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

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Arsenal, Cardiff City, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Hull City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur players all feature.

This weekend’s Premier League action features two massive games towards the top of the table with league leaders Arsenal travelling to title favourites Manchester City, whilst Tottenham Hotspur welcome second placed Liverpool.

There are plenty of games with sides close to each other in the table doing battle, and it involves some of the in-form players, some players returning from injury and suspension along with those facing former clubs.

Here are ten players to keep an eye on in the Premier League this weekend.

Samir Nasri

He’s facing up against his old club this weekend in what is a huge game. Nasri didn’t exactly leave Arsenal on the best terms a couple of seasons ago, and has been very impressive for Manchester City since the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini, so if City are to topple Arsenal this weekend, it would not be surprising if Nasri is one of the big reasons.

Joe Allen

Allen is likely to have a good deal of responsibility this weekend against Tottenham. With Steven Gerrard out of the side, the Welshman will have to step up his game. He has started the last two games against Norwich and West Ham and looked impressive for Liverpool, but a different challenge lies ahead at White Hart Lane.

Peter Odemwingie

His relationship with West Bromwich Albion could be described as frosty for the way he tried to force through a move to QPR in January last season but he could line up against his old club for Cardiff City. Will he rub the Baggies’ fans noses in it by scoring against them?

Wayne Rooney

He returns from a one match suspension for Manchester United this weekend as they travel to Villa Park. Having lost two games on the bounce, and with his side 13 points behind in the title race, a big performance from Rooney and the rest of the team is needed.

Ashley Cole

Jose Mourinho has been saying for a while now that Cole will return to the Chelsea side after playing second fiddle to Cesar Azpilicueta. He’s going to be given a chance for the Blues against Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League so will he keep his place in the side for Crystal Palace’s visit to Stamford Bridge.

Danny Graham

Graham ended a goal drought that went all the way back to January with his strike against old club Swansea City on Monday night. He has been known to score in bursts, so can we expect him to find the target against Stoke City this weekend?

Marouane Chamakh

Tony Pulis seems to be doing something that Arsene Wenger couldn’t with Chamakh and that’s getting him into some kind of decent form having scored two goals from his last two games. Chelsea should provide a sterner test but can he keep firing during this Palace revival?

Gerard Deulofeu

After some very impressive performances in recent weeks – most notably his equalising goal against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, Deulofeu could line up against Fulham on Saturday with the view to adding to his goal tally.

Lukas Podolski

Podoski has been out for a while, though he may not start at the Emirates Stadium, it will be interesting to see if Wenger includes him in the squad for such a big game, and further to that, if he gives the German international some game time.

Danny Rose

Tottenham are a little short on defensive options on the left at the moment and with Jan Vertonghen sidelined with Vlad Chiriches playing centre-back, Andre Villas-Boas will be glad to have Rose available for his side for Liverpool’s visit on Sunday.

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