Premier League Saturday Preview

There is a packed Premier League programme on Saturday, but all eyes will firmly be on Stamford Bridge as Liverpool look to maintain their 100% start to the new season.

Chelsea saw their perfect start come to an end last week with a draw at West Ham, but now The Blues will be hoping to bring Liverpool’s run to an end.

Intriguingly, this will be the second game between the two sides this week after Chelsea beat Liverpool at Anfield in the League Cup – and they will be hoping for a repeat.

Liverpool’s six straight wins means they are enjoying the second-longest winning run at the start of a Premier League season, but still some three wins short of the record – ironically held by Chelsea who won nine straight games in 2005.

Should Liverpool lose at Chelsea, then champions Manchester City could go top with victory over Brighton at The Etihad.

Arsenal are looking to continue their excellent run of form with a fifth successive victory as they host Watford in a North London derby.

Should Arsenal win, or draw – then rivals Tottenham would be able to climb above Watford into fourth, if they get the better of win-less Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Newcastle, who are also without a win so far this term, play host to Leicester.

The opener game of the weekend sees Manchester United travel to West Ham, as they look to get back to form and shrug off the off-field issues surrounding boss Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Wolves entertain Southampton at Molineux whilst Fulham travel to Everton.

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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West Ham United 12:30 Manchester United
The London Stadium

TEAM NEWS: West Ham could welcome back Marko Arnautovic from a knee injury, whilst they are waiting on Carlos Sanchez who will undergo a fitness test but Jack Wilshere, Javier Hernandez, Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini remain sidelined.

Marcus Rashford returns from his suspension, with Marcos Rojo the only player missing from Jose Mourinho’s squad due to injury. It remains to be seen if Paul Pogba will be involved,

KEY FACT: West Ham have beaten Manchester United in only one of their last 19 Premier League matches
MATCH ODDS: West Ham 3/1 Draw 13/5 West Ham 17/20
bet365 Pick: Draw @13/5
ANDY SAYS: I can see United’s recent pain continuing here, and have to go with a narrow West Ham win…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: Not an easy game for Jose Mourinho’s men, can see a draw here with West Ham much improved in recent weeks…1-1
Football Index – One to follow: Paul Pogba – his off-field antics have caused a huge stir and he is now top of the Index after a remarkable few days

Arsenal 15:00 Watford
The Emirates

TEAM NEWS: Watford are without Gerard Deulofeu, Tom Cleverley, Miguel Britos, Sebastian Prodl, Stefano Okaka and Daryl Janmaat, whilst Troy Deeney is a doubt. Christian Kabasele is suspended.

Arsenal’s squad is a looking somewhat more healthy but Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Laurent Koscielny remain sidelined.

KEY FACT: Watford have picked up three victories in their last six matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
MATCH ODDS: Arsenal 2/5 Draw 4/1 Watford 11/2
bet365 Pick: Arsenal to win & Both Teams To Score @7/5
ANDY SAYS: Not an easy game for Arsenal, but they are looking on top of their game and they should be able to get past Watford…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: Arsenal are shaping up nicely, won’t be easy but they will get the three points…2-0
Football Index – One to follow: Roberto Pereyra – just outside the top-200, the Watford midfielder is on the up and offers great value

Everton 15:00 Fulham
Goodison Park

TEAM NEWS: Neeskens Kabano is the only definite absentee for Fulham, with Tom Cairney and Alfie Mawson to undergo late fitness tests.

James McCarthy and Phil Jagielka miss out again for Everton, whilst Seamus Coleman looks unlikely to feature but Marco Silva will hope that loan signings Yery Mina and Andre Gomes will feature.

KEY FACT: Since Aleksandar Mitrovic made his debut for Fulham he has scored 17 goals, more than any other player in English league football.
MATCH ODDS: Everton 8/11 Draw 14/5 Fulham 7/2
bet365 Pick: Richarlison @15/8
ANDY SAYS: I think Fulham are going to get something here, holding Everton to a draw…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Everton need the three points here, and I think they just about get it done…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Richarlison – has been great since his move, and he has so much value left in him on the Index

Huddersfield Town 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur
John Smith’s Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Third choice goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga will start for Tottenham with Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm sidelined. Christian Eriksen is ruled out with a stomach issue, whilst Serge Aurier is a major doubt.

