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Premier League predictions, betting tips & match previews: Best bets for Saturday’s 3pm kick-offs

Leigh Copson 11 Jan 2018
  • Six Premier League matches are scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, January 13
  • Get free betting tips for each of the 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League
Alan Pardew (credit: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Premier League predictions for Saturday’s 3pm games. Can Chelsea climb to second place in the table and will Alan Pardew finally lead West Bromwich Albion to a victory in the Premier League? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips for 3pm on Saturday.

Chelsea v Leicester City

Chelsea’s winless run has reached three games following the midweek EFL Cup draw against Arsenal, but the Blues have lost just one of their last 17 games in all competitions and they will go into Saturday’s match against Leicester City knowing that a victory will propel them to second in the Premier League table. But can they get back to winning ways to take their chance? I believe they will. Leicester made a strong start to life under Claude Puel, but their form has tailed off over the past few weeks with just one win coming in their last seven games in all competitions, and their away record against Chelsea over the past several seasons does not make for good reading. Everything points to a Chelsea victory here, but I would not be surprised to see the Foxes grab a goal in a losing effort. Both teams have scored in each of their last seven away games and 11 of the last 13 games between these two clubs have produced three goals or more.

Crystal Palace v Burnley

Crystal Palace’s FA Cup exit on Monday night should not overshadow the fact that the Eagles are a team in solid form right now. Roy Hodgson’s men have lost only one of their last 11 games in the Premier League, against Arsenal, and this sequence has lifted them out of the bottom three and up to 14th in the table. They will now look to record back-to-back league wins for only the second time this season when they host Burnley on Saturday, but I do not like their chances. The Clarets have been extremely impressive on their travels this season, taking points from trips to face Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, and they have been a bogey team for Palace over the past couple of seasons, beating the Eagles at Selhurst Park in 2016/17 before getting the better of them, 1-0, when the two teams went head-to-head at Turf Moor earlier this season. Therefore it would come as no surprise to me to see them take something from this trip to Selhurst Park.

Huddersfield Town v West Ham United

Huddersfield Town continue to flirt with the top half of the Premier League table despite going four games without a victory, and three points from Saturday’s home game against West Ham United could be enough to see the Terriers move into the top 10. But can they claim all three points against the Hammers? David Moyes’ have lost only one of their last seven matches in the top flight and this decent run of form does include a win over Chelsea and draws with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but their away form does leave a lot to be desired – they have won just once on their travels – and Huddersfield have lost only three times at home this season. That strong home form is a big reason they are on the brink of the top 10 and I would not be shocked to see them clinch three points here and possibly break into the top half of the table.  

Newcastle United v Swansea City

The festive period proved to be rather fruitful for Newcastle United as they took seven points from four games, with their sole defeat coming at the hands of runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City, and they have an excellent opportunity to keep this good run going when they entertain Swansea City on Saturday afternoon. Carlos Carvalhal knows he has some serious work to do as he tries to keep the rock-bottom Swans in the top flight, and even though they did beat Watford in their most recent away game in the league, the Welsh club have now lost seven of their last eight on their travels. With that and the Magpies’ recent good form in mind, I am backing Newcastle to claim all three points in a low-scoring affair – Under 2.5 Total Goals has been a winner in five of Toon’s last seven matches while Swansea have scored in just 10 of their 22 league games so far.

Watford v Southampton

Watford and Southampton both enjoyed morale-boosting FA Cup victories this past weekend and they will both be eager to build on those results by recording a much-needed Premier League victory. Watford have managed to stay in the top half of the table despite winning only one of their last nine games, losing seven of them, while Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino finds himself the odds-on favourite to be the next top-flight managerial casualty after seeing his team’s winless run in the league reach nine games with last week’s home defeat to Crystal Palace. Saints’ miserable run makes them good opposition for the faltering Hornets here, but it is hard to have a great deal of confidence in Marco Silva’s side right now. A low-scoring stalemate looks to be a real possibility here.

West Bromwich Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion

West Bromwich Albion finally won a match under Alan Pardew this past weekend, but Baggies fans will not be getting carried away with the 2-0 victory at Exeter City. West Brom’s winless run in the Premier League now stands at 20 games and despite a handful of decent draws in recent weeks, supporters will be fearing the return of Championship football to The Hawthorns next season. Therefore Saturday’s visit of Brighton & Hove Albion simply has to be considered a must-win outing for Albion, but I am not convinced they will claim the three points they so desperately need. Brighton have not been outstanding travellers in their first season in the Premier League, but they have lost only one of their last six games in all competitions and they have now lost just one of their previous 10 games against sides that are currently in the bottom eight. That latter stat is hard to ignore, so I suggest backing the Seagulls to avoid defeat here.

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