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Saturday's Premier League preview: Liverpool aim to open a gap to Chelsea

There are six Premier League games to look forward to on Saturday, with the standout fixture seeing two of the top-flight's big boys looking to get their seasons back on track.

Liverpool and Chelsea go into their lunchtime showdown at Anfield outside of the top eight, with both sat on 28 points and in desperate need of a confidence-boosting win.

Elsewhere, there are big games at the bottom end of the table in the battle to avoid the drop and Newcastle United continue their push for a top-four finish with a trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.

Salah desperate to get back to scoring ways

WhatLiverpool v Chelsea
WhereAnfield, Liverpool
When12:30, Saturday 21st January
How to watchBT Sport 1
OddsLiverpool 17/20, Draw 11/4, Chelsea 16/5

Mo Salah has enjoyed previous success against former club Chelsea since moving to Liverpool, netting three goals against the Blues.

The Egyptian star - 6/4 to Score Anytime - has bagged in the last two meetings between the sides, including the equaliser in a 1-1 draw in this fixture last term.

Chelsea head to Merseyside having failed to win any of their last five Premier League away games, with three defeats and two draws - conceding eight goals in that run.

Liverpool have also had major problems on the road, but their form has been solid at home, with just one league defeat in nine at Anfield and six wins to their name.

Both teams go into Saturday’s early kick-off following a victory last time out, with the Reds winning 1-0 at Wolves in the FA Cup on Tuesday, while Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 1-0 last weekend.

The two squads have been hit hard by injuries in recent months, but Liverpool expect to have Darwin Nunez back in contention after missing the last two games. The Uruguayan can be backed at 5/1 to score First on Saturday.

Forest can take a big step forward

WhatBournemouth v Nottingham Forest
WhereVitality Stadium, Bournemouth
When15:00, Saturday 21st January
OddsBournemouth 17/10, Draw 21/10, Nottm Forest 9/5

Two wins and a draw have helped move Nottingham Forest out of the bottom three and five points clear of the relegation zone ahead of their trip to Bournemouth.

Steve Cooper’s men seem to have returned with renewed vigour following the World Cup break and are now out to 12/5 To Be Relegated this season.

In stark contrast, Bournemouth’s survival hopes have been severely dented in recent times, with the Cherries losing their last four league games without scoring a goal.

Despite that run, Gary O’Neil’s squad are still one point outside the relegation places but their goals against record - the worst in the top flight - will be a major concern to Bournemouth backers.

Brighton can cause concerns for Foxes

WhatLeicester City v Brighton
WhereKing Power Stadium, Leicester
When15:00, Saturday 21st January
OddsLeicester 12/5, Draw 5/2, Brighton 11/10

After a poor start to the season, Leicester City looked to have got themselves back on track before the World Cup with four wins in five league games, but four straight defeats since Boxing Day have dragged them back into the relegation battle ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Brighton.

Brendan Rodgers has seen his men lose their last three home league games, failing to score and conceding five goals during that run.

Whilst Leicester have slipped down the table, Brighton are on the way up after winning three of their last four games and last weekend’s 3-0 win over Liverpool lifted them to seventh.

The Seagulls - 13/8 to finish in the Top 6 - look to have solved their previous issues in front of goal, scoring 12 goals in those four matches.

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Saints can continue winning run

WhatSouthampton v Aston Villa
WhereSt Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
When15:00, Saturday 21st January
OddsSouthampton 15/8, Draw 9/4, Aston Villa 31/20

Three straight wins in three different competitions have helped bolster confidence in the Southampton camp, but they still remain bottom of the table.

The Saints have only won one of their nine Premier League home games this term and face an unpredictable Aston Villa team on Saturday. In their last five games in all competitions, Unai Emery’s men have won two, drawn two and lost one to sit firmly in mid-table.

With the Spaniard still setting out his plans and with Danny Ings heading for the exit door, this could be a good opportunity for the home side to collect a valuable three points.

Saints, who are 15/8 to claim another win, have pushed James Ward-Prowse further forward to good effect in the last few weeks. The England midfielder has scored three goals in his last three Premier League games and can be backed at 15/4 to Score Anytime on Saturday.

Villa, who won the reverse fixture 1-0 in September, are 31/20 to pick up a third straight away win as they look to put themselves in the shake-up to qualify for Europe.

Old boys seek massive three points

WhatWest Ham v Everton
WhereLondon Stadium, London
When15:00, Saturday 21st January
OddsWest Ham 4/5, Draw 11/4, Everton 15/4

Two managers under real pressure get ready to face their former clubs on Saturday, as West Ham play host to Everton at the London Stadium.

David Moyes has been backed by the Hammers board this week, with striker Danny Ings having joined from Aston Villa, so much will be expected from their fans.

It’s no wins in seven league games for both sides, runs that have seen both drop into the relegation zone and the Hammers are currently available at 4/1 To Be Relegated, while Everton can be backed at 8/11 to go down.

Former Hammers midfielder Frank Lampard will hope for a repeat of the Toffees’ display in their 1-1 at Manchester City last month, since when the Merseysiders have lost back-to-back home games.

Newcastle can stay on track for Europe

WhatCrystal Palace v Newcastle United
WhereSelhurst Park, London
When17:30, Saturday 21st January
How to watchSky Sports Main Event & Premier League
OddsCrystal Palace 7/2, Draw 12/5, Newcastle 17/20

It’s now 14 Premier League games without defeat for Newcastle United, who remain in the top four heading into Saturday evening’s clash at Crystal Palace.

The Magpies have been particularly impressive on the road, collecting 14 points from a potential 18 away from St James’, including a draw at Arsenal earlier this month.

It’s also five clean sheets in a row for Eddie Howe’s men, with Newcastle To Win to Nil at Selhurst Park available to back at 2/1.

Palace go into this game without a win in four matches in all competitions and having lost three of their last four competitive games on home turf.

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