Johnson, Fletcher, and...? 10 players to watch in the Premier League this weekend

Glen Johnson

Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United feature.

Another big weekend of Premier League action awaits us. After a week and a half away from the bread and butter action where we have seen FA Cup action and sides restart their campaigns in Europe, it will be interesting to see the effect it has on the sides in the league this weekend – add in the factor there have been more managerial change which could have implications for this weekend and beyond.

With all that in mind, here are our players to look out for in the Premier League this weekend.

Lacina Traore

Everton's new big striker scored on his first start for the club in the FA Cup win over Swansea City, and is likely to take on a big role as the Toffees travel to Stamford Bridge this weekend. Can he build on his good start by grabbing a vital goal for the visitors on Saturday lunchtime?

Lewis Holtby

Holtby has looked terrific for Fulham in his first couple of games at the club, but with the recent removal of Rene Meulensteen as head coach with Felix Magath taking his place. Holtby has said that working under Magath won't be a problem despite the history between the pair, so it will be interesting to see the performance that Holtby will put in for his side.

Glen Johnson

Johnson could be in line for a return to the Liverpool line-up this weekend after a spell on the sidelines, something which Brendan Rodgers said was 'to get him right.' With Liverpool in such a strong position in the league, one of their best players returning could be a massive boost, and add even more attacking impetus from the flanks.

John Terry

Terry has missed out in the past couple of games due to a muscle problem but could be in line for a return to the Chelsea line-up this weekend as they bid to keep themselves top of the table. Jose Mourinho would like his captain back in the defence against a side that isn't afraid to take the game to the opposition.

Stevan Jovetic

Jovetic seems to have found his feet at City at last, and having missed out in the loss to Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek he may be called upon to start against Stoke City with Manuel Pellegrini potentially freshening the side up. Can he put in another effective display?

Emmanuel Adebayor

Adebayor didn't travel to Ukraine for the Europa League tie against Dnipro as Tim Sherwood looks to protect the in form striker in their bid for Champions League qualification. Spurs have struggled in a few league games after European participation this season, so will they reap the rewards of leaving their striker at home when they play Norwich on Sunday?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Ox has been in pretty good form ever since his return from injury, including his brace against Crystal Palace and display in the FA Cup win against Liverpool so it wouldn't be surprising if Sunderland were to be on the end of another good display from the midfielder. 

Hatem Ben Arfa

Since Newcastle lost Yohan Cabaye in the transfer window their season has gone a little flat, and the likes of Ben Arfa will need to step up between now and the rest of the season in order to get things back on track so their campaign doesn't fizzle out completely.

Darren Fletcher 

It has been quite a season for Fletcher. Though his side haven't performed to their best, and maybe he hasn't felt back to his best either, he has managed to get back into the Manchester United side after a potentially career ending illness and has this week been called up to the Scotland squad. United may see a very confident man in the middle of the park on Saturday evening who they hope can spur them on to victory over Crystal Palace.

Kevin Nolan

His form has taken a turn for the better along with that of his team's so another big performance from him this weekend against Southampton could ease further any relegation fears that the Hammers have, and make it four league wins on the bounce.

 

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