Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

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fairly easy
A finely poised North London derby, a meeting of midfield maestros and Mike Dean refereeing Cristiano Ronaldo
1) Pep's got to know when to hold 'em

Thomas Tuchel has masterminded three wins out of three against Pep Guardiola since his arrival in England. Another at Stamford Bridge on Saturday will give Chelsea a six-point cushion over the reigning champions after as many Premier League games. Guardiola was roundly criticised following City's Champions League final defeat for not picking a holding midfielder, despite having lost the FA Cup semi-final between the two sides with both Rodri and Fernandinho in his starting lineup, then a subsequent Premier League match with just the Spaniard shielding his defence. In a fixture where it seems Guardiola can't seem to do right for doing wrong in terms of team selection, we can only ponder if and how he might "overthink" his tactics for this crunch game. BG

Chelsea v Manchester City, Saturday 12.30pm (all times BST)

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2) Bees' strike duo to sting Liverpool

Brentford prepare for their first meeting with one of the Premier League's elite and, having put plenty of credit in the bank with eight points from five games, they have earned the right to a proper go at Liverpool. Entertainment seems guaranteed and both defences will be gainfully occupied. Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah have begun this season with purpose, even by their high standards. With 24 and 22 attempts at goal respectively, the pair have comfortably outshot anyone else in the division and scored seven between them. Although Brentford's Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbuemo have not let fly as often, they will present a handful themselves. The Bees' frontmen have not allowed opponents much rest so far and after they combined to down Wolves last week, Thomas Frank felt moved to compare them with Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole. That particular combination gave Liverpool plenty…
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