Week nine of the English Premier League starts on Saturday afternoon with a match between Everton and West Ham. Everton is currently in the relegation zone after losing the last four games. West Ham was one of the top teams for a brief moment after beating Manchester United a few weeks ago, but they only won a single point since. They also have issues with injuries.
Aston Villa will host Brighton after both teams pulled convincing wins in the last round. However, they are in the bottom half of the table, and winning another game is imperative for them. Bournemouth plays at home against Norwich, who haven’t had any success after beating Manchester City and are currently 19th.
Chelsea is having somewhat of an easy schedule right now, and a win against Newcastle on Saturday might get them closer to the top. Leicester and Burnley are both having unexpectedly good seasons so far, and although their encounter might be under the radar this week, it will surely present us with some great football. Leicester was a little bit unlucky to lose in their last game against Liverpool, but they are still near the top of the table and will be looking to stay there.
Tottenham is having one of the worst starts of the season, but a home game against Watford is maybe just what the team needs to get back on track. Watford is really struggling, as they are the only winless team in the league so far sitting at the bottom of the table.
Wolves were downright excellent in their last round game against Manchester City when they shocked the champions by beating them 2–0 at their own stadium. Wolverhampton is only a three-game undefeated streak, and they will be looking to continue on that path against Southampton at home.
To a lot of people’s surprise, Crystal Palace is currently in the 6th place on the EPL table. Although the team has played great in the last few games, their results also have to do a lot with an easy schedule. Crystal Palace didn’t really make any upsets thus far, and if they pull a win against Manchester City on Saturday evening, it should definitely be a time for people to start taking them seriously.
However, City has world-class players, and they can’t afford any more bad results, as Liverpool is running away being eight points in front of them in the standings.
By far, the most anticipated match of the week will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday when Manchester United hosts Liverpool. Manchester United is having a terrible season so far, but maybe a game against an old rival will spark things up again. However, they do have a lot of injured players, including their star goalkeeper David de Gea who got hurt playing for Spain last week and will likely watch the game from the bench.
On the other hand, Liverpool is having a perfect season, and are big favourites to win on Sunday.
In the last game of the round, Sheffield United hosts Arsenal on Monday. The Gunners are third at the moment and are playing great football in the last couple of months, so recording another road victory shouldn’t be much of an issue.
12.30 Everton – West Ham
15.00 Aston Villa – Brighton
15.00 Bournemouth – Norwich
15.00 Chelsea – Newcastle
15.00 Leicester – Burnley
15.00 Tottenham – Watford
15.00 Wolves – Southampton
17.30 Crystal Palace – Manchester City
16.30 Manchester United – Liverpool
20.00 Sheffield United – Arsenal