Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Brentford’s identity v Man Utd’s muddle, Kanté could be key for Chelsea and Tielemans can send Arsenal a message

Thomas Tuchel did not hold back with his praise for N’Golo Kanté at the end of last season. “He is our Mo Salah, our Van Dijk, our De Bruyne,” Chelsea’s manager said. “He is Neymar, our Kylian Mbappé – he makes a difference.” Then came the caveat. For Tuchel, the frustration was how often Kanté found himself in the treatment room. The France midfielder has struggled with minor knocks since 2019, and there have been times when he has lacked the dynamism of old. That said, there is still nothing quite like watching Kanté when he is in peak condition. Few midfielders can live with the 31-year-old when he is in the mood and he will be key to Chelsea’s chances of victory when they host Tottenham on Sunday. Spurs will start as slight favourites, but the balance of power could tip back in Chelsea’s favour if Kanté overpowers Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. JS

Chelsea v Tottenham, Sunday 4.30pm (all times BST)

Brighton v Newcastle United, Saturday 3pm

Aston Villa v Everton, Saturday 12.30pm

Brentford v Manchester United, Saturday 5.30pm

Manchester City v Bournemouth, Saturday 3pm

Southampton v Leeds United, Saturday 3pm

Arsenal v Leicester City, Saturday 3pm

Nottingham Forest v West Ham, Sunday 2pm

Wolves v Fulham, Saturday 3pm

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