After the international break, the Premier League returns to action this weekend with a full complement of games, and the pick of those games is the match at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as Manchester United take on the table-topping Liverpool in what promises to be an intriguing encounter between two sides who have endured very different fortunes this season.
It is also a big weekend for Manchester City who having lost at home to Wolves last time out, now face a tricky trip to London to take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, with Palace able to go above City in the table if they can pick up a win in the game. Add to that a number of other key games for teams at both ends of the table and you have all the ingredients for an exciting Matchday Nine in the Premier League.
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Matchday 8 Results
- Brighton 3-0 Tottenham
- Norwich City 1-5 Aston Villa
- Watford 0-0 Sheffield United
- Burnley 1-0 Everton
- Liverpool 2-1 Leicester City
- West Ham 1-2 Crystal Palace
- Southampton 1-4 Chelsea
- Manchester City 0-2 Wolves
- Arsenal 1-0 Bournemouth
- Newcastle 1-0 Manchester United
Premier League Table
Matchday 9 Fixtures
Everton v West Ham
The home fans have not been impressed with Everton’s start to the season which has seen them drop into the relegation zone. West Ham, in contrast, have started the season well, although a home defeat to Crystal Palace will have hurt them last time out. The Hammers record at Goodison Park is generally poor, but they have been the better of the two teams this season and I think on Saturday they will prove that.
Tip – Back West Ham to claim the win here at 11/4.
Aston Villa v Brighton
A brilliant result last time out for both these teams as Aston Villa thumped Norwich 5-1 at Carrow Road, while Brighton were defeating Spurs 3-0 at home. Both managers will have been delighted with their teams efforts but both will know a win here would keep that momentum gained flowing. Generally, these are two defensive minded teams and I can’t see too many goals in this game, but I do feel Villa may just sneak the win.
Tip – Back Aston Villa to win 1-0 at 9/1.
Bournemouth v Norwich City
Both of these teams lost the last time they played and both will want to bounce back from that. Norwich are on a run of three straight defeats since beating Manchester City at home and in truth, I can’t see them improving that here against a Bournemouth side that have been excellent at home this season at times. I think the home fans are set for a relatively comfortable afternoon’s football here.
Tip – Bournemouth to win and both teams to score – 7/4.
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Newcastle United will come into this game on the back of a morale-boosting win over Manchester United last time out, but they face a Chelsea side that has been scoring plenty of goals in recent games and is starting to gel nicely under Frank Lampard. I can’t see how Newcastle can stop this Chelsea team from scoring at least a couple of goals here and if they do that, then I think they will run out very comfortable winners.
Tip – Chelsea to win to nil – 11/10.
Leicester City v Burnley
A late penalty denied Leicester a point at Anfield last time out, while Burnley were beating Everton at Turf Moor, but I think the fortunes of these teams will be reversed at the King Power this weekend. Leicester look a genuine threat and have, I believe, their best team since their title winning team a few years back. Burnley are no mugs by any means, and they’ll make it tough for the Foxes, but this should be a home win comfortably.
Tip – Leicester to win to nil – 11/8.
Tottenham v Watford
It’s been a desperate couple of weeks for Spurs after stunning losses to Bayern Munich (7-2 at home) and then Brighton (3-0 away) and they will badly want to put things right against bottom club Watford. The Hornets have endured a miserable season with just three points to their name and I don’t see Quique Sanchez Flores managing to improve on that tally here.
Tip – Tottenham to win 3-0 and Harry Kane to Score anytime – 12/1
Wolves v Southampton
With their poor start now consigned to history, Wolves massive improvement in form of late has seen them win three on the bounce and I strongly fancy them to make that four here against a Southampton side that is struggling for form and consistency, especially on the road. I fancy the home side to record another solid win here in front of their own fans.
Tip – Wolves to win 2-0 – 15/2
Crystal Palace v Manchester City
Losing at home to Wolves last time out means Manchester City are now eight points behind Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table and they cannot afford another slip up. Palace though is a very tough place to go and get a win, especially given that Palace could actually move a point above City with a win here. This will be a real battle, but I think City’s extra attacking flair will be the key.
Tip – Manchester City to win 3-1 – 10/1
Manchester United v Liverpool
Can Manchester United get back to winning ways against the team that have won all eight of their Premier League games so far? All the teams chasing Liverpool will be hoping that is the case with Liverpool fans hoping for a rare win at Old Trafford. The Reds were fortunate in their last few games to end up with the points, but I feel they will be fully focused on this game and given the form they are in, it is hard to see them losing here against a United side that are badly out of sorts.
Tip – Liverpool to win 2-0 – 8/1
Sheffield United v Arsenal
Both of these teams have proven somewhat stubborn sides to break down over the season so far and both will be happy with their start to the campaign. However, I feel the Blades best performances tend to come away from home where they can counter more and I think this game will suit Arsenal more to sit back and hit on the break.
Tip – Arsenal to win 2/1 – 8/1.