Mendy v Salah
Liverpool are notoriously good at counter-attacking against fellow top six sides but against Pep Guardiola's Man City their efforts could be cancelled out. Just three goals were scored in their two meetings last season, primarily because their mutual desire to play a narrow, high pressing game creates a compressed and congested pitch. It should be a wild and frantic affair, but one that could see the ball pinball around midfield rather than rhythmically sway from end to end.
Consequently the individual battles between such gung-ho footballers could define the outcome; Benjamin Mendy, whose tendency to over commit to attack should make adjusting to the pace of the Premier League difficult, might be outwitted on City's left by his direct opponent Mohamed Salah.
The Egypt International was outstanding against Arsenal, finding space to drive into thanks not to his speed but his intelligence. He identified the gaps in the Gunners' defence and glided into them expertly, displaying an off-the-ball creativity that will surely find Mendy wanting. A baptism of fire awaits the young Frenchman.
Back Liverpool to win at 3/1
Wenger's disorganised defence v King-led counters
Bournemouth will sit deep and look to punch Arsenal on the counter-attack at the Emirates, just as they did against Manchester City before the international break when Eddie Howe's team held just 30% possession. We can expect the same 5-3-2 formation from the visitors, which should comfortably deny Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil space in their favoured centre-left zone.
And Howe will know exactly how to hurt Arsene Wenger on the break. Arsenal are shambolic defensively, with the huge spaces both between and in front of their three centre-backs (Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka are incapable of closing gaps between the lines) leaving them vulnerable to long ground passes through the middle of the pitch. Harry Arter and Drew Surman will continually spray through balls for forwards Jermain Defoe and Joshua King.
These two have struggled to build a relationship so far, largely because both like to play on the shoulder of the last defender. Though normally problematic, this tendency should be rewarded in London as Arsenal leave themselves exposed to clever runs in behind. It is likely to be another long day for Wenger's side.
Back double chance Bournemouth or draw at 12/5
Rooney v Davies
This fixture tends to be stodgy and low on goalscoring opportunities, and Everton's now consistent use of a 3-4-2-1 formation makes this eventuality even more likely. Tottenham Hotspur's relentless attempts to attack through the middle of the pitch via largely predictable pass-and-move tactics makes them struggle against three-man defences (which clog up the edge of the penalty area), which means Ben Davies's overlapping runs will gradually become more and more significant as the match wares on at 0-0.
Injuries to Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose will increase the pressure on Davies to contribute in the final third, which is good news for the Toffees. Almost entirely as a result of Wayne Rooney's tendency to drift from central attacking midfield into wider areas, an incredible 51% of Everton's attacks have come down the right this season (to put that into context, Swansea City attacked down the right more than any other Premier League side last season, but hit just 42%, while the league median in 2017/18 is currently 37%).
Rooney will once again peel right, this time as a direct consequence of space appearing here as Davies creeps forward. It should create an interesting tussle on that side of the pitch, although ultimately Rooney's lack of pace might stunt Everton's attacks against the league's fittest team. Rooney will, however, force Spurs to be more conservative, leading to a low-scoring draw.
Back the draw at 12/5
Defour's energy v De Boer's possession football
Frank de Boer is currently fitting square pegs into round holes at Crystal Palace, and since the club signed just one player over the summer the Dutchman should not be blamed for their poor start to the season; his possession football simply does not suit the current set of players. Expect another awkward and confused performance from his side this weekend against a tenacious and well-drilled Burnley team ready to pounce on the visitors' weaknesses.
Steven Defour epitomises Burnley's start to the season; understated, under the radar, but quietly superb both on and off the ball. The Belgian tops the Premier League charts for interceptions (4.0 per match) and drives his team forward on the counter, setting the tone for Sean Dyche's aggressive football built on speed, quick long balls, and biting tackles in their own third. Like Huddersfield Town, these tactics should frighten Palace into submission.
Wilfried Zaha's injury means Andros Townsend will again be tasked with playmaking, which should prove disastrous as Burnley sit deep and absorb pressure. Sudden breakaways via Robbie Brady will follow, catching out an uncomfortable three-man defence and leaving the likes of Jason Puncheon to wander aimlessly in midfield as the ball pings over his head. Anything but a home win would be a huge shock.
Back Burnley to win at 13/10