Man of the match for every Premier League game at the weekend, according to statistics


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The Premier League is back with bang and we had you covered with all the latest news on talkSPORT.

We brought you three superb commentaries, as Manchester City started their season with an impressive win, Crystal Palace held Everton, and Tottenham came from behind to thwart Aston Villa.

Tottenham players celebrate Tanguy Ndombele’s goal

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Tottenham players celebrate Tanguy Ndombele’s goal

The games all saw some magnificent individual performances making it hard to pick a Man of the Match in all three.

Such is the quality of the Premier League the awards could have gone to any number of player so sometimes it’s wise to let statistics help us choose.

So, who should have had the award in every other Premier League clash over the weekend according to WhoScored.com? Find out below…

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Liverpool 4-1 Norwich City – Virgil van Dijk – 8.49/10

Virgil van Dijk – 8.49/10

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Virgil van Dijk – 8.49/10

Made to work a little more than he may have anticipated, he did good work on the deck, winning all three tackles he made, while he also made three clearances and five interceptions.

Dominant in the air too, he did superbly and scored the Reds’ third goal of the game too.

West Ham United 0-5 Manchester City

Riyhad Mahrez – 9.77/10

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Riyhad Mahrez – 9.77/10

You would be forgiven for assuming Raheem Sterling was Man of the Match at the London Stadium but statistics suggest it was his Algerian teammate.

Mahrez grabbed two assists and was a thorn in the Hammers’ side all afternoon – and unlucky not to score too.

It shouldn’t be overlooked he won all four tackles he attempted and made two interceptions.

Bournemouth 1-1 Sheffield United

Chris Mepham – 7.49/10

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Chris Mepham – 7.49/10

Not only did the ex-Brentford man score against the Blades, he was heavily involved in build-up play for the Cherries.

Only Nathan Ake and Oliver Norwood had more touches than the Welsh international.

Burnley 3-0 Southampton

Ashley Barnes – 9.48/10

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Ashley Barnes – 9.48/10

It’s hard to argue against the fact Barnes is now a top level Premier League striker.

Not only did he clinically bury chances which fell his way against the Saints, he completed four dribbles, and won five aerial duels.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton

Michael Keane – 7.63/10

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Michael Keane – 7.63/10

It’s hard to argue against the fact Barnes is now an elite Premier League striker.

Not only did he clinically bury chances which fell his way against the Saints, he completed four dribbles, and won five aerial duels.

Watford 0-3 Brighton

Shane Duffy – 8.18/10

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Shane Duffy – 8.18/10

There were rumours surrounding defensive partner Lewis Dunk this summer but too many forget how good Duffy has been too.

He was successful with all four tackles he made, while he also made six clearances and two interceptions.

Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa

Harry Kane – 8.66/10

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Harry Kane – 8.66/10

Christian Eriksen’s introduction changed the game but Kane’s goals gave Spurs the win.

The Villans allowed him to take eight shots and while they blocked three and saw three miss the target, the two others found the back of the net. You just can’t give him those chances.

Newcastle United 0-1 Arsenal

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 8.40/10

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 8.40/10

The youngster is meant to be ‘filling in’ at right-back but is quickly becoming a very good player in this position.

Not only did he put up good attacking numbers and create the Gunners’ goal against the Magpies, he also delivered defensively with three interceptions, three clearances, and four won tackles.

Leicester City 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Willy Boly – 8.00/10

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Willy Boly – 8.00/10

His arm may have resulted in Leander Dendoncker’s goal being disallowed but he still had a fine showing.

The fact he made eight clearances and also completed two dribbled shows the centre-back can do both the dirty work and the glamorous stuff too.

Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea

Anthony Martial – 8.35/10

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Anthony Martial – 8.35/10

He only made 48 touches during his time on the pitch but he managed four shots, four completed dribbles, and one goal.

He also made key pass for good measure and looked sharp up top.

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