Premier League Preview Week 9
After a decent International break, the Premier League is back again this weekend. Highlight surely has to be Manchester United vs Liverpool. Maybe not the game it once was but the players and fans will surely be up for it. All odds are from bet365, check the site for the latest odds.
Everton v West Ham
Everton have made a terrible start to the season and now find themselves in the relegation zone with only seven points and two wins from the opening eight fixtures. Everton have struggled at both ends of the pitch, but their six goals scored will be a big concern for the Toffies with only four players finding the net this season.
West Ham have started the season well and are currently eighth in the Premier League. Their last fixture saw them lose for just the second time this season to Crystal Palace. Prior to this, the Hammers were unbeaten since the opening day loss to Manchester City. West Ham have looked good under Manuel Pelligreni and have conceded and scored 11 this season.
Everton will be without injured summer signing, Fabian Delph, who is out with a thigh strain, while Jean Phillip Gabmin is also out with the same injury. Both Lukasz Fabianski, Hip, and Michail Antonio, hamstring, will be out while Winston Reid may return to the squad.
West Ham were unlucky to lose to Crystal Palace in their last fixture, but expect them to return to winning ways against an Everton team lacking in threat and creativity this season.
Everton – 10/11
Draw – 13/5
West Ham – 11/4
Wolves v Southampton
After a poor start to the season, Wolves are looking more like the team that finished 8th in the league last season. They have won two of their last three and have kept two consecutive clean sheets. Wolves beat Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad in their most recent fixture which will give Nuno Espírito Santo’s team confidence coming into this fixture.
Southampton have not performed well this season so far and are only out of the relegation zone in 17th place due to goals scored at present. The Saints have lost their last three and have conceded nine goals in the process.
Diogo Jota could return for Wolves after nearly a month out with an ankle injury while defender Cedric Soares may return for Southampton after a calf injury but will be without midfielder Moussa Djenepo.
After their recent upturn in form, Wolves will be favourites for this game. They are looking solid in defence and have the ability to beat anyone, as they showed against Manchester City. Southampton will continue to struggle in this difficult fixture and will continue against Wolves this weekend.
Wolves – 3/ 4
Draw – 11/4
Southampton – 10/3
Leicester v Burnley
Leicester have made their best start to a season since their title winning campaign in 2016. They have only lost two games so far and were unlucky to lose late on against Liverpool in their last fixture. They have a great balance in attack and defence currently having scored 14 and conceded just 7 and will look to gain momentum following the international break.
Burnley have also started the season by exceeding expectations, they are 8th in the league and have put together a good run of four unbeaten, including two wins over Everton and Norwich. Sean Dyche’s team are always a threat away from home and have kept two clean sheets in their last four.
Matty James is out for the foreseeable future for Leicester with a calf injury and James Maddison may return following his withdrawal from the England squad over the international break. Burnley could see midfielders Jack Cork, shoulder, and Danny Drinkwater, ankle, return to the squad.
This will be a tightly contested match and although Leicester have been on good form lately and are fourth in the table, Burnley will do enough to hold them to a draw.
Leicester – 1/2
Draw – 10/3
Burnley – 5/1
Man United v Liverpool
Man United’s worst start to a season for 30 years was confirmed after their 1-0 loss away to Newcastle in their most recent fixture. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure as United are 12th in the league with just two wins from their 8 fixtures so far. They have only picked up five points from their last five matches and only scored three.
Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the season was confirmed as they beat Leicester 2-1 at home last time out. Jurgen Klopp’s side look unbeatable at present and their confident start to the season sees them top the table after eight games. They’ve already scored 20 goals and conceded just 6.
Man United have a number of players who may return for this match, Eric Bailly, Anthony Martial, Phil Jones, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood all look set to return. Timothy Fosu-Mensah will remain out with a knee injury and David De Gea will also miss out due to a groin strain he sustained on international duty. Xerdan Shaqiri could return for Liverpool after a calf strain but Nathaniel Clyne, knee, and Mo Salah, ankle, won’t feature.
Even though United have a number of key players returning this week, Liverpool have proven to be too good for most teams they’ve faced this season and they should beat a struggling Manchester United team this weekend.
Man United – 15/4
Draw – 3/1
Liverpool – 4/6
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