The final international break of the calendar year is over, and attention now turns to the cut and thrust of the Premier League. Manchester City and Liverpool played out an enthralling draw prior to the break, giving opportunity to the likes of Leicester City and Tottenham to climb up the table. Chelsea remain in contention to challenge this season whilst Southampton and Aston Villa are the surprise packages thus far. At the bottom of the pile, Burnley and West Bromwich Albion are looking for their first wins of the season, as are Sheffield United – who currently prop up the Premier League table.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the Premier League:
EPL Week 9 Tips
Newcastle United vs Chelsea – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($7)
Newcastle host Chelsea in what promises to be an enthralling return to Premier League action. The Toon will be looking to add to their tally of 11 points for the season particularly at home where their form has been excellent. Steve Bruce looks to have made Newcastle a very tough side to beat and they will be confident of troubling Chelsea here. For the Blues meanwhile, this is a chance to start stringing some results together as they look to put pressure on the sides above them. Chelsea sit 5th in the table, and they should leave the North East with all three points, making the rest of the Premier League table stand up and take note.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score ($2.5)
Chelsea to win 2-1
Aston Villa vs Brighton – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($2.3)
High flying Aston Villa take on Brighton in what promises to be a fascinating encounter at Villa Park. The Villains sit 6th in the Premier League table and their impressive win on the road at Arsenal last time out is fresh in the memory. They should be full of confidence heading into this one – especially at home. For Brighton meanwhile, the points need to start coming after a disappointing start to the season. They have looked uninspiring in forward areas this term and they will be hoping to resurrect that quickly. This could be a tighter game than many expect but Villa should prevail at home here.
Betting tip: Aston Villa to win the match ($2.3)
Aston Villa to win 2-1
Tottenham vs Manchester City – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Manchester City ($1.84)
The headline fixture of the weekend sees Tottenham take on Manchester City in North East London. Spurs are starting to gather momentum under Jose Mourinho and the goals of Harry Kane coupled with the arrival of Gareth Bale looks to have given Tottenham a real boost. Defensively there are still question marks, but they will be looking to take the game to City here. The blues meanwhile had much of the running against Liverpool last time out but couldn’t kill the Champions off. They are starting to show signs of their best football too, but the goals aren’t flowing, something that is unexpected from a Pep Guardiola side. This should be an excellent game, with a draw the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($4)
Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.33)
West Bromwich Albion ($11)
Manchester United will be looking to make it back to back Premier League wins as they host lowly West Bromwich Albion. The Red Devils won well on the road at Everton last time out to ease the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but they still look to have problems within the camp. Consistency is something they are striving for and they will be looking to start stringing results together asap. West Bromwich Albion meanwhile remain winless in the Premier League, although they came so close to frustrating Tottenham last time out. Defensively, they look quite assured but breaking sides down is one of their biggest issues seemingly. This should be a comfortable evenings’ work for Manchester United.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match to nil ($1.9)
Manchester United to win 3-0
Fulham vs Everton – Craven Cottage
Everton travel to Fulham as the Toffees look to return to winning ways in the Premier League. The Cottagers should have taken a point from their clash with West Ham last time out but spurned a late penalty. They beat West Bromwich Albion in their last home game and there are causes for optimism within Scott Parker’s side. Everton meanwhile are a side that are looking for an identity, having started the season so well but lost their last 3 Premier League games. They pushed Manchester United all the way last time out and Carlo Ancelotti will be eager to see that performance level replicated here. Fulham will trouble Everton, but the Toffees should get back on track here.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match and both teams to score ($2.6)
Everton to win 2-1
Sheffield United vs West Ham United – Bramall Lane
Sheffield United ($3)
West Ham United ($2.6)
Bottom of the table Sheffield United host West Ham as they look to climb away from relegation danger. The Blades have only picked up one point from their opening 8 games and they need a response quickly. They were well beaten by Chelsea last time out and their defensive steel seems to have disappeared. For West Ham this is a chance to pick up points on the road as they look to continue their solid start. They have some key players missing but they should be super confident heading into this one, after their last gasp win over Fulham last time out. West Ham should leave South Yorkshire with all three points here.
Betting tip: West Ham United to win the match ($2.6)
West Ham United to win 2-0
Leeds vs Arsenal – Elland Road
Leeds take on Arsenal as both sides look to respond from disappointing showings last time out. Leeds are 15th in the table and will be all too aware of the dangers that lie beneath them. They were well beaten by Crystal Palace last time out but have tended to play their best football at home. Arsenal meanwhile are lacking the consistency needed to compete at the top level. A win at Manchester United was backed up by a home defeat to Aston Villa, underlining their lack of cohesion this term. This should be an excellent game, with Arsenal most likely to come out on top.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match ($2.21)
Arsenal to win 2-1
Liverpool vs Leicester City – Anfield
Leicester City ($5.8)
Two sides battling it out at the top of the table face off as Liverpool take on Leicester City. The reds have endured a shaky start to the season with form and injuries, but they picked up an impressive point at Manchester City last time out. Their goal scoring prowess is as scary as ever and they will be looking to take the game to Leicester here. The Foxes meanwhile sit top of the Premier League and they will be keen to stay there. They have passed most of the tests they have faced this season and they will be desperate to show their worth once more in this one. Leicester are sure to push Liverpool, but the reds should win well at home here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($2.8)
Liverpool to win 3-1
Burnley vs Crystal Palace – Turf Moor
Crystal Palace ($2.85)
Burnley take on Crystal Palace as they look for their first win of the season. The Clarets have endured some tough fixtures this term but have still lacked the resoluteness expected from a Sean Dyche side. They sit 19th in the table, with 2 points to their name but have a game in hand on the sides around them. For Crystal Palace meanwhile, this is a chance to demonstrate their progress this season. They sit 8th in the table but inconsistency continues to plague them – both home and away. This could be a very tight game with the draw looking the most likely result at Turf Moor.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.35)
Wolves vs Southampton – Molineux
Two sides battling it out in the top half of the table face off as Wolves host Southampton. Wolves narrowly lost at Leicester City last time out, but they will be eager to bounce back here. They have perhaps lacked their usual fluency in forward areas this term, but should they get going, Southampton could be in for a long evening. Saints meanwhile sit 4th in the table and look to have their sights on European football come the end of the campaign. The goals have been flying in on the South Coast and they will see this as a real test of their credentials. This should be a very good game which Wolves look well placed to win
Betting tip: Wolves to win the match ($2.38)
Wolves to win 2-1
EPL Week 9 multi bet
We’re backing four results this week as a four-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion – Manchester United to win
Sheffield United vs West Ham United – West Ham United to win
Fulham vs Everton – Everton to win
Newcastle United vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
A $50 wager would pay out $481.50 if successful at the current odds.