Premier League Preview 27/10

Leicester City can return to winning ways, after losing their last two matches, when they take on West Ham United on Saturday.

The Foxes, who have not drawn a match yet this season, can make home advantage count against a Hammers outfit that will be without a host of injured players, including Andriy Yarmolenko, Pedro Obiang, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez, Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team have lost six of their first nine contests with their two victories coming at Everton and against Manchester United.

More woe for injury-ravaged Hammers

They should not be relegated this term but may have to wait another week before their fortunes start to turn. After losing 1-0 to Brighton and Tottenham in their last two fixtures, West Ham could suffer another single-goal setback at the King Power Stadium. A 1-0 Foxes victory is available at 8.00.

After losing to Brighton at St James’ Park last weekend, Newcastle United slumped to the foot of the table but Rafa Benitez can guide his team to a first win of the season at the 10th attempt when they visit Southampton.

Saints have only won once this term and goals look set to be at a premium at St Mary’s, as both struggling teams have only managed to score six times this season.

Newcastle can be backed at 9.00 to beat Mark Hughes’ team 1-0, with odds on there being under 1.5 goals in the match available at 2.75.

Signs of life at Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town have been much-improved recently and, although they remain winless after nine matches, they drew 1-1 at Burnley three weeks ago before being a little unlucky to lose 1-0 to Liverpool last weekend.

Goals remain the Terriers’ big problem – they have found the net just four times so far this season – although ironically they scored that number against Watford in the corresponding fixture last term.

Town’s 4-1 win at Vicarage Road in December may not be repeated this weekend, but David Wagner’s team could edge to a victory by a one-goal margin (5.95) against a Hornets side that are very unpredictable. Watford produced a brilliant display to win 2-0 at Wolves last weekend, having lost their previous match 4-0 to Bournemouth.

Fulham in defensive disarray

Fulham are shipping goals at an alarming rate – they have conceded 25 in just nine top-flight matches – and any team that can let Cardiff score four against them, as the Cottagers contrived to last week, has serious problems.

Slavisa Jokanovic has not named a settled defensive line-up yet this term but, if he can find the winning formula on Saturday, there should be some respite for Fulham when they take on Bournemouth.

It is taking Jokanovic a long time to get it right though and it is difficult to see where Fulham’s first clean sheet is going to come from, so a Cottagers win and both teams to score may be worth a punt at 3.85.

Mo Salah returned to form in midweek when he grabbed a brace in Liverpool’s straight-forward 4-0 Champions League victory against Red Star Belgrade and the Egyptian will be licking his lips at the prospect of taking on a Cardiff defence that has already leaked 19 goals. Salah is 3.20 to score the first goal against the Bluebirds.

Brighton only lost four Premier League matches last season and the Seagulls are proving to be a tough nut to crack on home soil again this term, with only Tottenham securing a victory at the Amex Stadium.

Wolves’ good start to the season was stymied by Watford last weekend and Nuno Espirito Santo will be concerned by his team’s lack of goals – they have only managed nine so far.

Chris Hughton’s side could edge a tight and low-scoring match, with a 1-0 win for Brighton available at 8.00.