Premier League Saturday Preview - The Gambling Times

Premier League Saturday Preview

With the top-two not in action on Saturday, Liverpool have the chance move to second in the Premier League with three points.

Jurgen Klopp’s side, who enjoyed a spell in second last week, have the opportunity to go above Manchester United again as they host Newcastle in the late kick-off.

Fourth-place Tottenham can move to within a point of United, as they host Huddersfield at Wembley.

Burnley are looking to maintain their grip on seventh as they welcome Everton to Turf Moor. If Burnley don’t win then Leicester could take advantage as they host Bournemouth at the King Power – victory for The Cherries would take them into the top-half of the table.

At the wrong end of the table and bottom placed West Bromwich Albion are looking to end their dreadful run of form which has seen them lose their last four games, but they face a tough task as they travel to Watford.

The other two teams in the bottom-three – Stoke and Swansea – both have the chance to move out of the relegation zone on Saturday as both play relegation rivals. Stoke play Southampton and will move above the Saints with victory, and with Swansesa they will be level on points with West Ham if they can beat The Hammers.

See below for a preview on the game, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

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Burnley 12:30 Everton
Turf Moor

TEAM NEWS: James Tarkowski and Chris Wood are set to be involved for Burnley, whilst goalkeeper Tom Heaton is close to make his return from a long-term injury. Eliaquim Mangala remains sidelined for Everton, but full-backs Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman are in contention to play.
KEY FACT: There have been no draws in the last seven PL meetings between these sides
MATCH ODDS: Burnley 7/5 Draw 21/10 Everton 23/10
bet365 Pick: Burnley to win @6/4
ANDY SAYS: I think Burnley look good at home and will win here…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: Think this has draw written all over it, be a close game…1-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow:  Theo Walcott back in the top-200 and still one to look at

Leicester City 15:00 AFC Bournemouth
King Power Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Shinji Okazaki could return from a knee injury, and if he does that would mean a fully fit squad for Leicester. For Bournemouth, Jermain Defoe is in line for his first start since December.
KEY FACT: Leicester have never beaten Bournemouth in the Premier League
MATCH ODDS: Leicester 3/4 Draw 11/4 Bournemouth 7/2
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score @4/6
ANDY SAYS: Close game, I think Bournemouth can get something here…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Leicester are playing well, a good team – they will win this…2-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Jamie Vardy remains a huge bargain on the Index

Southampton 15:00 Stoke City
St. Mary’s Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Charlie Austin remains sidelined for Southampton, who have a near fully fit squad to choose from. Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch could feature for Stoke but Lee Grant remains sidelined.
KEY FACT: 
Stoke City have won their last two league visits to St Mary’s, both 1-0 
MATCH ODDS: Southampton 3/4 Draw 11/4 Stoke 17/4
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score @10/11
ANDY SAYS: Another good but close game this weekend, just go with The Saints…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: Interesting game, close but a close one but I will just go with Southampton…2-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Mario Lemina at just over £1 is a good buy for any portfolio

Swansea City 15:00 West Ham United
Liberty Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Leon Britton could make his Premier League appearance since October, but Renato Sanches, Angel Rangel, Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony remain sidelined. Andy Carroll, Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes remain unavailable for West Ham, whilst Arthur Masuaku is still suspended.
KEY FACT: Swansea have won their last three PL home matches. They last won four in a row in May 2016.
MATCH ODDS: Swansea 8/5 Draw 9/4 West Ham 2/1
bet365 Pick: West Ham Draw No Bet @Evens
ANDY SAYS: A huge game for both teams but have to think Swansea will just about take this…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: Another close game, it would be a huge win for Swansea and I think they will do it…2-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Manuel Lanzini back to full fitness and a great investment

Tottenham Hotspur 15:00 Huddersfield Town
Wembley Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Tottenham are hoping that both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld could both feature this weekend. Aaron Mooy, Chris Lowe and Philip Billing are all battling to be fit for the weekend, whilst Sean Scannell, Elias Kachunga and Jon Stankovic are ruled out.
KEY FACT: Spurs are currently enjoying the Premier League’s longest unbeaten run which stands at 10 games
MATCH ODDS: Spurs 1/5 Draw 13/2 Huddersfield 16/1
bet365 Pick: Spurs and Under 2.5 goals @12/5
ANDY SAYS: Comfortable win here for my old side…3-0
GRAEME SAYS: Home win, don’t see Huddersfield troubling Tottenham at all…4-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Harry Kane one of the best, only going one way so still worth a look

Watford 15:00 West Brom
Vicarage Road

TEAM NEWS: West Brom are again without loan star Daniel Sturridge as well as midfield pair Nacer Chadli and James Morrison but Welsh forward Hal Robson-Kanu could return. Watford are also without their loan star in Gerard Deulofeu, who was ruled out with injury this week.
KEY FACT: Watford have only lost one of their five PL meetings with West Brom
MATCH ODDS: Watford 23/20 Draw 23/10 WBA 29/10
bet365 Pick: Watford to win @23/20
ANDY SAYS: I really fancy West Brom to turn this around at Watford and claim the win…0-2
GRAEME SAYS: Have to go with Watford here, think they will have too much for the basement side…2-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Richarlison is a lovely footballer, worthy of investment

Liverpool 17:30 Newcastle
Anfield

TEAM NEWS: Gigi Wijnaldum and Danny Ings are expected to return for Liverpool, meaning they have a near fully fit squad with Nathaniel Clyne still sidelined. Newcastle are waiting to see if Dwight Gayle is fit, but they know Jonjo Shelvey, Islam Slimani and Jesus Gamez are all sidelined.
KEY FACT: All three of Rafael Benitez’s PL matches against his former side Liverpool have finished as draws
MATCH ODDS: Liverpool 2/9 Draw 6/1  Newcastle 14/1
bet365 Pick: Liverpool to win & Both Teams To Score @6/4
ANDY SAYS: I don’t see Liverpool have any issues here at all…3-0
GRAEME SAYS: Liverpool all day, Newcastle will park a bud but The Reds should get through…2-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Roberto Firmino at under £3 – surely great value?

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