Premier League Saturday Preview

Liverpool will return to the top of the Premier League table on Saturday with victory at Newcastle.

Fresh from their Champions League drubbing at the hands of Barcelona in midweek, Liverpool need to get their Premier League head on, as they look to claim their first title this century – but to do so they know only maximum points is likely enough at St James’ Park.

Liverpool will overtake leaders Manchester City with victory in the late game, as Pep Guardiola’s men are not in action until Monday evening.

The day gets underway with Tottenham’s trip to Bournemouth and they know victory at the Vitality Stadium will seal their place in the top-four.

Wolves will almost be assured of a top-seven finish if they beat already relegated Fulham at Molineux.

Cardiff City host Crystal Palace knowing nothing more than a win will maintain their hopes of staying in the Premier League.

The final game of the day sees West Ham hosting Southampton, knowing they need to win to have any chance of finishing in the top-half of the table.

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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AFC Bournemouth 12:30 Tottenham Hotspur
Vitality Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Bournemouth have a host of players missing including Dan Gosling, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Smith, Junior Stanislas, Diego Rico, Charlie Daniels, Andrew Surman, Simon Francis and Lewis Cook.

Spurs will assess defender Jan Vertonghen before deciding whether he can feature. Serge Aurier, Erik Lamela, Harry Winks and Harry Kane remain sidelined.
KEY FACT: Son Heung-min has scored five times in his last four matches against Bournemouth
MATCH ODDS: Bournemouth 3/1 Draw 14/5 Spurs 5/6
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score & Over 2.5 goals @5/6
ANDY SAYS: My former club will be booking their top-four finish here, no doubt for me…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: I think Spurs will have one eye on the Champions League, but nothing to stop them winning…0-2
Football Index – One to follow: Christian Eriksen – A huge talent and one whose value has plenty of room to increase

West Ham United 15:00 Southampton
The London Stadium

TEAM NEWS: West Ham are looking to welcome back Carlos Sanchez, Samir Nasri, Aaron Cresswell, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid from injury, meaning the only absentees are Andriy Yarmolenko (calf) and Andy Carroll.

Southampton are without Maya Yoshida and Jannik Vestergaard, but Mario Lemina and Stuart Armstrong should be available.
KEY FACT: West Ham are looking for their first double over Southampton since 2001
MATCH ODDS: West Ham 6/5 Draw 5/2 Southampton 21/10
bet365 Pick: Draw @13/5
ANDY SAYS: West Ham should just about edge home here, but it might not be pretty…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: I can see Southampton getting a bit of a shock result here and claiming the win…0-2
Football Index – One to follow: Manuel Lanzini – Has missed most of this season, he could be a real bargain on the Index in the next year

Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00 Fulham

TEAM NEWS: Wolves have a fully fit squad too choose from.

Denis Odoi has been ruled out, joining Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Lazar Markovic on the sidelines.
KEY FACT: Wolves can become the first promoted team to win 16 matches in a Premier League campaign since Reading in 2007
MATCH ODDS: Wolves 1/2 Draw 3/1 Fulham 6/1
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @Evens
ANDY SAYS: Wolves have been so impressive this season and they will almost be in Europe with this win…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: A big win could be coming for Wolves here, they have been so good this season…3-0
Football Index – One to follow: Ruben Neves – A wonderful talent, his value can only go one way on the Index

Cardiff City 17:30 Crystal Palace
Cardiff City Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Cardiff hope to have Aron Gunnarsson, Kenneth Zohore and Harry Arter available, but Joe Ralls, Calum Paterson, Matthew Connolly and Sol Bamba are sidelined.

Crystal Palace are waiting on Christian Benteke, but they are without Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp and Pape Souare.
KEY FACT: Cardiff have never scored a Premier League goal against Palace
MATCH ODDS: Cardiff 6/4 Draw 12/5 Palace 17/10
bet365 Pick: Wilfried Zaha to score anytime @5/2
ANDY SAYS: I am backing my former club here, they will have too much for Cardiff…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: Cardiff need the win here to maintain their Premier League status, and they will just get it…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Wilfried Zaha – A stunning talent, could be on the move and still plenty of value

Newcastle United 19:45 Liverpool
St James’ Park

TEAM NEWS: Newcastle hope that Ayoze Perez and captain Jamaal Lascelles will be available, but Sean Longstaff, Miguel Almiron and Florian Lejuene remain sidelined.

Adam Lallana is the only injury doubt for Liverpool, who could make a number of changes from midweek.
KEY FACT: Liverpool can win a third successive PL match against Newcastle
MATCH ODDS: Newcastle 8/1 Draw 17/4 Liverpool 1/3
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @11/10
ANDY SAYS: I can’t see Rafa Benitez stopping his former club here, has to be a Liverpool win…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: I do wonder whether Newcastle can do something here, I could see them stealing a point…1-1
Football Index – One to follow: Mo Salah – He has the potential to be top of the Index, so certainly there is value in him

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