It is a massive match-week in the Premier League this weekend. With players returning to their clubs and all knowing whether they have a chance of going to the World Cup or not, there will be a few determined to impress and others will be looking to put disappointment behind them.
This weekend sees the Merseyside derby kick-off, the hosting of table topping Arsenal to high-flying Southampton whilst Manchester City take on Tottenham Hotspur at home on Sunday in what could be a big weekend in the context of this Premier League season.
Here is a look at ten players who might have a big say this weekend.
He was the man that gave Liverpool’s defenders nightmares last season when he was playing for West Bromwich Albion as he scored in both league games, along with bullying a defence that just didn’t know what hit them. Will he have the same effect for Everton this weekend in the Merseyside derby?
Suarez has been on his travels during the international break and Liverpool have been determined that he gets back to Merseyside ahead of this weekend’s derby as fresh as possible. Will he be fresh enough to get another goal at Goodison Park like he has done on his past two visits?
Walcott has been on the sidelines for a few weeks but could return this week for Southampton’s visit to the Emirates Stadium. So, not only may he be returning from injury, he will be up against some old friends.
Soldado has said that he has yet to reach his best form so far at Tottenham but against a Manchester City side without its most influential defender, the Spaniard may get a chance to demonstrate that he was worth the money that Spurs splashed out on him during the summer.
The former Manchester United man has been used from the substitute bench in the past couple of games but has featured in every league match so far this season. Cardiff appear to be very difficult to take on at their own patch, so can Campbell come up with a crucial intervention in this game?
Another play up against his old club as Lampard will look to help Chelsea to only their second league win on the road this season against struggling West Ham at Upton Park. Expect Lampard to be a prominent figure in the middle of the pitch.
Vidic suffered quite a blow in Manchester United’s victory over Arsenal a couple of weeks ago so it will be interesting to see whether David Moyes will play him against Cardiff, or whether he will rest him for their upcoming Champions League trip against Bayer Leverkusen.
Tottenham are still operating with a makeshift left-back in Jan Vertonghen. Vertonghen has played pretty well there in recent weeks but Navas will be looking to get at the Belgian and provide some good end product as City look to bounce back from their defeat to Sunderland before the international break.
Another player who could be playing against his old club, in what some may regard as an early season relegation six pointer. Can Jones provide his side with a crucial goal and down his former employers?
England manager Roy Hodgson said that Lallana was ‘a major find’ during his time on international duty. He’ll no doubt be an instrumental part of the Southampton side that will take to the field against Arsenal this weekend. Will he be given any special treatment by the Gunners? And can he help his side to another big result this season?
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