Noble v Milner
Saturday, 17:30, Live on BT Sport 1
Crystal Palace's dramatic late equaliser against West Ham last weekend will have knocked the stuffing out of Slaven Bilic's side, but even if they had held on that match had already reaffirmed the Hammers' weakness in central midfield. Palace outfought and outclassed them, as a James Milner-inspired Liverpool will on Saturday.
At Selhurst Park Yohan Cabaye completed more tackles and interceptions (10) than Mark Noble and Edimilson Fernandes combined. Palace picked up every second ball, tackled harder, and passed better than West Ham's midfield pair, who continue to look far too slow in their reactions to play at this level. Neither has good positional awareness, which should allow Liverpool's three central midfielders to easily dominate this zone and spread the ball into the front three.
James Milner has been a revelation for Jurgen Klopp since moving to midfield, amassing 11 tackles in two matches since the switch. His aggression from the base of midfield, coupled with his incisive vertical passing, will outmanoeuvre Noble and Fernandes before the hosts have a chance to drop into a deep blockade. High-tempo football that focuses on quick distribution to wingers is easy to deploy against Bilic's team.
Back Liverpool to win at 3/4
Aurier v Zaha
Mauricio Pochettino has switched out at least one of his wing-backs after every Champions League game in order to keep legs fresh in the most physically demanding position on the pitch. This means Serge Aurier should return to the starting line-up for the visit of Crystal Palace and their new split-striker formation.
Wilfried Zaha and Andros Towsend are playing up front in Roy Hodgson's 4-4-2 although against West Ham last weekend they split into very wide positions. It is highly likely Zaha will drift into the left channel in an attempt to isolate Aurier, who is prone to the occasional lapse in concentration.
Buoyed by their superb victory against Real Madrid in midweek Spurs should comfortably win this match, but a rash challenge from Aurier, leading to a yellow card, will make his one-on-one battle with Zaha very interesting. The visitors should be able to score.
Back BTTS at 19/20
Sane v Koscielny
Sunday, 14:15, Live on Sky Sports Premier League
There are numerous reasons why a rampant Manchester City side should beat Arsenal on Sunday, but the key area of the pitch in which Pep Guardiola's team will dominate should be on the Gunners' right. In their 3-4-2-1 shape Arsenal are vulnerable to underlapping runs that look to exploit the space between the outside centre-back and wing-back (the latter is forced to push onto an opponent, which creates a gap on the diagonal between the two defenders), which hands a huge advantage to Leroy Sane.
Arsene Wenger's use of a two-man midfield will allow David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, and Fernandinho to control the game; with Silva and De Bruyne tightly marked by Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey, the Brazilian will be able to push forward and quickly the spread the ball to his left (as he did time and again at West Brom last weekend).
From here, Fabian Delph will cut infield and keep Hector Bellerin occupied, opening up the angle for Sane's out-to-in runs. The German has six goals and five assists this season despite starting just six league games, and is averaging a goal or assist every 53 minutes of Premier League action. It is hard to see how Arsenal can stop him.
Back City to win with a -1 handicap at 13/10
Fabregas v Young
Sunday, 16:30, Live on Sky Sports Premier League
This will no doubt be a low-scoring game with few clear-cut chances. However, Jose Mourinho is likely to open up a bit more than usual, as we saw against Tottenham Hotspur, while Chelsea will look to invite the visitors forward in the hope of counter-attacking. The litany of defensive errors against Roma in midweek also means the defence will nervously step back a few yards, giving United a slight advantage.
In such a compacted game any player with a yard of free space could decide the outcome. As such it is Ashley Young - coming inside from the left to whip crosses into the box from a position Cesc Fabregas should be covering - who could make the difference. Chelsea might be too preoccupied with Marcus Rashford on United's left to successfully man-mark Young, whose instinct to cut onto his favoured right foot will serve him well at Stamford Bridge.
Young attempts 4.7 crosses per match, the second most in the United squad behind Daley Blind, and there will be nobody to close these down should N'Golo Kante fail to recover from his hamstring injury. Fabregas, on the right of midfield, is unlikely to notice Young's movement and react quickly enough. However, Romelu Lukaku's low confidence means few, if any, of these crosses will be converted.
Back under 1.5 goals at 21/10