See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting third weekend in the Premier League. Chelsea and Manchester City provide two players each, while there is one from Arsenal, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Liverpool, Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion.
GK – Petr Cech (Arsenal)
FPL Points – 11
Competition for the goalkeeping spot was fierce this week, with the likes of Jack Butland, Costel Pantilimon, Thibaut Courtois, Tim Krul and Simon Mignolet all impressing, but in the end, it was Cech who makes our Team of the Week for his outstanding performance against Liverpool on Monday night. After a horror start for his new club, the Czech Republic international showed the Gunners faithful just what he can do with a series of outstanding saves, including one on Christian Benteke from point-blank range.
RB – Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)
FPL Points – 6
The summer signing from Southampton has already made himself a favourite among the Liverpool supporters and his performance against Arsenal has further enhanced his reputation. Up against the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, Clyne was disciplined and defended very well, to stop the duo from getting the easy ball on the right and also got forward on numerous occasions.
CB – Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)
FPL Points – 14
It’s not often a centre-back notches a goal and an assist in the same game, but that’s what Dann did in Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. The 28-year-old broke the deadlock with a thumping header from a Jason Puncheon corner, before going on to pop up on the right wing to set up the winner for summer signing Bakary Sako with three minutes remaining.
CB – Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United)
FPL Points – 6
A lot was made of Manchester United’s lack of options up front following Saturday’s goalless draw at Old Trafford, as well as Wayne Rooney poor form, but Newcastle United defended brilliantly. They were very disciplined and organised at the back, and none more so than captain Coloccini, who lead by example and was solid throughout the game making countless challenges, blocks, clearances and interceptions during the 90 minutes.
LB – Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City)
FPL Points –15
The Serbian has really made the most of his opportunity to make the left-back spot his own as he continued his impressive start to the new season. He did not rampage forward as much as usual against a tricky Everton side, but his first meaningful advancement saw him break the deadlock at Goodison Park. It is only three games into the new season, but Raheem Sterling and Kolarov have formed a great partnership down City’s left-hand side and it was their combination that produced the winner.
RM – Pedro (Chelsea)
FPL Points –13
Having spent much of last season behind Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in the Barcelona pecking order, Chelsea’s latest recruit made the most of his starting opportunity. It took the £21m signing just 20 minutes to register his first goal in the Premier League and then soon after set one up for Diego Costa. Overall, Pedro was phenomenal and it was the sort of performance that had Manchester United fans ruining the fact Louis van Gaal “decided against” signing him.
MC – James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion)
FPL Points – 13
After the early penalty miss it seemed Morrison was going to be in for a forgettable afternoon, but the Scotland international could be happy with his personal performance against Chelsea. Some players would have hid after missing a penalty against the reigning Premier League champions, but to his credit, he kept his head up and dragged his side back into the game by scoring two goals.
MC – David Silva (Manchester City)
FPL Points – 3
In a season where it is so hard to predict a title winner, Manchester City have put themselves in with a great chance of regaining the title and it is mainly because of the early season form of David Silva. The Spaniard has been very unlucky to miss out on a place in our Team of the Week in the opening two game weeks, but this time it’s very hard not to pick him. The Spaniard ran the show from start to finish in the 2-0 win over Everton. Kolarov and Samir Nasri may have scored the goals, but it was Silva pulling the strings in midfield, finding himself enough space to cause problems and created chances for his team-mates. On this form, he is the best player in the Premier League..
LM – Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
FPL Points –10
Can anyone stop him? The Algerian is in the form of his life and was on song in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur as he grabbed his fourth goal in three games to ensure Leicester City remain unbeaten. Mahrez ran riot against Spurs, his pace and trickery causing a lot of problems to Mauricio Pochettino’s back four and scored the equaliser minutes after Tottenham broke the deadlock. He is the only player to be named in our Team of the Week for the third consecutive time. Will he make it four out of four next week?
ST – Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
FPL Points – 17
Bournemouth simply needed the goals to flow, everything else looked absolutely fine, and Wilson did just that as the Cherries registered their first-ever Premier League win in their history. For a striker who is new to the top flight, getting off the mark is very important, and he hadn’t found the net in his first two outings, but he is off and running now, and that too with a brilliant hat-trick. He made the most out of some poor defending by West Ham to score two goals before the break and then added the third from the penalty spot towards the end of a seven-goal thriller.
ST – Diego Costa (Chelsea)
FPL Points – 10
Against Manchester City last weekend, Diego Costa seemed more interested in fighting with the opposition than scoring. This time around, it was a completely different story as he looked back to his brooding, nasty best and that resulted in the perfect centre-forward’s performance. He showed great anticipation to get on the end of Pedro’s wayward shot to score his first goal of the season, and then turned provider for Cesar Azpilicueta to restore Chelsea’s two goal cushion.
Subs – Jack Butland (Stoke City), Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Jack Cork (Swansea City), Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea City)