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EPL Week 28 Predictions: Players Sure to Land in All-EPL Team for Week's Clash

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIFebruary 27, 2013

EPL Week 28 Predictions: Players Sure to Land in All-EPL Team for Week's Clash

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    After the next slate of English Premier League fixtures, there will be just 10 matches remaining for all the story lines to play out. 

    Before long, hardware will be handed out, European qualification spots will be earned and three unlucky teams will bid goodbye to top-flight football. 

    But individual performance can still hugely influence which teams are celebrating after the final league contests of the season, and which ones will be hanging their heads. 

    Here are the players who will come through with excellent showings in their next match. 

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech, Chelsea

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    While there may be little drama at the very top of the table, the battle for the remaining three Champions League spots will be extremely fierce. 

    Chelsea hold a slim two-point lead over Arsenal in fourth place, and the Blues' margin for error will be extremely thin going forward. After bowing out in the group stage, the team will not be able to salvage a stop in next years' competition by winning the tournament. 

    An in-form Romelu Lukaku will be Chelsea's main concern this week against West Bromwich Albion. The teenager's physicality poses a threat to David Luiz and Gary Cahill, who have often been too hesitant this season. 

    While Lukaku will surely be back at Stamford after his loan ends, the Blues still need to contain him on Saturday. Petr Cech will have to make a few fine saves to accomplish this and he will deliver. 

Left-Back: Patrice Evra, Manchester United

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    Manchester United will look to continue making the club's 20th league title seem inevitable when it takes on Norwich City this weekend. 

    But the last time United faced the Canaries, all did not go according to plan. Chris Hughton's side defended its home turf and pulled off a 1-0 victory. 

    Outside midfielders Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass both played well in that match, and United's outside backs will be responsible for ensuring that the crowd at Old Trafford does not witness a disappointing result. 

    Patrice Evra will be up to the challenge, and he will continue what has already been a fine campaign. 

Centre-Back: Vincent Kompany, Manchester City

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    After missing time due to a calf injury, Manchester City's skipper is finally set to return, according to The Manchester Evening News' Stuart Brennan

    This is excellent news, as City cannot afford any slip-ups against Aston Villa on Monday. While Paul Lambert's side has struggled this season, striker Christian Benteke is certainly capable of punishing any mistakes by City's back line. 

    A loss would not only cause further damage to the club's extremely remote chances to catch their crosstown rivals atop the table, but it will allow Tottenham and Chelsea an opportunity to take over the second spot. 

    Vincent Kompany will deliver an excellent outing upon his return, and Roberto Mancini will be pleased with the results. 

Centre-Back: Ryan Shawcross, Stoke City

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    Neither Stoke City nor West Ham United have fared well in recent Premier League matches, and both sides will be looking to build momentum on Saturday. 

    Fortunately for the Potters, they will be in the friendly confines of Britannia Stadium. While the team's defensive record at home is not as impressive as it was at one point during this campaign, Ryan Shawcross and the back line will not be beaten in this match. 

    Only eight of West Ham's 31 goals this season have come on the road.

    With the Hammers forward players set to disappoint, Shawcross will lead a fine defensive performance and a Stoke victory. 

Right-Back: Rafael, Manchester United

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    It has been fascinating watching everything come together for Rafael this season, and last weekend's remarkable goal against Queens Park Rangers may be the moment that marks his arrival as a star. 

    The young Brazilian's volley was struck sweetly and rocketed into the far corner of the net. He took the opportunity with complete confidence, and he has played with swagger all season long. 

    The mindless mistakes and inconsistency that plagued him in the past have not been apparent, and he will continue his growth against Norwich. 

    As was noted earlier, the Canaries' outside midfielders were impressive in their last contest against United. That will not be the case this time, as they will have far too much to deal with in regard to Rafael and Patrice Evra. 

Left Midfielder: Santi Cazorla, Arsenal

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    The upcoming edition of the North London derby has an endless amount of intriguing storylines. 

    One of them is that each team has a player excelling after featuring in a different position. Arsenal's Santi Cazorla has spent most of the season as a central midfielder, but he scored twice against Aston Villa while at left winger, and Arsene Wenger should not move him from that spot. 

    The Spanish international has been Arsenal's best player this season with 11 goals and six assists in league matches. Playing him on the wing will be a wrinkle that Tottenham will have to try and deal with. 

    Cazorla is clearly comfortable on the wing, and he will once again be dangerous when the Gunners face Tottenham.

Central Midfielder: Gareth Bale, Tottenham

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    No player in the Premier League is playing as well as Gareth Bale, and he, too, has featured at a different position. 

    After rising to stardom as a left winger, he has had an incredible amount of success as an attacking central midfielder. Andre Villas-Boas should continue to let him put pressure directly at the heart of the opposition's defense.

    The North London derby is full of star power, and with both teams fighting for a spot in the top-four, the competition will be as fierce as ever. 

    But no player on the pitch has more talent than Bale, and he will outshine everyone while leading the Spurs to victory. 

Central Midfielder: Yaya Toure, Manchester City

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    Yaya Toure powerfully reminded Premier League fans last weekend why he is one of the very best players in England. 

    With a single touch, he left two Chelsea defenders standing in their own penalty box looking foolish, then blasted a shot past Petr Cech and into the net. 

    The play showcased his unique abilities and his importance to Manchester City. He will continue to prove how indispensable he is to his club this Monday against Aston Villa. 

    Expect Toure to be involved in another goal as City makes life difficult for Paul Lambert. 

Right Midfielder: Aaron Lennon, Tottenham

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    In the bitter battle between Arsenal and Tottenham, each team will be looking for a X-factor. With his fantastic pace, Aaron Lennon is an excellent candidate to play this role. 

    In the 10 matches this season in which Lennon has recorded either a goal or an assist, the Spurs have eight victories, one draw and one loss. The tie came against Manchester United and the defeat against Chelsea. 

    When Lennon causes danger down the right wing, Tottenham simply has too much attacking talent for opposing defenses to handle. 

    Gareth Bale will be the Spurs' primary attacking threat, but a fine performance from Lennon will be a crucial part of the team's victory. 

Striker: Luis Suarez, Liverpool

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    Liverpool is no longer in the Europa League, but the club certainly cannot place the blame for this on Luis Suarez. 

    Despite a 3-1 victory over Zenit St. Petersburg featuring two fantastic free-kick goals from the Uruguayan, the Russians still advanced on away goals. 

    Suarez' second goal was especially spectacular, and while the striker has never lacked confidence, he will have plenty of it heading into the Reds' match with Wigan. 

    This is the time of year when the Latics start surging in order to avoid relegation, but the club's late run will be delayed one more week by more fantastic goals from Suarez. 

Striker: Dimitar Berbatov, Fulham

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    Dimitar Berbatov continued to prove that he is an exceptional talent last weekend with a perfectly taken volley that provided the only goal in Fulham's victory over Stoke City. 

    It was his second goal in three league matches, and the Cottagers are hoping for their star striker to finish on a scoring streak. 

    In order to remain in goal-scoring form, Berbatov will once again have to break through a stout back line. But after finding the back of the net against Stoke, he will be able to repeat this accomplishment against Sunderland. 

    Watch for more fireworks from the Bulgarian this weekend. 

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