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Saturday Preview: Time running out for Brendan Rodgers

Original article published 14 October 2022

There's plenty of focus on the bottom of the Premier League on Saturday with Leicester, Wolves and Nottingham Forest all in action.

Brendan Rodgers is under serious pressure with Leicester sitting at the foot of the standings and his side feature in the opening game of the day at home to Crystal Palace. 

There are two games scheduled for 15:00 when newly promoted duo Fulham and Bournemouth meet at Craven Cottage and struggling pair Wolves and Nottingham Forest square off at Molineux. 

Saturday's late fixture comes from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when Everton make the trip south to take on Tottenham at 17:30.

WhatLeicester v Crystal Palace
WhereKing Power Stadium, Leicester
When12:30, 15th October 2022
How to watchBT Sport 1
OddsLeicester 13/10, Draw 12/5, Crystal Palace 21/10

Eagles could end Rodgers' tenure

Leicester have collected just four points from their opening nine fixtures, drawing with Brentford and beating Nottingham Forest, while they have the worst defensive record in the league after conceding 24 times. 

They subsequently sit bottom of the table after throwing away a lead to lose 2-1 to Bournemouth last time out and a lack of summer business is seriously starting to bite. The Foxes will take some comfort from the fact that all of their points have been achieved on home soil but they've still lost two of their four outings at the King Power. 

Crystal Palace will be hoping make that three defeats when they head north as they attempt to build on a 2-1 win over Leeds on Sunday. Patrick Vieira's side have made a steady start to the term, picking up nine points from eight games, but the Frenchman will want them to kick on after an impressive performance to come from behind against the Whites. Palace are yet to win on the road but they have earned draws at Liverpool and Newcastle, while they led 2-0 at Manchester City before losing 4-2. 

Saturday's road game offers a more realistic chance for the Eagles to get a first victory on their travels and they offer great value at 21/10. Wilfried Zaha, priced at 12/5 to score anytime, is also worth considering to get on the scoresheet after scoring seven in 14 previous Premier League meetings with Leicester.

WhatFulham v Bournemouth
WhereCraven Cottage, Fulham
When15:00, 15th October 2022
How to watchN/A
OddsFulham 17/20, Draw 11/4, Bournemouth 3/1

Mitrovic absence could boost Cherries

Fulham have made a fine start to life back in the Premier League and they start this latest round of fixtures flying high in ninth but they have lost back-to-back games. Aleksandar Mitrovic was key to their form in the opening weeks, scoring six in the opening six games, however, he went off early in the 4-1 loss to Newcastle on 1st October and sat out last weekend's defeat at West Ham. 

The Cottagers just simply don't pack the same punch in the final third when Mitrovic isn't involved and Marco Silva has admitted he's unlikely to feature against Bournemouth due to a foot injury. Bournemouth begin the weekend one place and one point better off than Fulham after showing some resurgent form since Scott Parker was sacked. 

Few would have given the Cherries much hope of surviving, never mind climbing into the top-half, after losing 9-0 to Liverpool on 27th August but interim boss Gary O'Neil has worked his magic in the meantime. 

O'Neil has overseen a five-game unbeaten run and appears to have restored confidence levels within the squad to steer them away from relegation danger. Bournemouth are unbeaten in four visits to Fulham, winning two and drawing two, and could be worth siding with at 3/1.

WhatWolves v Nottingham Forest
WhereMolineux, Wolverhampton
When15:00, 15th October 2022
How to watchN/A
OddsWolves 7/10, Draw 11/4, Nottingham Forest 4/1

Tight contest on the cards at Molineux

It's probably too early in the season to be billing a game as a relegation six-pointer but the 15:00 clash between Wolves and Nottingham Forest comes close to falling into that category. Wolves sit one place and one point clear of Forest in 18th but the boards at both clubs have taken different stances on their path forward. 

Bruno Lage was sacked by Wolves after losing to West Ham on 1st October while Forest have rewarded Steve Cooper with a new contract. Steve Davis remains in temporary charge of Wolves as they look to halt a three-game losing streak and he'll be hoping a return to Molineux can bring some joy. 

They've only lost one of their four outings at home this campaign, drawing two and winning the other. Forest have also only picked up one victory all term and that also came on their own patch when they beat West Ham 1-0. There's a feeling that this could prove to be a very tight game between two clubs that have seriously struggled in front of the target this season. 

Wolves are comfortably the lowest scorers with just three goals to their name and Forest are the joint second lowest after registering just seven. Fewer than three goals have been scored in six of Wolves' nine engagements and under 2.5 goals at 4/5 looks the way to go.

WhatTottenham v Everton
WhereTottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
When17:30, 15th October 2022
How to watchSky Sports Main Event
OddsTottenham 1/2, Draw 7/2, Everton 11/2

Toffees can make life tough for Tottenham

Tottenham returned to winning ways last time out in the league, beating Brighton 1-0, and they subsequently sit third in the standings ahead of Saturday's visit of Everton. The Toffees are looking to bounce back after their six-game unbeaten run was ended courtesy of a 2-1 loss at home to Manchester United on Sunday. 

Everton have been performing marginally better on their travels with half of their points and the majority of their goals coming away from Goodison Park. Spurs have been perfect on their own patch, winning all four of their engagements, and, priced at 1/2 to get another victory, aren't expected to slip up on Saturday. 

Backing a Tottenham win with both teams score, which is available at 9/4, is a way to find further value in this clash. Everton have scored at least one in each of their four games away from home and Tottenham have kept just one clean sheet in their four home fixtures.

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