Sturridge, Aguero, and...? Players to watch in the Premier League this weekend

Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion feature.

Some teams aren't in action this weekend in the Premier League because of their participation in the FA Cup - but there is still plenty of action, and plenty of big games. The two favourites for the title go head-to-head at Anfield as Liverpool take on Manchester City whilst Fulham take on Norwich City in a relegation six-pointer. They're just two of the games, and at the end of the weekend the league table could have a very interesting look to it.

Here are the players who could have a big say in the outcome of this weekend's games:

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge faces up against his former club this weekend - and what a game to face up to them in! He missed the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in December through injury but scored on his last appearance against them. The striker hasn't scored in his last two but he has never gone on a run of three games without scoring for Liverpool, so will he strike a decisive blow in this season's title race on Sunday? 

Sergio Aguero

Aguero seems to have been wrapped in cotton wool for the past few weeks as he has been recovering from a hamstring injury but the signs are that he will play at least some part for Manchester City at Anfield. Prior to his injury, the Argentine had been in fine form in front of goal, and he could come up with the big goal this weekend to put City in command of the title race.

Lewis Holtby

It is a massive game for Fulham this weekend, because if they get a win against Norwich City their chances of beating the drop improve significantly as they would close to within two points of their opponents. Ever since his loan move from Tottenham Hotspur, Holtby has been full of creativity, and it was his ball that led to Hugo Rodallega's winner at Villa Park last week. The Cottagers need a similar display from Holtby and the rest.

Lee Cattermole

Cattermole scored his first goal for Sunderland last time out but it couldn't help stop his side from being thrashed 5-1 by Tottenham, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the league. A goal from Cattermole would be nice for the Black Cats, but he will have a big job this weekend in a battle against a very strong and intelligent Everton midfield.

Gareth Barry

Everton are in a terrific position to qualify for next season's Champions League, and this is probably where the experience in the midfield will start to show. Barry has plenty of that, and has been in pressure situations before. So if things start to get a little tense, don't be surprised to see this man trying to calm things down. 

Morgan Amalfitano

He came up with a big goal last weekend and is starting to make a habit of shining in the crucial games for West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies will be hoping to build on their win over Norwich City with a good result against Tottenham in order to ease their relegation fears further, and Amalfitano could play a big part.

Mohamed Salah

No Eden Hazard this weekend for Chelsea as he limped off with an injury in the Champions League win over PSG but it means that Salah can build on his impressive performance against Stoke City, as the Blues travel to south Wales to face Swansea City. With the Blues still chasing the title, and their two title rivals playing each other this weekend, a big performance from Salah contributing to a big win is what they need. 

Jason Puncheon

Crystal Palace are on a bit of a role after two consecutive wins have eased their relegation fears and Puncheon's brace against Cardiff City last weekend has played a big part in that. He's a dangerous player that can cause problems for several defences. It's Aston Villa this weekend for the Eagles, and Puncheon is going to be handful as Palace could potentially drag Villa into the relegation dogfight. 


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