Premier League questions: Guardiola v Conte - who will win?
By Lewis Jones
Last Updated: 03/12/16 6:53pm
There are tantalising fixtures wherever you look this weekend in the Premier League, including Manchester City's clash with Chelsea.
That massive encounter kicks off the action on Saturday lunchtime, live on Sky Sports 1 HD, and the following day, Liverpool travel to Bournemouth and Everton host Manchester United - both of which are also live on Sky Sports.
The weekend comes to a conclusion when Middlesbrough take on Hull on Monday Night Football.
It is set to be another busy three days of top-flight football so we look at the pressing questions ahead of those 10 matches…
Who will win the tactical battle in the dugout? (Man City v Chelsea - Saturday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 11.30am)
This could turn into a game of chess on the touchline with tactical gurus Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte taking each other on for the first time in the Premier League.
The two coaches both moved to England this summer, but it is Conte who is winning the battle for supremacy. Since switching to a 3-4-3 system, the Italian has taken Chelsea to the top of the Premier League table after a run of seven wins in a row, during which they have conceded just one goal.
Meanwhile, Guardiola has tinkered between formations - winning just three of their last seven league games - but they sit just one point behind the Blues.
Can Klopp close in further on Rodgers' record? (Bournemouth v Liverpool - Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 12.30pm)
Liverpool have won eight and lost none of their past 11 Premier League matches meaning this is their longest unbeaten run under Jurgen Klopp and longest such streak since going 13 without defeat under Brendan Rodgers in 2015.
That run almost took Liverpool to a Premier League title and the longer they sustain this successful spell, the more the Anfield faithful will start to believe that this could be their year.
Klopp's men will fancy their chances against a Bournemouth team that since beating Hull 6-1 have scored just three goals in five games.
Will Goodison Park remain a happy hunting ground for United? (Everton v Manchester United - Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 3.30pm)
History suggests there is no better away ground for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United to be heading to this weekend.
United have won at Goodison Park on 15 occasions in the Premier League; at no other away venue have they won more often in the competition's history.
However, this is United's worst start to a Premier League season after 13 games, collecting just 20 points but Everton are struggling for results too, winning just one of their last nine matches.
Will Boro get their first penalty of the season? (Middlesbrough v Hull City - Monday Night Football, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7pm)
Middlesbrough remain the only Premier League team this season not to have been awarded a penalty, but this could be their weekend.
Referee Mike Dean has awarded more penalties (nine) this season than any other Premier League referee while no team has conceded more spot-kicks (six) than Hull.
Can Alan Pardew stop the rot at Palace? (Crystal Palace v Southampton - Saturday, 3.00pm)
After the incredible 5-4 defeat at Swansea, Alan Pardew has now lost his last six Premier League matches and Crystal Palace are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
This bad run stretches much further back than just six games though. Palace have lost the most Premier League games (20) this calendar year. In fact, Palace have the worst average points per game record of any side in English football since the start of 2016 (0.69).
Former Saints manager Pardew has a miserable record against his former club too, losing four of his last five meetings.
Will Burnley freeze on the road again? (Stoke v Burnley - Saturday, 3.00pm)
If Burnley are to keep their heads above relegation trouble this season then their away form must improve.
They have the worst away record in the Premier League this season, picking up just one point from their five games and scoring just one goal.
If you dig a little further back it gets worse for the Clarets as they have scored just five goals in their last 14 Premier League matches on the road and never more than once in a game in this run.
Is this the fixture that kick-starts Leicester's Premier League season? (Sunderland v Leicester - Saturday, 3.00pm)
Leicester City were the away day kings last season as they won 11 of their 19 matches on their way to an incredible Premier League title victory.
However, things have been tougher this season for Claudio Ranieri's men to the extent that they've not even been leading away from home at any point this season in the Premier League let alone won an away match.
Sunderland are bottom of the Premier League and have won just one of their five home games this season.
Can Swansea end a 25-year barren run against Spurs? (Tottenham v Swansea - Saturday, 3.00pm)
Tottenham have not lost against Swansea in any competition since September 1991 - a 1-0 defeat in the League Cup.
Since that defeat, Spurs have won nine and drawn two of their last 11 meetings.
Furthermore, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has never lost a Premier League game against Swansea, winning five and drawing two.
However, despite never beating Spurs in the league following their promotion to the Premier League in 2011, the Swans have scored at least once in eight of their 10 meetings.
Can Watford stop a rampant Matt Phillips? (West Bromwich Albion v Watford - Saturday, 3.00pm)
"All he needs to do is believe in himself and he can become a top Premier League player," ex Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway said about his former player Matt Phillips, whose form has hit unprecedented levels in the last month.
Phillips has had a hand in five goals in his last three Premier League appearances for West Brom, meaning he now has more Premier League assists (four) this season than any Baggies player managed in the whole of last season.
Can Arsenal continue their strong Premier League form? (West Ham United v Arsenal - Saturday, 5.30pm)
It's not quite "Invincibles" territory but Arsenal are racking up an impressive run of form in the league. They have lost just one of their last 23 Premier League matches.
Despite not being at their best in their last two league matches against Manchester United and Bournemouth, the Gunners have closed the gap to Chelsea at the top to just three points.