Sports Mole's Premier League Team of the Week

Sports Mole's Premier League Team of the Week
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Sports Mole picks out the 11 players who shone in the Premier League this weekend.

As Premier League weekends go, we were treated a cracker on Saturday and Sunday as goals, drama and controversy saw significant results at both ends of the table.

Manchester City's 2-0 defeat at Everton was punished by Manchester United, who opened up a 15-point lead at the top of the standings with a 1-0 win over Reading.

Meanwhile, it was a good 24 hours for Arsenal as a 2-0 victory at Swansea City was followed up with a surprise 1-0 loss for Tottenham Hotspur at home to Fulham in the battle for Champions League football.

Chelsea also capitalised on Spurs' failings with a 2-0 win against West Ham United, lifting Rafa Benitez's side up to third place in the table.

Down at the bottom, Aston Villa earned a vital 3-2 triumph over fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers, but it was tempered by Wigan Athletic's incident-packed 2-1 victory against Newcastle United.

Having soaked up all of the action, Sports Mole picks out the 11 players who made their mark.

Jan Mucha (Everton)
In the absence of Tim Howard, the Slovakian international produced a superb display against Manchester City as Everton recorded a 2-0 win over the champions.

Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal)
Against a slippery Swansea attack, the youngster's calm and composed display contributed to an important 2-0 victory for the Gunners in Wales.
Johnny Heitinga (Everton)
The Dutchman was ruthless at the back against Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez to help his side see off Manchester City.
Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd)
In the week that saw the centre-back recalled to the England squad, Ferdinand was at his best in the league leaders' win against Reading.
Seamus Coleman (Everton)
With teammate Leighton Baines usually getting all of the plaudits at full-back, Coleman was a model of industry at both ends of the pitch during Everton's victory against Manchester City.

Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea)
Swansea were, at times, unable to cope with Arsenal during their 2-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium, but De Guzman was head and shoulders above his teammates with his slick passing and stamina in midfield.
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
The veteran was rewarded for his performance against West Ham with his 200th goal for the club in their 2-0 victory.
Leon Osman (Everton)
Captain for the day, the feisty midfielder led by example as his rocket of a goal set the Toffees on their way to a deserved win over Manchester City.

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
The Spaniard was a world apart from nearly everyone else on the pitch at the Liberty Stadium with a superbly silky showing during Arsenal's triumph in Wales.
Rickie Lambert (Southampton)
The big man produced again when it mattered with a goal against boyhood club Liverpool as the Saints picked up three vital points against the Merseysiders.
Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa)
The jinking Austrian worked his socks off against Queens Park Rangers and got himself a goal as Villa came out on top over their fellow strugglers.

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa celebrates scoring his third goal against Norwich on March 2, 2013
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool23138254282647
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal24126645311442
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
8Burnley249781921-234
9Everton2477102639-1328
10Watford2475123344-1126
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton2349102334-1121
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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