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West Ham vs Swansea City: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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Both West Ham and Swansea City will be desperately looking to build some momentum and earn their second victory of the Premier League season when the two sides meet in London on Saturday.

The pressure on Slaven Bilic’s shoulders has failed to disappear during recent weeks, with the West Ham manager’s job still hanging in the balance after picking up just one win from six league matches.

Yet Swansea City haven’t exactly got off to the best start either, sitting just a point ahead of their opponents after with a single win to their names this year, and they’ll know this is a critical must-win match.

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West Ham have managed to bounce back well from three straight defeats at the start of the new season, beating Huddersfield comfortably and earning themselves a credible point at West Brom.

They came agonisingly close to pulling off a remarkable comeback against Tottenham on Saturday too, clawing back a three-goal deficit to 3-2 before running out of time, and they will take heart from this.

Swansea have endured an equally frustrating and underwhelming start to the 2017-18 season, falling to a dramatic 90th minute defeat against Watford last week after dominating for large parts of the game.

They’ll want to forget about that and keep up their impressive away form though, with the Welsh side unbeaten in three matches away from the Liberty – including a valiant away draw against Tottenham.

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There’s some bad news ahead of Saturday’s clash for Slaven Bilic as it looks like forward Michail Antonio will miss out against the Swans after limping out of last weekend’s defeat to Tottenham.

Pedro Obiang, Edmilson and James Collins are also all expected to miss out through injury although Manuel Lanzini did return to training in the week and could be in line to take a place on the bench.

For the visitors, Paul Clement will be pleased that there are no fresh injury concerns from last weekend’s dramatic disappointing defeat and he could have midfielder Ki Sung-yueng back at his disposal.

Deadline day signing Renato Sanches could return to the starting line-up after being dropped last time out, whilst Wilfried Bony and Tammy Abraham are tipped to start together for the first time this season.

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Match Prediction: West Ham 1-0 Swansea City

Whilst West Ham remain inside the Premier League’s bottom three with just the one win so far this campaign, their displays have improved since August and they had Tottenham worried last Saturday.

Andy Carroll’s return has provided the lift that the Hammers needed and, with spirits high after the way they fought back against their north London rivals, it’s the perfect time for them to be facing the Swans.

Paul Clement hasn’t managed to get his deadline day arrivals of Bony and Sanches firing just yet, leaving a severe lack of threat in attack, and West Ham should have enough to edge a tight and cagey encounter.

Will is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, specialising in the art of sports. Long-time suffering Northampton Town fan who once saw us win a league title. Find him on Twitter - @96PearsonW.

Bournemouth

Tottenham Hotspur vs Bournemouth: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

Rob Meech

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Tottenham Hotspur head into tomorrow’s clash with struggling Bournemouth still searching for their first Premier League victory at Wembley Stadium. Much as been made about Spurs’ hoodoo at the national stadium, where they are temporarily based while construction continues on their new ground.

Mauricio Pochettino‘s charges have dropped more points at ‘home’ so far this season than in the entirety of the last campaign. However, they take on a Bournemouth outfit that have collected four points and are above only Crystal Palace in the league standings.

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Despite their difficulties at Wembley, Tottenham are unbeaten in the top-flight since August and sit third in the table with 14 points from seven matches. Their demolition of Huddersfield Town before the international break, in which the in-form Harry Kane netted a brace, highlighted their ability to crush opponents.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will be acutely aware of the task facing his side. The Cherries have a terrible record against Spurs since being promoted to the Premier League and have yet to gain a single point on their travels this term.

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Pochettino has no fresh injury concerns and could be boosted by the return of Mousa Dembele, who has recovered from a foot problem. Victor Wanyama is still sidelined with a knee injury, though. Harry Winks, who impressed on his England debut, is set to retain his place in the starting XI. Long-term absentees Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are several weeks away from first team action.

Howe’s line-up will depend on whether striker Joshua King passes a fitness test after suffering a tight hamstring for Norway. Ryan Fraser and Brad Smith are both poised to miss out, after suffering knocks during the international break. Callum Wilson has been continuing his recuperation by getting minutes under his belt for the Under-23s.

