Premier League Preview – Saturday

The Premier League returns on Saturday after an international break and it begins with a humdinger, as Chelsea look to take over top spot by taking care of beleaguered Manchester United.

Bridge over troubled water for Jose

Jose Mourinho saw his side battle back from the brink of almost certain disaster, as they overcame Newcastle 3-2 at Old Trafford last time out. It had the feeling of a stay of execution about it, especially given the Portuguese now returns to his old Stamford Bridge stomping ground for a tough fixture.

Chelsea have won seven of their last eight home matches against Man Utd in all competitions, with the Red Devils winless at Stamford Bridge in the league since 2012.

A point here sends Chelsea, 1.74 to win the game, top of the table before fellow joint leaders Man City and Liverpool swing into action later in the day.

Luke Shaw, Alexis Sanchez, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard are all names that may miss out for the visitors.

Maurizio Sarri meanwhile has got Chelsea purring and they are settled and organised. They won’t allow United get a foothold in the same way a rudderless Newcastle eventually did at Old Trafford. Chelsea should be too strong and the Blues to lead at half-time and win, priced at 2.55, is an appealing bet.

Hammers can halt Spurs

After a defeat at home to Wolves on the first day of September, West Ham and Manuel Pellegrini have got things together. The Hammers picked up three wins and a draw in their remaining games last month. An away league success at Everton was the catalyst, while they also held joint-leaders Chelsea and defeated Man Utd (alongside an eight-goal EFL Cup rout) on their own patch.

This month began with another setback, a 1-0 loss at Brighton that pretty much summed up West Ham and their inability to sustain.

Tottenham have won eight of their last ten league games, and won this fixture last term. West Ham have however been a bogey team, winning three of the last five renewals of this fixture on home turf.

With Dele Alli and Jan Verthongen out, Mauricio Pochettino will make a late decision on the fitness of Christian Eriksen, who missed out with Denmark on international duty. There’s little to pick between these two and, at odds of 3.80, the draw is favoured for this London Stadium derby.

Cherries ripe for derby-day

Bournemouth haven’t won any of the last four south-coast derby meetings with neighbours Southampton, but Eddie Howe’s team look to be in excellent shape to end that run at the Vitality Stadium, where they are 2.10 to win.

The Cherries have enjoyed an excellent start and sit only two points off the top-four going into the weekend. With 16 goals scored so far, only Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal have found the net more often this term.

Mark Hughes and his Saints side meanwhile, have gone three games without a goal, losing all three and lurching towards the drop zone. With only six goals scored in eight games, this derby game is coming at a tough time four Southampton. Bournemouth at 10.50 to win the game 2-0 is amongst the standout bets.

Wolves uneasy favourite for Hornets clash

Wolves have made a super start to the season but, even so, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side look a bit short as 1.80 favourites to beat Watford at Molineux.

Wolves have only lost one Premier League game this season and are unbeaten in their last six. They have managed to score only nine goals so far, the lowest tally of any side in the top-12.

Watford meanwhile have failed to win 14 of their last 15 away matches and come here on the back of a 0-4 reverse at home to Bournemouth. They’d actually made a decent start in that game before going down to ten men after half an hour.

With no wins in their last four games – having started the season with four successive wins – the visitors will surely set up to be resolute here. They might come home with a hard-earned point, priced at 3.60.

Reds to bite Terriers again

Huddersfield failed to score in two meetings with Liverpool in the league last season and, despite some injury concerns for the Reds, that may continue at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane have all come back from international duty with injury concerns, posing a mini-headache for Jurgen Klopp.

David Wagner’s side have failed to score in their last six home matches and this looks a tough test for the Terriers, who have gone a dozen Premier League games without a win.

Liverpool are winless in four games in all competitions and Klopp will see this as a perfect chance to end that run. With the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge able to step in, the visitors are fancied for a routine win here and Liverpool are 1.90 to win to zero.