Saturday Premier League Preview

Manchester City, Liverpool and Bournemouth all look to maintain their perfect starts to the new season on Saturday.

The two pre-season favourites – City and Liverpool – have started the season in impressive style, whilst Bournemouth caused a shock last week with victory at West Ham to make it two wins from two.

City get the weekend action underway as they face an intriguing looking trip to Championship winners Wolves, who have looked impressive – despite only picking a point from their opening two games.

Bournemouth host Marco Silva’s Everton – who are looking to make it back to back wins over South Coast opposition after they put Southampton to the sword last week.

Liverpool feature in the last kick-off on Saturday as Brighton travel to Anfield, fresh off the back of their shock win over Manchester United last weekend.

Also on Saturday, both Arsenal and West Ham go in search of their opening ways of the season as they clash at the Emirates.

Winless Southampton entertain Leicester at St Mary’s, whilst bottom of the table Huddersfield host newly promoted Cardiff – who like their hosts, are looking for their first three points.

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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Wolverhampton Wanderers 12:30 Manchester City

TEAM NEWS: City are without the influential Kevin De Bruyne for three months, joining Claudio Bravo and Danilo on the sidelines.

Fulll-back Matt Doherty is a doubt for Wolves, whilst they hope deadline day signing Leander Dendoncker may be involved. Ivan Cavaleiro is ruled out until mid-September.

KEY FACT: Wolves are targeting their first victory in 17 Premier League matches
MATCH ODDS: Wolve 9/1 Draw 5/1 Man City 1/4
bet365 Pick: Draw @5/1
ANDY SAYS: I don’t see a massive issue for City at all, they have looked great so far this season and they will have too much for Wolves, even at Molineux…1-4
GRAEME SAYS: This wil be a tough test for Pep’s boys, Wolves have been unlucky so far and have deserved more and I think they could shock City here and give his boys a bleedy nose…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Ruben Neves – a gem of a player and is only going to go in one direction on the Index

Arsenal 15:00 West Ham United
The Emirates 

TEAM NEWS: Arsenal still have a lengthy injury list with Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Carl Jenkinson and Laurent Koscielny all ruled out.

Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini  are long-term injuries for West Ham, but they hope to have Mark Noble and Andy Carroll available.

KEY FACT:  West Ham have won five Premier League matches away against Arsenal
MATCH ODDS: Arsenal 1/3 Draw 4/1 West Ham 8/1
bet365 Pick: City to win and Under 3.5 goals @5/4
ANDY SAYS: Have to go Arsenal here, they have not looked too bad at all whilst West Ham have left a lot to be desired…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: Hard to see how West Ham are going to take anything here, Arsenal have been a bit unlucky in their two very hard opening games and they will surely open their account under Unai Emery here…3-0
Football Index – One to follow: Matteo Guendouzi – has been a real stand-out performer for Arsenal so far this season under Emery and he shouled be followed

AFC Bournemouth 15:00 Everton
Vitality Stadium

TEAM NEWS: New signings Lucas Digne and Bernard are available to make their Everton debuts, but Barcelona loanees Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes are still not available. Morgan Schneiderlin and James McCarthy are also out along with the suspended Phil Jagielka.

Bournemouth are still without forward Junior Stanislas, whilst defender Diego Rico is still waiting for his debut as he serves out his suspension.

KEY FACT: Everton are targeting their first Premier League win at Bournemouth
MATCH ODDS: Bournemouth 8/5 Draw 23/10 Everton 13/8
bet365 Pick: Over 2.5 goals & Both Teams To Score @5/4
ANDY SAYS: Good game this one, both teams have shown up well in the opening weeks but I am going to go for a home win – I think Bournemouth will have the edge here…2-1
GRAEME SAYS: Everton have been very good going forward and I am not sure Bournemouth can hold them at bay, close one but going for away win…1-2
Football Index – One to follow: Richarlison – has made a great start to his Everton career, a possible superstar

Huddersfield Town 15:00 Cardiff City
John Smith’s Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Aron Gunnarsson and Junior Hoilett are both ruled out for visitors Cardiff.

Huddersfield are waiting on the fitness of Jonathan Hogg and Mathias Zanka, whilst midfield ace Aaron Mooy is set to play after missing their game with Manchester City due to the birth of his first son.

KEY FACT: This will be the first top-flight encounter between these clubs since February 1956
MATCH ODDS: Huddersfield 5/4 Draw 21/10 Cardiff 12/5
bet365 Pick: Both Teams Not To Score @7/10
ANDY SAYS: A tough pick here, last season Huddersfield would have been nailed on to land three points in a game like this, but they are a different this season – I see Cardiff getting something…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Cardiff have stood up well so far, but Huddersfield need to win this game and I think they will…2-0
Football Index – One to follow:Kenneth Zohore – he could have a good year, could be worth keeping an eye on

Southampton 15:00 Leicester City
St. Mary’s

TEAM NEWS: Summer arrivals Jannik Vestergaard and Mohamed Elyounoussi are both doubts for Southampton.

Leicester are without the suspended Jamie Vardy and injured Shinji Okazaki, but Adrien Silva is pushing for a start.

KEY FACT: Leicester have lost their last four away matches in the league. 
MATCH ODDS: Southampton 13/10 Draw 11/5 Leicester 11/5
bet365 Pick: Leicester Draw No Bet @6/5
ANDY SAYS: Southampton have not impressed must so far this season, and Leicester have so simple maths point me to an away win…0-2
GRAEME SAYS: Close game, and Southampton will need to get something here and I think they will but I also believe Leicester will…1-1
Football Index – One to follow: Kasper Schmeichel – he is showing himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe

Liverpool 17:30 Brighton

TEAM NEWS: Dejan Lovren and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are both ruled out for Liverpool.

Lewis Dunk is a doubt for Brighton, who are already without Bruno, Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo.

KEY FACT: Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 22 Premier League matches at Anfield 
MATCH ODDS: Liverpool 1/6 Draw 6/1 Brighton 14/1
bet365 Pick: Liverpool to win to nil @4/5
ANDY SAYS: Has to be a comfortable win for Liverpool – nobody is better than them at the moment, home win…3-0
GRAEME SAYS: I don’t see how Liverpool don’t win this, it could be a mauling for Brighton…4-0
Football Index – One to follow: Sadio Mane – on fire this season, shold be top-ten on the Index.

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