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Premier League Team of the Week - Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Alexandre Lacazette

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for matchday four, including a front three of Romelu Lukaku, Alexandre Lacazette and Eden Hazard.

Just three perfect records are left standing after gameweek four of the 2018-19 Premier League season, with Liverpool, Chelsea and surprise package Watford maintaining their 100% records this weekend.

Watford's victory came at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur's own perfect start as the Hornets came from behind at Vicarage Road, making them one of only two teams to have more than one representative in this week's XI.

Southampton are the other following their 2-0 triumph at Crystal Palace, with that first win of the campaign ensuring that they are the best-represented club this week.

The Manchester clubs both returned to winning ways as champions City overcame Newcastle United and the Red Devils beat Burnley despite being reduced to 10 men, while Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers both left it late to pick up wins of their own - the latter inflicting a fourth straight defeat on West Ham United.

There were draws in the matches between Everton and Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion and Fulham, meanwhile, as the Premier League prepares to make way for international duties.

Here, Sports Mole selects its team of the week for matchday four.



PL TOTW GW4
Southampton's Alex McCarthy celebrated his England call-up with a fine showing to keep Crystal Palace at bay at Selhurst Park, just about holding off competition from Rui Patricio and Joe Hart, the latter of whom saved a penalty and kept the score down in his side's defeat at the hands of Manchester United.

Joining his Saints teammate in the XI is Cedric Soares, who registered an assist and kept a clean sheet in the win over Palace. Manchester City's Kyle Walker ran the Portuguese full-back close courtesy of his fine match-winning strike against Newcastle, while Matt Doherty of Wolves also deserves an honourable mention.

Liverpool were far from their best in the win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, but they had Joe Gomez to thank for keeping their 100% start intact following another impressive performance - including one particularly important block to thwart James Maddison. Craig Cathcart's goal and all-round performance against Spurs earns him a place in the team too, with teammate Christian Kabasele and Chelsea's David Luiz among those to miss out.

Watford's second representative also comes from defence, with Jose Holebas continuing his brilliant start to the season with two more assists. The Hornets full-back has now been involved in more Premier League goals than any other player this term, scoring one and setting up another four.

Not many big-name players at the back, then, and it is a similar story in midfield where Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg completes the Southampton trio. The Dane enjoyed a fine performance even before scoring his side's second goal against Palace, completing more passes in the final third than any other Saints player at Selhurst Park.

Philip Billing was also on the scoresheet against Everton and beats the impressive Maddison and Man City's David Silva to a place in midfield, while Joao Moutinho was the chief creator in Wolves' win over West Ham, making three chances and completing a team-high 18 passes in the final third.

The front three could be fluid with Romelu Lukaku going out to the left if needed, but the Belgian proved again with his brace against Burnley that he is most effective through the middle - although he arguably should have had at least a hat-trick at Turf Moor.

Lukaku's compatriot Eden Hazard is now well in the swing of things after being held back at the start of the season, and he created more chances than any other player in the Premier League this weekend, in addition to getting on the scoresheet himself against Bournemouth.

Alexandre Lacazette is another who has had to wait for his chance from the start this season, but he took full advantage when it did come around with a goal and assist to help Arsenal past Cardiff City. There was no shortage of other impressive forward performances this weekend - including Glenn Murray, Troy Deeney and Raheem Sterling - but Lacazette did enough to join Lukaku and Hazard in that front three.

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura wheels away in celebration after scoring during his side's Premier League match against Manchester United on August 27, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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