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There’s another busy weekend of domestic football ahead and the action kicks off tonight with a Premier League bottom half clash between Brighton and a resurgent West Ham at the Amex Stadium. Brighton have made a slow start to the 2018/2019 Premier League season winning only one of their seven league games overall, which was a five goal thriller that ended 3-2 against Manchester United, and since then they’ve lost four and drew two in all competitions. After a worrying slow start to the season for West Ham and new manager Pellegrini, losing four of their first five matches in all competitions. However, things have improved considerably winning four of their last six including last weekend’s impressive thrashing of Manchester United 3-1. Brighton won last season’s corresponding league fixture against the Hammers 3-1 and they will need to produce a similar, if not better performance, again today because the Hammers are starting to play better with each game.

There’re six games in the Premier League on Saturday and in terms of importance and coverage, the tea-time match between two clubs experiencing mini-crisis, Manchester United, who have only won one home again in all competitions this season and winless Newcastle United at Old Trafford could grab most of the headlines. The Toon will be fresher having not played in Europe midweek and this could give them the edge, especially as United are not looking in confident mood and the pressure on them in front of their home fans will not make things any easier if they continue to not play well.

After not qualifying for the Europa League Burnley’s poor start to the season has started to make a turn for the better. They’ve won their last two league games 4-0 at home against Bournemouth and 2-1 away at Cardiff City, while Huddersfield have lost six of their eight games in all competitions so far this season and it will take a monumental performance from them and a stinker for Burnley if they are going to win today. Wolves have been far the best of the promoted sides so far this season and they will be in confident mood having only lost one of their nine games in all competitions. They travel to South London tomorrow to face a struggling Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, who lost two and drew one of their three home games so far this season, while Wolves are unbeaten in their last three away games in all competitions and could easily take points from this one if they can maintain their good form.

Spurs will be smarting after being crushed in the Champions League 4-2 by Barcelona at Wembley midweek. There back at the home of English football again on Saturday but face less illustrious opponents Cardiff City and this is a good opportunity to get back to winning ways if the Barcelona game hasn’t taken too much out of them.

Selections:

Double (3.4)

Newcastle Utd +2 Handicap vs. Manchester United

Burnley Win vs Huddersfield


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