shaun Maloney will be wondering how he didn't come away from Wigan Athletic's encounter with West Ham with a goal.

    He was bright, lively and found pockets of space everywhere, clocking up yet another defence that found him too magical to handle.

    He went through one vs. one with Jussi Jaaskelainen early on and should have bagged a vital away goal.

CAM: Stephane Sessegnon, Sunderland

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    Stephane Sessegnon clearly has survival in his sights.

    He bagged his second goal in as many games at the Stadium of Light against Everton, securing a 1-0 win that might be enough to secure the Black Cats' survival.

    The Benin international ran the show in midfield and, like Danny Rose, looks like a completely different player from the pre-Paolo Di Canio era.

LAM: Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool

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    In a Team of the Week first here at Bleacher Report, two substitutes make the side.

    Daniel Sturridge's impact was stunning, temporarily drawing Liverpool level with Chelsea at Anfield, striking the post and showing some outrageous touches.

    He added an assist at the death with a superb ball into Luis Suarez for the Reds' equaliser.

ST: Andy Carroll, West Ham United

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    Andy Carroll capped off an amazing week with another dominant display, this time taming a sturdy Wigan Athletic defence.

    His size and power was too much for Gary Caldwell and Co., and while he didn't find the back of the net, he dictated his side's attacking play and grabbed an almighty assist for Kevin Nolan's goal.