This weekend, Chelsea take on Manchester City in a fixture that could prove pivotal to where the title ends up - even at this early stage.
We also have a Friday night match, with Manchester United heading to Aston Villa, whilst Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from their shock defeat to West Ham during their trip to Selhurst Park to play Crystal Palace.
But which players hold the power ahead of Game Week 2?
We all know who the best players are but defining those with the power to shape events in the Premier League is not so simple - so we've created The Independent's Premier League Power Rankings.
Ahead of every round of fixtures in the top-flight our team of experts get together to define the 17 players who hold the power.
Rather than being based on who the best or most talented footballers are, it's defined by current form, league position, next fixture and any other factors which could influence events.
Players move up and down the rankings, battling to be number one. Some will drop out and new entries will emerge. You might not agree (in which case let us know why) - but that's half the fun.
Following the opening round of fixtures, in which there were some surprise results, the 17 have shifted and there are new entries on the board.
These are the 17 most important players in the Premier League right now...
Premier League Power Rankings - Game Week 2
Premier League Power Rankings - Game Week 2
1/17 17) Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – down 11 from last week
There was a lot of optimism on the South Coast ahead of the club’s first ever match in the top flight, but Aston Villa did well to dampen the occasion before nicking a 1-0 win. Wilson is still the main man for the Cherries, but Bournemouth’s survival probably won’t be decided by a trip to Anfield, where they play Monday night.
2/17 16) Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle) – down 3
The powerful midfielder remains Newcastle’s Jack-of-all-trades, setting the tone in attack and defence with his athleticism, work rate and drive from midfield. He will have to be at his best if the Toon are to get past a well set up Swansea side.
3/17 15) Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – non-mover
Laid on the late equaliser for Arouna Kone but Toffees fans will be disappointed that their £28m man didn’t do more against newly-promoted Watford, with the Belgian barely touching the ball in the first half. He must do more against a Southampton defence that is still learning to play together.
4/17 14) Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – new entry
A brilliant solo performance from the Algerian who scored two goals and was full of energy and penetration all afternoon against Sunderland. Leicester City still look suspect at the back so will need their attacking players to win them matches rather than relying on their defence to tough it out. A visit to a solid West Ham team will be a good test.
5/17 13) Micah Richards (Aston Villa) – new entry
Playing in the centre for Tim Sherwood’s new look Aston Villa defence, Richards is filling the big void left by Ron Vlaar. He did well against Bournemouth but will have a much harder contest against old foes Manchester United – still only 27, a run of good performances could make him an outside contender for an England call up, with Roy Hodgson light on centre-backs.
6/17 12) Mark Noble (West Ham United) – up 5
Reece Oxford (deservedly) got the headlines for his performance at Arsenal, the 16-year-old playing with a poise of men twice his age. But the skipper set the tone for a brilliant performance at the Emirates, making timely tackles and picking his passes. West Ham host Leicester and now must prove they can win matches when they are the team expected to take the initiative.
7/17 11) Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – up 1
The England striker barely got a sniff at Old Trafford, with Chris Smalling and Daley Blind dominant. His best moment was the pass to Christian Eriksen, who should have scored. There is a lot of expectation on Kane’s shoulders after his break-out season last year – he must perform better against Stoke.
8/17 10) Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – down 3
Philippe Coutinho was the match-winner against Stoke but Jordan Henderson is still the man who has to make Liverpool tick, especially with Steven Gerrard gone. Henderson and James Milner were still working out some kinks against the Potters but they looked solid and kept possession well. A home tie with Bournemouth should allow their partnership to further flourish.
9/17 9) Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) – up 2
A late goal against Norwich was the cherry on top of an excellent debut for Palace’s record signing. Arsenal visit Selhurst Park on Sunday and Cabaye will be desperate to prove to Arsene Wenger that he should have signed him when he had the chance.
10/17 8) Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – down 4
United didn’t create much at all for their star striker against Spurs, apart from the one opportunity that Kyle Walker mistakenly bundled home. Thankfully for United they travel to Villa Park, their favourite ground away from Old Trafford where they have lost just twice since 1992.
11/17 7) Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) – new entry
Manchester City were brilliant on Monday night but West Brom were absolutely toothless. Their game plan had been to contain the visitors and try and steal a win but as soon as they conceded early they had no choice but to try and attack – it didn’t work. Berahino scored plenty of goals last term and although he wants a move away he is going to have to keep scoring if he wants to keep teams interested.
12/17 6) Petr Cech (Arsenal) – down 3
A nightmare Arsenal debut for the goalkeeper against West Ham, easily one of his worst since arriving in the Premier League all those years ago. He will want to forget about as quickly as possible but Selhurst Park can be an intimidating and hostile place to try and restore a reputation.
13/17 5) Troy Deeney (Watford) – non-mover
Didn’t get on the scoresheet against Everton but proved he will be a handful in his first season in the Premier League. A home game against West Brom is the type of game Watford have to win if they have any hope of survival this season – it’s been a while since Vicarage Road saw Premier League football so the Hornets will be desperate to impress.
14/17 4) Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) – up 5
Defoe did what he does and got on the scoresheet but it was the players around him who suffered against Leicester with a shoddy performance. It’s only the second week of the season but the match against newly-promoted Norwich already seems like a must-win for Dick Advocaat and the Black Cats.
15/17 3) Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) – down 1
The Canaries played really well last week and at the time of Cameron Jerome’s disallowed goal – it should have been allowed – they were well on top and might have gone on to win the match against Crystal Palace. At least a point at Sunderland is needed for the relegation fighters.
16/17 2) David Silva (Manchester City) – new entry
I must admit, I had slightly written off City before the season after a poor, in my opinion, summer of business that only saw Raheem Sterling arrive. How wrong I was. City produced the performance of the weekend to completely dismantle West Brom. Yaya Toure was absolutely outstanding but the vision and craft of David Silva is an absolute sight to behold. No one plays the attacking midfield role better in the Premier League.
17/17 1) Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – non-mover
The Belgian is still top but that’s not because he is producing at the highest level but more because Jose Mourinho and the Blues need him to produce some magic at the Etihad. Hazard has not had the best pre-season and looked tired against Swansea – he started almost every game for Chelsea in all competitions last season and carried the burden of being their go-to threat week in, week out. Chelsea cannot contemplate losing to Manchester City, and that Hazard was at the centre of the Eva Caniero storm only makes it that much more important for him to play well.
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