Saturday Premier League Preview

Watford and Manchester City clash on Saturday, and the winner of the game will find themselves on top of the Premier League.

City are only trailing neighbours Manchester United on goal-difference, so indeed a draw would take them to them to the summit – but should Marco Silva guide his side to the three points, then they would find themselves on top.

Tottenham, in fifth, finish the day as they host Swansea at Wembley, still looking for their first league victory at their temporary home – although the midweek win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League should give them added confidence.

Sixth-placed Huddersfield look to return to winning ways following their defeat to West Ham last week as they host Leicester City at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Seventh and eighth meet at Anfield with Burnley taking on Liverpool – who will be looking to get back to winning ways after their hammering at Manchester City.

At the foot of the table, Roy Hodgson makes his return to management as he takes charge of new club Crystal Palace looking for their first points of the season as they host Southampton in the day’s opening game.

Elsewhere, West Brom take on West Ham at The Hawthorns, whilst Newcastle host Stoke City.

See below for a run-down on the game, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray, super agent Barry Silkman and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey  together with everything you need to know from the bookies – with Ladbrokes’s Alex Apati.

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Crystal Palace 12:30 Southampton
Selhurst Park

TEAM NEWS: Mamadou Sakho could be handed his first start since re-joining Palace on deadline day. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg misses out following the birth of his daughter. Virgil van Dijk could be involved after returning to training.
KEY FACT: Palace are yet to score a goal this season
MATCH ODDS: Palace 19/10 Draw 21/10 Southampton 6/4
ANDY SAYS: I have said this a couple of times this season but I do think Palace will win here…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: I don’t think Palace will lose, Hodgson might just get his first win…2-1 
A tough call, Southampton might be a tough nut to crack here so a draw for me…1-1
LADBROKES PICK: Both Teams to Score – No @ 20/23 
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Virgil van Dijk at just £1.40 – if he returns to form, then he could be a bargain

Huddersfield 15:00 Leicester
John Smith’s Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Kasey Palmer is ruled out with a hamstring injury, but Martin Cranie, Jonathan Hogg, Colin Quaner and Steve Mounie could all make it. Vicente Iborra and Kelechi Iheanacho are ready to feature for Leicester, but Matty James is out. Christian Fuchs is also a doubt with an eye injury.
KEY FACT: These two sides have each made a PL-low one change to their starting XI this season
MATCH ODDS: Huddersfield 21/10 Draw 9/4 Leicester 13/10
ANDY SAYS: Can’t see much between these two, so will go for a draw…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I think Leicester might just have the edge, close though…1-2
SILKY SAYS: Don’t see a lot of goals in this one, could go either way…1-1
LADBROKES PICK:  Leicester to win @ 27/20
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Riyad Mahrez at £1.20 looks a very good prospect for any portfolio

Liverpool 15:00 Burnley

TEAM NEWS: Tom Heaton has been sidelined for months after shoulder surgery, but Jeff Hendricks is back. Philippe Coutinho could be handed his first start of the season with Sadio Mane serving the first of a three-match ban.
KEY FACT: Liverpool have won five of their six Premier League matches against Burnley
MATCH ODDS: Liverpool 1/4 Draw 19/4 Burnley 11/1
ANDY SAYS: Comfortable Liverpool win for me, can’t see them not bagging three points…3-0
GRAEME SAYS: Not sure Liverpool will have this their own way, but should win…2-1
SILKY SAYS: I think Liverpool will dish out a heavy defeat here…4-0
LADBROKES PICK: Over 3.5 goals @ 7/5
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Philippe Coutinho has dropped out of the top-ten, he will be back – get back on him

Newcastle 15:00 Stoke
St. James’ Park

TEAM NEWS: Ryan Shawcross remains a doubt with a bad back, whilst Geoff Cameron is sidelined with a hamstring problem.  Chancel Mbemba, Karl Darlow and Paul Dummett are all out, whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic is suspended.
KEY FACT: Stoke City are unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches against Newcastle
MATCH ODDS: Newcastle 13/10 Draw 21/10 Stoke 11/5
ANDY SAYS: A tough call, both sides capable of winning it – maybe a draw…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: This could go either way, I will go home win just but not convinced…2-1
SILKY SAYS: Can’t see many goals in this one, two average teams…0-0
LADBROKES PICK: Both teams to score @ 20/23
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Jack Butland at 69p, bargain going forward

Watford 15:00 Man City
Vicarage Road

TEAM NEWS: Vincent Kompany remains a major doubt for City with a calf problem. Watford have Miguel Britos suspended. Roberto Pereyra, Craig Cathcart Sebastian Prodl and Younes Kaboul are all set to miss out.
KEY FACT: Watford have never beaten Manchester City in the Premier League
MATCH ODDS: West Ham 20/23 Draw 12/5 Huddersfield 16/5
ANDY SAYS: Can only see a City win here, comfortable win…0-2
GRAEME SAYS: This will be a good game for me, think Watford will keep it close but City just to win…1-2
Yeah, easy win for City for me – can’t see Watford troubling them…0-3
LADBROKES PICK: Man City -1 @ 19/20
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Said this before and we will said it again – KEVIN DE BRUYNE is class

West Brom 15:00 West Ham
The Hawthorns

TEAM NEWS: Oliver Burke is a doubt for West Brom, but Gareth McAuley and Nacer Chadli are ready to return. Hal Robson-Kanu is back from suspension. West Ham are without Manuel Lanzini and Mark Noble is a major doubt with a knee injury. Marko Arnautovic is available again following his ban.
KEY FACT: Javier Hernandez has three goals and two assists in five PL appearances against WBA
MATCH ODDS: West Brom 27/20 Draw 21/10 West Ham 11/5
ANDY SAYS: A tough call but I think West Ham get something here…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I think West Brom could get back to winning ways here…2-0
Close game, but West Ham should do enough to get a draw…1-1
LADBROKES PICK: West Brom to win to nil @ 11/4
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Javier Hernandez is available at just over £1 – bargain for any portfolio

Spurs 17:30 Swansea
Wembley Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Fernando Llorente could be handed his debut against his former club. Ki Sung-Yeung and Nathan Dyer are both back in training but probably won’t be involved.
KEY FACT: Tottenham Hotspur have never lost to Swansea City in the Premier League
MATCH ODDS: Spurs 2/9 Draw 5/1 Swansea 14/1
ANDY SAYS: Can see Spurs break their duck here, won’t be a walk in the park though…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: Spurs should get the win they want here, fairly comfortable…3-1
SILKY SAYS: I think Spurs will sweep Swansea aside here, easy win…5-0
LADBROKES PICK: Harry Kane to score 2 or more @ 7/4
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Still under £5, plenty of value remains in Harry Kane

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