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Good afternoon. While we work out whether José Mourinho should start estimating his minibar bill at the Lowry Hotel or can start ordering the special Christmas dinner package, the rest of the day is worthy of even heavier consideration than Harry Redknapp going into the jungle with Dec.
It’s a European week ahead so that means Saturday takes the strain with six matches kicking off at 3pm. Manchester City will welcome back Kevin de Bruyne at some point in their home match with Burnley. West Ham lost 3-2 to Tottenham last season at the London but might fancy their chances against a patched-up Spurs. Chris Hughton returns to Newcastle with Brighton where Mike Ashley has the purse strings just as tight as back in the days of “Clipboard Chris”, who departed Tyneside as a hero. Fulham travel to Cardiff, and this has to guarantee goals as neither team appears capable of keeping them out. There have been rumours of Slavisa Jokanovic being close to the edge at Fulham; now that Shahid Khan is not buying Wembley, his attentions are no longer so diverted. Wolves’s home game with Watford is a pairing of two teams who have both made decent starts to the campaign. Bournemouth face Southampton in a South Coast derby in which the smaller club is much more in the ascendancy. I once attended a Bournemouth game where a Craig David record was booed because he’s a Saints fan.