Fernando Torres and Eden Hazard are named in TEAMtalk's Top Men, while Carlos Tevez grabs the headlines for the right reasons in our elite XI.
After every round of Premier League fixtures, we pick our team of the weekend, explain our selections and then invite you - our loyal army of readers - to pick your team of top men. We're looking for the players who caught your eye with dazzling displays or powerful performances on Matchday Two (25-26 August). You can choose any formation and there's no limit on how many players you can pick from each team - so have a think, then get involved.
TEAMtalk's Top Men (4-3-3): Al Habsi; Rangel, Cahill, Figueroa, Baines; Hazard, Dembele, Pienaar; Tevez, van Persie, Torres.
Selected by Tom Crowther - follow him on Twitter at @TomCrowther5
Ali Al-Habsi (Wigan): Had to be on his game against a Southmapton side full of confidence after their impressive display against champions Manchester City. Al-Habsi made a number of key saves, most notably to deny Adam Lallana's long-range effort early on. The Oman international made six saves in total, which provided the Latics a platform to go on and take all three points at St Mary's. If Wigan are to survive again this year, they will need Al-Habsi to replicate this performance for the remaining 36 games.
Angel Rangel (Swansea): Rangel received the man of the match award for his performance against West Ham on Saturday. The Spaniard got forward well and scored the opening goal in a 3-0 victory. The right-back also played his part in defence, stopping new Hammers signing Matt Jarvis from having a debut to remember. Rangel is not getting carried away with the Welsh side's impressive start, but Swansea look a solid outfit at both ends of the pitch.
Gary Cahill (Chelsea): Since signing from Bolton, Cahill has made a great start to his Blues career and his form was key to keeping dangerous Toon duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse quiet on Saturday. Not many sides will keep a clean sheet against Ba and Cisse, but Cahill was a rock at the back and restricted the pair to just a few chances. Chelsea and England will be hopeful Cahill can maintain his form throughout the season.
Maynor Figueroa (Wigan): Much had been expected from Southampton after their impressive display against City. However, Saints just couldn't break Wigan down. First and foremost, Figueroa helped thwart Rickie Lambert and co from breaking the deadlock. At the other end, he was a constant threat with a number of shots on target. If Wigan are to survive again, they need Figueroa, like Al-Habsi, to become a rock in defence.
Leighton Baines (Everton): Notched up his first assist of the season, crossing the ball for Nikica Jelavic to open his account for 2012/13. As always, Baines was eager to get forward at every opportunity to supply the ammunition for the Toffees attack. Defensively, Everton restricted Villa to just three shots on target and that's why I'm giving Baines the nod at left-back in TT's Top Men.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea): He may still be new to the Premier League, but Hazard now needs no introduction, having contributed four assists, one goal and two penalties already this season. In total, the Belgian has had a hand in seven of the eight Chelsea goals this season. He scored his first goal in a Blues shirt from the penalty spot and set up Fernando Torres with a back-heel to seal the three points for the Blues. Hazard has started the season like a house on fire and could be an early contender for Player of the Year.
Steven Pienaar (Everton): Pienaar wasn't given a fair chance at Spurs but he showed them what they're missing with another impressive performance against Aston Villa. The South African opened the scoring after three minutes with a beautiful strike, bending his right-foot effort past a helpless Shay Given. Marouane Felliani has grabbed the early season headlines but Pienaar deserves the plaudits as he was key throughout with his creativity.
Moussa Dembele (Fulham): Ran the show for Fulham against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Belgian was superb in possession, and showed great strength to retain the ball and win it back. He was immense and on this form he would not look out of place in any team in the division, given his willingness to receive the ball and run at players. Martin Jol will have a tough task of keeping Dembele if he continues to impress against the top sides.
Robin van Persie (Manchester United): RvP was expected to partner Wayne Rooney in his first start at Old Trafford, not replace the 'out of shape' England striker. The bold decision by Sir Alex Ferguson was justified when van Persie scored with his first shot in a United shirt. The striker had no problem sweeping Patrice Evra's cross past Mark Schwarzer in the Fulham goal. RvP will give United more than just goals. His desire to take set pieces means he could surpass the nine assists he accumulated last season.
Fernando Torres (Chelsea): Looks like a totally different striker to the Torres we saw last season. The Spaniard won the penalty that led to the Blues' opening goal against Newcastle and doubled the lead with a fantastic strike from 18 yards. The striker has a new-found confidence and has linked up well with new signing Eden Hazard, who has helped bring out the best of Torres.
Carlos Tevez (Manchester City): Could the controversial Argentinian finally be happy in Manchester? He is certainly showing it on the pitch as he was involved in both goals against Liverpool on Sunday. Tevez crossed the ball that allowed Yaya Toure to scramble home for City, and Tevez pounced on a Martin Skrtel error to equalise for Mancini's men late on. City will be grateful for Tevez's 'bulldog-like approach' after losing Sergio Aguero in the opening game of the season.
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