Premier League Saturday Preview

An action packed Saturday in the Premier League this week with eight games, including champions-elect Liverpool.

The Reds went 19-points clear in midweek but they can go further clear with second placed Manchester City not playing until Sunday.

Liverpool play host to an in-form Southampton side, who have lost just one game since Christmas.

The day’s early kick-off is huge game in the battle for the top-four as third placed Leicester host fourth placed Chelsea.

And clash with top-four implications is at Old Trafford with Manchester United entertaining Wolves – with only goal-difference currently separating the two sides.

There are also some huge games at the bottom with West Ham facing Brighton at the London Stadium and Bournemouth hosting Aston Villa.

See below for a preview on each game, 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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Leicester City 12:30 Chelsea
King Power Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Nampalys Mendy, Wes Morgan and Daniel Amartey all miss out for Leicester but top-scorer Jamie Vardy will be available. | Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic miss out for Chelsea, but Reece James and Tammy Abraham should be available.
KEY FACT: Leicester are unbeaten in their last four League meetings with Chelsea
MATCH ODDS: Leicester 6/4 Draw 13/5 Chelsea 13/8
bet365 Pick: Draw @13/5
ANDY SAYS: This is a really good game to start the weekend but I think Chelsea will get a point…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Probably the game of the weekend for me and I think that Leicester might just cement their top-four place with a win here…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Jamie Vardy – The Premier League’s top-scorer has been superb this season

AFC Bournemouth 15:00 Aston Villa
Vitality Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Bournemouth still have a huge injury list with Joshua King, Jack Stacey, Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, Lloyd Kelly, Charlie Daniels, David Brooks and Chris Mepham all sidelined but Philip Billing could return. | Villa are without Wesley, Thomas Heaton, Jed Steer and John McGinn.
KEY FACT: Aston Villa are the only team without a headed goal in the Premier League this season
MATCH ODDS: Bournemouth 11/10 Draw 13/5 Villa 12/5
bet365 Pick: Draw @13/5
ANDY SAYS: A huge game at the bottom and Villa on their high from reaching the League Cup final will get another win…1-2
GRAEME SAYS: Bournemouth can’t lose this game and I think they might just claim a point…1-1
Football Index – One to follow: Jack Grealish – Showing wonderful form for his hometown club

Crystal Palace 15:00 Sheffield United
Selhurst Park

TEAM NEWS: Palace are without Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp and Cenk Tosun, but Christian Benteke, Joel Ward, Andros Townsend and Patrick van Arnholt are back from injury and Luka Milivojevic has returned from suspension. | David McGoldrick is the only doubt for Sheff United. Club record signing Sander Berge could make his debut.
KEY FACT: Crystal Palace have won their last two home league matches v Sheff Utd
MATCH ODDS: Palace 21/10 Draw 21/10 Sheff Utd 6/4
bet365 Pick: Draw @21/10
ANDY SAYS: Don’t see much in this one, Palace should be looking for a win but I think the Blades edge it.…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Am going to give Palace the benefit of the doubt in this one, I think they claim the win…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Sander Berge – Has so much potential

Liverpool 15:00 Southampton

TEAM NEWS: Sadio Mane and Nathaniel Clyne are sidelined for Liverpool but Xherdan Shaqiri, Adam Lallana, James Milner and Divock Origi could feature. | Stuart Armstrong could be the only player missing for Southampton, who could hand a debut to Kyle Walker-Peters.
KEY FACT: Liverpool have won their last five Premier League matches against Southampton
MATCH ODDS: Liverpool 2/7 Draw 9/2 Southampton 10/1
bet365 Pick: Roberto Firmino to score anytime @11/10
ANDY SAYS: As well as Southampton are playing, they don’t upset things here – home win…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: This could be a very dangerous game for Liverpool, but I still have them winning here…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Roberto Firmino – Has proven himself as one of the Premier League’s best

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

TEAM NEWS: Emil Krafth, Jonjo Shelvey, Dwight Gayle, Javi Manquillo, Andy Carroll, Jack Colback, Yoshinori Muto, Ki Sung-Yeung, Paul Dummett and Jetro Willems are all missing for Newcastle but they could hand debuts to Danny Rose, Nabil Bentaleb and Valentino Lazaro. | Norwich are without Timm Klose and the suspended Ben Godfrey, but they hope Emiliano Buendia, Todd Cantwell and Ibrahim Amadou will be available.
KEY FACT: Newcastle’s last three Premier League goals have come in the 90th minute or later
MATCH ODDS: Newcastle 6/5 Draw 12/5 Norwich 23/10
bet365 Pick: First goal to be a header @4/1
ANDY SAYS: Newcastle have improved and I think they will take the three points…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: Norwich are not always a push-over and I believe that they could land a point here…1-1
Football Index – One to follow: Danny Rose – Has a huge chance to impress at Newcastle

Watford 15:00 Everton
Vicarage Road

TEAM NEWS: Kiko Femenia, Sebastian Prodl and Darly Janmaat are all sidelined for Watford, who should have Will Hughes, Nathaniel Chalobah and Danny Welbeck available. | Alex Iwobi, Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson are all in contention to feature for Everton. Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin both remain sidelined.
KEY FACT: Everton hope to keep an away PL clean sheet for the first time since the opening weekend
MATCH ODDS: Watford 7/4 Draw 23/10 Everton 8/5
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @4/5
ANDY SAYS: Interesting game but I think Everton have it in them to get something…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: These two teams could very well cancel each other out…0-0
Football Index – One to follow: Richarlison – Emerging as a huge top-flight talent

West Ham United 15:00 Brighton & Hove Albion
The London Stadium

TEAM NEWS: West Ham are missing Andriy Yarmolenko, Ryan Fredericks, Felipe Anderson, Michail Antonio and Jack Wilshere. Tomas Soucek could make his Hammers debut | Brighton are without Leon Balogun, Jose Izquierdo and Dan Burn, but they hope to have Shane Duffy available.
KEY FACT: West Ham have never beaten Brighton in the Premier League
MATCH ODDS: West Ham 8/5 Draw 23/10 Brighton 7/4
bet365 Pick: Lewis Dunk to score anytime @11/1
ANDY SAYS: I think that West Ham are really struggling and Brighton will win here…1-2
GRAEME SAYS: I am going for West Ham to edge this one, as they really need the three points…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Neal Maupay – Has developed into a very good Premier League striker

Manchester United 17:30 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Old Trafford

TEAM NEWS: Bruno Fernandes is in line to make his United debut. They remain without Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba, whilst Nemanja Matic is suspended. | Ruben Vinagre is the only player missing for Wolves, who could hand a debut to Daniel Podence.
KEY FACT: Man Utd are unbeaten in 11 home matches against Wolves
MATCH ODDS: Man Utd 5/4 Draw 9/4 Wolves 12/5
bet365 Pick: Man Utd to score first @8/11
ANDY SAYS: A good game but I think that it ends in a draw…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I wonder if Bruno Ferenandes can inspire United, but no Wolves get the win…1-2
Football Index – One to follow: Ruben Neves – A top quality midfielder

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