English Premier League Week 9 Preview

The Premier League returns after another international break and is underway with a bang on Saturday night when Chelsea and Manchester United trade blows at Stamford Bridge.

Typically, there is outstanding value on offer in betting for all ten matches in Week 9 of the Premier League and a wide variety of options.

Chelsea vs Manchester United
Over 2.5 Goals ($1.89)

Chelsea

Last 5 Matches: WWDDW
Ladder Position: 2nd
Goal Difference: +13 (GF 18, GA 5)

Manchester United

Last 5 Matches: WWDLW
Ladder Position: 8th
Goal Difference: -1 (GF 13, GA 14)

Week 9 is underway in the best way possible when Chelsea host United in London and we’re set for a thrilling contest. Manchester United at $5 in head-to-head betting is extremely rare, but you can take that in this match and it is sure to spike the interest of the Red Devils faithful. Given the form of the two clubs leading into this fixture and United’s somewhat shaky defence, it’s tough to tip against Chelsea.

Cardiff City vs Fulham
Fulham to Win ($3)

Cardiff City

Last 5 Matches: LLLLL
Ladder Position: 20th
Goal Difference: -13 (GF 4, GA 17)

Fulham

Last 5 Matches: DLDLL
Ladder Position: 17th
Goal Difference: -12 (GF 9, GA 21)

It’s a battle of the cellar-dwellers when Cardiff host Fulham on Saturday night and it could prove to be one of the tighter contests, as a result. Both clubs have struggled all of over the pitch; they’ve each conceded plenty while struggling to convert up front. This does loom as an excellent opportunity at points for both, but Fulham have scored more than twice the number of goals than their rivals and I think that they can get the result on the road, at great odds.

Wolves vs Watford
Wolves to Win ($1.82)

Wolves

Last 5 Matches: WWDWW
Ladder Position: 7th
Goal Difference: +3 (GF 9, GA 6)

Watford

Last 5 Matches: WLDLL
Ladder Position: 9th
Goal Difference: -1 (GF 11, GA 12)

The glittering start to the season looks to be a memory for Watford, who have slowly started to fall off the pace of the league leaders and who are winless for the last four weeks. They face a big task in overcoming a Wolves side who continue to improve week-on-week and who really do look a like chance at a top six finish this season. The traffic should be reasonably one-way in this match.

West Ham vs Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs to Win ($1.85)

West Ham

Last 5 Matches: LWDWL
Ladder Position: 15th
Goal Difference: -5 (GF 8, GA 13)

Tottenham

Last 5 Matches: LLWWW
Ladder Position: 5th
Goal Difference: +8 (GF 15, GA 7)

A good old fashion London Derby will see West Ham host Spurs and we could be set for a goal-fest. Four weeks ago, this would have been the easiest tip of the week (Spurs to win), but West Ham mustered a few good performances and results against quality opposition and can’t be written off. Regardless, if Spurs are the real deal this season then they will still be winning matches like this.

Newcastle United vs Brighton
Draw ($3.10)

Newcastle

Last 5 Matches: LLDLL
Ladder Position: 19th
Goal Difference: -7 (GF 6, GA 13)

Brighton

Last 5 Matches: DDLLW
Ladder Position: 13th
Goal Difference: -4 (GF 9, GA 13)

A terrific opportunity for both clubs to secure much-need competition points and tough to split, given they are playing in England’s north. Newcastle have produced a few good performances between forgettable weeks, but they really do need to begin winning if they are to survive another relegation fight. Brighton’s recent win over West Ham was gutsy and a repeat of that performance would find them tough to beat.

Bournemouth vs Southampton
Bournemouth to Win ($2.05)

Bournemouth

Last 5 Matches: LWLWW
Ladder Position: 6th
Goal Difference: +4 (GF 16, GA 12)

Southampton

Last 5 Matches: WDLLL
Ladder Position: 16th
Goal Difference: -8 (GF 6, GA 14)

Bournemouth have been the league’s biggest surprise this season and enter Week 9 in sixth overall, having recorded a number of outstanding performances and results. They’re offered another great opportunity at a win when they host Southampton, who are yet to make much of an impression and who have lost three on the trot, most recently.

Manchester City vs Burnley
Over 4 Goals

Manchester City

Last 5 Matches: WWWWD
Ladder Position: 1st
Goal Difference: +18 (GF 21, GA 3)

Burnley

Last 5 Matches: LLWWD
Ladder Position: 12th
Goal Difference: -2 (GF 10, GA 12)

The reigning champions have returned to the top of the table and are yet to be beaten in 2018/19. Draws with Wolves and Liverpool are the only blemishes to their record so far and they boast easily the most potent attack in England. Burnley stand little chance, particularly at Eastlands.

Huddersfield Town vs Liverpool
Liverpool to Win to Nil ($2)

Huddersfield

Last 5 Matches: DLLLD
Ladder Position: 18th
Goal Difference: -13 (GF 4, GA 17)

Liverpool

Last 5 Matches: WWWDD
Ladder Position: 3rd
Goal Difference: +12 (GF 15, GA 3)

This is one of the bigger mismatches in Week 9 of the Premier League and it could prove to be a long night at the office for Huddersfield. Goal scoring has been a real issue for the Terriers this year and they have netted only four through the first eight weeks of the competition. Liverpool will be winning this match and winning well.

Everton vs Crystal Palace
Everton to Win ($1.90)

Everton

Last 5 Matches: DLLWW
Ladder Position: 11th
Goal Difference: +1 (GF 13, GA 12)

Crystal Palace

Last 5 Matches: LWDLL
Ladder Position: 14th
Goal Difference: -4 (GF 5, GA 9)

An intriguing fixture from a betting perspective and there is a case to be made for both clubs. There’s plenty of value around Palace in head-to-head betting, but they have been next to impossible to trust this season and away from home, it’s hard to know what you’re going to get. There’s still some meat on the bone for Everton to win at home and I am happy to take it.

Arsenal vs Leicester City
Under 3 Goals ($2.05)

Arsenal

Last 5 Matches: WWWWW
Ladder Position: 4th
Goal Difference: +9 (GF 19, GA 10)

Leicester City

Last 5 Matches: LLWWL
Ladder Position: 10th
Goal Difference: +2 (GF 14, GA 12)

The final match of the round comes way of London and Arsenal vs Leicester, and unsurprisingly the home side remain resounding favourites in head-to-head. I don’t think that it’s quite as clear cut as that, however and I do give the Foxes a real chance at the upset. Neither side tends to put much pressure on up-front and over/under does look the way to go here.