Saturday football tips: Manchester City meet Chelsea at the Etihad
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The Premier League returns following last week's FA Cup drama and the 12.30pm Etihad clash between title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea tops the bill on an action-packed afternoon.
Newcastle and Watford square-off in a relegation six-pointer at St James' Park while Aston Villa and Manchester United meet for the second time in the space of just five days in the evening kick-off.
Elsewhere, Norwich host Everton, Wolves entertain Southampton and there is a full round of fixtures in the EFL, as well as top-level action in France, Germany and Italy.
Today's best accumulator bets
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Wigan to beat Doncaster
Rotherham to beat Fleetwood
Wycombe to beat Oxford
Exeter to beat Scunthorpe
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Manchester City v Chelsea
BT Sport 1, 12.30pm Saturday
Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea are unlikely to be satisfied with a draw and their thirst for three points may play into the hands of City, who are better suited to contesting an open, free-flowing encounter.
Manchester City to win & both teams to score
Luton v Bournemouth
Sky Sports Football, 12.30pm Saturday
Bournemouth claimed six points from their last two games of 2021 to return to the Championship summit and can keep up their promotion charge with a win at Luton, who have taken just one point from their last three home fixtures.
Aston Villa v Manchester United
Sky Sports Premier League, 5.30pm Saturday
United dodged a bullet at home to Aston Villa on Monday night in the FA Cup, sneaking through to the fourth round courtesy of a 1-0 win. But the Red Devils were not convincing at all and with a bit more luck Villa could ensure roles are reversed on home soil.
Bet of the day
Blackburn draw no bet at Cardiff
Blackburn are up to third in the Championship after taking 23 points from their last nine matches and they can maintain their promotion push with victory at Cardiff, who are stuck in the bottom five and have lost eight of their last nine league games at home.
Cards bet of the day
Newcastle v Watford
Joelinton has conceded more fouls than any other Newcastle player this season and has picked up two bookings in his last three league games in his new position, which demands a more defensive approach. At 100-30 there looks to be merit in backing him to pick up another yellow in today's relegation scrap at St James' Park.
Joelinton to be shown a card
Stat of the day
Norwich v Everton 3pm Saturday
Norwich haven't scored in the Premier League since November, a run of six games without a goal.
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