Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 9
Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 9
We thankfully return after the international break and there are some great games to look forward to this weekend. High-flying Tottenham face Manchester City and the league leaders Leicester travel to the home of champions Liverpool. We preview the games and share our betting tips.
Match of the Day
Tottenham are second in the league and with the quality in their squad, they could be genuine title contenders. City have played a game less and need the points to improve their league position, as they sit tenth.
- Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
- Saturday 21 November 17:30
- Referee: Mike Dean
- Quick Glance Odds H: 16/5 D:3/1 A: 16/19
About the Game:
The highlight of the weekend sees two of the most decorated managers in the world go head to head in a rivalry brewed in the Spanish El Classico. A real encounter to look forward to as the new shaped Tottenham Hotspurs, who sit second on the Premier League table, face a struggling Manchester City side, who currently sit last in the top half. Tottenham has had a great start to the season and is starting to be considered as genuine title contenders.
Son Heung-Min has been in the form of his life with involvement in six goals in the last three games. His partnership with Harry Kane has been impressive with the two managing a combined total of 15, which is more than the entire City team (10). Their best attribute is their ability to scrape out wins even when they are not playing particularly great. This spirit can be seen in their wins against Brighton, West Brom, and Burnley by the narrowest margins. The London outfit has won the last three consecutive games and sit comfortably in second place. The competition for places has brought the best out of the players in the side. Matt Doherty is lighting up the right-wing sidelining the impressive Serge Aurier and Eric Dier making Colombian Davinson Sánchez work for a start.
Manchester City have not been particularly great this season managing just ten goals with their best goal scorer Gabriel Jesus netting just two goals. They have been poor travellers with the 5 – 2 defeat against Leicester City their lowest point of the season. Pep Guardiola will be out to revenge the 2 – 0 defeat they succumbed to the last time the two sides met. To be considered contenders, defeat is not an option for the 2018-19 Champions, as they will drift further eight points behind their opponents. Even at this early stage, a loss could be catastrophic for City.
The Citizens have every reason to suffer a drop in form after suffering injury scares to their most influential players, but they will mostly miss Kun Aguero, who is the club’s all-time record goalscorer. In this match, we expect to see a ruthless Man City side take their chances after failing to make their most of them in their game against champions Liverpool. In the 1-1, Kevin De Bruyne missed from the penalty spot. They still boast the most expensive defence, the best squad depth, one of the best managers in the league and will be expected to bounce back and give Tottenham a run for their money.
Prediction: Score draw, both teams to score.
Rest of the Premier League Games
Coming up are our previews and Premier League betting tips for all the rest of the weekend’s action.
- Venue: St. James Park
- Saturday 21 November 12:30
- Referee: Craig Pawson
- Quick Glance Odds H:6/1 D: 18/5 A: 18/35
About the Game:
Newcastle has won two of the last three encounters against Chelsea that have been played at St James Park, including the last match. They have five wins and a draw from the last seven home games against the Blues. They have had mixed results in the league, drawing against Wolves and Tottenham with wins against West Ham, Burnley, and Everton. They slipped up against Southampton in their most recent game. Callum Wilson will be the most lethal player in the pitch for both sides with six goals. Their opponents don’t have a good record at Tyneside, but the lack of fans could take this advantage from Steve Bruce. They are yet to keep a clean sheet at home this season conceding nine goals in four games.
Chelsea will head to St. James Park on an 11-match unbeaten run seeking a fifth consecutive win in all competition. They sit fifth and now seem to have found consistency and understanding after their summer spending frenzy. Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva have been a perfect quick fix to the defensive line guiding their side to 6 straight clean sheets before conceding in their 4 – 1 win against Sheffield United. On the other end of the pitch, Hakim Ziyech has been a spark as a key component to breaking down teams with low blocks and delivering acute final passes and has three assists so far. Timo Werner has bounced back from a slow start to score five goals in four games and scored a double for German in the UEFA Nations League tie against Ukraine. A squad that looks well balanced with flying wingbacks Reece James and Ben Chilwell increasing their productivity and supply of quality balls to the forwards.
Prediction: Chelsea win, BTTS yes.
