5 things to look out for in this weekend's Premier League matches

5 things to look out for in this weekend's Premier League matches

The month of December is here and the Premier League is now on hyper-drive with a bulk of points available in a series of back-to-back games running through the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

And the coming Week 16 fixtures promises pure entertainment across all the venue as the Premier League nears the festive period.

In this report Legit.ng highlights five things to look forward to in the English topflight:

5 things to look out for in this weekend's Premier League action

Willy Boly of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea FC at Molineux on December 5, 2018.

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1. Sarri set for acid test against Manchester City

Maurizio Sarri was handed a shocking 2-1 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers and now welcome table toppers Manchester City to Stamford bridge on Saturday, December 8.

With Tottenham's beating still painfully lingering on the Blues, Sarri will be aware of the need for a mini overhaul of the squad if they hope to remain in the title race.

On the other hand, City continue their relentless dominance in the league and will likely provide a real test for Sarri, who feels his players are slightly too overconfident.

2. To be or not to be? Pogba selection will be headache for Mourinho

Jose Mourinho continues to reconfigure and reassemble his squad that seems as volatile and unpredictable as ever.

Gone are the days when the once feared Red Devils going against the league's bottom club would be ruled as an instant 4-0 or 5-0 on a good day to United.

And with Claudio Ranieri having brought some sort of pizzazz back to Fulham we would not be shocked if they scraped up a point against Mourinho's men.

The Portuguese will be left with the daunting task on deciding if he can trust Pogba at the heart of the midfield.

As far as it goes, Pogba has not had the best of seasons but has shown sparks of brilliance here and there depending on his mood.

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3. Southampton change of manager usher's in new era

Southampton's new manager Ralph Hasenhuttle, who replaced Mark Hughes at the helm faces his first challenge on Saturday when he comes up against Cardiff.

Despite the Austrian bringing a new vibe to the club, it will be no walk in the park with the current squad having flunked under several managers not just Hughes

Defensive lapses and the inability to find a consistent goal scorer may prove a challenge for Hasenhuttle who assured Southampton fans his team would not let them down.

Neil Warnock's men are sure to test the charming Austrian's mettle on Saturday.

4. Marco Silva's reunion with the Hornets should be sweet

Everton will welcome Watford to Goodison Park on Monday, December 9, and the Merseyside squad look increasingly impressive under Silva's tutorship.

Currently in sixth place on the log, the Toffees will be not as concerned over their opponents as Javi-Garcias' men have lost four of their last five games.

Despite the Hornets lacking that lethal sting, playing their former manager might just be what they need to rekindle their winning flame.

5. Leicester are no pushovers and Spurs should tread carefully

With smart summer purchases, Leicester have reinvented themselves and are formidable opponents by any measure.

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Caglar Soyuncu has partnered up well with Harry Mguire at the back and might be a challenge to Harry Kane and company.

Meanwhile, James Maddison is certainly impressing many since joining from Norwich and has been fantastic for the Foxes.

Certainly a weekend of EPL action none would want to miss out on.

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