After a set of wild mid-week matches, the English Premier League's biggest stars must rest up and prepare for a quick turnaround, as this weekend will feature another full slate of fixtures.
At one point on Wednesday, Manchester City seemed destined to narrow the gap between themselves and first-place Manchester United. But Sunderland winger Adam Johnson got revenge against his old club and Javier Hernandez scored another late winner to push the Red Devils seven points clear atop the table.
Now, a new set of top performers must take center stage and continue the drama that has been building throughout this EPL season.
Here are the players who will outshine their peers this weekend.