Liverpool midfielder James Milner celebrates a goal
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A 5-1 demolition of Hull City sees Liverpool dominate our team this week with three players making the grade, including our captain James Milner, who was absolutely brilliant in the victory. Only one other team managed multiple representatives and that was Burnley who produced one of the upsets of the round with their 2-0 win over Watford.
We also found room for a member of a losing side this week with Sunderland's Jermain Defoe scoring two goals in a losing effort against Crystal Palace. Our 3-4-3 formation also came from a team who produced a losing effort, with Chelsea switching to the more attacking formation for the final half hour of the match against Arsenal after they were already three goals behind. It might not have resulted in them scoring, but it did also stop the rot, proving that the tactic can work defensively.
EPL team of the week: Round six
GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley)
DEF: James Milner (Liverpool, captain), Michael Keane (Burnley), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
MID: Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), Dusan Tadic (Southampton)
FWD: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur), Jermain Defoe (Sunderland)
Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Normally keeping a clean sheet against Watford isn't all that noteworthy, but given their recent performances that is starting to change. Pulled off an excellent save to deny Troy Deeney at the near post.
James Milner (Liverpool, captain)
It is little wonder the Reds hand the penalty goal kicking duties to Milner. Not only does he send them home easily, as he did with the two penalties in the game against Hull, but the Reds have never lost in any of the 43 Premier League goals where he has scored. As well as defending stoutly, Milner was able to charge forward when required and looked dangerous throughout.
Michael Keane (Burnley)
Did a great job shutting down any Watford attacking moves, something his former club Manchester United could have used last week. Also managed to score from a header, looking like the only player that wanted the ball after he was picked out perfectly by Steven Defour.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
One of the best defenders in the Premier League, was both solid in defence and potent in attack, which he proved by producing a superb tackle to stop Pedro scoring and also by providing a perfectly placed low cross that allowed Theo Walcott to score. Also managed to keep Eden Hazard fairly quiet, which is no mean feat.
Adam Lallana (Liverpool)
Scored the opening goal of the game in the 5-1 rout of Hull City as well as providing assists for goals for Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane. His precision passing was the key to Liverpool's ability to consistently break down Hull's defence.
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
With so many of his teammates pushing forward, Coutinho was tasked with running the show from a deeper than usual role in midfield, and the license he was given to create, proved very productive for his team. He provided the assist for Lallana's opening goal and scored a magnificent goal with a long-range strike.
James McArthur (Crystal Palace)
After Crystal Palace fell two goals behind against Sunderland, it was McArthur who took it upon himself to push forward and it changed the complexion of the game. He was able to provide the assist for Joe Ledley's goal and then scored the equaliser, which laid the foundation for his side stealing a 3-2 victory.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton)
Laid off the assist for Charlie Austin to score Southampton's opening goal and then scored the second himself with a lovely shimmy to bamboozle the West Ham defence.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Apparently Pep Guardiola thinks Sergio Aguero is capable of playing better football than we are currently seeing. That could be something to watch after the Argentine scored two goals, one with a clever penalty chip and another that was truly inspirational in the 3-1 win over Swansea City.
Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur)
Scored two goals inside the first 23 minutes of the game to effectively win the game for Spurs. He took up the mantle of Tottenham's best attacking player with aplomb in Harry Kane's absence.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland)
Scored two goals (one on each foot) to give his side an early 2-0 lead against Crystal Palace, which should have been enough to win the game. Despite his teammates providing him with very few decent passes he always managed to look dangerous.
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