This week could be a very big week in the context of the rest of the Premier League season. Two huge games take place which can affect both the top four and the title race, and some players are going to be under the spotlight. Some of those players are new signings, have been linked with moves away from their club, returning from injury or have had some success against their opponents previously.
With all that mind, here are our ten players to watch this week.
The most obvious player to watch as Mata is in line to make his debut for Manchester United after a club record transfer from Chelsea. It will be interesting to see what role he plays in the side initially as David Moyes begins his rebuilding process at Old Trafford.
Shaw has been linked with a move away from Southampton for much of the transfer window with both Manchester United and Chelsea linked with him. The question is, has his head turned? Regardless of whether he has or not, the Saints could do with Shaw being at the top of his game against title chasing Arsenal.
Flanagan returned to the Liverpool side as a substitute against Bournemouth in the FA Cup at the weekend and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to start the Merseyside derby. He had a decent game at left-back in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season – it remains to be seen whether he would start on the right or the left.
Oscar had a terrific game against Stoke City at the weekend, scoring a great free kick and then tormenting the defence for the rest of the game. No doubt he will want to continue his terrific form and inflict more misery on West Ham United.
Navas gave Spurs a torrid time in the 6-0 win at the Etihad Stadium earlier on in the season, and with City still trying to keep up the pressure on Arsenal at the top of the table, Pellegrini will be hoping from the same kind of job from Navas if he does start at White Hart Lane. Danny Rose could have his hands full.
Adebayor has been in fine form ever since Tim Sherwood took charge of Spurs, and against his former club, along with a potential chance of firing his side into the top four, that should be enough incentive for the forward to deliver his best.
A new signing from AC Milan for West Ham and he will be thrown in at the deep end at Stamford Bridge on what could be a very difficult night for the Hammers, and Nocerino may well get a difficult time against a Chelsea midfield looking to control the game.
Campbell goes back to where it all began for him as Cardiff come up against Manchester United at Old Trafford. He scored against them in the reverse fixture and has been in pretty good form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived as manager.
Giroud should be relatively fresh having only been used as a late substitute against Coventry and will look to add to his brace against Southampton from earlier on this season, and if he isn’t on the score-sheet, it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s a provider and is the difference between the two sides again.
Lukaku may not have been in the best of form lately but he does have a pretty good record against Liverpool. Last season with West Brom he bullied Liverpool twice, and had success in the Merseyside derby earlier on in the season. With Liverpool’s defence not at full strength, and opponent he likes playing against, it could be the perfect time for him to rediscover his form.
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