Newcastle United are sitting at the bottom of the Premier League form table with six defeats in a row and the fans are storming around with protest of having the owner to be shown the exit door. The Dutchman was one of the most reliable performers in the first half of the season plus is widely admired for his attacking flair along the right flank. Additionally, he bagged another assist last weekend against Tottenham Hotspur but conceded three goals. As a unit, the Magpies are abating, particularly in terms of guarding their post. Janmaart and his defensive partners have been being guilty of sitting deep, allowing more space for opponents to thrive in attack and finally paying the price. The former Feyenoord defender welcomes Swansea City to St James Park this weekend. The visitors aren’t on the right track at the moment with mixture of results yet could be back into colours especially against a side lacking confidence and leadership at the back.
The best defender of Brendan Rodgers is back into the team sheet this weekend after completing his three-match ban. On the other hand, Liverpool’s campaign is somewhat over despite having six games to be played. Eerily being jostled away by Aston Villa in the FA Cup semifinals and seven points off the priceless fourth spot with a game in hand, the team is in a middle of a nightmare. The Slovak and his floundering teammates can only hope of bagging maximum points in the remaining fixtures and hope Manchester City lose grip of the final Champions League spot. The wounded Reds will next face West Brom who remarkably overpowered Crystal Palace last weekend, plus guarding a clean sheet. Having Skrtel back will surely bring some positive sensations to form an organized defensive line for Liverpool. The 30-year old who has recently laughed off any chances of leaving the Merseyside club in the summer, should turn back the clock and put on a decent performance at the Hawthorns.
The Blues were resilient and rigorous against the swatting Red Devils’ attack who could not break to the brick-wall despite holding enormous possession. The chief organizer for Chelsea is undeniably John Terry who displayed a true captain’s performance, defending diligently all the way through. There is no stopping Jose Mourinho’s side in clinching the title this season as the next challenger are Arsenal. The 34-year old center back will be combating against Olivier Giroud, another player who is on sizzling form at the moment. Holding immense experience and well-organized defensive backline, another clean sheet is never impossible.
Chris Smalling – Rewarded a contract extension with the Red Devils for his commanding presence latterly.
Cesar Azpilicueta – Spectacularly nullified Juan Mata over the flank last weekend, sealing his 12th clean sheet. A consistent performer hence always wise to place his in your dream team.
Pablo Zabaleta – The Argentinian had a comfortable afternoon against West Ham United, expected to maintain the momentum with Aston Villa this weekend.
Jose Fonte – The Portuguese is the ultimate backbone for Southampton’s inspiring defensive record this season.
Laurent Koscielny – One of the key mans for Arsenal’s flamboyant form at the moment, solid and strenuous!
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