Title contenders meet at Villa Park, Brighton build for the future and Chelsea should stop making excuses

The “spoiled” supporters of Crystal Palace will get another glorious treat this weekend with the early Saturday kick-off against J├╝rgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The Eagles’ only win in their previous eight matches came at Turf Moor against Burnley and they have suffered demoralising defeats to Everton, Luton and Bournemouth since. Roy Hodgson took umbrage with the fans booing his side’s dismal efforts against the Cherries on Wednesday. Palace were poor throughout, barely laying a glove on Andoni Iraola’s side, and deserved criticism. Picking a fight with the supporters is rarely a sensible move, regardless of a person’s standing at the club. Hodgson was never favoured at Anfield in his dreary, short-lived spell as manager, and it is unlikely his popularity will drop to those levels in south London. If he wants to get the supporters back on side, though, he will need his team to show more fight, regardless of the result. Will Unwin

Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Saturday 12.30pm (all times GMT)

Brighton v Burnley, Saturday 3pm

Manchester United v Bournemouth, Saturday 3pm

Sheffield United v Brentford, Saturday 3pm

Wolves v Nottingham Forest, Saturday 3pm

Aston Villa v Arsenal, Saturday 5.30pm

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