Following an eventful international break, the Premier League returns with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool sitting a handsome 8 points clear at the top of the table. The reds picked up a last gasp win over Leicester City last time out whilst defending champions Manchester City faltered at home to Wolves to open up the gap. Elsewhere, there were wins for Arsenal and Chelsea whilst Tottenham and Manchester United were beaten on the road by Brighton and Newcastle United respectively.
Here are our picks for the ninth round of fixtures in the Premier League:
2019/20 EPL Week 9 Preview
Everton vs West Ham United – Goodison Park
West Ham United ($3.9)
The pressure is mounting on Marco Silva as his Everton side welcome West Ham to Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime. The Toffees have dropped into the relegation zone following a difficult start and their defeat to Burnley last time out was particularly uninspiring. Wet Ham United meanwhile will be looking to bounce back from their home defeat to Crystal Palace before the international break but Manuel Pellegrini’s men still sit 8th in the table with 12 points to their name. This should be an entertaining game between two attacking sides and it could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.95) – Bet Now
Aston Villa vs Brighton – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($2.42)
Two sides that picked up impressive wins last time out face off at Villa Park as Brighton travel to Aston Villa. Dean Smith’s side picked up an impressive 5-1 win at Norwich City last time out and look to be a side full of confidence. Likewise, Brighton secured a stunning 3-0 win over Tottenham at the AMEX before the international break and Graham Potter seems to be getting to grips with the manager’s job on the South Coast. This should be an entertaining encounter between two good sides which could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.05) – Bet Now
Bournemouth vs Norwich City – Vitality Stadium
Norwich City ($4.33)
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth will be looking to break into the top half as they welcome Daniel Farke’s beleaguered Norwich City to the Vitality Stadium. The Cherries have lacked consistency all season but pushed Arsenal all the way and they always carry a goal threat. The Canaries were thumped last time out by Aston Villa and have slipped into the bottom three as a result. They are yet to pick up a point on the road this term and despite beating Manchester City earlier in the campaign, they have struggled in most of their top-flight fixtures. Bournemouth are a tough nut to crack at home and they should have too much about them for Norwich here.
Betting tip: Bournemouth to win the match ($1.85) – Bet Now
Bournemouth to win 2-0
Chelsea vs Newcastle United – Stamford Bridge
Newcastle United (11.5)
Chelsea host Newcastle as they look to continue their impressive run of form under Frank Lampard. The blues took a while to get going this term but the manner of their 4-1 win over Southampton will give their faithful real cause for optimism this term. Newcastle meanwhile picked up a famous victory over Manchester United last time out as Steve Bruce picked up his first win at St James’s Park as the Magpies climbed out of the relegation zone. Newcastle will defend deep and make this tough for Chelsea but the Blues should come through this one unscathed.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match to nil ($1.78) – Bet Now
Chelsea to win 3-0
Leicester City vs Burnley – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($1.54)
Brendan Rodgers’s Leicester City host Burnley in what promises to be a fascinating encounter in the East Midlands. The Foxes were seconds away from holing up Liverpool last time out but a last minute penalty cost them dearly as they suffered their 2nd defeat of the campaign. Burnley meanwhile sit only 2 points behind Leicester following an equally impressive run of form themselves that has seen them only beaten by Liverpool and Arsenal. The manner of their win over Everton last time out was clinical and they will be eager to put up a strong fight here. Leicester meanwhile should have too much quality in key areas here and should sneak past the Clarets.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2.15) – Bet Now
Leicester City to win 2-1
Tottenham vs Watford – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Two sides in desperate need of a win face off in North London as Tottenham host bottom club Watford. Spurs have lacked consistency all season and the manner of their 3-0 defeat to Brighton last time out will be a huge concern for all associated with the club. Watford meanwhile are winless this term and with only two points to their name, things need to improve at Vicarage Road quickly. Spurs are a side low on confidence and they will be relishing the opportunity to get back to winning ways against Watford here.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match and both teams to score ($2.3) – Bet Now
Tottenham to win 3-1
Wolves vs Southampton – Molineux
Following their famous 2-0 win at Manchester City, Wolves will be eager to keep their run of form going as they welcome Southampton to the West Midlands. Nuno Esporito Santo’s men sit 11th in the table and look to have recovered from their slow start to the campaign as they look to combine European and domestic campaigns this term. Southampton meanwhile were thumped 4-1 by Chelsea last time out and look to be a side with survival at the top of their priority list. They currently find themselves 17th in the Premier League table and they will be looking to scale it as quickly as possible. This should be an entertaining fixture that Wolves should well edge at home.
Betting tip: Wolves to win the match ($1.84) – Bet Now
Wolves to win 2-1
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($12.5)
Manchester City ($1.27)
In-form Crystal Palace welcome a stuttering Manchester City side to Selhurst Park in what promises to be a fascinating Saturday Night Football. Palace are flying high in 6th following their impressive win at West Ham last time out and Roy Hodgson seems to be getting the best out of his team at the moment. For City meanwhile, each game is must win as they currently have an 8 point deficit to make up on Liverpool at the top of the table and they haven’t historically enjoyed the trip to Selhurst Park too much. This will be a firecracker of a fixture and City should get back to winning ways here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both team to score ($2.00) – Bet Now
Manchester City to win 4-2
Manchester United vs Liverpool – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($4.75)
One of the oldest Premier League rivalries reignites as Manchester United host high-flying Liverpool at Old Trafford. United are in disarray following their defeat at Newcastle and the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reaching fever pitch from those inside and outside the club. Liverpool meanwhile are top of the Premier League and momentum seems to be gathering at Anfield with a firm belief that this could indeed be their year. They are 8 points clear of the chasing pack and how they would love to maintain their lead at the home of their oldest rivals. United will make this tough for Liverpool but Jurgen Klopp’s side seem too good pretty much anyone at the minute.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match ($1.77) – Bet Now
Liverpool to win 2-0
Sheffield United vs Arsenal – Bramall Lane
Sheffield United ($4)
Sheffield United host Arsenal on Monday Night Football with both sides looking to continue their decent recent form. The Blades have taken to life in the Premier League extremely well and their point on the road at Vicarage Road last time out was testament to that. They are currently sitting pretty in 13th place in the table and they will be eager to build on that here. Arsenal meanwhile have climbed to 3rd in the table following their tight win over Bournemouth last time out and Unai Emery’s men will have one eye on the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City above them. This should be a fantastic encounter which Arsenal should just about come through.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match and both team to score ($2.65) – Bet Now
Arsenal to win 2-1
EPL Week 9 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a four-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Chelsea vs Newcastle United – Chelsea to win
Sheffield United vs Arsenal – Arsenal to win
Tottenham vs Watford – Tottenham to win
Manchester United vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
A $50 wager would pay out $338.54 if successful at the current odds – Bet Now