Shane Croghan gives us his top picks for this week's Premier League Team of the Week, with only two players from the top four teams making an appearance.
With the title all but won for Chelsea and the top four looking relatively secure, the bulk of the excitement this weekend was to be found in the bottom half of the table, with some big results for the likes of Leicester and Hull.
I've taken a leaf out of Tony Pulis' book this week and I'm parking the bus. With five at the back, we'll soak up the pressure and hit them on the break. In the team there is also lots of dead-ball specialists in there for an added attacking threat.
Adrian – West Ham
The Spaniard kept out Charlie Austin's spot-kick to make it three consecutive penalty saves and a clean sheet away from home for Allardyce's side. A late save from Matt Phillips' effort ensured a hammer blow to QPR's survival hopes and guaranteed a result which is ultimately symptomatic of West Ham's poor recent form.
Despite the signing of Felipe Luis last Summer, Azpilicueta (or 'Dave' to the Chelsea fans) has made the left-back spot in Mourinho's side his own. Mr. Reliable for the champions elect, the Spanish defender turned in another great performance away to Arsenal, getting up and down the left side of the pitch and helping to edge Chelsea a point closer to the league title.
John Stones – Everton
Another solid performance from the young English centre-back with a well-taken goal and a clean sheet against an in-form Manchester United side. Despite a fairly disappointing season for the Toffees, Stones has been developing nicely and earning himself a place in the hearts of the Everton faithful.
Wes Morgan – Leicester
The Leicester captain has been a mainstay at the heart of the Foxes' defence all season and a key figure in their recent upturn in fortunes. Another clean sheet (partially due to a poorly struck penalty from Burnley's Matty Taylor) helped earn a vital three points and made it four wins on the bounce, pushing Leicester out of the relegation zone, five points clear of Burnley, who sit rock bottom.
Dejan Lovren – Liverpool
A goal-line clearance and some important interceptions from the much-maligned Croatian defender saved Brendan Rodgers' men from defeat in one of the dullest football matches I've had the misfortune of watching this season. Despite being something of a scapegoat for Liverpool's poor performances in the first half of the season, Lovren has been quietly improving in 2015 and may have a future at the club yet.
Alexsandar Kolarov – Manchester City
The menacing Serbian left-back has often found himself behind Gael Clichy in the pecking order this season, but he started against Sherwood's rejuvenated Villa, scoring a wonderfully placed free-kick and whipping in the corner that resulted in Fernandinho grabbing his late winner. Kolarov's ability from set-pieces has helped to push City back up to second place despite their stuttering form in the second half of the season.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea
The Icelandic play-maker found himself at the heart of Swansea's attacks, as per usual, contributing a goal and an assist to lead his team to victory against the league's most out-of-form side, Newcastle United. After a disappointing stint at Tottenham Hotspur, you get the feeling that Sigurdsson is back where he belongs in South Wales.
Charlie Adam – Stoke
The stand-out performer in arguably the least glamorous tie of the weekend, Adam rocketed the ball into the top corner with his weaker foot to earn a point for Stoke after falling behind against a notoriously low-scoring Sunderland side. Adam has been in fine form of late, with three goals in his last four games, including his goal of the season contender against Chelsea.
Robbie Brady – Hull
The Irish midfielder has found himself on the bench all too often this season, but given the chance to start by Steve Bruce against Crystal Palace, Brady's attacking intent led to N'Doye's opening goal for Hull and ultimately to a hard-earned three points. With a tough fixture list between now and the end of the season, Steve Bruce will be hoping Brady can make this sort of contribution on a more regular basis.
Graziano Pelle – Southampton
The Italian striker twice put his side ahead against Spurs, capitalising on a defensive error in the first half and powering a header past Hugo Lloris in the second, only to see the London side draw level on both occasions. After a bright start to his career in the Premier League, Pelle suffered through a barren spell this calendar year, but after scoring against England in a recent friendly he seems to have found his goalscoring touch once again.
Dame N'Doye – Hull
A brace from February recruit N'Doye brought his Premier League tally to an impressive five goals in eight games and dragged Hull up to 16th place in the table. With top scorer Nikica Jelavic sidelined through injury, Steve Bruce will be looking to N'Doye to score the goals to guarantee safety for a Hull side that often struggle to take their chances.