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EPL team of the week: Round 8

A goal by Josh King (C) has helped Bournemouth to a memorable 2-1 victory against Manchester United.
Bournemouth made our job easy this week.
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There can be little doubt that most weeks selecting the best goalkeeper for the team of the week is one of the hardest jobs. You have to watch most of the chances created across the weekend and it is sometimes tough to decide between a player who made many non-spectacular saves and a keeper who saw very little action but made just one crucial save.

So for that we love it when there is a stand-out performance that saves us the hassle, like Maarten Stekelenburg managed for Everton this week when he saved two penalties against Manchester City. It just makes our job so much easier. Also making things easy was Bournemouth's 6-1 hammering of Hull. Three Cherries players were automatic selections this week, ahead of the only other team with multiple representatives – Chelsea. Speaking of Chelsea, we have adopted their 3-4-3 formation that worked so well.

EPL team of the week: Round 8
GK: Maarten Stekelenburg (Everton)
DEF: Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth), Steve Cook (Bournemouth), Victor Moses (Chelsea)
MID: Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth), Joe Allen (Stoke City, captain), Jose Holebas (Watford), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham)
FWD: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Charlie Austin (Southampton), Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Maarten Stekelenburg (Everton)
Starred in Everton's 1-1 draw with Manchester City, saving not one but two penalties in a brilliant display. Just before half-time Stekelenburg showed beautiful anticipation to dive to his right and save Kevin De Bruyne's shot from the spot. Then he repeated his heroics in the 70th minute with a similar effort to block Sergio Aguero's penalty, although he was finally beaten minutes later by a neat header from Nolito. But the Dutch international wasn't done. Ten minutes from time he dived full length in spectacular fashion to just manage to deflect a De Bruyne long-distance screamer into the woodwork and be the major factor in Everton taking away a point from the game.

Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth)
Scored a goal with an expertly controlled volley that made him look more like a striker than a defender, and he provided some excellent link-up work with Jordan Ibe. He never stopped looking like an attacking threat as the Cherries looked to assert their dominance, and he also provided the assist for Dan Gosling to score Bournemouth's sixth goal in the 6-1 rout of Hull City.

Steve Cook (Bournemouth)
Making his 200th appearance for Bournemouth, Cook made sure it was a game he would never forget. He scored a goal with a magnificent header and nearly added a second, only to be denied by David Marshall.

Victor Moses (Chelsea)
The Nigerian international was superb against reigning champions Leicester, causing them all sorts of problems in attack and eventually being rewarded with a wonderful goal while also working hard to help his side keep a clean sheet.

Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth)
Had a hand in all three first-half goals for Bournemouth, with two excellent free kicks setting up the opening two goals, and he then slotted a penalty for the third. He also scored a second goal in the second half and was without question the man of the match after a stunning performance.

Joe Allen (Stoke City, captain)
Entered the game under an injury cloud with questions over a potential hamstring issue but quickly brushed them aside. He scored two first-half goals to deliver Stoke City their first win of the season and move the club out of the relegation zone.

Jose Holebas (Watford)
Scored a stunning match-winner against Middlesbrough in the 54th minute, while also working hard defensively to help his side keep a clean sheet.

Manuel Lanzini (West Ham)
A deft touch saw Lanzini score the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. He made some brilliant runs throughout the game and was a constant threat.

Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Scored two first-half goals to give his side a 2-0 lead early against Swansea City and could have perhaps added to his tally after a dominant display.

Charlie Austin (Southampton)
Took his tally to seven goals from his past six games after firing home two goals (a 52nd-minute strike and 66th-minute penalty) in the 3-1 win over Burnley.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Ran harder and faster than most of his Leicester opponents all day and still looked like he had more any energy than any of them when the final whistle blew. He constantly tormented the Leicester defence and was able to score Chelsea's second goal.

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