Premier League: Predictions for all seven games on Saturday
- Recommended bets:
- Back Arsenal/Arsenal half-time/full-time double result against Everton
- Back Over 2.5 goals in Aston Villa vs Leicester
- Back Brentford to win and over 1.5 goals against Southampton
- Back Wolves Double Chance against Liverpool
- Back both teams to score in Brighton vs Bournemouth
- Back Man Utd to win and both teams to score against Crystal Palace
- Back a Tie and Under 2.5 goals in Newcastle vs West Ham
There are seven matches for spectators to enjoy in the Premier League on Saturday, starting with Arsenal, who bid to strengthen their title claims, against Everton at Goodison Park.
The troubled Toffees are preparing for their first game under new manager Sean Dyche.
Liverpool and Manchester United are both in action at 3pm, as they face Wolves and Crystal Palace respectively, while top-four hopefuls Newcastle close out the day’s play at home to a West Ham outfit still in grave relegation danger.
The other 3pm Premier League kick-offs see Midlands rivals Aston Villa and Leicester go head to head at Villa Park, Brentford entertain basement-boys Southampton, and European chasers Brighton host 18th-placed Bournemouth.
Everton vs Arsenal (Saturday, 12.30pm)
A change of manager at Everton and Arsenal’s poor record at Goodison Park slightly muddies the water in what otherwise would look like a straightforward assignment for the Gunners.
However, the Gunners have been too impressive to doubt against a relegation-threatened rival and class should prevail.
Arsenal have been ahead at half-time in seven of their 10 Premier League away games this term and the league leaders are expected to make another fast start on Merseyside.
Aston Villa vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm)
Leicester will be lifted by the arrival of three new first-team stars and could cause enough problems to make this awkward for the hosts, who have made an excellent start to life under Unai Emery.
But there should be a good chance of seeing a few goals, however, with Leicester conceding at least two goals in four of their last five away games.
Both teams have netted in each of Aston Villa’s last four home league games and, with the trend likely to continue, three or more goals look highly likely in this crunch Midlands derby.
Brentford vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm)
Home has been where the heart is this season Brentford, who have lost only one of their opening 10 Premier League games at the Gtech Community Stadium.
The Bees have won their last two home league outings against Liverpool and Bournemouth and should not fail to take three points against a Southampton side that have not been threatening enough on their travels.
The hosts should be fresh from a fortnight off, and if they get the opening goal, their record suggests a win will follow.
The Bees have struck at least twice in each of their last three home outings.
Wolves vs Liverpool (Saturday, 3pm)
Liverpool would be 14th in the form table over the last four matches and have taken the same number of Premier League points as Wolves have over that span, which suggests this could be a close game.
Injuries are not helping Liverpool’s cause but they are short on belief and have managed only two away wins in nine away league games this term.
Wolves have improved since the appointment of Julen Lopetegui and they did enough in the pair of FA Cup games with the Reds last month to suggest they can at least avoid defeat at Molineux.
Brighton vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm)
Brighton characteristically raised their game to beat Liverpool for a second time in 15 days last weekend and seem to have no trouble when it comes to performing against the perceived big clubs.
But the Seagulls have a tendency of underperforming against the league’s lesser lights and their high defensive line at home could be punished by pacy, incisive counter-attacking.
And while Bournemouth have so far been the Premier League's joint-least productive counter-attacking side, the forwards that O'Neil added to his ranks in January can exploit these situations.
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm)
Manchester United have won their last five Premier League home games and should make that six against Crystal Palace, who are to be without injured talisman Wilfried Zaha.
This Palace team can be awkward opponents, as they showed against United in a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park in the middle of last month.
Repeating the feat will not be easy at Old Trafford as United cannot afford any slip-ups in the scrap for Champions League qualification and Palace are without a win in five games.
There could be a consolation goal in it for Palace, just as they managed when losing 3-1 at Old Trafford last season.
Newcastle vs West Ham (Saturday, 5.30pm)
West Ham share the joint-worst away record in the Premier League this season, but their road woes could change with a point at Newcastle.
Three clean sheets in their last four games have helped rebuild morale and the Hammers may frustrate Newcastle, who are without the suspended midfielder Bruno Guimaraes and have not always found goals easy to come by.
Newcastle have shared the spoils in nine of their 20 league games but, with only 11 goals conceded during that spell, Eddie Howe’s men are evidently hard to beat so the Hammers are unlikely to do enough for victory.