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    Premier League Preview: Can Chelsea keep up good run against Leicester City and will Tottenham Hotspur see off Everton?

    It feels like an eternity since we last had Premier League action, due to the FA Cup last week, plus a whole week of no football following the festive period, but here we are, able to look forward to the return of the English top flight!

    How will Saturday's fixtures pan out? Football Manics takes a look.

    Chelsea vs. Leicester City

    Chelsea are aiming to make it eight home Premier League wins on the bounce when Leicester City visit on Saturday afternoon, having won the last three league encounters against the Foxes.

    After a run of four straight wins before Christmas, Claude Puel's men have lost three of their last five matches and drew 0-0 with Fleetwood in the FA Cup third round last weekend.

    Leicester's recent away record against the league's traditional big six is poor, yielding no wins, three draws and nine defeats from their last 12, and I expect Chelsea to make it an unlucky 13.

    Score prediction: 2-0

    Crystal Palace vs. Burnley

    Despite having turned Palace's fortunes around since joining the club, Roy Hodgson has been left with a lengthy injury list ahead of their meeting with Burnley which could spell trouble in the coming weeks.

    However, they boast a good run of form, losing just one of their last 11 games, while Sean Dyche's men are without a win in five league games and have only scored more than one goal in just one of their last eight fixtures.

    That said, the Clarets have won the last three meetings between these two, including the reverse fixture earlier this season, and I think they will emerge triumphant once again.

    Score prediction: 1-2

    Huddersfield Town vs. West Ham United

    Despite sitting 11th in the table, Huddersfield are just four points clear of the bottom three and will want to avoid being sucked into the mire when they face fellow strugglers West Ham.

    David Wagner's team have picked up 16 of their 24 points this season at home, but have not won in their last three games, while the Hammers have taken 12 points from their last seven games.

    West Ham are hard to beat, but Huddersfield are also a tough proposition at home - for me, this has draw written all over it.

    Score prediction: 0-0

    Newcastle United vs. Swansea City

    Newcastle are showing signs of revival, with two wins and a draw from their last three, plus they come into this game on the back of progress in the FA Cup after coming through their banana skin against Luton Town, but they have lost five of their last six league home games.

    Meanwhile, Swansea's win at Watford in their last league away game ended a run of seven straight defeats on the road - they last won back-to-back away games in the competition in January 2017 against Crystal Palace and Liverpool.

    Another difficult game to call, I'm going to go with the more ambitious option and suggest that Swansea will take all three points at St James' Park.

    Score prediction: 1-2

    Watford vs. Southampton

    Two out-of-form sides clash at Vicarage Road as Watford only have one win from their last nine league games, and have lost six of their last seven, while Southampton are winless in their last nine.

    The Hornets are still missing Younes Kaboul, Craig Cathcart, Isaac Success, Miguel Britos, Kiko Femenia, Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah, although Troy Deeney is back from a ban.

    Meanwhile Wesley Hoedt, Cedric Soares and Jeremy Pied are back in training for Saints but Charlie Austin remains out with a hamstring injury.

    Yet another hard one to call, I fancy Watford to have just enough to get the better of their opponents.

    Score prediction: 1-0

    West Bromwich Albion vs. Brighton & Hove Albion

    Another matchday, another attempt for Alan Pardew to try and find his first win as West Brom boss - but the rot has been going on long before his arrival, with the club not having won in their last 20 top-flight games.

    Brighton tasted their first PL win against the Baggies - and scored their first PL goals - back in September, but they're also in a bad run of form, having won just one of their last 11 and failing to score in eight away matches.

    Interestingly, each of the last three games between these two has been won 3-1 by the home side, and as this is yet another difficult one to call, I'm going to tip West Brom to finally break their winless duck.

    Score prediction: 3-1

    Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton (5:30pm)

    Spurs are on a 10-match unbeaten run at Wembley in the Premier League and their run of 16 points from the last seven league fixtures is second only to leaders Manchester City.

    In addition, their record against Everton is good - unbeaten in 10 league meetings, while the Toffees have gone nine league and cup games without a win away to Spurs since November 2008, drawing three times and losing six.

    Sam Allardyce's side are winless in five matches and have lost three games in a row in all competitions, and a trip to Spurs is probably one of the worst propositions - I expect the visitors to lose.

    Score prediction: 3-1

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