Saturday Premier League Preview

An action packed Saturday sees eight games with the highlight being second placed Manchester United’s trip to old rivals Arsenal.

In what is a mouthwatering clash, Arsenal – off the back of three league wins – entertain United, also coming into the game off three successive wins.

With leaders Manchester City not playing until Sunday, United again have the chance to close the gap at the top to five points.

Defending champions Chelsea are hoping to keep up the pressure on the top-two with and they get the chance to go first as they kick-off the weekend by hosting out-of-form Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool could climb into the top-four this weekend, as they travel to tenth placed Brighton looking for the win.

Sixth placed Burnley are looking to continue their wonderful run of form as they travel to Leicester.

Tottenham have gone without a win for three games, and defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road would see The Hornets go level with Spurs.

There is a genuine six-pointer at The Hawthorns as Roy Hodgson takes his bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace to his former club West Brom, fourth from bottom, who have Alan Pardew in charge for the first time.

Another new manager is Sam Allardyce, who takes charge of Everton for the first-time

Second bottom Swansea travel to Stoke City – who themselves could be in the bottom three by the end of the weekend if they lose.

See below for a preview on each game, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray, super agent and former Manchester City ace Barry Silkman, our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

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Chelsea 12:30 Newcastle United
Stamford Bridge
Live On Sky Sports

TEAM NEWS: Michy Batshuayi, Charly Musonda, Kenedy and David Luiz are all set to miss out. Christian Atsu, Paul Dummett and captain Jamaal Lascelles are all injured for Newcastle.
KEY FACT: Newcastle United’s only PL victory at Chelsea came in May 2012
MATCH ODDS: Chelsea 2/9 Draw 11/2 Newcastle 11/1
bet365 Pick: Chelsea to win to nil @5/6
ANDY SAYS: I don’t see Newcastle getting anything from this, Chelsea win…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: Not easy for Chelsea but they will get the three points…3-1
Comfortable Chelsea win for me…4-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Eden Hazard back in the top-ten and still under £5

Brighton & Hove Albion 15:00 Liverpool
Amex Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Mo Salah is expected to return to the starting line-up whilst Ragnar Klavan is a doubt. Nathaniel Clyne remains sidelined. Gaetan Bong is the only doubt for Brighton with a knee problem.
KEY FACT: This will be the first league meeting between these two sides since 1983
MATCH ODDS: Brighton 11/2 Draw 7/2 Liverpool 4/9
bet365 Pick: Liverpool win and under 2.5 goals 11/4
ANDY SAYS: Has to be Liverpool for me, don’t see them troubled too much…0-2
GRAEME SAYS: I believe that Brighton will get something here, draw for me…1-1
SILKY SAYS: Close game but I expect Liverpool to be coming away with the three points…1-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Mo Salah on the brink of the top-ten and still under £5

Everton 15:00 Huddersfield Town
Goodison Park

TEAM NEWS: Yannick Bolasie, Ramiro Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Ross Barkley are all missing for Everton whilst Oumar Niasse remains suspended but Michael Keane could return. Rajiv van La Parra remains suspended, but Kasey Palmer, Michael Hefele, Philip Billing and Jon Stankovic are all missing.
KEY FACT: Huddersfield have not won away against Everton since 1937
MATCH ODDS: Everton 8/13 Draw 14/5 Huddersfield 9/2
bet365 Pick: Everton to win @8/13
ANDY SAYS: I think Everton win this, they need it so will go with them but close…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: I think Big Sam will get the three points here…2-0
SILKY SAYS: Tough call, I think Huddersfield are capable and will get a point here…1-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Wayne Rooney is back on the up, but still not in the top-100 at just over £1

Leicester City 15:00 Burnley
King Power Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Matt Lowton and Steven Defour are both doubts for Burnley. Kelechi Iheanacho is unlikely to feature for Leicester due to illness whilst Robert Huth and Matty James remain sidelined.
KEY FACT: Leicester have only failed to score in one of their last 14 home league matches
MATCH ODDS: Leicester 8/11 Draw 13/5  Burnley 15/4
bet365 Pick: Ben Mee to score anytime @22/1
ANDY SAYS: Hard to pick between these two, so have to go for a draw…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Two teams in decent form, think Leicester might just have the edge…2-1
SILKY SAYS: A close game for sure but I will go with Leicester taking the win…1-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Jamie Vardy not even in the top-300, at less than £1 – looks a good buy

Stoke City 15:00 Swansea City
bet365 Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Jack Butland, Stephen Ireland and Geoff Cameron all miss out for Stoke. Tammy Abraham returns for Swansea after being ineligible to face Chelsea. Kyle Bartley is sidelined.
KEY FACT: Stoke are unbeaten against Swansea in all six Premier League meetings at the bet365 Stadium
MATCH ODDS: Stoke 10/11 Draw 5/2 Swansea 3/1
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score @19/20
ANDY SAYS: I can see Stoke winning this, haven’t been impressed with Swansea…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: I have to go home win here, don’t see Swansea getting anything…2-0
SILKY SAYS: I will go for a draw here, two poor teams in my eyes…1-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Tammy Abraham is still hanging around in the INDEX’s top-200

Watford 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur
Vicarage Road

TEAM NEWS: Watford are set to be without Will Hughes. Harry Winks is back for Spurs but Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld are sidelined.
KEY FACT: Watford have failed to win any of their previous eight Premier League encounters with Tottenham
MATCH ODDS: Watford 4/1  Draw 14/5 Spurs 4/6
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score @7/10
ANDY SAYS: Close one, and I think Spurs might come up short again – draw…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I have to think Tottenham can win this…1-3
SILKY SAYS: I can see plenty of goals here, and a good game – but will say Spurs…2-3
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Harry Kane is currently third at just over £7 on the INDEX, but will he go over?

West Bromwich Albion 15:00 Crystal Palace
The Hawthorns

TEAM NEWS: James Morrison, Craig Dawson, Nacer Chadli and Chris Brunt all miss out for West Brom but Matt Phillips could return. Chung-yong Lee and Connor Wickham are missing for Palace.
KEY FACT: Crystal Palace have lost only two of their last eight league matches against West Brom
MATCH ODDS: West Brom 11/8 Draw 11/5 Palace 2/1
bet365 Pick: Over 2.5 goals @7/5
ANDY SAYS: Am siding with my former club in this one and think Palace will grab the win…1-2
GRAEME SAYS: Tough call, but I think Pardew might just do something…2-0
SILKY SAYS: Has to be Palace for me, I think West Brom are just really poor at the moment…1-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Reuben Loftus-Cheek is rising up the INDEX but still available at less than £2

Arsenal 17:30 Manchester United
Emirates Stadium
Live On BT Sport

TEAM NEWS: Alexandre Lacazette is ruled out for Arsenal, but Alexis Sanchez should be fit despite a hamstring problem. Nemanja Matic is set to miss out through injury for United.
KEY FACT: Arsenal have lost only one of their last five Premier League home matches against Man Utd
MATCH ODDS: Arsenal 1/8 Draw 23/10 Man Utd 19/10
bet365 Pick: Draw @23/10
ANDY SAYS: Close one for me, but I am going with Arsenal to sneak it…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: I just don’t think United are going to lose this, will say draw…1-1
SILKY SAYS: Again I see goals here, be a great game but just Arsenal…3-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Paul Pogba has dropped out the top-ten, surely worth investing in

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