Premier League Fans' Top 5: Keeper tops list

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Three players from the South Coast dominate this week's Valora top five in the Premier League.

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1) ROB ELLIOT (NEWCASTLE) – 8.40

The third-choice Toon shot-stopper, who had to overcome a late fitness test after aggravating a thigh injury against Stoke last week, produced a string of outstanding saves to stop Bournemouth from scoring an equaliser in a plucky 1-0 victory for Steve McClaren’s men. The Cherries mustered 19 attempts on goal in the match and had 16 corners but Eddie Howe’s side could not get past the Republic of Ireland international, who will also be in contention for a starting berth in the upcoming Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina. The 29-year-old has now kept consecutive clean sheets for the Magpies and is likely to keep his first-team spot for the forseeable future.

2) DUSAN TADIC (SOUTHAMPTON) – 7.70

The Serbian’s second-half match-winning penalty stretched Southampton’s unbeaten run to six games and poured more misery on second from bottom Sunderland. Wing wizard Tadic was a constant menace throughout as he combined constantly with the fleet of foot Sadio Mane and Dutch midfidler Jordy Clasie, who controlled the centre of midfield for Ronald Koeman’s men. After an indifferent start to the season, Tadic has now hit four goals for the South Coast side and his ability to operate on both wings is causing opponents many problems this term.

3) MICAH RICHARDS (ASTON VILLA) – 7.65

The Aston Villa captain was a rock at the centre of new boss Remi Garde’s defence as the bottom-placed Villa Park club held Premier League leaders Manchester City to a goalless draw. Richards, who moved to the Midlands side in the summer after the best part of a decade with City, has quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite and has also been linked with an England recall in recent weeks due to his fine performances. However, his first priority will definitely be to lift his current employers off the bottom of the table.

4) ANDREW SURMAN (BOURNEMOUTH) – 7.65

The hardworking midfielder was a menacing presence for Bournemouth despite their 1-0 defeat to Newcastle. Surman displayed a level of commitment and ferocity that kept the Cherries in the game for long spells, as they continued to push for an equaliser. With two minutes left, a well-measured cross from Surman found Ritchie but the ball fell wide.

5) MATT RITCHIE (BOURNEMOUTH) – 7.62

The Scotland midfielder’s crosses proved to be a force as the Newcastle defence struggled to deal with his pace and intelligence down the right wing. Ritchie had a number of chances to draw the sides level but his weak finishes were well marshalled by Newcastle keeper Rob Elliott. However, despite the loss the Cherries can take confidence from the fact that they were the better side for large periods of the game.

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Dzeko and Gervinho score as Roma seal derby win over Lazio

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Celebrations: Edin Dzeko.

Edin Dzeko and Gervinho struck either side of half-time as Roma beat Lazio 2-0 to win the first Eternal City derby of the season.

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Dzeko earned and converted a penalty in the 10th minute to put the Giallorossi on their way. Gervinho doubled Roma’s advantage in the 62nd minute and Lazio’s late attempts proved to no avail.

Rudi Garcia’s team were without five injured players as well as suspended midfielder Miralem Pjanic yet dominated early exchanges.

The referee pointed to the penalty spot after Santiago Gentiletti brought down Dzeko in the area. He struck his spot-kick towards the centre of goal to beat Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti.

Lazio could have pulled level one minute later when Dusan Basta fed Antonio Candreva in the area but he hit the ball over the crossbar from eight yards.

The Biancoceleste rued their bad fortune when Anderson struck the crossbar with a right-footed attempt from outside the box. At the other end, Gervinho and Dzeko saw their close-range attempts go just wide.

Roma continued to press forward and in the 40th minute, Nainggolan got past his marker and drilled a right-footed effort from 20 yards that crashed off the post. Lazio looked more dangerous after the restart and in the 46th minute, Anderson’s cross found Marco Parolo in the box, but he fired the ball over.

Just when Lazio were playing at their best, Roma got their second. Nainggolan’s pass found Gervinho and the Ivory Coast striker surged into the area and he blasted the ball just inside the near post and out of Marchetti’s reach.

Lazio could have reduced the arrears in the 87th minute. Lucas Biglia set up substitute Keita in the box and he struck a rightfooted shot towards the far post that was saved by Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

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