Ten issues to look out for this weekend

Jack Grealish had Pep Guardiola positively purring after an effervescent and relentless efficiency of attacking play in Wednesday’s 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Chelsea. For this observer it was by far the 27-year-old’s best outing in Manchester Metropolis colours as he threatened Graham Potter’s guests at will, each from his broad left zone and thru extra central areas. Afterwards, Guardiola stated: “I need Jack to have the duty, to play with Kevin [De Bruyne] with Phil [Foden]. I need Jack to get the ball to assault the again line. We speak to him – that the primary intention is to attain a objective. And in the present day the physique language is that the primary intention is to attain a objective and after to go. He was distinctive once more, Jack is taking part in actually good.” The winger appeared, finally, to recollect how sensible he may be, how his mix of dribbling, tempo, trickery, energy and athleticism can take him previous most opponents and provides Metropolis – and England on the World Cup – a unique and breathtaking dimension . Brentford ought to beware. jamie jackson

– Manchester Metropolis v Brentford, Saturday 12.30pm (all occasions GMT)

2) Howe reveals persistence wanted for Potter

Chelsea arrive on Tyneside with out a win of their final 4 league video games and sitting seventh, six factors behind third-placed Newcastle. It means this has change into way more than a mere magnificence contest between two potential successors to Gareth Southgate as England supervisor. Whereas Eddie Howe can reinforce Newcastle’s Champions League credentials, Graham Potter hopes to reassure anxious Chelsea followers. He might properly reach doing so however, even when he would not, Howe’s instance underscores the significance of persistence. It was a 12 months in the past final Tuesday that the previous Bournemouth supervisor succeeded Steve Bruce at St James’ Park however Howe began slowly, so slowly certainly that by the point Newcastle visited Leeds on 22 January he had presided over just one win. Like Howe, Potter needs to vary Chelsea’s taking part in model however first he, too, must go by a ache barrier. “If you wish to do one thing correctly you typically should fail first,” stated the previous Brighton supervisor this week. As Brighton followers would likely inform their Chelsea counterparts, it’s going to certainly be value it in the long run. Simply have a look at Howe and Newcastle. Again in January some impatient followers needed him sacked. Louise Taylor

– Newcastle v Chelsea, Saturday 5.30pm

PATIENCE REQUIRED: Chelsea supervisor Graham Potter. Pic: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

3) A brand new supervisor bounce at Anfield?

Liverpool had been stung by the factor of shock once they final hosted a crew with a newly appointed supervisor. After the 3-3 draw with Brighton in Roberto De Zerbi’s first match in cost in October, Jürgen Klopp admitted “We had no concept what they might do,” till adapting at two targets down. He additionally conceded that Liverpool had been struggling a disaster of confidence having dropped factors for the fifth time in seven league video games. They need to be higher ready when Nathan Jones makes his bow as Southampton supervisor. First, the previous Luton and Stoke supervisor has had little preparation time for the journey to Merseyside, having been formally put in on Thursday – a restoration day for gamers concerned within the Carabao Cup shootout win over Sheffield Wednesday – earlier than touring north on Friday. Extra necessary for Klopp, confidence shouldn’t be a problem after Liverpool’s spectacular win at Tottenham final weekend. It’s crucial his crew construct on that end result if they need a extra stress-free World Cup break. Andy Hunter

– Liverpool v Southampton, Saturday 3pm

4) Extra of Marsch’s unusual alchemy?

This will probably be Leeds’ first assembly with Tottenham for the reason that 4-0 loss in February which proved to be Marcelo Bielsa’s closing sport in cost at Elland Highway. Jesse Marsch has been trying to step out of his predecessor’s lengthy shadow ever since, although how a person sat on an upturned bucket can forged a protracted shadow is open to query. Regardless of defeat for a much-changed aspect within the Carabao Cup in midweek, Leeds journey to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on a relative excessive after back-to-back league wins in opposition to Liverpool and Bournemouth. They nonetheless lack that enigmatic, intangible magic that Bielsa extracted from the crew at his finest however, if they will win three straight league fixtures for the primary time in Marsch’s tenure, it’s going to go a way in the direction of exhibiting that the American has his personal unusual alchemy . With three defeats in 5 within the league, and no clear sheet in seven in all competitions, Spurs look weak. Will Magee

– Tottenham v Leeds, Saturday 3pm

SCORING FORM: Leeds United's Crysencio Summerville.  Pic: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
SCORING FORM: Leeds United’s Crysencio Summerville. Pic: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

5) Lopetegui retains it within the household

Julen Lopetegui will soak up Wolves’ sport at house to Arsenal on Saturday night earlier than formally beginning work at Compton Park on Monday. Lopetegui will probably be joined by his long-serving assistant Pablo Lanz and Edu Rubio, most lately West Ham Girls’s assistant coach, as first-team coach. Lopetegui has introduced six workers with him to Molineux in complete, together with his son, Daniel, a efficiency analyst who studied soccer enterprise and finance on the College Campus of Soccer Enterprise at Wembley earlier than engaged on opposition evaluation at MK Dons. A household enterprise? Throughout the West Midlands, Steve Bruce appointed his son Alex to his workers at West Brom and Lopetegui’s predecessor, Bruno Lage, appointed his brother, Luís Nascimento, to his workers upon taking cost final 12 months. Ben Fisher

– Wolves v Arsenal, Saturday 7.45pm

6) Eyes on Welbeck and Seagulls’ strikers

“If we wish a striker pretty much as good as Danny Welbeck then we have to spend £80m-90m in my view within the English market. They do not exist, they don’t seem to be on the market,” Adam Lallana stated after criticism of Brighton’s lack of targets. He was defending his teammate, who does quite a lot of work within the closing third with out reward, though his valuation of an striker who is sort of 32 and but to attain a league objective this season was only a tad beneficiant. Lallana identified the crew have to do higher as an entire and Brighton did have three completely different goalscorers final weekend. There’s loads of one-touch play contained in the opposition field, one thing Wolves had been unable to deal with. Ought to they keep it up taking part in with that degree of pace and composure, Welbeck will inevitably get on the top of an opportunity, boosted by the penalty he scored at Arsenal within the Carabao Cup. De Zerbi doesn’t thoughts his striker not scoring whereas these round him do however, for Welbeck’s personal confidence, he’ll wish to get in on the act. Will Unwin

– Brighton v Aston Villa, Sunday 2pm

ON TARGET: Brighton and Hove Albion's Danny Welbeck (second right) scored a penalty against Arsenal in the League Cup.  Pic: John Walton/PA Wire
ON TARGET: Brighton and Hove Albion’s Danny Welbeck (second proper) scored a penalty in opposition to Arsenal within the League Cup. Pic: John Walton/PA Wire

7) Take a look at for Ten Hag on the Thames

There is no such thing as a assure that Manchester United are going to bounce again from final Sunday’s capitulation at Villa Park. Fulham are in good kind and had been unfortunate to lose to Manchester Metropolis. Marco Silva has put a intelligent crew collectively and Fulham’s assault is able to inflicting issues for anybody. It won’t be simple for United. They’ve made progress below Erik ten Hag, however nonetheless have loads of room for enchancment. The protection may be exploited, the midfield can nonetheless be overrun and Ten Hag was sad with how relieving United had been on crossing throughout their league defeat to Villa. “I feel it was silly to try this,” the Dutchman stated. Ten Hag needs to see extra thought and care from his gamers. However will United resist the urge to fling crosses within the normal route of Cristiano Ronaldo in the event that they should chase the sport at Craven Cottage? Jacob Steinberg

– Fulham v Manchester United, Sunday 4.30pm

8) Gibbs-White an ideal 10 for Forest?

There’s been loads of tinkering within the Forest ranks in latest weeks whereas Steve Cooper tries to nail down a beginning XI. In opposition to Brentford one beneficiary of the modifications was Morgan Gibbs-White. The ahead was chased by Cooper for a lot of the summer time however he had but to get the most effective out of the previous Wolves man. He scored his first objective for his new membership on Saturday due to intelligent toes and a superbly directed shot from the sting of the world. Along with his objective, Gibbs-White was on the heart of all of Forest’s finest moments from the No 10 function behind Emmanuel Dennis and Brennan Johnson. Gibbs-White had beforehand spent extra outing broad this season however Cooper would possibly lastly have discovered the function to benefit from Forest’s report signing’s attributes. Now he should show he can do it constantly within the Premier League. Wu

– Nottingham Forest v Crystal Palace, Saturday 3pm

9) A gathering of Qatar-bound teammates James Maddison must be buzzing. The Leicester midfielder’s worldwide exile is over and he’s going to the World Cup. Gareth Southgate has included him in England’s 26-man squad for Qatar and Maddison will hope to log off from home responsibility by serving to Leicester beat West Ham. Standing in his method, although, will probably be a global teammate: Declan Rice. It is a big sport for West Ham’s captain. David Moyes’s aspect are two factors above the underside three after stinking the place out in opposition to Crystal Palace final weekend and so they might do with an inspirational midfield show from Rice once they host Leicester. The stress is on. The London Stadium was an impatient place when West Ham misplaced to Palace, so there’s a duty on Rice to elevate the temper. That may depend upon whether or not the midfielder can pin down Maddison and cease him making possibilities for Leicester’s forwards. JS

– West Ham v Leicester, Saturday 3pm

BUZZING: James Maddison has been named in England's World Cup squad.  Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire.
BUZZING: James Maddison has been named in England’s World Cup squad. Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

10) O’Neil to exit with bang?

This may very well be Gary O’Neil’s closing sport in control of Bournemouth. All the things began so brightly due to a run of six video games unbeaten in the beginning of his tenure, however three straight Premier League losses have broken his probabilities of getting the job on a everlasting foundation. Saturday’s opponents, Everton, had been hammered 4-1 on the Vitality Stadium within the League Cup in midweek to offer Bournemouth nice confidence going into this fixture. The gamers will wish to give it all the pieces in a single final push for the interim supervisor; he has given them hope of staying up. With out O’Neil the season may very well be over; he took cost after the 9-0 humiliation at Liverpool however managed to choose the gamers again up and assist create a aspect able to competing within the prime flight, one thing Scott Parker had failed at. Whether or not O’Neil stays or goes, he may be pleased with what he has achieved in his first managerial function. Wu

– Bournemouth v Everton, Saturday 3pm


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