As gameweek 35 came to an end in the Premier League, the race for the top four got more intense than ever. Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City all dropped points with just three more matchdays remaining.
Norwich City’s relegation was confirmed, following their loss to West Ham, but Aston Villa and Watford won their respective games to give themselves a chance of avoiding the drop.
Premier League gameweek 35 results:
Norwich 0 – 4 West Ham United
Watford 2 – 1 Newcastle United
Liverpool 1 – 1 Burnley
Sheffield United 3 – 0 Chelsea
Brighton and Hove Albion 0 – 5 Manchester City
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 – 0 Everton
Aston Villa 2 – 0 Crystal Palace
Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 1 Arsenal
Bournemouth 4 – 1 Leicester City
Manchester United 2 -2 Southampton
Without further ado, let’s take a look at our Premier League Team of the Week for gameweek 35. The formation usedis 4-4-2.
Goalkeeper: Nick Pope (Burnley)
Nick Pope displayed a goalkeeping masterclass against Liverpool as he helped his team to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by making the highest number of saves (8) and recoveries in the game (13). If not for the England international, Burnley could have lost by a big margin but instead, they became the first team this season to make Liverpool drop points at home.
Right-back: Ryan Fredericks (West Ham United)
Ryan Fredericks has finally nailed his place in a West Ham United side which have lacked consistency for the majority of the season. The full-back, who has mostly been Pablo Zabaleta’s understudy for the last two seasons, helped keep a clean sheet and provided an assist as the Hammers thumped Norwich City 4-0 to relegate the Canaries.
Centre-back: James Tarkowski (Burnley)
James Tarkowski was like a rock against Liverpool as he thwarted the Reds’ attacks and helped Burnley to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. The former Brentford defender contributed at both ends of the pitch as he provided the assist for Burnley’s equaliser and also managed the third-highest number of interceptions in the game (2).
Centre-back: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)
Tottenham Hotspur needed someone to rise up against their biggest rivals, Arsenal and the big Belgian centre-back did just that in the final few minutes of an underwhelming north London derby. Besides providing stability to Spurs’ defence, Toby Alderweireld netted the winner in the 81st minute as Tottenham triumphed 2-1.
Left-back: Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
The Scotland international is arguably the best left-back in the Premier League and continues to perform consistently week in, week out. Andy Robertson broke the deadlock against Burnley and was a constant threat to the Clarets’ defence with his pinpoint crosses. But sadly, he couldn’t stop Liverpool from dropping points for the first time at Anfield this season as Burnley battled to a 1-1 draw.
Central midfielder: Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Ruben Neves has been one of the most consistent players for Wolverhampton Wanderers, who have surprised one and all with their impressive displays both in England and on the European stage. The former Porto captain, who is the engine of Wolves’ midfield, displayed his importance in a dominating display against Everton Neves provided a brilliant assist, played the highest number of passes (82) and made the most tackles (4) in the game. He also made the highest number of recoveries (10), blocks (2) and third-highest number of interceptions (3) in the fixture, which Wolves won 3-0.
Central Midfielder: Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Joining Ruben Neves in our midfield is his Wolves teammate, Leander Dendoncker. The versatile Belgian can slot seamlessly in the middle of the park or in the backline. Dendoncker dominated the midfield against Everton, alongside Neves, and scored a brilliant goal just after half-time to double Wolves’ lead.
Left-winger: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Raheem Sterling has been one of the most in-form players for Manchester City since the Premier League restarted. The England international netted a hat-trick against Brighton as the Citizens thumped the Seagulls 5-0. Sterling has an outside chance of winning the Premier League Golden Boot, having scored 17 times in the league this season, six less than Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, who leads the goalscorers’ charts.
Right-winger: Trezeguet (Aston Villa)
Aston Villa desperately needed a hero to return to winning ways and help them in their fight against relegation, and Trezeguet answered the call. The Egyptian winger, who joined Aston Villa from Kasimpasa last summer, scored a brace as the Villans beat Crystal Palace 2-0 to give themselves a fighting chance of avoiding the drop with three matchdays remaining.
Striker: Michail Antonio (West Ham United)
Michail Antonio was simply superb against a below-par Norwich City side, and his goals sent the Canaries packing to the Championship. The Hammers hitman scored the first hat-trick of his career and netted all four goals for his side, who cruised to a 4-0 victory. With West Ham being still perilously close the drop-zone, manager David Moyes will want more of the same from Antonio in the remaining games to ease relegation fears.
Striker: Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth)
Dominic Solanke finally broke his duck of not scoring a goal in 38 Premier League games over a period of two years. The former Liverpool striker stunned Leicester City with a brilliant brace as the Cherries destroyed the Foxes 4-1. While the win boosted Bournemouth’s hopes of survival in the Premier League, the loss dented Leicester’s chances of finishing in the top four.
This is how our Premier League team of the week for gameweek 35 would line up: