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Premier League Team of the Week - James Milner, Adama Traore, David Luiz

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek eight, including James Milner, Adama Traore and four Aston Villa players.

Liverpool go into the second international break of the season with a commanding eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table having maintained their 100% start to the season and seen their closest challengers lose.

A last-gasp 2-1 win over Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday made it eight wins from eight for Jurgen Klopp's side, a result which looked even more important when Manchester City were stunned at the Etihad Stadium by Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

City were not the only big names to suffer at the hands of a shock result, though, with Brighton & Hove Albion piling more misery on Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United slumping to defeat at Newcastle United.

Another manager under growing pressure is Marco Silva after his Everton side fell to another loss at the hands of Burnley, while Aston Villa were big winners at Norwich City and Crystal Palace recorded an impressive away win over West Ham United.

Chelsea and Arsenal were both victorious, the latter climbing up to third as a result, while the only draw of the gameweek saw Watford remain winless in a goalless stalemate with Sheffield United.

Here, Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek eight.


Watford certainly had the chances to record their first win of the season against Sheffield United, but a mixture of poor finishing and good saves from Dean Henderson kept them at bay. Henderson only had two stops to make, but both were from golden chances and he responded perfectly to his howler against Liverpool last weekend.

The likes of Martin Dubravka, Mathew Ryan and Rui Patricio all deserve mentions for clean sheets against top-six opposition, although the fact that the latter only had to make two fairly routine stops against a previously free-scoring Man City side was largely down to those in front of him. Willy Boly was the standout performer in that Wolves defence, clearing everything that came near him and limiting City to long shots for the most part.

Christian Kabasele, who won five aerial duels and made a game-high five tackles in the draw with Sheffield United, joins Boly in a back three this week, while Arsenal's David Luiz completes the trio having not only scored his first goal for the club to hand them victory over Bournemouth, but also helped to hold off a significant second-half improvement from the Cherries.

There was plenty of competition for the main story of this weekend's action, and it arguably came at the Etihad with Adama Traore's two late goals against Man City. Traore had switched from his right wing-back position by the time he scored those goals, but he earns that role for us having perfectly executed a smash-and-grab against an uncharacteristically turgid City side.

On the opposite flank is another man often called upon to play slightly out of position, with James Milner providing a brilliant assist for Liverpool's opener against Leicester and then keeping his nerve in a high-pressure scenario to tuck home the 95th-minute winner from the penalty spot.

Four of the front five are Aston Villa players courtesy of their convincing 5-1 win at Norwich. Conor Hourihane and Jack Grealish both got themselves on the scoresheet at Carrow Road, while Hourihane also helped himself to an assist during the rout.

Anwar El Ghazi set up two of the five goals in addition to hitting the woodwork himself, while Wesley's eventful afternoon saw him score the first two goals, miss a penalty and the rebound for his hat-trick and then chalk up an assist too - a haul which sees him beat Tammy Abraham and Raul Jimenez to the central striking role.

Honourable mentions should also go to Sadio Mane and Matty Longstaff, the latter of whom enjoyed a dream Premier League debut with the winning goal for his boyhood club against Manchester United, having clattered the crossbar with a superb long-range strike earlier in the game.

Another player to really introduce himself on the scene this weekend was Brighton's Aaron Connolly, who caused Tottenham's defence all sorts of problems en route to scoring twice on his first Premier League start, the second of which was a particularly smart finish.

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