Guardiola's quick diagonals v Leicester full-backs
Saturday, 12:30, Live on Sky Sports 1
Man City's thumping victory over Crystal Palace last weekend was thanks largely to the speed with which the hosts played long diagonal passes in behind the opposition full-backs. Pep Guardiola's short-passing football usually allows opponents to sit deep and absorb pressure, but on Saturday Yaya Toure, David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne notably looked for the longer pass towards the byline at every opportunity. They will attempt the same system against such a narrow and defensive Leicester team this weekend.
Crystal Palace conceded the opening goal within two minutes after David Silva lifted a ball over the top of the full-back for Raheem Sterling to cross into the box; it was clear, from the first minute to the last, that Sterling and Leroy Sane had been told to anticipate this type of pass. Palace's shell was split open and City reached the penalty box far quicker than usual, giving Guardiola a much-needed template for the future.
Christian Fuchs and Danny Simpson must be wary of this threat. Both must stay tight to their centre-back while looking constantly over their shoulder to track the surprising runs of Sterling and Sane. Fuchs is unlikely to be bested by Sterling, but on Man City's left it is easy to envisage Sane outwitting Simpson. To counter this threat, it is important that the Foxes press high onto Toure and Silva - something they rarely enjoy doing.
Back Man City to win and over 3.5 goals at 23/20
Palace's narrowness v Grosicki & Robertson
Sunday, 12:00, Live on Sky Sports 1
Palace have lost three consecutive Premier League matches, and their narrow shape is a cause for concern before the visit of Hull City; Sam Allardyce's team concede far too much space on the flanks for crosses into the box, which favours the aggressive, wing-focused tactics of Marco Silva.
Without Mamadou Sakho, Palace's defence is considerably weaker, which in turn has caused nervous full-backs to drop further infield in support of their central defenders; consequently, three of Man City's goals last weekend came via unmarked players crossing into the box, as did Burnley's opener a fortnight ago.
Kamil Grosicki and Andrew Robertson attempted 23 crosses between them from the left against Sunderland, continuing the trend under Hull's new manager. Expect the visitors to pour forward down the flanks and, afforded too much space to deliver, cross successfully towards Abel Hernandez and Oumar Niasse.
Back Hull to win at 5/2
Lanzini & Calleri v Clyne
Sunday, 14:15, Live on Sky Sports 1
After their battling 1-0 victory over Tottenham last Saturday - in which West Ham channelled the gritty, battling spirit of last season - Slaven Bilic's team should be able to beat a Liverpool side that are struggling for fluency in the final third. As they continue to frustrate the visitors, Manuel Lanzini and Jonathan Calleri might catch out Liverpool on the counter in space behind the advancing Nathaniel Clyne.
West Ham's 3-4-1-2 formation provides them with a flat back five during sustained periods of pressure, which should prevent Liverpool from scoring (they have netted just three times in their last four matches). Clyne will be continually drawn forward, mimicking what happened to Kyle Walker last weekend - when long balls towards Calleri frequently created goalscoring opportunities on that side of the pitch.
Jordan Ayew successfully pulled Spurs to the right when the Hammers countered, which meant Calleri sprinted into space on the other side largely unnoticed. Liverpool's Lucas Leiva will be vital in stamping out these counter-attacks at their source, but even if he does it remains unlikely Liverpool will sparkle at the other end.
Back double chance West Ham/draw at 23/20
Muniesa v Bellerin
Saturday, 17:30, Live on Sky Sports 1
Arsenal continue to look unconvincing despite their upturn in results, with Mesut Ozil largely absent in matches and their narrow attacking lines in a 3-4-2-1 rarely working. However, Hector Bellerin will be fighting to impress after losing his first-team place to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and he should get plenty of joy this weekend up against the struggling Marc Muniesa.
Stoke's Spanish left-back was badly out of position for both Bournemouth goals last weekend, which came down his side of the pitch - although Muniesa was nowhere to be seen. Bellerin should be able to exploit similar amounts of space at the Britannia on Saturday, particularly now that the wing-backs are Arsenal's main source of attack.
Bellerin will benefit from a deeper starting position, allowing him to pick up speed on the ball before he reaches the first line of opposition defence. Given that Marko Arnautovic rarely tracks back and Muniesa has a habit of disappearing, Bellerin's runs down the right could be very effective.
Back Arsenal to win to nil at 2/1