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Blog - ESPN FC United

Premier League Team of the Weekend, Dec. 28

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley discusses Manchester City's inability to close the gap at the top, while Arsenal were able to close in on the top four with a win at West Ham.

After each round of Premier League fixtures, ESPN FC brings you its Team of the Weekend. Our panel of experts carefully select 11 star performers along with a manager.

Do you agree or disagree? You can have your say on those picked or overlooked in the comments section at the foot of the article or on Twitter using the hashtag #TOTW. Plus, tune in to Monday's "ESPN FC" (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) for more reaction.

ESPN FC's Team of the Weekend.
ESPN FC's Team of the Weekend

Goalkeeper: Hands up -- who had the early kickoff down for a stalemate? Tottenham and...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

#FCtalkingpoints: Prem title, Bale or De Gea, Balotelli, sack race, diving

Cesc Fabregas was yellow carded for simulation in Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Southampton, but did he actually dive?

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

It might be hard to believe, but the Premier League is already at the halfway point. After Chelsea looked like early runaway winners, the two teams from Manchester have shown some life and are sitting in second, City, and third, United, respectively. 

Who will win the Premier League?

Jose Mourinho has suggested more than once this...

 By Nick Miller

Brendan Rodgers' management of Mario Balotelli has backfired

The ESPN FC crew discuss which Premier League players need to improve.

"There is no question over his talent -- I have played with him and I know how good he is and how good he can be. It is the job of the Liverpool coach to manage him in the right way. He needs to be loved, he needs direction, but most importantly, he needs to know that the coach believes in him."

-- Andrea Pirlo on Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli spent Boxing Day afternoon on the bench at Turf Moor, as his Liverpool team huffed, puffed and scuffled their way to a 1-0 win over Burnley. And according...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Tottenham, Man United meet on the cusp of achieving their objectives

The ESPN FC panel preview Week 19's much-anticipated match between Manchester United and Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the Premier League.

Very few associated with Manchester United will recall 2014 as their favourite year. It shall be remembered as the year the club came loose of its bearings, abandoned a devotion to slow-burning stability and broke the bank to try to recover.

Two matches against Tottenham Hotspur will bookend 2014. New Year's Day saw a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford end a spell of optimism for the troubled, doomed reign of former manager David Moyes. That evening, a befuddled Moyes was forced to admit his team had already...

 By Kevin Palmer

Three Points: Sanchez inspires, Giroud disappoints for Arsenal

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Alexis Sanchez (37') Arsenal 1-0 QPR

A trio of observations on Arsenal's 2-1 win vs. Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League.

1. Arsenal's Alexis dependency

Where would Arsenal be without Alexis Sanchez?

The answer to that question hardly bears thinking about for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger or the club's army of supporters, who once again relied heavily on their brilliant and seemingly tireless Chilean to unlock the door to victory.

Wenger continues to insist his side have not become entirely reliant on a player for whom he paid 35...

Reflecting on an exciting first half of the German Bundesliga season

The ESPN FC crew discuss Borussia Dortmund's domestic struggles after a 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen, finishing 2014 joint-bottom with Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

"2014 was a year that made all our wishes come true," said German FA president Wolfgang Niersbach this week. But the World Cup party from Germany's win this summer couldn't go on forever, of course. Domestically, the 2014-15 Bundesliga campaign brought more trouble than festive cheer for all but a handful of clubs.

These were the main storylines of the typically eventful, unpredictable first half of the season after "that night in Rio."

1. Borussia Dortmund come off the rails

No other place to begin...