Premier League questions: Will Spurs stop Manchester City?
By Oliver Young-Myles
Last Updated: 16/12/17 8:55am
Will Spurs halt Manchester City's run at the Etihad? Will Alan Pardew secure a first West Brom win against Manchester United? We take a look at this weekend's Premier League questions.
On Saturday, there will be seven Premier League games in total, including Leicester v Crystal Palace, live on Sky Sports Premier League and the top-of-the-table clash between Manchester City and Tottenham.
There is also a Nissan Super Sunday double-header, with West Brom v Manchester United at 2.15pm before Bournemouth host Liverpool at 4.30pm, all live on Sky Sports Premier League.
The weekend's action is rounded off on Monday Night Football when Everton take on Swansea City at Goodison Park.
Will Leicester maintain their unbeaten run against in-form Palace? (Leicester City v Crystal Palace, Live on Sky Sports Premier League on Saturday from 11.30pm)
Saturday's early kick-off sees two of the Premier League's most in-form sides go head to head as Leicester City entertain Crystal Palace at the King Power.
Leicester have enjoyed a good run of results against their upcoming opponents, winning three and drawing one of the previous four league matches between the clubs.
However, Crystal Palace have been a side rejuvenated under Roy Hodgson and if they avoid defeat they will go unbeaten in seven top-flight fixtures for the first time since 1990.
Will Newcastle end their losing streak at the Emirates? (Arsenal v Newcastle, Saturday, 3pm)
Newcastle have been in freefall recently, picking up just one point from their last eight Premier League matches and their tricky run continues this weekend when they face Arsenal.
The Magpies have a poor recent record against Arsenal, losing their last nine Premier League matches against them including five in a row at the Emirates.
Rafa Benitez's side are now just one point above the relegation zone and he will be hoping that his players can spring a surprise in north London on Saturday.
Will West Ham end their Stoke City hoodoo this weekend? (Stoke v West Ham, Saturday, 3pm)
West Ham will be bidding to end a run of eight games without a win against Stoke City when they travel to the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.
Since Mark Hughes was appointed Stoke manager in 2013, he has overseen three victories and five draws against the Hammers, although five of the last six games have ended in a stalemate.
David Moyes' appointment has coincided with an upturn in West Ham's overall performances but their 1-0 win over Chelsea last weekend is the Scot's sole victory from six games.
Will Willian maintain his good form against Southampton? (Chelsea v Southampton, Saturday, 3pm)
Willian has been unable to hold down a regular place in the Chelsea starting XI since Antonio Conte took charge last summer but he has made it increasingly difficult for his manager to leave him out recently.
The Brazilian was the architect of Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Huddersfield on Tuesday night, scoring once and providing two assists and he has been directly involved in six goals from his last four starts in all competitions.
Following his outstanding performance in midweek, Willian will be hoping to keep his place in the team against Southampton, who have won only four games in the Premier League this season.
Will Burnley win by a single-goal margin again? (Brighton v Burnley, Saturday, 3pm)
Burnley's 1-0 victory over Stoke on Tuesday momentarily lifted Sean Dyche's side into fourth in the Premier League table and that result has become a typical one for the Clarets this season.
Of Burnley's nine Premier League victories this season, six have been by a 1-0 scoreline, while they have won by a single goal margin in 22 of their 27 top-flight wins under Dyche.
The two teams certainly come into the game in contrasting form as Burnley have won six of their last eight matches while Brighton are winless in their previous five and Chris Hughton has his work cut out to secure a positive result at Turf Moor.
Will Watford maintain their unbeaten record against newly-promoted sides? (Watford v Huddersfield, Saturday, 3pm)
Since the start of last season, Watford have enjoyed a strong record against newly-promoted teams, winning three and drawing four of their seven games.
The Hornets have conceded just one goal from those seven games, keeping six clean sheets in the process.
Huddersfield will be hoping to turn that record around following their midweek defeat to Chelsea and might take some comfort from the fact that Watford have dropped 13 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season.
Will Spurs be the team to end Manchester City's record-breaking winning run? (Manchester City v Tottenham, Saturday, 5.30pm)
Manchester City have made Premier League history by winning 15 matches in a row while Pep Guardiola is closing in on his record of 19 league victories in a row which he achieved with Bayern Munich in the 2013-14 season.
Spurs are up next for the table toppers and although they have struggled in away matches against the Premier League's 'top six' recently, Mauricio Pochettino's side have won three and drawn one of the last four top-flight fixtures between the two clubs.
The visitors will be looking to Harry Kane to provide some inspiration on the road once more as he has struck seven goals in seven away games in the Premier League this season.
Will West Brom end their goalless run under Alan Pardew? (West Brom v Manchester United, Nissan Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 1.30pm)
Alan Pardew has made a reasonable start at West Brom, collecting two points from his opening three matches in charge of the club but he is still yet to see his side score a goal.
Following 0-0 draws against Crystal Palace and Liverpool as well as a 1-0 defeat to Swansea, West Brom are the only Premier League side yet to score a goal in December, despite having 33 attempts on goal in total.
Their wait for a league goal could well continue judging by the quality of the goalkeeper they face this weekend. Since the start of last season, no goalkeeper in Europe's top five leagues has kept more clean sheets (24) than David de Gea.
Will Jurgen Klopp continue his rotation policy for Liverpool's trip to Bournemouth? (Bournemouth v Liverpool, Nissan Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4.15pm)
With the added burden of Champions League football this season, Jurgen Klopp has regularly taken the opportunity to rotate his team in the Premier League making 65 changes in total.
Incredibly, that is 23 more than any other team in the division and is already higher than the total number of changes he made last term (54) but following two successive draws at Anfield will he decide to stick or twist?
Their opponents this weekend Bournemouth have struggled against Liverpool historically but did beat them in the same fixture last season, overturning a 3-2 deficit to win 4-3 thanks to Nathan Ake's injury-time winner.
Will Everton's good form under Sam Allardyce continue against struggling Swansea? (Everton v Swansea, Monday Night Football, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7pm)
Following a disappointing start to the season, Everton have shown signs of life since Sam Allardyce's arrival, winning three and drawing once in their last four matches in all competitions since he was appointed last month.
Including Everton's 4-0 win over West Ham in David Unsworth's final game as interim manager, the Toffees have collected10 points from their previous four Premier League games which is one more than they managed in their previous 12.
They host relegation-threatened Swansea City on Monday Night Football and their visitors have not travelled well recently, losing more away games (18) than any other club in the top flight since the start of last season.