By Neil Leverett and Niall Clarke
- Southampton and Wolves grab multiple spots in Britwatch Sports’ Team of the Week
- Gameweek 4 saw Watford, Chelsea and Liverpool retain their 100% records going into the international break
- West Ham United remain rock-bottom after fourth successive Premier League loss
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – The unsung heroes stood up this weekend in the Premier League, as we pick our Team of the Week for Gameweek 4. Did your team make the cut?
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Goalkeeper – Alex McCarthy
Southampton bagged a upset 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday, and a big factor in that win was McCarthy’s performance.
The Saint’s number one celebrated a call up to the England squad with six saves on his way to an impressive away clean sheet. McCarthy may not end up starting against Spain on Saturday, but his performance in gameweek four may have put him in contention.
Right-Back – Cedric
Another key player in Southampton’s 2-0 win over Crystal palace was right-back Cedric.
The Portuguese player registered an assist this weekend, but what tipped him over Kyle Walker was his defensive contributions. Cedric made two block tackles to help his side to a clean sheet and also put in three key passes during the 90 minutes.
Centre-Back – Willy Boly
It was a fine defensive performance from Wolves over the weekend as they overcame West Ham United for a late 1-0 win, and Boly was once again a big part of that.
Boly may not have stood out above the rest, but his inclusion in the team of the week almost represents Wolves as a whole who defended resolutely to keep the Hammers out and plunge Manuel Pellegrini’s men into further problems.
Centre-Back – Craig Cathcart
Watford continued their 100% start to the season with a 2-1 win against Spurs and Cathcart was one of the men on the score-sheet.
The Watford defender headed the winning goal for his side after a solid all round performance at the heart of the Hornets’ defence. More performances like that could see Cathcart become a big player for Watford.
Left-Back – Marcos Alonso
Whilst we have had some good defensive performances so far, Alonso’s inclusion in the team of the week is also based on his effectiveness going forward, as the Spaniard makes the cut for the second week running.
Alonso contributed with an assist for Eden Hazard’s goal which sealed Chelsea’s 2-0 win over AFC Bournemouth and he was a general threat throughout. Alonso is looking like a good pick for your fantasy team, contributing to at least one goal or assist per game so far this campaign.
Right Midfield – Joao Moutinho
Despite Ruben Neves‘ explosive announcement to the Premier League on the season’s opening day, midfield partner Moutinho has is now sharing the load.
The Portuguese assisted in his last game for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, and was again integral to Wolves’ late, late win in east London. Moutinho provided three key passes, made two interceptions and three blocks or tackles, as the visitors picked up their first league win.
Centre Midfield – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
As documented, both McCarthy and and Cedric starred in the Saints’ win against Palace, however it Hojbjerg who was marginal man of the match at Selhurst Park.
An uncompromising and gritty central defensive midfielder whose game is not built on goals and assists – more yellow cards – the Dane scored Southampton’s second and shielded his defence bullishly, to force many a betting slip to be torn up in anger at the weekend.
Left Midfield – Philip Billing
This weekend very much should see the league’s unsung heroes take their plaudits. Hojbjerg is one, the other is Billing who was statistically the highest scoring player in terms of work horse stats.
Huddersfield were tipped to take a heavy defeat a Goodison Park on Saturday, but it was the Terriers – who had yet to score this season – who drew first blood through Billing.
The Dane was central to everything good the west Yorkshire side did this weekend, with three interceptions and an impressive five blocks and tackles. The Dane was by far the weekend’s best performer in terms of work ethic.
Right Forward – Glenn Murray
Home is very much where the heart is for Murray. Having opened his account for the campaign against Manchester United, the 34-year-old striker led the Seagulls to a rousing fightback against Fulham at the AMEX, netting a second half brace in the final quarter of the game.
The Englishman reached double figures last term through his goals at home and is well on the way to replicating that feat this year. Brighton are one of those sides we tipped for the drop, but providing Murray continues to improve that threat will diminish.
Striker – Romelu Lukaku
It was simply must-win for United and Jose Mourinho on Sunday, and the Red Devils delivered courtesy of Lukaku. It’s now three in three for the Belgian after his delayed return following the World Cup, but Lukaku’s double could be the sign of a run of form after the international break.
The striker was simply too much for a Burnley side desperately lacking goals – through no lack of effort – but having now been knocked out of European competition, Sean Dyche will now be rallying his troops in the hope of getting out of their rut in a fortnight’s time.
Lukaku meanwhile gave some much-needed respite for both Mourinho and his side at Turf Moor.
Left Forward – Alexandre Lacazette
Completing out XI this week is Lacazette’s star turn for Arsenal. Named as number nine for the first time this season by Gunners’ boss Unai Emery, the Frenchman formed a dynamic duo with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who shifted out to the left and both netted against Cardiff City.
Creating the space and pass for the Gabonese striker, Lacazatte then found the net himself late on in south Wales, which was a deserved reward for a superb performance in Arsenal colours.
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The Premier League resumes after the international break on Saturday 15 September, as Spurs host Liverpool
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