Premier League Saturday Preview

The Premier League weekend kicks-off with champions elect Manchester City looking to get 18-points clear at the top of the table.

The early kick-off sees City make the short-trip across Lancashire to out-of-form Burnley. The seventh-placed Clarets have not won since the start of December, a run of nine league games without a win.

Second placed Manchester United will get the chance to narrow the gap at the top later in the day as they play host to Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford.

Should Burnley fail to get anything from their game against City, then Leicester could move into the top-seven as they welcome in-form Swansea to the King Power. The Swans have climbed off the foot of the Premier League table under Carlos Carvahal with two wins in their last two games.

There is a real six-point affair at The Hawthorns as West Brom – three points adrift at the bottom, take on Southampton – whose poor run of results has seen them drop into the relegation places.

Another big game in the bottom-half sees West Ham travel to Brighton. The Hammers sit in 12th but are just four points off the drop-zone, whilst defeat could see Albion into the bottom-three.

Stoke climbed out of the bottom-three in midweek, and they will be looking to keep up their good form under Paul Lambert on the South Coast as they take on Bournemouth.

The final game of the day sees Asrenal play host to Everton at The Emirates.

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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Burnley 15:00 Manchester City
Turf Moor

TEAM NEWS: James Tarkowski could return for Burnley, but midfielder Steven Defouris ruled out for months. David Silva is a major doubt for City after coming off injured in the midweek win over West Brom.
KEY FACT: Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last four appearances against Burnley
MATCH ODDS: Burnley 12/1 Draw 5/1 Man City 2/7
bet365 Pick: Man City to win & under 2.5 goals @9/4
ANDY SAYS: Don’t see City struggling here, comfortable win…0-3
GRAEME SAYS: Burnley won’t make this easy, wouldn’t rule out a draw but City just…1-2
SILKY SAYS: Easy City three points for me, has to be…0-4
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow:  Kevin De Bruyne still not in the top-ten, borders on criminal

AFC Bournemouth 15:00 Stoke City
Vitality Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Stoke will make a late call on whether to hand new signing Badou Ndiaye his debut. Bournemouth will be without defender Adam Smith, Jermain Defoe and Tyrone Mings.
KEY FACT: Stoke City have kept clean sheets in both of their matches under Paul Lambert
MATCH ODDS: Bournemouth 19/20 Draw 27/10 Stoke 16/5
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @Evens
ANDY SAYS: Tough call have to see this ending in a draw…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Stoke have been playing well, and they might just shock Bournemouth here…1-2
SILKY SAYS: Not convinced by either but would say that Bournemouth are the winners here…2-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Josh King just over £1.50 and just outside top-100

Brighton & Hove Albion 15:00 West Ham United
Amex Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Jiri Skala, Izzy Brown, Steve Sidwell and new signing Jurgen Locadia are sidelined. Leonardo Ulloa could make his debut after re-signing for the club. Pedro Obiang, Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll and Edimilson Fernandes are all sidelined whilst Arthur Masuaku remains suspended. Winston Reid could return whilst Jordan Hugill could make his debut.
KEY FACT: West Ham have lost only one of their last 10 Premier League matches
MATCH ODDS: Brighton 11/8 Draw 2/1 West Ham 27/10
bet365 Pick: Under 1.5 goals @6/4
ANDY SAYS: Another close call, and I can’t split them…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I can see Brighton edging this with the home advantage…2-1
SILKY SAYS: I think West Ham could claim the points here…0-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow:  Lewis Dunk at 81p is a player with real potential

Leicester City 15:00 Swansea City
King Power Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Leicester’s want-away star Riyad Mahrez is unlikely to be involved, whilst Wes Morgan remains doubtful. New record signing Andre Ayew is a doubt to feature and Renato Sanchez is ruled out. New loan signing Andy King can’t play against his parent club.
KEY FACT: Leicester City have secured 25 points from their 16 matches since Claude Puel took
MATCH ODDS: Leicester 4/5 Draw 13/5 Swansea 17/4
bet365 Pick: Both Teams to Score @Evens
ANDY SAYS: Swansea are in good form and I think they can get something from this…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Whilst Swansea have improved has to be a Leicester win here…2-0
SILKY SAYS: I think Leicester will take the three points here…3-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow:  Riyad Mahrez under £2 looks a very good buy

Manchester United 15:00 Huddersfield Town
Old Trafford

TEAM NEWS: Daley Blind, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all out – but they are still waiting on Marouane Fellaini. Danny Williams could return for Huddersfield, but but Shaun Malone, Jon Stankovic and Scott Malone are all out.
KEY FACT: Huddersfield could become the first promoted side to complete a league double over Man Utd  since 1986/87
MATCH ODDS: Man Utd 1/6 Draw 15/2 Huddersfield 18/1
bet365 Pick: Man Utd to win & Under 2.5 goals @21/10
ANDY SAYS: Man United are going to win this, they will be too good…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: United for me, this could be a comfortable one for Jose’s side….3-0
SILKY SAYS: Home win, don’t see how Huddersfield get anything here…3-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow:  Alexis Sanchez is at number 4, still worth a look

West Bromwich Albion 15:00 Southampton
The Hawthorns

TEAM NEWS: Daniel Sturridge will be making his debut for West Brom whilst Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jonny Evans and Jake Livermore should all be available. Kieran Gibbs and Nacer Chadli are ruled out. Southampton’s only player that is definitely out is Charlie Austin.
KEY FACT: West Brom have lost only one of their last six Premier League home matches 
MATCH ODDS: West Brom 31/20 Draw 11/5 Southampton 21/10
bet365 Pick: Both Teams to Score @19/20
ANDY SAYS: West Brom have improved and will win this for me…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: I think Southampton are poor, has to be West Brom here, home win…3-1
SILKY SAYS: I think this could end up being a draw….1-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow:  £1.25 – Daniel Sturridge could be an ace in the pack

Arsenal 17:30 Everton
Emirates Stadium
Live on BT Sport

TEAM NEWS: Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla are ruled out. Jack Wilshere and new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both facing late fitness tests after picking up a sick bug. Theo Walcott returns to his former club for the first time and Elaquim Mangala could make his debut after completing his loan move. Leighton Baines, James McCarthy, Ramiro Funes Mori and Maarten Stekelenburg are all rued out through injury.
KEY FACT: Arsenal have never lost a Premier League match at the Emirates in February
MATCH ODDS: Arsenal 3/10 Draw 19/4 Everton 11/1
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @27/20
ANDY SAYS: I can see Everton claiming a shock win here…0-1
GRAEME SAYS: Everton will try for the draw, but I don’t think they get it – home win…2-1
SILKY SAYS: Has to be an Arsenal win here, they will be too good…2-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at £3.42, around the top 20 and he should go higher

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