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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).

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