Premier League Saturday Preview

The Premier League’s Christmas schedule continues on Saturday with Leicester City looking to return to winning ways.

The Foxes had hoped to close the gap at the top of the table on Boxing Day but were instead hammered 4-0 by runaway leaders Liverpool.

Now Leicester look to bounce back on Saturday as they travel to West Ham United – who are just a point above the bottom-three.

Tottenham have the chance to move into the top-four as they face bottom-of-the-table Norwich.

The other two teams in the relegation zone, Watford and Aston Villa, clash at Vicarage Road in a archetypal six-pointer.

Manchester United are looking to continue their push towards the top-six as they face a trip across Lancashire to take on Burnley.

The day’s opening game sees a South Coast derby as Brighton host Bournemouth. Also on the coast, Southampton welcome Crystal Palace to St Mary’s.

Finally, Newcastle entertain Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton in the North East.

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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Brighton & Hove Albion 12:30 AFC Bournemouth
Amex Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Brighton hope that Lewis Dunk will be fit, but Jose Izquierdo and Solly March are sidelined. | Bournemouth could have Simon Francis back, but they are without Nathan Ake, Adam Smith, Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, Charlie Daniels, Lloyd Kelly and David Brooks.
KEY FACT: Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last five trips to Brighton in all competitions
MATCH ODDS: Brighton 3/4 Draw 29/10 Bournemouth 10/3
bet365 Pick: Draw @29/10
ANDY SAYS: This should be a close game and I think Bournemouth can take something away…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I think Brighton being at home will have too much for Bournemouth and take the win…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Neil Maupay – Really has progressed since his summer move

Newcastle United 15:00 Everton
St. James’ Park

TEAM NEWS: Everton come into the game without Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Alex Iwobi, Morgan Schneiderlin and Andre Gomes.Allan Saint-Maximin is ruled out for Newcastle, who have a host of players who are doubts for the game, including Matt Ritchie, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett, Javi Manquillo and Ki Sung-Yeung.
KEY FACT: Everton have won four of their last six Premier League visits to Newcastle
MATCH ODDS: Newcastle 5/2 Draw 12/5 Everton 11/10
bet365 Pick: Both Teams Not To Score @19/20
ANDY SAYS: I think we see Newcastle perform in this one and they take the win…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: Has to be Everton for me in this one, the new boss springboard is still in effect here…1-3
Football Index – One to follow: Richarlison – Emerging as a huge Premier League talent

Southampton 15:00 Crystal Palace
St. Mary’s Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Shane Long is a doubt for Southampton who are without Moussa Djenepo and Yan Velery. | Andros Townsend, Jeffrey Schlupp, Gary Cahill, Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Christian Benteke and Patrick van Aanholt are all sidelined.
KEY FACT: Palace are unbeaten in their last two visits to St Mary’s
MATCH ODDS: Southampton 10/11 Draw 13/5 Palace 29/10
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @4/5
ANDY SAYS: Close game but I think my former club will get something from this…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Southampton are playing well and it is hard not to see them winning here…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Wilfried Zaha – Continuing to show just how good he is

Watford 15:00 Aston Villa
Vicarage Road

TEAM NEWS: Ismaila Sarr is available for Watford after injury whilst Abdoulaye Doucoure returns from suspension, but they are without Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley
Daryl Janmaat, Jose Holebas and Sebastian Prodl. | Keinan Davis and Tyrone Mings could be back for Villa, but Jed Steer and John McGinn are sidelined.
KEY FACT: Villa are looking for only their second league win at Watford in 10 visits
MATCH ODDS: Watford 19/20 Draw 14/5 Villa 13/5
bet365 Pick: Watford to win @19/20
ANDY SAYS: Close game but Watford have enough for me to get the three points…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: Big game for both sides but I have Watford being at home will seal the win…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Jack Grealish – Has been excellent so far this season

Norwich City 17:30 Tottenham Hotspur
Carrow Road

TEAM NEWS: Timm Klose, Ben Godfrey and Josip Drmic are ruled out for Norwich. | Spurs hope to have Dele Alli available, but as well injured duo Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies they are without suspended trio Heung-Min Son, Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko.
KEY FACT: Norwich have won just one of their eight Premier League home matches against Tottenham
MATCH ODDS: Norwich 4/1 Draw 3/1 Spurs 4/6
bet365 Pick: Over 3.5 goals @6/4
ANDY SAYS: My old team will go to Norfolk and come away with the three points, little doubt about it for me…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: I think Norwich will put up a good fight but I believe that Spurs take the win…0-2
Football Index – One to follow: Harry Kane – Still showing he is one of the world’s best

West Ham United 17:30 Leicester City
London Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Ryan Fredericks is back from suspension for West Ham but Aaron Creswell is banned joining Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere on the sidelines. | Leicester are only without long-term injury victim Matty James.
KEY FACT: Leicester can make it four straight Premier League matches without defeat in London for the first time
MATCH ODDS: West Ham 14/5 Draw 14/5 Leicester 10/11
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @13/10
ANDY SAYS: Leicester will bounce back from the Liverpool hammering with their own big win…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: I have feeling that Leicester’s poor Christmas will continue with a shock loss here…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Youri Tielemans – Has been fantastic this season

Burnley 19:45 Manchester United
Turf Moor

TEAM NEWS: Ben Gibson and Aaron Lennon are the only doubts for Burnley. | United have a number of players missing including Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Axel Tuanzebe and Scott McTominay.
KEY FACT: Man Utd have conceded just one goal in their five Premier League visits to Burnley
MATCH ODDS: Burnley 10/3 Draw 11/4 Man Utd 4/5
bet365 Pick: Marcus Rashford first goal @4/1
ANDY SAYS: Close game but I think United’s extra quality will see them coming out on top…1-2
GRAEME SAYS: Tough call here, but I am going with United to take the win…1-2
Football Index – One to follow: Marcus Rashford – Huge potential to be one of Europe’s top strikers

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