Featuring potential debutants, players facing up to old clubs and sides who they have a good record against.
Wayne Rooney - Manchester United
It will be interesting to see if David Moyes will chuck in the unsettled striker against the side he has been trying to secure a move to over the summer. On Monday Night Football, Gary Neville said he wouldn’t be surprised to see Rooney line up against Mourinho’s men – imagine if he were to deliver an early blow to Chelsea’s title challenge and then link up with them before the transfer window shuts.
Gylfi Sigurdsson - Tottenham
It seems as if he is becoming a more and more important factor in the Spurs side under Andre-Villas Boas and this weekend Sigurdsson faces his former club in Swansea City, could he be a deciding factor in the outcome of their game?
Scott Parker - Fulham
After making the move from Tottenham, Scott Parker is in line to make his debut for a fifth London club following Charlton, Chelsea, West Ham along with the club he has just signed from against Arsenal. Fulham have needed to strengthen in midfield this summer, so Parker will be keen to impress the fans at Craven Cottage.
Kevin Nolan - West Ham
No Andy Carroll for the Geordie fans to welcome back in their own way so they’ll just have to settle for Kevin Nolan instead – who is fondly remembered for scoring a hat-trick against Sunderland. Will he heap more misery on his former club after their heavy defeat to Manchester City on the opening day?
Stevan Jovetic - Manchester City
After missing out against Newcastle due to a knock, Jovetic could be in line for his full Manchester City debut in Cardiff. He has been talked about a lot since his move from Fiorentina but how will he fare against a side determined to impress on their first home outing in the Premier League in his first taste of English football?
Pablo Osvaldo - Southampton
The latest signing by Mauricio Pochettino and he may get his chance to impress against Sunderland in front of the Saints’ adoring faithful. Osvaldo played under Pochettino at Espanyol, and the manager was cited as one of the reasons Osvaldo chose the south coast. Maybe we’ll see Pochettino getting the best out of him from the very start and see why they parted with £15m for him.
Craig Bellamy - Cardiff City
The Welshman faces up to one of his many former clubs but there is added incentive with his hometown side’s first home match in the Premier League against Manchester City. It is essential Bellamy leads his side by example by performing well if they are to get anything against City.
Gary Hooper - Norwich City
Missed out on making his debut against Everton through injury but the striker might get to make his Norwich debut at the KC Stadium against Hull City. It will be interesting to see how he links up with Norwich’s other new front man – if he gets the opportunity – in Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Christian Benteke - Aston Villa
He has three goals in two appearances against Liverpool and gave them all sorts of problems in both games last season, he is a dangerous prospect yet again this weekend.
Darren Bent - Fulham
Another new club for Darren Bent, will there be another debut goal? He is a pretty decent scoring record wherever he has played so will he start the latest chapter of his career in the same manner?
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