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De Pep v Tuchel, and will Ronaldo play the penalty?  Key stories from this weekend


Here we go with another successful weekend of Premier League action.

From the fight between title hopefuls Chelsea and Man City, to Sunday’s North London derby, renamed “El Crapico” by former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara earlier this week.

Ronaldo was denied a clear penalty in recent win over West Ham

Here are five talking points to focus your attention before kick-off.


Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola face each other again, four months after playing the Champions League final, with Kai Havertz snatching the title from the Blues.

Tuchel has guided Chelsea three of three wins against Guardiola since taking the reins at Stamford Bridge. The Blue’s will be six points ahead of City if they win again.

Tuchel’s revolution shows no signs of slowing down as his side have kept 15 clean sheets in 24 Premier League games – more than any other club since the German took over. Les Bleus could become the first team to win four consecutive games against the Spaniard.

And none of the last 12 Premier League fixtures between Chelsea and Manchester City have been drawn, with Chelsea taking five to seven for City.

But if a team has the sense of attack to break Chelsea, it is Manchester City.

Chelsea vs Manchester City is live on talkSPORT

De Pep v Tuchel, and will Ronaldo play the penalty?  Key stories from this weekend
Chelsea and Man City last faced each other in the Champions League final


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will look to redeem himself against Aston Villa after coming under heavy criticism for the Carabao Cup midweek loss to West Ham.

However, the Manchester United boss could have another pressing issue: the referees.

Ole has been enraged by the referees’ reluctance to give Manchester United at least three penalties in their last two games.

Rio Ferdinand also stepped in and believes the refs are reluctant to kick Cristiano Ronaldo as they don’t want to be seen petting the superstar.

The legendary United defender said: “It’s almost like he’s being treated a certain way because that’s him.

“I can’t give it away because it’s Ronaldo because I’m going to look bad and I flatter him because of his ego, stature and status.”

All eyes on Mike Dean this afternoon.


Tottenham don’t like it in the Emirates. Not at all.

They have won only once in 28 league attempts at rivals north London. And their current form doesn’t suggest they’re going to make it and another win at this level on Sunday afternoon.

Mikel Arteta has stabilized the ship after their evil start and, with the club’s newfound confidence, he will look to remain the best side of North London.

Tottenham are still in limbo, with their fans wondering if their brilliant debut under Nuno Espirito Santo was a myth. Harry Kane has stayed this summer, but he looked well below par.

But on days like these, reputations are won and lost. Now is the time to silence your critics, Nuno.


With four draws and one loss, Southampton’s winless start to the season may well be eligible for a positive rotation.

They deserved huge praise in their last outing – against Manchester City – as they managed to block the defending champions after scoring five goals in the same game in March.

Despite their achievement last week, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side do indeed need a win and Wolves should be their ideal opponents to get three points.

However, Bruno Lage’s side have lost seven of their last eight Premier League games, including four out of five under new boss Lage.

To make things more intense, Wolves sit a place below the Saints in the 16th and without another win they could dive into the relegation zone. Ouch.


The Bees’ impressive eight-point opener puts them comfortably in ninth in the table and if last weekend’s win over Wolverhampton is anything to do with Ivan Toney is poised to become one of the prolific players. of the season.

Toney has the most goals, goal implications, most joint shots and most joint chances created for his club this season and most recently reached his 35th goal for the bees in all competitions.

Not all of the success is due to Toney, his criminal partner Bryan Mbeumo also deserves the credit.

The duo haven’t given their opponents much rest so far and their partnership has been mostly recognized after the success against Wolves as boss, Thomas Frank has compared them to the famous Manchester United pair of Dwight Yorke. and Andy Cole.

Having won the right to face Liverpool for the first time in 74 years, leaders Brentford will pose problems for Jurgen Klopp’s defense. These bees are ready to sting.

De Pep v Tuchel, and will Ronaldo play the penalty?  Key stories from this weekend
Toney has been in driving form for the bees so far this season