Premier League Saturday Preview

Table topping Manchester United and newly promoted Huddersfield Town look to keep up their perfect starts to the new season.

United are the final game on Saturday as they host Leicester City at Old Trafford, looking to make it three wins from three.

Whilst many predicted a strong start for Jose Mourinho’s men, not many thought David Wagner’s newly promoted Town could emulate that – but they will make it three from three with a win over Southampton at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The early kick-off sees Manchester City – unbeaten in their opening two games – travel to pointless Bournemouth.

Also pointless are Newcastle and West Ham, so something will give at St James’ Park as the two clash.

Watford have made an impressive start to the new season under Marco Silva and they host PL new boys Brighton – who are yet to register their first point of the campaign.

Frank de Boer is still without a point as Crystal Palace and he will look to get off the mark at home to Swansea.

See below for a run-down on the games, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder and columnist Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey  together with everything you need to know from the bookies – with Ladbrokes’s Alex Apati.

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Bournemouth 12:30 Man City
Saturday 26 August 2017
Vitality Stadium
Live on Sky Sports

TEAM NEWS: Benjamin Mendy and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could be involved for the first time this season, but Kyle Walker is suspended. Jermain Defoe now looks fully fit and ready to start his first game since returning.
KEY FACT: Raheem Sterling has scored five Premier League goals against Bournemouth
MATCH ODDS: Bournemouth 17/2 Draw 21/5 Man City 3/10
ANDY SAYS: An easy win here for City, can’t see anything else…1-4
GRAEME SAYS: No problems here at all for City, Bournemouth will struggle to keep score down…0-4
Three points for Man City here, could be a big score…0-3
LADBROKES PICK: Kevin de Bruyne to score – 19/10
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: £1.74 and in the top-50, still lots of potential in Raheem Sterling in our opinion.

Crystal Palace 15:00 Swansea
Saturday 26 August 2017
Selhurst Park

TEAM NEWS: Wilfried Zaha misses out with his knee injury but Dutch defender Jairo Riedewald could return. Striker Fernando Llorente is still not ready after his broken arm. Kyle Bartley is sidelined with a knee injury but Leon Britton is available.
KEY FACT: Swansea have lost only one of their last 12 meetings with Crystal Palace 
MATCH ODDS: Palace 19/20 Draw 9/4 Swansea 16/5
ANDY SAYS: Tough call but I think Palace should have enough for their first win…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: For me Swansea get something from this game, I am going a draw…1-1
Close match this one but I will just go for Palace…1-0
LADBROKES PICK: Both teams NOT to score – 5/6
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Christian Benteke at just £0.81 – still looks a good investment at that mark

Huddersfield 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 26 August 2017
John Smith’s Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Martin Cranie, Nahki Wells and Jon Gorenc Stankovic remain sidelined but new signings Florent Hadergjonaj and Abdelhamid Sabiri could feature. Wesley Hoedt is available to make his debut but Virgil van Dijk remains on the sidelines.
KEY FACT: Southampton have won more away matches in 2017 than they have at home
MATCH ODDS: Huddersfield 27/10 Draw 11/5 Southampton 21/20
ANDY SAYS: Tough one again, but Wagner has started well and they should get another win…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: I can see Huddersfield making this three out of three…2-1
A close call, can see a draw…1-1
LADBROKES PICK: Gabbiadini to score first – 9/2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Manolo Gabbiadini at just £0.79 looks a great buy to us

Newcastle 15:00 West Ham
Saturday 26 August 2017
St. James’ Park

TEAM NEWS: Jonjo Shelvey is suspended for Newcastle. Winston Reid is sidelined and Marko Arnautovic is suspended. Cheikhou Kouyate, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll are all back in training and could feature.  
KEY FACT: Javier Hernandez has scored three goals in his last four PL starts against Newcastle
MATCH ODDS: Newcastle 6/5 Draw 23/10 West Ham 11/5
ANDY SAYS: I think Newcastle could grab their first win of the season here…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: Newcastle have looked poor so far, I can only see a West Ham win here…0-2
I think West Ham will come out on top here, they have the better team…1-2
LADBROKES PICK:  Draw – 23/10
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Javier Hernandez has to be the pick in this game, the goals trail has started.

Watford 15:00 Brighton
Saturday 26 August 2017
Vicarage Road

TEAM NEWS: Brighton have new signing Jose Izquierdo in the squad. Izzy Brown is out along with Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock. Daryl Janmaat, Younes Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra are still sidelined for Watford but Mauro Zarate and Craig Cathcart are back in full training.
KEY FACT: Andre Gray has scored in all four of his previous league appearances against Brighton.
MATCH ODDS: Watford 19/20 Draw 9/4 Brighton 16/5
ANDY SAYS: I think Watford will get a comfortable win here…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: This is the ‘Bailey Banker’ – Watford are going to win this game…3-0
Watford will be too strong for Brighton here, who are poor…3-1
LADBROKES PICK: Both Teams To Score – Evens
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Andre Gray is going to be a great investment for any INDEX player

Man Utd 17:30 Leicester
Saturday 26 August 2017
Old Trafford
Live On BT Sport

TEAM NEWS: Robert Huth and Vicente Iborra are sidelined but captain Wes Morgan is back. Kelechi Iheanacho and Harry Maguire should be fit.
KEY FACT: Henrikh Mkhitaryan could become the first player in PL history to assist two goals in three consecutive matches.
MATCH ODDS: Man Utd 1/3 Draw 4/1 Leicester 17/2
ANDY SAYS: Easy United win for me, and will be comfortable…3-0
GRAEME SAYS: I think Leicester could give United a game here, but the home side will win…2-1
I can’t see Leicester getting anything here, United win…3-1
LADBROKES PICK: Man United to win to nil – 23/20
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Henrikh Mkhitaryan has started the season in wonderful fashion, I must for your portfolio.

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