Domestic league football is back and this weekend sees many players gearing up for their Premier League debuts, including some high-profile names.
One match in particular stands out with regards to new players and that is Manchester City’s trip to the Britannia Stadium. Michael Owen could play his first match for Stoke, while Scott Sinclair, Maicon, Javi Garcia and Matija Nastasic are all available for the champions.
The build-up to Chelsea’s visit to QPR has centred on the pre-match handshake, but there could also be several debuts at Loftus Road as Cesar Azpilicueta looks set to play his first match for the European champions following a move from Marseille.
Julio Cesar and Stephane M’Bia also look likely to add some experience and steel to Mark Hughes’ first team after arriving as notable coups for the hosts.
One of the most surprising signings of the summer could be unleashed for Southampton at the Emirates this week, with Gaston Ramirez likely to start against Arsenal following a move from Serie A side Bologna believed to be worth around £11.8 million.
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France captain Hugo Lloris will make his Tottenham bow away to Reading on Sunday if he has done enough to convince Andre Villas-Boas, whilst Swansea will introduce another signing from La Liga in the shape of former Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez when they play Aston Villa.
At Old Trafford Sir Alex Ferguson may be without the services of Patrice Evra who has reportedly picked up a knock, meaning Alexander Buttner is the most likely to deputise following some impressive showings for United’s Under-21s after arriving from Vitesse Arnhem.
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