5 talking points ahead of this weekend’s Premier League games

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Jose Mourinho’s quest to stall Liverpool’s seemingly unstoppable march towards the Premier League title is the highlight of this weekend’s top-flight games.

While the top of the table seems sewn up, the relegation battle is anything but, with a number of clubs casting increasingly anxious glances over their shoulders as others show signs of stirring.

Here the PA news agency picks out five key factors for consideration ahead of some of Saturday’s and Sunday’s games.

Ole and out?

Manchester United v Manchester City – Carabao Cup – Semi Final – First Leg – Old Trafford
Manchester United slipped to another dismal midweek loss (Martin Rickett/PA)

Mourinho faces striking conundrum

Harry Kane File Photo
Harry Kane’s injury has added to Jose Mourinho’s woes (Mark Kerton/PA)

Howe must pull Bournemouth out of the mire

Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe faces one of the biggest challenges of his career (Mark Kerton/PA)

Bruce feeling the heat over flop Joelinton

Joelinton has not impressed in his time on Tyneside (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Arteta ready to learn from the old guard

Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta saw his side past Leeds (John Walton/PA)

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