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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Chelsea crush West Ham and City win Manchester derby: Premier League predictions

Graham Caygill provides predictions for this weekend's Premier League action, with Manchester derby being game to watch

Eden Hazard is in excellent form for Chelsea. Glyn Kirk / AFP
Eden Hazard is in excellent form for Chelsea. Glyn Kirk / AFP

West Ham United 0 Chelsea 4

Saturday, 4.30pm

Why? West Ham put in a surprisingly resolute effort in losing at Manchester City. But, Eden Hazard is really beginning to fire for Chelsea, and the Belgian will be too much to handle for the home side in this London derby.

Watford will look to Richarlison to help them maintain impressive away form. Richard Heathcote / Getty Images
Watford will look to Richarlison to help them maintain impressive away form. Richard Heathcote / Getty Images

Burnley 1 Watford 1

Saturday, 7pm

Why? Both sides have been surprise packages this season so far and are the early contenders to be best of the rest behind the top six. Sean Dyche goes up against the club he managed before Burnley, while Watford will look to Richarlison to help them maintain impressive away form that has already seen them win four times on their travels.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha, right, is showing signs of returning to form. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha, right, is showing signs of returning to form. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters

Crystal Palace 1 Bournemouth 0

Saturday, 7pm

Why? Roy Hodgson has made Palace more solid defensively since taking over in September, and with Wilfried Zaha starting to show signs of his best form in attack, this could be enough for them to edge out inconsistent Bournemouth.

Brighton's Pascal Gross will be key against Huddersfield. John Sibley / Reuters
Brighton's Pascal Gross will be key against Huddersfield. John Sibley / Reuters

Huddersfield Town 0 Brighton and Hove Albion 1

Saturday, 7pm

Why? David Wagner's men are beginning to find life tough in the top flight, having lost their past four games. Brighton have not won in four either, but drew twice in that sequence, and they will look to the impressive Pascal Gross to be the difference maker as they win this early six-pointer.

Paul Clement is under pressure to drag Swansea City out of trouble. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
Paul Clement is under pressure to drag Swansea City out of trouble. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Swansea City 1 West Bromwich Albion 3

Saturday, 7pm

Why? Swansea are in desperate trouble. Without a win since October 14, Paul Clement's side are really struggling and they now face new manager syndrome as Alan Pardew takes charge of his second West Brom game. West Brom will expect to have too much for Swansea's creaking backline, with a particular threat coming from set-pieces.

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Harry Kane is expected to among the goals against Stoke City. Warren Little / Getty Images
Harry Kane is expected to among the goals against Stoke City. Warren Little / Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Stoke City 0

Saturday, 7pm

Why? Tottenham are on a slump of their own with just five points from their last five games. Stoke can be difficult opponents. But with the Uefa Champions League out of the way till February now, Tottenham can knuckle down and concentrate on kick-starting their league challenge again, and Harry Kane can fire them to three points.

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez is in top form. Peter Powell / Reuters
Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez is in top form. Peter Powell / Reuters

Newcastle United 0 Leicester City 2

Saturday, 9.30pm

Why? Another team in trouble are Newcastle, with one point from five games having dropped them down the table. Leicester will fancy their chances of three points, with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez both in great form at present.

Alexis Sanchez was . Andrew Couldridge / Reuters
Alexis Sanchez was . Andrew Couldridge / Reuters

Southampton 0 Arsenal 3

Sunday, 4pm

Why? The scary thing about Arsenal's 3-1 loss to Manchester United was they played very well, offensively, at least. If Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette can find a repeat at Southampton then they should sweep to the three points.

With Mohamed Salah, right, in front, Liverpool look improbable to beat. Peter Powell / EPA
With Mohamed Salah, right, in front, Liverpool look improbable to beat. Peter Powell / EPA

Liverpool 3 Everton 1

Sunday, 6.15pm

Why? Everton have shown signs of life under Sam Allardyce, but that was in all fairness against West Ham and Huddersfield. Liverpool is a different beast all together, and with Mohamed Salah firing on all cylinders right now, it will be a big surprise if the three points do not stay at Anfield.

Manchester City have too much firepower for Manchester United to handle. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters
Manchester City have too much firepower for Manchester United to handle. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters

Manchester United 1 Manchester City 2

Sunday, 8.30pm

Why? The loss of Paul Pogba to suspension is a big loss to United and may well give City the edge in the Manchester derby. United will look to frustrate City as much as they can, but with Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane at their disposal, Pep Guardiola's side likely have too many options for United to handle.