The best Premier League XI of the 2018/19 season so far based on statistics

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The 2018/19 Premier League season looks set to have one of the best title races in recent memory.

Liverpool currently sit four points ahead of champions Manchester City, with 15 rounds of matches still to play.

The Reds are still the favourites with most of the bookies, but City's form in the new year has been frightening to say the least.

Elsewhere in the league, the 'top six' have established their dominance, with Watford, Wolves, West Ham and Leicester currently occupying the 'best of the rest' positions.

At the bottom of the table, Huddersfield and Fulham both look doomed, but as any fan of the Premier League knows, a lot can change in just a few weeks.

Given the dominance of the top six this season it would be easy to assume that the best team of the campaign so far would not feature any player outside the sextet.

Well, that's not the case and statistical website WhoScored's XI for the 2018/19 season at this point actually features two players outside the established elite.

THE BEST XI OF THE SEASON SO FAR

 The PL XI

Leicester's Ricardo Pereira and Everton's Lucas Digne make the cut following their arrivals from Porto and Barcelona in the summer respectively.

The two full-backs have excelled in attack. Ricardo has scored twice and recorded three assists, while Digne has laid on three for his colleagues and notched three for himself.

As for the rest of the team, the division's top-four all have two players named in the XI.

Hugo Lloris in goal is a surprise ahead of Alisson Becker, while David Luiz's inclusion at centre-back over the likes of Aymeric Laporte is also a bit of a head-scratcher.

Luiz celebrates vs Spurs

Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Raheem Sterling all feature, while Arsenal's goal-machine Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang misses out.

And just to rub salt in Jose Mourinho's wounds further, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba gets the nod next to Fernandinho.

Who would have predicted that in December, eh?

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