After a short time away with the international break, the Premier League is back… and back with some absolute crackers over the weekend.
Some Premier League stars will be heading into match-week nine in good spirits after performing well on international duty. None more so than Aston Villa’s John McGinn, who managed a hat-trick for Scotland against San Marino. Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum scored two first half goals in a 2-1 win for Netherlands and will be no short in confidence too.
With that being said, with a full set of Premier League fixtures taking place from Saturday to Monday, here is our preview to all the action, including some potentially helpful tips from GIVEMEBET.
Everton vs West Ham United
The Saturday early kick-off features two teams who might have expected to be competing for a top six finish at the start of the season. As it turns out, only one of the teams has, so far, fulfilled this prediction, with Everton slipping to the division’s relegation places. A win in the early afternoon would power the Hammers into fourth in the table.
Bournemouth vs Norwich City
Since their outstanding win against Manchester City, Daniel Farke’s men have lost three on the bounce. The hosts are also without a win in their last three, including a 2-0 loss to League One outfit Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup. A win for Norwich will lift them out of the relegation zone… at least for a couple of hours.
Aston Villa vs Brighton
Fourteenth vs 15th. Both sides have won just two of their opening eight matches of the season, but Brighton have gone one better with one more draw than their hosts on Saturday afternoon. Both, however, could be worthy winners of the Premier League’s performance of the season so far; Villa smashed Norwich 5-1 at Carrow Road whilst Brighton conquered a disgruntled Tottenham Hotspur side 3-0.
Chelsea vs Newcastle United
Frank Lampard seems to have found his feet as manager of Chelsea. In their last four games in all competitions, the side have won four, scored 15 and conceded just three. Despite being 11 places behind the Blues, though, Newcastle have conceded one goal fewer under Steve Bruce and are coming back into action with the boost of the Longstaff brothers.
Leicester vs Burnley
Both teams have enjoyed successful starts to the season, with Brendan Rodgers receiving a lot of recognition for his work. However, a win for Sean Dyche would take his team above the Foxes in the league standings. Burnley just keep exceeding all expectations.
Tottenham vs Watford
Spurs must feel like they are at rock bottom and Watford are actually rock bottom. Both have endured underwhelming starts to the season and are in need of a break… not an international one. A break by which they win and get their season underway. Watford are still looking for that first win and will feel like they are playing Spurs at exactly the right time.
Wolves vs Southampton
After a worrying start, Wolves seem to be back on track and are six games unbeaten in all competitions – including an unbelievable 2-0 win against the current champions in their last fixture. Southampton, in their last game, lost 4-1 to Chelsea.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City
Believe it or not, a win for Palace would take them one point above City in the standings. The two teams have lost the same amount of games this season, but Palace actually won their last match in a 2-1 away win over West Ham.
Manchester United vs Liverpool
This old chestnut. One of the great fixtures in English football. One has won every game they’ve played this season, and the other is sat in 12th and are without a win [inside 90 minutes] in their last five matches in all competitions. Still, though, form goes out of the window in games like this and there is no other team who will be more desperate to break Liverpool’s record than United.
Sheffield United vs Arsenal
Currently, Arsenal are closer than anybody to catching the elite two of the Premier League in third - surprising to some. The impressive start that the Blades have made may also come as a surprise. Chris Wilder has squeezed a draw out of Chelsea and ought to have done the same against Liverpool. You may not be so surprised if they managed to get another point, or maybe more, against the Gunners.News Now - Sport News