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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 City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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