Chelsea, Sunderland, Stoke City, West Brom, Everton & Swansea all have players in our Premier League team of the season so far. Keep reading to find exactly who they are....
The Premier League team of the season after seven matches
Chelsea are top of the Premier League table and we find room for Juan Mata and Eden Hazard in our team of the season to date
It’s been a typically pulsating start to the Premier League season, with Chelsea getting out of the traps flying, even if home wins against Stoke, Reading, Norwich and Newcastle were fairly predictable.
However, Roberto Di Matteo’s side have now enjoyed five straight wins in all competitions, with Juan Mata and Eden Hazard both playing a starring role for the Blues this season who are on a mission to play entertaining football as well as pick up three points.
Here is Bettingpro’s Premier League team of the season so far. If you disagree with our choices (we’re sure you will!), then log into the comments section and let us know who should have been picked instead.
Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)
Begovic has had his problems at the Britannia Stadium, namely when he refused to play in a League Cup match against Shrewsbury, although the Bosnian has now become Stoke’s first choice cat and he helped the Potters to a point at Anfield on Sunday.The 25-year-old has been largely flawless to date, keeping Arsenal at bay in August and he’s also become the first-choice keeper for his national team. It took a late Ashley Cole goal to beat him at Stamford Bridge recently.
Defender: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
Chelsea spent £6.5 million on Cesar Azpilicueta in the summer although the former Marseille right-back can barely get a look-in thanks to the form of the Serbia captain who has scored four goals this season including a delicious volley against Norwich City on Saturday.
Ivanovic saw red against Manchester City in the Community Shield although this was rescinded and the defender hasn’t looked back since running the length of the pitch to score at Wigan in August. He’s also been part of a largely mean Chelsea defence this term.
Defender: Gareth McAuley (West Brom)
West Brom were tipped to struggle at the start of the season although four home wins mean they are sixth in the table and Gareth McAuley has been part of a stingy defence that didn’t concede at The Hawthorns against Everton, Liverpool and Reading. The Northern Ireland international was signed on a free last season and even pitched in with a goal against the Toffees which remains Everton’s only defeat of the season to date.
Defender: Phil Jagielka (Everton)
Jagielka was signed for £4 million in 2007 and has been an absolute bargain for Everton ever since, with the defender starting the season with a goal for England against Italy and he also played against Ukraine in a recent World Cup qualifier. Jags has been an ever-present for Everton this term and his central defensive pairing with Sylvain Distin has seen the Merseyside club lose just once all season in the Premier League.
Defender: Leighton Baines (Everton)
David Moyes described Baines as ‘unplayable’ after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Wigan with the Everton left-back being involved in numerous attacking moves for the Toffees from a left-back position.The 27-year-old has barely put a foot wrong and it’s a crying shame that he has only earned 11 caps for England thanks to Ashley Cole providing stiff competition in that left-back berth.
Midfield: Juan Mata (Chelsea)
Eden Hazard and his glut of early-season assists overshadowed Mata’s contribution to the team although the former Valencia midfielder was the stand-out performer against Norwich on Saturday and the 24-year-old is the attacking heartbeat of this Chelsea team. Mata’s flick to Ashley Cole helped the Blues break down a stubborn Stoke defence and also played a vital role in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Arsenal which is their best result of the season to date. Hazard and Ivanovic were the latest beneficiaries on Saturday.
Midfield: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Many of us knew that Chelsea were signing a class act when Hazard completed his move from Lille although he has settled quickly to the pace of the Premier League and has already contributed to several of his team’s goals this season. Along with Mata and Oscar, he could see Chelsea win their first title since the 2009-10 season.
Midfield: Marouane Fellaini (Everton)
Fellaini was lucky to escape a red card at the DW Stadium on Saturday, although the Belgian’s early season performances have been largely outstanding and his dominance against Manchester United during Everton’s 1-0 was staggering. Three goals have been scored for the Toffees already (along with four yellow cards) and Everton supporters will be hoping that rumours of him leaving in January aren’t true.
Midfield: James Morrison (West Brom)
Garth Crooks has backed the Scotland international for England (!) and while the misguided BBC pundit needs to get his facts right, this talented midfielder has shone for the Baggies all season, scoring the equaliser at White Hart Lane earlier in the season before breaking the deadlock against QPR.
Midfielder / Attacker: Michu (Swansea)
Not many English football fans knew that Michu existed before his £2 million move from Rayo Vallecano this summer although the midfielder has scored six goals for the Swans already, making up for the departure of Scott Sinclair and Gylfi Sigurdsson. He played a key role in his team’s comeback from 2-0 down against Reading on Saturday, having previously ran the show at Loftus Road and at home to West Ham United.
Striker: Steven Fletcher (Sunderland)
Fletcher’s price tag of £14 million was criticised after the Scot completed his move from Wolves to Sunderland, although he remains the only Black Cats player who has etched his name on the scoresheet this season. A small price to pay for Premier League survival and the forward has been reinstated to the Scotland squad to boot.
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