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'Howe has unearthed a gem' - Garth Crooks' team of the week

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Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-2 to go top of the Premier League - although Manchester City face Leicester on Monday. At the other end of the table, Cardiff were relegated with a 3-2 defeat by Crystal Palace.Chelsea booked their Champions League place with a 3-0 win over Watford. But Manchester United's top-four hopes are over after a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield. Arsenal's are all but finished after drawing 1-1 with Brighton.Tottenham's 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth on Saturday does not look as costly as it did at the time. Wolves are close to sealing seventh spot with a 1-0 win over Fulham after Everton had narrowed the gap by beating Burnley 2-0 on Friday.
West Ham beat Southampton 3-0 in a game with little on the line.Here's my team of the week - have a read and select your own below.
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Garth Crooks' team of the week
Goalkeeper - Mark Travers (Bournemouth)
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If you're a goalkeeper and making your debut, it doesn't get better than winning a match against a top-four team and keeping a clean sheet. That's what Mark Travers did for Bournemouth against Spurs. The 19-year-old showed a lot of courage in a game that contained so many flaws.However as far as the Cherries are concerned, it looks as if Eddie Howe might have unearthed another gem. Did you know[/IMG]Defenders - Nathan Ake (Bournemouth), Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool), Kurt Zouma (Everton)
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[b]Nathan Ake:
If Nathan Ake is not Bournemouth's player of the season, then I would like to know who is. Admittedly, Steve Cook would probably run Ake a close second but I can't see how anyone has played better or been more consistent than the Dutchman during the Cherries' campaign to retain their top-flight status. Tottenham's best player against Bournemouth on Saturday was manager Mauricio Pochettino, who managed to remain composed and measured despite some officious refereeing decisions by Craig Pawson. Spurs have bigger fish to fry against Ajax in the Champions League semi-final in Amsterdam on Wednesday night. Get that right and to hell with the defeat against Bournemouth. Did you know[/img]
Midfielders - Ryan Fredericks (West Ham), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace), Solly March (Brighton)
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[b]Ryan Fredericks:
I mentioned this lad in dispatches last week without selecting him in my team of the week. The former Tottenham trainee seems to be finding his feet at West Ham and making a name for himself at the same time. Fredericks was outstanding against Southampton. Every time the Hammers launched an attack, he seemed to be entering the frame in a desperate attempt to join it. The defender sees danger, is quick and has a sharp eye for goal. Makes you wonder why Spurs let him go. Did you know[/img]
Forwards - Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Salomon Rondon (Newcastle), Marko Arnautovic (West Ham)
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[b]Wilfried Zaha:
From the moment Wilfried Zaha touched the ball, Cardiff's defenders appeared to be struck by terror. They were petrified of Zaha and left this Ivorian wizard to weave his magic. By the time the first half was over, Cardiff seemed doomed. Cardiff had chances to win but were simply not equal to Palace. BBC commentator Steve Wilson put it beautifully when he said Cardiff will be relegated with applause ringing in their ears and they have been. Week after week, Cardiff had a go and didn't just park the bus in front of the goal every week. Well done lads and well done Neil Warnock; at least you made life interesting. [b]Did you know[/img]
Now it's your turn
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'Howe has unearthed a gem' - Garth Crooks' team of the week

The Crooks of the Matter
Full of entertainment, thrills and frolics, the Premier League has gone and saved its best week for last next Sunday. And what a magnificent season it has been.I said at the start of the season that Jose Mourinho's relationship with Paul Pogba was on a knife-edge after the Frenchman won the World Cup and so it proved. Mark Hughes found life a little too challenging at Southampton and had to make way for a manager who could inspire as well as improve his squad without the aid of a cheque book. Then there was Claude Puel, sacked by Southampton in 2017 after losing the dressing room, proceeding to do precisely the same at Leicester City and with the same outcome. Brendan Rodgers followed Puel at the King Power Stadium, to everyone's surprise, having set up the treble at Celtic - only to be labelled Judas, having originally been hailed their messiah.We go into the final week of the season with the possibility of all-English finals in the Champions League and Europa League - and no-one can predict, at least with any certainty, who will win the Premier League title. What does this tell us? It tells us the game remains at its unpredictable best.
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