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The best combined XI from Premier League gameweek six

By Harry Edwards

Published: 14:34, 23 September 2019

Another weekend of Premier League action has been and gone, with teams playing their sixth matches of the 2019/20 season.

The gameweek kicked off with Bournemouth earning a first away win against Southampton, claiming a 3-1 victory at St Mary’s on Friday evening.

Saturday started with Leicester City beating Tottenham Hotspur, before Manchester City made headlines with an 8-0 thrashing of Watford. The day’s other games included Sheffield United’s win over Everton, Burnley beating Norwich City and Newcastle United’s goalless draw with Brighton.

There were four games on Sunday, following the start of the Europa League group stage – which has three sides representing the Premier League.

In the early kick-offs, West Ham United beat Manchester United while Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers drew. Arsenal then came from behind to beat Aston Villa, while Liverpool maintained their perfect start by winning 2-1 against Chelsea.

As always, across the weekend there were some standout players, who left fans in awe of their individual performances. So, we’ve put together our Best Premier League XI for gameweek six.

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Goalkeeper: Maty Ryan (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Brighton kept their second clean sheet of the new Premier League season away to Newcastle on Saturday evening, and goalkeeper Mathew Ryan put on a good show. The Australian made four saves, keeping Newcastle’s forwards at bay.

Key stat: Maty Ryan saved all four of the attempts on target he faced against Newcastle.

Right-back: Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)

Just moments after Leicester appeared to have gone 2-0 down, only to be saved by VAR, Ricardo Pereira pulled a goal back to start the Foxes’ comeback. But the 25-year-old was also solid defensively, helping to keep Leicester relatively solid at the back – aside from a few momentary blips.

Key stat: Ricardo Pereira made five tackles in Leicester’s win over Tottenham.

Centre-back: Joel Matip (Liverpool)

Another big game, another opportunity for Joel Matip to show his ability, and the Cameroonian did exactly that. Matip kept Tammy Abraham extremely quiet throughout, and also ensured Mason Mount had a fleeting influence on the game.

Key stat: Joel Matip (9) made more clearances than any other Liverpool player vs. Chelsea.

Centre-back: Jack O’Connell (Sheffield United)

At the weekend, Sheffield United were the first team to keep a Premier League clean sheet against Everton at Goodison Park since March. Key to that was Jack O’Connell, who was dominant in the air as well as making a gameweek-high 16 clearances.

Key stat: Jack O’Connell won 10 aerial duels against Everton, more than any other defender in the Premier League this weekend.

Left-back: Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)

Andrew Robertson has received some criticism over the past few weeks for sub-par performances, particularly against Napoli in the Champions League. But the left-back bounced back with an all-round excellent performance against Chelsea, which included an assist.

Key stat: Andrew Robertson made four interceptions in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Chelsea, more than any other player on the pitch.

Central midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Manchester City ran riot against Watford on Saturday, and pulling the strings of the brilliant performance was Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian midfielder is very much back on the top of his game, adding another two assists to his tally for the season while rounding off the scoring with a goal.

Key stat: Kevin De Bruyne (8) created more chances than any other player in the Premier League this weekend.

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Central midfielder: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Albeit in defeat, N’Golo Kante marked his return to the Chelsea side with a remarkable performance. The French midfielder was tireless, as usual, in his efforts to win the ball back and pushed Chelsea up the pitch when they needed to attack. Capped off his day with a goal, although it only proved to be a consolation.

Key stat: N’Golo Kante made 11 recoveries in Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

Central midfielder: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Receiving most of the plaudits for Manchester City’s win was Bernardo Silva, who scored his first top-flight hat-trick from just five shots. But off-field matters have placed a cloud over his performance, with Kick It Out calling for the FA to take action over a tweet sent by the midfielder.

Key stat: Bernardo Silva scored the fourth hat-trick of the 2019/20 Premier League season.

Attacking midfielder: James Maddison (Leicester City)

The second Leicester man in the team, James Maddison scored the winning goal for his side, having looked to test Tottenham all afternoon. It was a game-changing performance from the midfielder, with England manager Gareth Southgate watching on.

Key stat: James Maddison completing four take-ons against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Although it may be strange for Sergio Aguero to have only scored once in a 8-0 win, the Argentine striker was a valuable team player at the Etihad, adding three created chances and an assist to his penalty.

Key stat: Sergio Aguero is the only player to score in each of the first six games of a Premier League season.

Striker: Chris Wood (Burnley)

Burnley brought Norwich back down to earth at the weekend, and Chris Wood was the heart of their performance, scoring both goals. The New Zealand international was a constant thorn in Norwich’s defenders’ side, winning four aerial duels.

Key stat: Chris Wood scored with two of his three shots on target against Norwich City.

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