Newcastle skipper Lascelles has been in remarkable form this season - an assured presence at the back for his side and a strong leader for the Magpies. The 24-year-old’s performances have already seen calls for his inclusion to the England World Cup squad and it should be sooner rather than later that he does win his first cap for Gareth Southgate’s men.
Newcastle United vs West Bromwich Albion
Jamaal Lascelles vs Salomon Rondon
He will be up against the formidable Rondon, who has undoubtedly been one of the best performers for West Brom this season. The Venezuelan has seven goals this season already and has won over many admirers with this ability in the air and strong hold up play. It should be a cracking battle between Lascelles and Rondon.
What more can be written and said about Mohamed Salah? He has been simply sensational in his first season at Anfield, deservedly taking out the PFA Player of the Year award and standing on the verge of the league’s Golden Boot.
Liverpool vs Stoke City
Mohamed Salah vs Jack Butland
In his way will be Butland, who has naturally had his troubles being the last line of defence for a Stoke side that has conceded more goals than any other this season, the keeper managing just five clean sheets in his 31 league appearances.
But with England’s No.1 jersey at the World Cup still up for grabs, he will want to finish the season strongly and keeping Liverpool’s deadly marksman at bay will do no harm to his chances.
The two strikers will be going head-to-head as the main men for their respective sides. Ayew is rated highly by boss Carvalhal and has scored six of his 10 goals this season since the Portuguese took over. A three-game ban marred his copybook but the Swans will need him firing against City to stand any chance of getting anything from the game.
Manchester City vs Swansea City
Jordan Ayew vs Sergio Aguero
Argentine Aguero has already breached the 20-goal mark this season, despite missing out on a number of games due to rotation and injury. It is also worth noting that he has hit 14 goals at home this season and could well add more.
Once the forgotten man of English football due to his series of injuries that included a serious knee problem and then groin, hip and toe complaints, Welbeck is finally fit and healthy and scoring goals for the Gunners.
Arsenal vs West Ham United
Danny Welbeck v Joe Hart
Similarly, Hart has had his own issues in recent years, bouncing around between Manchester City, Torino and West Ham while enduring a sharp loss of form. But he seems to be nearing a return to his best and, like Welbeck, is back in the frame for the England squad for the looming World Cup.
Both will be driven to produce their best in this showdown between rivals.
With leading scorer Wayne Rooney and high-profile recruit Theo Walcott struggling for goals of late, January signing Cenk Tosun has stepped up for Sam Allardyce’s men in recent weeks.
Swansea City vs Everton
Lukasz Fabianski v Cenk Tosun
The Turkish striker scored four goals in a three-game stretch in March, including a brace in a 2-1 victory over Stoke City.
Standing in his way will be Polish keeper Fabianski, who has managed to record a respectable nine clean sheets in 31 games despite Swansea’s defensive issues.
McCarthy displaced Fraser Forster as the Saints’ number one custodian at the end of 2017, but that hasn’t stopped Southampton from leaking goals left, right and centre. In the 11 games McCarthy has played, he has only kept two clean sheets.
Southampton vs Chelsea
Alex McCarthy vs Eden Hazard
It will be especially difficult for him to keep a third, given that he will be facing the attacking threat of Chelsea - in particular Eden Hazard. The tricky Belgian has already hit double figures this season, and while he has not been at his terrifying best, he remains the Blues’ chief attacking protagonist.
While Pogba has struggled to adjust to life at Old Trafford and the burden of such a hefty price tag, de Bruyne has been a beacon of class and consistency and is expected to win this season’s player of the year award.
Manchester City vs Manchester United
Kevin de Bruyne v Paul Pogba
Pogba has shown some better signs of late, however, and the Frenchman would love nothing more than to show what he is really capable of against the star-studded midfield of the champions-elect.
This match-up is enough alone for fans to tune in. Pickford has done enough to move ahead of Jack Butland and secure the No.1 position for England for the looming World Cup in Russia.
Everton vs Liverpool
Jordan Pickford vs Mohamed Salah
Salah just can’t stop scoring, no matter which shirt he is wearing, including Egypt’s lone goal in a 2-1 defeat to Portugal in a recent friendly.
Whoever is at the very top of their game in this clash will have a huge say on the outcome.
A goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 FA Cup victory over Leceister mean that Alvaro Morata snapped a 13 game goalless streak which has seen the striker heavily criticized in many quarters and left out in the cold often by manager Conte. A goal or two against Spurs will do the Spaniard a world of good and perhaps see him feature more regularly in the Chelsea side.
Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur
Alvaro Morata vs Jan Vertonghen
But in his way will be the Belgian Jan Vertonghen, who has been one of the mainstays in the Spurs side this season. Should Vertonghen be functioning at his very best, Morata could well have a tough battle on his hands.
The mercurial Swiss star Shaqiri has been arguably Stoke’s best player this season - a threat whenever on the ball and creating opportunities for his teammates. The former Bayern Munich man has notched seven goals and supplied six assists in the league and Stoke will need him on top form for them to pose any form of attacking threat.
Arsenal vs Stoke City
Xherdan Shaqiri vs Petr Cech
Critics of Cech would say that the custodian hasn’t been at his best in recent times. The veteran goalkeeper accepted responsibility on Twitter for his side’s 2-1 defeat at Brighton and after what must have been a morale-boosting clean sheet against Watford, will be looking to ensure he isn’t beaten again in goal. He will need to keep his focus throughout the game though, as Shaqiri’s ability from range will make him a problem to deal with.