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West Ham forward Michail Antonio is the league’s top form player, according to the latest Power Rankings chart.
Antonio grabbed his first league hat-trick with a four-goal haul in a 4-0 win at Norwich. The result sealed the hosts’ relegation and boosted the Hammers’ chances of survival over fellow battlers Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Watford.
Manchester City are more accustomed to extreme winning margins and Pep Guardiola’s side did exactly that with a 5-0 victory over Brighton, with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick to guarantee runner-up spot in this week’s rankings.
Sterling’s impressive stats
Raheem Sterling has scored 27 goals in all competitions for Manchester City this season – this is his best scoring season in his career.
Since the 2015/16 season when he joined Manchester City, only Harry Kane (9) and Sergio Aguero (7) have scored more Premier League hat-tricks than Raheem Sterling (4).
Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski (No 3) and stopper Nick Pope (No 7) produced defensive masterclasses in a 1-1 draw at Liverpool, with Kevin Long also performing well at the back in his third league start this season.
Check out the full interactive table below which lists all 368 player performances and each club’s top performer
Manchester United almost jumped into third spot to leapfrog Chelsea and Leicester in the race for Champions League qualification but remained in fifth at the final whistle after conceding a stoppage-time equaliser against Southampton.
Anthony Martial (No 5) teed up Marcus Rashford for a first-half leveller before smashing United ahead minutes later – while Bruno Fernandes (No 4) and Mason Greenwood (No 8) slipped in the rankings but remained in the top 10.
West Ham vs Watford
July 17, 2020, 7:30pm
Jamie Vardy moved one step closer to landing the Golden Boot with his 23rd league goal this season – but Leicester moved one step backwards in the battle for Champions League qualification with the 4-1 defeat to Bournemouth.
Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus edged into the top 10 with his goal at Brighton and Sheffield United defender John Egan was among the top performers after helping his side keep a clean sheet in the 3-0 win over Chelsea.
In terms of each club’s top player, a raft of relegation saviours stand out: Antonio leads the way, but Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) and Trezeguet (Aston Villa) top their respective clubs after inspiring critical wins.
Who will be Power Rankings king?
Across the entire season, Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne remains in pole position with a league-topping 18 assists and another 11 goals to his name.
But Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is in pursuit and could still claim the crown with stellar performances against Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle – if Jurgen Klopp starts him ahead of fellow youngster Neco Williams.
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Source : Sky Sports