Sunday, May 20, 2018

Saturday Premier League preview

Saturday’s Premier League schedule kicks off at 12:30 GMT at the Liberty Stadium, as Swansea host Everton.

Both teams have made decent starts to their Premier League campaigns. Swansea has not beaten the visitors in 15 league and cup matches.

However, the Swans have made a really good start to their top flight campaign.

Both sides have taken seven points from their first four games of the campaign and could return to the top four with victories at the Liberty Stadium.

Everton are likely to be without striker Nikica Jelavic, who injured his knee against Newcastle on Monday night. Swansea are still without full-back Neil Taylor, who will be out of action for the rest of the season.

Chelsea host Stoke City at Stamford Bridge looking to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League. The European champions have picked up three wins and a draw from their first four Premier League encounters.

The visitors have drawn all four of their Premier League games so far. The Potters are still looking for their first victory of the season, but will face a massive task at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have defeated Stoke in eight out of the last ten games and have drawn the other two.

Southampton have lost all four of their top flight encounters so far this season, but will be looking to pick up something when they host Aston Villa at St Marys. The Saints have had a difficult start to the season with encounters against Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal.

Villa will be in buoyant mood after claiming their top flight of the season last time out against Swansea. The Villans have not won in 10 away games, but will be looking at this as the chance to put that right.

Elsewhere, West Brom host Reading at the Hawthorns. Baggies boss Steve Clarke has made a good start to his tenure and will be looking for a third league victory of the season. West Brom has a fantastic defensive record at home. They have kept seven clean sheets from their last nine games at the Hawthorns.

Reading heads to the Midlands looking for their first Premier League victory of the season. The Royals have picked up just one point in the Premier League this season. Brian McDermott’s men lost 3-1 to Tottenham in their last game and will be looking for an improvement on their last display.

Wigan will be hoping to claim their second victory of the season, as travel-sick Fulham visit the DW Stadium. Both teams have enjoyed a mixed start to their Premier League campaigns, Fulham have six points with Wigan on four points.

Fulham have struggled to win away from Craven Cottage in recent seasons, but the home side haven’t beaten the Cottagers in the last 11 Premier League encounters.

West Ham have made a very solid start to life back in the Premier League, taking seven points from four games. The Irons have also kept three cleans in those four appearances in the top flight.

The Irons host Sunderland at the Boleyn Ground hoping to move into the top four of the Premier League. Sunderland will be hoping that new signing Steven Fletcher continues his goal scoring form.

The Scottish striker has scored three times in just two appearances for the Black Cats. Should West Ham keep a clean sheet then they will equal their record for the number of home clean sheets kept at the start of a Premier League campaign.

Which game is the biggest on Saturday?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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