Domestic football returns following an eventful international break and the Premier League will be buoyed following England’s impressive performances in Spain and Croatia. Chelsea vs Manchester United is the headline fixture with Jose Mourinho returning to his old stomping ground whilst local pride is on the line as Bournemouth face Southampton and Tottenham visit West Ham. Elsewhere Manchester City and Liverpool will be looking to keep their respective unbeaten streaks going against Burnley and Huddersfield Town respectively whilst in-form Wolves take on Watford in a top-half of the table clash.
Here are our picks for the ninth round of fixtures in the Premier League:
9:30pm Chelsea vs Manchester United – Stamford Bridge
Manchester United ($5.25)
Premier League football returns with a bang following the international break with high-flying Chelsea hosting their former manager Jose Mourinho and his beleaguered Manchester United side to kick off the hectic programme. The blues have impressed this season and are unbeaten in their opening 8 games and sit level on points with Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the tree. United meanwhile have struggled all season and look to have their work cut out currently to be competing with the big boys in the league. The Blues have impressed so far this campaign, only dropping points against Liverpool and West Ham to pick up 20 from a possible 24. Maurizio Sarri seems to have breathed new life into his charges – who are also progressing nicely in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup. The writing appeared to be on the wall for Jose Mourinho as his side were 2-0 down to Newcastle last time out but a remarkable comeback looks to have saved the Portuguese renegade his job. The Red Devils sit 8th in the table, 7 points behind the top 3 and will need to improve quickly should they hope to compete in the upper echelons of the league this term. Manchester United showed great resolve to beat Newcastle last time out but Chelsea are in great form and should pick up a crucial 3 points here.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match to nil ($2.75) – BET NOW
Chelsea to win 1-0
12:00am Bournemouth vs Southampton – Vitality Stadium
The South Coast hosts another fascinating derby as high-flying Bournemouth take on struggling Southampton in an intriguing match-up at the Vitality Stadium. The Cherries are mixing it with the big boys in the top 6 of the Premier League whilst Southampton are languishing under Mark Hughes and need to start picking up points quickly to avoid a relegation scrap. The Cherries sit 6th in the Premier League with 16 points and Eddie Howe’s men have displayed real resolve and quality once again this term. They bounced back from a 4-0 thumping at Burnley to beat Crystal Palace before dishing out their own 4-0 thumping- on the road at Watford last time out. The Saints are in the midst of a rotten run and with only one win all season they need to see results and performances improve very quickly to avoid a basement battle. Currently sat in 16th place, with 6 points from their opening 8 games, it looks as if Mark Hughes may have his work cut out this term and the Welshman will need to use all of his experience and knowhow. Southampton won’t make life easy for Bournemouth in this South Coast battle but the Cherries are a good side and should pick up a solid home win here.
Betting tip: Bournemouth to win the match and both teams to score ($3.8) – BET NOW
Bournemouth to win 2-1
12:00am Cardiff City vs Fulham – Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff City ($2.5)
Two promoted sides that are desperate for points face off in South Wales as Fulham travel to Cardiff City in what already has the look of a relegation six-pointer. With only one win between the teams this season, both sides need points and will be targeting games such as this to assist with their respective survival efforts. Although it’s very early days in the season, Neil Warnock’s side have looked out of their depth so far in the Premier League, only managing to collect 2 points from their opening 8 games. They performed with character last time out – only losing 1-0 at Wembley against Tottenham and they will be looking at games like this for points. With only one win from their opening 8 games, the Cottagers can’t seem to put any sort of run of form together and have struggled to make a significant impact on their return to the top flight. A 3-0 thumping by Everton was followed by a chastening 5-1 home defeat at the hands of Arsenal and their league form needs to improve if they are to avoid slipping towards the foot of the table. This could be a real battle between two teams fighting for their Premier League lives and with so much at stake, they could well cancel each other out.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.1) – BET NOW
12:00am Manchester City vs Burnley – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.1)
