EPL Players Of The Week | Man of The Match choices from Match Day 13

EPL Players Of The Week | Man of The Match choices from Match Day 13

Welcome to the Players of the Week for Match Day 13 (last weekend’s matches). Please click on the page numbers below or use the easy navigation to find out who I’ve selected as the Man of the Match for your team!

Sunderland 2 – 4 West Brom

West Brom won their fourth game on the bounce to take themselves to within 4 points of top-spot.

It has been the youthful bunch of James Morrison, Romelu Lukaku and Shane Long who have attracted the plaudits so far this term but old-timer and Hawthorns favourite Zoltan Gera was the master puppeteer in Saturday’s early kick off.

Only Morrison attempted more passes than the Hungarian, but Gera managed to complete 61/65 of his passes (94%), achieving the best accuracy for his side.

Gera opened the scoring with a brilliant left footed drive from 25 yards, leaving Mignolet with no chance and setting The Baggies on their way to another win.

Man of The Match: Zoltan Gera

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Everton 1 – 1 Norwich

A last gasp Sebastien Bassong header extended Norwich’s unbeaten run to 6 games as Everton failed to capitalise on their bright start.

Leon Osman put in an all action display and was at the heart of all of the home sides positivity in the first half, and marshalled his team as they came under pressure after the break.

Osman had more shots than any other player on the pitch (4) and was the game’s most accurate passer (88%).

A more distinctive stat was the fact that the England man won 100% of his tackles, 60% of his ground duels and 67% of his aeriel duels.

Man of The Match: Leon Osman

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Man Utd 3 – 1 QPR

United scored three second half goals in an eight minute flurry to quash QPR as Harry Redknapp watched on from the stands.

Wayne Rooney returned to the side and made all the difference with a determined performance.

Rooney created 5 chances over the course of the game and provided 1 assist as he relished the freedom to roam in behind Robin Van Persie.

The England forward attempted more crosses than any other player and was by far the game’s most effective player in the final third, entering the penalty area on 11 occasions.

Man of The Match: Wayne Rooney

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Stoke 1 – 0 Fulham

Fulham’s new found style succumbed to Stoke’s recognisable brawn as Charlie Adam scored his second goal for the club with the only goal of the game.

Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross turned in a dominant performance at the heart of the home defence.

The defenders performance was reflected by the stats which show he won 75% of his ground dels and 100% of his aerial duels.

He also racked up a 66.67% tackle success, chipped in with 11 clearances and had 2 shots at goal as Fulham played into the hands of the home side rather than exploiting the nimble footwork of Berbatov and looked like they missed the absent Ruiz and Kacaniklic.

Man of The Match: Ryan Shawcross

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Wigan 3 – 2 Reading

Jordi Gomez struck a second half hat-trick to bring Wigan from behind and save Ali Al-Habsi’s blushes after the keeper’s late blunder.

It’s very hard to see further than a player who has scored a ‘perfect hat-trick’ when awarding a MOTM award, and I’ve chose the Wigan man for his match winning performance.

Gomez was easily the game’s best player as he bombarded the Reading goal with 9 shots, 5 which were on target and 3 which ended in the back of the net.

He also created 4 chances for his teammates and completed his 2 dribbles in a performance that will last long in the memory.

Man of The Match: Jordi Gomez

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Aston Villa 0 – 0 Arsenal

There was no separating Aston Villa and Arsenal as the two sides saw out a stalemate at Villa Park.

This was a drab encounter and so the MOTM award has to go to one of the defenders who helped their side to a clean sheet.

Per Mertesacker has been in reformed form in his second season and on Saturday he showed just why Arsene Wenger has been so insistent on playing the towering German international, even pushing his captain out of position to left-back to accommodate.

Mertesacker’s defensive stats were amongst the most impressive over the weekend as he won 100% of both his tackles and his ground duels, whilst winning 5/7 of his aerial duels (71%).

Man of The Match: Per Mertesacker

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Swansea 0 – 0 Liverpool

This was a game billed as the battle of the pass-masters and that is what it turned out to be as both sides cancelled eachother out with similar strategies.

Chico Flores gets my pick for MOTM as he managed to quell the ever present threat of the inform Luis Suarez, and use the ball effectively to begin some of Swansea’s fast flowing attacking moves, which often came through Pablo Hernandez.

Chico won 4/4 of his tackles and 5/8 of his ground duels (63%), whilst managing a total of 9 clearances over the course of the game.

Also, despite the presence of the likes of Leon Britton and Joe Allen, Chico came out the most accurate passer on the pitch with an impressive 95% of his passes reaching their destination.

The Spaniard even attempted more passes than Britton, and his total of 61 was only beaten by Gerrard, De Guzman and Hernandez. 6 of his passes were received in the final third of the pitch and no player made more interceptions than he did, with 6.

Man of The Match: Chico Flores

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Southampton 2 – 0 Newcastle

Southampton secured their second successive win with a convincing display at home to Newcastle.

Skipper Adam Lallana and Gaston Ramirez got the goals as the injury plagued visitors failed to impose themselves on the game.

Lallana has always looked like the man capable of driving The Saints to a result, but on Sunday it was the class and culture of Ramirez which gave Nigel Adkins side the edge in the final third.

Ramirez set up Lallana for the opener by neatly squaring the ball for his skipper to tap home before he himself picked up the pieces after a good Saints move to bundle the ball into the back of the net.

Man of The Match: Gaston Ramirez

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Chelsea 0 – 0 Man City

Rafa Benitez had to endure a vicious reception as he took to the dugout for the first time, and then watched from the sidelines as his side failed to win over a hostile crowd with a blunt performance.

This didn’t turn out to be the spectacle many would have been hoping for but it was significant in the sense that we witnessed the return of Vincent Kompany to the form that he showed to lead City to the league last term.

Kompany was strong and composed alongside Matija Nastasic, and Fernando Torres once again looked inferior to his two opposing central defenders.

Kompany won 4/5 (80%) of his tackles and all 6 of his ground duels whilst shutting the Chelsea attack out with a total of 12 clearances.

This was Kompany’s fifth clean sheet of the season and Mancini will be glad to see his skipper looking at his best again if they are to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Man of The Match: Vincent Kompany

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Tottenham 3 – 1 West Ham

Jermain Defoe scored a brace to sink his former club and move Spurs back into contention for an early top 4 spot.

The England forward has looked in lethal form this term, second to only Carlos Tevez and Michu, with a Clear Cut Chance conversion of 50%, for players who have attempted more than 30 shots so far this season.

Defoe was joined by Bale, as the joint top player for shots attempted against West Ham (7), and the pair have looked to thrive off the fast paced counter attacking strategy implemented by Villas-Boas.

Defoe also created 2 other chances for his side and completed 100% of his dribbles to round of a sterling performance.

Man of The Match: Jermain Defoe

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