Adrian Clarke picks out three key battles between players and teams going head-to-head in Matchweek 29.
West Ham United versus Southampton on Sunday is a huge relegation six-pointer that will be heavily influenced by an intriguing midfield duel between England team-mates at London Stadium.
Respective captains Rice and Ward-Prowse are talismanic figures for their clubs.
Not only are they among the best box-to-box players in the division, they are also the only two Premier League midfielders who have featured for every single minute of the season so far, out of those who have played a minimum of 26 matches.
In possession, Rice and Ward-Prowse are both dominant figures who want to get on the ball as often as possible.
The West Ham captain will attempt a greater number of longer passes, while his Saints counterpart is inclined to drift wide and cross the ball whenever opportunities arise.
Other than those clear differences, they are very similar in the way they try to build attacks.
Each wants to get the ball forward into the final third and, given that neither plays for a possession-heavy side, it is impressive that they both make the top five in this department.
In open play, they are similarly creative, with Rice making 26 key passes and Ward-Prowse 27.
|Passes into final third||Poss. won middle third|
Rice, 24, is the stronger defensive player but Ward-Prowse never shirks that side of his game.
In fact, he ranks sixth among Premier League midfielders for possession regains inside the middle third, with Rice second.
This high-stakes duel in east London promises to be a fascinating watch.
Leaders Arsenal welcome Leeds United in a match that promises to be played at a fast and frenetic pace.
While Leeds are adjusting to a slightly less high-octane style of play compared to how they worked under previous head coach Jesse Marsch, they remain one of the fittest, most hardworking teams in the division.
No team covers more ground than Leeds, who average 112.2km per match and also rank second-highest for sprints, with 151.9 per 90.
Arsenal should be able to cope with that intensity, though, as they run 110.6km a match, the fourth-highest tally in the league.
|High turnovers||Poss. won final third|
|Man City||273||Man City||166|
When it comes to winning the ball back in advanced areas, Arsenal and Leeds are very much among the best in the division.
The Gunners lead the way for high turnovers and possession won inside the final third, while their opponents are also incredibly strong in those areas.
Both teams are determined to make life difficult for opponents, restricting the number of passes they string together.
The passes per defensive action (PPDA) metric is a wonderful gauge of this and it is no surprise that Arsenal and Leeds feature prominently on that list.
They allow their opponents the fewest number of successive passes.
This encounter will see two sides fully committed to producing maximum effort, on and off the ball.
Two of the smartest tactical minds in the Premier League will meet on Saturday, when Brighton & Hove Albion host Brentford.
It was no easy task taking over from Graham Potter but De Zerbi has overseen a seamless transition that has allowed Brighton to make improvements, particularly in attack.
De Zerbi did oversee a 2-0 loss away to Brentford in October but since then they have been one of the form teams in the division.
Across the last 12 matches, the only sides to have accrued more points than either of these clubs are the current top three.
Both head coaches are tactically adaptable and possess strong game management.
It is no coincidence Brentford have won 10 and drawn three of the 13 matches in which they have scored first. Meanwhile, Brighton have taken the lead in 16 matches and lost only once.
This match will be a style clash of sorts.
While Brighton are a patient possession-based team that like to control matches, Brentford are more direct and focus a lot of attention on scoring from set-pieces.
|Goals scored 0-15 mins||Goals scored 76-90 mins|
|Aston Villa||10||Man Utd||11|
Victory for either side will provide hope that they can qualify for European football next season.
Brighton might be the team who start faster. They have scored the joint-most goals and have the best goal difference in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season.
But Brentford are one of the strongest finishers, with no other side having scored more than their tally of 11 from the 76th minute onwards.
There is a lot to like about Brighton and Brentford this term, so De Zerbi v Frank will be a fascinating duel.
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