- Venue: Villa Park
- Saturday 21 November 15:00
- Referee: Michael Oliver
- Quick Glance Odds H: 13/10 D: 11/4 A: 9/4
About the Game:
Aston Villa has been the Kingslayers so far this season with a victory against Liverpool, Arsenal, and Leicester showcasing their perfect counter-attacking abilities. They have however struggled against sides that are on the same level conceding three goals against Leeds and four against Southampton. Ollie Watkins has been the spark upfront with six goals including a hat trick against the Champions and a double against Arsenal. Jack Grealish is the main magician with the highest goals involvement (4 goals, five assists) dominating the midfield with Chelsea loanee Ross Barkley and John McGinn. They will be looking to build on the 3 – 0 win against the Gunners on high spirits, and it seems their adventure has just begun. They are sixth just three points off top spot with a game in hand over all the teams ahead of them. This win against Arsenal was the third successive clean sheet on the road.
The Seagulls have improved greatly this season but have a point to prove just one win so far this season. They have recently been displaying some of the best football and dominating teams. They have, however, failed to turn this into goals. They will be banking on their opponents being easier to break at home with only Manchester United conceding more goals than Villa at home. Their goalless draw against Burnley was the first time they failed to score this season. Despite the draw, it was a positive display with lots of attempts just missing the finishing touch could be a costly adventure as they currently sit 16th in the table. The return of Leandro Trossard, who has been their most creative player this season, and their top scorer Neal Maupay is a great boost to the attack. Maupay was recalled against Burnley after missing out against Tottenham due to disciplinary issues. The Frenchman has four goals so far this season and opened the scoring against both Newcastle and Manchester United.
Prediction: A good win for Villa, over 2.5 goals.
- Venue: Old Trafford
- Saturday 21 November 20:00
- Referee: David Coote
- Quick Glance Odds H: 1/3 D: 19/4 A: 19/2
About the Game:
Manchester United are seeking their first Premier League home win of the season and West Brom can be the perfect punching bag. United have collected just a single point and conceded more goals on their turf than any other team. Their win against Everton at Goodison Park eased the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after consecutive defeats against Istanbul Basaksehir and Arsenal. Bruno Fernandes has been the spark for the Red Devils, guiding them to European football last season, and has continued carrying the team with five goals and three assists this campaign. He bagged a brace and set up Edison Cavani for his first goal for the club in their previous match against Everton. An injury to Luke Shaw and Alex Telles, who tested positive for Covid-19, will be a big miss against Albion. They also have injury worries upfront with Martial and Rashford also doubtful. Harry Maguire, Donny van de Beek, and Cavani were all on target for their countries and could potentially be a source of goals.
West Brom sit 18th in the Premier League table should fancy their chances against Manchester United who sit 14th. They will be looking for a first win of the season, but Old Trafford doesn’t feel like the easiest place to get that. Callum Robinson on two goals is their most lethal man in front of goal and will be banking on him to deliver, especially with the shaky United back-line. They are favourites to head back to the Championship despite being competitive in all their games and succumbed to a 1 – 0 home defeat to Spurs late in the game. Only one of Albion’s three points was collected away from home. Their defender Semi Ajayi could be a solid fix at the back after being impressive for them so far.
Prediction: Manchester United win, BTTS no
- Venue: Craven Cottage
- Saturday 22 November 12:00
- Referee: Andy Madley
- Quick Glance Odds H: 31/10 D: 45/16 A: 10/11
About the Game:
The home side has won this fixture in each of the last five encounters, except one, with Fulham enjoying a 2 – 0 win the last time the two sides met. The home side will be looking to bounce back from a 1 – 0 defeat to West Ham before the international break in which they conceded in stoppage time. The main talking point of the game was Ademola Lookman missing a panenka style penalty. The 23-year-old had the chance to rescue a point for his club, but Lukasz Fabianski easily saved his atrocious effort. The English loanee will have a chance to redeem himself facing his former side Everton before he made a move to RB Leipzig. Bobby De Cordova-Reid has the best tally of two goals for Fulham. The Cottagers big win was against fellow strugglers West Brom in their last home game. Aleksandar Mitrovic is expected to lead the line for a very inconsistent Fulham.
