Premier League Saturday Preview

Champions Chelsea have the chance to close the gap on the top-two on Saturday.

Chelsea travel across London to West Ham for the opening game of the weekend, and with the two Manchester clubs meeting on Sunday – they are looking to close on them.

With Liverpool and Arsenal also playing on Sunday, Tottenham could close the gap on the top-six as they host Stoke looking for their first win in other a month.

There is a big game at Turf Moor, whilst many pre-season would have predicted a relegation six-pointer – there is no such thought here as seventh plays eighth.

Bottom-of-the-table Swansea City are in desperate need of three points at the Liberty Stadium as they host fourth from bottom West Bromwich Albion.

Should West Brom lose to Swansea, they could end up in the relegation zone, but for that to happen Crystal Palace would need a sizeable win at home to Bournemouth.

After making a bright start to the season, Huddersfield’s form has dipped and they now find themselves in 16th, following four straight defeats and they host Brighton at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Also out of form are Newcastle, and they will look to put that right in Saturday’s late game as they host Leicester City.

See below for a preview on each game, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray, super agent and former Manchester City ace Barry Silkman, our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

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West Ham United 12:30 Chelsea
London Stadium
Live On Sky Sports

TEAM NEWS: Javier Hernandez is set to be involved after recovering from a hamstring problem, whilst Winston Reid remains a doubt. Chelsea have a near fully fit squad but David Luiz remains sidelined with a knee problem.
KEY FACT: Chelsea have lost only two of their last 22 Premier League matches against West Ham
MATCH ODDS: West 13/2 Draw 7/2 Chelsea 1/2
bet365 Pick: Chelsea to win & under 2.5 goals @11/4
ANDY SAYS: West Ham may cause Chelsea some trouble but an away win for sure…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: This won’t be easy being a big derby, but can’t see West Ham getting anything…0-2
SILKY SAYS: Comfortable Chelsea win for me, don’t see them not winning…1-4
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: At 72p, Javier Hernandez is not in the top 300 on the Index

Burnley 15:00 Watford
Turf Moor

TEAM NEWS: Robbie Brady is sidelined after damaging a knee tendon last week but Ben Mee should make it. Miguel Britos,Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah are all sidelined but Isaac Success could be ready to return.
KEY FACT: Burnley have kept four clean sheets at home in the Premier League this season
MATCH ODDS: Burnley 8/5 Draw 9/4 Watford 2/1
bet365 Pick: Ben Mee anytime @14/1
ANDY SAYS: Burnley are strong at home so I think they will come out on top…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: I can see goals here, maybe Watford just sneaking it by the odd goal…1-2
Tough one and I can see this being a draw…1-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Chris Wood at just over 60p looks a very good buy

Crystal Palace 15:00 Bournemouth
Selhurst Park

TEAM NEWS: Wayne Hennessey, James Tomkins, Scott Dann, Yohan Cabaye, James McArthur and Joel Ward could all feature after recovering from injury. Adam Smith is suspended for Bournemouth, whilst Adam Federici, Brad Smith and Tyrone Mings are ruled out.
KEY FACT: Palace are yet to beat Bournemouth at Selhurst Park in the Premier League 
MATCH ODDS: Palace 21/20 Draw 5/2 Bournemouth 3/1
bet365 Pick: Palace to win and over 2.5 goals @9/4
ANDY SAYS: Close game, but think Palace might struggle to get the win…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I can see Palace getting the three points here…2-1
SILKY SAYS: Have to think that Bournemouth will get something here…1-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: At just over £1.50, Ruben Loftus Cheek is an interesting player to look at

Huddersfield Town 15:00 Brighton & Hove Albion
John Smith’s Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Steve Sidwell is the only injury concern for Brighton and he is ruled out. Martin Cranie is doubt after picking up a knock.
KEY FACT: This is the first top-flight encounter between Huddersfield and Brighton
MATCH ODDS: Huddersfield 17/10 Draw 21/10 Brighton 2/1
bet365 Pick: Half time score 0-0 @6/5
ANDY SAYS: Home win here for me, be close but think Town will win…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: Hard not to see 
Tough one to call, but will just side with Huddersfield…2-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: At 64p, Solly March is very much one to watch for Brighton

Swansea City 15:00 West Bromwich Albion
Liberty Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Federico Fernandez is back in the squad following the death of his brother, whilst Kyle Bartley is back in training. Matt Phillips and Chris Brunt are pushing to be back in the squad, but Gareth Barry, Nacer Chadli and James Morrison look unlikely to be involved.
KEY FACT: Swansea have won five of their six home Premier League matches against West Brom
MATCH ODDS: Swansea 17/10 Draw 21/10 West Brom 2/1
bet365 Pick: Both Teams to score in the first half @11/2
ANDY SAYS: A real six-pointer this one, but I will just go with the home side…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: I don’t see West Brom getting beat here, think they will grab a point…0-0
SILKY SAYS: I can see goals here, but not sure either is good enough for the win…2-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Tammy Abraham is just outside the top 150 at £1.22

Tottenham Hotspur 15:00 Stoke City
Wembley Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Davinson Sanchez is suspended for Spurs whilst Toby Alderweireld remains sidelined. Vitcor Wanyama is back in training and could feature. Geoff Cameron is a doubt, but Bruno Martins Indi and Stephen Ireland are sidelined.
KEY FACT: Spurs have won each of their last three Premier League matches against Stoke all by a 4-0
MATCH ODDS: Spurs 2/7 Draw 11/2 Stoke 10/1
bet365 Pick: Both Teams to score @19/20
ANDY SAYS: I am just not convinced by Spurs at the moment and can see them being held…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I have to go with Tottenham to find some form and claim the win…2-0
SILKY SAYS: Spurs will win this for me and do it with something to spare…3-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Under £4 still, Dele Alli looks very good value

Newcastle United 17:30 Leicester City
St. James’ Park, Newcastle
Live On BT Sport

TEAM NEWS:  Jamaal Lascelles Paul Dummett and Christian Atsu look set to miss out again for Newcastle whilst Robert Huth and Matty James are struggling for Leicester.
KEY FACT: Newcastle have lost only two of their last 17 home league meetings with Leicester
MATCH ODDS: Newcastle 13/8 Draw 23/10 Leicester 19/10
bet365 Pick: Harry Maguire to score anytime @10/1
ANDY SAYS: I will go with Newcastle to just get the three points here, but close..1-0
GRAEME SAYS: I can see Newcastle ending their poor run and just doing enough to claim the win…2-1
SILKY SAYS: I believe Leicester will have enough to claim the three points here…1-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Jamie Vardy has plummeted to outside the top-400 and is now just 70p

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