Premier League Week 10 Predictions: Players Guaranteed to Shine This Weekend
The Premier League season is now a quarter of the way to completion, and the league is beginning to settle out as title contenders and relegation strugglers begin to emerge.
Each week now begins to take on ever-increasing importance, with runs of form at this early stage of the season able to have a major bearing on teams' performances over the season as a whole.
Star performers within those teams can be the difference between success and failure, and with several big matches this weekend, there will be plentiful opportunity for individuals to claim the headlines.
But which players look set to put on a great show this weekend.
|Fixture||Date and Time (GMT)||Prediction|
|Newcastle United vs. Chelsea||Saturday, November 2, 12:45||0-1|
|Fulham vs. Manchester United||Saturday, November 2, 15:00||1-2|
|Hull City vs. Sunderland||Saturday, November 2, 15:00||1-0|
|Manchester City vs. Norwich||Saturday, November 2, 15:00||3-0|
|Stoke City vs. Southampton||Saturday, November 2, 15:00||0-1|
|West Brom vs. Crystal Palace||Saturday, November 2, 15:00||2-0|
|West Ham United vs. Aston Villa||Saturday, November 2, 15:00||1-1|
|Arsenal vs. Liverpool||Saturday, November 2, 17:30||1-2|
|Everton vs. Tottenham||Sunday, November 3, 13:30||1-1|
|Cardiff vs. Swansea||Sunday, November 3, 16:00||2-2|
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Argentine striker Aguero has been in sensational form so far this season, scoring seven goals in his opening eight league fixtures of the campaign.
With City set to face a struggling Norwich side on Saturday, that form is only set to continue against a team which have conceded four goals in four games to the striker since his 2011 arrival in England.
Norwich have the fourth-worst record in the league regarding shots conceded, and with Aguero currently scoring one in every three shots he has taken this season, they cannot afford to be so generous.
The connection between Aguero and strike-partner Alvaro Negredo has been excellent in recent games, having been broken up in defeat against Chelsea last week.
Set to be partnered again on Saturday, Norwich must be on the top of their game if they are to deny the in-form Argentine forward.
Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion)
A 4-1 defeat to Liverpool last weekend was West Brom's first loss in five games, and Steve Clarke's side have the perfect opportunity to respond with a home tie against bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace this weekend.
The Baggies are not blessed with an enormous amount of creative talent, but having scored two goals and provided two assists in his six games since arriving in England, Amalfitano has been their shining light in that department.
With just three points from nine games, Palace are in dire trouble and have the second-worst defensive record in the Premier League at present. With just eight goals in nine games, West Brom are hardly a side set up to take advantage of those difficulties.
Amalfitano, as well as scoring goals, has created 10 more chances for his side than any other player this season—despite arriving right at the end of the summer window. West Brom must beat a poor Palace side, and Amalfitano will be key.
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Having narrowly missed out on playing against West Brom last weekend, per Sky Sports, Liverpool attacking midfielder Coutinho should be back in action for the important top-of-the-table clash with Arsenal this weekend.
The Brazilian is an essential player to Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side and has been missed in his absence, even if the return of Luis Suarez quickly handed the Reds renewed impetus.
With Mathieu Flamini set to miss out for Arsenal, per ESPN, the Gunners have no recognised defensive midfielder likely to feature. Wenger's side may, then, find their current confidence tested to the limit.
Liverpool have the ideal man to pick up the ball between the lines in Coutinho, and with both Suarez and Daniel Sturridge ahead of him, he will have plenty of options. The new Arsenal will be truly tested by Rodgers' side.
Gary Medel (Cardiff)
Cardiff will play Swansea in the first-ever top-flight South Wales derby on Sunday, and if Malky Mackay's side are to get anything from the game, they will need Chilean Medel at the top of his game.
Not only is the combative midfielder essential to Cardiff as a defensive player, but he is also the best of the Bluebirds players with the ball at his feet—completing over 90 percent of his passes this season.
With Wilfried Bony and Michu both looking to drop off at various times of the game to pick up the ball deep, Medel will be essential to denying them space. His passionate nature, if contained, will also be ideal for what will be a heated derby environment.
Cardiff's excellent start to the season has slowed down somewhat, and they have been dropping toward the relegation zone in recent weeks. The derby offers a great opportunity to respond, and Medel will be key to setting the tone for his teammates in the encounter.
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