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Both Chelsea and Everton have three representatives in our Team of the Week, while Tom Huddlestone stars in midfield after his superb display.

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Check out TEAMtalk's Premier League Team of the Weekend and then let us know your top XI using the story comment facility at the bottom of the article.

TEAMtalk's Top Men (4-2-3-1): Hart, Coleman, Vidic, Cahill, Debuchy; Huddlestone, McCarthy; Hazard, Paulinho, Willian; Lukaku

Joe Hart - Manchester City

Hart kept his first clean sheet in eight Premier League appearances in City's 1-0 win over Palace, but his afternoon was far more difficult than he might have anticipated.

First he showed great bravery to collect a ball ahead of the onrushing Cameron Jerome, suffering a nasty cut beneath his eye in the process, and then he made terrific saves to deny Mile Jedinak and in particular Joel Ward.

Seamus Coleman - Everton

Coleman's fifth goal of the season was a beauty, and the right-back was as steady defensively and dangerous offensively as ever in Everton's 2-1 win over Southampton.

It takes some doing with the likes of Pablo Zabaleta and Rafael about, but Coleman has been arguably the best right-back in the Premier League so far this term.

Nemanja Vidic - Manchester United

Back after three weeks out, Vidic dealt with a series of Norwich corners and crosses to help United to another clean sheet and away win.

The Serbian is far more than just a stopper, though, and regularly stepped out of defence to make interceptions and get David Moyes' side back on the attack. He has been missed.

Gary Cahill - Chelsea

Luis Suarez failed to score for the second game in succession on Sunday, but that owes far more to good defending than it does any dip in form from the Uruguayan.

It was Cahill causing most of the frustration on this occasion, making a host of last-ditch tackles to help Chelsea to a crucial 2-1 win over Liverpool. His desperate stop to deny Joe Allen a near-certain goal was just as important as any attacking contribution made in the game.

Mathieu Debuchy - Newcastle United

He may have ended up on the losing team (and played at right-back) but Debuchy is still deserving of a place in our XI after a man-of-the-match display in the first half of Newcastle's defeat to Arsenal.

His runs behind Kieran Gibbs caused the visitors' defence constant problems before the interval, and things could have been very different had his looping header hit the net rather than the crossbar on the stroke of half-time.

Tom Huddlestone - Hull City

Huddlestone was so impressive in Hull's 6-0 mauling of Fulham that there have been calls for him to be given another chance in the England team.

Whether that will happen remains to be seen, but the 27-year-old will surely come into consideration if he maintains this level of performance.

Huddlestone bossed the game from the centre circle, spraying passes across the full length and width of the pitch, setting up numerous chances for team-mates.

To cap a fine day, he finally ended his goal drought with a pinpoint strike before striking the crossbar with a long range free-kick from which Matty Fryatt scored Hull's sixth on the rebound.

James McCarthy - Everton

With Coleman, Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and even Gareth Barry stealing most of the headlines this season, the contribution of McCarthy to the Everton cause has been somewhat overlooked outside of Merseyside.

However, the summer signing was once again terrific in a defensive midfield role against Southampton, breaking up numerous attacks and also getting forward to set up the Toffees' winner for Lukaku.

Eden Hazard - Chelsea

Hazard, Oscar and Willian all showed their quality against Liverpool on Sunday but, not for the first time, it was Hazard that produced the most telling moment when he brilliantly curled in the Blues equaliser from the edge of the area.

Furthermore, the fact that he won six fouls for his team sums up the problems he caused Liverpool with his direct running on the ball.

Paulinho - Tottenham

During a weekend in which a former Spurs midfielder, Huddlestone, impressed, it was rather timely that a current one, Paulinho, managed to put in arguably his finest performance for the club to date.

The Brazilian has the energy that Huddlestone does not and the fact that he completed more dribbles, five, in 62 minutes than any other player managed in 90 is a clear sign of the quality Paulinho has to match that work ethic.

Willian - Chelsea

Another summer signing to produce arguably their finest performance for their new club was Willian, who caused Liverpool regular problems going forward but also showcased his surprising willingness to track back, a trait which is no doubt edging Juan Mata further out of the picture at Stamford Bridge.

Whether that is fair is open to debate, but Willian is starting to look like the real deal for Jose Mourinho's men.

Romelu Lukaku - Everton

Lukaku has suffered a goal drought by his standards in recent weeks but he ended that run with Everton's winner against Southampton to earn Roberto Martinez's side fourth spot in the Premier League heading into the New Year.

Lukaku was unfortunate not to score again but, as he proved yet again with this performance, the Belgian is far more than simply a goalscorer. His power, aerial ability and quick feet were a constant cause for concern for the Saints' defence.

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robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

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