Defending champions Manchester City find themselves back at the top of the Premier League following a 0-0 draw with airs to their throne Liverpool last time out. They welcome Burnley and former goalkeeper Joe Hart to the Etihad in what looks to be a fascinating clash of styles on Saturday afternoon. Following their draw at Anfield, Manchester City have 20 points from their opening 8 games and are unbeaten domestically. Riyad Mahrez’s missed penalty was the difference between 1 and 3 points at Liverpool last time out but the Pep Guardiola will surely be encouraged by his team’s performances so far this term.Things are starting to look up for Burnley who have bounced back from a dreadful start in the Premier League by picking up 7 points from their last 3 games. They now have 8 points from 8 games played and will be looking to continue their solid form now that they only have the league to focus on. Burnley will make life very difficult for City as they did for sustained periods in their matches last season but City possess such quality – they should have no issues picking up the win here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match to nil ($1.57) – BET NOW
Manchester City to win 3-0
12:00am Newcastle United vs Brighton – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($2.38)
Struggling Newcastle United welcome former manager Chris Hughton and his Brighton side to St James’s Park in what promises to be an attritional encounter between two sides who need points. Newcastle have endured an atrocious start to the campaign and have failed to pick up a win in the Premier League whilst Brighton look to be vying for mid-table status again this term. The Toon have struggled so far this season, with only 2 points to their name from 8 games played, and Rafa Benitez looks to be a man under pressure. Their heart breaking 3-2 defeat, from 2-0 up at the hands of Manchester United last time out – will be a tough one for the Magpies to bounce back from. Following their win over West Ham last time out, Brighton have picked up 8 points from their opening 8 games. The Seagulls have been solid this season without pulling up any proverbial trees. With their only wins coming over Manchester United and the Hammers this season. This could be a really fiery encounter, with both teams keen to avoid defeat which could well stifle the attacking threats and lead to a no-score draw, between two sides that will take a point in the contexts of their respective seasons.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and under 2.5 goals to be scored in the game ($3.65) – BET NOW
12:00am West Ham United vs Tottenham – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($4.2)
Premier League football returns with a bang in London with a tasty looking London derby in prospect between West Ham United and Tottenham. Both sides have endured mixed starts to the campaign and will be looking to get one over on their arch enemies here as the league table starts to take shape during the hectic autumn calendar. After bouncing back from a rotten start to the campaign, the Hammers now sit 15th in the Premier League with 7 points from 8 games. Wins over Everton and Manchester United suggested Manuel Pellegrini’s men were progressing but a 1-0 defeat at Brighton last time out has checked expectations somewhat. Tottenham have won three games on the spin, beating Brighton, Huddersfield and Cardiff City to push themselves back into Champions League contention. Mauricio Pochettino’s men currently sit 4th in the table and despite uninspiring showings in the Champions League, look to be progressing again this term. Both sides will be up for this game as it means so much to the fans and the atmosphere at the London Olympic Stadium will be frenetic but Tottenham have huge quality in their squad and should get the bragging rights in London in an entertaining game.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match and both teams to score ($3.4) – BET NOW
Tottenham to win 2-1
12:00am Wolves vs Watford – Molineux Stadium
Two sides that have impressed in the Premier League so far this season face off in the Black Country as Watford travel north to take on high-flying Wolves. With only 2 points separating the sides, in 7th and 9th respectively, this promises to be a really entertaining encounter between two teams that have scored 20 Premier League goals between them this term. Wolves are flying high in the Premier League, picking up 15 points from their opening 8 games to sit in 7th place in the table. They have only lost once this campaign and Nuno Esporito Santo’s men are looking well placed to launch an assault on the top 6 in the Premier League this season. Watford are in the midst of a barren run – having won their opening 4 matches, they have only picked up one point from their last 4 games and currently sit 9th. Javi Gracia’s men suffered a hefty 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Bournemouth last time out and will need to start picking up points quickly to stay in the top half. With Watford arriving in the midst of a barren run, Wolves will feel they can take the game to Javi Gracia’s side and put them under pressure. Both teams know their strengths and it could be a mistake or moment of quality that ultimately decides the outcome of this one.
