It's Matchweek 9 in the Premier League, and here is our match predictions for all 10 fixtures in our EPL preview.
Another Premier League matchweek, and another manager gone. This time it’s Steve Bruce who is out of a job, meaning for the second matchweek running, there will only be 19 of the bosses who were there the week before.
On the pitch, and the big match of the weekend is between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Mohamed Salah is the man of the moment, and as the joint top scorer in the Premier League, fans on Liverpool will be looking to their star man to lead them to victory this Sunday.
Salah is absolutely flying at the moment, and looks back to the same player he was a couple of years back when Liverpool won the Premier League title.
Latest Premier League Winner Betting Odds
- Man City 10/11
- Chelsea 21/10
- Liverpool 7/2
- Man Utd 33/1
- Arsenal 150/1
- Spurs 200/1
- West Ham 250/1
- Everton 250/1
As expected, there is no change at the top of the betting. Man City were 10/11 last week, and after taking it easy on Burnley, they stay the the same price as before.
As for Chelsea, they have been eased in from 23/10, to 21/10, after a less then convincing 1-0 win over Brentford.
Injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner may see those odds drift out again.
On the back of another impressive win, Liverpool have been cut from 4/1 to 7/2.
The only thing that is holding that price up is that Salah and Mane will be missing in the new year on international duty.
Otherwise, I think Jurgen Klopp’s team would be second favourites, given their current form.
As for the only other realistic title contender, Man Utd, they seen their odds drift from 17/1 to 33/1 on the back of their 4-2 hiding at Leicester.
I know many of you will be laughing at the fact I’ve described United as realistic title contenders, but they were only 2 points behind Chelsea going into Matchweek 8….. but I do take the point!
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Matchweek 9 Premier League Match Predictions
Right, what about this weekend’s predictions.
The first match is on Friday night this week, so don’t forget about that!
Arsenal V Aston Villa Match Prediction
The opening match of Matchweek 9 sees Arsenal hosting Aston Villa.
The Gunners have recovered from a poor start to the season and now sit twelve in the table on 11 points.
That’s just one position and point above Aston Villa - who themselves have had an inconsistent start to the campaign.
- Arsenal 10/11 - Draw 27/10 - Villa 3/1 - 888Sport
- Arsenal 10/11 - Draw 13/5 - Villa 16/5 - Betfair
- Arsenal 10/11 - Draw 13/5 - Villa 16/5 - Parimatch
I kinda think Villa are trying to find a system that can get Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings on the pitch together, but haven’t quite mastered it yet.
As for Arsenal, their mini revival came to a halt last Monday when they drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.
I think the Gunners will just edge this one tonight!
- Verdict - Arsenal Win
Chelsea v Norwich Match Prediction
Right, there’s no Werner and no Lukaku for Chelsea. I don’t think that will make much difference here though, as Norwich have looked woefully inept since returning to the Premier League.
- Chelsea 2/11 - Draw 29/5 - Norwich 31/2 - 888Sport
- Chelsea 2/11 - Draw 6/1 - Norwich 17/1 - Betfair
- Chelsea 2/11 - Draw 6/1 - Norwich 17/1 - Parimatch
I imagine the Canaries will picks up a win sometime soon, can’t see it being here though!
- Verdict - Chelsea Win
Southampton v Burnley Match Prediction
Burnley are another side still seeking their first Premier League win of the season, but unlike Norwich, they do have a chance.
The Saints won 1-0 at home to Leeds last weekend. Ralf Hasenhuttl’s side don’t strike me as a team that will win many back to back games though.
- Southampton 19/20 - Draw 5/2 - Burnley 57/20 - 888Sport
- Southampton EVS - Draw 5/2 - Burnley 29/10 - Betfair
- Southampton EVS - Draw 5/2 - Burnley 3/1 - Parimatch
That said, I’m giving them a point against a Burnley side who did well to keep Man City down to just the two goals last weekend.
- Verdict - Draw
Everton v Watford Match Prediction
Watford’s hope for new manager bounce didn’t materialise at home to Liverpool last weekend, so what chance it works on the Red’s Merseyside neighbours this Saturday?
- Everton 13/20 - Draw 14/5 - Watford 22/5 - 888Sport
- Everton 8/11 - Draw 27/10 - Watford 9/2 - Betfair
- Everton 7/10 - Draw 11/4 - Norwich 9/2 - Parimatch
I don’t know what it is with Everton, but I just don’t think somethings right. Yes, they’ve had a good start to the season, but I just feel I’m forever waiting for something to go wrong.
Maybe it’s Rafa’s connection with the red half of Merseyside, I don’t know!
Everton dropped points last Sunday at home to West Ham. I don’t see them losing to Watford, but I’m not convinced they will win either.
I’m predicting them to win though, but only just!
