January 21, 2018, 21:03

Premier League hotlist: Nemanja Matic, Joe Hart and Eden Hazard

Premier League hotlist: Nemanja Matic, Joe Hart and Eden Hazard

Who were the best Premier League players from the weekend games? We take a look at the man-of-the-match performances in our hotlist.

Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham – Nemanja Matic

Ashley Young was impressive for Manchester United and Martial was the match winner, but Matic was key in a tight game.

The midfielder was particularly strong in the second half as United managed to gain more control in the centre of the pitch. He looked composed in possession and also showed his strength to win the ball and break up play on several occasions.

Watch Anthony Martial's winner for Man Utd against Spurs Arsenal 2-1 Swansea – Sead Kolasinac

One goal and one assist from the left-back tells only half of the story. Kolasinac has impressed since arriving at the Emirates on a free transfer in the summer with his strength, stamina going up and down the left flank, and his delivery.

Granit Xhaka constantly looked to Kolasinac as an outlet down the left with diagonal balls, and that’s exactly how the second Arsenal goal came about, from a measured cut-back by the Bosnian into the path of Aaron Ramsey.

He went off injured late on, hobbling and holding his groin, and would be a huge miss for upcoming games against Red Star Belgrade and Man City.

Man City vs Arsenal

November 5, 2017, 1:00pm

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Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham – Joe Hart

Joe Hart had his best match in a West Ham shirt. He pulled off two superb saves in quick succession in the opening 45 minutes before denying Wilfried Zaha twice, Yohan Cabaye and James Tomkins in the second half.

Hart will feel hard done by to concede so late on to the Ivory Coast international, but he put on a display to be proud of and arguably justified Slaven Bilic’s decision to start ahead of Adrian.

Joe Hart's heroics denies Palace Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield – James Milner

Liverpool’s forwards burst into life in the second half, but it was James Milner who put in a tireless performance throughout.

The midfielder got one assist to his name for Liverpool’s second goal, and recorded twice as many key passes (four) as any other player. He also made the most tackles (five) on the pitch as Liverpool’s central three allowed their defence to enjoy a quiet afternoon.

A typical all-round performance from the 31-year-old.

Watford 0-1 Stoke – Ryan Shawcross

Kurt Zouma did a brilliant job keeping Watford’s in-form forward Richarlison quiet down the left but this was a real captain’s display from Shawcross in the heart of Stoke’s defence.

At fault for Bournemouth’s crucial second goal last weekend on his return to the side following a back injury, the experienced defender made countless clearances and vital blocks during the second half to ensure only a second Premier League clean sheet of the season.

Highlights: Watford 0-1 Stoke West Brom 2-3 Man City – Fernandinho

It’s not every game that Fernandinho pops up with the attacking goods, but he had a hand in City’s opening two goals, assisting for Leroy Sane before netting a fine strike himself – even if he may have had a helping hand from a West Brom defender and the post.

But he was also solid in the middle of the park, helping to restrict West Brom and producing some important tackles when called upon. A good afternoon for the Brazil international.

Highlights: West Brom 2-3 Man City Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea – Eden Hazard

Hazard was the best player on the pitch at the Vitality, linking up well with Alvaro Morata and Pedro as Chelsea created enough opportunities to win the game more comfortably than the scoreline suggested.

In fact, the Belgium international was responsible for most of them, creating seven goalscoring chances in the game. Only Mesut Ozil (8 v Everton) has managed more in a single Premier League match this season.

Eden Hazard goal gives Chelsea win at Bournemouth

He now has three goals in his last three games for Chelsea in all competitions, as many as he managed in his previous 17 matches.

With Chelsea already playing catch up in the title race and also looking to progress from a tough Champions League group, his return to form is a timely one.

Chelsea vs Man Utd

November 5, 2017, 4:15pm

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Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Brighton 1-1 Southampton – Pascal Gross

Glenn Murray might have had the decisive touch but Gross was the familiar creator, teeing up chances for Davy Propper and Anthony Knockaert before standing up an inviting ball that the veteran striker made count.

Gross has been involved in seven of Brighton’s 10 Premier League goals this season (two goals, five assists); only Manchester City pair David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne (6) have more top-flight assists this term.

Leicester 2-0 Everton – Demarai Gray

His lung-bursting run tipped the game in Leicester’s favour and he earned the luck he received with his goal, which owed a huge amount to Jonjoe Kenny’s wild clearance.

Jamie Carragher said: “He’s been spoken about a lot these last couple of years in terms of potential. He’s never quite nailed down a position but he’s made a great start under the new manager. He’ll be thinking he could be a mainstay, especially if Riyad Mahrez becomes a No 10 behind Jamie Vardy.”

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