Betting tip: Wolves to win the match and both teams to score ($4.2) – BET NOW
Wolves to win 2-1
2:30am Huddersfield Town vs Liverpool – John Smith’s Stadium
Huddersfield Town ($12)
Student takes on teacher in the Saturday evening kick off in West Yorkshire as David Wagner welcomes Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side to the John Smith’s Stadium. Wagner was Klopp’s assistant during a prolific spell at Borussia Dortmund and whilst the two managers have similar playing principles, they could not be further apart this season in the Premier League table. The Terriers are enduring a tough start to the season; with only 4 goals scored and 3 points registered from their opening 8 Premier League matches. They showed real resolve last time out however, coming from a goal down to pick up a point at Burnley and now sit 18th in the table. The reds are without a win in their last 4 games in all competitions and will be looking to get back to winning ways here. They are unbeaten in the Premier League but were perhaps a little fortunate to still possess that record following Riyad Mahrez’s missed penalty for Manchester City in the 0-0 draw last time out. Huddersfield are sure to be well up for this one in front of their home fans but Liverpool are a mature outfit and should get the job done with relative ease as they look to sustain their title challenge this season.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match to nil ($1.82) – BET NOW
Liverpool to win 3-0
1:00am Everton vs Crystal Palace – Goodison Park
Crystal Palace ($4.75)
Two teams in need of points meet at Goodison Park on Super Sunday as Roy Hodgson’s struggling Crystal Palace face off against Marco Silva’s Everton. With both teams recruiting in numbers during the off-season, the pressure to start picking up points is very much on and with both managers keen on adopting an attacking style, it promises to be a fascinating encounter on the blue half of Merseyside. It’s been a mixed start to the season for Everton – who can’t seem to string any sort of consistency together at the moment. Back to back Premier League wins have boosted the Toffees to 11th in the Premier League table and they will be looking to push towards a top half finish. The Eagles are 14th in the Premier League having endured a relatively poor start to the season thus far. With 7 points from their opening 8 games, Roy Hodgson will be hoping his side can bounce back from back to back defeats at the hands of Bournemouth and Wolves here. This should be a highly entertaining clash between two very good teams and Everton, with home support backing them should come through and clinch 3 crucial points in what looks to be a very even and open game.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match and both teams to score ($4) – BET NOW
Everton to win 2-1
5:00am Arsenal vs Leicester City – Emirates Stadium
Leicester City ($6.5)
Monday Night Football returns with an absolute fire cracker of a fixture between high-flying Arsenal and the inconsistent but always entertaining Leicester City. Unai Emery has transformed the Gunners in recent weeks and they are in the midst of an 8-game unbeaten run in all competitions whilst Leicester have struggled for form under Claude Puel this season but still sit 10th in the Premier League table. The Gunners are in fine form in the Premier League – with 6 wins on the spin coupled with impressive victories in the Europa League and Carabao Cup to boot. They absolutely smashed Fulham last time out (winning 5-1) to underline their credentials as a side pushing for a top 4 finish this season. The lack of consistency is crippling Claude Puel’s side currently who were in the midst of a three match unbeaten run in all competitions before losing to Everton last time out. With goals flying in at both ends, it promises to be a highly entertaining season at the King Power Stadium and the Foxes will be looking to improve on their current league standing of 10th. Monday Night Football very rarely fails to deliver and with such quality packed into both teams, this should be a classic. Arsenal will be cheered on by home support and should pick up all 3 points here in an entertaining game.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match and both teams to score ($2.75) – BET NOW
Arsenal to win 3-1
EPL Week 8 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a four-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
West Ham United vs Tottenham – Tottenham to win
Wolves vs Watford – Wolves to win
Arsenal vs Leicester City – Arsenal to win
Bournemouth vs Southampton – Bournemouth to win
Pays $10.78 for all to win – BET NOW
A $50 wager would pay out $539 if successful at the current odds.