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Luis Suarez and the English Premier League Players of the Week

Tyler HixsonContributor IIIOctober 2, 2012

Luis Suarez and the English Premier League Players of the Week

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    The English Premier League season is fully in swing and fans were treated to another week of fantastic football. 

    Chelsea knocked Arsenal from the ranks of the undefeated with a 2-1 win to remain atop the standings. Everton took a comfortable 3-1 win over Southampton while Manchester City squeaked out a win at Craven Cottage against Fulham.

    Luis Suarez's hat trick rocketed Liverpool to its first win of the season. Demba Ba rescued a point for Newcastle against Reading and Swansea's woes continued as it lost against Stoke, 2-0. 

    Sunderland won a tense 1-0 game over Wigan, Aston Villa and West Brom played out a 1-1 draw, West Ham outlasted a resilient QPR to win 2-1 and Tottenham got a historic three points in their game,  running out 3-2 winners against Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time since 1989. 

    A lot of firsts and historic wins made for a great EPL weekend, so let's take a look at the EPL Players of the Week. 

Juan Mata, Chelsea

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    For the second week in a row, Juan Mata was all over the opposition. 

    He had a hand in both Chelsea goals, providing the floating free kick that Torres latched on to for the first goal and sending in another free kick that missed everybody (minus Laurent Koscielny's sock) and bounced into Vito Mannone's net. 

    The Spaniard picked up where he left off from last week, making purposeful runs and terrorizing the Arsenal defense all afternoon. 

    It's ridiculous that Chelsea has this many weapons on the field at any one time. 

Nikica Jelavic, Everton

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    Nikica Jelavic returned to his imposing, goal-scoring ways against Southampton, putting two past the Saints as Everton cruised to a 3-1 win. 

    Everton looked comfortable virtually all match despite going down early to Gaston Ramirez's sixth-minute strike, with Marouane Fellani and Kevin Mirallas both looking composed on the ball all afternoon. 

    It was Fellaini and Mirallas who contributed to Jelavic's first goal, combining in the middle of the park before feeding the ball through to the Croatian, who tucked the ball home. 

    Jelavic was unmarked in the penalty box for his second goal, nodding a cross from Seamus Coleman into the net.

    It was this ability to be a general nuisance that allowed Jelavic to be so productive in the game. He was constantly getting behind the defense and finding little pockets of space to be effective in the attacking third for Everton. 

David Silva, Manchester City

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    Yes, Edin Dzeko is the reincarnation of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he came on to score with virtually his first touch of the ball to score the winning goal, but David Silva drove the Manchester City machine against an obdurate Fulham defense all afternoon.

    Man City struggled to break through Fulham in the attacking third, but it wasn't for lack of trying. Silva was the spark behind every Man City attack, pushing that through-ball in and looking for the perfect ball to break Fulham hearts. 

    Silva tried to will his team to score and it was really only a matter of time before Fulham broke. Silva's intricate passing with his teammates often threatened to find a way past Mark Schwarzer's net. 

Luis Suarez, Liverpool

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    Luis Suarez loves playing at Carrow Road.

    The Uruguayan scored his second successive hat trick at Carrow Road, notching three goals en route to a 5-2 thrashing of Norwich City. Liverpool claimed their first league win on the season at the expense of the Canaries, who are still looking for their first win.

    Liverpool ran riot over the home side, scoring often and early. Suarez looked dangerous all afternoon, displaying much better control, vision and general teamwork that in previous games. 

    His three goals came as a result of shooting when he had an open lane, instead of looking for the tap-in from six yards. 

    Now that Suarez has found his shooting boots, and Liverpool has broken its duck, the Reds look to be back in business. 

Demba Ba, Newcastle

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    Demba Ba now sits alone atop the scoring charts with six goals after equalizing twice to save a point for Newcastle against Reading. 

    His first equalizer came in stunning fashion with a volley off a pass that came from over his shoulder. His second was controversial, as Ba's last touch seemed to come from his hand before the ball went in the net. 

    Nevertheless, Ba has continued his prolific form for Newcastle and doesn't look like slowing down. 

Peter Crouch, Stoke City

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    Peter Crouch's double got Stoke City its first win of the season at Swansea City's expense, who seems to be slipping a little bit after a quick start.

    Crouch slipped the marking from Chico Flores to head his first in unmarked and poached his second off a loose ball in the penalty box in the 36th minute. 

    Crouch used his height and strength to constantly outduel Swansea's defenders on the afternoon, and came away with a well-deserved win. 

Simon Mignolet, Sunderland

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    Sunderland was another EPL team that got its first win of the season, thanks to a Jordi Gomez red card, Steven Fletcher's second-half goal and Simon Mignolet's heroics in Sunderland's net.

    Were it not for Mignolet's superb reflexes, Wigan would have been a few goals up by halftime. He made several key saves in the first half, including a brilliant save off of James McCarthy's vicious 20-yard rocket.

    Mignolet is emerging as one of the best keepers in the league. Sunderland should keep him between the pipes for as long as they can.  

Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham

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    Jan Vertonghen is having no trouble settling into life in the Premier League. His inspired performance against Manchester United was the catalyst for Tottenham's historic win at Old Trafford, taking the three points back to White Hart Lane for the first time in 23 years.

    It was Vertonghen who burst through United's defense to score Spurs' first goal and it was Vertonghen who continued to push forward while tracking back to stuff the United attack.

    It was simply an extremely solid all-around performance from the left-back, who is looking like AVB's best signing of the season. 

Brett Holman, Aston Villa

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    In a tense Midlands derby, West Brom and Aston Villa shared the points in a hard-fought 1-1 draw.

    Brett Holman was the focal point of Villa's attack. The Aussie constantly cut inside from the left into threatening positions and could have scored several times, including a 30-yard howitzer that Ben Foster barely tipped over the bar. 

    Holman was hard-working and tricky all match and was a main component behind Villa's scrappy finish. 

Mohamed Diame, West Ham

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    Mohamed Diame epitomized class Monday night as he and West Ham's midfield put the stranglehold on QPR.

    Diame was everywhere on the field: defending and transitioning into attack seamlessly. Alejandro Faurlin and Esteban Granero couldn't find any purchase in the midfield due to Diame stifling any QPR attack. 

    West Ham is extremely lucky to have picked up the ex-Wigan man when his contract ran out. Diame was unmoving and unflinchingly brilliant for the Hammers against QPR, and should continue to be all season. 

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