Huddersfield have a near fully fit squad with just one player sidelined in the shape of winger Ramadan Sobhi.

KEY FACT: Spurs have scored in 31 of their last 32 Premier League fixtures
MATCH ODDS: Huddersfield 6/1 Draw 10/3 Spurs 4/9
bet365 Pick: Spurs to win & Under 2.5 goals @11/4
ANDY SAYS: I am going for my former club to win big here, comfortable win for Spurs…0-4
GRAEME SAYS: Huddersfield really do need a win, but I just don’t see them getting something here…0-2
Football Index – One to follow: Harry Wink – back from injury, one to keep an eye on for sure, could be a great investment

Manchester City 15:00 Brighton & Hove Albion
The Etihad

TEAM NEWS: Man City have confirmed Benjamin Mendy’s foot problem is not near to being cleared up yet, and he remains on the sidelines with Claudio Bravo and Kevin De Bruyne.

Florin Andone is back from injury for Brighton, but they will be missing Dale Stephens and Pascal Gross.

KEY FACT: Brighton’s two victories in their last 15 Premier League matches have both come against Manchester teams…United on both occasions.
MATCH ODDS: Man City 1/14 Draw 10/1 Brighton 22/1
bet365 Pick: Man City to win & Under 3.5 @13/10
ANDY SAYS: Man City are going to dish out a good hammering here, easy win…5-0
GRAEME SAYS: Brighton are playing well, but they won’t be getting anything from this game…3-0
Football Index – One to follow: Phil Foden – going to be a star, get on him early

Newcastle United 15:00 Leicester City
St James’ Park

TEAM NEWS: Newcastle are without striker Salomon Rondon, who joins Florian Lejeune on the sidelines.

Leicester finally have defender Caglar Soyuncu available. Demarai Gray has been sidelined for six weeks, joining Matt James on the injured list.

KEY FACT: Newcastle are without a win so far this season
MATCH ODDS: Newcastle 7/5 Draw 11/5 Leicester 2/1
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score – No @10/11
ANDY SAYS: Close call here, I think this could end in a draw as Newcastle are not good enough to beat Leicester, simple as that really…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I think this is where Newcastle get their first win, but it will be close…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Jonjo Shelvey – he believes he is England class, if he does get that chance then his value is there

Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00 Southampton

TEAM NEWS: Wolves have the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from for the game.

Shane Long is a major doubt for Southampton, with Moi Elyounoussi and Manolo Gabbiadini both expected to be fit. Danny Ings is available again after being ineligible to face parent club Danny Ings.

KEY FACT: Wolves have lost their previous two Premier League encounters with Southampton
MATCH ODDS: Wolves 4/5 Draw 5/2 Southampton 7/2
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score – No @4/5
ANDY SAYS: Wolves get the win, I think they are a better team than Southampton and their overall strength will see them home…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: Has to be a Wolves win here, at full strength and have looked good so far – although Southampton have looked better than I thought….3-1
Football Index – One to follow: Adama Traore – has potential to be a world class performer, keep an eye on this boy

Chelsea 17:30 Liverpool
Stamford Bridge

TEAM NEWS: Despite meeting in midweek, the two sides are expected to be massively different. Virgil van Dijk is expected to play despite a rib problem.

Chelsea are without Pedro along with Andreas Christensen, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rudiger could be available.

KEY FACT: Liverpool are looking to win their first seven matches of a top-flight campaign for only the second time
MATCH ODDS: Chelsea 9/5 Draw 5/2 Liverpool 7/2
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @6/5
ANDY SAYS: Liverpool continue their Premier League form, forget the midweek result with Chelsea winning at Anfield – this is a Reds win and there will be plenty of goals….2-4
GRAEME SAYS: I believe Liverpool go here happy with a point, and they could even win but I am going with Chelsea to sneak this, but it is going to be a great game whatever the outcome…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Eden Hazard – could he top the Index? Well he certainly has the potential too…

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