Premier League Team of the Week: January 19-20

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Julio Cesar - Queens Park Rangers

Not often this season will Queens Park Rangers have to work harder for a point then they did against West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday.

The Hammers had 22 shots at goal - 13 of which were on target - but Julio Cesar managed to repel the home side almost all afternoon, and dealt well with the aerial bombardment from set-pieces.

Cesar Azipilicueta - Chelsea

John Terry's absence and Branislav Ivanovic's shift into the centre of defence has allowed Cesar Azipilicueta to flourish on the Chelsea right.

The Spaniard provided the assist - a raking pass - for compatriot Juan Mata as Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Vincent Kompany - Manchester City

Manchester City had captain Vincent Kompany available for selection on Saturday after the red card he received against Arsenal the previous weekend was rescinded by the Football Association.

The Belgian was a commanding presence once again against Fulham, keeping Dimitar Berbatov at bay and the visitors from having a single shot on target.

Daniel Agger - Liverpool

Daniel Agger has formed one of the Premier League's tightest central defensive partnerships alongside Martin Skrtel, but it was Liverpool veteran Jamie Carragher who partnered the Dane against Norwich.

Agger was an imposing figure throughout - not allowing Grant Holt to bully him and ensuring Liverpool's goal was not breached in a convincing win.

Andre Wisdom - Liverpool

Andre Wisdom was recently rewarded with a new long-term contract following a number of fine displays during his breakthrough season in the Liverpool first-team.

The young full-back performed to distinction again at the weekend as Liverpool trounced Norwich 5-0 at Anfield.

Juan Mata - Chelsea

Juan Mata has endured a relative dry spell for Chelsea of late having found the net 13 times before the end of 2012, but the Spaniard netted his first goal of the new year at a vital time.

Mata back to his menacing best in the 2-1 victory over Arsenal - smashing the opening goal of the the afternoon into the roof of the net.

Michael Carrick - Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to pack the Manchester United midfield for the visit to White Hart Lane ensured the away side had plenty of the ball, which allowed Michael Carrick to orchestrate a number of attacks.

Carrick was key in pushing Manchester United forward in the second-half, although the away side were restricted to only five shots by some resolute defending from Tottenham.

Clint Dempsey - Tottenham

It looked like it just would not be Tottenham's day as the snow lashed down in north London on Sunday, before Clint Dempsey found the net with their final shot of the game.

Spurs had 24 efforts on goal before Dempsey slotted home in the closing stages to ensure the home side secured a draw against Manchester United.

David Silva - Manchester City

For all the praise lavished on David Silva for his quick feet and sumptuous passing, the Spain international does not bother the goalkeeper as often as he would perhaps like.

But Silva was in fabulous form at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, and scored both goals as Manchester City beat Fulham - his 12th and 13th Premier League strikers in almost 100 appearances.

Steven Fletcher - Sunderland

Sunderland have secured a positive result every time Steven Fletcher has scored this season, and the Scottish striker kept up this record in the weekend defeat of Wigan.

Fletcher netted a vital brace to ensure the Black Cats beat Wigan at the DW Stadium, with his second and decisive strike a thing of beauty.

Robin van Persie - Manchester United

Robin van Persie can't stop scoring. The Manchester United striker has now scored 59 times in his last 76 club appearances, while the Dutchman has found the net his his past six games for the Premier League leaders.

Manchester United may not have been able to leave White Hart Lane with a win, but Van Persie's opener ensured they left with a point when it could have easily have been nothing.

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