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Talking points: Kane replacement; Mount recall; Partey hopes and more

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here is plenty to discuss ahead of the latest packed weekend of Premier League action.

Here, Standard Sport’s team of football writers assess the major top-flight talking points…

West Ham have chance to make statement

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West Ham can make it seven wins from seven in January when they host champions Liverpool on Sunday.

Arsenal will hope Partey is fit and firing

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Arsenal have other options, but no one else in the squad is capable of recreating what the Ghanaian did at Old Trafford. Simon Collings

Fulham face West Brom in crunch relegation clash

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West Brom shipped five goals at home to Manchester City on Tuesday and Sam Allardyce said he was “shocked” by what he called an “upsetting” performance. The Baggies are there for the taking and, while Parker is saying publicly it will not define their season, he will know this a huge game for Fulham in their fight to stay up. Giuseppe Muro

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Mount added penetration and energy that was lacking for all of Chelsea’s total domination of the ball.

Tuchel will have learned it takes a lot more than possession to win in the Premier League – particularly against opposition so lacking in ambition as Wolves.

Don’t expect Burnley to provide any more attacking intent, so Tuchel must find another way through – and few are better at breaking the lines than Mount. James Robson

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When Harry Kane was last injured, Jose Mourinho could not have made his desire for a new back-up striker plainer. Now he has one in on-loan Carlos Vinicius, there is no guarantee he will start Sunday’s visit to Brighton, having played just 25 minutes in the League this season.


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