Swansea have blipped of late, but the Welsh club still managed to trouble Watford’s goal on multiple occasions. Gomes has had tougher games this season, but he was solid enough to see through a vital win for Walter Mazzarri.
Joining his ‘keeper in the defence, Janmaat was near his best offensively. Although his play when asked to defend can be questioned, the former Newcastle man seldom disappoints in the final third.
Liverpool’s defence may have been a figure of fun for much of this season, but that is in part down to the rarity that have been able to play Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren together.
Matip has been one of the signings of the campaign, in fact, and must be the bedrock of Liverpool’s backline for the foreseeable.
Without becoming embroiled in a battle of spite with Diego Costa like Marcos Rojo did, Eric Bailly once again was superb for Manchester United. Giving the Spaniard little aerially and reading the game well when required, Chelsea’s previously potent attack with completely calmed.
Kompany should be in the conversation as one of the Premier League’s all-time greats. Injuries have stopped that, unfortunately, but the Belgian is evidently desperate to make up for lost time and it looks as though Pep Guardiola could yet place faith in his club captain.
Commanding in defence and scoring a bullet header, Saturday was an example of vintage Kompany.
Leicester’s improvement as a unit under Craig Shakespeare has perhaps raised more questions than it has answered.
Christian Fuchs’ form, though, has been arguably the greatest change. From inept early in the season to the form that made him a lynchpin in their heroics last season, he has been superb. He was again this weekend, using his strength defensively and providing quality in the final third.
Few players can single-handedly keep Eden Hazard as quiet as Ander Herrera did on Sunday afternoon.
A sublime pass to assist Rashford and a generous deflection made Herrera the standout performer in a Mourinho masterclass.
Eriksen at his best might just be my favourite player to watch in the league. Once again he was conductor-in-chief as Spurs dismantled Bournemouth, as the Dane’s superb second half of the season continues.
If he can add some level of consistency, Eriksen might yet become the player everyone expected him to be when he left Ajax.
Stoke have lacked guile and quality for much of this season. That was no such worry with a fully fit, firing Xherdan Shaqiri.
Aside from his magical 30 yard strike, the pocket rocket was sensational, just as he was against Liverpool last weekend.
Kevin de Bruyne
It’s no coincidence that Kevin de Bruyne notches more assists than anyone in the league. Two more were added in City’s comfortable win at St Mary’s as the Belgian continues to make a claim for the status of best player in the league.
The decision to leave out Zlatan Ibrahimovic was an odd one and it showed Jose Mourinho was prioritising the Europa league.
That said, however, it was great to see Rashford given a chance and the youngster was brilliant. Occasionally taking on three or four Chelsea defenders at a time, he was just too hot to handle.