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Premier League: Predictions for all seven games on Saturday
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Simon Barlow
Victory in the North London derby would lift Tottenham to the top of the Premier League table
Victory in the North London derby would lift Tottenham to the top of the Premier League table

With seven games taking place in the Premier League on Saturday, here we run down our expert writers' best predictions for each fixture.

Arsenal vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm)

Mikel Arteta's men dominated long periods of their match against an under-par Manchester United side but were undone by a handful of direct counter-attacks - Tottenham's speciality - and the Arsenal manager's substitutions served only to make his side more vulnerable.

Tottenham have lost on their last two trips to the Emirates Stadium, but the mental fortitude they have shown this term suggests Antonio Conte is transforming Spurs into a side that are able to dig deep under pressure - that level of resilience could help them gain a point in a match that Arsenal are likely to dominate.

Bournemouth vs Brentford (Saturday, 3pm)

Bournemouth under Gary O'Neil are simply not as good as the results suggest. While the discipline and mental courage needed to bounce back from two heavy defeats and a 9-0 walloping against Liverpool deserves plenty of credit, there has been more luck than judgement about the fact that they have followed up with a run of three games unbeaten.

The quality Brentford showed in their 5-2 victory over Leeds and even more so in the 4-0 defeat of Manchester United suggests Thomas Frank's men have more than enough about them to claim victory on the South Coast.

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea (Saturday, 3pm)

While hugely impressive, Chelsea's incredible run of 10 successive wins against Crystal Palace cannot go on forever and may finally come to an end this weekend with a draw.

Palace have taken only six points from their first six league outings but have already faced three of the so-called big six and have offered up positive performances on each occasion.

Fulham vs Newcastle (Saturday, 3pm)

Much will depend on Aleksandar Mitrovic's readiness to play on Saturday, but Fulham will give their star striker every chance to prove his fitness as he is the focal point of their attack.

Newcastle match up quite well to Fulham here and can nab all three points if Nick Pope puts his England nightmare behind him and commands his box with his usual assuredness.

Liverpool vs Brighton (Saturday, 3pm)

It is likely that Brighton will continue to play a similar style as they did under Graham Potter and to a high level as the players look to impress their new boss Roberto De Zerbi.

Liverpool look like slightly shaky favourites at present and it might prove the case that Brighton again nick a point away at one of the big boys.

Roberto De Zerbi will take charge of Brighton for the first time on Saturday
Roberto De Zerbi will take charge of Brighton for the first time on Saturday

Southampton vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm)

The Saints have won 1.5 points per game when they have had less than 50% of the ball and zero points per game when they have had the majority of possession, so they will have to be much better against an Everton team likely to set up to play on the counter-attack.

The visitors have enough momentum to grab all three points on Saturday, but it may be a low-scoring affair with fewer than three goals in the game - just as all five of Everton's games on their current unbeaten run have been.

West Ham vs Wolves (Saturday, 5.30pm)

Unless either team has solved their attacking issues during the international break, it looks like a game where chances and goals will be at a premium.

There have been two goals or fewer in five of Wolves' last six Premier League games, while exactly two have been scored in all three of West Ham's domestic home contests - suggesting a third goal may be out of the question on Saturday.


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