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Premier League team of the week

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford – Everton

A fine display from England’s number one as Everton dented Chelsea’s title hopes with a goalless stalemate at Stamford Bridge. Smart saves from both Marcus Alonso and Alvaro Morata ensured a clean sheet and a point for the visitors.

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Defender: Sol Bamba – Cardiff

If Cardiff are to survive this season they need to make the most of opportunities such as Saturday. With Brighton reduced to ten men in the first half, the game was heading for a 1-1 draw until Bamba’s intervention.

The towering centre-back first hit the post with an acrobatic effort, before reacting quickest after the ball was kept alive to hit a stoppage-time winner and secure three invaluable points.

Defender: Juan Foyth – Tottenham

The Argentine suffered a nightmare first Premier League start last weekend conceding two penalties which fortuitously did not cost Spurs their win at Wolves. Foyth made a similarly nervous start on Saturday with one back pass particularly poor. When it mattered, however,  the young defender delivered, pouncing on some static Palace defending to head the winner for his first Spurs goal.

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Defender: Yerry Mina – Everton

Some three months after signing from Barcelona for £28m, Yerry Mina shone as he started his first game for Everton at Chelsea. Called into the line-up due to the on-loan Kurt Zouma’s ineligibility against his parent club, the Colombian shone in frustrating Chelsea’s attackers to earn a point.

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Defender: Aymeric Laporte – Manchester City

Now firmly established as Pep Guardiola’s first-choice centre-back, the Frenchman again shone in the hostility of the Manchester Derby. Alongside John Stones, the young defender excelled at the heart of the City defence, and would have had another clean sheet but for Ederson’s rash challenge on Romelu Lukaku to gift Manchester United a penalty.

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Defender: Andrew Robertson – Liverpool

A firm fan’s favourite, the Liverpool full-back continues to thrive down the Anfield left. He produced another typical display of energy and industry against Fulham, the highlight being his deep cross for Xherdan Shaqiri’s goal, his third Premier League assist of the season.

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Midfielder: David Silva – Manchester City

The Man City captain opened the scoring on derby day in Manchester to cap another display of creative control. The diminutive Spaniard dictates the champions play and helped ensure that the bragging rights remained on the blue side of the city.

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Midfielder: Kadeem Harris – Cardiff

The bright spark in a crucial win for Cardiff, creating his side’s equaliser. Harris was a constant threat to Brighton’s defence, his positive running and pace causing problems throughout the afternoon.

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Midfielder: Xherdan Shaqiri – Liverpool

Left at home for the midweek defeat in Belgrade, the Swiss playmaker was in from the start in Sunday’s win over Fulham.

The £13 million sent to Stoke City for his services is starting to look a bargain for a player who is slowly growing into his role at Anfield. He capped an impressive display of his creative talents with his second goal of the season.

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Forward: Raul Jiminez – Wolves

Critics have stated that Wolves problems may lie with their lack of a prolific forward, but Jimenez’s contribution should not be overlooked. He produced another assist in Wolves draw at Arsenal, and has now been involved in eight of the twelve goals Wolves have scored (3 goals, 5 assists).

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Forward: Salomon Rondon – Newcastle

Signed in the summer in a loan swap with Dwight Gayle, the industrious forward has so far failed to fire whilst Gayle has scored freely in the Championship. On Saturday, the Venezuelan showed his quality, scoring twice in an impressive all-round display. His brace delivered back-to-back wins for Newcastle who rise to 14th after a difficult start to the season.

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