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Premier League Week 4 Predictions: Key Names to Watch This Weekend

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17:  Christian Benteke of Aston Villa (L) celebrates scoring his side's second goal from the penalty spot with team mate Antonio Luna during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on August 17, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Joe StrangeContributor ISeptember 11, 2013

Premier League football is back this weekend, giving those players who switched teams on transfer deadline day a chance to strut their stuff in new club colours.

Fans will be keen to catch a glimpse of their new heroes in action but there are plenty of other players determined to have their say on who picks up points between Saturday and Monday.

Here's a look at a group of individuals—both old and new—who are set to play a key role in this weekend's fixtures.

 

Premier League Week 4 Predictions
HomeScoreAwayDay
Manchester United3-0Crystal PalaceSaturday
Aston Villa1-0Newcastle UnitedSaturday
Fulham2-1West Bromwich AlbionSaturday
Hull City1-1Cardiff CitySaturday
Stoke City1-1Manchester CitySaturday
Sunderland0-2ArsenalSaturday
Tottenham2-1NorwichSaturday
Everton1-1 ChelseaSaturday
Southampton2-0West HamSunday
Swansea City2-1LiverpoolMonday

 

Asmir Begovic, Stoke City

After a man-of-the-match display in Stoke's season opener at Liverpool, Asmir Begovic has continued the excellent form that saw him linked with a move to the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal last season.

It will be United's local rivals and fellow title challengers Manchester City that Begovic comes up against on Saturday and, after a clean sheet at West Ham last time out, the former Portsmouth shot-stopper is ideally set for another commanding performance.

Manuel Pellegrini's side will be looking for their first points away from home when they visit the Britannia but, up against arguably the league's most improved goalkeeper of the last two years, Sergio Aguero and co. will find it tough to break through. 

 

Mesut Ozil, Arsenal

Arsenal's deadline-day club record signing Mesut Ozil has been widely tipped to take the Premier League by storm, beginning this Saturday at Sunderland.

Manager Arsene Wenger may choose to ease his £42 million man into action from the bench, particularly given his lack of time training with teammates, but the German international will likely still play a major part in how many points the Gunners take from the Stadium of Light.

Paolo Di Canio's Black Cats will likely adopt a more defensive style against their more talented visitors and Ozil's ability to spot and deliver a clever pass or through ball will be decisive in breaking down a side with just one point to their name.

 

Christian Benteke, Aston Villa

Despite being lauded for their performance during a narrow defeat to Chelsea earlier this season, Aston Villa must start to pick up points after getting the difficult challenges of Jose Mourinho's men, Arsenal and Liverpool out of their way.

Main man Christian Benteke will be key to that, especially if he can continue the impressive form in front of goal he showed in the win at the Emirates and loss at Stamford Bridge.

Benteke and Villa face a Newcastle side who have improved defensively since their 4-0 thrashing at Manchester City on the opening weekend but who are still struggling for goals.

If the big Belgian can bag his fourth goal of the season, that should be enough to hand Paul Lambert's men a narrow win.

 

James McCarthy, Everton

Signed on deadline day for £13 million from Championship side Wigan Athletic, James McCarthy will be desperate to impress after getting another chance in the Premier League.

The Republic of Ireland international will likely go directly into Roberto Martinez's starting XI as a replacement for Marouane Fellaini, who joined former boss David Moyes at Manchester United last week.

Against the likes of Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Oscar, McCarthy's mobility, energy and ability to keep hold of the ball will be vital as Everton look to pick up their first victory of the season.

 

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