Premier League Saturday Preview

Leaders Liverpool look to keep up the pace at the top of the Premier League on Saturday.

The Reds are four points clear of champions Manchester City, but as they are not in action until Sunday – Jurgen Klopp’s side will go seven clear with victory at home to Crystal Palace.

The game of the weekend is the final game of Saturday as fourth plays fifth with Chelsea hosting Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. A victory for The Gunners would move them to within three points of The Blues.

Manchester United will have the chance to overtake Arsenal, if they don’t win at Chelsea, as they host Brighton – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to equal the best ever start to a Premier League managerial career.

At the wrong end of the table – the bottom two do not play until Sunday, but there is a huge ‘six-point’ clash with third bottom Newcastle hosting fourth bottom Cardiff – with just one point separating the two sides.

Southampton, who are only ahead of Cardiff on goal-difference, host Everton at St Mary’s hoping for back-to-back successes.

In-form Burnley are looking for a fourth successive victory as they host seventh place Watford.

West Ham could find themselves in seventh, if they grab all three points at Bournemouth.

Finally, the opening game of the day is a Midlands derby as Wolverhampton welcome Leicester to

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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Wolverhampton Wanderers 12:30 Leicester City

TEAM NEWS: Wolves have the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from, but they are without the suspended Wily Boly.

Leicester are without Daniel Amartey, but they hope Jonny Evans will be available despite a toe problem.
KEY FACT: Leicester have a chance to complete a hat-trick of league away wins for the first time since April 2016
MATCH ODDS: Wolves 6/5 Draw 11/5 Leicester 12/5
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score @21/20
ANDY SAYS: Close game but I think Wolves with the home advantage will win…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: Tough call this one, and I can see a draw but maybe a few goals…2-2
Football Index – One to follow: Jamie Vardy – still a top class striker and one to be considered

AFC Bournemouth 15:00 West Ham United
Vitality Stadium

TEAM NEWS: West Ham hope that Marko Arnautovic, Fabian Balbuena and Javier Hernandez could be available – although the latter might not feature due to him set for a move away. The Hammers still have the longest injury list in the league with Jack Wilshere, Ryan Fredericks, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini all ruled out.

Callum Wilson is a doubt with a hamstring problem, but Dominic Solanke, Lewis Cook and Simon Francis are ruled out.
KEY FACT: West Ham have scored in all 12 of their meetings with AFC Bournemouth
MATCH ODDS: Bournemouth 11/8 Draw 13/5 West Ham 7/4
bet365 Pick: Bournemouth to win & Both Teams To Score @3/1
ANDY SAYS: Bournemouth should have too much here for West Ham…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: I don’t think Bournemouth are playing too well, I think West Ham could sneak this…1-2
Football Index – One to follow: Declan Rice – a wonderful young talent, and one who needs to be looked at

Liverpool 15:00 Crystal Palace

TEAM NEWS: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren are all sidelined, but Gino Wijnaldum could feature.

Palace are without goalkeepers Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey, so they have brought in Lucas Perri on-loan from Sao Paulo on-loan – who should make his debut. Pape Souare is also sidelined.
KEY FACT: Liverpool are looking to win a seventh consecutive league home match for the first time since January 2014
MATCH ODDS: Liverpool 1/6 Draw 13/2 Palace 12/1
bet365 Pick: Sadio Mane to score first @9/2
ANDY SAYS: Liverpool are good and I don’t see my former side being able to cope with them in any way…3-1
GRAEME SAYS: Could be a big score here, not overly impressed by Palace…4-0
Football Index – One to follow: Andy Robertson – few full-backs in Europe are playing better than Liverpool’s left-back

Manchester United 15:00 Brighton & Hove Albion
Old Trafford

TEAM NEWS: Marcos Rojo is sidelined for United, but they could have a near fully fit squad with Chris Smalling and Alexis Sanchez in contention to make the game. Eric Bailly is back from suspension.

Brighton are without Bernardo and Jose Izquierdo, but Yves Bissouma should be available. Goalkeeper Matt Ryan remains at the Asia Cup.
KEY FACT: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seeking to become the first Man Utd manager to win his first six league matches in charge
MATCH ODDS: Man Utd 2/7 Draw 4/1 Brighton 10/1
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @6/5
ANDY SAYS: Man Utd will continue their wonderful run of form here without too many issues…3-0
GRAEME SAYS: Has to be a home win and a new record for Ole…4-1
Football Index – One to follow: Marcus Rashford – in wonderful form, one who has to be banked on

Newcastle United 15:00 Cardiff City
St. James’ Park

TEAM NEWS: Victor Camarasa, Calum Paterson and Jazz Richards are all ruled out for Cardiff, who hope to have Kadeem Harris, Danny Ward and Kenneth Zohore available.

Ciaran Clark, Kenedy, Jonjo Shelvey and Momo Diame are all considered doubtful, whilst Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett and Karl Darlow are all out.
KEY FACT: Newcastle have won 17 of their last 18 home league matches against Cardiff
MATCH ODDS: Newcastle Evens Draw 12/5 Cardiff 10/3
bet365 Pick: Cardiff double chance @5/6
ANDY SAYS: Newcastle need the win and I think they land the three points here…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: I think Cardiff will get something here…1-1
Football Index – One to follow: Emiliano Sala – will be joining Cardiff this weekend, one to keep an eye on

Southampton 15:00 Everton
St. Mary’s 

TEAM NEWS: Ryan Bertrand, Mario Lemina and Michael Obafemi are all injured, but Danny Ings and Shane Long should feature.  Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Charlie Austin and Yan Valery all return from suspension.

Everton have a near fully fit squad with the only doubt being Phil Jagielka.
Everton are looking for their first league win on the South Coast in nine attempts
MATCH ODDS: Southampton 7/4 Draw 12/5 Everton 17/10
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score & Over 2.5 goals @11/10
ANDY SAYS: I can see Everton getting something here, be a close game…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Tough call, but I can see Southampton grabbing a shock win…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Richarlison – has looked great at Everton, well worth investing in

Watford 15:00 Burnley
Vicarage Road

TEAM NEWS: Sebastian Prodl is ruled out for Watford, who should have Andre Gray, Christian Kabasele adn Will Hughes available.

Johann Gudmundsson and Aaron Lennon miss out for Burnley, but Phil Bardsley should be available. Robbie Brady is suspended.
Burnley are looking to win their first three top-flight matches in a calendar year for the first time since 1958
MATCH ODDS: Watford 4/6 Draw 3/1 Burnley 19/4
bet365 Pick: Burnley Double Chance @13/10
ANDY SAYS: Watford are a very good team, they win …2-1
GRAEME SAYS: Difficult game to call but have to go with Watford to be too good…2-0
Football Index – One to follow: Gerard Deulofeu – the Spanish winger is still a huge threat and could be worth investing in

Arsenal 17:30 Chelsea
Emirates Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck all miss out for Arsenal.

Chelsea are without Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and it remains to be seen if Alvaro Morata will be involved as his future looks uncertain.
Olivier Giroud could become the second player to score for both clubs in PL meetings between Arsenal and Chelsea, after Cesc Fabregas
MATCH ODDS: Arsenal 21/10 Draw 13/5 Chelsea 11/8
bet365 Pick: Draw @13/5
ANDY SAYS: I think this will be a good game, but I can see Chelsea getting something…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: A cracking game, but I believe Arsenal will get the win…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Callum Hudson-Odi – could be on his way to Bayern Munich, very much one to watch

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