Now 10 weeks into this season's Premier League, the table is finally taking shape, though not as many would have forecasted back in August.
This week saw a number of big games, and even bigger results. Here's our look at the Team of the week for the weekend just gone:
Tim Howard (GK)
Everton's American shot-stopper was the stand-out goalkeeper for the week, pulling off a string of good saves to keep a clean sheet and ensure that Everton remain just one point off the race for a top four spot.
Although Stoke City keeper Asmir Begovic did score an improbable goal this weekend as well, Howard's performance was more influential in his team holding onto the draw at Goodison Park.
Steven Caulker (CB)
Cardiff City won the first Welsh Derby in the Premier League on Sunday, and central defender Steven Caulker was instrumental in this success. Not only was he solid defensively, but also scored the goal to give Cardiff fans bragging rights over their Welsh rivals for the foreseeable future.
Gareth McAuley (CB)
West Bromwich Albion's Gareth McAuley was another centre back to perform admirably this week. He scored one of Albion's two goals against struggling Crystal Palace and ensured Chamakh and Co. could not breach his goal on the night.
Matija Nastasic (CB)
Manchester City's young centre-back seems to be coming of age, with a strong and commanding performance at the back against Norwich City. True, he was not tested much, but was up for the task when called upon. To top it all off, Nastasic was credited with a goal as well (no doubt something the dubious goals panel will have a look at) to cap off a wonderful night for the Citizens.
Antonio Valencia (RM)
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia showed everybody just what he is capable of with a great display against Fulham, matched by some strong running, good link-up play and capped off by a good team goal.
United fans will be hoping that he can bring the same kind of form into next week's encounter with table-topping Arsenal.
Yaya Toure (CM)
The big Ivorian was at his imposing best as City disposed of Norwich at the Etihad. A massive presence on the ball, he kept possession well and his distribution was brilliant. He showed a more intricate side to his game by picking out Aguero with a delightful dink between two defenders, and rounded off the rout with a superb curling free kick.
Aaron Ramsey (CM)
Arsenal's rejuvenated Welsh Wizard was extremely sharp as his side convincingly defeated Liverpool on Saturday. Full of running as usual, Ramsey did a great job defensively for his side, making sure the absence of Flamini was not too dearly felt for the Gunners.
He was great at knocking the ball from the opposition, causing instant turnovers and opportunities to counter-attack. Ramsey's pass in the build-up to the opener was magnificent, a contribution only second to his blistering strike to seal the tie later on in the piece.
Santi Cazorla (LM)
The technically proficient Spaniard has come under the shadow of new signing Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey so far this season. His performance on Saturday however, was a real reminder to everybody as to how good he really is.
Cazorla showed great technique to divert a header onto the post in the build up to the opening goal, and showed even greater reactions to volley home the rebound with a great bit of skill. He looked dangerous all evening and was a constant thorn in Liverpool's side, exploiting the left flank almost at will.
Wayne Rooney (RF)
Manchester United's most consistent performer this season was at it again, helping his side dismantle Fulham at Craven Cottage this weekend. Rooney looked sharp as he has all season long, setting up Valencia and then scoring a goal himself, playing a vital role in a ten odd minute spell which saw United effectively dispatch the Cottagers.
Robin van Persie (CF)
One of the Premier League's most potent front-men, Robin van Persie was at it again this week.
He was key along with his strike partner Wayne Rooney in ensuring United came back from Craven Cottage with all three points. He set up one of United's three goals, before finishing off a chance created for him by youngster Adnan Januzaj. A great afternoon for the Dutchman, all in all.
Sergio Aguero (LF)
So, there's more than one little Argentinian lighting up world football these days. Sergio Aguero has been in great form over the past couple of weeks, and looks to be realising his potential as a truly world class footballer. "Kun" was instrumental in creating three of City's seven goals on Saturday, before putting away one himself, then going on to dedicate it to his son who was sitting in the stands. These days, he truly looks like City's most dependable route to goal.
This week was full of star performers, and while a team can only have 11 players, here are a few of this week's top performers who didn't quite make the cut:
Asmir Begovic (GK)
Mathieu Debuchy (RB)
Liam Rosenior (RB)
David Silva (LM)
Yoan Gouffran (RM/LM)
Jay Rodriguez (LF)
Loic Remy (CF)
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