“So Southampton have three attackers called Armstrong, Adams, and Adam Armstrong,” says Rob Clare. “I hope City’s defenders can tell them apart. Also, how many players with double-barrelled names are you allowed, in one starting XI?”
That’s one for the Knowledge.
High drama at McDiarmid Park, where Celtic snatched victory through a 95th-minute goal from Giorgious Giakoumakis. St Johnstone had already equalised in injury time, deservedly so, but Celtic shattered the home crowd with the latest of winners. They are now five points clear of Rangers, who host third-placed St Mirren this afternoon.
Newcastle are unchanged. It looks like Brentford have switched to a back three.
Newcastle United (4-3-3) Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; S Longstaff, Guimaraes, Willock; Almiron, Wilson, Murphy.
Substitutes: Karius, Lascelles, Lewis, Targett, Fraser, Anderson, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin, Wood.
Brentford (possible 3-5-2) Raya; Ajer, Pinnock, Mee; Hickey, Dasilva, Baptiste, Jensen, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney.
Substitutes: Cox, Zanka, Roerslev, Wissa, Onyeka, Damsgaard, Janelt, Canos, Ghoddos.
Ryan Christie returns to the Bournemouth starting line-up. Patson Daka is preferred up front to Jamie Vardy for Leicester.
Bournemouth (possible 4-2-3-1) Neto; Smith, Mepham, Senesi, Fredericks; Cook, Lerma; Christie, Billing, Tavernier; Solanke.
Substitutes: Travers, Stephens, Stacey, Zemura, Marcondes, Dembele, Lowe, Moore, Anthony.
Leicester (4-1-4-1) Ward; Castagne, Evans, Faes, Justin; Soumare; Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes; Daka.
Substitutes: Iversen, Amartey, Thomas, Albrighton, Praet, Braybrooke, Vardy, Iheanacho, Perez.
Graham Potter makes seven changes from the side that hammered Milan in midweek. Diego Costa starts for Wolves against his old club.
Chelsea (possible 3-4-2-1) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Koulibaly; Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Gallagher, Cucurella; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz.
Substitutes: Mendy, Chilwell, James, Chukwuemeka, Kovacic, Sterling, Ziyech, Aubameyang, Broja.
Wolves (possible 4-2-3-1) Sa; Semedo, Kilman, Toti, Jonny; Nunes, Moutinho; Traore, Podence, Guedes; Costa.
Substitutes: Sarkic, Ait-Nouri, Mosquera, Bueno, Hodge, Ronan, Campbell, Hwang.
Riyad Mahrez gets a rare league start for City, while Rodri returns from injury in midfield. Adam Armstrong starts up front for Southampton.
Manchester City (4-1-2-3) Ederson; Cancelo, Akanji, Dias, Ake; Rodri; De Bruyne, Bernardo; Mahrez, Haaland, Foden.
Substitutes: Ortega Moreno, Gundogan, Laporte, Grealish, Alvarez, Gomez, Palmer, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand.
Southampton (4-2-2-2) Bazunu; Walker-Peters, Bella-Kotchap, Salisu, Perraud; Diallo, Ward-Prowse; S Armstrong, Aribo; A Armstrong, Adams.
Substitutes: McCarthy, Lyanco, Caleta-Car, Larios, Maitland-Niles, Djenepo, Elyounoussi, Walcott, Mara.
Manchester City v Southampton
Here’s Barney Ronay on the remarkable Mr Haaland.
It turns out after all that manic hands-on engagement, the new tactical forms, that this is the way to do it: a great pounding goal-fist up front and Guardiola reduced from the hands and the brain of his team to the managerial equivalent of hovering near the self‑checkout tills in case anyone needs a bag.
Chelsea v Wolves
Thiago Silva, who turned 38 last month, has looked as good as ever for Chelsea this season. Unsurprisingly, Graham Potter is a fan of Silva both as a player and a person.
The Pakistan cricket team are the most interesting in the history of sport. They regularly provide euphoric highs and soul-crushing lows – and that’s just for the neutrals. When the mood takes them, Pakistan are utterly, joyously irresistible. Their most famous victories are often attributed to haal, a state of being in which, put simply, an entire team is in zone. If haal is ephemeral and collective, then Haaland is the exact opposite, an individual variation on the idiom about death and taxes.
Erling Haaland will probably score his 20th goal of the season at the Etihad this afternoon, and maybe his 22nd. Manchester City v Southampton is one of four 3pm games in the Premier League games. Chelsea, so impressive in beating Milan on Wednesday, host managerless Wolves. Bournemouth, who have quietly had a decent start to the season, play Leicester; and draw specialists Newcastle and Brentford meet at St James’ Park.
There’s also a full EFL programme and the usual games around Europe. We’ll have team news at around 2pm.