Premier League Saturday Preview

Champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool are both in action on the second Saturday of the Premier League season looking for successive wins.

City host Tottenham in the final game of the day in what is undoubtedly the pick of this weekend’s fixtures.

Before City kick-off, Liverpool travel to Southampton looking to follow for a third success in a week after also picking up the UEFA Super Cup in midweek.

The day’s opening game sees Arsenal host Burnley – both coming into the game after opening day win, so one or both of their perfect records will disappear.

Newly promoted duo Aston Villa and Norwich both host their first games since returning to the top-flight looking for their first points of the new season. Villa welcome Bournemouth whilst Newcastle are due a Carrow Road.

Brighton opened their season in brilliant fashion after thrashing Watford and will look to keep that going at home to West Ham. The Hornets look to bounce back as they visit 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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Arsenal 12:30 Burnley
Emirates Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Arsenal still have a host of injury concerns with Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos and new signing Kieran Tierney all missing out, whilst their is a doubt over captain Granit Xhaka. Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac hope to be involved following off-field issues.

Belgian Steven Defour misses out for Burnley, whilst Robbie Brady and Charlie Taylor are doubts but hope to be involved. 
In the Premier League, Arsenal have won their last nine matches against Burnley
MATCH ODDS: Arsenal 3/10 Draw 9/2 Burnley 9/1
bet365 Pick: Ashley Barnes to score anytime @11/4
ANDY SAYS: You have to go with Arsenal here, it won’t be easy but they looked decent at Newcastle…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: Both played well last week, but I think Arsenal at home will have too much for Burnley here…2-0
Football Index – One to follow: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Scored first day and nothing to suggest he can’t top scoring charts again

Aston Villa 15:00 AFC Bournemouth
Villa Park

TEAM NEWS: Aston Villa have a near fully fit squad to choose from with James Chester the only doubt with a hamstring problem.

Bournemouth have a host of players who are missing with Dan Gosling, David Brooks, Simon Francis, Lewis Cook, Lloyd Kelly, Junior Stanislas and Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld all sidelined.
KEY FACT: John McGinn could become the first Scottish player to score in his first two Premier League appearances
MATCH ODDS: Aston Villa 7/5 Draw 12/5 Bournemouth 19/10
bet365 Pick: Tyrone Mings to be carded @13/5
ANDY SAYS: A really close game for sure, and I think that Bournemouth are going to get something from this game…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Villa will be too strong for Bournemouth here and will record their first win of the season…3-0
Football Index – One to follow: John McGinn – Has huge ability, and started the season in fine style

Brighton & Hove Albion 15:00 West Ham United
Amex Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Captain Mark Noble misses out for West Ham, who could also be missing Felipe Anderson and record signing Sebastian Haller – who suffered knocks last week, but Jack Wilshere will be fine.

Jose Izquierdo, Yves Bissouma and Ezequiel Schelotto all miss out for Brighton.
KEY FACT: Brighton have never lost to West Ham in the Premier League
MATCH ODDS: Brighton 31/20 Draw 9/4 West Ham 15/8
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @10/11
ANDY SAYS: I must admit I am not convinced about West Ham they were poor last week and Brighton did really well, so I am going home win…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: I wasn’t confident about Brighton, but that first win says they have something about them so you have to think another win…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Neal Maupay – Good debut last week and is one to keep an eye on

Everton 15:00 Watford
Goodison Park

TEAM NEWS: Morgan Schneiderlin is suspended, whilst Leighton Baines remains a doubt along with Fabian Delph, whilst Andre Gomes is also carrying a knock but should be fine.

New signings Tom Dele-Bashiru and Danny Welbeck are both missing for Watford, whilst Adalberto Penaranda, Nathaniel Chalobah and Dimitri Foulquier are all rated doubtful.
KEY FACT: Everton are looking to win five consecutive Premier League home matches for the first time since April 2017
MATCH ODDS: Everton 8/11 Draw 14/5 Watford 15/4
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score & Over 2.5 goals @11/10
ANDY SAYS: Everton will have too much for Everton here, I think they get the win and without too many issues…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: I do wonder whether Watford will get something here, they can’t be worse than they were so I am going with a score draw…1-1
Football Index – One to follow: Andre Gomes – Could become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League

Norwich City 15:00 Newcastle United
Carrow Road

TEAM NEWS: Timm Klose and Ibrahim Amadou should be available for Norwich, but Christoph Zimmermann, Louis Thompson and Alexander Tettey should be fit to feature.

Newcastle are waiting on Jonjo Shelvey, Dwight Gayle and Christian Atsu, but they will be without Andy Carroll, DeAndre Yedlin, Florian Lejeune and Jack Colback.
KEY FACT: Newcastle have won two of their last three Premier League away matches
MATCH ODDS: Norwich 5/4 Draw 23/10 Newcastle 23/10
bet365 Pick: A penalty in the match @2/1
ANDY SAYS: This will be a good game, and it could go either way so I am saying draw as I don’t think Norwich will be push-overs at home…2-2
GRAEME SAYS: I was quite impressed with what Newcastle did against Arsenal and I think they can sneak a win here, but it will be close…1-2
Football Index – One to follow: Joelinton – He looks the part and he is a very interesting player

Southampton 15:00 Liverpool
St. Mary’s Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Southampton can boast a fully fit squad with deadline night signing Kevin Danso set to be available.

Liverpool are without number one Alisson, meaning a league debut for Adrian although he also has a knock which could see Andy Lonergan drafted in. Nathaniel Clyne and Naby Keita are also missing
KEY FACT: Liverpool could equal their best ever Premier League winning run of 11 consecutive victories
MATCH ODDS: Southampton 11/2 Draw 15/4 Liverpool 4/9
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score @4/5
ANDY SAYS: Liverpool are going to win this, I don’t think there is too much about it…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: I am not impressed with Southampton at all, Liverpool will run out easy winners in this one…0-2
Football Index – One to follow: Sadio Mane – Still under-rated on the Index in our view

Manchester City 17:30 Tottenham Hotspur
Etihad Stadium

TEAM NEWS: New signing Joao Cancelo could be involved, along with Fernandinho with both building up their fitness, but Leroy Sane and Benjamin Mendy are sidelined.

Ben Davies and Dele Alli could be available for Spurs, but they are without the suspended Son Heung-Min whilst Ryan Sessegnon and Juan Foyth are unavailable.
City have won their last four Premier League matches against Spurs
MATCH ODDS: Man City 1/3 Draw 17/4 Spurs 15/2
bet365 Pick: Spurs +1 @9/4
ANDY SAYS: Man City look great, I don’t see how my former team Spurs can prevent them from winning…3-1
GRAEME SAYS: A brilliant game so early in the season but I just don’t think Spurs are as up to speed as City…2-0
Football Index – One to follow: Bernardo Silva – A supreme talent

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