Big guns in action on busy Saturday

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

Traditionalists will welcome Saturday’s Premier League action, when six games start at 15:00, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton among those playing.

Liverpool could temporarily close the gap on leaders Manchester City to six points with a win over relegation-threatened Norwich at Anfield, ahead of the Citizens’ home game against Tottenham later.

The Reds, who will be without forward Diogo Jota due to an ankle injury, will be expected to comfortably see off the Canaries and pick up their eighth straight win in all competitions. Norwich, who are third-bottom and have the possibility of going down still very much hanging over their heads, are 28/1 to cause a huge shock and beat Liverpool for the first time since 1994. Jurgen Klopp’s side are 1/10 to win, while the draw is 10/1.

Klopp insists Norwich, despite their position in the table, will be a test for his side coming quickly on the back of Wednesday’s 2-0 Champions League win over Inter Milan.

He said: “(Norwich are) a really good football-playing side; they didn’t get the result often enough, that’s why they have the points tally they have. When you think about Norwich, they just will not stop believing in staying in the league and I admire that actually, I really like that. You can see that in the way they play, it’s a very positive style.

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“We played on Wednesday night and only came back Thursday because of the wind. So now we play again, so it’s just for different reasons a difficult game for us.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea go to Selhurst Park for a London derby against Crystal Palace hoping to consolidate their position in third with a victory. The Blues, fresh from winning the Club World Cup, are four points clear of Manchester United in fourth. Chelsea are 4/6 to win, Palace are 9/2 and the draw is 3/1.

Arsenal are at home to Brentford (Arsenal 9/20, draw 18/5, Brentford 7/1 – Match Betting) and Aston Villa host struggling Watford, who are still to win under new boss Roy Hodgson. The Hornets are 9/2 to pick up a much-needed three points in the West Midlands, Villa are 7/10 and a draw is 11/4.

Brighton are 4/6 to beat bottom-of-the-table Burnley, who are 5/1 to earn what would be a valuable win, with the draw 11/4, while Everton boss Frank Lampard will be after another victory when he takes his side to Southampton (Southampton 11/10, draw 13/5 Everton 13/5 – Match Betting).

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Author: Paula Allen