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Premier League Preview – Matchday 9

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 20 Oct 2018

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The Premier League returns this weekend and there is a mouth-watering clash to get matters underway with Jose Mourinho taking his Manchester United side to face his old club Chelsea.

The Blues kept hot on the heels of leaders Manchester City with an impressive 3-0 win at Southampton last time out and it is only goal difference keeping them off the top of the table.

The Red Devils were staring another embarrassing result in the face before a second half comeback gave them a dramatic win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford though they will have to be at their best to get a positive result here.

Last season’s corresponding fixture ended in a 1-0 win for the Blues, as was the case when the sides met at Wembley in the FA Cup final back in May, so you may be tempted to bet on lightning striking thrice at 15/2.

Solid

Champions Manchester City welcome Burnley to the Etihad Stadium looking to record a fourth straight home win against the Clarets, who themselves are looking to extend their good current of form which has seen them take seven points from the last nine available.

Tottenham Hotspur are just two points off the top but face a tough trip to West Ham United.

The Hammers have beaten Spurs in the Premier League more than they have beaten anyone else and will be keen to return to winning ways after losing to Brighton and Hove Albion last time out.

Arsenal are level on points with their North London rivals, and will attempt to secure what would be a tenth straight win in all competitions against Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Monday evening.

Surprise

Bournemouth are undoubtedly the surprise outfit from the first quarter of the campaign and will fancy building on their positive start against south-coast rivals Southampton while Wolverhampton Wanderers themselves will be keen on continuing their good run of form as they welcome Watford to Molineux.

Liverpool travel to Huddersfield Town in Saturday’s late kick-off and will hope to continue their unbeaten start to the league campaign as they try to assert their status as genuine title contenders.

Shy

The Terriers, along with Cardiff City have been shier in front of goal than the rest of the division so the Reds may well be licking their lips though there are question marks over the fitness of Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane.

Cardiff and Newcastle prop up the rest of the division having taken just two points from their opening eight games though both will see their fixtures this weekend as a good opportunity to kick-start their campaigns.

Neil Warnock’s men host a Fulham side who have conceded more goals than anyone else so far while Newcastle face Brighton, who have gone almost a year without picking up three points on the road.

Finally, Sunday’s action sees Everton take on Crystal Palace, with the Toffees aiming to make it three league wins in succession for the first time since January 2017.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, 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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