Premier League preview: What will and won't happen this weekend

Chelsea head to Anfield, while David Moyes takes charge of his first home game for West Ham

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West Ham vs Leicester (Friday, 8pm)

The big talking point: Fans versus the board. The travelling West Ham supporters at Vicarage Road aimed a volley of abuse towards their directors last weekend, so expect that disaffection to be audible at the London Stadium.

What will happen: David Moyes will learn exactly what he's taken on. When West Ham aren't performing well, home games can be very tricky and Leicester – an altogether happier group who are built to take advantage of their hosts' chronic lack of defensive pace – should return to winning ways after defeat to Manchester City.

What won't happen: West Ham won't be at full strength, and no matter what else happens over these opening weeks it should be remembered that Moyes will be without Javier Hernandez, Jose Fonte and Michail Antonio. Andrew Ayew has recovered from illness, at least, while Marko Arnautovic is available despite fears to the contrary.

Crystal Palace vs Stoke (Saturday, 3pm)

The big talking point: Palace's sort-of-revival. They're still not winning, but they are at least scoring goals: two in all of their three previous home fixtures.

What will happen: A shift in formation. Christian Benteke is available again, so Roy Hodgson will move away from his forward-less, counter-attacking strategy. Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend will retain their places, but either James McArthur or Yohan Cabaye will lose their place in the switch to 4-3-3.

What won't happen: We still won't know what Stoke are. Mark Hughes's team even seem to shift identities inside games now - Monday night, for example, where they were periodically excellent against Brighton, before reverting to sloppy defensive standards and blunt attacking. Expect another Jekyll and Hyde showing here.

Manchester United vs Brighton (Saturday, 3pm)

The big talking point: United's performance in Basel. Blame the pitch, blame the weather, blame whatever you want Jose – but that was awful.

What will happen: Brighton will be stubborn. They're hardly impenetratable, but Chris Hughton's team don't take heavy beatings and they won't be one of those sides who go to Old Trafford, take pictures of their day out and surrender in the tunnel. In particular, watch for Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy to have good games without the ball and prepare to be impressed by Glenn Murray's hold-up play.

What won't happen: Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic? No, that doesn't look like it works at all. It's early days in the partnership, but two forwards who offer little defensively will prove too bold for Mourinho.

Newcastle vs Watford (Saturday, 3pm)

The big talking point: Richarlison. Everyone's new favourite Brazilian (sorry, Isaías).

What will happen: Watford will give up chances. The takeaway detail from Vicarage Road last Sunday was the scoreline and - yes - Marco Silva's team did play some nice attacking football. However, it will have concerned him that, even against a team of West Ham's limitations, things really could have been quite different. Watford needed Heurelho Gomes to be in excellent form a week ago and nobody should be feeling particularly good about what looks to be an increasingly porous defence.

What won't happen: There'll be no Mikel Merino for Newcastle, while Christian Atsu and Jamaal Lascelles are also highly unlikely to feature. That's three very important pieces missing.

Swansea vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm)

The big talking point: Paul Clement's future. It's not really his fault, restricted as he has been by poor recruitment and boardroom friction, but Swansea's run of form (five straight defeats in all competitions) has him look incredibly vulnerable.

What will happen: Less what will, more what should: Swansea have to win. Bournemouth are playing good football at the moment and Eddie Howe has arrested the early-season decline, but the mental cost of losing at home to this kind of opponent is not something Clement and his players need to bear at the moment.

What won't happen: Tammy Abraham might not play. The striker was carried off with a back injury at Turf Moor and is a doubt here - so where on Earth do the goals come from without him? Simon Francis will be missing for Bournemouth, suspended after his sending off against Huddersfield.