Manchester Clubs Extend Their Lead
It doesn’t seem a few weeks ago since the new Premier League season started but we are already heading into week 9 of the campaign and things are taking shape at the top of the table.
Manchester City lead the way and have been scoring goals for fun, so it is little surprise to see them currently priced at 2/5 with William Hill to win the 2017/18 Premier League title. This weekend Pep Guardiola’s team welcome Burnley to the Etihad Stadium.
Burnley have lost just one match in the Premier League this season, are undefeated in their last six games and have improved a lot away from home compared to the previous campaign. However, Manchester City are full of confidence and playing on another level this season, making them huge favourites to win this match at 1/12 with Bet365. It appears the only debate is about how many goals they will score and Manchester City to score 3 or more goals is 4/9 at Coral.
Burnley have lost just one match in the Premier League this season
Second place Manchester United will travel to Huddersfield in the hope of keeping pace at the top of the table with their neighbours.
Huddersfield started the season promisingly but have failed to win any of their previous five Premier League games. Defeat at Swansea City last weekend saw them drop down to 12th in the table and they need to pick up a win soon to gain some momentum ahead of what is a very busy period of fixtures.
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Manchester United took a point from their trip to Anfield last weekend, something Jose Mourinho was happy to do but the the Portuguese will demand maximum points from this game. This is the third of four away games in a row and expect to see a more attacking display from the Red Devils than their previous games at Liverpool and Benfica.
Manchester United are 4/11 to win this match and Evens to win it without conceding a goal, both with Ladbrokes.
Tottenham Hotspur start the weekend in third place in the Premier League and host Liverpool on Sunday, in what is the biggest fixture of the weekend.
Spurs recorded an excellent 1-1 draw at Real Madrid in mid-week, a result which will only add to the confidence of a team in great form. Spurs are undefeated in their last ten games in all competitions, winning seven of them and appear to be the one team capable of staying with the top two.
Liverpool recorded a much-needed win over Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday, scoring 7 goals in the process. The Reds are undefeated in their last five games in all competitions but have won only one of their previous five Premier League games.
In their previous big away match, they lost heavily to Manchester City having had Sadio Mane sent off for a high kick. The pressure is on Liverpool to win this match but Spurs have the quality to keep them out and trouble them at the back. A narrow Tottenham win, by a single goal is available at 16/5 with Bet365.
The defending Premier League champions need to bounce back quickly following their poor defeat at Crystal Palace last weekend. They host high flying Watford at Stamford Bridge in the early kick-off on Saturday and know they cannot afford to drop any more points, even this early in the season.
Chelsea have failed to win any of their last three games, losing two in the Premier League and being held to a 3-3 draw at home with Roma in the Champions League. Watford on the other hand have lost just one of their last eight Premier League games and come into this match fresh having defeated Arsenal 2-1 at home last weekend.
Watford will make this game tough for Chelsea but Antonio Conte will want to see a big response from his players and this could be another match which will end in a narrow home victory. Chelsea are 21/10 with William Hill to win the match with both teams scoring.
Two teams under huge pressure meet on Sunday afternoon as Everton welcome Arsenal to Goodison Park. Everton surprisingly find themselves just 2 points clear of the relegation zone having played eight games and Ronald Koeman knows he cannot afford to keep dropping points if he wants to remain with the Toffees.
Everton have won only one of their last seven Premier League games and needed a late equaliser at Brighton last weekend to pick up a point. At home they have lost two of their last three but will welcome an Arsenal team which has failed to win away from home in the Premier League this season.
The Gunners have lost at Stoke, Liverpool and Watford, with their only point coming in a 0-0 draw at Chelsea. With neither team looking particularly confident and having played on Thursday in the Europa League don’t be surprised to see this one end in a draw. The draw is 5/2 with Ladbrokes.
Looking towards the bottom of the table and basement club Crystal Palace will be hoping to build on their good win over Chelsea last weekend. They face a trip to Newcastle who will be happy with the way they have started life back in the Premier League but have failed to win in their last three games. However, at home the Magpies have been strong and will see this as a game they should win to maintain their position in mid-table. Newcastle are Evens with Ladbrokes to win the game.
Leicester City are back in the news following the sacking of Craig Shakespeare and travel to Wales to take on Swansea. Neither team have been playing well or with any consistency, which makes this match a tough one to call. The draw is 11/5 with Bet365 and can be combined with under 2.5 goals at 29/10 with Ladbrokes.
Stoke welcome Bournemouth to the Bet365 Stadium, in what is a huge match for both teams. A win for Stoke at 11/10 with William Hill will see them move clear of Bournemouth who will remain in the relegation zone.
As things stand, you can get 13/8 with Bet365 for Bournemouth to be relegated this season and 20/1 for Watford to cause a shock and finish inside the top six places.
There is a long way to go but the teams are beginning to get an idea of what they need to do to achieve their targets in the Premier League this season.