Premier League preview: What will and won't happen this weekend
Leicester vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12.30pm)
The big talking point: Claude Puel’s Leicester are good. Not just better than they were, but a highly dangerous football team full of players reaching their apex.
What will happen: Well, if Palace start this game the way they did against Watford on Tuesday, they will be put to the sword. Roy Hodgson’s side may have snatched three points at the death, but they were rotten for 88 minutes and must be greatly improved.
What won’t happen: Time may have run out for former Fox Jeff Schlupp, who surely won’t be subjected to facing an in-form Riyad Mahrez after his performance in midweek. Expect Patrick van Aanholt to come into the side.
Arsenal vs Newcastle (Saturday, 3pm)
The big talking point: Crisis at Newcastle. That good start was a false dawn and the lack of investment over the summer has greatly inhibited Rafael Benitez.
What will happen: There’s a battering in the air. Arsenal were dreadful at the London Stadium on Wednesday night and weren’t really much better at St Mary’s. Now in seventh place, Arsene Wenger needs the catharsis of an easy home win.
What won’t happen: No Jonjo Shelvey, obviously, as he collected another senseless red card against Everton. Jack Wilshere will presumably drop to the bench, too, after failing to impress against West Ham.
Brighton vs Burnley (Saturday, 3pm)
The big talking point: Look at Burnley! Sixth in the table, having only scored 16 goals in 17 games.
What will happen: They ultimately lost, but Brighton were greatly improved against Tottenham on Wednesday night. The defensive standard - which dropped so sharply for the games with Huddersfield and Liverpool - was raised sharply and, for a team like Burnley who don’t score freely, they’ll prove tough nuts to crack.
What won’t happen: It shoudn't be as dull as it look on paper: each side has only registered two clean sheets at home and away respectively this season. That said, don't expect major thrills.
Chelsea vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm)
The big talking point: It’s a good time for Southampton to be playing away: the home fans didn't enjoy their 4-1 loss to Leicester this week – less so because Claude Puel masterminded it. The bad news? Chelsea reacted extremely well to that loss at West Ham, showing their form in a dominant win over Huddersfield Town.
What will happen: Southampton will come face to face with some troubling trends - and probably extend them: Mauricio Pellegrino hasn't won any of his last five away games and Chelsea have won their last four on the bounce at Stamford Bridge.
What won’t happen: It’s probably a week too soon for Alvaro Morata, who has battled illness and a back strain over the past week and likely won’t be risked.
Stoke vs West Ham (Saturday, 3pm)
The big talking point: Mark Hughes is dangling by a thread. Stoke have been just as poor as expected this week and supporter unrest is growing with every defeat. Lose here and Peter Coates might be on the phone.
What will happen: And they will lose. David Moyes is obviously known for his pragmatism - and that’s generally intended as a backhanded criticism - but he’s had a definite effect on West Ham’s defending. Two clean sheets against Arsenal and Chelsea is not to dismissed as coincidence and, let’s face it, that Stoke team just isn’t capable of keeping goals out at the moment.
What won’t happen: A few key players are already ruled out. Winston Reid is suspended and Jose Fonte is injured for West Ham, while Hughes will be without Kurt Zouma and Bruno Martins Indi.
Watford vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 3pm)
The big talking point: Watford’s collapse at Selhurst Park. Marco Silva was not happy with his side’s inability to convert chances to goals that night and, quite understandably, was particularly dissatisfied with the sloppiness which gifted Palace two late goals. The prelude to this game will presumably have involved a few 'honest' discussions at training.
What will happen: Home win. Are Huddersfield any good, or are they just a nice story? They’re certainly not in Watford’s class and, this week’s hiccup aside, you'd expect a swift return to the swift, imaginative attacking football seen previously (which, in fairness, was in evidence for much of Tuesday night).
What won’t happen: No Tom Cleverley. Silva was quick to point the finger of blame elsewhere for that last defeat, but the midfielder’s sending off was still pivotal and he’ll be suspended for this game.