Eto'o, Jones, and...? 10 players to watch in the Premier League this weekend

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This weekend sees two title rivals meet each other whilst two others are facing relegation candidates. The title race is quite open, as is the battle towards the foot of the table to stay in the Premier League. As always, there are going to be some players that are going to have a bigger role than others, and there's even some players facing their former clubs. So, here are our ten players to watch in the Premier League this weekend.

Samuel Eto’o

Eto'o has been Chelsea's man for the big occasion a few times this season, and there are very few bigger occasions than this weekend's clash against one of their main title rivals, Arsenal. Having scored against the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool - as well as a key goal in the Champions League in midweek - can he find the net again this weekend?

Craig Bellamy

Bellamy faces up against one of his many former clubs this weekend as Cardiff City take on Liverpool with both sides needing the three points for contrasting reasons. Bellamy will be hoping to lead his side to a memorable victory over the title challenging Reds in order to help keep his side in the Premier League.

Phil Jones

Jones had a pretty poor game against Liverpool but put in a better performance against Olympiakos in the Champions League in midweek. Both of those sides possessed a great threat going forward. This weekend he will come up against a very different attacking threat in the form of Sam Allardyce's West Ham United. Can Jones and the rest of the Manchester United defence pass this stern test?

Shane Long

Long made the switch from The Hawthorns to the KC Stadium in January and faces up against his old club this weekend as Hull City take on West Bromwich Albion. It will be interesting to see if Long manages to get amongst the goals this weekend in a key game that could have big implications for both team's top flight survival campaigns.

Johnny Heitinga

Heitinga is going to have a big task on his hands this weekend as bottom side Fulham travel to Manchester City. Fulham got their first win under Felix Magath last weekend against Newcastle United but they will have their work cut out keeping title challenging City at bay. If they are to stand any chance of leaving the Etihad Stadium with a positive result, Heitinga is going to be one of the men who needs to put in a top class performance.

Joleon Lescott

With Vincent Kompany suspended this weekend after his red card against Hull City, Joleon Lescott could be the man to come in at centre-back, with Martin Demichelis switching to a more right-sided role. He doesn't seem to be one of Manuel Pellegrini's favourites but Lescott will want to show the Chilean what he can do. 

Joe Allen

Yet another one of the Liverpool players who seems to be winning the fans over having put in some terrific performances of late. The ex-Swansea player will probably be in for a pretty volatile reception from the Cardiff City fans as he looks to build on his recent displays and help Liverpool extend their winning run to six games.

Tomas Rosicky

Rosicky is another one of those players who seems to shine in the bigger games. His goal last week against Tottenham was a classic example, but his craft and ability to read the game well causes his opponents several problems - and could be a key factor if Arsenal are to get one over on title rivals Chelsea on Saturday.

Seamus Coleman

Coleman has recently been offered a new deal from Everton and has enjoyed a productive season in front of goal, especially considering he plays at right-back. He's going to have a testing afternoon against a pacey Swansea City side but expect to see Coleman getting himself forward as much as possible. Who knows? He might even score again.

Andy Carroll

Carroll managed to get his first league goal of the season last week in West Ham United's defeat to Stoke but this weekend it's Manchester United at home for Carroll and the rest of the Hammers. He roughed them up a bit in this fixture last season so expect more of the same. 

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