The Toffees had a perfect start to the season even getting recognised as one of the favourites to claim the title but succumbed to three consecutive defeats before the international break. They are the better side of the two and are stern favourites to return to winning ways. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the league’s top scorer with eight and will have a chance to improve on his tally motivated by the return of James Rodrigues who has been making it happen for the Toffees going forward. The Colombian has three goals and three assists and would hope they’re building the form they had at the start of the season.
Prediction: Everton back to winning ways, BTTS yes.
- Venue: Bramall Lane
- Saturday 22 November 20:00
- Referee: Martin Atkinson
- Quick Glance Odds H: 45/23 D: 23/10 A: 8/5
About the Game:
Chris Wilder has been at the peak and the lowest point in the Premier League. For a side that was challenging European football and slaying the big six for fun, last season finds themselves struggling in the relegation zone without a win. Their biggest strategy last season was their quality in wide areas with their wingbacks creating regular chances with the help of onrushing central defenders or midfielders. They were the best crossers last season a tactic that has been less effective this campaign with an upsetting balance in the side. They have been missing a number of his regular starters making them lose fluency in possession, most notably Oliver Norwood who has featured for just 279 of the possible 720 minutes. The lack of solidity at the make has made them face way more shots (15), only Newcastle have faced more. Their problems upfront are highlighted with the fact that they have scored just a single goal from open play. The Blades have dropped a league-high tally of six points from winning positions so far this season.
West Ham has a bad record to put right as they head to Bramall Lane. They have lost all three games they have played against Sheffield United. Interestingly, it’s not just the Hammers; all London teams are winless in the 11 Premier League visits to the Stadium since Chelsea won in October 2006 (1 draw, 11 defeats). They have been in fine form when they have faced clubs that are sitting bottom of the league, unbeaten in the last 11 league games and winning the last four in a row by an aggregate score of 13 – 4. Michail Antonio is the club’s most exciting player, with three goals in five games, the only downside is the player’s injury proneness.
Prediction: West Ham to win, over 2.5 goals
- Venue: Elland Road
- Sunday 22 November 16:30
- Referee: Antony Taylor
- Quick Glance Odds H: 9/4 D: 37/13 A: 6/5
About the Game:
Patrick Bamford has scored seven goals in the first eight games, Mark Viduka (9) is the only player to have ever bettered this record for Leeds. The England international is tied on 26 shots with Mohammed Salah who have the best tally in the league. Bamford’s total of 14 on target puts him right up there among the Premier League elites with a goal every 96 minutes. Surprisingly, just one of his seven strikes has been at Elland road. Marcelo Bielsa’s bold tactical approach has made his side dangerous going forward managing 83 shots, actually only eclipsed by Liverpool (91). This adventurous nature has come at a cost, Bielsa has lost the last two league games by a 4 – 1 scoreline. Leeds have now lost three in a row after a good start to the season.
For Arsenal, games against Leeds are usually high scoring encounters that have produced five goals in each of the last four games. The Gunners are unbeaten in the last five games in all competitions (4 wins, one draw) winning the last four by an aggregate score of 15 – 4. Mikel Arteta’s side is the only side to have conceded just a single goal from set-piece situation this season while their opponents have conceded eight. The International break could not have come at a better time with the London side losing 3 – 0 to Aston Villa. This defeat came after a decent 1 – 0 win against Manchester United, and they will be eager to bounce back to winning ways. This game will be a great chance for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to bounce back after having a rough start to the season; the team are playing better since the arrival of Thomas Partey.
Prediction: Arsenal win, BTTS yes
- Venue: Anfield
- Sunday 22 November 19:15
- Referee: Chris Kavanagh
- Quick Glance Odds H: 1/1 D: 16/5 A: 24/5
About the Game:
Liverpool has dominated this fixture with four wins in the last five games. Jurgen Klopp calls his team “mentality geniuses” having proven themselves once more this season, conceding first in the last three league games but came back to win each of them. No side has done this in four consecutive games. The Reds are unbeaten in the last 63 Premier League home games a joint club record. The last one ran between February 1978 and December 1980 and was eventually ended with a defeat by Leicester. History could repeat itself if they lose against the Foxes. Diogo Jota has been on target in all three Premier League home games for his new side with no player in the club’s history having achieved this fate for four consecutive home matches. He scored a hat trick in their 5 – 0 romp of Atlanta earning a place in the starting eleven. Sadio Mane has a good record against the Foxes, netting in three of the last four meetings.
