Premier League Saturday Preview

Manchester City will be crowned Premier League champions on Saturday if they beat rivals Manchester United.

The two clash in the Cottonopolis derby in the final game on Saturday, with City already leading by 16-points, and they will eagerly be looking to claim the title against their neighbours and bitter rivals.

However, a heavy midweek Champions League defeat to Liverpool – could see their minds remaining on Europe, despite having United in town, but they will be anxious to bounce back to form and put the title to bed.

Should United fail to beat City, then Liverpool have the chance to move above them into second as they also face a derby clash as they make the short-trip across Stanley Park to face Everton in the day’s early kick-off.

Defeat for ninth placed Everton could see them drop into the bottom-half of the table – with Bournemouth, who host Crystal Palace, and Watford, who face Burnley, both able to move above Sam Allardyce’s men with victory.

Should Liverpool suffer defeat at Goodison Park, Tottenham will have the chance to climb above them into third as they travel to second-from-bottom Stoke City – who remain three-points off safety.

Bottom-of-the-table begin life after Alan Pardew’s tenure with first-team coach Darren Moore in charge as they entertain Swansea, but their relegation to the Championship looks imminent.

Huddersfield remain just three points off the drop zone, and they face a trip to fellow promoted side Brighton – who are three points better off in 13th place, but victory for The Terriers would drag the Seagulls into trouble.

The final game sees eighth place Leicester host Newcastle, knowing a win would take them above Burnley into seventh.

See below for a preview on the games, 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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Everton 12:30 Liverpool
Goodison Park

TEAM NEWS: Ashley Williams is available again following his ban, whilst Idrissa Gueye is a doubt, but Eliaquim Mangala, James McCarthy, Mason Holgate and Gylfi Sigurdsson remain sidelined. Leading scorer is Mo Salah is a doubt along with Emre Can, whilst Joel Matip, Adam Lallana, Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan are all injured.
KEY FACT: Everton have won only one of their last 22 league meetings with Liverpool
MATCH ODDS: Everton 16/5 Draw 11/4 Liverpool 10/11
bet365 Pick: Draw @11/4
I don’t see how Everton beat Liverpool here, away win…0-2
GRAEME SAYS: Should be a good game, but Everton are not great so have to go with Liverpool…1-3
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Bournemouth 15:00 Crystal Palace
Vitality Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Christian Benteke is a major doubt, and he could add to Palace’s injury woes which could see up to 10 players missing their trip to Bournemouth but Alexander Sorloth and James Tomkins could return. Bournemouth are without Junior Stanislas and Adam Smith but they hope Simon Francis could feature.
KEY FACT: Palace have kept clean sheets in both of their PL trips to AFC Bournemouth
MATCH ODDS: Bournemouth 6/4 Draw 12/5 Palace 2/1
bet365 Pick: Over 3.5 goals @2/1
ANDY SAYS: Tough trip for Palace, think Bournemouth will have the edge here…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: I think Palace will get something from this, but a draw…1-1
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Brighton & Hove Albion 15:00 Huddersfield Town
Amex Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Brighton are still without the suspended Anthony Knockaert and injured trio Jiri Skalak, Steve Sidwell and Izzy Brown but Dale Stephens should return. Jon Stankovic could be available again for Huddersfsield but Elias Kachunga, Michael Hefele and Danny Williams are all ruled out.
KEY FACT: Huddersfield and Brighton have drawn a joint league-high four PL matches by the score of 0-0 this season.
MATCH ODDS: Brighton 17/20 Draw 5/2 Huddersfield 4/1
bet365 Pick: Draw @5/2
ANDY SAYS: Brighton will be too strong at home here, comfortable home win…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: These two can struggle, could see a goalless draw here…0-0
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Leicester City 15:00 Newcastle United
King Power Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Wilfred Ndidi is suspended for Newcastle, whilst Matty James and Daniel Amartey are sidelined. Jesus Gamez misses out for Newcastle, whilst Joselu, Mo Diame and Rob Elliot are doubts whilst Islam Slimani can’t face his parent club.
KEY FACT: Leicester have won their last four PL matches against Newcastle
MATCH ODDS: Leicester Evens Draw 5/2 Newcastle 16/5
bet365 Pick: Draw @5/2
ANDY SAYS: Tough game but I can see them holding each other and being a draw…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Leicester are a very good team at home and should get the win…2-0
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Stoke City 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur
bet365 Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Stoke are hoping Kurt Zouma and Mame Biram Diouf will be fit, but Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Lee Grant and Konstantinos Stafylidis are ruled out whilst Charlie Adam is suspended. Harry Kane is set to start the game whilst Toby Alderweireld could also be included from the off – but Harry Winks remains sidelined.
KEY FACT: Spurs are unbeaten in their last 13 matches, the longest current run in the Premier League. 
MATCH ODDS: Chelsea 7/5 Draw 23/10 Spurs 9/4
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score @11/10
ANDY SAYS: Easy Spurs win, don’t see how Stoke get near them to be honest…0-3
GRAEME SAYS: Hard not see a Spurs win, I think Stoke could get a draw – but they won’t…1-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Harry Kane is nearly on top of the Index, but still worth a look

Watford 15:00 Burnley
Vicarage Road

TEAM NEWS: Miguel Britos and Craig Cathcart are set to return for Watford but Christian Kabasele is a major doubt whilst Tom Cleverley, Younes Kaboul, Gerard Deulofeu, Tommie Hoban and Nathaniel Chalobah are all sidelined. Tom Heaton is fit again but is unlikely to displace Nick Pope, whilst Ben Mee and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are doubts.Steven Defour, Jonathan Walters and Robbie Brady are all injured.
KEY FACT: Troy Deeney has scored in all four of his league matches against Burnley at Vicarage Road
MATCH ODDS: Watford 7/5 Draw 11/5 Burnley 12/5
bet365 Pick: Draw @11/5
Should be a good game here, very close and I have to say a draw…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Tough call but I think Watford might just edge this one…2-1
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West Bromwich Albion 15:00 Swansea City
The Hawthorns

TEAM NEWS: Sam Clucas is fit for Swansea, whilst Angel Rangel could return to the squad but Renato Sanches remains sidelined. Sam Field and James Morrison miss out for West Brom, while Gareth Barry, Nacer Chadli and Daniel Sturridge are all doubtful.
KEY FACT: Darren Moore will be the first Jamaican to take charge of a PL match
MATCH ODDS: West Brom 11/8 Draw 11/5 Swansea 12/5
bet365 Pick: Draw @11/5
I can see West Brom grabbing that precious win…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: Swansea will be too good for West Brom for me and claim the win…0-2
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Manchester City 17:30 Manchester United
Etihad Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Man City have a near fully fit squad with only Benjamin Mendy ruled out as Sergio Aguero is hoping to be fit. Daley Blind and Phil Jones are the only players missing for Man United, as they too have a near fully fit squad.
KEY FACT: Man City will become Premier League champions with victory
MATCH ODDS: Man City 9/10 Draw 11/4 Man Utd 10/3
bet365 Pick: Draw @11/4
ANDY SAYS: I see City taking the title in a tight contest…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: I think United could spoil the party by claiming a draw…2-2
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