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Premier League matchweek 7: Staff picks and predictions

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Tobias Pedroso | 30 Setiembre, 2017, 18:38

Conte, who could hand Hazard his first league start in the home game against Manchester City on Saturday, said the 26-year-old had a big chance to reiterate his importance to the team. The Brazil defender will complete his three-match suspension for his dismissal against Arsenal, so Antonio Rudiger or Andreas Christensen can be expected to start.

There are lots of positives for the champions though and the form of Alvaro Morata especially will bring smiles the faces of the Chelsea fans. "At his previous clubs he didn't play regularly but now he has the responsibility and pressure and he's responding well".

Pep Guardiola's second season in charge of Man City is going rather swimmingly: his side sit top of the Premier League table after six games, they are also top of their Champions League group with two wins from two and have yet to concede a goal. Atleti and Man City are completely different teams and this will provide another interesting tactical battle for Conte. Team captain Vincent Kompany, who last represented his side in late August, is doubtful; even if he recovers in time, Guardiola won't risk playing him in a match of this magnitude. Pedro is also understood to be nursing an injury but he did make the bench against Atletico Madrid. The under on the 2.0 total is at even-money, indicating belief this might be a 1-0 game either way.

"He's the only player in my mind when it comes to the first goalscorer market - and I fancy United to get loads againsrt Crystal Palace".

It will also be instructive to see how Guardiola reacts to the injuries suffered by Agüero and Benjamin Mendy.

The story has been broken by The Guardian, who report that Premier League Chairman Richard Scudamore presented a proposal to the 14 clubs on behalf of the six attempting to move the goalposts. This season looks to be no different.

"Of course the club is working in those terms, but we'll see".

For City, this is an opportunity to truly lay down a marker. Both teams are in terrific form and we should expect a great encounter and at least a couple of goals from this fixture.

Chelsea have only won one of their three Premier League home games this season.

Ilkay Gundogan says Manchester City are ready to showcase their title credentials when they visit Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea this weekend.

Eden Hazard scored three times in the two league meetings between these sides last season. It was a season defining moment for both sides but Conte will not have forgotten how much Chelsea rode their luck that day.

The former Sunderland manager is now assistant at Ireland for Martin O'Neil and a pundit for ITV.