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Saturday's Premier League preview: Manchester derby tops the bill

There are six Premier League games to come on Saturday and none bigger than the showdown at Old Trafford between neighbours Manchester United and Manchester City.

While there will be plenty of attention on the first game of the day in Manchester, there are some intriguing contests elsewhere, especially with clashes between teams in the bottom half of the table.

And, having begun in Manchester, the day's schedule finishes with the visit of Bournemouth to Brentford in the teatime kick-off.

Acid test for Ten Hag’s United

WhatManchester United v Manchester City
WhereOld Trafford, Manchester
When12:30, Saturday 14th January 2023
How to watchBT Sport 1
OddsMan Utd 16/5, Draw 13/5, Man City 17/20

Manchester United have been showing signs of progress under Erik ten Hag in recent weeks and they have an opportunity to see how they measure up against reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday.

City were stunned in midweek after a 2-0 defeat at strugglers Southampton in the EFL Cup and boss Pep Guardiola will be desperate to see a response from his players.

Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland both started that game on the bench, but look certain to start at the weekend at Old Trafford.

Haaland bagged himself a hat-trick against United at the Etihad earlier this season and the Norwegian is 10/11 in the Anytime market to score on Saturday.

United are on a six-game winning streak in all competitions going into this one, with Marcus Rashford their man in form.

The England international has scored seven goals in his last six appearances and is 10/3 to score against the Citizens in what should be a tense contest at Old Trafford.

Reds set for Seagulls test

WhatBrighton v Liverpool
WhereAmex Stadium, Brighton
When15:00, Saturday 14th January 2023
OddsBrighton 11/5, Draw 11/4,  Liverpool 11/10

Brighton have been one of the surprise packages in the Premier League this season and the Seagulls will be looking to keep up their good form against Liverpool on Saturday.

Despite the disruption of losing manager Graham Potter to Chelsea, Roberto De Zerbi has come in and done a fine job so far.

Sat in eighth place in the table with one point between them and seventh-placed Liverpool, De Zerbi has managed to build on the foundations put in place by Potter at the Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls have a good record against Saturday’s opponents, having only lost one of their last five Premier League games against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool were on a four-game winning run in the league before a shock 3-1 defeat at Brentford on 2nd January.

The Reds will be desperate to get back to winning ways and are 11/10 to claim all three points on the South Coast.

Pressure on Lampard to deliver

WhatEverton v Southampton
WhereGoodison Park, Liverpool
When15:00, Saturday 14th January 2023
OddsEverton 5/4, Draw 9/4, Southampton 23/10

Saturday could be a big day in the managerial career of Frank Lampard as his Everton side welcome Southampton to Goodison Park.

Finding themselves in a relegation scrap for a second season running, tensions are rising amongst the fanbase at Everton ahead of the arrival of the Saints.

Southampton will be on a high after their EFL Cup heroics against Man City and boss Nathan Jones will be hoping that level of performance transfers to their Premier League campaign.

Saints are rock-bottom of the table going into this one, while the Toffees sit just three points above them in 18th spot.

With protests from home fans expected to take place outside the ground ahead of kick-off, the visitors will be looking to pile on the pressure with a bright start at Goodison.

Saints are 9/2 in the Half Time/Full Time market to be leading at the break and the final whistle, which could signal the end of Lampard’s reign at Everton.

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Bragging rights and points up for grabs at City Ground

WhatNottingham Forest v Leicester City
WhereCity Ground, Nottingham
When15:00, Saturday 14th January 2023
OddsNottm Forest 13/8, Draw 12/5, Leicester 13/8

There’s another derby to look forward to on Saturday, with an all-East Midlands affair taking place between Nottingham Forest and Leicester City.

Two sides outside of the relegation zone but with work to do to stay clear, a tense encounter is expected at the City Ground for this one.

The Foxes blew Forest away with a 4-0 win at the King Power Stadium earlier this season and are a good price of 13/8 to complete the double over the Reds this weekend.

Big game at the bottom

WhatWolves v West Ham
WhereMolineux, Wolverhampton
When15:00, Saturday 14th January 2023
OddsWolverhampton 13/8, Draw 23/10, West Ham 17/10

Saturday throws up another high-pressure game at the wrong end of the table, with Wolves hosting West Ham at Molineux.

Two teams desperate for points, Wolves find themselves in 19th place in the standings, with the Hammers just a point ahead of them in 15th.

A team has won to nil in 10 of the last 11 games between these sides and both teams not to score on Saturday is available at 19/20.

Much like Lampard at Everton, the pressure is firmly on David Moyes to get a result for the Irons, who are 17/10 to take all three points at Molineux.

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