Premier League Saturday: Can Calvert-Lewin leave Chelsea feeling Blue?

No player in Europe's top five leagues is more deadly inside the box than the 23-year-old this season, what's more, the Everton striker has three goals in five previous appearances against Chelsea.

Matthew Crist

Chelsea can go back to the top of the Premier League on Saturday night but they are up against a player who just loves to score against them at Goodison Park.

Aston Villa will leapfrog Wolves with a win in Saturday’s early game and push towards the European places but will be aware that Wolves won both league meetings between the two last season.

Meanwhile, a win for Newcastle against a West Brom side reeling from a 5-1 defeat last week could see them rise into the top half of the table.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s a tasty looking Manchester derby at Old Trafford with both Reds and Blues desperate not to drop points in their quest to stay in touch with the Premier League’s early pace setters.

Wolves v Aston Villa 12:30

Nuno Wolves

Aston Villa will hope to end a run of just one win in five games when they travel to Molineux to face Wolves in Saturday’s early kick off.

The visitors can leapfrog Wolves with a win here and push towards the European places – but Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are also looking to kick on.

Wolves went down heavily to Liverpool last weekend but there will be no panic as their brand of steady, contained football has served them well so far this season.

Wolves won both league meetings with Villa last season and have conceded fewer home goals than any other side in the Premier League this term letting in just five.


Newcastle v West Brom 15:00

Slaven Bilic

Newcastle will pick up their Premier League campaign on Saturday at home to West Brom after their previous tie with Aston Villa was called off due to COVID-19.

A win for Newcastle could see them rise into the top half of the table, despite playing fewer Premier League fixtures than those around them.

West Brom, meanwhile, will be hoping to recover from their 5-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last Sunday having only recorded one win in the league all season.

However, the Baggies have scored just eight goals all season and have the worst defensive record in the Premier League.

DRAW: 3.25

Man Utd v Man City 17:30


Despite sitting above their noisy neighbours in the Premier League table, much of the emphasis appears to be on United going into the first Manchester derby of the season at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are a point and a place above their rivals, but the pressure is on after the midweek defeat by RB Leipzig eliminated them at the group stage of the Champions League.

To add to that pressure, United have only won one of their previous seven home games in the Premier League, a run that dates back to July, though the Red Devils did come back to win against West Ham and Southampton in their last two away games.

As for Pep Guardiola’s side, despite winning just three of their opening eight league games, they have enjoyed back-to-back top-flight successes over Burnley and Fulham and are now unbeaten in five across all competitions.

They will also be boosted by the fact that they have won on three of their last four visits to Old Trafford, and have also only lost one of their nine away games this season – though they were beaten in this fixture last season to all but end their faint title hopes.

DRAW: 4.25

Everton v Chelsea 20:00

Calvert-Lewin Everton

Chelsea visit Merseyside to face an out-of-sorts Everton on Saturday night in another huge game for the Premier League title hopefuls with Frank Lampard’s’ side knowing they can go back to the top of the table by stretching their good run of form to five wins from six league matches.

The West Londoners are really impressing at both ends of the pitch, scoring the second-highest number of goals in the division and conceding the second-lowest number.

In contrast, Everton go into this game on a run of 13 matches in all competitions without a clean sheet, however, the last time Chelsea visited Goodison they fell to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who netted twice as Everton won 3-1.

The England striker has gone from strength to strength since and netted his 11th league goal of the season last week at Burnley with no player in Europe’s top five leagues more deadly inside the box than the 23-year-old this season.

What’s more, the striker has three goals in five previous appearances against the Blues.

DRAW: 3.95

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