As gameweek 31 came to an end, Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a league title finally ended after Chelsea defeated Manchester City 2-1 to give the Reds an unassailable lead at the top of the table, with seven rounds of matches still left to be played.
The week also saw relegation fears getting bigger for West Ham United, Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth, while the race for European places is also delicately placed.
Premier League gameweek 31 results
Leicester City 0 – 0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 0 West Ham United
Manchester United 3 – 0 Sheffield United
Newcastle United 1 – 1 Aston Villa
Norwich 0 – 1 Everton
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 – 0 Bournemouth
Liverpool 4 – 0 Crystal Palace
Burnley 1 – 0 Watford
Southampton 0 – 2 Arsenal
Chelsea 2 – 1 Manchester City
Without further ado, let’s take a look at our Premier League Team of the Week for gameweek 30. The formation usedis 4-2-4.
Goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)
The Danish goalkeeper saved Leicester City’s blushes as he denied Neil Maupay from the spot and earned his side a vital point in a 0-0 draw with Brighton.
Kasper Schmeichel also kept his 11th clean sheet in 31 Premier League appearances this season and proved his status as one of the best goalkeepers in the division.
Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
The Liverpool academy graduate was at his attacking best as he scored a thunderous free-kick to start the goalscoring spree for the Merseyside giants against Crystal Palace.
Besides scoring his third Premier League goal of the season, Trent Alexander-Arnold also helped the Reds keep a clean sheet as they beat the Eagles 4-0.
Centre-back: Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur)
The Colombian international led his line to perfection against West Ham United as Spurs won a crucial game 2-0 to be in contention for European football next season.
In addition to keeping a clean sheet, Davinson Sanchez’s header was turned into his own net by Tomas Soucek for the game’s first goal.
Centre-back: Michael Keane (Everton)
Michael Keane arguably played the game of his life against Norwich.
The England international scored his second Premier League goal of the season, which also turned out to be a match-winner for the Toffees.
Apart from the goal, he also managed the second-highest number of passes (62), interceptions (3) and blocks (2). Keane also helped his side to keep a clean sheet.
Left-back: Lucas Digne (Everton)
Joining Michael Keane in our Premier League Team of the Week is his Everton team-mate, Lucas Digne.
The former Barcelona left-back played a confident game as the Toffees were untroubled throughout the match and won 1-0 against a relegation-threatened Norwich team.
The Frenchman provided his sixth assist of the season and also helped his side keep a clean sheet.
Central midfielder: Fabinho (Liverpool)
The former Monaco man was in outrageous form for Liverpool as he scored a stunning goal from 30 yards out and provided a stellar assist in the Reds’ 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Fabinho also completed 92 passes, the third-highest in the game and managed the most number of tackles in the game (5).
Central midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
The Belgian international was the only shining light for Manchester City in an otherwise below-par performance against Chelsea.
Kevin De Bruyne scored a stunning free-kick from 30 yards out but it wasn’t enough as the Blues won 2-1. Manchester City’s loss also meant that Liverpool are the new Premier League champions.
Right-wing: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Mohamed Salah was as at his very best against Crystal Palace after missing the Merseyside Derby last week.
The former Chelsea man was back with a bang and scored a beautiful goal before assisting Sadio Mane with a delightful through ball as Liverpool thumped Crystal Palace 4-0.
It was Salah’s 17th league goal of the season, and the Egyptian is now just two behind Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy in the Premier League Golden Boot race.
Left-wing: Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
The American international was in superb form as Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 and consolidated their position in the top four.
Christian Pulisic scored the opening goal of the game after a superb solo run, which left City left-back Benjamin Mendy dead in his tracks, as he thumped the ball past Ederson.
Pulisic has now scored two in two since the resumption of the Premier League.
Striker: Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
Anthony Martial is smiling again under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Frenchman scoring his first-ever career hat-trick, which helped Manchester United to keep the pressure on Chelsea for a Champions League spot.
He was the deciding factor in the Red Devils’ 3-0 win over Sheffield United.
Striker: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
The hero of England at the moment with his off-the-field works, Marcus Rashford was impressive on the field too as he provided two assists to his strike partner, Anthony Martial during the Red Devils’ 3-0 triumph over Sheffield United.
Rashford was much more confident after looking very rusty against Tottenham Hotspur last week.
Here’s how our Premier League Team of the Week for gameweek 31 would line up: