Free Bets Premier League Team of The Week ft Man United and Liverpool starsPublished August 16, 2016
The opening round of fixtures of the new Premier League season is now complete, and fans across the country were treated to some moments of individual brilliance, some fantastic team performances, and some rather entertaining encounters, as the new campaign kicked off in style.
We at Free Bets, take a look at the standout players of gameweek one, and name our team of the week.
Goalkeeper: Maarten Stekelenburg (Everton)
The Dutchman made several crucial stops, including a late point-blank save from Tottenham forward Vincent Janssen.
Defender: Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
Shaw’s return to first-team football after a horrendous broken leg last season deserves recognition. The full-back had a very sold game against Bournemouth and feels like a new signing for United.
Defender: Eric Bailly (Manchester United)
The 22-year-old looks refreshingly composed and enjoyed a solid afternoon on the south coast, letting very little past and winning practically everything in the air.
Defender: Curtis Davies (Hull)
The 31-year-old was a rock in a makeshift Hull defence. The centre-back had Leicester hot-shot Jamie Vardy in his pocket for most of the afternoon and was commanding in the air.
Defender: Kyle Naughton (Swansea)
The 27-year-old was a constant outlet down the Swansea right flank, and was solid in defence too, as Swansea narrowly beat Burnley 1-0.
Midfielder: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
The England international looked like a man reinvigorated under his new boss, playing a huge part in City’s opener against Sunderland, after winning a penalty early on in the match.
Midfielder: Robert Snodgrass (Hull)
The Scottish midfielder was a constant threat against Leicester, and his beautifully taken winning goal capped an impressive afternoon.
Midfielder: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
The Brazilian magician was the catalyst for Liverpool’s victory at Arsenal, netting two goals and being instrumental in most of the Merseyside club’s attacking play in North London.
Attacker: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Many questioned the £34m Liverpool paid for the Senegalese forward, but judging by his performance against Arsenal, it looks like money well spent. Mane gave Liverpool pace and power and topped off an impressive display with a wonderful goal.
Attacker: Nathan Redmond (Southampton)
Despite being asked surprisingly to lead the line, the 22-year-old had a debut to remember, getting himself on the scoresheet during the Saints’ 1-1 draw v Watford.
Attacker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
The Swedish superstar’s goal and overall link-up play against Bournemouth earned praise from many fans, including one particular admirer, Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt.