Manchester City continued to grab the headlines in Game Week 8 with their free-scoring approach – as they thrashed Stoke 7-2 in a scintillating performance at the Etihad to sit 2 points clear at the top of the Premier League. Liverpool vs Manchester United ended in stalemate whilst Crystal Palace shocked Chelsea to register their first points of the season. Watford fought back to shock Arsenal and the Hornets fins themselves in 4th place whilst Tottenham registered their first league win at Wembley.
Leicester became the second team to get rid of the manager on Tuesday following the sacking of Craig Shakespeare and the Foxes will need their new manager to hit the ground running to steer clear of relegation trouble.
Here are our picks for the ninth round of fixtures in the Premier League:
06:00 West Ham vs Brighton – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham ($1.95)
West Ham’s season is seemingly getting better week by week with the Hammers securing a well earnt point on the road at Burnley last time out – despite Andy Carroll’s petulance in getting sent off and Slavan Bilic’s men find themselves in 15th place on 8 points. Brighton also have 8 points and sit above West Ham on goal difference, following their hard earnt point against Everton last Sunday where Wayne Rooney denied the Seagulls all three points at the AMEX stadium.
Brighton have performed admirably this season and will be hard to break down but the Hammers look strong at home and should have a little too much quality for Chris Hughton’s men.
Betting tip: West Ham to win the match and under 2.5 goals in the game – as a double ($3.57) BET NOW
West Ham to win 2-0
22:30 Chelsea vs Watford – Stamford Bridge
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea succumbed to Crystal Palace last weekend and last season’s Champions currently sit 9 points adrift of table toppers Manchester City. The Blues have failed to win in their last 3 games in all competitions and Marco Silva’s Watford should provide a stern test. The Hornets find themselves in the Champions League places – one spot and two points clear of Chelsea and have only suffered one defeat in the Premier League this season.
The pressure is mounting on Chelsea and Watford will arrive at the Bridge full of confidence but with Alvaro Morata back in contention the Blues should edge past their London rivals.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score ($3.1) BET NOW
Chelsea to win 2-1
01:00 Huddersfield vs Manchester United – John Smiths Stadium
Manchester United ($1.36)
Huddersfield’s early season optimism is beginning to wane and the Terriers have failed to win any of their last seven games in all competitions and have failed to score in their 3 league games. Manchester United struggled to create many opportunities at Anfield last time out but remained resolute defensively as they picked up a potentially crucial point. United currently sit 2 points behind City at the top of the table in what currently looks a two horse race for the title.
Jose Mourinho’s men are unbeaten in all competitions this term and should have too much power and pace for David Wagner’s men.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win and keep a clean sheet as a double ($2.35) BET NOW
Manchester United to win 2-0
01:00 Manchester City vs Burnley – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.10)
The Blues will be looking to continue their scintillating form as they welcome Sean Dyche’s resolute Burnley side to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Clarets have already picked up a remarkable 8 points from 4 away games this season – at Chelsea, Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool and they will be doing their utmost to frustrate their North West rivals.
The brunt of Champions League football could take its toll on City but Guardiola will be looking to play a strong side and put the match to bed as early as possible. Burnley have been in spectacular form on the road but City should have too much quality and too many options if things get tight.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win with a -2.75 Asian Handicap ($2.35) BET NOW
Manchester City to win 3-0
01:00 Newcastle vs Crystal Palace – St James’s Park
Crystal Palace ($4.20)
Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle have had a fine start to the season and find themselves in 9th place in the Premier League following a well earnt point at Southampton last time out. Crystal Palace’s problems have been much publicised this season but Roy Hodgson managed to galvanise his troops into a 2-1 win over Champions Chelsea last weekend and he’ll be hoping it will be a catalyst to Premier League safety this term.
Palace will arrive on Tyneside with a spring in their step and should give Newcastle a run for their money.
Betting tip: Match to finish as a draw ($3.50) BET NOW
01:00 Stoke vs Bournemouth – Bet 365 Stadium
Stoke’s home form has been impressive this season but Potters sit in 17th place on 8 points. Goal difference is a huge issue for Mark Hughes’s men with Stoke having shipped 18 goals in their 8 matches so far. Bournemouth have also struggled this term and only have 4 points to their name and sit in 19th place in the Premier League table. They’ve only mustered 4 goals in their 8 games so far which is a real issue for Eddie Howe’s charges.
