Doucoure has been Watford’s standout performer this season, with the Frenchman providing the impetus driving forward from the midfield. Doucoure has recorded seven goals and two assists so far, missing only one game due to suspension. For Watford to stand any chance of coming away from this game with anything, the 25-year-old will need to be at the top of his game.
Manchester United vs Watford
Abdoulaye Doucoure vs Nemanja Matic
Tough-tackling Matic will be the man in the way of Doucoure. The big Serb has been a key figure for the Red Devils since his transfer from Chelsea, providing much needed stability in the middle of the park for Mourinho’s men. Matic even chipped in with a screamer in March, scoring a 25 yard strike against Crystal Palace.
We’re not sure how many times we’ve had Salah as the key player in Liverpool previews this season, but the reason is clear: the player of the year is the main man to stop for the Reds.
Liverpool vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Mohamed Salah vs Mat Ryan
Standing in his way this time will be Brighton’s player of the year, Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan, who has realised his full potential in a great first season in the English top-flight.
With both players at the top of their game and also eyeing off the World Cup finals for their respective nations, this could be a classic match-up.
It hasn’t always been a happy time for Rondo at the Baggies, but he showed plenty of passion and desire when he screamed his delight at his late equaliser in the comeback 2-2 draw with Liverpool, his second goal in four games.
West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur
Salomon Rondo vs Harry Kane
Kane, meanwhile, faced some criticism that he rushed his return from that ankle injury and shouldn’t be playing just yet with the World Cup looming large on the horizon, but he responded that his goals will do the talking for him.
Whichever front man can find the back of the net in this one will surely go a long way towards securing the three points for his side.
Zaha has undoubtedly been a star turn for Palace this season, having netted seven goals and laid on five assists at the time of writing. His searing pace and tremendous trickery on the ball has caused problems for many a defence and manager Hodgson has now even entrusted him with a role upfront rather than on the wing.
Stoke City vs Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha vs Ryan Shawcross
The man tasked to keep Zaha quiet could be Stoke skipper Shawcross, a player who has epitomised the rugged fighting spirit of his team in recent seasons. A no-nonsense center-back, Shawcross will have to be at his best, and more importantly, not jump into rash tackles in order to get the better of Zaha.