The serious business of the Premier League resumes this weekend and Sunday throws together two riveting fixtures as Liverpool host Manchester United and high-flying Arsenal travel to the champions Manchester City, but just who is going to steal the limelight?
Patrice Evra is set to go head-to-head with Luis Suarez once again and although talk will inevitably centre on their fracas last year, the Uruguayan will be hoping to walk away with the three points and title of tormentor-in-chief.
But could his captain Steven Gerrard rise to the big occasion once more? The years may be catching up with him, but the man synonymous with Liverpool over the last decade tends to save his best for the biggest of clashes and with such an emotionally charged fixture in the offing do not be surprised to see him have a say in the outcome.
However, Liverpool are a side in transition and while their opponents have certainly made changes this summer, they look ominously strong going forward. In last year's Premier League top goalscorer, Robin van Persie, United have the firepower needed to catch out Liverpool. He has previous too - netting a last minute winner at Anfield for Arsenal last season.
But perhaps with all the focus on the Dutchman, Shinji Kagawa will ghost in and steal the headlines? The waif-like Japanese playmaker has impressed in his first few outings for Sir Alex's side and could be just the trick needed to spring the Reds' defence.
Not far from Anfield, Arsenal will take to the field against Manchester City looking to preserve not only the best defensive tally in the league, but their unbeaten record as well. And the key could well be Lukas Podolski - who has notched three goals in his last three games for the Gunners - fine form.
Should the frontline stutter though, Arsene Wenger may well be able to smugly nod his head through a post-game interview praising the influence of Santi Cazorla again. The Spaniard has stunned observers with the ease in which he has adapted to the Premier League and Arsenal's style of play, but watching Wenger wax lyrical about him after the win against Southampton suggested he knew he had picked up a gem of a player.
Of course, this will not be as easy as turning up, City are champions for a reason. And that reason is Sergio Aguero. Yes, the little Argentine provided the most dramatic end to a campaign ever seen on these shores and is expected to make his return from injury against Arsenal. Facing a far sturdier defence may be trickier than just looking at Per Mertesacker and gliding by him though.
If he does run into bother, just look to his compatriot Carlos Tevez for inspiration. He may have run himself into the ground in Madrid, but this is a fresher, leaner looking Tevez than we have seen for some time. Expect him to have a say in the outcome at the Etihad Stadium.
So who will dominate the pub talk on Sunday? Gerrard? Suarez? Will Van Persie add to his tally? Could Kagawa announce himself? Can Podolski hit four in four? Will Cazorla put another smile on Wenger's face or will the Argentine connection of Aguero and Tevez prosper?
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