Best Starting XI of the Premier League 2012-13 Season [INFOGRAPHIC]

WhoScored has calculated the best Premier League XI from the 2012-13 season based on their average ratings through the course of the nine month campaign.

Surprisingly, title winning side Manchester United only have two players in the best team, while fourth place Arsenal had the same number. Compare this to the best team as selected as BBC’s Match Of The Day, and you’ll see that they picked four Manchester United players, possibly showing a case of top six favoritism and lack of good insight?

What do you think about the best starting XI and the exclusion of players such as Petr Cech, Juan Mata, Pablo Zabaleta, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick? Are there players in the above graphic that should not be included. Have your say in the comments section below.

9 thoughts on “Best Starting XI of the Premier League 2012-13 Season [INFOGRAPHIC]”

  1. This seems like a very creditable team to me having watched 4-5 EPL games per week. The most “under the radar” guy is probably Chico. Gaffer, did you feel he was up to that level as a Swansea supporter?

    1. AJS, above and beyond that level. Chico Flores was definitely a revelation. He fitted in perfectly right from the start, and was a perfect replacement for Steven Caulker who was on loan at Swansea last season.

      The Gaffer

    2. Flores was brilliant every time I saw him. Which wouldn’t have been nearly as often as the Gaffer did, but still.

  2. Very interesting side. Not a single Manchester City or Chelsea player chosen.

    Mata and YaYa Toure over Wolcott (inconsistent for me) and Fellaini (started the season on fire then became a non-factor for Everton).

  3. That’s a perfectly fine team. You could substitute a few guys and it wouldn’t hurt my feelings either.

    How do they gather the ratings?

  4. Average rating is such a subjective factor. Do a few flash things but otherwise be ineffective and you’ll get a high score.

    I like their “ineffective” team much better :)

  5. Despite Santi Fallover playing for a big club, I think he was even a bit underrated. (For example, led the EPL in percentage of passes completed in opposing zone.)

    I am actually glad to see him on here.

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