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Premier League Saturday Preview

The Premier League returns on Saturday and the top-four are all in action.

Leaders Liverpool are eight points clear at the top of the table and will at the very least look to maintain that as they travel to South London to face Crystal Palace.

Second placed Leicester will look to keep up their wonderful start as they face Brighton on the South Coast at the AMEX.

The day’s final game is the undoubted game of the weekend as champions Manchester City, currently in fourth, play host to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at the Etihad.

The opening match of the weekend is also packed full of intrigue as Jose Mourinho makes his return to the Premier League with his new team Tottenham as they travel across the capital to take on West Ham.

As well as the top-four, the bottom-three are all in action too.

Third bottom Watford claimed their first win of the season last time out and they will look for a successive wins as they host Burnley at Vicarage Road.

Southampton, just a point off bottom spot, are looking to avoid a fourth loss in-a-row as they face a tough looking trip to Arsenal.

Basement side Norwich are also looking to a void a fourth successive defeat, but they have it a tough task on their hands as they travel to Merseyside to take on Everton.

The other game sees eighth place Wolves take on Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium and victories for either could see them move up to sixth place in the table.

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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West Ham United 12:30 Tottenham Hotspur
London Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Jack Wilshere, Michail Antonio and captain Mark Noble should all be available for West Ham, who will still be without Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Lanzini | In Jose Mourinho’s first game, he will be without Erik Lamela and goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm, but he will give late fitness tests to Tanguy Ndombele and Jan Vertonghen.
KEY FACT: The away team have won five of the last six meetings between these two sides
MATCH ODDS: West Ham 31/10 Draw 16/5 Spurs 3/4
bet365 Pick: Spurs win @3/4
ANDY SAYS: My former club Spurs will have huge impetus coming into this game from Jose and that helps them claim a big win…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: This is a cracking game to open up the weekend and I have little doubt …0-2
Football Index – One to follow: Felipe Anderson – A superb talent, who should be plying his trade for a title challenger

AFC Bournemouth 15:00 Wolves
Vitality Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Ryan Fraser should overcome a knee problem to make the game, but Bournemouth will still be without a host of players including Lloyd Kelly, David Brooks, Andrew Surman, Charlie Daniels, Joshua King and Junior Stanislas | Wolves are definitely without Wily Boly, but Morgan Gibbs-White and Adama Traore could both feature.
KEY FACT: Bournemouth are unbeaten in all four of their home league meetings with Wolves
MATCH ODDS: Bournemouth 7/4 Draw 23/10 Wolves 8/5
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @4/5
ANDY SAYS: Decent game this one but Wolves have the edge…1-2
GRAEME SAYS: Wolves are a team getting betting every week and I think they could sneak the win here…1-2
Football Index – One to follow: Adama Traore – His potential could take him back to Barcelona, he is that good

Arsenal 15:00 Southampton
Emirates Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Loan star Dani Ceballos misses out for Arsenal, who are hoping that Sead Kolasinac could feature despite picking up a thigh injury whilst with Bosnia | Southampton arrive in North London with the bonus of a fully fit squad
KEY FACT: Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 24 home league matches against Southampton
MATCH ODDS: Arsenal 9/20 Draw 15/4 Southampton 11/2
bet365 Pick: Saints Double Chance @13/8
ANDY SAYS: I see goals in this one for sure, but I also feel that Southampton can get someething…2-2
GRAEME SAYS: Have to think that Arsenal will have too much for Southampton here…3-1
Football Index – One to follow: Matteo Guendouzi – A brilliant young midfielder, with a huge future ahead of him

Brighton & Hove Albion 15:00 Leicester City
Amex Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Lewis Dunk is suspended for Brighton, who are also without Jose Izquierdo and Bernardo through injury, but they hope to have Adam Webster, Leandro Trossard and Aaron Connolly available | Matty James is the only player missing for Leicester with James Maddison and Jonny Evans both available.
KEY FACT: Brighton have only lost one of their last six home league encounters with Leicester
MATCH ODDS: Brighton 11/4 Draw 5/2 Leicester Evens
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @10/11
ANDY SAYS: Leicester are so impressive, they will bag the win here and stay in second…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: I like Leicester a lot but I think Brighton have played so well they could sneak a draw…1-1
Football Index – One to follow: Youri Tielemans – An outstanding player, and has been one of the best this season

Crystal Palace 15:00 Liverpool
Selhurst Park

TEAM NEWS: Palace could have a fully fit squad, with only doubts being Joel Ward and Wilfred Zaha Liverpool are without Nathaniel Clyne whilst Mo Salah and Joel Matip remain major doubts, but Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson and captain Jordan Henderson could be available.
KEY FACT: Everton are looking to secure back-to-back victories for the first time this season
MATCH ODDS: Palace 13/2 Draw 15/4 Liverpool 2/5
bet365 Pick: Liverpool to score over 2.5 goals @13/8
ANDY SAYS: Palace will put up a good fight here and I see them holding Liverpool…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I don’t see Palace have anything to trouble Liverpool, away win…0-2
Football Index – One to follow: Fabinho – Proving himself as one of the world’s best holding midfielders

Everton 15:00 Norwich City
Goodison Park

TEAM NEWS: Everton are without Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Andre Gomes and Cuco Martina, whilst Bernardo, Fabian Delph and Cenk Tosun will be given late fitness tests | Jamal Lewis and Christoph Zimmermann are doubts for Norwich, who are without Josip Drmic, Timm Klose and Grant Hanley.
KEY FACT: Everton are looking to secure back-to-back victories for the first time this season
MATCH ODDS: Everton 4/11 Draw 41/10 Norwich 7/1
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score @3/4
ANDY SAYS: Everton will take the win here, Norwich are just not good enough to win…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: Norwich are just not up to speed, Everton need the win here and will get it…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Max Aarons – Brilliant young full-back for Norwich

Watford 15:00 Burnley
Vicarage Road

TEAM NEWS: Ismaila Sarr could make his long awaited return for Watford, who have a host of players sidelined, including Tom Cleverley, Roberto Pereyra, Domingos Quina, Sebastian Prodl, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Bachmann injured whilst Christian Kabasele is suspended |
KEY FACT: Burnley have lost just one of their last five away league fixtures at Vicarage Road
MATCH ODDS: Watford 13/10 Draw 12/5 Burnley 21/10
bet365 Pick: Watford to win @13/10
ANDY SAYS: This will not be a classic but I see Watford sneaking a win…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: Burnley need to get it going on the road and I think they beat a poor Watford team in this one…1-2
Football Index – One to follow: Dwight McNeil – A huge talent, who needs to be looked at

Manchester City 17:30 Chelsea
Etihad Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Ederson returns for Man City, but they are without the suspended Bernardo Silva, and the injured Leroy Sane, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko | Chelsea hope to have Ross Barkley and Christian Pulisic available, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rudiger remain sidelined.
KEY FACT: Tammy Abraham’s tally of seven away goals is the best return by a Premier League player in 2019/20
MATCH ODDS: Man City 4/9 Draw 4/1 Chelsea 11/2
bet365 Pick: Kante over 2.5 tackles @6/5
ANDY SAYS: A brilliant game coming up and I can’t split them, has to be a draw for me…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: City are a class act and Chelsea will give them a great run but I think Pep’s men come out on top…3-1
Football Index – One to follow: Max Aarons – Brilliant young full-back for Norwich

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