A new Premier League record was set in Matchweek 20, as Manchester City became the ninth team this season to finish a matchday at the top of the table, after putting a sorry West Bromwich Albion to the sword. Elsewhere, Thomas Tuchel took over the reins at Chelsea, West Ham secured another impressive result in an all-London clash against Crystal Palace, and the shocks continued as bottom of the table Sheffield United won at Old Trafford. Who starred in Matchweek 20?
Stars in Premier League – Gameweek 20
Goalkeeper: Alphonse Areola (Fulham)
In a tight affair between 17th and 18th, we came no closer to knowing who might survive the drop this season after the match eventually ended 0-0. Fulham’s avoidance of defeat in this crucial game was largely down to the performance of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who made exceptional close range saves from Trossard and Maupay.
The goalkeeper looks a sure contender for Fulham’s player of the season, regardless of what happens to the London side this season.
Defender: Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
In Manchester City’s league-high tally of seven wins in a row, Joao Cancelo has developed into a bit of a star. In the Sky Blues’ thrashing of West Brom on Tuesday, the right-back assisted the opening goal with an intelligent pass to Ilkay Gundogan, before scoring himself to record his first Premier League goal, albeit in somewhat controversial circumstances.
Cancelo’s proficiency at both ends and seamless ventures into midfield proves just why he’s an ideal Pep Guardiola-type player.
Midfielder: Tomas Soucek (West Ham United)
Does he ever miss? Tomas Soucek kept West Ham’s good run of form going by scoring twice in the Hammers’ 3-1 away victory over Crystal Palace, finding the net with a trademark header and an instinctive volley.
With seven goals in this season’s Premier League, Soucek’s output for a defensive midfielder is simply incredible. His strong understanding with Michail Antonio was once again a match-winning formula, and that unorthodox partnership will surely bring West Ham further results this season.
Forward: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)
After being the two catalysts to drag Arsenal out of a wretched run of form, Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka were at it again on Tuesday night, leading the Gunners to a very impressive 3-1 comeback victory over Southampton.
Lacazette, in particular, enjoyed a stellar performance, playing through a pinpoint pass for Saka to score from before getting on the end of Saka’s first time delivery to convert from close range.
At this rate, he could be on for his best-ever scoring season for Arsenal.
Manager: Chris Wilder (Sheffield United)
After Liverpool suffered a shock home defeat last week, Manchester United fell victim to one themselves when they were beaten 2-1 by basement side Sheffield United. Full credit to Blades’ manager Chris Wilder, though – his side has had a torrid season, riddled with bad luck and plagued by weak finishing.
Wilder’s set up here reminded everyone just what Sheffield United are about, and why they will surely want him to stay regardless of their fate this season.