Premier League Week 8 Predictions: Midfielders That Will Score This Weekend
Yaya Toure and Aaron Ramsey lead the way as the Premier League's current top scorers from midfield this season with four goals each from eight games.
Week 8 will see Manchester City and Arsenal play against West Ham United and Norwich City, at the Boleyn Ground and the Emirates respectively, with both box-to-box midfielders in with a chance of adding to their tallies.
Below is a rundown of some potential midfield top guns for the next round of Premier League clashes at the weekend.
Adam Lallana against Manchester United
Southampton's English playmaker opened his account for the season in his side's 2-0 win over Swansea City in Week 7.
The goal followed two appearances in which Lallana created assists for his teammates against Liverpool and Crystal Palace, and with the midfielder coming into form well, he may also be able to exploit the space between the lines against a rather incoherent United side.
Having struggled against technical players at home of late, and with Southampton's impressive pressing game likely to push David Moyes' understaffed and underwhelming midfield to the limit, Lallana could be the man to land a potential sucker punch against the reigning champions.
Juan Mata against Cardiff City
It isn't clear what state Mata and Mourinho's relationship is in at present, but with an important trip to Schalke likely to be top priority for Chelsea, the Spaniard may be offered up another opportunity to prove his worth while others are being rested for Europe.
As David de Gea knows all too well, the former Valencia playmaker has a venomous strike on him both from open play and set pieces, and Mata could well punish Cardiff City's Gary Medel should he commit too many fouls around his own box.
Morgan Amalfitano against Stoke City
West Brom's on-loan French wide-man is one of the early stars of the new Premier League season, with his name already claiming a famous strike against Untied back in Week 6.
A record of two goals in three league games isn't to be sniffed at, and after creating an assist for his prodigious young teammate, Saido Berahino against Arsenal, Amalfitano will be looking to claim another strike for himself against Stoke.
Mark Hughes' side may not be able to cope with the Marseille loanee's potent mix of pace, power and skill, which saw him flay United's left flank with ease. Erik Pieters will have his hands full at full-back for Stoke.
Yaya Toure against West Ham United
City's man mountain looks to be the ideal player to brush off the physicality of Sam Allardyce's West Ham, and the Ivorian's irresistible mix of power and technical ability could well see his name pop up on a goal update once again at the weekend.
Ravel Morrison is also likely to play some part in proceedings, following his goal in Week 7 against Tottenham Hotspur, but Fernandinho's nous should be enough to shackle such threats, with Vincent Kompany and Co. far more organised than their opposite numbers at White Hart Lane at present.
Whether it arrives via a David Silva cutback, Alvaro Negredo knockdown or a cross-in from Jesus Navas, expect Yaya to be charging into the West Ham box ready to get on the end of whatever high-class delivery he's offered.
Aaron Ramsey against Norwich City
Celebrities look away now! Arsenal's Welsh wonder could well take his goal count for the season up to at least five against Chris Hughton's East Anglian strugglers.
Ramsey's goals may not be taking famous names down with them anymore, but as arguably the Premier League's most in-form midfielder, if not player, he might have enough about him to place a serious hex over the hopes of Norwich taking anything from their trip to the Emirates.
Alternatively, having scored the equaliser against West Brom in Week 7, Jack Wilshere may be the element of Arsenal's much-hyped British core to get on the score sheet against the Canaries.
Based on form however, if there's one midfielder in Arsene Wenger's team who will be able to beat John Ruddy, it's Ramsey.
Who are you tipping to pitch in with goals from midfield in Week 8 of the Premier League?
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