Premier League Saturday Preview

With the top-five not in action until Sunday, the rest of the Premier League have a chance to close the gap.

Both Liverpool and Burnley have the chance to move level with Chelsea in fourth, but goal-difference wise means neither will end Saturday in that position.

Liverpool begin the day in sixth, but they do not play until the late game when they face West Ham United at the London Stadium.

The weekend begins with a Midlands derby clash as Stoke City host Leicester at the bet365 Stadium as new Foxes boss Claude Puel looks for back-to-back wins.

Newcastle look to maintain their place in the top-half, and look to get back to winning ways as they host second-from-bottom Bournemouth at St James’ Park.

West Brom look for their first win since August as they travel to Huddersfield, whilst Southampton host Burnley at St Mary’s.

Finally, it is something of an early season six-pointer as Swansea welcome Brighton to the Liberty Stadium.

See below for a run-down on the games, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray, leading agent Barry Silkman, our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

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Stoke City 12:30 Leicester City 
bet365 Stadium 
Live On Sky Sports

TEAM NEWS: Robert Huth, Matty James and Yohan Benalouane are all out for Leicester and Ben Chillwell is a major doubt. Former England internationals Glen Johnson and Peter Crouch should both be fit for Stoke, but Geoff Cameron and youngsters Mark Waddington and Tom Edwards are out
KEY FACT: Stoke have never beaten Leicester City at home in the Premier League
MATCH ODDS: Stoke 29/20 Draw 9/4 Leicester 15/8
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score 3/4

ANDY SAYS: Tough game to call but think this well end up in a draw…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Could be a good game this, I think Leicester might get the win…0-1
SILKY SAYS: Not impressed by either side and can’t see a winner…1-1
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Huddersfield Town 15:00 West Bromwich Albion
John Smith’s Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Record signing Steve Mounie could start his first game since August for the home side, but Phil Billing, Michael Hefele and Kasey Palmer are all sidelined. James Morrison could return for West Brom but Craig Dawson is out for two months.
KEY FACT: This will be the first league meeting between these two sides since 2001 when both were in the second tier 
MATCH ODDS: Huddersfield 8/5 Draw 21/10 WBA 9/5
bet365 Pick: Over 2.5 goals 17/10

ANDY SAYS: I think this will be close but I will go with the home side to sneak it…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: West Brom are due a good display and I think they might land it here…1-2
SILKY SAYS: This will not be a classic, and I don’t see many goals – in fact, none…0-0

Newcastle United 15:00 Bournemouth
St. James’ Park

TEAM NEWS: Paul Dummett is the only player missing from the Newcastle squad as he is still injured. Tyrone Mings and Brad Smith are both out, whilst Josh King will have a late fitness check.
KEY FACT: Rafa Benitez has managed five home PL matches for Newcastle on a Saturday and won all five
MATCH ODDS: Newcastle Evens Draw 12/5 Bournemouth 11/4
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals 4/5

ANDY SAYS: Tough call but I think Bournemouth can get something from this…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I can only see a home win here, comfortable for Newcastle…3-0
SILKY SAYS: I don’t see a lot of goals – so I will have to say draw…1-1
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Southampton 15:00 Burnley
St. Mary’s Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Southampton are still without Mario Lemina with an ankle problem, but Charlie Austin should return to the squad. Chris Wood, Steven Defour and Nakhi Wells may all be fit enough to return but Jon Walters and Tom Heaton are out.
KEY FACT: Southampton have won their last four home matches against Burnley in all competitions
MATCH ODDS: Southampton 8/13 Draw 13/5 Burnley 5/1
bet365 Pick: Southampton clean sheet? No 4/5 

ANDY SAYS: Close game here but I have to go for the home side to land the three points…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: I can see Burnley getting something here, maybe not the win but at a draw…2-2
SILKY SAYS: Tough call, but Southampton should have enough for the win…2-1
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Swansea City 15:00 Brighton & Hove Albion
Liberty Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Wilfried Bony is ’50/50′ to make the game, but Leon Britton, Martin Olsson, Renato Sanches and Angel Rangel miss out. Steve Sidwell is the only player missing for Brighton with Sam Baldock back in contention.
KEY FACT: Brighton have lost four of their last five meetings with Swansea
MATCH ODDS: Swansea 11/8 Draw 21/10 Brighton 21/10
bet365 Pick: A penalty in the match 5/2

ANDY SAYS: I can see Swansea getting the three points in this one…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: I think Brighton might get something here…1-1
SILKY SAYS: Close call but I will just go with the home side…1-0
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West Ham 17:30 Liverpool
London Stadium
Live On BT Sport

TEAM NEWS: Winston Reid and Aaron Cresswell are both fit but Michail Antonio, Sam Byram, Jose Fonte and James Collins are all injured whilst Pablo Zabaleta is suspended. Dejan Lovren, Philippe Coutinho and Georginio Wijnaldum look unlikely to feature but Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are definitely out. 
KEY FACT: In Liverpool’s only previous PL visit to London Stadium they won 4-0 to record their biggest away league victory at West Ham
MATCH ODDS: West Ham 4/1 Draw 3/1 Liverpool 8/13
bet365 Pick: Under 4.5 cards 8/13

ANDY SAYS: Easy win for Liverpool here, don’t say how West Ham will compete…0-3
GRAEME SAYS: West Ham need to get something I think they might claim a point…1-1
SILKY SAYS: Hard one but I believe that Liverpool will land the win…1-2
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