Premier League: Saturday’s Matchday Preview

Everton have lost just one of their last 14 at Goodison Park and could make it seven wins in a row against Brighton on Saturday.

Matthew Crist

Everton will be looking for their seventh victory in all competitions when they welcome Brighton to Goodison Park on Saturday – just one of four Premier League games taking place throughout the day.

First up we have the London derby between Chelsea and Crystal Palace with both teams looking to bounce back from disappointing results in the past week in a fixture which always seems to produce goals.

A wounded Manchester City side will no doubt be keen to put their recent home drubbing to Leicester City behind them when they travel to Leeds United, but will be up against a side that has scored eight goals in their opening three matches on their return to the top-flight.

The curtain comes down on a quartet of quality matches with Newcastle hosting Sean Dyche’s Burnley team, who are still without a win this season, yet boast a decent record against the Magpies who narrowly avoided humiliation at Newport in midweek.

Chelsea v Crystal Palace, 12:30

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard’s new-look Chelsea team head into their weekend tussle with Crystal Palace having won just once in four attempts in all competitions after drawing with West Brom last weekend and then going down to Spurs on penalties in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

As for Palace, they fell foul of a controversial handball decision on Saturday against Everton, conceding a first-half penalty that proved the game’s pivotal moment in a 2-1 defeat to the Toffees; a loss, which brought an end to Palace’s two-game winning streak and the Eagles’ fourth defeat in six at Selhurst Park since the beginning of last season’s Project Restart.

Chelsea have beaten Crystal Palace in each of the clubs’ last five Premier League meetings and in their most previous meeting in July, the Blues came out on the right side of a five-goal thriller – which was the fifth time in seven encounters between the clubs where over 2.5 goals were registered.

DRAW: 1.80

Everton  Brighton, 15:00

Everton maintained their stunning start to the season last weekend with a 2-1 triumph over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park that provided their fifth straight victory in all competitions before adding a sixth win in mid-week with a 4-1 triumph over West Ham in the Carabao Cup.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have now lost just once in 14 competitive contests at Goodison Park while, having hit 15 goals in all competitions last season, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is already up to eight for the current campaign.

Brighton lost at home to Manchester United at the AMEX Stadium last weekend despite hitting the woodwork five times while, on Wednesday a much-changed Brighton XI, lost at home to United again as Albion shipped three goals for the third time in six assignments since the campaign began – something which is sure to concern Graeme Potter ahead of this trip.

DRAW: 3.70

Leeds v Manchester City, 17:30

Pep Guardiola

Since returning to the Premier League Leeds United have been a breath of fresh air, managing to score eight goals, three of which coming against current title holders Liverpool, four more in a 4-3 win over Fulham and come into this game off of the back of a 1-0 win at Brammall Lane against Sheffield United.

Manchester City, on the other hand, have looked a shadow of their former selves this campaign, being thrashed 5-2 at home to Leicester in their most recent Premier League outing and conceding in five straight outings in all competitions with six of their last nine games seeing both teams finding the net.

The Blues have moved to strengthen their defence though with the signing of Portuguese centre-back Ruben Dias, who has joined from Benfica for a fee of around £65million and could make his league debut in this one while Aymeric Laporte who could return after a two-week quarantine.

DRAW: 5.50

Newcastle v Burnley, 20:00

Steve Bruce

Newcastle picked up a point away at Tottenham in their last Premier League outing thanks to a hugely controversial VAR intervention leading to a Callum Wilson spot-kick in the 96th minute before avoiding embarrassment in mid-week with a penalty triumph at League Two’s Newport County in the Carabao Cup.

As for Sean Dyche’s Burnley, they were handed their second Premier League defeat of the season in as many games against Southampton last weekend and were then beaten by a strong Manchester City side in the Carabao Cup midweek.

However, while their first points of the new season continue to elude them, Burnley can draw some confidence from a good away record that shows just three defeats in 10 Premier League outings since January 1st.

DRAW: 3.15

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