Premier League team of the season

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There have many great performers in this season’s Premier League, but as it reaches its climax, who makes the cut in the best team of the season?

GOALKEEPER- BRAD GUZAN (Aston Villa)

The American international has been great for a struggling Villa side. Without his influence in goal there is every chance they would already be relegated. His form will be crucial from now until the end of the season.

RIGHT-BACK- PABLO ZABALETA (Man City)

In a season where many of his teammates have struggled for form, the Argentinian has been brilliant. His passion and hunger to win makes him very likeable, and he’s great both defensively and offensively.

CENTRE-BACK- PHIL JAGIELKA (Everton)

The England international has been a rock at the heart of the Everton defence all season long. His form has earned him a regular place in the England side, and on current form he is one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

CENTRE-BACK- JAN VERTONGHEN- (Tottenham)

Signed from Ajax at the start of the season, the Belgium international has been a revelation at White Hart Lane. Strong in the air but also classy on the ball, he’s been a great addition to both his club and the Premier League.

LEFT-BACK-LEIGHTON BAINES- (Everton)

Is he now England’s first-choice left-back ahead of Ashley Cole? He’s certainly getting very close now. Baines has been consistently excellent, and has created more chances than any other player in Europe this season. That’s how good he’s been. His crossing and set piece deliveries, in particular, are awesome.

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CENTRE MIDFIELD- MICHAEL CARRICK- (Man Utd)

This has been Carrick’s standout season at Old Trafford. He has been United’s most reliable, and possibly most important, player. The 31-year-old has played the holding midfield role to perfection: starting moves, showing great positional sense and displaying expert defensive qualities. Underrated by many.

CENTRE MIDFIELD- MAROUANE FELLAINI- (Everton)

Although his form has dipped slightly in the latter part of the season, with injuries affecting him slightly, the 25-year-old has been Everton’s key player along with Baines this season. A menace in the air but also a brilliant technique for a guy of his size, he tormented United on the opening day and was superb from that point on.

ATTACKING MIDFIELD- JUAN MATA- (Chelsea) 

The Spaniard has been a joy to watch. At times he has carried Chelsea, and his wonderful creativity and cultured left foot make him one of the most talented players in the league. He also has more steel to his game than some of his fellow countryman, which is essential in such a physical league.

ATTACKING MIDFIELD- GARETH BALE- (Spurs)

Bale has been incredible, particularly in 2013. His game has gone up a level, and he is now reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo when he was Bale’s age. When he runs with the ball at pace he is unstoppable, and he has now also added many goals and assists to his game. The best British winger since Ryan Giggs, the Welshman is favourite to win Player of the Year.

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STRIKER- LUIS SUAREZ- (Liverpool)

The most talented player in the Premier League? Quite possibly. Sadly his personality sometimes takes the focus away from his genius, but if you judge his displays this season purely on football then he has been unplayable. His never-say-die attitude is combined with amazing dribbling, great skill and measured finishing, and he is currently the Premier League’s top scorer with 22 goals this season. Liverpool have to keep him in the summer, but if he does leave it will be for an astronomical amount of money.

STRIKER- ROBIN VAN PERSIE- (Man Utd)

The best player in the league up until Christmas, the 29-year-old has had an incredible first season at Old Trafford. He can do pretty much everything as a striker and is one of the most dangerous players in the world. Crucial goals against Liverpool, City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs show he really is the man for the big occasion too.

Who would you have in you side?

WATCH: USMNT’s Pulisic cues up ex-Man City teen for 1st goal

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Jadon Sancho made history for English players in Germany thanks to a little help from an American teenager.

Christian Pulisic dribbled free from a pack of would-be tacklers to cue up the ex-Manchester City player for a finish against Bayer Leverkusen in the 13th minute of a match at the Westfalenstadion on Saturday.

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Sancho just turned 18 on March 25, and becomes the youngest English goal scorer in Bundesliga history having entered the match with one assist in 415 Bundesliga minutes.

As for 19-year-old Pulisic, the USMNT prodigy has five goals and seven assists in 39 matches across all competitions this season.

Dele, Alexis trade 1st half goals in FA Cup semi (video)

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Paul Pogba made amends for an early marking error that led to a Spurs opener by setting up Alexis Sanchez’s equalizer as Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are tied at 1 after 45 minutes of their FA Cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium.

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Spurs went ahead through Dele, as Pogba lost Christian Eriksen as the Dane raced onto a long ball. Eriksen crossed to the back post for Dele’s sliding finish.

Pogba made amends in his preferred third of the pitch, stealing the ball from a Mousa Dembele and lofting an inch-perfect cross for Alexis to nod home. The headed finish was anything but easy, hit across the goal while falling to the pitch.

Sunderland relegated for second-straight season

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It’s one-and-done for Sunderland in the Championship, though not in the way expected by most  supporters of the Black Cats.

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Relegated from the Premier League under David Moyes‘ guidance last season, Sunderland lost Saturday to leave them six points back of safety with two to play.

But either Burton Albion or Bolton will get at least a point from a match against each other, meaning Sunderland would need at least seven when all is said and done.

  • Twenty-one clubs have been relegated since the start of the 2010-11 season.
  • Six have sunk as low as League One (including Sunderland)
  • Seven returned to the Premier League (including Wolves for 18-19)
  • Ten are currently in the Championship

It’s a message to all Premier League sides expecting favorite status in the Championship, including likely relegation side West Bromwich Albion.

Here’s how the most recent sides have fared since dropping out of the top flight.

Relegated sides this decade, and current status
*club still alive for 2018-19 promotion to Premier League
#club could be relegated from current league

Hull City (2016-17) — Championship
Middlesbrough (2016-17) — Championship*
Sunderland (2016-17) — Relegated to League One
Newcastle United (2015-16) — Returned to PL in one season
Norwich City (2015-16) — Championship
Aston Villa (2015-16) — Championship*
Hull City (2014-15) — Promoted at first chance, then relegated last season
Burnley (2014-15) — Promoted at first chance
Queens Park Rangers (2014-15) — Championship
Norwich City (2013-14) — Has since been promoted, relegated back to Championship
Fulham (2013-14) — Championship*
Cardiff City (2013-14) — Championship*
Wigan Athletic (2012-13) — promoted to Championship for 2018-19
Reading (2012-13) — Championship#
Queens Park Rangers (2012-13) — Since promoted, relegated back to Championship
Bolton (2011-12) — Championship#
Blackburn (2011-12) — League One*
Wolves (2011-12) — Promoted to Premier League this season
Birmingham City (2010-11) — Championship#
Blackpool (2010-11) — League One
West Ham United (2010-11) — Promoted at first chance, still PL

LIVE, FA Cup semifinal: Man United v Tottenham

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Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur clash in the FA Cup semifinal at Wembley on Saturday (12:15 p.m. ET kick off) with both Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho aiming to keep alive their only remaining hope of winning a trophy this season.

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For Spurs, they are certainly used to playing at Wembley after calling it home all season long while their new stadium is completed. Yet Harry Kane and Co. know they will keep hearing about how they need to win a trophy to prove themselves as Spurs have gone 10 years without a piece of silverware.

Mourinho is the master of grinding out wins in these kind of situations but United were dominated by Spurs at Wembley back in January in the PL and were lucky to escape with just a 2-0 defeat.

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