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Villa, Newcastle, Norwich in Saturday Premier League relegation wrangles

Holly Thackeray | April 8, 2016

The sun is shining and Saturday promises some enticing spring scuffles as the Premier League resumes, with five fantastic 3pm fixtures.

These encounters could heavily impact the relegation survival race, as Newcastle United trek to Southampton, bottom club Aston Villa battle Bournemouth and Norwich City clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. While, in other action Swansea City host Chelsea and Watford welcome Everton.

Southampton v Newcastle United

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, April 9th
  • Kick-off: 15:00 BST
  • St Mary’s, Southampton

Saints to sink slim Toon hope

European place chasers Southampton play host to a sinking Newcastle at St Mary’s, and are odds-on at 4/7 with Coral to take three points and dent the Tyneside team’s hopes of Premier League survival further.

These two sides are level in historical head-to-heads with 35 wins apiece, and have seen 21 draws play out between them. While, as the reverse this season in the Northeast also ended evenly, customers can back a splitting of spoils at 14/5.

Norwich City v Newcastle United - Barclays Premier League - Carrow Road

Rafael Benitez’s boys really need to dig deep now having surrendered to relegation rivals Norwich last weekend but, on a run of six matches without victory and having been hammered 4-0 on the south coast last season, they are unlikely 11/2 shouts for success.

Pelle to be a protagonist

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s action Saints coach Ronald Koeman told press: “We know we play home, we know the qualities of Newcastle and we know also the weaknesses, because if you don’t have weaknesses you don’t stay in this position in the table.”

Soccer - Capital One Cup - Fourth Round - Southampton v Aston Villa - St Mary's Stadium

The Magpies malaise clearly stems from defence, so they may have no choice but to channel all their attacking powers for this away, with marksman Aleksandar Mitrovic fresh from a brace and three goals in his last two games their best chance at 7/4 in the anytime market, while Georginio Wijnaldum is a generous 7/2.

As for the south coast hosts, Graziano Pelle (3/1 for the first strike) could be key after notching three in as many of his last matches versus Newcastle and speedster Sadio Mane is 4/1 to fire in last.

Crystal Palace v Norwich City

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, April 9th
  • Kick-off: 15:00 BST
  • Selhurst Park, south London

Canaries keen to keep clawing clear

After their defeat of Newcastle, Norwich have survival in their sights but are only four points clear of the trap door having played a match more than the Magpies and Sunderland.

That makes their trip to Selhurst Park to take on a shaky Palace side crucial as the capital club have just a three-point buffer ahead of the Canaries themselves.

Norwich City v Newcastle United - Barclays Premier League - Carrow Road

The Carrow Road club are 11/4 for a road win after their two triumphs on the trot, but a draw could be the wiser punt at 23/10 after three of their past four trips to Palace’s patch saw just a point pinched.

Eagles attack stuttering

As for the Eagles, they made light work of Norwich earlier in the season, but are famously without a win in the league since December, so look short at 21/20 to turn that around here.

Dwight Gayle poached for Palace last time out and is 7/4 for a goal anytime again, with defender Damien Delaney intriguing at 8/1 after also netting in his previous outing and against the Canaries in August.

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Norwich, meanwhile, will hope dangerman Dieumerci Mbokani (6/1 to have the final say) and set-piece threat Robbie Brady (10/1 to open scoring) can pull the trigger at Palace.

Swansea City v Chelsea

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, April 9th
  • Kick-off: 15:00 BST
  • Britannia Stadium, Swansea

Swans will make it tricky for Chelsea

They may be 10 points clear of the relegation dogfight, but revived Swansea will want to make sure they avoid getting dragged back down as Chelsea visit the Britannia.

Swans are 9/4 to force a second draw of the season with the Blues, who will be missing main men such as Diego Costa and Loic Remy, with all of Eden Hazard, John Terry and Gary Cahill doubts.

Swansea City v Norwich City - Barclays Premier League - Liberty Stadium

So, with a weakened rearguard and attack for their guests, the Welsh club are 27/20 to successfully seek all the spoils, as Gylfi Sigurdsson aims to continue his vein of lethal form and Andre Ayew a potential returnee after injury.

Blues boys could be given chance

In the absence of such major stars, Chelsea gaffer Guus Hiddink could give another chance to 20-year-old Bertrand Traore, who has hit four in 11 while wearing navy blue this term.

Aston Villa v Chelsea - Barclays Premier League - Villa Park

Also, after helping thrash Aston Villa last week, Spain star Pedro Rodriguez and Brazilian predator Alexandre Pato could both pounce again.

Watford v Everton

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, April 9th
  • Kick-off: 15:00 BST
  • Vicarage Road, Watford

Everton away record should sting Hornets

Both the Toffees and Hornets have a reputation for shipping goals of late, with Watford last leaking four against Arsenal and Everton with just one clean sheet in their past five, so backing strikes in this scuffle could be prudent.

There were four goals at Goodison Park in August as these sides saw out a draw, something they are 23/10 to do again, considering just one league point splits them at the moment.

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Though Roberto Martinez’s men are among the five top scoring teams in the English top-tier, with that attacking edge making the Toffees tasty at 11/2 to triumph and both teams score. The Merseyside men have lost two away in the league all term, which further strengthens their case for three points.

Hornets hitmen lacking of late

Watford’s main forward threats remain skipper Troy Deeney (7/4 anytime) and partner in crime Odion Ighalo (6/4), though the pair have not been as rampant of late, as the Hertfordshire club have hit just one in their last five league outings.

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So, Everton’s exciting attack looks the better bet to back to click at Vicarage Road, with fearsome Romelu Lukaku (11/2 for the opener) and Ross Barkley (10/1 to close the scoring) both brilliant options.

Aston Villa v Bournemouth

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, April 9th
  • Kick-off: 15:00 BST
  • Villa Park, Birmingham

Bournemouth could deliver bitter blow

Should Aston Villa fail to get a better result versus Bournemouth than Norwich do at Selhurst, the Birmingham-based clubs’ relegation back to the Championship will be confirmed, as they stand on the brink of becoming the first Premier League casualty.

Villa have conceded a whopping 22 goals in their last seven outings, of which they have won none, compounded by their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea last week, so don’t look worth a 12/5 gamble for a rare victory.

Aston Villa v Chelsea - Barclays Premier League - Villa Park

Bournemouth suffered similarly at the hands of Manchester City, but will fancy their 23/20 chances of gaining retribution for their first ever Premier League defeat, inflicted by Villa earlier in the term. A draw at 23/10 would be no calamity for the Cherries either.

Afobe missing from Cherries attack

It was a case of good news-bad news for Eddie Howe’s south coasters as striker Benik Afobe is reportedly out for a month with injury, though sidelined sharpshooter Callum Wilson could return before the end of the season.

Britain Soccer Premier League

Josh King has been most prolific for Bournemouth of late and is a 7/4 shout to bag again anytime, while last Villans scorer Rudy Gestede (15/8) will seek to sink past the Cherries.

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