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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

Liverpool and Chelsea keep winning as Wolves get point at Manchester United: Premier League predictions

Manchester City bounce back from Uefa Champions League setback, while Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur among other victors

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek and the Merseyside club will expect more goals on Saturday against Southampton. Reuters
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek and the Merseyside club will expect more goals on Saturday against Southampton. Reuters

There is plenty at stake in the Premier League this weekend as Liverpool and Chelsea look to maintain their 100 per cent records, while Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Burnley are all still looking for their first win.

Here is a rundown of the weekend's 10 fixtures and what to watch for.

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. Action Images via Reuters
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. Action Images via Reuters

Fulham 1 Watford 1

Saturday, 3.30pm UAE time

Why? Watford have had a cracking start to the season, winning their first four games and then almost taking a point against Manchester United. Fulham have looked good themselves at times and the signing of Aleksandar Mitrovic has been inspired so far. The London side's manager Slavisa Jokanovic will be keen to get one over on the first club he managed in England, but this looks set for honours even at Craven Cottage.

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Bournemouth's Josh King. PA via AP
Bournemouth's Josh King. PA via AP

Burnley 0 Bournemouth 2

Saturday, 6pm

Why? These are worrying times for Burnley. They have yet to win this season in the league and the defence that was so reliable last season is leaking goals. The last thing they need is the visit of a confident Bournemouth, and the forward pairing of Callum Wilson and Josh King could be too hot to handle for Sean Dyche's side.

Pep Guardiola will be back on the touchline for Manchester City at Cardiff City after watching Wednesday's Champions League game with Lyon from the grandstand. AFP
Pep Guardiola will be back on the touchline for Manchester City at Cardiff City after watching Wednesday's Champions League game with Lyon from the grandstand. AFP

Cardiff City 0 Manchester City 3

Saturday, 6pm

Why? Pep Guardiola's Manchester City put in one of their poorest performances in recent times in losing to Lyon. But with the likes of Sergio Aguero set to be restored to the side they will be far too good for struggling Cardiff City, who are yet to win in the Premier League since their return to the top flight in the summer.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha. PA via AP
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha. PA via AP

Crystal Palace 2 Newcastle United 1

Saturday, 6pm

Why? Hard one to call. Newcastle have had a rough start but have had a difficult fixture list. Palace have been inconsistent but the Wilfried Zaha factor, as it was at Huddersfield Town last weekend, may well decide this game in favour of the London hosts.

Jamie Vardy and Leicester City will look to bounce back against Huddersfield after a bad day at Bournemouth. Getty Images
Jamie Vardy and Leicester City will look to bounce back against Huddersfield after a bad day at Bournemouth. Getty Images

Leicester City 1 Huddersfield Town 0

Saturday, 6pm

Why? Leicester were a shambles last weekend in losing at Bournemouth and the pressure is on manager Claude Puel. They will look to Jamie Vardy, who returned from suspension in the loss at Bournemouth, to fire them to an important win against a Huddersfield side who are a willing outfit back lack quality.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has had a lot to smile about of late. AFP
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has had a lot to smile about of late. AFP

Liverpool 3 Southampton 0

Saturday, 6pm

Why? Interesting test for Liverpool as they go for win No 6 on the trot in the Premier League after the rigours of Uefa Champions League football in midweek. Jurgen Klopp may shake up his side, but any iteration of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri will find goals against Southampton.

Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen a good start to the season for Wolverhampton Wanderers. PA via AP
Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen a good start to the season for Wolverhampton Wanderers. PA via AP

Manchester United 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

Saturday, 6pm

Why? Wolves have been terrific this season and are already making a case for being one of the most impressive promoted sides from the Championship in recent times. They were well worth their draw with Manchester City last month and they can cause Manchester United equal problems with their possession football. United have impressed of late, but coming straight from Switzerland after their Champions League victory, this looks like a potential slip-up on the horizon for Jose Mourinho's men.

Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Kane are having a hard time of things. Reuters
Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Kane are having a hard time of things. Reuters

Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2

Saturday, 6pm

Why? It's been a tough few weeks for Tottenham. Three defeats in a row, Harry Kane looking out of sorts and Mauricio Pochettino getting angry with journalists. But despite that, they should still be too good for Brighton. Lucas Moura has been in fine form, and Kane, as Pochettino has said this week, is too good to stay in the doldrums for long.

Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick for Chelsea against Cardiff City last Saturday. Getty Images
Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick for Chelsea against Cardiff City last Saturday. Getty Images

West Ham United 1 Chelsea 3

Sunday, 4.30pm

Why? West Ham got a confidence building first win last Sunday at Everton, but that feel-good factor will not last long. There are still concerns with the make up of Manuel Pellegrini's squad and they could be found out against a Chelsea team who have a 100 per cent record. Eden Hazard has carried his World Cup form into the new season and he is likely to give the West Ham defence a torrid afternoon.

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, right, with Alexandre Lacazette in training. Action Images via Reuters
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, right, with Alexandre Lacazette in training. Action Images via Reuters

Arsenal 4 Everton 2

Sunday, 7pm

Why? The good news for Everton is that they have Richarlison back from suspension. The bad news is they have struggled defensively so far under Marco Silva, conceding nine goals in their first five games, and coming up against a potent Arsenal attack led by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks ominous for the Merseyside team.