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

There’s a full bill of Premier League action to look forward to this weekend, topped by United v Arsenal tomorrow afternoon.

Van Persie: welcomes his old team-mates to his new home tomorrow.
Van Persie: welcomes his old team-mates to his new home tomorrow.
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Crystal Palace v Everton

Saturday, 3pm

Palace will win a game at some stage — and when they do, we won’t win any money. Everton are a banker against the league’s worst side, even more so if Romelu Lukaku is fit to start.

Bet: Everton @ 8/13

Chelsea v West Brom

Saturday, 3pm

Newcastle showed up Chelsea’s vulnerabilities last week. Coming off the back of a European game in midweek, West Brom are tricky opponents — just ask Manchester United and Arsenal.

Bet: Draw @ 9/2

Liverpool v Fulham

Saturday, 3pm

After losing ground on Arsenal last week, Liverpool will be determined to get back on track. Fulham, who are without Sascha Riether who starts a three-match ban for stamping on Adnan Januzaj, have already lost six times this season.

Bet: Liverpool @ 2/7

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Southampton v Hull City

Saturday, 3pm

Southampton don’t concede goals but Hull are a tough, tough side to break down. If striker Dani Osvaldo is fit, the hosts might just shade it.

Bet: Draw @ 14/5

Aston Villa v Cardiff City

Saturday, 3pm

Villa haven’t won — or even scored — in their last four matches. That has to change some time though, right?

Bet: Villa @ 21/20

Norwich City v West Ham

Saturday, 5.30pm

If ever there was a reason to stay out of the pub at 5.30pm on a Saturday evening, this is it.

Bet: West Ham @ 9/5

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle

Sunday, 12pm

Hugo Lloris is likely to start in goal for Spurs after last week’s nasty concussion against Everton. The Frenchman has been part of a defence that has conceded just five goals all season — but Spurs’ problem has been at the other end. What does Jermaine Defoe have to do to get a game?

Bet: Draw @ 14/5

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Sunderland v Manchester City

Sunday, 2.05pm

After watching City put seven past Norwich last weekend, and five past CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, it’s hard to have any faith that league’s worst defence will keep them out tomorrow.

Bet: City @ 2/5

Swansea City v Stoke City

Sunday, 4.10pm

While everybody else is watching United and Arsenal, these two will have the Liberty Stadium to themselves. Stoke’s form is marginally worse of two bad sides and they haven’t won at Swansea since 1993.

Bet: Swansea @ Evs

Manchester United v Arsenal

Sunday, 4.10pm

The world and its mother have been impressed by Arsenal’s start to the season — but did you know they haven’t won at Old Trafford since September 2006? United have 10 points from the last 12 in the league but they were shaky at times against Southampton and Stoke.

Bet: Arsenal @ 11/5

Accumulator: As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve gone for a few outside bets this weekend. A tenner will net you just under €85,000 if they all come in. We’ll be happy if we get five up.

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