A welcome three points against Aston Villa but perhaps surprisingly, three Newcastle players have made the Premier League team of the week.

Interestingly three teams dominate this week’s top eleven, with Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Newcastle providing a trio of players each. Wayne Rooney and Swansea keeper Fabianski make up the team.

EA Sports Player Performer Index (PPI) is the official Premier League system using a comprehensive range of statistics to provide objective analysis as to which players are playing the best and why.

The style of United’s gritty win, means that not surprisingly the three players who make it are all defenders, while Palace and Liverpool fill five of the six midfield/attacking places.

As a comparison you may want to view the player ratings from the weekend by Newcastle fans using our interactive player ratings system, click HERE to  view them.

Premier League Team Of The Week

Fabianski (Swansea)

Janmaat (Newcastle)

Williamson (Newcastle)

Dann (Palace)

Ryan Taylor (Newcastle)

Puncheon (Palace)

Henderson (Liverpool)

Coutinho (Liverpool)

Sterling (Liverpool)

Rooney (Man Utd)

Murray (Palace)

The EA Sports performance index uses six different criteria:

Winning – points are awarded for time on the pitch in a team that wins, so for example Williamson will have received more credit than substitute Ryan Taylor.

Player performance – points go to those who have a positive influence on a winning performance (shots on target, tackles, clearances, saves etc) while points are taken off for negatives such as shots off target or red/yellow cards.

Time on pitch – the longer a player is on the pitch the more points awarded.

Goals scored – self-explanatory.

Assists – credit for whoever on the scoring team last touches the ball on the before the scorer, such as Janmaat who crossed for Cisse’s strike.

Clean sheet– the whole team is given credit for this but points are allocated by position in the team, so goalkeeper gets biggest share, then defenders and so on.