Premier League Week 5 Fixtures: Players to Watch in Can't-Miss Matchups
For better or worse, for richer or poorer, next week’s batch of Premier League fixtures has married together some extremely promising matches.
Week 4 of the English top flight’s campaign revived the excitement that had fizzled out of the divisions in recent weeks, with numerous stars looking refreshed following the international break.
With that being the case, there is another raft of players who promise to have a massive influence on just whether their side can come out on top of their incoming matchups.
Read on for some of the players you won’t want to take your eyes off in Week 5, and feel free to make some of your suggestions in the forum below.
Christian Eriksen vs. Cardiff City (A)
Having started in the 2-0 win over Norwich City this past weekend, Christian Eriksen was hugely impressive in making his Premier League debut.
Performing in front of a White Hart Lane crowd for the first time, Spurs’ newly acquired Dane did a great job of unlocking what’s proven to be a stern Canaries back line at times so far this season, even notching an assist on his belt already.
Having lost just one of their first four Premier League encounters, Cardiff City should be a similar test and welcome Tottenham to the Welsh capital hoping to maintain their unblemished home record.
The likes of Yaya Toure, Kevin Mirallas and David Silva have all come to the Bluebirds in recent weeks only to be rebuffed in their attempts of besting Malky Mackay’s defence, making for an interesting battle when Eriksen looks to uphold his strong playmaking beginnings this weekend.
Aaron Ramsey vs. Stoke City (H)
One of the rags-to-riches tales of this season so far, Aaron Ramsey is one of several Arsenal stars to have pulled up his socks considerably in time for the 2013-14 campaign.
After bagging a decisive brace against Sunderland this Saturday, the Welshman has now scored five goals in his last five games for the club and is looking more and more like the player the Gunners thought they were buying back in 2008.
The player himself appears to be enjoying the good fortune, too:
An away win and another couple of goals... great start to a busy week of football— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) September 14, 2013
Can Ramsey maintain his bright run of form against a Mark Hughes Stoke side that just earned a point against Manchester City? Watch on in awe next weekend to find out.
Joe Hart vs. Manchester United (H)
An area of great debate in recent weeks has been just whether or not Joe Hart is up to the task of being a world-class goalkeeper, following a couple of questionable goalmouth moments.
Manchester United will undoubtedly be the toughest test that the England international will have come up against this season, the Red Devils having boasted the most threatening Premier League attack last term, scoring 86 goals.
Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck have all posed their individual moments of brilliance in front of goal in recent weeks, and it will be intriguing to see whether the Etihad Stadium visitors can urge Hart into another blunder or two.
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