Bournemouth v Leicester
Can Bournemouth rely on Ibe? The Cherries are as they’ve always been under Eddie Howe; a pleasant-to-watch, technically-sound but defensively suspect outfit. There are lots to admire about the way they play the game, however they are urgently missing an x-factor to provide creativity and penetration and do something out of the ordinary in tightly-fought games. Jordon Ibe is exactly that sort of footballer but, by his own admission, has struggled since arriving on the south coast. There have been signs of life in recent games, though, and with Leicester defensively weak, this is an ideal stage for him to shine.
Team news: Harry Arter (Achilles) is missing for the hosts; The Foxes are without Robert Huth (ankle).
West Brom v Watford
Why are Watford so good away from home? The Hornets have quickly moved from pre-season relegation candidates to safe mid-table occupants, maybe even better, under Marco Silva. A quick glance at the table also reveals Watford possess a 100 per cent record away from home along with Spurs, Chelsea and Man City. Granted they’ve only beaten Southampton, Bournemouth and Swansea but Silva has his team playing a high, energetic, pressing game, catching opponents in their comfort zone at home while utilising the pace of Richarlison up front. Silva will be expecting more of the same today. Team news: Nacer Chadli (thigh) won’t be 100 per cent fit until after the international break.
West Ham v Swansea
Will Clement get his selection right this week? Swans boss Paul Clement held his hands up for last week’s 2-1 home defeat against Watford, claiming the 11 he put on the field from the start of the match was all wrong. Tellingly, the three players left out, who were then introduced in the second-half, Tammy Abraham, Roque Mesa and Renato Sanches (r) were all new signings and the Swans’ impressive work in the transfer market hasn’t bore fruit on the pitch yet. The new players need time to adapt but Clement also requires points so needs to strike the right blend. Team news: Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio are in the West Ham squad after recovering from injury; Leon Britton is in contention for the Swans following a knee injury.
Stoke v Southampton
Who can cure the Saints’ scoring blues? Southampton’s goalscoring problems continue and may be even worse than ever. Just one goal in their five games in all competitions is shocking but the problem isn’t one of creation as they rank sixth in terms of shots per game (14.2), 11th in shots on target (4.2) and sixth in changes created (11.3). Clearly, Saints’ strikers are leaving their shooting boots on the training pitch. Shane Long is likely to lead the line today and there is considerable pressure on the Irishman to deliver. Team
news: The good news for Saints is Stoke could be without centrebacks: Bruno Martins Indi (groin), Ryan Shawcross (back), Geoff Cameron and Kevin Wimmer (both hamstring).