Mane, Sterling and the Premier League Team of the Week

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Many of the predicted title-challengers got off to winning starts on a dramatic opening weekend in the English top-flight

  1. GOALKEEPER | Alex McCarthy (Southampton)
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    GOALKEEPER | Alex McCarthy (Southampton)

    McCarthy made six saves in Southampton's 0-0 draw with Burnley; no goalkeeper who kept a clean sheet made more saves on the opening weekend.

  2. RIGHT-BACK | Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
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    RIGHT-BACK | Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

    Azpilicueta had 106 touches in Chelsea's 3-0 victory over Huddersfield, the most of any defender on matchday one.
  3. CENTRE-BACK | Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)
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    CENTRE-BACK | Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)

    Rudiger made three tackles and gained possession on eight occasions; no Chelsea player made more in their win at the John Smith's Stadium.
  4. CENTRE-BACK | David Luiz (Chelsea)
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    CENTRE-BACK | David Luiz (Chelsea)

    David Luiz completed 86 passes on matchday one as well as keeping a clean sheet - the most of any defender.
  5. LEFT-BACK | Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
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    LEFT-BACK | Luke Shaw (Manchester United)

    Shaw registered his first senior goal in his 134th appearance in all competitions (67 games each for Southampton and Man Utd) as the Red Devils beat Leicester City.
  6. MIDFIELD | Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)
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    MIDFIELD | Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)

    Alongside scoring the opening goal, Fraser won four fouls and created three chances - more than any other player in their win over Cardiff City.
  7. MIDFIELD | Ruben Neves (Wolves)
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    MIDFIELD | Ruben Neves (Wolves)

    Since the start of last season, Ruben Neves has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in the top four tiers of English league football (7).
  8. MIDFIELD | Roberto Pereyra (Watford)
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    MIDFIELD | Roberto Pereyra (Watford)

    Pereyra has had a hand in each of Watford’s last six Premier League goals, scoring five and assisting one.
  9. FORWARD | Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
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    FORWARD | Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

    Sterling has now scored 50 Premier League goals, with his opener against Arsenal only his third from outside the box.
  10. FORWARD | Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
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    FORWARD | Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

    Mane is the first Liverpool player to score in three consecutive opening top-flight fixtures since John Barnes between 1989-90 and 1991-92.
  11. FORWARD | Richarlison (Everton)
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    FORWARD | Richarlison (Everton)

    Richarlison found the net with his first two shots in the Premier League for Everton, having failed to score with any of his last 53 shots as a Watford player.