Liverpool’s midfield are due for another test, Chelsea have a hole to fill and could Saints spring a surprise over Arsenal?

It is easy to see why Chelsea were interested in finding cover at right wing-back last summer. Reece James’s knee injury has given Graham Potter a conundrum to solve before his team host Manchester United on Saturday. There is no ready-made alternative to the England international. The experiment of using Raheem Sterling as James’s stand-in was swiftly aborted during Chelsea’s win over Villa last weekend and C├ęsar Azpilicueta does not have the legs to charge up and down the right flank against top opposition. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a likelier candidate. The midfielder did well as a wing-back for Thomas Tuchel and has filled in there for Potter. However Loftus-Cheek is not a defender – he had some uncomfortable moments against Brentford in midweek – and his delivery is not as incisive as James. United should look to target that flank. Jacob Steinberg

Chelsea v Manchester United, Saturday 5.30pm (all times BST)

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United, Sunday 4.30pm

Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion, Saturday 3pm

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