Premier League Preview and Tips for Matchday Nine
We didn’t have the best of weeks last time out in the Premier League, but we can put that right this week hopefully. We still landed a few tips, but overall, it was a disappointing week, so lets hope we can put that right with this weeks selection.
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The biggest surprise was Liverpool and Manchester City finishing goalless. While I was prepared for the result to go either way, or end in a draw for that matter, I don’t think I was the only tipster who thought this game, which produced a staggering 12 goals in the fixture, home and away, last season, would end up with neither team finding the net.
This weeks games start with a massive match up at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea welcome their former manager Jose Mourinho and his current club, Manchester United, to their home turf. The Blues have been flying under Maurizio Sarri since the ex-Napoli boss took over and they remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season, lying second on goal difference and tied with the same number of points as Manchester City and Liverpool.
For United though, it has been a miserable season, though their 3-2comeback win over Newcastle thanks to Alexis Sanchez’ last gasp winner, will have eased the pressure on the team somewhat. However, they face a much more difficult test at lunchtime on Saturday and a further defeat here would only heap more pressure on the beleaguered Mourinho.
Other big games include Manchester City facing Burnley, a south coast derby between Bournemouth and Southampton, Liverpool taking a trip to Huddersfield, while on Sunday Everton face Crystal Palace at Goodison Park and finally on Monday night, Arsenal take on Leicester City trying to make it seven Premier League games in a row that they have won.
There’s also some interesting games afoot for the newly promoted teams with Cardiff hosting Fulham in a game that both sides will feel is a must-win opportunity for them, especially with just one win in the 16 League games between them this season. Similarly, Wolves face a tricky trip as they welcome Watford to Molineux in what should be an interesting clash of styles.
Outlined below are my selections for all the games taking place this week starting Saturday lunchtime and finishing on Monday evening.
Premier League Matchday Nine
Preview and Tips
- Chelsea v Manchester United
Without doubt this is the biggest game of the weekend and it should be a cracker. Chelsea are unbeaten this season, dropping just four points so far and they take on an out of sorts Manchester United and an under-fire manager in Jose Mourinho. With Eden Hazard in spectacular form and Chelsea looking outstanding at the moment, it is hard to see how an out of sorts United can get a result here. I’m backing Chelsea to win this and win relatively comfortably.
Full Time Result – Chelsea to win – 13/20
Correct Score – Chelsea 2-0 Manchester United – 15/2
Result/Both Teams to Score – Chelsea to win / No – 7/4
- Bournemouth v Southampton
I’ve been really impressed with Bournemouth this season and considerably less so by Southampton but you have to respect the record that Southampton have in this game in recent years and they certainly seem to have the better of Bournemouth when they clash. As such, Mark Hughes’ team are due a decent result somewhere and after two successive 3-0 defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea, I think they’ll get back to winning ways with a point here.
Full Time Result – Draw – 12/5
Correct Score – Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton – 6/1
Result/Both Teams to Score – Draw both teams to score – 10/3
- Cardiff City v Fulham
Two newly promoted sides go head to head in Cardiff and in truth, I fancy the home side here for one reason and that is while Neil Warnock’s team are finding goals hard to come by, they can at least defend. Fulham however cannot defend, shipping a league high 21 goals in their 8 games so far. If Cardiff can keep it tight at the back, then I think they may just have enough, with home advantage, to land their first win of the season here.
Full Time Result – Home Win – 29/20
Correct Score – Cardiff City 1-0 Fulham – 10/1
Result/Both Teams to Score – Cardiff City / No – 7/2
- Manchester City v Burnley
This is going to be a home win for Manchester City and probably one by a comfortable margin. Pep Guardiola’s team just have the knack of sweeping away opponents like Burnley, who can give other top sides some real problems at times. City at home, in the Premier League, look pretty much unbeatable and with Kevin de Bruyne on the way back, they could improve still further. That is a scary thought for the rest of the league.
Full Time Result – Manchester City to win – 1/14
Correct Score – Manchester City 3-0 Burnley – 11/2
Result/Both Teams to Score – Man City / No – 8/15
- Newcastle United v Brighton
Newcastle will be unhappy at the way they capitulated in the final 20 minutes against Manchester United in their last game, losing a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford to end up pointless. However, they now face a really winnable home game against a Brighton side that has real problems on the road. St James’ Park needs to get behind them and if they do, I could see Newcastle landing a much needed win.
Full Time Result – Newcastle United to win – 23/20
Correct Score – Newcastle Utd 1-0 Brighton – 6/1
Result/Both Teams to Score – Newcastle / No – 12/5
- West Ham v Tottenham
Another London derby for West Ham who have already held Chelsea at home this season and beaten Manchester United. Tottenham come into this game with injury concerns over Alli and Eriksen, two players they can ill-afford to be without and although Harry Kane is in form and scoring goals at the moment, I feel West Ham have a good record against Spurs in recent times and I am backing them to pick up another point on Saturday.
Full Time Result – Draw – 13/5
Correct Score – West Ham 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur – 13/2
Result/Both Teams to Score – Draw / Yes – 10/3
- Wolves v Watford
I have a real feeling that if one team can do battle with Wolves on their own terms moreso than any other, it is Watford. Javi Gracia’s team are big, strong and physical in attack but have some very clever midfielders and wide players, which matches up well against Wolves strengths too. The home side have been superb this season in the league but they haven’t won too many games and I think Watford will pick up a very good point here on Saturday.
Full Time Result – Draw – 13/5
Correct Score – Wolves 0-0 Watford – 8/1
Result/Both Teams to Score – Draw / No – 8/1
- Huddersfield Town v Liverpool
David Wagner and Jurgen Klopp may be friends but their friendship will be on ice for 90 minutes on Saturday evening as Liverpool seek to get back to winning ways after two draws in the league in their last two games. Huddersfield are still without a win and will feel they have a free hit here against the Reds. Injuries could be a concern for Liverpool, but with a stronger squad, even if they have a player or two missing, they should have enough to get the win here.
Full Time Result – Liverpool to win – 2/7
Correct Score – Huddersfield Town 0-2 Liverpool – 5/1
Result/Both Teams to Score – Liverpool / No – 10/11
- Everton v Crystal Palace
Everton have won both of their last two Premier League games and I think they look a solid bet to make that three out of three here against a shot-shy Crystal Palace team who have netted just five goals so far this season. Palace are strong defensively but that lack of goals is a real concern, especially against an Everton side that have been scoring a fair few of late. Everton to win this one by a single goal is my pick.
Full Time Result – Everton to win – 4/5
Correct Score – Everton 2-1 Crystal Palace – 8/1
Result/Both Teams to Score – Everton / Yes – 11/4
- Arsenal v Leicester City
Monday night’s game at he Emirates sees Arsenal hoping for their seventh Premier League win in succession and they are the in-form team in the Premier League at the moment. Leicester have blown hot and cold this season and they’ll need to be at their very best to deny Arsenal here, but personally I can’t see it. I think with Lacazette and Aubameyang on fire, the Gunners could well end up with another fine display and win.
Full Time Result – Arsenal to win – 4/9
Correct Score – Arsenal 3-1 Leicester City – 11/1
Result/Both Teams to Score – Arsenal / Yes – 13/8