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

FourFourTwo's look ahead to the Premier League weekend, starting with a north London derby at Wembley.

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Tottenham vs Arsenal (Saturday, 12.30pm)

The big talking point: The last north London derby of the season. Wembley, 90,000 fans - a great way to start the weekend and a major clash in the chase for Champions League qualification places.

What will happen: Rarely, if ever, will one of these games have been played in such a partisan environment. Wembley is not White Hart Lane and, while Arsenal have won nine in a row at this stadium, this time they will have to face a fierce "home" atmosphere with several new components in their side.

What won't happen: No debut for Lucas Moura, Tottenham's new Brazilian who at best will have to make do with a place on the bench. However Toby Alderweireld is fit to start in defence having come through against Newport, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will both line up for Arsenal.

Everton vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm)

The big talking point: Are Everton actually getting worse under Sam Allardyce? Last weekend's 5-1 drubbing at Arsenal extended a run of listless performances against the big sides and Allardyce was at a loss to explain it - or at least he couldn't do so in printable terms.

What will happen: Palace will have to cope without Wilfried Zaha. His knee injury isn't as bad as first feared, but even a few weeks' absence is a problem for a side as reliant on him as the Eagles are.

What won't happen: Allardyce gave a blunt assessment of Cenk Tosun's impact earlier this week, so don't expect to see him lead the line. Odd, given the £27m that Everton paid for him. Oumar Niasse will likely start up front.

Stoke vs Brighton (Saturday, 3pm)

The big talking point: Relegation. Brighton quietly slipped down the table in January and, while last weekend's 3-1 win over West Ham moved them back in the right direction, this isn't the kind of game (against a bottom-half rival) that they can afford to lose.

What will happen: Hopefully a first look at Jurgen Locadia, Brighton's £15m striker who is yet to return to fitness after completing his transfer. Only Swansea and Huddersfield have scored fewer goals than Brighton this season, so Locadia's productivity will be critical to his new side's hopes of survival.

What won't happen: Stoke midfielder Darren Fletcher will miss out, having pulled up ahead of last weekend's match with Bournemouth. January addition Badou Ndiaye should continue in his place.

Swansea vs Burnley (Saturday, 3pm)

The big talking point: FA Cup or not, Swansea scoring eight goals in a game isn't something which happens often. An 8-1 midweek win over Notts County was symptomatic of the team's improvement under Carlos Carvalhal. The Swans are unbeaten since the loss to Tottenham on 2 January, putting together a run of form of which few thought them capable.

What will happen: Burnley were excellent in last weekend's 1-1 draw against Manchester City, but they're still searching for their first win since 12 December (vs Stoke). Eventually, that has to change and there was enough evidence of creativity in that City performance to suggest that an elusive win isn't too far away.

What won't happen: There will be no Wilfried Bony or Leroy Fer for Swansea. Both have been ruled out for the rest of the season with injuries.

West Ham vs Watford (Saturday, 3pm)

The big talking point: New manager Javi Gracia's effect on Watford. Yes, Chelsea were desperately poor on Monday night, but there was a verve to Watford's performance in their 4-1 win which was highly encouraging.

What will happen: Look for Gerard Deulofeu to be lively again. He has his flaws as a player, but half a season of being exposed to Barcelona's impossibly high standards appears to have trimmed some of the fat from his game. West Ham lack pace in defence and the Spanish attacker could be very influential.

What won't happen: David Moyes is, excuse the Redknappism, down to the bare bones. Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic are out, Jose Fonte and Winston Reid are both unlikely to start, and those are issues which the signing of a 36-year-old Patrice Evra won't solve.