Leicester City is in a six-match winning run in all competition after edging out Wolves 1 – 0 to stay at the top of the table. Brendan Rodgers side has been great on the road winning all their four away games including a 5 – 2 thumping of Man City. Jamie Vardy has netted seven goals in 11 appearances against Liverpool, Andy Cole (11) and Thierry Henry (8) have more. A hat-trick against Man City and goals against Arsenal, Leeds, and West Brom makes him a threat in an entertaining clash that Leicester would fancy their chances in, especially with the host’s big injury worries. Vardy would be salivating that three of the regular back four missing with injury and Mohammed Salah testing positive as well as captain Jordan Hendersonpicking out with a knock suffered during the International break.
Prediction: With both teams having the winning habit, we fancy a draw
- Venue: Turf Moor
- Monday23 November 17:30
- Referee: Kevin Friend
- Quick Glance Odds H: 9/5 D: 9/4 A: 9/5
About the Game:
Burnley is on relegation form losing five games and drawing two. They will be aiming to avoid going winless in their opening eight games of the league campaign for the first time since 2014/15. They have never lost their first four at Turf Moor in a season before. Currently sitting second from the bottom the Clarets have gone four top-flight fixtures without scoring and losing all three home games this season. Ben Mee is fit again and would be a great boost to the back-line from a 15-game injury absence. Burnley won in their previous match between the two. However, this encounter has been won by the visitors on the last three occasions.
Turf Moor is one of three grounds that the Eagles have visited five times and won more matches than they have lost, the others are the Vitality Stadium and bet365 Stadium. Palace has scored eight first-half goals in the Premier League this season, second to Southampton, Spurs, and Liverpool on ten goals. In the entirety of last season, they managed just ten goals before half time. The Eagles have already picked some valuable away points against Manchester United and Fulham in a decent start to the campaign. Wilfred Zaha has been playing up front, a move that has improved his efficiency this season with seven goal involvements (five goals, two assists) in eight games so far. This total is more than what he managed in the entire last season (four goals, three assists). The Ivorian has scored in his last two appearances at the Turf Moor. His number of 16 shots is three times more than any other player in this Crystal Palace side.
Prediction: A narrow 2-1 win for Palace
- Venue: Molineux Stadium
- Monday 23 November 20:00
- Referee: Andre Marriner
- Quick Glance Odds H: 14/19 D: 31/10 A: 41/10
About the Game:
Wolverhampton Wanderers have just a single loss in the last eight games, winning four and drawing three. The hosts have the best defensive record in 2020 in the league, with 13 clean sheets. They lost 1 – 0 to Leicester only conceding a penalty after 15 minutes and having another spot-kick saved by Rui Patricio. They came close to an equaliser with Ruben Neves, Pedro Neto, and Max Kilman close to grabbing a goal. With 10 points from the previous four outings and very solid at the back, they have a platform to be threatening going forward and creating enough chances. Raul Jimenez scored in both games against the Saints last season and is still their most lethal man upfront as they seek to gain pace early in the European qualification race. They currently sit in 9th place.
The Saints have been in great form and will be looking for their fourth consecutive win for the first time since May 2016. Che Adams has three goals in the last four games, just one less than what he managed in his first 34 games. A worthy replacement for the injured Danny Ings who was last season runners up for the golden boot in a game they would need their best player. Southampton are on a fine run with five wins, and an away draw against Chelsea in the last six outings. A surprise team this season, sitting fourth in the Premier League, just two points behind leaders Leicester.
Prediction: The Saints to continue marching with a win, BTTS yes
Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*
|Chelsea v Newcastle||Chelsea to win||9/20||1.45|
|Aston Villa v Brighton||Villa to win||23/20||3.11|
|Tottenham v Manchester City||Manchester City to win||4/5||5.61|
|Manchester United v West Brom||Manchester United to win||3/10||7.29|
|Fulham v Everton||Everton to win||17/20||13.49|
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