It’s a time that all Premier League fans hate - an international break.
We have to survive two whole weeks before Premier League action returns, while occupying ourselves watching Gareth Southgate’s England take on Malta and Slovenia.
With all teams playing seven matches, the table is starting to take shape and the star players are already starting to perform.
With the top four reading: Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool, it’s fair to say the big sides have already got off to flying starts.
And with the likes of Diego Costa, Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku all battling it out at the top of goalscoring charts, the big name players have also begun the campaign impressively.
So, with this unwanted break in proceedings, we thought it would be the perfect time to look at the Premier League XI of the season so far. But, rather than basing it on our opinion alone, we decided to back it up with stats brought to us by Oglala, powered by Opta.
So here is the best XI of the season so far based on numbers - and there is no place for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez or Sergio Aguero.
Goalkeeper | Hugo Lloris | Tottenham
The Frenchman has kept three clean sheets in five appearances in the league with him conceding just twice in that time. The 29-year-old has also averaged 2.6 saves per game.
Left-back | Daley Blind | Manchester United
Blind has filled in at centre-back for much of United’s season so far but the Dutchman’s versatility means he could slot in at left-back in our team. In six matches, he’s made 13 tackles, 19 interceptions and 32 clearances, while he’s got a pass accuracy of 87%. He’s also notched up six key passes and two assists - not bad for a defender.
Right-back | Antonio Valencia | Manchester United
Valencia’s inclusion means both full-back positions are filled by United players. Defensively, the Ecuadorian has made 15 tackles, 13 interceptions, five blocks and 12 clearances. Going forward, he’s made 11 successful dribbles and six key passes.
Centre-back | Laurent Koscielny | Arsenal
He was Arsenal’s hero at the weekend with a very controversial goal against Burnley but the Frenchman has been brilliant all season. In his six matches, he’s won 20 aerial duels, made 17 interceptions, seven blocks and 33 clearances with a pass accuracy of 90%. Not to mention his two goals.
Centre-back | Curtis Davies | Hull City
Hull may have conceded 14 goals this season - the third highest - but Davies makes this XI. Davies has performed well in a series of key defensive areas having registered 45 interceptions (1st), 17 blocks (1st) and 38 clearances (5th).
Centre-midfield | Etienne Capoue | Watford
Capoue has already scored four goals this season for the Hornets from just nine shots - meaning an impressive conversion rate of 44%. He’s also made six key passes and registered one assist. Defensively, Capoue has also performed well making 13 successful tackles and the same amount of interceptions.
Centre-midfield | Idrissa Gueye | Everton
Last season, N’Golo Kante proved to be the signing of the year. This time around, it could be Gueye. The former Aston Villa midfielder has shielded his side’s defence making the most successful tackles (28), while completing 396 successful passes.
Left-wing | Philippe Coutinho | Liverpool
Coutinho is statically the best in the Premier League ranking in the top 13 in the six key attacking areas. He’s made 14 key passes, two assists and completed 17 successful dribbles. He’s also bagged three goals and has had the second most attempts on goal with 29. But Coutinho has an impressive defensive stat as well with 10 successful tackles.
Right-wing | Raheem Sterling | Manchester City
Sterling looks transformed under Pep Guardiola and the stats back it up. He’s scored four goals, with an impressive shot accuracy of 75%. He’s also made two assists and completed 23 successful dribbles.
Attacking-midfielder | Kevin de Bruyne | Manchester City
De Bruyne’s probably been City’s best player this year. He’s scored twice and has had eight successful dribbles with a passing accuracy of 83%. He’s also got the most assists with four and has registered 16 key passes.
Striker | Diego Costa | Chelsea
Costa beats the likes of Aguero, Ibrahimovic and Lukaku to take the lone striking role. He’s got six goals in seven appearances having taken 22 shots. He’s also provided two assists and had seven key passes.
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