Sparkling Mo Salah returns Liverpool to the top

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Here, we look at the talking points ahead of the encounter. N'Golo Kante and David Luiz scored in that 2-0 win where Maurizio Sarri outwitted Pep Guardiola with a tactical masterpiece.

"There are moments when the other team-mates are in better conditions than them".

Merson told Sky Skports: "I think City will win this as I just do not see how Chelsea defensively can keep them quiet on their ground and the way they pass and move it".

However, while Sarri is an idealist, obsessed with perfecting a specific system, Guardiola is nothing if not innovative.

And after Mane broke the deadlock midway through the first half to relieve any lasting tension around Anfield, Liverpool settled back into the stride that saw them win nine Premier League games in a row through November and December.

According to him, Unai Emery's Arsenal will defeat Huddersfield Town 2-0 on Saturday evening in the Premier League fixture. Chelsea's formation and tactics under Sarri have been predictable - a 4-3-3 line-up, focused on possession - but the results and performances have been anything but. The only question marks have been over his team selection as he tried to choose between Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud up front, sometimes opting for neither and playing Eden Hazard there instead. In that match we defender very well as they only had three opportunities on goal, no more. "I'm not buying that at all", the City manager said. That handed Everton a third straight league loss and subjected Silva to a chorus of taunting chants on his first return to Watford since he was sacked by the club previous year after being approached by Everton.

Chelsea's worst performances this season have generally coincided with opponents successfully nullifying Jorginho, usually by detailing a player to man-mark him and limiting his influence from the base of midfield. Hopefully he can continue doing it.

"I hope we don't need too much money in the next years to be honest because if you have the right players in, you work with them and make the best of it". There will be goals in the game, but it will be another three points for United.

Meanwhile, another City goalscoring milestone beckons for Aguero.

The rest was academic as the Egypt worldwide dispatched his 17th league goal of the season with a low finish. With Chelsea historically having proved a thorn in City's side, Sunday's clash will be by no means a walkover for the reigning champions. After stumbling during the festive period, the Manchester outfit have recovered and have the bit between their teeth now.

"You know very well that the midfield of Manchester City is one of the best in the world. I think they are an example to every club".

However, Guardiola will be haunted by his past meetings with the west London club.

"Chelsea is an exceptional team with seven days to prepare that game".

On-loan Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi came on for the last eight minutes of Palace's win over Fulham and could make his first start tomorrow.

Tomorrow, the game of the weekend takes center stage when Manchester City battle Chelsea.

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