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Premier League Preview: Gameweek 9

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 21 Oct 2016

Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping to keep their unbeaten league in tact as they travel to Bournemouth.

Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping to keep their unbeaten league in tact as they travel to Bournemouth.

Gameweek nine kicks off at the Vitality Stadium where Bournemouth will hope to become the first team to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this season.

The Cherries go in to the game having doubled their goals tally last weekend when they thumped Hull City 6-1, a result which puts them in eleventh place with eleven points while Spurs followed their stalemate with West Bromwich Albion with a draw against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

Prior to those two results Mauricio Pochettino’s side won five games on the bounce and another victory here would see them, if only temporarily, move into first place.

Fellow North Londoners Arsenal host struggling Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon looking for their eighth straight win in all competitions.

Last weekend’s victory over Swansea City saw them move on to nineteen points – the same amount as top of the table Manchester City and with the leaders not playing until Sunday afternoon the Gunners will be keen to take advantage.

Guard let down

Pep Guardiola’s men take on Southampton at the Etihad Stadium with both sides looking to bounce back from midweek disappointments in Europe.

City were thumped 4-0 by Barcelona at the Nou Camp to extend their winless run to four games while the Saints were beaten 1-0 by Inter Milan at the San Siro.

Liverpool could also end the weekend in pole position as they look to continue their fine form against a West Bromwich Albion side who have draw each of their last three games 1-1.

Jurgen Klopp’s side had won four league games in a row but ended that sequence in last Monday’s goalless draw with Manchester United.

Mourinho return

The Red Devils are in seventh place, two points and two places below Chelsea – the side they face on Sunday afternoon.

It will be the first time Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge since he was sacked by the Blues ten months ago.

Seven of the last eight meetings between the sides have seen fewer than three goals, so you may be tempted to back that outcome this time around at a price of 8/11.

Dreaded dotted line

Everton, who are just four points off first place ahead of their game with Burnley who themselves are one of a number of sides who could slip into the bottom three should they fail to win and other results go against them.

Ninth place Crystal Palace and tenth place Watford travel to Leicester City and Swansea City respectively while West Ham United will be hoping to arrest their poor home form as they take on bottom-of-the-table Sunderland and lowly pair Hull City and Stoke City lock horns at the KCOM Stadium.


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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