Game-week 5 is done, and what a week it was! Full of thrills and spills, and notably a hammering of Manchester United. With the game-week over, this is how the Dream Team XI looks:
In goal we have Big Vito Mannone, who managed a massive 10 points. Sunderland’s keeper last year was one of the must have keepers as he was always a reliable shot stopper. After a slow start to the season, Sunderland have finally recorded their first clean sheet which could lead onto more of the same. It’s worth noting that the Black Cats goalkeeper was only successful in finding a team-mate with a goal-kick into the opposition half 4 times out of 14 attempts.
This week we have a three man defence, firstly consisting of Kieran Gibbs. The England defender managed to grab himself an assist and a clean sheet giving him a total of 10 points. He was successful with 60 of his 69 passing attempts, creating a chance in the process.
Leighton Baines is the second defender in this week’s Dream Team, after he converted a penalty in Everton’s 2-3 loss to Crystal Palace, also giving him 10 points. He dominated the left-wing, earning himself a 91% pass completion rate whilst creating 2 chances in the process.
The final defender this week is Sunderland’s Wes Brown who tallied up 9 points after keeping a clean sheet and picking up all 3 bonus points. His passing was clinical, completing a massive 50 out of 53 passes.
We have a 4 man midfield this week, with Mesut Ozil being the first. The German international finally stepped up to the plate as he managed a massive 70 successful passes out of 76, creating a chance and assisting a goal in the process. We of course shouldn’t forget his goal that started Arsenal’s goalscoring proceedings at the weekend which led to him earning a massive 13 points.
We then have West Brom’s James Morrison who scored the only goal in their 0-1 win at White Heart Lane. This gave him 11 points with the all important 3 bonus points. Morrison put in a shift all over the field, successfully creating 4 chances as well as earning a 90% pass completion rate.
Angel Di Maria makes another appearance in the Dream Team this week after scoring and assisting a goal in Manchester United’s 5-3 defeat to Leicester City. His sublime chip was the only positive point to come from United’s loss and they are going to need him to do that more often if they are expecting to outscore their opponents.
Finally we have Raheem Sterling who scored a goal in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham. Somehow, he still managed to pick up 3 bonus points and score a total of 10 points.
With 21 points and the title of the star man of game-week 5, what can we say? Jamie Vardy managed 4 assists and a goal in Leicester City’s 5-3 win against van Gaal’s new look Manchester United. His time on the ball was minimal but when he did have the ball, he was clinical. Despite only successfully passing the ball 16 times, he created 4 chances (in addition to the assists) and assisted 2 goals (the other 2 assists were from being brought down in the box).
The second of our 3 strikers is Peter Crouch, after the Stoke City giant scored 12 points as he hit the back of the net for the first time since March, as well as assisting another in their 2-2 draw with QPR. Considering how tall the man is, he failed with the majority of his aerial battles in the game against the R’s (10 out of 19).
The final player in this week’s Dream Team is another Leicester City player in Leonardo Ulloa. The Argentine bagged two goals against Manchester United, capping a great performance for the Foxes. He did however fail in all of his take-on and tackling attempts as well as only winning 3 of his 8 aerial battles.