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Match prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Bournemouth

Spurs have thrashed Bournemouth in the two fixtures between the clubs at White Hart Lane – and a change of venue is unlikely to bring the Cherries better fortune. If at their best, Howe’s side can at least give Tottenham something to think about and prey on the anxiety they have experienced at Wembley. However, with no away form to speak of, Spurs look set to be too strong.

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Liverpool vs Manchester United: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

Rob Meech

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The two most successful clubs in the history of English football will resume hostilities tomorrow, when Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield. It is a mouth-watering return to the Premier League following the international break, which sees Jose Mourinho’s side put their unbeaten start to the season on the line. The atmosphere is sure to be electric for Saturday’s early kick-off and victory for the hosts would bring them to within four points of their fierce rivals.

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With only one win from their past four top-flight outings, Liverpool’s form has stalled somewhat after a bright start. Scoring goals has not been a problem for Jurgen Klopp’s men – but in contrast, no club in the top half has shipped more. It is these defensive shortcomings which have been to blame for too many dropped points.

United meanwhile, have been mightily impressive, taking 19 points from 21. For all their attacking flair, they have also been watertight in defence, with the only goals they have conceded coming in the 2-2 draw away to Stoke City.

Team news

Klopp has been left reeling from the news that key player Sadio Mane has been ruled out from up to two months after injuring his hamstring during the international break, which means Daniel Sturridge may keep his place in attack. Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are edging towards a return, although no date has yet been set.

United have selection problems of their own and will be without Marouane Fellaini, who suffered damage to his knee while playing for Belgium. Paul Pogba, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Marcus Rojo all remain sidelined.

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Match prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United

Mourinho is a master tactician whose game-plan will be to keep it tight and frustrate Liverpool. Klopp’s team are more than capable of ruining his approach however, although Mane’s absence is a huge blow. The first goal will be crucial in deciding the outcome.

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Everton vs Burnley: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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Everton will look to record just their third Premier League win of the season when a high-flying Burnley take the short trip across the north west to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

Sean Dyche’s side have started the year in impressive fashion, losing just once in their opening six matches, and they’ll provide another stern test for an Everton side that are struggling to grind out results.

Yet Ronald Koeman will hope his side’s comeback victory over Bournemouth last time out can add some inspiration around Merseyside and kick-start a season that hasn’t got going just yet.

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Despite spending over £100million during the summer on some well-known names, Everton have found it difficult to convert that into results on the pitch with just two wins from their first six league games.

Consecutive defeats against Chelsea (2-0), Tottenham (3-0) and Manchester United (4-0) had dampened spirits around Goodison somewhat but they secured a much-needed win last week against the Cherries.

Their Europa League adventure hasn’t quite gone to plan either, losing heavily away at Atalanta before being held at home by Cypriot minnows Apollon Limassol to leave them at the bottom of Group E.

The visitors have fared a little better so far this season, only losing the once against West Brom, and they’ve already surprised a few by drawing with Liverpool and Tottenham and seeing off Chelsea.

They’ll arrive on Merseyside with a fine away record too, unbeaten in their first three matches – all three of which ironically were against these top-six contenders – and they’ll want to extend the run.

Team News

Ronald Koeman could be without the services of both Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane after the defensive duo missed out on the draw with Apollon Limassol through respective injury problems.

That could see young Mason Holgate drafted into the centre of defence alongside Ashley Williams, with Everton potentially reverting to a four-man defensive system to cater for their lengthy injury list.

There’s little to report for Burnley ahead of Sunday’s clash, although Jonathan Walters could be in contention for a spot on the bench after recovering from an ongoing ligament problem in his ankle.

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Match Prediction; Everton 2-1 Burnley

Ronald Koeman will be desperate to see a reaction from his team after their disappointing late set-back against ten-man Apollon on Thursday, and he will want to make it two wins from two in the league.

But it certainly won’t be an easy task against a disciplined Burnley team, who have only conceded five goals all season despite facing a tough run of away games against Premier League title contenders.

Oumar Niasse is in-line for a start after his starring role in the win last weekend and his presence could lift a depleted Everton side, and whilst it won’t be a stroll in the park the hosts should nick a close affair.

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