Following yet another defeat for Manchester United in the Premier League last time out, the pressure looks to be building significantly on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United are off the pace already in comparison to the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester City – who all won well last weekend. Elsewhere, Tottenham had too much for Newcastle in their first game under the new regime, whilst Arsenal hit back late to pinch a point against Crystal Palace. With another packed schedule, it promises to be another fascinating weekend of Premier League action.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the Premier League:
EPL Week 9 Tips
Arsenal vs Aston Villa – Emirates Stadium
Aston Villa ($4.2)
Arsenal will be looking to get back to winning ways as they take on Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners had been in good form but were held by Crystal Palace last time out at home and were only saved from further embarrassment by an injury time goal. They take on an Aston Villa side that threw away a 2-0 lead against Wolves last time out with 10 minutes to play, leaving Dean Smith and his side shell shocked. This should be a very good game, between two sides that play attractive football – with Arsenal most likely to sneak all three points.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match ($1.96) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Arsenal to win 2-1
Chelsea vs Norwich City – Stamford Bridge
Norwich City ($23)
Chelsea will be looking to stay top of the Premier League table as they take on another newly-promoted side in Norwich City. The blues had to dig deep to squeeze past Brentford last weekend but showed all of their defensive qualities when it mattered. They host a Norwich City side that are yet to win in the Premier League this season but managed to get their second point of the campaign at home to Brighton last time out. This could be a landslide win for Chelsea at home and it will be damage limitation for Norwich City.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match ($1.18) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Chelsea to win 3-0
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($2.02)
Newcastle United ($4)
Two sides in need of a win do battle as Crystal Palace host Newcastle United. The Eagles were seconds away from a precious win at Arsenal last time out but couldn’t hold on and consequently have just one win to their name in the Premier League this season. Newcastle meanwhile are yet to win this year and Steve Bruce is a man seriously under the pump. The euphoria surrounding Newcastle’s recent takeover has captured the imagination of all Toon fans, but they need to start seeing results on the pitch. Palace are due a result and should prevail here at home.
Betting tip: Crystal Palace to win the match ($2.02) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Crystal Palace to win 2-1
Everton vs Watford – Goodison Park
Everton will be looking to bounce back from a defeat last time out as they take on lowly Watford. The Toffees have started the season very well under Rafa Benitez but their 1-0 defeat to West Ham last time out was somewhat of a reality check for the blues. They welcome a Watford side that are now under the tutelage of Claudio Ranieri and the Italian looks to have potentially bitten off more than he can chew here. This should be an easy afternoon’s work for Everton at Goodison here.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match ($1.68) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Everton to win 2-0
Leeds United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers – Elland Road
Leeds United ($2.5)
Wolverhampton Wanderers ($3.05)
Struggling Leeds United will be keen to start putting some serious points on the board as they take on a resurgent Wolves side. The whites were outdone by Southampton last time out and look to be a side lacking energy and confidence under Marcelo Bielsa currently. They take on a Wolves side that came back from the dead to beat Aston Villa last time out, scoring three times in the last 10 minutes to clinch Midlands bragging rights. This should be a decent game between two well matched sides, making the draw the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.5) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Southampton vs Burnley – St Mary’s Stadium
Two sides in need of points do battle as Southampton host Burnley. The Saints picked up their first win of the season over Leeds last time out and how they would love to back that up with another three points here. They host Burnley, who were well beaten by Manchester City last weekend and are yet to pick up a Premier League win this season. Sean Dyche’s side are always very resilient and will be bang up for this one, but Southampton could well sneak all three points.
Betting tip: Southampton to win the match ($2) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Southampton to win 1-0
Brighton vs Manchester City – AMEX Stadium
Manchester City ($1.46)
Champions Manchester City will be looking to maintain their excellent run of domestic form as they travel to in-form Brighton. The Seagulls have been one of the stories of the season so far and find themselves flying high in 4th place in the table under Graham Potter. They will be all too aware of the test here though, with City coming into this one off the back of a big Champions League win over Club Brugge. This should be a superb game between two excellent sides, with City most likely to edge all three points.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match ($1.46) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester City to win 2-1
Brentford vs Leicester City – Brentford Community Stadium
Leicester City ($2.75)
Leicester City will be looking to build on their win over Manchester United last time out as they travel to Brentford. The Bees have impressed in the Premier League this season, getting results against the likes of Liverpool, West Ham and Arsenal and they were very unlucky to be beaten by Chelsea last time out. Leicester City meanwhile haven’t enjoyed their best start to the Premier League season but with their recent win over United still fresh in the memory, they should arrive full of confidence here. This could be a very tight game, but Leicester have plenty of Premier League knowhow and should nick the points.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match ($2.75) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Leicester City to win 2-1
West Ham United vs Tottenham – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($2.45)
A classic London Derby is also on the agenda on Sunday as West Ham host Tottenham. The Hammers have been in excellent form again under David Moyes this season, epitomised by their solid win on the road at Everton last weekend. They take on a Spurs side that look to be improving of late under Nuno Esporito Santo and showed real resolve to defeat Newcastle at a chaotic St James’s Park last week. There will be no love lost here and with not much to split the sides, a draw looks on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.6) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester United vs Liverpool – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($3.15)
Two old foes do battle as Manchester United take on Liverpool, with the hosts in desperate need of a result. Three winless Premier League games on the spin have intensified the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the United hotseat and he will be desperate to start picking up points quickly. Liverpool meanwhile are in imperious form, with wins over Atletico Madrid and Watford in the last week and they look to be purring once again under Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool will start this one as favourites but in the big games anything can happen, making the draw the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.75) – Bet @ Sportsbet
EPL Week 9 multi bet
We’re backing four results this week as a four-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Everton vs Watford – Everton to win
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United – Crystal Palace to win
Chelsea vs Norwich City – Chelsea to win
Southampton vs Burnley – Southampton to win
A $50 wager would pay out $556.00 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
Combining his sports coaching career with freelance journalism, Sam is a sports betting writer for various online publications. He is looking to develop both his respective coaching and writing careers, whilst incorporating his other huge passion – travelling the world.
Sam currently lives and works in Milan, Italy and playing/following/writing about cricket, football (soccer), tennis, formula 1 and golf continue to take up much of his spare time.