Premier League Preview: Gameweek 97 min read
I’m back to preview the week’s Premier League fixtures, with Liverpool’s trip to Wembley the pick of game week 9 in the top-flight.
West Ham v Brighton
I’m not sure whether both sets of players will prefer the Friday evening slot but at least there’s a rare weekend off after it! Brighton played well to earn a point against Everton last weekend however, both sides have struggled for consistency this season and have the ability to concede soft goals at the back.
Tip: Both Teams to Score at
Chelsea v Watford
Watford continue to be good value for both me and this column’s readers this season and were brilliant in their 2-1 defeat of Arsenal at Vicarage Road. I remain adamant that Hornets boss Marco Silva is destined for one of the top jobs in Europe and expect his side to give Chelsea a game at The Bridge. Nevertheless, I expect the Blues to come out on top but not without a scare in the process.
Tip: Chelsea to win and both teams to score at
Huddersfield v Manchester United
Manchester United’s goalless draw at Anfield showed just how good ‘The Special One’ is at continually adjusting his side for every unique test in the top-flight and I expect him to do likewise when travelling to Huddersfield Town. Jose Mourinho has lost just 2 of 39 games against newly-promoted sides in the Premier League and I expect United to win without conceding at the John Smiths Stadium.
Tip: Man Utd to win to nil at
Manchester City v Burnley
It should be a case of ‘how many’ for Man City when hosting Burnley at The Etihad, with Pep Guardiola’s side on a different level to any other side in the top-flight at present. Kevin de Bruyne was magnificent in both the 7-2 destruction of Stoke, the 2-1 defeat of Napoli, and indeed the opening two months of the season, and he should prove instrumental in City’s likely comfortable success against the visiting Clarets.
Tip: Man City to win either 3-0 or 4-0 at
Newcastle v Crystal Palace
St James’ Park will be rocking for Palace’s arrival and I expect Magpies’ fans to be pleased with the news of the impending sale by owner Mike Ashley. Palace claimed a first league win of the season with last weekend’s scalp of Champions Chelsea but are unlikely to replicate that in the North-East in a likely cagey 90 minutes for both sides.
Tip: Under 2.5 Goals at
Stoke City v Bournemouth
Stoke were no match for Manchester City at The Etihad, but then again who is? Bournemouth won the corresponding fixture at the Britannia 1-0 last season but prior to that Stoke did the double over the Cherries and I expect Mark Hughes’ side to bounce back in The Potteries.
Tip: Stoke to win at
Swansea City v Leicester City
Leicester arrive in South Wales with Michael Appleton taking temporary charge after Craig Shakespeare’s perhaps surprise sacking in the week. You could understand the dismissal if they had lost to West Brom on Monday but it makes it even more surprising given the way the Foxes battled back to earn a 1-1 draw at The King Power.
Either way, it makes February’s decision to sack Claudio Ranieri even more puzzling! Leicester came from behind to claim a point against West Brom on Monday, drawing 1-1 at the King Power, and I expect a similar scoreline at The Liberty.
Tip: 1-1 Correct Score at
Southampton v West Brom
I have been keen to oppose Arsenal in the opening couple of months of the new season and are likewise prepared to take Southampton on; especially on home soil at St Mary’s. I like BetVictor’s 6/4 for Southampton to achieve a bottom-half finish and can see them struggling against a well-organised Baggies defence.
Tip: Under 1.5 Goals at
Everton v Arsenal
Ronald Koeman is a man under pressure at Goodison, with the Dutchman now as short as 4/7 to be the Next Premier League Manager to Leave his Post after Craig Shakespeare’s exit from Leicester in the week.
He could be fighting for his job on Sunday afternoon with Everton 3/1 underdogs when hosting Arsenal on Merseyside. Neither side has been convincing this term but Arsene Wenger’s side remain blessed with a wealth of attacking options in the final third and their new talisman Alexander Lacazette is fancied to score on his debut at Goodison.
Tip: Alexander Lacazette to score anytime at
Spurs v Liverpool
As good as Liverpool’s 7-0 win at Maribor in the Champions League was, you have to feel that Spurs’ 1-1 with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu will have meant so much more with Mauricio Pochettino’s side surely now assured of making it through to the knockout stages.
Spurs have been very impressive on their travels whilst struggling in ‘home’ games at Wembley. Liverpool have likewise thrived on the road this term and will be buoyed by their 7-0 win in the Champions League. I find it difficult to split the sides and expect it to be one for the neutrals at the home of football on Sunday.
Tip: Draw at Half Time at
Weekend Wager Special: Man Utd, Stoke and Newcastle to win at