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EPL team of the week: Round 20

Tuesday, January 05, 2016 - 11:00 AM
Source: SportsFan
Author: Ben Hocking and Bradley Dawson

Man of the match for West Ham Michail Antonio (l) definitely deserves a guernsey in this week's team

West Ham's Michail Antonio excelled at both ends of the pitch during his team's crucial win over Liverpool

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The Premier League season continues to keep everyone guessing, with teams jostling for spots and the form of plenty of teams oscillating in one of the more even campaigns in years. Manchester United and Chelsea had much-needed wins, with three players across both sides making our best team for the round. We have gone with a 4-4-2 formation for the first team of the new year.

EPL team of the week: Round 20
GK: Artur Boruc (Bournemouth)
DEF: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland), Johnny Evans (West Bromwich Albion), Ashley Young (Manchester United)
MID: Mark Noble (West Ham), Michail Antonio (West Ham), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Willian (Chelsea)
FWD: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Diego Costa (Chelsea)

GOALKEEPER

Artur Boruc (Bournemouth)
Made a magnificent save to deny Leicester's Jamie Vardy and then kept out a Riyad Mahrez penalty, as if his day wasn't busy enough by that stage. Bournemouth were reduced to 10 men and he still fought hard to keep one of the best clean-sheets of the season and earn his side a point.

DEFENDERS

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
Made an intelligent run off the back of his marker that enabled him to meet Olivier Giroud's knockdown and score the match-winning goal. His defending was also typically solid, showing his potency in both penalty areas.

Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland)
Worked tirelessly all game, scored the opening goal with a wonderful strike and nearly came close to scoring a second with a free-kick.

Johnny Evans (West Bromwich Albion)
Helped quell Stoke's attack all game in a hard-working game in defence while also proving a handy attacking option. Tapped in the match-winner – his first-ever goal for the club – in the final minutes of added time after a cross ended up bouncing around in the six-yard box.

Ashley Young (Manchester United)
Was man of the match at right-back and proved a real danger with his pace and agility throughout the game, firing in a total of 10 crosses for the match, one of which resulted in Anthony Martial heading in the opener.

MIDFIELDERS

Mark Noble (West Ham)
Copped a bruising tackle from Lucas Leiva early on in the piece, but still managed to shine for the Hammers, dictating the pace of the game through the midfield, and providing an assist with a superbly weighted cross into the box for West Ham's second goal. Also managed a great clearance off the line to ensure a clean-sheet for his side.

Michail Antonio (West Ham)
Easily the man of the match in West Ham's 2-0 win over Liverpool, getting into the box to open the scoring with a powerful header while also tracking back superbly throughout.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)
The Spurs midfielder continues to impress and had another fine game, showing his class to deftly control Toby Alderweireld's long pass before volleying the ball low past Everton keeper Tim Howard in first-half stoppage time to grab the equaliser.

Willian (Chelsea)
Clearly Chelsea's best player in their disappointing season thus far, Willian again showed his class, blasting in his team's second from long range with a sensational strike into the top corner on the hour, before setting up the Blues' third with a low cross that Palace 'keeper Wayne Hennessey could only knock away into the path of Costa.

FORWARDS

Jermain Defoe (Sunderland)
The much-maligned Defoe proved his worth, covering plenty of the pitch, chasing everything down and scoring a second-half brace to deliver his side victory. The 33-year-old is still a sensational finisher in front of goal and remains his side's best chance of avoiding relegation this season.

Diego Costa (Chelsea)
Whatever the reason, the Blues players look to be performing for their new manager, with Costa producing his best game of the campaign, as he continually helped push his team forward. Ran onto Cesc Fabregas' delightful pass to split the Crystal Palace defence before setting up Oscar for Chelsea's first, then ran into great position to tap in their third from a deflected Willian pass.

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