Premier League Saturday Preview

Manchester City are looking to maintain their place at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday.

City are two points clear of neighbours Manchester United at the summit of the Premier League, and both are in action on Saturday at 3 o’clock.

City host Burnley at the Etihad, and victory could take them five points clear – although should they lost and United win at Huddersfield, then the Red Devils could replace them at the top of the table.

The early game sees Champions Chelsea looking to end a run of two successive league defeats, as they host high-flying Watford at Stamford Bridge. Three points for Marco Silva’s side, would see them climb into third about Tottenham – as they are not in action until Sunday.

Bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace are looking for back-to-back wins after their victory over Chelsea last week, and they travel to the North East to face Newcastle.

Leicester City begin life without Craig Shakespeare with his assistant Michael Appleton in charge for their game at Swasea, and they will be looking for the three points which would lift them out of the bottom three.

Second from bottom Bournemouth cannot move out of the relegation zone, even with victory at Stoke but it would put them into touching distance.

The final game of the day sees the two teams locked in the middle of the table – West Brom and Southampton – clash at St Mary’s in the late game.

See below for a run-down on the games, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray, leading agent Barry Silkman and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey.

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Chelsea 12:30 Watford
Stamford Bridge
Live On Sky Sports

TEAM NEWS: Watford are without Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Prodl, Craig Cathcart, Nathaniel Chalobah and Isaac Success. David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko are both major doubts, which could give Antonio Conte a real issue in midfield considering N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater sidelined. Victor Moses remains injured also.
KEY FACT: Watford have not won against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since 1986
MATCH ODDS: Chelsea 4/11 Draw 19/5 Watford 8/1
ANDY SAYS: Has to be Chelsea, they will bounce back with a win…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: Watford could put up a good fight, but they won’t get anything…1-0
SILKY SAYS: Chelsea are too good not to win here, and will do so…3-0
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Huddersfield 15:00 Man Utd
John Smith’s Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are all major doubts. Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba are both ruled out. Huddersfield could welcome Steve Mounie back and Colin Quaner will have a fitness test. Kasey Palmer, Michael Hefele and Philip Billing remain sidelined.
KEY FACT: This will be the first meeting between these sides since the 1971/72 season
MATCH ODDS: Huddersfield 17/2 Draw 7/2 Man Utd 4/11
ANDY SAYS: Comfortable win for United here, don’t see this being a problem…0-3
GRAEME SAYS: I don’t see this being an easy game, but United should bag the three points…1-2
SILKY SAYS: I don’t think United will have an issue getting the three points here…0-3
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Marcus Rashford is in great form and a worthwhile investment for any portfolio

Man City 15:00 Burnley
Etihad Stadium

TEAM NEWS: City are set to be without captain Vincent Kompany again, whilst left-back Benjamin Mendy won’t play again until next year. For Burnley Tom Heaton, Jon Walters, Nahki Wells and Dean Marney all miss out. 
KEY FACT: This is Burnley’s best ever start to a Premier League season
MATCH ODDS: Man City 1/11 Draw 10/1 Burnley 25/1
ANDY SAYS: I don’t see how Burnley get anything from this at all, easy home win…5-1
GRAEME SAYS: Man City are going to win this game, but I don’t think it will be easy…2-0
SILKY SAYS: I don’t think it will be as convincing as the Stoke result, but still dominant…5-0
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Newcastle 15:00 Crystal Palace
St. James’ Park

TEAM NEWS: Newcastle have a near fully fit squad with only Paul Dummet and Massadio Haidara missing out. Crystal Palace are still without strikers Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham, whilst Reuben Loftus-Cheek is also missing.
KEY FACT: Rafael Benitez has never lost a home league match in English football against a coach who has also managed the English national team
MATCH ODDS: Newcastle 19/20 Draw 23/10 Palace 29/10
ANDY SAYS: Close call, but I fancy my old team just to have enough to claim a point…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Really could see this going either way, but I think Newcastle might just snatch it…2-1
SILKY SAYS: Not convinced by either side so can see it ending in a draw…1-1
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Stoke 15:00 Bournemouth
bet365 Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Callum Wilson is still not ready to be involved, whilst Tyrone Mings and Adam Federici are sidelined. Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross remains sidelined with a persistent back problem. Joe Allen will be assessed before kick-off.
KEY FACT: No Premier League team has conceded more goals this season than Stoke City 
MATCH ODDS: Stoke 11/10 Draw 23/10 Bournemouth 12/5
ANDY SAYS: I would go with a home win here, think Stoke will have enough to get it done…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: I believe Stoke need to win this and I think they will just land it…1-0
SILKY SAYS: I don’t think Stoke are playing very well at all, so don’t think they will win…1-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Jack Butland is going to be England’s keeper – a great long-term prospect on the Index

Swansea 15:00 Leicester
Liberty Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Renato Sanches is back after injury for Swansea, but Wilfried Bony is sidelined. Leroy Fer is suspended. Robert Huth and Matty James are sidelined for Leicester.
KEY FACT: Riyad Mahrez has four goals in his last four PL matches against Swansea
MATCH ODDS: Swansea 9/5 Draw 11/5 Leicester 31/20
ANDY SAYS: I think Leicester will grab the win here…1-2
GRAEME SAYS: I think Swansea will come out on top here…2-1
SILKY SAYS: Close call but I haven’t been impressed with Swansea, so just Leicester…1-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Riyad Mahrez looks back to form and should be considered for any portfolio

Southampton 17:30 West Brom
St. Mary’s Stadium
Live On BT Sport

TEAM NEWS: Southampton have a near fully sit squad with only defender Jeremy Pied missing out. West Brom’s third choice goalkeeper Alex Palmer is on stand-by with both first choice Ben Foster and back-up Boaz Myhill major doubts.
KEY FACT: Southampton have won two of their last three Premier League matches against West Brom
MATCH ODDS: Southampton 4/5 Draw 23/10 West Brom 4/1
ANDY SAYS: Yet another close call this week, and I can see another draw here…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I believe Southampton could land a win here but it will be close…2-1
SILKY SAYS: A close call, two less than impressive teams…1-1
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