Premier League Matchday 10 Preview and Tips
There was plenty of drama to enjoy on Matchday Nine of the Premier League including Aston Villa snatching a 94th minute winner against Brighton at Villa Park to record their second win in a row, while Leicester came from 1-0 behind to beat Burnley 2-1 at Pride Park and Manchester City produced another footballing masterclass to ease to a 2-0 victory away to Crystal Palace.
However, the VAR-fuelled action continued at Old Trafford where a controversially awarded goal to Marcus Rashford had Liverpool on the ropes until Adam Lallana’s late equaliser brought the Reds level. That result means Liverpool’s lead was cut from eight points down to six by Sunday night and ensured that the Reds record winning streak from the start of the season came to an end.
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Let’s now give you our tips for each of the ten games taking place in the Premier League this weekend, starting with Friday’s game between Southampton and Leicester at St Mary’s.
Matchday 10 Fixtures
- Southampton v Leicester (Fri)
Both these teams got positive results last weekend, Southampton earning a good point at Wolves, while Leicester came from a goal down to beat Burnley at home. For me, Southampton are potentially a decent side but they lack consistency and I think this is the one thing that will cost them this season. Leicester are far more consistent, have better quality in depth and I feel will be amongst the shouting when it comes to the top four places this season. I expect the visitors to earn the win here.
- Manchester City v Aston Villa
Is there any way Aston Villa could follow the example set by fellow Midlanders Wolves and earn a shock victory at the Etihad? Well, it is possible of course, but in all probability, not very likely. City played superbly well against Crystal Palace last time out even with two central midfielders in central defence, and my gut feeling is that they will want to get that rare home defeat out of their system with a statement performance here. This one should be an easy win for the home side.
- Brighton v Everton
Brighton went down to a rather unfortunate last gasp defeat to Aston Villa last weekend, a 94th minute goal from Matt Targett handing them a loss on the road. Everton though ended a run of poor performances with a fine display in a 2-0 defeat of West Ham at Goodison Park. This is a tough trip though for an Everton side with fragile confidence and no real form to speak of this season and as such, I think Brighton could surprise a few here. Back Brighton to win narrowly just as they did last season.
- Watford v Bournemouth
The home side are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season but a draw away at Tottenham at the weekend was a very positive result for them. Bournemouth will be less enamoured with their 0-0 home draw with Norwich last weekend but the Cherries have a team that is capable of getting a result here and I think they will achieve that aim. Back Bournemouth to land a rare win on the road.
- West Ham v Sheffield United
Can West Ham get their season back on track? A home game against Sheffield United sounds like a good opportunity to do that but the Blades are in sensational form after their brilliant 1-0 win over Arsenal on Monday night last week. The Hammers were very poor against Everton last time around and they need a much improved showing to get a result here. However, I do think with the quality they have in their squad, they are capable of that. I expect West Ham to win this one, probably by a 1-0 scoreline.
- Burnley v Chelsea
Burnley’s strong start to the season was curtailed a little at Leicester last weekend, but they still produced a solid display and I think they have the quality to cause this young Chelsea team a few problems. Chelsea laboured to a 1-0 win over Newcastle last weekend and I see them finding this game even more difficult against a well disciplined and physically powerful Burnley side. Chelsea won 4-0 here last season but I feel this game will likely end in a draw.
- Newcastle v Wolverhampton (Sun)
A narrow loss to Chelsea last time out was a disappointment following a good defensive display by Newcastle last weekend but they now face a Wolves side at St James’ Park with the visitors starting to find their feet again after a slot start to the season. Newcastle did beat Manchester United at home last time out, but I think this Wolves team are a stronger side and have more confidence and as such, I am backing Wolves to come through this one to claim the three points.
- Arsenal v Crystal Palace (Sun)
After a very poor display away to Sheffield United on Monday night, Arsenal will be hoping to turn their form around with a better display and result at home in this London derby game with Crystal Palace. Palace’s recent form has been a little erratic but they are always capable of giving any side a game, especially on the road. I can’t see Arsenal having this one all their own way and I am backing Palace to come away with a shock draw here.
- Liverpool v Tottenham (Sun)
The repeat of last season’s Champions League final sees Liverpool, who saw their 100% winning record ended last week by Manchester United, take on a Tottenham side that have endured a miserable run of results on the road. If Spurs were in form, this would be a very tough test for both sides, but with the way things are at Tottenham and with Liverpool looking to bounce back, I think this will be a solid win for the home side.
- Norwich City v Manchester United (Sun)
After ending Liverpool’s winning start to the season, Manchester United travel to Norwich trying to pick up their first away win of this campaign against a Norwich side that have struggled since beating Manchester City at home a few weeks ago. Norwich however earned a solid point at Bournemouth last time out and I think that they will be motivated a great deal for this one and I can see them causing United real problems. I’m backing a shock here and taking Norwich to win.
*All odds displayed were correct at bet365 Sport as of 12pm on Tuesday 22nd October 2019.