Pochettino’s toughest test and a big time for Barkley

Gab Marcotti and Natalie Sawyer are joined by Matt Dickinson and James Gheerbrant as the Premier League returns from the international break with a vengeance.

Unbeaten Chelsea host Manchester United as Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge. Are Sarri’s side title contenders? Does Paul Pogba need a less rigid attacking system? Plus Gab has serious sympathy for Mourinho when it comes to his latest punishment from the FA.


It was a stunning week for England but will Ross Barkley and Harry Winks continue to get enough minutes at club level? And exactly how many minutes do they even need to be in the England squad?

And with Tottenham facing a tough set of fixtures without Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen – and with Mousa Dembele’s form seemingly nosediving – can Mauricio Pochettino add to his growing reputation in the next couple of months?

Charlie Scott and Paddy von Behr provide their advice ahead of the fantasy football weekend. For free Fantasy Premier League tips from The Sweeper, visit thetimes.co.uk/fantasyfootball 

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