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Premier League: Five players to watch this weekend

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The Premier League season heads into its sixth week tomorrow and it is fair to say that many of the league's most talented stars are yet to kick-start their season in the way we had hoped.

But with several of these players getting the chance to impress during the midweek Capital One matches this week, the weekend could be the perfect opportunity for them to come good for their clubs in the league.

Give Me Sport identifies five of the biggest stars who could burst onto the scene in Week Six.

Luis Suarez

The Liverpool forward is set to return to the Premier League this weekend after completing his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic back in April.

The Uruguayan striker failed to keep this head down during the summer however after asking to leave Anfield. But despite being linked to Real Madrid and Barcelona - and being subject of an £40 million and one pound bid from Arsenal - the controversial character remained at his current club.

The 26-year-old made his competitive comeback in his side's 1-0 Capital One cup defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday night. Suarez showed he wasn't quite as sharp as he would like to be and will be 'hungry' to get back to scoring ways. This weekend's trip to managerless Sunderland could be the perfect starting point.

Juan Mata

The Spanish Chelsea midfielder has seen his game time restricted by returning manager Jose Mourinho this season - despite being named the club's' player of the season last year.

After featuring in only two of the five league games so far, Mata was given the chance to shine during Tuesday's 2-0 Capital One cup win over League One side Swindon. Although the Spaniard failed to get on the scoresheet he showed moments of last season's form and gave his manager a reminder of exactly what he can do.

Chelsea face London rivals Tottenham on Saturday and it is likely that the 25-year-old playmaker will not only delight the Blues fans in returning to the starting lineup - but also many Fantasy Football managers too.

Papiss Cisse

The Newcastle United hitman has been out of form so far this season after failing to score in the club's opening five games, but the striker opened his account on Wednesday night - scoring the first goal in the North-East side's 2-0 win over Leeds in the league cup.

The Senegalese finished last season with 13 goals in all competitions but will need to improve that figure this year after the departure of compatriot Demba Ba to Chelsea left the Toon Army short on firepower. Newcastle face a trip to Goodison Park on Monday night and Cisse could be about to take his midweek goal scoring mindset into the league.

Jonny Evans

The Manchester United defender was one of many of the so called Premier League 'fringe' players to be given game time during the midweek cup games. The 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 win over Liverpool and impressed.

The Northern Ireland international will be hoping for the opportunity this weekend after the old guard of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand conceded four goals against local rivals Manchester City last Sunday. United take on West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday and David Moyes should use this match as the perfect opportunity to juggle his squad and allow players to prove they are worthy of a starting place in the league lineup.

Micah Richards

Manchester City defender Richards said his week that he doesn't expect to part of Roy Hodgson’s future England plans - but he plans to try and persuade him. Four-years-ago the 25-year-old seemed to really staking a place to be England’s next long-term right-back but injuries and form meant he fell out of favour after the arrival of Fabio Capello as the country’s coach.

After featuring in only eight games last season the England man is back to full fitness and got 90 minutes in the 5-0 midweek win over Wigan. He now has the chance to force his way into the Manchester City side and prove to the England boss that he is ready for a ticket to Brazil - but with the arrivals of Matija Nastasic and the form of Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta at City that will be easier said than done.

City face a Benteke-less Aston Villa side at Villa Park on Saturday.


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