The Premier League season has now moved beyond its final international break, and into a very busy period before the turn of the year. It is now week 12, and here are the top five players to watch:
The Uruguayan’s form has been simply sensational since he returned from suspension in September, and on Saturday he looks certain to make a massive impact in the Merseyside derby. He has scored on both of his previous visits to Goodison Park, and should give Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin a difficult afternoon if provided with good service from the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard.
Mirallas can be devastating when he uses his pace, and he has all the capabilities to unsettle the Liverpool defence. Aly Cissokho, set to start due to the absence of Jose Enrique, has looked nervous at times for the Reds, and that could be an area that Everton will look to exploit, through Mirallas’ effective wing play. It could even end up being where the game is won and lost.
With Christian Eriksen absent through injury for Tottenham’s trip to Manchester City on Sunday, the responsibility is likely to be on the shoulders of Holtby to provide Spurs with the creativity required to penetrate the 2012 Premier League champions, and as they are without
West Ham United will come into their game against Chelsea on Saturday with a gameplan and will try to unsettle their visitors. It will be up to the Blues to learn lessons from the defeat at Newcastle United at the beginning of November and create more chances here, and they will be relying on Hazard for some inspiration, due to his pace and trickery.
After appearing set to leave during the summer, Rooney has really impressed, starring in several games and helping Manchester United to three successive victories. What has been most noticeable is his work rate, and Sunday’s game against Cardiff will also require the 28-year-old to put in a shift, as the Welsh club do not give much away.
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