Date: 5th December 2007 at 4:01pm
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Martin Laursen’s solid performances for Aston Villa have resulted in him being named in the Actim Index team of the week, the official player ratings system of the Barclays Premier League.

The defender’s 31 points, which came from the two matches against Blackburn and Arsenal, increased his season’s tally to 253 points and puts him as the highest ranked defender in the index and the 7th highest ranked player overall.

Helped by playing one game more than anyone else, 4 other Villains (Scott Carson, Zat Knight, Ashley Young and John Carew) were also included in the Team of the Week.

Gabriel Agbonlahor still remains as Villa’s top ranked player in the index in 3rd place overall with 271 points.

Analysis of all Premier League games is taking place throughout the season and the players in the Actim Index Team of the Week are:

Scott Carson, Aston Villa, Overall 38th
Sami Hypia, Liverpool, Overall 79th
Martin Laursen, Aston Villa, Overall 7th
Zat Knight, Aston Villa, Overall 20th

Paul McShane, Sunderland, Overall 111th
David Bentley, Blackburn Rovers, Overall 12th
Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United, Overall 11th
Steven Gerrard, Liverpool, Overall 5th
Sebastian Larsson, Birmingham City, Overall 95th
Ashley Young, Aston Villa, Overall 10th
John Carew, Aston Villa, Overall 202nd


The Actim Index is calculated using a unique mathematical formula that rates each player’s contribution be it goals, shots, passes, dribbles, tackles, crosses, saves, clearances, blocks, interceptions, assists, clean sheets, time on the pitch or number of points gained by the team with marks deducted for red and yellow cards.