Hart, Rooney and...? 10 players to watch in the Premier League this weekend

Featuring players from Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Everton and Fulham.

Morgan Amalfitano

He was the main reason that West Brom went to Old Trafford last week as he contributed a wonderful solo goal and assist against Manchester United. Can he inflict similar damage on table topping Arsenal?

John O’Shea

He lines up against his former club in a game that both sides could do with a win in. He has to keep his defence as organised as possible if his side have any chance of bringing Sunderland any cheer against Manchester United.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

He has been very effective in the past few weeks, and not many would bet against him being the star of the show again for Tottenham against West Ham. Can he make yet another telling contribution for his side?

Jordan Henderson

With no Lucas in the middle of the park for Liverpool through suspension, the responsibility might fall to Jordan Henderson to play the more defensive midfield role. Can he be just as effective for the Reds as the Brazilian?

Darron Gibson

With Gareth Barry ineligible against his parent club, Darron Gibson may play depending on the outcome of his fitness test. Barry has impressed so far during his Everton career, so if Gibson is fit, a lot will rest on his shoulders in making sure Everton get an upper hand in midfield.

Joe Hart

By Hart’s high standards he had a poor time of it against Bayern Munich in the Champions League after receiving criticism for conceding two goals at his near post. Can he bounce back against an Everton side this weekend who seem to be finding their shooting boots?

Bryan Ruiz

His intervention against Cardiff last weekend gave Fulham some kind of foothold in the game. Under pressure manager Martin Jol may need to call on Ruiz again against Stoke, and will need him to have a big game. Can Ruiz lift some of the pressure off the Dutchman?

Samuel Eto’o

Fernando Torres was going to be suspended for this game anyway, but since he left the field in Bucharest with a knee injury, this could be the start of a lengthy period in the side for Eto’o. Will he start delivering in front of goal this weekend?

Wayne Rooney

He missed Manchester United’s 1-1 draw in Donetsk through illness. Will he be able to play on Saturday? And if so, will there be any effects of the illness that could effect him?

Mathieu Flamini

He is going to be involved in a big midfield battle with Morgan Amalfitano, as Arsenal will try and continue their winning run at the Hawthorns. Can the experienced Gunner prevail against West Brom?

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