Newcastle and Huddersfield finally secured their first victories of the season against Watford and Fulham respectively, while Manchester United fought their way back from a goal down to claim three points at Bournemouth.
Elsewhere, Man City and Chelsea continued to impress, while Liverpool were held to a draw by an Arsenal side who are beginning to look like the real deal.
Let’s take a look at the players that we thought put in the best individual performances of the weekend in our Tipster180 Premier League TOTW:
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Goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)
On a difficult afternoon for Leicester City, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel played an instrumental part in helping the Foxes win 1-0 at Cardiff City. Schmeichel was composed and commanding throughout Leicester’s hard-fought victory, and the Danish international was exemplary when called into action to parry the hosts’ attempts on goal away.
Right Back: Seamus Coleman (Everton)
Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman produced his best performance of the season by some distance for Everton in their 3-1 win against Brighton on Saturday. Coleman attempted more crosses (10) in his 90 minutes than any other player in the Premier League over the weekend. Coleman capped his display with a match-turning goal on 50 minutes.
Centre Back: Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)
Shkodran Mustafi was the best defender on the pitch in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday evening. The German stopper made more clearances (9) than any other player involved and he had a 100% tackle success rate against one of the league’s most devastating attacks.
Centre Back: Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jørgensen (Huddersfield Town)
Playing as the furthest right of a back 3 for the Terriers, Zanka played a vital role in Huddersfield’s first Premier League victory of the season. Zanka made an incredible 9 interceptions during the contest – which is 6 more than any other player on the pitch. The 28-year old put in his most complete defensive shift on 2018/19 to date against the Cottagers.
Left Back: Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City)
Benjamin Mendy played more as a supplementary attacker than a defender for Manchester City in their 6-1 win against Southampton on Sunday. Mendy had a 91% pass success rate against the Saints and he completed more open play crosses (3) than any other Premier League player over the weekend.
Right Wing: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Raheem Sterling put in a near perfect performance for Manchester City in their 6-1 win against Southampton on Sunday. The speedy winger scored 2 and made 2 of City’s 6 goals in a top-level attacking showcase that thrilled supporters at the Etihad. In a season filled with incredible individual performances for Sterling, Sunday was arguably the best.
Central Midfield: James Milner (Liverpool)
James Milner’s 61st minute opener against Arsenal for Liverpool in their eventual 1-1 draw at the Emirates was his 50th goal in the Premier League. Milner’s goal was key, though it was his combative attributes that were much more to the fore for the rest of the contest. Milner ran himself silly for Liverpool, helping to compensate for some of his underperforming teammates in midfield. The 32-year old continues to be one of Jurgen Klopp’s most important players.
Central Midfield: David Silva (Manchester City)
Creative genius David Silva was at it again for the champions in their mauling of Southampton on Sunday. Silva completed more passes in the final third (34) than any other player in the Premier League this weekend. The Spaniard knit together much of City’s attacking play and he even got in on the act himself, scoring the game’s third goal after just 18 minutes.
Left Wing: Felipe Anderson (West Ham)
Enigmatic Brazilian attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson can often blow hot and cold for West Ham, but against Burnley he was at his searing best. The former Lazio star helped himself to 2 second half goals against the Clarets and he might have had a hattrick if it wasn’t for the woodwork. Matthew Lowton had a torrid time against Anderson down the Hammers’ left as the Brazilian ran him ragged throughout.
Striker: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea)
Much-maligned centre forward Alvaro Morata plundered 2 goals for Chelsea against Crystal Palace on Sunday to take his tally for the season to 5 goals in 7 Premier League starts. Morata grabbed his first just after the half hour mark to give the Blues the lead and he netted his second on 65 minutes to restore Chelsea’s lead after Andros Townsend had equalized for the visitors. Typically, Morata missed a clear-cut chance to complete his hattrick at the death, though the Spaniard will still be proud of his afternoon’s work.
Striker: Richarlison (Everton)
Richarlison was the main man again for Everton at the weekend in the Toffees 3-1 win over Brighton at Goodison Park. The big money signing broke the deadlock for Everton after 26 minutes before grabbing the game-sealing 3rd in the second half at the 77 minute mark. Richarlison scored from his only 2 shots on target during the 90 minutes, showing a ruthlessness in the final third to complement his technical skill.
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