In Depth

Zaha, Benteke, Coutinho and Dier star in team of the week

Four Crystal Palace players and three from Leicester make the selection after another high-octane weekend

Could the Premier League title race be back on? Spurs have cut the gap at the top to seven points after Chelsea suffered a shock defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

If The Blues come unstuck against Man City in midweek and Tottenham follow up their weekend win over Burnley by claiming another three points against Swansea, the gap could even narrow to four points.

Aside from Spurs, Liverpool were the only other side in the top seven to win at the weekend, brushing Everton aside in the Merseyside derby to go third. Manchester City and Arsenal fought out a 2-2 draw on Sunday while Man United were held to a 0-0 draw by West Brom.

At the bottom, Sunderland lost yet again and are now eight points from safety, while time is also running out for Middlesbrough, who drew with Swansea.

But who were the stars of the weekend action? Here's The Week's pick of the experts' picks.

Goalkeeper: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace)

Palace's goalie made 11 saves as his side withstood an "onslaught" from the champions-elect, says Jason Burt of the Daily Telegraph. Hennessey "has come in for criticism this season, but this was his day", he adds.

Defence: Danny Simpson (Leicester City), Andrew Robertson (Hull City), Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace), Jonny Evans (West Brom)

Foxes full-back Simpson provided two assists as the reigning champions beat Stoke City. "His cross for the second was pinpoint, and he generally didn't put a foot wrong all game," says ESPN. It was a performance that earned him 15 Fantasy Premier League points, making him joint highest scorer this week.

Hull defender Robertson announced himself to those for whom he was unknown with a fine goal against West Ham. "Along with scoring Hull's first goal, Robertson attempted more passes than any Hull player on Saturday - 49," reports Goal.com.

Sakho is in exile from Liverpool but showed his class as Palace held on against Chelsea. "Since his arrival the Eagles have not stopped soaring," says Garth Crooks of the BBC. "If there was a tackle or header to be made he won it and at no stage did the defender look in the least bit fazed by the pressure posed by the Blues, who have an impeccable home record."

United's former defender Evans produced a "stellar performance" against his old team, says Metro. "He won some important tackles and headers and even went on a few successful dribbles at Old Trafford in the 0-0 draw."

Midfield: Eric Dier (Spurs), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City)

Spurs's utility man Dier started in defence but ended the game in midfield - and with a goal to his name, says TalkSport. It was "one of his best performances of the season".

Coutinho was a popular choice this weekend after his stunning strike against Everton in the Merseyside derby. "The Brazilian danced his way through the Everton defence before finding the top corner. Top class," says the Daily Mirror.

But the one player to get even more plaudits was Palace winger Zaha, who has had quite a week, says Crooks of the BBC. "He scored a sensational goal for Ivory Coast in midweek and continued in the same vein against Chelsea. It wasn't just Zaha's confidence on the ball that was so impressive - we know he can play - but his overall contribution to the collective team effort was outstanding."

Ndidi scored a cracker for Leicester against Stoke, but he did more than that to impress Metro. "The rest of his performance was impressive too with strong passing stats that saw him misplace just three of his 55 attempted passes."

Attack: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

Benteke was on target as Palace stunned Chelsea and formed a formidable partnership with Zaha. "The former Liverpool striker led the line for Crystal Palace beautifully against Chelsea and gave David Luiz and Gary Cahill a torrid time in every department," says Crooks of the BBC.

Leicester's resurgence has coincided with that of Vardy, who now has five goals in six games. He scored with a "truly thumping strike" against Stoke, says ESPN, and was "a nuisance to the Potters defence throughout".

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