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Premier League Team of the Week: Snodgrass, Giroud and Sturridge Shine

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterFebruary 23, 2014

Premier League Team of the Week: Snodgrass, Giroud and Sturridge Shine

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    Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League Team of the Week!

    There were plenty of star performers to choose from, so once again there were an array of tough choices to make. Hopefully, if your favourite players aren't in the first XI, they at least made the bench!

    Take a look at our selections, and if you don't agree, fire in your XI below!

GK: David De Gea, Manchester United

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    Manchester United may have won 2-0 in seemingly comfortable fashion this weekend, but David De Gea had to be at his best to keep a clean sheet.

    He was off his line in a flash on most plays, collecting long aerials and crosses with ease as well as relieving pressure on his defence.

    He narrowly edges John Ruddy here.

RB: Bacary Sagna, Arsenal

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    Bacary Sagna was as reliable as ever for Arsenal on Saturday despite playing everywhere during their 4-1 victory over Sunderland.

    He didn't manage to grab a deserved clean sheet, but serious props go his way after playing right-back, centre-back AND left-back in one game.

    Tie this man down to a new contract!

CB: John Terry, Chelsea

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    Chelsea held on for long periods against Everton on Saturday then completed a smash-and-grab 1-0 victory thanks to a John Terry header.

    It's that killer strike that sees the former England international make our team ahead of colleague Gary Cahill, who was also superlative once again.

    Terry's resurgence could be the difference come May.

CB: Joseph Yobo, Norwich City

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    Norwich City held Tottenham Hotspur goalless on Sunday thanks to a heroic effort from their defence.

    They squeezed the play, got men behind the ball and forced a rather Andre Villas-Boas-esque performance from Tim Sherwood's men on their way to a 1-0 win.

    Joseph Yobo was at the heart of it all.

LB: Patrice Evra, Manchester United

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    Patrice Evra was an offensive spark for Manchester United on Saturday during their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

    The Frenchman's positive surges forward resulted in him earning a penalty kick for Robin van Persie to convert, then his dinked delivery from the byline later on set up Wayne Rooney perfectly for the team's second.

    Influential is the word.

     

CM: Jake Livermore, Hull City

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    Jake Livermore put in another impressive showing as Hull City smashed Cardiff City to pieces in South Wales on Saturday 4-0.

    He teed up Tom Huddlestone for the Tigers' opener early on then seared forward to convert a short Ahmed Elmohamady cross from outside the box in style.

    Will he get a game when he goes back to Tottenham? Steve Bruce would gladly take him again.

CM: Jordan Henderson, Liverpool

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    Jordan Henderson stepped to the goalscoring fore on Sunday and bagged a brace to lead Liverpool past Swansea City 4-3.

    He was his regular all-action self, a genuine box-to-box midfielder, and dominated the centre of the park single-handedly.

    Such games can only enhance his stock ahead of the World Cup.

Wing: Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool

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    Daniel Sturridge outshone Luis Suarez again this weekend, picking up his 17th and 18th goals of the Premier League season against Swansea City.

    It was his prolific nature that allowed the Reds to concede three goals at home and still win 4-3, and Roy Hodgson will be rubbing his hands with glee at this young man's progression.

Wing: Robert Snodgrass, Norwich City

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    Robert Snodgrass: game-winner.

    He was a thorn in the side of Danny Rose all day long but finally got the better of him in the second half. Surging through on goal he was composed and calm, wrapping his left foot around the ball and bending it beyond Hugo Lloris.

    It was a seriously impressive display from the Scot.

ST: Nikica Jelavic, Hull City

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    On Saturday, Nikica Jelavic put together the kind of game we all know he is capable of...if he's feeling confident and loved.

    He should have scored a hat-trick but only nabbed two, with his first a picturesque linkup with fellow striker Shane Long and his second a planted header from Liam Rosenior's excellent cross.

    It was a super performance from the Croatian.

ST: Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

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    Olivier Giroud broke a three-game scoring drought in style on Saturday afternoon.

    He scored twice early on to set the tone for an easy 4-1 Arsenal victory over Sunderland, converting both with his left foot from inside the box.

    It was his first start since allegations of an extra-marital affair began circling, and it was promising to see him playing with such authority. He grabbed an assist later on to complete his haul.

Bench

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    GK: John Ruddy, Norwich City

    FB: Martin Olsson, Norwich City

    CB: Curtis Davies, Hull City

    CM: Tom Huddlestone, Hull City

    CM: James McCarthy, Everton

    Wing: Tomas Rosicky, Arsenal

    ST: Wilfried Bony, Swansea City

     

    Manager: Chris Hughton, Norwich City

     

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