Saturday Premier League action

The season is well underway and there has certainly been a few surprises. Will this weekend see more? Here's a preview of Saturday's action

Saturday afternoon sees four Premier League matches taking place, and important matches they certainly are. The season is well underway and several teams are making their intentions known.

Manchester United are looking to make a concerted effort to get back into league title contention, especially following their midweek victory against Real Sociedad, whilst at Villa Park it’s the battle of Belgians as Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke try to outscore each other. West Brom visit Anfield for a clash with liverpool in a match which will be far from easy for the Reds, and Norwich play host to Cardiff City with both sides confident of gaining three points.

Aston Villa v Everton 3:00pm

Out of four away matches in the Premier League, the Toffees have won only once. Nevertheless the bookies still have them as favourites to walk away with all the points on saturday.

The best price for Martinez’s team winning is 13/10 at William Hill. The Merseyside club sit seventh in the league table with a good start to the campaign, based mainly on their home form.

The Toffee’s only defeat so far this season was against Arsenal at The Etihad, however the loan of Romelu Lukaku has boosted their confidence somewhat, and Coral offer 5/1 that he opens the scoring against Villa. Fellow Belgian Christian Benteke will be hoping to return to scoring ways for Villa following his injury spell, and Sky Bet offer 11/2 for him to break the deadlock, very generous considering his goals/game ratio at Villa park.

Villa look good value at 23/10 for a win with Sky Bet, especially considering that Manchester City were put to the sword here earlier in the season. Villa are capable of a point in this game, and 5/2 is a fair reflection  of this.

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion 3:00pm

The Anfield side sits third in the Premier League table, and Brendan Rodgers will be rather chuffed should his boys win on Saturday and leapfrog Chelsea, albeit only for a day should the latter team beat Manchester City on sunday.

The Reds haven’t had the hardest of starts to the season admittedly, having faced only Manchester United from amongst the potential title contenders, however Rodgers will be thankful of accruing the maximum number of points before the games start getting trickier. Saying that, West Brom won’t surrender easily and Liverpool need only cast their mind back to the Baggies’ victory at Old Trafford not that long ago to know what they are capable of.

Unsurprisingly Liverpool are firm favourites with a best price of 4/9 at William Hill. Suarez is a favourite bet to open the scoring for the Reds at 7/2 from Sky Bet, with his strike partner Sturridge also looking good value at 4/1 to score the first goal of the encounter. The Baggies defence will be tested to the limit.

West Brom are more than capable of an upset, and 15/2 for a Baggies victory is very generous considering they won 2-0 last season.

Manchester United v Stoke City 3:00pm

The Red Devils continue to hit the headlines, mainly due to the release of Sir Alex’s autobiography this week. A midweek victory over Spanish side Real Sociedad was welcome, but it’s on the domestic front that United need to start winning games. Stoke City should, at least on paper, be scrambling amongst the relegation favourites come the end of the season, and Manchester United are firm favourites to sweep The Potters aside in a one-sided exchange, with Ladbrokes offering the best price of 4/11 for United to claim all three points.

Stoke have managed just eight points from a potential twenty-four, however Mark Hughes hasn’t exactly got the kind of money available to Moyes, and a price of 11/1 for a Stoke win from Bet365 shows that they agree with this view. BetVictor offer 9/2 for the game to end all square, however Rooney will be the man to watch, and an opening goal from him is worth 4/1 at Bet365, with a hat-trick worth a tempting 16/1.

Norwich City v Cardiff City 3:00pm

The Canaries are struggling at the wrong end of the table, and it looks as though Chris Hughton’s position might be less than secure should they fail to win this tie. A price of 5/4 for a home win from William Hill does little to reassure the home crowd, and a win is crucial against an uncertain Cardiff side who have been inconsistent to say the least since gaining promotion last season. The visitors are attractively priced at 11/4 with Coral, and with their unexpected victory at Craven Cottage who knows what they have up their sleeve.

A draw is a possible outcome and 12/5 is an excellent price for this result with Bet365. This however is of little use to either team, and a win is crucial for the home side and the visitors. Considering Cardiff have a habit of both scoring and conceding aplenty, this should be an interesting match.

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