After a week away for players due to the International break, many will return to their teams this week ready for the resumption of fixtures in the Premier League and there is one game this weekend that catches the eye in particular as out of sorts Manchester United welcome their most fierce rivals, Liverpool, to Old Trafford, with the visitors having won all eight of their Premier League games so far this season.
There is nothing Manchester United fans would love more than to end that run on home soil and with a number of players expected to return for the Red Devils, they could put out a more competitive side than they have in recent games, where they have struggled somewhat. However, Liverpool could also welcome back a number of key players, including Alisson in goal, which will also make them even stronger.
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Let’s take a quick look at how things stand in the EPL
Premier League Table
Matchday 9 Fixtures
- Everton v West Ham United
The first game of the weekend kicks off at lunchtime on Saturday and is an intriguing match up between out of sorts Everton and in form West Ham. The Hammers have a poor historic record against Everton but did win at Goodison last season. The Toffee’s badly need a win to ease them away from the relegation zone but I am not confident that they will get that here against the Hammers. I think this one has all the hallmarks of a draw which is available at 13/5.
- Aston Villa v Brighton
After two stunning wins last time out, these two teams will come into this fixture with renewed confidence. Villa smashed Norwich 5-1 at Carrow Road, while Brighton were 3-0 winners over a Tottenham side that looked miles off the pace in that game. Villa have found things tougher at home at times this season but I fancy them to get the job done against this Brighton side that equally find things tough on the road. Back Villa to win at 11/8.
- Bournemouth v Norwich City
Both these teams come into this game on the back of a defeat but I think it is a more worrying situation for Norwich than Bournemouth. The Canaries 5-1 loss to Aston Villa at home dropped them into the relegation zone and means they have conceded more goals than anyone else in the division. Bournemouth I can see being able to take advantage of that and at home, Eddie Howe’s men have been very strong and I think Bournemouth will pick up an easy three points here at 8/11.
- Chelsea v Newcastle United
After a thumping at Manchester United on the opening day of the season, Chelsea have found their feet and only Liverpool have managed to better them in recent weeks in the Premier League. Newcastle beat Man Utd last time out and have won away to Tottenham this season but this is a big ask against a freescoring Chelsea team and I can only see one winner here. Back Chelsea for a comfortable win at 2/7.
- Leicester City v Burnley
Two teams that have started the season very brightly. Leicester have lost narrowly to Liverpool and Man Utd on the road in recent weeks, but they have been very good at home and I think they will continue that form here against a well-disciplined and strong Burnley side who will make life tough for the Foxes. Even so, I still feel Leicester have that extra edge in quality that means they should take the win here so I’m backing the home side at 4/9.
- Tottenham v Watford
Tottenham’s strong home form is a sharp contrast to their away performances and they will be confident of keeping that run going at home against bottom of the table Watford. The Hornets have endured a miserable season so far and are struggling for confidence and form and they have taken some heavy beatings already this season. This could well be another one. Back Spurs to win this one to nil at 8/5.
- Wolves v Southampton
After a slow start to their Premier League campaign, Wolves have got back to winning ways with two great wins over Watford and Man City in their last two games to move themselves into mid-table. Nuno Santo will be hoping his team can push on from here against a Southampton team that is badly out of sorts and sorely lacking in consistency. Southampton have some good players but they just have not gelled as a unit very effectively and as a result, I am backing Wolves to win this one at 3/4.
- Crystal Palace v Manchester City
After the shock of losing at home to Wolves, Manchester City now face a tough trip to London to take on a Crystal Palace side that beat them at the Etihad last season. City rarely lose two games in a row however and despite Palace’s strong start to this campaign, I still fancy Pep Guardiola’s men to come through this game and pick up the three points that eluded them last time out against Wolves. Back Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 6/4.
- Manchester United v Liverpool
Without doubt this is the biggest game in the weekend in the Premier League and it is also one of the biggest games in world football. Can Manchester United put aside their dismal recent form and lowly 12th place in the table to inflict the first defeat of the season on Liverpool? The visitors have a perfect record but have been shaky in recent games but they will likely never have a better chance of winning at Old Trafford and I think they should be able to put this United team to the sword here. I’m backing Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 5/2.
- Sheffield United v Arsenal
Somewhat oddly, despite playing pretty well at home, the Blades have a better record away from home in the EPL than at Bramhall Lane. Arsenal are the visitors here and I think the Gunners will find this a tough fixture on a Monday night. Despite that, I do fancy Arsenal to get a result here as they have lost just once this season (to Liverpool) and I think they are looking the most consistent of the teams outside the top two. I’m not going to get too clever here and I am just taking Arsenal to win at 10/11.
*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport at 12pm on Tuesday 15th October 2019.