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Chelsea eye second ahead of Foxes visit

Chelsea eye second ahead of Foxes visit


There are seven Premier League games on Saturday with Chelsea, who are hoping to move second in the table, hosting 2016 champions Leicester City among the highlights.

Chelsea have stuttered with two goalless draws in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup in their last two games but they should get back to winning ways when the Foxes visit this weekend.

Antonio Conte’s men need the points to try and keep pace with current second-place Manchester United and, at odds of 20/73 to win, expect the Londoners to come out on top, even if it could be a hard-fought success at Stamford Bridge against an improving Leicester.

That game is one of six 3pm kick-offs and, elsewhere, Crystal Palace are among the sides looking for more points to ease them away from relegation trouble. The Eagles have lost just one of their last 11 in the league and Roy Hodgson appears to guiding them expertly away from the bottom three so expect another important victory over Burnley. The Clarets have rightly earned plenty of plaudits for the way they’ve negotiated the first half of the season but their thin squad could be exposed more over the winter months and they’re tipped to suffer a narrow away defeat here.

Huddersfield hosting West Ham has the feel of a relegation six-pointer and, with what’s at stake for these two, who are separated by four places and just two points, a draw might be worth backing at 41/20 as it’s a result both will be fairly satisfied with all things considered.

New Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal takes his side to Newcastle United, which is another difficult game to predict this weekend. The Magpies have shown signs they can stay up in recent weeks and vital away wins over West Ham and Stoke now need to be backed up with similar performances and results at St James’ Park. It’s unlikely to be pretty but a win by one goal – either 1-0 (5/1) or 2-1 (17/2) – is predicted to keep Rafa Benitez smiling and ensure Swans’ stay firmly on the bottom of the table.

Watford’s form has dipped alarmingly in the past two months and, even though they’re 10th, the Hornets are just five points off the relegation zone. But they host a team in an even worse free-fall in the shape of Southampton so Marco Silva’s men should stop the rot on Saturday. Go for Watford to win by two goals or more at 23/4 as Saints haven’t won in nine in the league and appear destined for a relegation scrap.

In the final 3pm game, second-bottom West Brom entertain Brighton in what will likely be described as a must-win clash for the Baggies. Alan Pardew is still searching for his first league win since taking over but he finally tasted victory last weekend in the FA Cup so Albion will approach this with confidence and should have enough to see off a dogged but one-dimensional Seagulls side at 11/10.

Finally, the evening game on Saturday sees Spurs taking on Everton. Tottenham (20/83) shouldn’t have too many problems against the
Merseysiders, who have struggled in recent weeks following an initial bounce after the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager in December. The Toffees are struggling to adapt to ‘Big Sam’s’ way of working and, despite a spirited defeat in the FA Cup to local rivals Liverpool last time out, expect another loss here to make it four on the spin in all competitions.

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Aidan Perkins Aidan is another person with a wealth of journalistic experience behind him, both written and broadcasting. He has played football to a good level and that gives him an extra insight into the reason for selections at both domestic and European matches.