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EAGLE: Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke will face his former club on Saturday evening

THE SATURDAY evening kick off will provide Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke with a chance for some sort of revenge. The Eagle will face his previous employers in what should be an entertaining encounter at Selhurst Park.

Palace completed the signing of Benteke on a four-year deal for a fee of £27m which could rise by a further £5m in August, bringing the total fee to £32m. In truth, his Anfield career never really got started.

He scored his first goal for Palace in a 1–2 victory against Middlesbrough, in just his second league game. He will be keen to notch another goal or two over the weekend.

All matches at 15.00 unless otherwise stated.

Saturday, October 29

Sunderland - Arsenal 12.30
After only managing to gain a point against Middlesbrough last weekend, the Gunners know that this fixture is another potential banana skin. Arsene Wenger’s men were frustrated against the Boro and there is every chance of déjà vu at the Stadium of Light without due care and attention. Midfield magician Santi Cazorla was missing last time out and his absence robbed the north London outfit of vital creativity. Should David Moyes’ side lose this one there is every chance that he may be out of work. Away side sneak it.

Man United - Burnley
The Red Devils will look to take all three points despite Burnley’s impressive win against Everton. United traditionally get the better of this fixture. Last time they met the team from Old Trafford ran out 3-1 winners and I would expect them to win on Saturday. Ander Herrera is proving increasing influential for Jose Mourinho’s side and the Clarets will need to keep an eye on him. In ‘keeper David De Gea the home side have one of the best in the world and he should have a relatively easy afternoon.

Middlesbrough - Bournemouth
No doubt the hosts will be buoyed by their well deserved point at the Emirates. Indeed they might still be disappointed having not taken all the spoils in north London such was their effervescent displa. In Adama Traore they have an out-ball everytime due to his pace and strength. Bournemouth are now 10th and moving in the right direction. Boss Eddie Howe, surely destined for bigger and better things, has his team nicely set up and positive at all times. Cherries on top.

Tottenham - Leicester
This should be a cracker! Tottenham have gained only two points from the last six available and they face dangerous opposition in the form of the reigning Champions. Having initally absorbed the loss of Harry Kane the Cockerels are not crowing without their talisman at present. The sooner the injured England man returns the better. City have been well off the pace so far this term but sooner or later they will get their league form to replicate their stunning Champions League form. Honours even.

Watford - Hull
Neither team is in the best of form at the minute. Watford drew away at Swansea last weekend so might just be in better shape. It was always going to be difficult for the Hornets to buzz in the same way that they did last term. As for Hull, a relegation scrap looks likely. They were beaten by Stoke on October 22 and after a flying start to the 2016/17 campaign they have fallen away badly. Captain Curtis Davies will have to rally his troops and fast to add to their meagre tally of just 7 points from nine games. More woe for City.

West Brom - Man City
Fancy West Brom to take a point off City at the Hawthorns. The Baggies will have to shake off the defeat at Anfield but they are more than capable of doing so. Manager Tony Pulis will have been happy with their second half showing against the Reds and will ensure that his men are focused against many people’s favourites for the title. Midfield dynamo Fernandinho has been a rock for the Citizens and his battle with WBA skipper Darren Fletcher could be bruising. Honours even.

Crystal Palace - Liverpool 17.30
A few years back Palace dented Liverpool’s title aspirations. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then for both clubs. Liverpool are nicely placed in the league but this fixture could test them. Alan Pardew’s men are inconsistent but are backed by one of the most vociferous set of supporters in the top flight, Selhurst Park can be an intimidating place. Former Anfield star Christian Benteke will be keen to do well. Eagles soaring.

Sunday, October 30

Everton - West Ham 13.30
Two successive wins, however scrappy, have boosted the Hammers. They now lie 15th after a torrid start to the season. Everton are doing the reverse to their foe on Sunday. They made a flying start but now have no wins in their last four. When Romelu Lukaku’s goals dry up the Toffees find things sticky! The Belgian ace will come up against the dependable Winston Reid, whoever comes out on top might just swing the match for their team. Blues brothers win at last.

Southampton - Chelsea 16.00
This fixture normally gets the purists purring. The Saints have once again been a revelation despite selling their best players. There is a real fame academy on the South Coast which generates considerable income having nurtured young talent. Chelsea, my pre-season title favourites, have been a mixed bag so far. By the way, can anyone trace the whereabouts of Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas who would appear to be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. How the mighty have fallen. All level at the final whistle.

Monday, October 31

Stoke - Swansea
Not sure that I will rushing home to watch Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football to take this one in. Stoke are on an upward spiral after a horrific start while Swansea are genuine relegation contenders. Loanee Wilfried Bony is starting to find his form at the Britannia Stadium and of course he made his name in South Wales. Away stopper Lukasz Fabianksi could be in for busy evening. Stoke win.

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