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“Dyche in shirtsleeves … in the snow,” emails Tony Barr. “He should get the three points purely for that piece of unconscious self-parody. Where’s a topless Magpies fan when you need one?
Kieran Tierney must be gutted to have missed it. No doubt he’s in his front garden, sunbathing.
Pep Guardiola makes three changes to the side that beat Everton last Sunday: John Stones, Cole Palmer and the injured Phil Foden miss out, replaced by Ruben Dias, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus.
David Moyes, meanwhile, makes just one change to his extremely settled XI and it’s a defensive one: Jarrod Bowen, an attacker, is replaced by Arthur Masuaku, a defender.
At Leicester, Jonny Evans is fit enough to start, while Daniel Amartey loses his spot to Luke Thomas. In midfield, Marc Albrighton drops out with James Maddison coming in, while the front three of Ademola Lookman, Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes is the same as last week. Vardy was rested for the Europa League win over Legia Warsaw, and Patson Daka was again impressive in his stead – I don’t think Brendan Rodgers can be leaving him out for much longer.
As for Watford, Ben Foster, Ismaila Sarr and Nicolas Nkoulou are absent injured, so Daniel Bachmann, William Ekong and Cucho Hernandez replace them. , so Daniel
Er, it seems like Burnley v Spurs is in jeopardy on account of the quantity of snow that’s falling in Lancashire. I don’t know I really don’t, just get out the orange Adidas Tango and don’t be soft.
Following the shame of a 3-3 draw at Newcastle, Brentford make two changes: Saman Ghoddos and Mads Roerslev are left out, with Charlie Goode and Frank Onyeka replacing them. Yoane Wissa, meanwhile, has recovered from an ankle problem and takes his place on the bench.
As for Everton, Allan is fit while Abdoulaye Doucouré returns, big news for them – he replaces Fabian Delph – while Alex Iwobi is in for Demarai Gray and Salomon Rondon replaces the suspended Richarlison.
Let’s have some teams…
Brentford: Fernandez, Henry, Goode, Pinnock, Jansson, Onyeka, Norgaard, Janelt, Canos, Mbeumo, Toney. Subs: Cox, Thompson, Jensen, Forss, Wissa, Ghoddos, Baptiste, Sorensen, Roerslev.
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Digne, Keane, Godfrey, Allan, Doucoure, Iwobi, Gordon, Townsend, Rondon. Subs: Begovic, Kenny, Delph, Gray, Tosun, Gbamin, Branthwaite, Simms, Dobbin.
Leicester City: Schmeichel, Castagne, Evans, Soyuncu, Thomas, Ndidi, Soumare, Barnes, Maddison, Lookman, Vardy. Subs: Ward, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Perez, Amartey, Choudhury, Dewsbury-Hall, Vestergaard, Daka.
Watford: Bachmann, Femenia, Cathcart, Ekong, Masina, Louza, Sissoko, Cleverley, Dennis, King, Hernandez. Subs: Elliot, Ngakia, Rose, Pedro, Gosling, Fletcher, Tufan, Kabasele, Morris.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling. Subs: Steffen, Carson, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Palmer, McAtee.
West Ham United: Fabianski, Johnson, Zouma, Dawson, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Fornals, Masuaku, Benrahma, Antonio. Subs: Areola, Coufal, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Vlasic, Noble, Bowen, Diop, Kral.
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Manchester City are a peculiar construction. Watching them play Paris off the pitch on Wednesday night, it was hard not to think that they’re the best team in Europe. And yet, watching them play Paris off the pitch on Wednesday night, it was also hard not to see why their own league is topped by a more solid and ruthless side, and why they’ve still to win the Champions League: ultimately, their defence is still suspect and they now lack a reliable goalscorer.
Nevertheless, if they play like that this afternoon, West Ham are in trouble … and yet it’s not impossible to visualise a scenario in which they limit chances, survive a few missed sitters, and catch their hosts on the counter. Which is to say this is an intriguing fixture, and the one on which we’ll principally be focused.
There are, though, three other encounters well worth a look-in. Without a win in six, Everton badly a result at Brentford who, after a decent start to Premier-League life, have lost four in a row. Similarly, Spurs have so far been poor under Antonio Conte, though he willpowered them to a comeback win last weekend, and must rebound from their hilarious disastrous loss to Mura – they could have hoped for an easier sop that Burnley away – while the Claudio Ranieri derby at the KP is another goodun.
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