Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

11 January 2019 12:01
Liverpool have a defensive dilemma, Spurs could struggle in midfield against Paul Pogba and United, while Rafael Benítez is unlikely to go on the attack at Stamford BridgeMousa Dembélé’s impending move to Beijing Guoan is a reminder of Tottenham’s lack of depth in important areas. The Belgian midfielder was once a mandatory pick for Mauricio Pochettino but injuries have caught up with him and he has featured in only 10 league games this season. Dembélé’s decline has been a blow for Pochettino and Tottenham’s manager has also had to deal with injuries to Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama, forcing him to ask a lot from Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko in the past month. Sissoko and Winks have responded by forming an effective partnership in central midfield, enabling Tottenham to force their way into the title race, but they looked tired against Chelsea on Tuesday. Manchester United, who visit Wembley on Sunday, will spy a weakness to exploit given that Pochettino’s only alternative in recent weeks has been the inexperienced Oliver Skipp. Paul Pogba is probably licking his lips at the thought of stamping his authority all over midfield – assuming, of course, the United showman’s resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjær is the real deal. JS Related: VAR gnashing, transfer splashing and Cup thrashing – Football Weekly Extra Related: Mauricio Pochettino should reject United and make history at Spurs Continue readingreadfullarticle

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