Premier League Saturday Preview

Manchester City go in search of the Premier League title again this weekend, but they might have to wait once again.

City, who failed to win the title last weekend when they threw away a 2-0 lead at home to rivals Manchester United, would need to win at fourth-place Tottenham this weekend to have any chance of taking the title.

However, even a City win would mean they have to wait until Sunday when United host West Brom – but they would have to lose for Pep Guardiola’s men to secure top-spot.

City’s clash at Wembley is the final kick-off on Saturday, and victory for Tottenham virtually seal their top-four place.

Like Spurs, Liverpool would also all but seal their top-four place if they if they can seal victory over Bournemouth at Anfield.

The opening game of the day sees third from bottom Southampton host Chelsea at St Mary’s and a win for Mark Hughes’s side would taken them out of the drop-zone and above Crystal Palace.

However, Palace could move back above them hours later as they play host to bitter rivals Brighton at Selhurst Park.

Also at the bottom, Huddersfield could move seven points clear of safety as they host Watford, and the same goes for Swansea as they face Everton.

The final game of the day sees 7th play 8th as Burnley entertain Leicester at Turf Moor.

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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Southampton 12:30 Chelsea
St. Mary’s Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Southampton are without suspended defender Jack Stephens, whilst midfielder Steven Davis is out with an Achilles problem but midfielder Mario Lemina should be available. Chelsea remain without injured defenders David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu.
KEY FACT: Chelsea have won their last four Premier League matches against Southampton
MATCH ODDS: Southampton 16/5 Draw 5/2 Chelsea 17/20
bet365 Pick: Draw @5/2
I think Southampton get something here, but only a draw…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I believe Chelsea will get the three points here, but it won’t be pretty…0-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Eden Hazard is still one of the world’s best

Burnley 15:00 Leicester City
Turf Moor

TEAM NEWS: Burnley are without Ben Mee, Scott Arfield, Steven Defour and Robbie Brady, whilst Johan Gudmundsson an Jon Walters are major doubts. Wilfred Ndidi is suspended for Leicester, whilst they will assess Vicente Iborra and Daniel Amartey.   
KEY FACT: Burnley could secure a fifth consecutive top-flight victory for the first time since November 1968
MATCH ODDS: Burnley 29/20 Draw 11/5 Leicester 19/10
bet365 Pick: Burnley to win @29/20
Good game this one, I see goals but don’t see a winner…2-2
GRAEME SAYS: Has to be Burnley for me, think Leicester have hit a skiddy patch…2-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Chris Wood is worth a look for sure

Crystal Palace 15:00 Brighton & Hove Albion
Selhurst Park

TEAM NEWS: Crystal Palace are without Alexander Sorloth, Jason Puncheon, Scott Dann, Jeffrey Schlupp, Connor Wickham and Bakary Sako, but they hope Christian Benteke could feature. Brighton will be without suspended duo Davy Propper and Anthony Knockaert, while Steve Sidwell and Isaiah Brown remain sidelined. KEY FACT: Palace have only lost one of their last eight home matches against Brighton 
MATCH ODDS: Everton 16/5 Draw 11/4 Liverpool 10/11
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score @21/20
Have to go with my old team here – I think they are taking a big win here…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: I think Palace will have too much here, close being a derby but they should win…2-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Wilfried Zaha – such a great talent

Huddersfield Town 15:00 Watford
John Smith’s Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Huddersfield are without Elias Kachunga, Danny Williams and Michael Hefele, whilst the fitness of former Watford man Jonny Hogg is being monitored. Watford have January loan signing Gerard Deulofeu ruled out whilst Younes Kaboul and Nathaniel Chalobah are also sidelined.
KEY FACT: 17 of the 20 goals scored in the last four meetings between these teams have come in the second half
MATCH ODDS: Huddersfield 8/5 Draw 21/10 Watford 9/5
bet365 Pick: Draw @21/10
I think Huddersfield will get the win they are looking for…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: I believe The Terriers will come out on top, but it will be close…2-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Roberto Pereyra is playing very well, and a top player

Swansea City 15:00 Everton
Liberty Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Jordan Ayew is available again for Swansea, whilst they are hoping Sam Clucas, Mike van der Hoorn and Angel Rangel could be available. James McCarthy, Eliaquim Mangala and Gylfi Sigurdsson all miss out.
KEY FACT: Swansea City have only lost one of their last seven Premier League meetings with Everton
MATCH ODDS: Swansea 8/5 Draw 9/4 Everton 2/1
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @3/5
I can see Swansea doing enough here to claim the win…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: I believe Everton have almost downed tools, home win for me…2-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Jordan Ayew is on form and one to watch

Liverpool 17:30 AFC Bournemouth

TEAM NEWS: Liverpool have Joel Matip , Adam Lallana, Joe Gomez and Emre Can ruled out. Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas miss out for Bournemouth but they hope Jordon Ibe and Tyrone Mings could feature.
KEY FACT: Liverpool are unbeaten in 18 PL home matches
MATCH ODDS: Liverpool 1/4 Draw 6/1 Bournemouth 11/1
bet365 Pick: Both Teams to Score @4/5
Comfortable home win for Liverpool, they will win this…3-1
GRAEME SAYS: Three points for Liverpool, hard to see them not winning here…3-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Roberto Firminio is a man in form, one to look at

Tottenham Hotspur 19:45 Manchester City
Wembley Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Harry Winks and Kyle Walker-Peters are sidelined, and Kieran Trippier is a doubt. Fernandinho is suspended after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season and Benjamin Mendy remains injured, but John Stones could make it.
KEY FACT: Spurs have only lost one of their last five Premier League meetings with Manchester City
MATCH ODDS: Spurs 13/8 Draw 13/5 Man City 17/10
bet365 Pick: Draw @13/5
A quality game and I see goals coming here, but will give Spurs the nod…3-2
GRAEME SAYS: Will City lose again, not sure I can see it – think their slump will stop here…1-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Kevin De Bruyne, still the best and still should be the one to get on


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