The Premier League kicks off once again this afternoon after a two week break.

With the exception of Huddersfield, as well as Burnley and Newcastle of course, all of the bottom nine clubs are playing on Saturday at 3pm.

Newcastle fans should be optimistic that once we get to 5pm or so, things will be looking even more positive.

This weekend’s Premier League matches:

Saturday:

Brighton v Leicester

Everton v Cardiff

Fulham v Southampton

Manchester Utd v Crystal Palace

Watford v Liverpool

West Ham v Manchester City

Tottenham v Chelsea

Sunday:

Bournemouth v Arsenal

Wolves v Huddersfield

Monday

Burnley v Newcastle United

Then this is how the table looks before the Saturday kick-offs:

premier league

As you can see, with Cardiff and Palace away to Everton and Man Utd, every chance they will both get beat.

Interesting to see whether Fulham will bounce today with Ranieri, though up against Southampton somebody is losing points. A draw the best possible as a point goes missing.

West Ham will be lucky to get anything off Man City, with only Brighton probably the only side in the bottom nine that will be favourites this weekend to beat a top half club, though Leicester hopefully bouncing back to form as they get over the tragic helicopter crash.

A big extra boost for Newcastle if they go into Monday’s match still in 14th, with an opportunity to put some space between themselves and the drop zone.