Premier League: Predictions for all seven games on Saturday
- Back Manchester City to win and under 2.5 goals
- Back Arsenal to win and over 3.5 goals
- Back Bournemouth to win
- Back a draw between Brighton and Brentford
- Back a draw between Crystal Palace and Leicester
- Back Nottingham Forest Draw No Bet
- Back Tie or Aston Villa
There are a magnificent seven games on the Premier League card this Saturday, including a heavyweight clash between Manchester City and Liverpool as the Citizens attempt to chase down Arsenal at the summit.
Here are our expert writers' top selections for each of those fixtures.
Manchester City vs Liverpool (Saturday, 12.30pm)
Manchester City went into the international break having built up a head of steam, thrashing Burnley 6-0 in the FA Cup and RB Leipzig 7-0 in the Champions League while taking 16 points from a possible 18 in the Premier League — a run that includes a 3-1 defeat of Arsenal.
Pep Guardiola's men have been imperious in their recent Etihad outings and host a Liverpool side who have taken just 12 points from 13 away games this term.
The Reds' struggles in front of goal on the road, coupled with City's excellent Etihad form makes a bet on a low-scoring home win appeal at a big price.
Arsenal vs Leeds (Saturday, 3pm)
Arsenal are rightly overwhelming favourites to take all three points, but the visitors should contribute to an end-to-end encounter.
Leeds have scored at least twice in trips to Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham this season and their front-footed approach makes both teams to score an appealing option.
However, an in-form Arsenal frontline that has scored an average of 2.71 goals per home game in the Premier League this season should be confident of outscoring their guests.
Bournemouth vs Fulham (Saturday, 3pm)
A victory over Liverpool and a draw against Champions League-chasing Newcastle in a decent run of performances since January show there is fight left in the Cherries.
Bournemouth, who have been growing steadily more impressive at the Vitality Stadium in recent months, could keep a clean sheet against a Fulham side who are running out of gas and will obviously miss top-scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Brighton vs Brentford (Saturday, 3pm)
It is hard to split two of the most impressive teams of 2022-23 and a draw is certainly not the worst result for either side.
Brighton are one of just five teams to have outscored Brentford this season and will expect to trouble a visiting backline that has kept just one clean sheet in their last six league outings.
The best bet though could well be to back Brentford to make it seven draws from 14 Premier League away games this season.
Crystal Palace vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm)
Leicester have generally been playing far better than their results suggest of late and will feel their luck must turn at some point.
In a 1-0 defeat at Southampton, Kelechi Iheanacho missed three excellent chances and Harry Souttar hit the bar.
They also restricted Arsenal to relatively few chances in a 1-0 defeat and gave at least as good as they got against Chelsea.
But they visit a Palace side who are also not as bad as a run of 12 consecutive winless matches would suggest and who will expect some sort of bounce following the return of Roy Hodgson to the helm.
Nottingham Forest vs Wolves (Saturday, 3pm)
Nottingham Forest’s solid home record makes them the more fancied outright selection as Steve Cooper’s men have lost just twice when hosting teams outside the top five this season and were very unfortunate on both occasions, against Fulham and Bournemouth.
Adding a ‘draw no bet’ element is an appealing safety buffer given Forest’s lack of firepower if Brennan Johnson misses out, but Cooper’s men have the set-piece threat and solidity to edge favouritism against a toothless and hard-to-trust Wolves side.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa (Saturday 5.30pm)
Villa are equipped to come away from Stamford Bridge with something as Unai Emery is a master of setting his team up to frustrate sides that like to play through the middle, which is what Chelsea have largely done in their last few games.
The Blues have lost as many home league games as they have won since November, but the number of stalemates are piling up too, which suggests there is value in backing Villa not to taste defeat.
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