EPL: Team of the Year So Far In 2010-11

Chris PotterCorrespondent INovember 14, 2010

EPL: Team of the Year So Far In 2010-11

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    Newcastle United forward Andy Carroll's seven goals and four assists have earned him a first full international call-up and make him the league's in-form forwardLaurence Griffiths/Getty Images

    Sunderland's scintillating 3-0 victory at champions Chelsea this afternoon brought Week 13 of the 2010-11 Premier League to a close in style. A surprise victory for Stoke City against Liverpool and an impressive performance by Aston Villa against Manchester United on Saturday meant that there was a trio of shock results this weekend. 

    In truth, this weekend has been typical of this season; shock results and performances around every corner. With Bolton fifth and Sunderland climbing to sixth and Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool both languishing in the bottom half of the table, it really has become impossible to predict the unpredictable.

    Even Chelsea and Manchester United, usually both so composed and experienced in escaping from adverse circumstances with positive results, have shown more frailties than expected. That there are just six points between fifth and 18th position show that teams are taking points from each other in an entertaining merry-go-round.

    All of this suggests that fans have never had it better.

    In the following slideshow, I choose the 11 best players in their respective positions based on their performances for their team, their Actim Index score and the number of clean sheets, goals and assists they have to their name.

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

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    Age: 28

    Club: Chelsea

    Appearances: 13

    Clean Sheets: 8

    Goals: 0

    Assists: 0

    Team Position: 1st

    Actim Index Rank: 12th

Right Back: Branislav Ivanovic

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    Age: 26

    Club: Chelsea

    Appearances: 11

    Clean Sheets: 7

    Goals: 1

    Assists: 1

    Team Position: 1st

    Actim Index Rank: 43rd

Centre Back: Liam Ridgewell

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    Age: 26

    Club: Birmingham City

    Appearances: 13

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals: 3

    Assists: 0

    Team Position: 18th

    Actim Index Rank: 23rd

Centre Back: John Terry

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    Age: 29

    Club: Chelsea

    Appearances: 11

    Clean Sheets: 7

    Goals: 0

    Assists: 1

    Team Position: 1st

    Actim Index Rank: 13th

Left Back: Ashley Cole

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    Age: 29

    Club: Chelsea

    Appearances: 12

    Clean Sheets: 8

    Goals: 0

    Assists: 3

    Team Position: 1st

    Actim Index Rank: 11th

Centre Midfielder: Kevin Nolan

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    Age: 28

    Club: Newcastle United

    Appearances: 12

    Clean Sheets: 3 

    Goals: 7

    Assists: 0

    Team Position: 8th

    Actim Index Rank: 3rd

Centre Midfield: Darren Fletcher

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    Age: 26

    Club: Manchester United

    Appearances: 12

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals: 2

    Assists: 3

    Team Position: 3rd

    Actim Index Rank: 8th

Centre Midfield: Alex Song

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    Age: 23

    Club: Arsenal

    Appearances: 11

    Clean Sheets: 3

    Goals: 3

    Assists: 1 

    Team Position: 2nd

    Actim Index Rank: 20th

Right Wing: Luis Nani

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    Age: 24

    Club: Manchester United

    Appearances: 12

    Clean Sheets: 5

    Goals: 4

    Assists: 9

    Team Position: 3rd

    Actim Index Rank: 9th

Left Wing: Florent Malouda

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    Age: 30

    Club: Chelsea

    Appearances: 12

    Clean Sheets: 7

    Goals: 7

    Assists: 0

    Team Position: 1st

    Actim Index Rank: 2nd

Forward: Andrew Carroll

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    Age: 21

    Club: Newcastle United

    Appearances: 13

    Clean Sheets: 4

    Goals: 7

    Assists: 4

    Team Position: 8th

    Actim Index Rank: 4th

Substitutes

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    Matthew Gilks (Blackpool)

    Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)

    Leighton Baines (Everton)

    Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)

    Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham City)

    Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)

    Didier Drogba (Chelsea)