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Premier League - Football: Saturday preview

16 September 2022 07:55:44 EST
Bruno Lage's side boast the meanest defence in the division, conceding just four times.

There are three Premier League matches to get stuck into on Saturday, starting with the 12:30 clash between Wolverhampton and Manchester City at Molineux.

Along with the reigning champions' trip to the West Midlands, Newcastle welcome Bournemouth to St James' Park for a 15:00 KO before Leicester travel to Tottenham for a 17:30 start.

Wolves to frustrate City

WhatWolverhampton vs Manchester City
WhereMolineux, West Midlands
When12:30, Saturday 17th September
How to watchBT Sport 1
OddsWolverhampton 8.00, Draw 5.75, Man City 1.33

City are yet to taste defeat in the Premier League or Champions League so far this season - winning six and drawing two - and summer arrival Erling Haaland has been a major reason for this impressive start.

The Norway international leads the league's scoring charts with 10 goals from six games, while his three strikes in Europe leave him joint-top of the Champions League statistics alongside Barcelona's Robert Lewandowski and Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe.

Pep Guardiola's men travel to Molineux on Saturday and the visitors will be confident of claiming the spoils in the West Midlands, as they are unbeaten in their last 21 away league matches (W15 D6), but they have had to settle for a draw in three of their last four road outings and that should give Wolves some hope.

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Bruno Lage's side picked up their first league win last time out, beating Southampton 1-0, and they have had two weeks since that victory to get themselves prepared and ready for the champions' visit.

Wolves are on a four-game unbeaten run across all competitions and they boast the meanest defence in the division, conceding just four times, so they will be optimistic of limiting what City can do in the final third.

The issue for the Black Country outfit continues to be at the other end, as they have netted a joint-low three times, so don't expect Saturday's meeting to be full of fireworks and goalmouth action.

With Wolves having had an extended rest period and City playing so quickly after Wednesday's win over Borussia Dortmund, backing the hosts in the double chance market at 1.083 could prove prudent.

Howe to down old club

WhatNewcastle vs Bournemouth
WhereSt James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
When15:00, Saturday 17th September
OddsNewcastle 1.40, Draw 4.50, Bournemouth 7.50 

Eddie Howe will go up against his former employers Bournemouth on Saturday when his Newcastle side welcome the Cherries to St James' Park.

The Magpies have earned plaudits this season but the fact they have only picked up one victory from six league matches can't be ignored and three points are desperately needed.

Newcastle have proven difficult to beat, having only lost once and drawn four times, and a contentious VAR call stopped them from picking up three points at home to Crystal Palace last time out, so it can be argued their tally of seven points should be higher.

The absence of Bruno Guimaraes, Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson over the last couple of games has hampered the attacking prowess of the Tyneside outfit, but record signing Alexander Isak has settled in quickly after netting on his debut and he is 4.50 to be the first goalscorer on Saturday.

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Bournemouth have the same amount of points as Newcastle but they are still to find a successor to Scott Parker, who was relieved of his duties after the 9-0 mauling by Liverpool last month.

Gary O'Neil has been in temporary charge since and the Cherries are unbeaten under his stewardship, drawing 0-0 with Wolves before coming from 2-0 down to beat Nottingham Forest 3-2 last time out.

The south-coast outfit have a rotten recent record against Newcastle, having failed to win any of the past five meetings, while O'Neil's troops have lost 2-1 on their last two trips to St James' Park.

Bournemouth have only scored five goals this season, and when you add in the fact they are going up against a Newcastle side with the joint-fourth best defence in the division, a home win to nil at 2.25 looks appealing.

Spurs to deepen Leicester's misery

WhatTottenham v Leicester
WhereTottenham Hotspur Stadium, North London
When17:30, Saturday 17th September
How to watchSky Sports Main Event and Premier League
OddsTottenham 1.55, Draw 4.50, Leicester 6.00

Nobody can take away Leicester's sensational title-winning campaign in 2015/16, that will forever be in the history books, but memories of that success are fading away quickly due to the situation the club are in right now.

The Foxes have taken just one point from a possible 18, as they sit rock-bottom of the standings, and recent defeats have only heaped the pressure even more on manager Brendan Rodgers.

Leicester have lost their last five league games and the most recent of those, a 5-2 thumping at the hands of Brighton, showed a real lack of determination, focus and desire to turn things around.

It really does feel like last-chance saloon for Rodgers this weekend but it is very hard to see the Northern Irishman coming away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a positive result.

Spurs are unbeaten in their six matches - winning four and drawing two - and they have won all four home games across all competitions this season, scoring nine times and conceding just twice.

Antonio Conte's men did suffer a 2-0 loss at Sporting on Tuesday and the former Chelsea boss will be demanding a quick response from his side on Saturday evening.

Tottenham have won the last three meetings with the Foxes, chalking up 3-1, 3-2 and 4-2 victories, and another high-scoring affair could be on the cards.

Leicester have conceded 16 goals already this term, only Bournemouth have let in more, and a Spurs win with over 2.5 goals in the match at 2.10 could be worth a look.

It is also worth noting England international Harry Kane has scored in each of those three wins over the Foxes and he is 1.90 to net anytime on home soil, while he is 4.00 to open the scoring.

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