Sturridge, Lampard, and...? 10 players to watch in the Premier League this weekend

Daniel Sturridge Liverpool

Arsenal, Cardiff City, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Sunderland, Stoke City and Swansea City feature.

It’s going to be another big weekend in the Premier League as two of the heavyweights in the title race go head-to-head, and there's a massive clash between two sides at the bottom of the table as side fighting to avoid the drop will look to take a massive step towards securing their top flight status for next season.

Some players this weekend are facing former clubs, some are having to step in because of player absences, some have been in good form whilst others have been in the news for other reasons.

So, here are ten players to look out for at the weekend:

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge missed Liverpool’s win over Norwich City last weekend but the indications seem to be that he will play against his former club Chelsea on Sunday, which is a welcome boost as his side try and close in on the Premier League title. If he is as sharp as he was when he last returned from injury, then Sturridge may add to his 20 goal tally in the league this season.

Frank Lampard

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been hinting at playing a weakened time at Anfield this weekend, as he prioritises the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid ahead of the Premier League. Lampard is suspended for the second leg in Europe so he may lead the side out against Liverpool.

James Milner

There are still some doubts over the fitness of Yaya Toure, and David Silva has been ruled out of the trip to Palace, so James Milner may be called upon to play a role in a more central, attacking position for Manchester City at Crystal Palace – as they look to keep the pressure on Liverpool at the top of the league.

Aaron Ramsey

Ramsey has shown just how much Arsenal missed him when he picked up his injury this season. They were sitting top of the league, and when he returned from his spell on the sidelines they were in a battle to keep themselves in the top four. But he has shown his quality since his return, and will probably shine again on Monday evening against Newcastle United.

Jason Puncheon

Crystal Palace have been on a remarkable run of late under Tony Pulis which has seen them guarantee Premier League football next season for the Eagles, and one of the star men during the Pulis revival has been Puncheon. Will he play a starring role this weekend against Manchester City, and put another dent in their title ambitions?

Danny Welbeck

Welbeck was reported to have been unhappy at the lack of opportunities as a striker under David Moyes at Manchester United. Now, with Moyes no longer in charge, will he get an opportunity to shine this weekend under interim boss Ryan Giggs, when United take on Norwich City?

Jack Colback

Colback has been a pretty solid performer for Sunderland this season, and his effort in the reverse fixture against Cardiff City salvaged a crucial point. With the two sides facing up against each other at the Stadium of Light, both needing a win to beat the drop, Colback could be a crucial figure once again.

Fraizer Campbell

Campbell also faces up against his former club this weekend when Cardiff travel to Sunderland, in a bid to get a goal that will help his side to safety, and deal a big blow to the Black Cats’ chances of surviving in the Premier League. Will he come up with a crucial goal?

Peter Crouch

Crouch has been at several clubs, and he faces one of his former employers this weekend as Stoke City entertain Tottenham Hotspur at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke have been on a decent run of late and will be looking to Crouch to put any chance that falls to him away as the Potters look to cement their position in the top 10.

Wayne Routledge

Yet another player who is facing up to his former club as Swansea City take on Aston Villa, in a game that is likely to be full of pace and counter-attacking. Routledge's pace causes all sorts of problems for opponents, so can he get the better of his old side this weekend?

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