Both teams need the points desperately but Stoke are a tough nut to crack at home.
Betting tip: Stoke to win the match and both teams to score ($4.33) BET NOW
Stoke to win 2-1
01:00 Swansea vs Leicester City – Liberty Stadium
Paul Clement’s Swans registered their first home win of the season last weekend with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Huddersfield. On-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has taken to life in South Wales with ease and he now has 4 goals to his name this season. Leicester axed manager Craig Shakespeare in midweek – following a poor start to the season that has left the Foxes in the bottom 3. Michael Appleton will take temporary charge for this one with Carlo Ancelotti and Chris Coleman leading the list of names lined up to replace Shakespeare.
Swansea will need to be wary of the many threats Leicester pose and any backlash from the Foxes following Shakespeare’s departure.
Betting tip: Jamie Vardy to score anytime and the match to finish as a draw – as a double ($8.71) BET NOW
03:30 Southampton vs West Bromwich Albion – St Mary’s Stadium
West Brom ($6)
Two perennial Premier League mid-table sides meet at St Mary’s on Saturday evening as Mauricio Pellegrino’s men seek their first home league win since August against Tony Pulis’ plucky West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies sit in 10th place on 10 points with Southampton one point and one place behind them in 11th. Mauricio Pellegrino has struggled to put a run together so far in his tenure at St Mary’s winning 2, drawing 3 and losing 2 of his first 8 games at the helm. Goals have been a problem – the Saints have managed only 7 in their 8 Premier League games so far and have lacked creativity in key areas. Much like the Saints, goals have been the issue for Pulis’s men – they’ve also scored 7 goals in 8 games this term and they have Jay Rodriguez in their ranks who would love to score against his former employers.
Southampton have struggled to put teams to bed this season and West Brom will make life very difficult for them.
Betting tip: Match to finish as a draw and under 2.5 goals in the game ($5.67) BET NOW
22:30 Everton vs Arsenal – Goodison Park
Ronald Koeman’s struggling Toffees will be looking for an upturn in form as they welcome Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal to Goodison Park. Both teams have Europa League commitments on Thursday evening so the full depth of both squads will be tested and with both sides dropping points last week – they will be looking to get back to winning ways. Ronald Koeman’s Everton have been in disarray this season since the departure of Romelu Lukaku. The Toffees currently sit 16th in the table – out of the bottom 3 on goal difference alone and look to have a huge challenge on their hands in order to climb back up the table this season. Arsenal’s capitulation at Watford on Saturday was a chastening experience of Arsene Wenger and the Gunners faithful. At 1-0 up and in control of the game, Arsenal got punished for a crazy last 20 minutes that saw them concede 2 goals and succumb to their third league defeat of the season.
Goodison Park is sure to be rocking but Arsenal should just possess too much strength for the Toffees.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win and both teams to score – ($4.00) BET NOW
Arsenal to win 2-1
02:00 Tottenham vs Liverpool – Wembley Stadium
Two title contenders meet at Wembley on Sunday afternoon in what promises to be one of the biggest games of the season so far. Spurs picked up their first home win of the season last time out against Bournemouth whilst Liverpool will feel a little aggrieved to not have managed to collect all 3 points against Manchester United at Anfield last Saturday. Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs have had another fantastic start to the season, despite only winning once at home this term, they sit in third place in the table – only 5 points behind leaders Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp spoke of his frustration at being unable to break down Manchester United last time out but will be encouraged by his team’s creative abilities and the problems they posed for United. The Reds also impressed in the Champions League – putting 7 goals past Maribor on Tuesday night to boost morale.
Both teams should put on a show at Wembley in what is a fascinating encounter on paper.
Betting tip: Harry Kane to score anytime and both teams to score – as a double ($2.93) BET NOW
EPL Week 9 multi bet:
We’re backing three matches to finish as a draw this week as a treble with a betting stake of $50:-
Swansea vs Leicester
Tottenham vs Liverpool
Southampton vs West Brom
Pays $41.58 if they all draw
A $50 wager would pay out $2079 if successful at the current odds.