Garth Crooks & # 039; Team of the week: Aguero, Mata, Van Dijk, James, Ings

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<pre><pre>Garth Crooks & # 039; Team of the week: Aguero, Mata, Van Dijk, James, Ings

Liverpool continued their unbeaten run with a 1-0 away win at Tottenham and prevailed at the top of the table with a 14 point lead.

Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick and was ranked the best foreign player in Premier League history Manchester City beaten Aston Villa 6-1 in the Villa Park.

Ralph Hasenhuttls Southampton celebrated a 2-1 away win against high-flyers Leicester as Danny Ings & # 39; late goal Brendan Rodgers & # 39; Denied men a third straight win.

Marcus Rashford celebrated his 200th birthday Manchester United You scored two goals and the Red Devils managed to break free from the top of the table Norwich 4-0.

At Stamford Bridge, Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his first goal in the Premier League as Chelsea With a 3-0 victory they have regained their home form Burnley,

Sheffield United. Everton and Watford also recorded three points while crystal Palace and arsenal plus wolves and Newcastle both drew 1-1.

Here is my team of the week – read it and choose your own below.

Goalkeeper – Martin Dubravka (Newcastle)

I found that Crystal Palace's Vicente Guaitas double was excellent in the last minutes of their game against Arsenal. For the Eagles, who played against 10 men for almost 30 minutes, his efforts made sure that Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had to take care of the sheer negligence he showed in his duel against Max Meyer.

However, my goalkeeper this week is Martin Dubravka from Newcastle. The Slovakian international's performance with the wolves was immense. He made two world-class parades; one with his feet and the other practically pulled the ball out of the net. If you don't believe me, ask his manager Steve Bruce.

Did you know? Dubravka parried twice in the 1-1 draw against the Wolves in Newcastle in the six-yard area.

Defenders – Fernandinho (Man City), Reece James (Chelsea), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Fernandinho: There was a wonderful moment against Aston Villa in the 49th minute when Fernandinho screamed at his defense counterparts, suggesting the ball should be played forward rather than forward. Manchester City drove 4-0, but that didn't stop the Brazilian midfielder from teaching his teammates. At a time when Fernandinho could wind up and become a squad player, he now plays in a back four and has added another two years to the top of his career.

Did you know? Fernandinho made 71 passes, had 74 strokes and had a duel in Man City's 6-1 win over Aston Villa.

Reece James: I've noticed this guy before and I'm not the least bit surprised that he finally made my team. He's starting to look like the real deal. Some of you may remember how I warned him after Chelsea defeated West Ham when Aaron Cresswell defeated him. The Chelsea youngster seems to have learned a lesson from this experience and is impressive in defense and attack.

Did you know? No Chelsea player had more chances against Burnley than defender James (three – including one template).

Virgil van Dijk: Dele Alli had roasted Joe Gomez and seemed to be pushing for Liverpool's goal – but that was not to be expected without this Dutch colossus. Van Dijk weighs the situation and realizes to avert the crisis that he must have to get his shorts dirty. It's rare for the Dutch defender to go down, but the situation made it necessary. The timing of the tackle was excellent, the man was still intact, the shorts were slightly crimped, but the image and the brand were not permanently damaged. Job done. Clean the sheet. Liverpool continues to march.

Did you know? Van Dijk made 110 successful passes against Tottenham; most players this weekend.

Midfielder – Juan Mata (Man United), Bernard (Everton), Kevin de Bruyne (Man City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

Juan Mata: The ball that Marcus Rashford used to score Manchester United's first goal against the soon devastated Norwich City was wonderful. There are only a few players in the Premier League who can deliver such a ball – but Mata is one of them. The former Spanish playmaker looked up, saw what Rashford saw, and played a pass that made everyone on the ground, including the entire Norwich defense, a spectator. Manchester United is just not good enough to keep a Mata player on the bench. When will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer realize that?

Did you know? Mata made two assists in a Premier League game for the first time since October 2012, including a game against Norwich.

Bernard: This boy was only on the field for 72 minutes, but the impact on Everton against a resilient Brighton team was clear. Bernard hummed like the legendary Colin Harvey at Goodison Park – and he had to do it without the support of caliber Alan Ball or Howard Kendall. That is the problem for the new coach Carlo Ancelotti – Everton has little quality in the middle, apart from Bernard.

Did you know? No Everton player has had more passes in the opposing half (38) or more chances (four) than Bernard against Brighton in Toffees' 1-0 win.

Kevin De Bruyne: I have to say that I was struggling with my team this week. It was very difficult to miss Abdoulaye Doucoure and Troy Deeney with two goals after their victory in Bournemouth and Riyad Mahrez after he danced twice through Aston Villa's defense. But I couldn't bring myself to leave Kevin de Bruyne out for his support for Gabriel Jesus. Have you ever seen such a passport? Heavenly.

Did you know? De Bruyne scored his 13th and 14th Premier League assists against Aston Villa.

Roberto Firmino: Spurs earned some of this match, but got nothing thanks to Roberto Firmino's Exocet rocket. If his left is his weaker foot, I can't imagine how cute he hits the ball with his right. The Brazilian international is usually at the front, but due to his performance and – for such a talented player – his surprising physical condition, he was able to play a midfield role in my team. He has been in top form since he scored the winning goal in the Club World Club final, and of course Liverpool, which is unstoppable at the moment.

Did you know? Firmino has scored five goals in all competitions in his last six games for Liverpool, as many as in his last 30 appearances with the Reds.

Forward – Marcus Rashford (Man United), Danny Ings (Southampton), Sergio Aguero (Man City)

Marcus Rashford: The way Rashford casually scored his first goal against Norwich tells you everything you need to know about his development. The casual manner in which he celebrated shouted, "That's exactly what I do for a living." I can't help but feel that Rashford, when Jose Mourinho is still at Old Trafford, is playing for a club abroad or in the reserves – instead, he's now thriving in the club he loves.

Did you know? Rashford scored two goals after three shots on Manchester United's win over Norwich.

Danny Ings: The Southampton striker was a constant threat to the defenders of Kasper Schmeichel and Leicester. He could have scored four goals instead of "just" the winner. Ings was consistently furious, but if, as some suspect, he can move to a bigger club, he has to improve his ratio of chances to goals. Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said it's not about avenging the 9-0 humiliation against the Foxes in October, but how far they have come in their development. Come down, Ralph!

Did you know? Ings was responsible for half of Saints' 10 goals in Leicester.

Sergio Aguero: Aguero's hat trick against the pitiful Aston Villa was further confirmation that he is undoubtedly the best striker in the Premier League. He'll soon call it a day on these shores, but I very much hope that the PFA or the Football Writers & # 39; Association will honor him appropriately before he leaves. Preferably both.

Did you know? The Argentine striker scored his 12th Premier League hat-trick – most of all players in the history of the competition.

Now it's your turn

You saw my selection this week. But who would you choose?

The crooks of the matter

Gambling is not only legal but has been a UK pastime for over a century. But the question I want to ask is: should sports associations recommend this? I do not think so.

The football association sold its football rights through a third party to betting shops, as if this were somehow a third-party comparison. Since the beginning of last season, the bookmaker Bet365 has had the right to show FA Cup draws on its website and in its app. The games can therefore be used by anyone who has placed a bet or made a deposit into their account within 24 hours before the start of the game.

But the purpose of the FA is to protect sport and the millions of boys and girls across the country who play it – not to encourage them to play. Players, managers and club owners are not allowed to work with betting providers. Why should the FA be different?

The government that allows members of the public to play is one thing, but it is completely different for a governing body to act in this way. The FA has created a double standard and I find it unacceptable.

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