Saturday’s Premier League Preview

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7 matches on Saturday…..

West Ham vs Leicester

West Ham welcome the Champions League quarter-finalists at the worst possible time. Leicester have won three games in a row in all competitions for the first time this season. The Hammers, on the other hand, lost 3-2 last week at Bournemouth despite the Cherries missing two penalties. Their home form is particularly poor, so this is the perfect opportunity for Leicester to win just their third league win of 2017.

West Brom vs Arsenal

West Brom are the kind of side who on paper might cause problems for Arsenal. The Gunners don’t like being bullied by physical, direct teams, and Tony Pulis’ men should make life difficult for them. However, the Baggies’ record against them is actually worse than you’d expect. In their last 13 games against Arsene Wenger’s men, they’ve won just once. A much-needed clean sheet should be on the cards for Arsenal here.

Sunderland vs Burnley

Burnley’s woes on the road are well-documented, but they’d be disappointed not to get something from this game. Sunderland have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three games, hence why they’re rooted to the bottom of the table. We’re expecting a score draw.

Stoke vs Chelsea

Chelsea only beat Man United 1-0 on Monday, but they could have had more. Mark Hughes has Stoke playing in a way that is admirable, but it could leave them exposed up against Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3. Chelsea to win by two or more goals looks like a decent pick here.

Bournemouth vs Swansea

Bournemouth have improved immeasurably over the last fortnight, drawing with Manchester United and beating West Ham. Swansea aren’t in the clear despite their good run, so they’ll be putting up a fight at the Vitality Stadium. We’re backing a draw with both teams to score.

Crystal Palace vs Watford

Palace have finally started to put a run of form together, winning their last two in the league. Watford have only failed to score once in their last six Premier League games, however, and Troy Deeney has nine goals so far this term. The England hopeful is in good form, so he is bound to cause Sam Allardyce some problems.

Everton vs Hull

Everton have been rocked by the news that Romelu Lukaku has turned down a new contract. The Belgian still has to be favourite to score first, however, as it may well be that he’s just waiting for an improved offer before putting pen to paper. Hull’s revival has dipped a little in recent weeks, so it’s hard to imagine anything but a comfortable win for the Toffees.