Premier League Preview - Gameweek 9
Eight matches in and Newcastle United will surely be delighted with the points they’ve got so far. Like many teams in the division, they’ve had their inconsistencies, but Steve Bruce’s men have already drawn at Tottenham and Wolves, while they also beat Everton in their last home fixture.
Chelsea looked to have turned the corner of late, but will be hoping their form won’t be disrupted due to the international break. Kai Havertz could make his return after a period of self-isolation after the German tested positive for COVID-19. However, Ben Chilwell, who was beginning to find his feet at Chelsea, got injured while playing for England, which makes him a doubt for this tie. Thiago Silva is another player doubtful for Chelsea.
With key players missing in defence for the Blues, the Clean Sheet Away: No looks like the one at 6/10.
With five wins already under their belt despite playing a game less, Aston Villa look to have distanced themselves from any early relegation talk, while their objectives for the season may have to change after such a bright start.
Villa famously thumped Liverpool 7-2, beat Leicester City 1-0 at the King Power Stadium, and comfortably put Arsenal to the sword at the Emirates, winning 3-0.
Brighton are winless in their last six league matches, drawing and losing three games each.
With Jack Grealish, Ross Barkley and Ollie Watkins all in fine form, Villa should claim maximum points here.
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will renew their rivalry this Saturday as title hopefuls, Tottenham, look to prove their credentials against Manchester City.
Spurs are currently second in the standings, one point below Leicester City. They’ve also got Heung-min Son and Harry Kane playing some of their best football ever in a Tottenham kit, while Gareth Bale is close to being at the level of fitness he needs to be to become a regular in Mourinho’s team again.
City haven’t been at their majestic best this campaign, although defensively, they’ve made major improvements. Offensively, Guardiola could welcome back Sergio Aguero, while Raheem Sterling is expected to shrug off his calf injury to be available this weekend.
My money is on Manchester City to Win or Draw & Over 2.5 Goals at even money.
Manchester United, after four matches, played at Old Trafford, go in search of their first home victory of the season when they host West Brom on Saturday night.
Its fair to say that its been a disappointing start to the new campaign for United after the Red Devils have only won three of their opening seven encounters, and have already lost three times on home soil.
West Brom are yet to get off the mark this season, losing five of their opening eight ties, drawing three times. West Brom do pose a massive threat for United, though, in the form of Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana.
I do feel like Manchester United will win here, although, they definitely won’t make it look easy. Back the home Win & Both Teams to Score at 18/10.
Fulham will be hoping to claim back-to-back victories on home soil when they welcome Everton to Craven Cottage on Sunday.
Scott Parker’s men claimed their first win of the new season in their last home outing, beating West Brom 2-0. They could have walked away with something more than defeat at West Ham before the break had it not been for a ridiculously executed penalty kick by Ademola Lookman.
Everton will be delighted to welcome back Richarlison after he served his three-game suspension, forming their formidable front trio of the Brazilian alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez. Despite having their best squad available, I fancy the hosts to get something here.
Fulham on the Win/Draw Double Chance at 9/10 looks a top bet.
Sheffield United have been the biggest disappointment in the new season as they look to be suffering from second season syndrome.
The Blades sit rock bottom of the standings, losing seven of their opening eight matches. They’ve struggled for goals, while their backline has been far from the water-tight defence we saw last season.
West Ham were in superb form before the interval with David Moyes hoping that the break doesn’t disrupt the flow of his side. The Hammers got positive results over Wolves, Leicester City, Tottenham and Manchester City, while they also beat minnows, Fulham. Sadly for West Ham, they’ll still be without star forward Michail Antonio due to a hamstring injury.
My money is on a share of the spoils here.
Another high intensity game looks to be on the horizon for Arsenal when they travel to Leeds United.
The Peacocks looked to be running out of steam before the international break, losing their last two matches by a 4-1 scoreline (at home to Leicester City and away at Crystal Palace). Kalvin Phillips’s absence in midfield is definitely one of the key reasons for Leeds’ recent downfall.
The international break came at the perfect time for Arsenal, who suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Aston Villa last time out. Away from home, this tie could suit the Gunners better as they seem to be more of a counter-attacking side under Mikel Arteta. With the Spaniard likely to deploy similar tactics in this encounter, perhaps Arsenal could exploit Leeds’ defensive frailties.
The Away Totals – Over 1.5 Goals looks a decent bet at 19/10.
Leicester City have been superb this season, particularly away from home where they’ve claimed wins over Manchester City and Arsenal.
Liverpool are missing several key players, including Mo Salah, and with so many changes to the side, the Foxes won’t get a better chance to claim maximum points at Anfield.
The away win is worth a punt.
Burnley are paying the consequences for not strengthening their squad this season, sitting in 19th spot without a win from their opening seven matches. The Clarets are also yet to score a goal on home soil.
Crystal Palace have had a decent start to the campaign, winning four of their opening eight matches. Away from home, the Eagles have already beaten Manchester United and Fulham.
Both teams tend to sit back and hit their opponents on the break, which could see a fairly low-scoring encounter here.
Under 2.5 Goals looks the best bet in this tie at 11/20.
Wolves and Southampton close the returning round of football at the Molineux Stadium as both sides look to continue from their decent starts.
Wolves are generally slow starters, but seem to have got some early valuable points on offer this term.
Southampton are in brilliant form, enduring a six-game unbeaten run, winning five times. They’re scoring goals aplenty, while their defence has kept four clean sheets in their last six matches. Danny Ings is still out with a knee injury, which will come as a massive blow for the Saints, who will certainly need his services against a solid Wolves backline.
Once again, Under 2.5 Goals looks the way to go at 13/20.