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Premier League Team Of The Week: Round 27

BEST XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper

Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)
For all of Arsenal's apparent inability to conjure up penetrative advances, they still managed to test the Cottagers' 'keeper a sufficient amount of times to prompt pundits to mention his name in the same breath as stand-out performance.

Defence

Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic)
Pretty much owned the left channel. His defending was timely and he put in a number of key interceptions. His ability from dead-ball situations made the Chelsea defence uneasy and it was his cross that led to Kapo's cancellation of John Terry's earlier wonder-volley.

John Terry (Chelsea)
Worth replaying his goal over and over. Considering the source of the strike, it is even the more notable. He saw the ball coming his way, stepped back into position, and unleashed an exquisite finish that deserves as many YouTube hits as 'RickRoll'D'.

Titus Bramble (Wigan Athletic)
Yes, I may be accused of being drunk at the office. But no, not at this time of day. Bramble was a solid presence in the Latic back line. He was a danger in the opposition box from set-pieces and was aerially dominant. Most defenders find Didier Drogba an impossible man to mark, however, the maligned 27-year-old contained the Ivorian international.

Phil Jagielka (Everton)
There were so many decent performers in the centre-half spot that I've decided to include three. Despite his disappointing bow in an England shirt against Spain, Jagielka has continued to impress for Everton and has put in sound shift after sound shift in 2009.

If the Toffees continue to score, keep clean sheets and claim three points, then Arsenal should thank Manchester United for opening up a further UEFA Cup spot in the league due to their Carling Cup triumph as Everton could well finish fifth...

Midfield

Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Pencilled in as Goal.com's Chelsea and Wigan Athletic's match preview as the one to watch, he may as well be tattooed on every column as his form is relentlessly supreme. Won the Blues their weekend game with a last-gasp header.

Danny Murphy (Fulham)
Dominated the midfield along with Dickson Etuhu against Arsenal. Embarrassed the Gunners with a dominant passing game and was key to Fulham's success. He built up a fluent and solid understanding with Jimmy Bullard in the past and that looks set to continue that with Etuhu.

Jack Collison
(West Ham United)

Gianfranco Zola cannot stop beaming at the products of the club's academy as Jack Collison is now the recipient of his manager's pride. The young Welsh international was the difference during his side's hosting of Manchester City; it was his goal that granted the Hammers maximum points.


Attack

Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough)
Liverpool's Premier League season goes from bad to worse as Middlesbrough claimed a rare win and lifted their own hopes of survival by finishing the game with a two goal lead. Downing was central to the win as his passing and crossing were pin-point. Martin Skrtel will be glad to see the back of him.

Tim Cahill (Everton)
He's a nightmare.

John Carew (Aston Villa)
Emmanuel Adebayor won goal of the season last year for his magnificent control and volley for Arsenal over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but the Norwegian's strike was arguably finer as he did much of the same but with just the one touch. Outstanding!


Schwarzer
Jagielka - Bramble - Terry - Figueroa
Collison - Murphy - Lampard
Cahill                   Downing
Carew



Honourable Mentions

Leighton Baines (Everton)
Stilyan Petrov (Aston Villa)
Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
Scott Parker (West Ham United)
Kevin Davies (Bolton Wanderers)
Sanli Tuncay (Middlesbrough)
Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal)
Robert Green (West Ham United)
Stephen Warnock (Blackburn Rovers)

Alan Dawson, Goal.com