Premier League Scores Week 17: Top Team Performances of the Weekend

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Premier League Scores Week 17: Top Team Performances of the Weekend
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Although it's the individuals who will often be remembered most for their exploits, football is a team sport at its core and requires the synchronisations of its many parts in order for a club to progress.

As ever, the Premier League has shown its quality so far this weekend with a host of Saturday's results producing fine collective displays.

Looking at the most team-centric results, we've broken down Week 17's most impressive performances, some sides showcasing the sum of their parts better than others.

 

Newcastle United's Display at Selhurst Park

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One of only three sides to keep a clean sheet on Saturday—the other two coming from Sunderland and Norwich City's 0-0 stalemate—Newcastle United's bounce back from a miserable start to the campaign continues.

The Magpies managed a 3-0 routing of Crystal Palace away from home, building on the club's 1-0 result at Old Trafford last weekend and earning the club a sixth win in their last eight matches.

Alan Pardew's team isn't exactly overflowing with in-form superstars right now, but the French trio of Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Mathieu Debuchy were all in particularly fine form in South London.

That being said, there wasn't a single weakness that seemed especially evident in the trip, where even the club's defence, the weaker aspect of their campaign thus far, looked steady.

 

Manchester City's Battle Against the Craven Cottage Comeback

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Having found themselves 2-0 up before halftime, it looked like another cruise to victory was on the cards for Manchester City at Fulham on Saturday, but Kieran Richardson and a calamitous Vincent Kompany own goal ensured that the hosts were handed a lifeline.

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With momentum swimming against them and a home revolt on the cards, Manuel Pellegrini's side showed good resolves, however, dusting themselves down before once again staging an offensive onslaught.

In the final 12 minutes, Jesus Navas and James Milner added the necessary finishes for City to claim a 4-2 win, not too unlike a certain local rival of Manchester City's has become known for in the last 20 years or so.

 

Liverpool Link Up in Cardiff City Clash

Liverpool's meteoric rise into Premier League title contention has been no stroke of luck this season. Brendan Rodgers has gradually been upgrading his outfit into one of the most fearsome squads in the division.

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Granted, that outfit benefits from one very powerful individual in the shape of Luis Suarez, but the Reds are far from just a one-man army, even if the Uruguayan was involved in all three goals scored by the hosts in their 3-1 beating of Cardiff City.

For example, the Daily Mail's Dominic King points out just how vital a presence Jordan Henderson is for his side:

Although a sloppy set-piece goal was leaked in thanks to Jordon Mutch getting away from his marker, Liverpool were a constant threat at the back and tactically proficient against the Bluebirds, defence never under too much of a threat for the match's entirety.

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