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Premier League – Team of the week

Rui Patricio

Wolves continue to impress having made a seamless transition after promotion from the Championship. Their 1-0 win at Crystal Palace means they’re unbeaten in six, and with their Portuguese international Patricio having kept four clean sheets in their last five games, they have a solid foundation for a successful season.

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John Stones

Manchester City have long suffered on trips to Anfield, having not won at Liverpool since 2003. Beaten three times last season by Sunday afternoon’s opponents, the champions put in a solid display to earn a goalless draw. Stones was central to marshalling the host’s dangerous front three, restricting them to few chances to maintain a clean sheet and earn a vital point.

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Matt Doherty

Another player impressing in Wolves campaign so far, wing-back Doherty scored the winner as they beat Crystal Palace 1-0. Part of a back line that continues to keep clean sheets, the Irishman has also been a threat at the other end, scoring once and providing two assists in his last four appearances.

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Nathan Ake

Whilst the forwards may take the majority of the plaudits in Bournemouth’s impressive 4-0 thrashing of Watford, Ake put in a commanding performance at the back. The former Chelsea youngster made eight clearances as the Cherries kept a clean sheet, winning 100% of his duels.

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Ross Barkley

He may have taken a while to settle at Stamford Bridge, but Ross Barkley is beginning to show the form that once had him touted as England’s next great midfielder. At Southampton, he scored one, his first for the club, and created another, and heads into the international break to a first England call-up since 2016.

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Gylfi Sigurdsson

Everton’s record-signing is beginning to show the form that persuaded the club to part with £45m for his services in 2017. The midfielder scored twice in last week’s win over Fulham, and followed that up with a sensational strike to earn all three points at Leicester on Saturday.

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Juan Mata

Amidst the toxic atmosphere that has surfaced around Old Trafford in recent weeks, in took the diminutive Spaniard, widely regarded as one of football’s nice guys, to help lift the mood. On early as a substitute with Manchester United trailing Newcastle by two goals, Mata curled home a perfect free-kick to spark a comeback as United won 3-2 to relieve the pressure on Jose Mourinho.

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Eden Hazard

Another weekend, another place in the team of the week for Chelsea’s brilliant Belgian. Hazard is in the form of his life right now, he scored once and provided another as Chelsea went top of the Premier League. Maurizio Sarri has challenged his number 10 to score 40 goals this season, with seven already, few would bet against him on this form.

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Alexandre Lacazette

Having been left out in the opening weekends of the season, Lacazette has returned to the side and shown the form that persuaded Arsene Wenger to make the Frenchman his then record-signing last summer. Two smartly taken goals in Arsenal’s thrashing of Fulham took him to four for the season, his partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang providing hope that Unai Emery’s men can return to the Champions League next season.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Left on the bench having missed Arsenal’s mid-week Europa League fixture through illness, Aubameyang scored twice and provided an assist in his second-half cameo as the Gunners made it nine consecutive wins in all competitions. The Gabon international has scored 14 Premier League goals in just 21 appearances since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in January.

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Callum Wilson

After a Premier League career that has been stop-start, Wilson is beginning to show his top-flight pedigree. A goal and two assists in Bournemouth’s impressive win at Watford, the forward missed out on a maiden selection in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad. With Jamie Vardy’s retirement having depleted the national side’s forward options, a continuation of this sort of form will surely see international recognition come sooner rather than later.

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