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Premier League Team of the Week - Virgil van Dijk, Bernardo Silva, Ayoze Perez

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Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 35, including Bernardo Silva, Ayoze Perez and four Liverpool players.
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The Premier League title race looks set to go down to the wire after both Manchester City and Liverpool continued their faultless form over the weekend to leave Jurgen Klopp's side still two points clear at the top.

Liverpool's 2-0 win over Cardiff City lifted them back above Man City after the champions had squeezed past Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, although things remain in the hands of Pep Guardiola's side ahead of Wednesday's crucial derby against Manchester United.

While neither team are slipping up in the title race, the top-four battle looks set to be decided by which team makes the fewest mistakes between now and the end of the season after Spurs, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all dropped points this weekend.

Tottenham's loss at Man City was perhaps expected, but United were humiliated by Everton, Arsenal slumped to a shock home defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace and Chelsea were held by Burnley on Monday night.

At the other end of the table, Brighton & Hove Albion inched further away from the relegation zone with a goalless draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, while Newcastle United confirmed their survival by beating Southampton.

Leicester City rescued a late draw at West Ham United to leave one point separating four teams in the race for seventh place, with Watford beating Huddersfield Town.

Here, Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 35.




Man City bounced back from the disappointment of their Champions League exit with a narrow 1-0 win over the same team that knocked them out in the weekend's early game, but it could have been very different had Ederson not been at his best, continually coming out to deny Tottenham chances and making four key saves to protect his clean sheet.

It is an all-Merseyside six in front of Ederson, including three of the back four from City's title rivals Liverpool following their win over Cardiff. The Bluebirds did not exactly lay siege to the Liverpool goal, but Virgil van Dijk and in particular Joel Matip were key to a crucial clean sheet. Van Dijk was typically commanding at the back, while Matip was named man of the match having impressed both on and off the ball.

Trent Alexander-Arnold completes the Liverpool defensive trio at right-back courtesy of his clever assist for the breakthrough goal, having discussed a tactic at half time and then carried it out at the first available opportunity. Seamus Coleman also deserves a mention at right-back, while his Everton teammate Michael Keane is another who is unfortunate to miss out.

Lucas Digne does make the cut from the Toffees' memorable 4-0 win over United, though, having blasted home their third goal in addition to keeping another clean sheet.

There were a number of Everton players in the running for a place in this XI having produced the standout team performance of the weekend, but while the likes of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin narrowly miss out, Gylfi Sigurdsson was arguably the best of the lot. The Iceland international continued his fine scoring record against United and created another goal in the rout, but he is forced into a deeper-lying playmaker position in this team.

Georginio Wijnaldum joins Sigurdsson in the holding two having scored the opening goal against Cardiff and thrived in a relatively unfamiliar holding role, which allowed others to have more licence to attack. Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic was also in the running for a midfield spot but is just pipped by the Dutchman.

Phil Foden is another who deserves an honourable mention having repaid Guardiola's faith in him with the only goal for City against Spurs, but it was Bernardo Silva who again earned most of the plaudits from the outfield players, showing exactly why he is in the running for the PFA Player of the Year award.

Watford's Gerard Deulofeu once again showed the sort of form which inspired the Hornets to the FA Cup final, scoring twice to help his side past Huddersfield, including a particularly clever opener after just five minutes.

Deulofeu was outshone by Ayoze Perez of Newcastle, though, as his compatriot helped himself to a first Premier League hat-trick against Southampton to mathematically confirm the Magpies' top-flight status for another season.

It is an unlikely figure leading the line this week as Christian Benteke gets the nod, having finally ended a year-long goal drought in the Premier League. The Belgian also helped himself to an assist as Palace continued their fine away form with a win at the Emirates, earning a place ahead of Ashley Barnes in this week's XI. body check tags ::

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool16151040142646
2Leicester CityLeicester16122239102938
3Manchester CityMan City16102444192532
4Chelsea169253124729
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd166642519624
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves165922319424
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs166553023723
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd165741916322
9Arsenal165742424022
10Crystal Palace166461418-422
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle166461723-622
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton165472024-419
13Burnley165382129-818
14Everton165291928-917
15Bournemouth164481824-616
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham164481828-1016
17Aston Villa164392328-515
18Southampton164391835-1715
19Norwich CityNorwich1632111734-1711
20Watford16169930-219
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool16151040142646
2Leicester CityLeicester16122239102938
3Manchester CityMan City16102444192532
4Chelsea169253124729
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd166642519624
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves165922319424
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs166553023723
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd165741916322
9Arsenal165742424022
10Crystal Palace166461418-422
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle166461723-622
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton165472024-419
13Burnley165382129-818
14Everton165291928-917
15Bournemouth164481824-616
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham164481828-1016
17Aston Villa164392328-515
18Southampton164391835-1715
19Norwich CityNorwich1632111734-1711
20Watford16169930-219
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