Seldom will a goalkeeper make his way into the team of the weekend having conceded twice, but Schmeichel was that good against West Ham. He has returned to his best of late and produced several stunners as the Foxes picked up another three points.
Defenders making their way into this team on the basis of goals can be silly, but Dawson more than justified his inclusion with a brace against Arsenal. West Brom’s ruthless play from set pieces was always going to be key and it was Dawson who took full advantage of Arsenal’s disorganisation.
Once again Luiz was the calming influence for Chelsea at the back. As Jon Walters and Saido Berahino were nullified, the Brazilian read the game superbly as Chelsea stepped towards another title.
Bournemouth and clean sheets have rarely been mentioned together this season. Cook produced a great defensive display for the Cherries to notch a shutout for Eddie Howe’s side to find a bit of comfort from the bottom three.
Not only was Alonso a great outlet for Chelsea on the left flank, the Spaniard played a key role defensively against Stoke’s key player, Marko Arnautovic. Occasionally in trouble against the Austrian, he still limited his impact on the game and could have easily scored the winner with a beautiful free kick.
Although the attention on Crystal Palace’s improvement has been at Mamadou Sakho, it is Milivojevic that has been the key. Guarding the defence with nous and physicality, the January signing has changed the pattern of their season.
West Brom were superb against Arsenal. Chadli, as ever, added quality to the organisation and industry and the Belgian was a key threat on counters for the Baggies.
With contract talks apparently not progressing well, Emre Can might just have convinced Liverpool to boost his wages with his Sunday showing. He dominated Manchester City in the middle third and ran Yaya Toure out of the match.
Lanzini stepped up when West Ham needed him again this weekend. His free kick was perfect, but it was his mesmeric dribbling that really had Leicester in trouble throughout.
After an indifferent start to the season, Spurs’ gifted Dane has been excellent. Another sweet strike put the Lilywhites into a comfortable position on Sunday, too, as he and Alli continue to produce the goods.
It took a bit longer than usual, but Lukaku got his customary goal this weekend. He even followed it up with an opportunistic second after a splendid dinked pass to Enner Valencia sealed the match for the Toffees. The contract situation might be messy, but Lukaku continues to go from strength to strength.