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Premier League preview: how to fill out your football accumulator this weekend

We don’t guarantee that you’ll win any money; we don’t even guarantee that you’ll have fun…

A happy Arsenal fan (this is a real photo).
A happy Arsenal fan (this is a real photo).
Image: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Old Trafford, 12.45, Saturday

United are just one point ahead of Palace and, after a scoreless draw against Chelsea, David Moyes will be anxious to get his first win at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney is out injured but Marouane Fellaini is hair to help. Palace made Spurs work on opening weekend, but United should have more than enough to win.

Bet: United @ 1/4

Aston Villa v Newcastle

Villa Park, 15.00, Saturday

Villa will certainly be well-rested — they haven’t played a league match in three weeks. And here’s another stat for you: Newcastle have only managed more than one goal in Villa Park three times in the last 16 years.

Bet: Villa @ 6/5

Fulham v West Brom

Craven Cottage, 15.00, Saturday

If West Brom are going to win, they’re going to need to start scoring. They are goalless after three games and so only have a point for their troubles. On the other hand, Fulham have lost their last five in the league at Craven Cottage.

Bet: Draw @ 23/10

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Enforcer: West Brom’s Gareth McAuley (Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Hull v Cardiff City

KC Stadium, 15.00, Saturday

Two of the promoted sides meet in what could be a six-pointer come the end of the season. Both have had difficult starts to the season but with a win against Man City and a draw against Everton, Cardiff are hard to oppose.

Bet: Cardiff @ 2/1

Stoke v Manchester City

Britannia Stadium, 15.00, Saturday

City don’t like the Brittania really — in the last five seasons, they’ve only taken four points away from this fixture. Stoke are looking for their third straight win but if City avoid the kind of dodgy defence that killed them against Cardiff, they should take this.

Bet: City @ 7/10

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Yaya: can he help City right their terrible form at Stoke? (Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Sunderland v Arsenal

Stadium of Light, 15.00, Saturday

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Welcome to the Mesut Özil show… we think. Arsenal’s record signing missed training through illness yesterday but even if he’s not fit to make his debut, the Gunners will fancy themselves against a Sunderland side that only has one point from nine.

Bet: Arsenal @ 7/10

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich

White Hart Lane, 15.00, Saturday

Welcome to life after Bale, Spurs fans. These sides drew 1-1 twice in the league last season but with new signings Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela set to contribute, AVB will hope his side don’t end up relying on another Roberto Soldado penalty.

Bet: Spurs @ 4/9

Everton v Chelsea

Goodison Park, 17.30, Saturday

Everton love a draw — love it — but only two sides in Premier League history have opened the new season with four straight stalemates. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea have only conceded one in the league so maybe a draw is the best the Toffees can hope for this evening?

Bet: Draw @ 9/4

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James McCarthy could make his Everton debut today (Peter Byrne/Everton FC/Press Association Images)

Southampton v West Ham

St Mary’s, 16.00, Sunday

It’s not the most exciting of Super Sundays. West Ham have a raft of injuries and a poor record at St Mary’s (no wins in their last four). There’s value to be had if you fancy an away win.

Bet: West Ham @ 10/3

Swansea v Liverpool

Liberty Stadium, 20.00, Monday

If you know any Liverpool fans, you’ll know that the Merseysiders are the only team with a 100% record and are sitting pretty on top of the table. Who cares if we have only played three games? They could struggle on Monday night if Daniel Sturridge is not fully fit.

Bet: Liverpool @ 5/4

Accumulator

In the unlikely event that the above comes in, €10 will net you just under €35,000. Ambitious.

NAP

€10 on the away treble of Arsenal/City/Liverpool wins €65.

Stab in the dark

We’re banking on the new boys. €10 on Ozil, Lamela and Fellaini to score at anytime wins over €200.

Disagree? Of course you do. Feel free to leave your own predictions in the comments section >

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