- Verdict - Everton Win
Leeds v Wolves Match Prediction
One of many Saturday fixtures that looks hard to call.
I’ve been waiting for Leeds to wake up for a few weeks now. They got their first win of the season on Matchweek 7 against Watford, and they looked like maybe they were starting to turn the corner.
There was a great chance for them to build on that win last Saturday, but they lost 1-0 away to Southampton with a disappointing performance.
- Leeds 31/20 - Draw 47/20 - Wolves 7/4 - 888Sport
- Leeds 13/8 - Draw 23/10 - Wolves 9/5 - Betfair
- Leeds 31/20 - Draw 12/5 - Wolves 9/5 - Parimatch
As for Wolves, they’ve won their last three, and look in decent form.
They did need an epic comeback against Villa last week, the sort that won’t happen very often in fairness.
On form, I’d have to call a Wolves win. But I have a feeling for a draw in this fixture.
- Verdict - Draw
Crystal Palace v Newcastle Match Prediction
Right, on form in this one, it has to be Palace. But with all the goings on at Newcastle, it would be just like them to go and win this match.
- Palace 19/20 - Draw 51/20 - Newcastle 57/20 - 888Sport
- Palace 10/11 - Draw 11/4 - Newcastle 3/1 - Betfair
- Palace 10/11 - Draw 13/5 - Newcastle 16/5 - Parimatch
I may be going mad, but Callum Wilson is back and Allan Saint-Maximin has been outstanding this season. I’m going to stick my neck out and go for a Newcastle win!
- Verdict - Newcastle Win
Brighton v Man City Match Prediction
Graham Potter’s Brighton have been outstanding this season, and I would fully expect to see the Seagulls boss linked to bigger jobs such is the excellent job he has done on the south coast.
The Seagulls are fourth in the table with just the one defeat. They have drawn their last three though, and I really can’t see them winning on Saturday.
- Brighton 33/5 - Draw 18/5 - Man City 2/5 - 888Sport
- Brighton 7/1 - Draw 15/4 - Man City 4/11 - Betfair
- Brighton 15/2 - Draw 15/4 - Man City 2/5 - Parimatch
As for Manchester City, they looked okay against Burnley last week, and then they really turned up the performance level in the Champions League against Club Brugge on Tuesday.
I keep saying City will slip up some weeks. But I don’t think it will be this week.
- Verdict - Man City Win
Brentford v Leicester Match Prediction
Onto Sunday’s matches, and first up, my favourite side Brentford.
I’ve been appalling at predicting their matches this season, and that’s because I’m judging them on where I think they should be, rather than how they are actually playing.
So it is time to start predicting the Bees to win? Maybe!
- Brentford 8/5 - Draw 47/20 - Leicester 17/10 - 888Sport
- Brentford 13/8 - Draw 9/4 - Leicester 7/4 - Betfair
- Brentford 31/20 - Draw 23/10 - Leicester 17/10 - Parimatch
But that said, have Leicester finally turned the corner.
A great 4-2 win over Manchester United last weekend was backed up by an excellent Europa League Cup win in midweek.
I’m giving the Bees a point this weekend - cue the defeat!
- Verdict - Draw
West Ham V Spurs Match Prediction
Next up is the ever impressive West Ham. I do think that David Moyes is a very undervalued manager. He does no worse a job than Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds, one is revered, the other maligned!
- West Ham 13/10 - Draw 49/20 - Spurs 41/20 - 888Sport
- West Ham 13/10 - Draw 12/5 - Spurs 21/10 - Betfair
- West Ham 5/4 - Draw 12/5 - Spurs 2/1 - Parimatch
Moyes’ West Ham picked up an excellent 3 points away to Everton last Sunday afternoon. But their home form has been patchy this season.
As for Spurs, they are a funny side, but the Kane/Son partnership was back in tandem last weekend, and I can see more joy for the duo on Sunday.
- Verdict - Spurs Win
Man Utd v Liverpool Match Prediction
Right, the final match of the weekend, and it’s the two most successful club sides in England.
On form, it’s a Liverpool win, but form can go out the window in these matches.
- Man Utd 2/1 - Draw 13/5 - Liverpool 5/4 - 888Sport
- Man Utd 21/10 - Draw 5/2 - Liverpool 5/4 - Betfair
- Man Utd 2/1 - Draw 13/5 - Liverpool 6/5 - Parimatch
Anyone who witnessed Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand on BT Sports on Wednesday seen a difference of opinions.
Scholes was concerned by United’s first half performance, while Rio chose to focus on the second half showing.
The problem is, the Atalanta match pretty much summed up United under Solskjaer.
Which one is the real United? The first half one, or the second half one? I think it’s more the first half side, so I’m going for a win for the visitors.
I don’t think Ole can keep playing the get out of jail card forever, and I see Liverpool winning this one!
- Verdict - Liverpool Win
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