EPL Match Day 9, Games Preview and Predictions
West Ham vs Brighton (Friday, 8pm)
West Ham will be without star striker Andy Carroll for this game and it may spell good omen for the team depending on the result outcome, there was always the problem of how best to combine Carroll with Hernandez but now they will most likely have the Mexican only available upfront with Sakho better utilized from the bench. Brighton have a great chance to pick a result from this game as they've been brilliant and disciplined in their play, even more recently in their game against Everton. Pascal Gross has certainly been the man at the heart of their attack linking up play for the team and creating assists too.
West Ham 2:2 Brighton
Chelsea vs Watford (Saturday, 12:30pm)
Chelsea have got to quickly get back to winning ways after some disappointing games for them in the league and UCL. They've got the team spirit to get back to winning ways irrespective of the situation, but they are still missing Ngolo Kante and Victor Moses no doubt. Watford have a decent record against the top teams except for their disappointing display against Man City which can be forgiven considering the rampage mode the Etihad boys are eviscerating other teams. Watford have also gained upper advantage against mid table teams, it perhaps explains why they are lounging just behind Spurs in fourth position.
Chelsea 2:2 Watford
Huddersfield vs Manchester United (Saturday, 3pm)
Huddersfield have retrogressed deeply since their bright start and have failed to find the back of the net in a while now, one goal all September till date. They even allowed Spurs to end the Wembley curse saga, things aren't really going well for them. Man Utd on their own will still be without Pogba whom they've missed so much obviously, his impact on the team is most valuable as they've had some pretty uncomfortable games without him. But they should come out unscathed from this game with the rest of the team's effort just enough to see out a dwindling Huddersfield side.
Huddersfield 0:2 Manchester United
Manchester City vs Burnley (Saturday, 3pm)
Manchester City are such a delight to watch now, they are playing one of the best football in Europe at the moment. They've got the resources and master planner, Pep Guardiola. Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva have been, do we say revitalize, we thought we've seen their peak, but now they are even something else. Jesus and Sane have even accelerated the attack even further in Aguero's absence, now he's back and they’ll rip any team apart even more. Burnley are not known to give in so easily and they'll eventually but the goal rush will not be reminiscent of the Stoke fall, certainly not.
Manchester City 2:0 Burnley
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm)
The big talk of a new takeover will create a lively atmosphere at the Saint James's Park. Newcastle will have to get things right like they once did this season and start getting a home win in front of their fans. Rafa the gaffer is always up to the task, he'll have to cook up a tactics to stop the Crystal Palace main man in attack, Wilfred Zaha who was solely the inspiration behind the victory against the champions, Chelsea. Unfortunately this is game between known foes with similar style of play so Zaha might not get his mojo on play in this game. Roy Hodgson's intelligence will have to come in play here, else Benitez might walk with a win.
Newcastle 1:1 Crystal Palace
Stoke City vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm)
Stoke City will have pretty much burden on their neck with a needed quick recovery from their complete shambles against Man City and a high expectation to win this game. Mark Hughes and Stoke City are yet to really get their acts in shape this season and this might call for some extra pressure on him to deliver results. However, Bournemouth will be here to possibly nick a victory without so much pressure on them. They played quite well against Spurs, played deep and came out on the break, they were disciplined except for some moment which resulted into the only goal of the game. They'll certainly come knowing they can get a result at the Bet365 Stadium.
Stoke City 0:0 Bournemouth
Swansea vs Leicester City (Saturday, 3pm)
Swansea will have to prove their last game was no fluke by coming out thoroughly for this one. Tammy Abraham was certainly their starman converting two quick chances, the Chelsea loanee is fast building some reputation for himself already. Leicester with their new temporary manager will have to spur themselves back to life and hope to do so on the away soil. Shakespeare who lasted few months shouldered the blame like Claudio Ranieri once did but the players will have a deja vu on their hands now to repeat the run of form that followed up that sad incident, certainly, most of them have been there, done that.
Swansea 1:2 Leicester
Southampton vs West Brom (Saturday, 5:30pm)
Southampton used to be great to watch, but now they seem to have lost it completely, they now struggle to throw passes around less create chances. Mauricio Pellegrino have somehow turned their football into a more rigid and inflexible style of play. Sadly this is not right for their football and their academy. West Brom have struggled too this season, they have been structured to defend very well though but similarly they have been weak going forward and their key man, Rodriguez have dipped in form and he has been no where his best recently. An open game for the most hungry to grab.
Southampton 1:1 West Brom
Everton vs Arsenal (Sunday, 1:30pm)
Everton are really playing terrible football this season, a late minute penalty salvaged something for them at Brighton. Now they have to employ a more suited conservative football to unsettle the gunners, else they might suffer a rout. Koeman is definitely in turmoil and his job is certainly on the line as he fears an imminent sack. Arsenal on their own are still reeling from their injury crises and players visibly non commitment, like this week report of Ozil telling friends he'll land in Man Utd, Sanchez still wants out and the injury crises still persists. Ironically some angle suggests Jack Wilshere will solve a bunch of their problems.
Everton 1:1 Arsenal
Tottenham vs Liverpool (Sunday, 4pm)
Tottenham eventually broke the Wembley curse against Bournemouth and they will be hoping to repeat the same feat again in this game, coming on the heel of an impressive display against the European champion, Real Madrid. They gave a fine account of themselves with some breathtaking football and so did Liverpool who completely outplayed Man Utd though they were unable to find the back of De Gea's net, but they totally whitewashed Maribor in the champions league earning them their biggest away win in Europe. Both team have been impressive recently but Liverpool will still be without Saido Mane and quite sadly it might result into the difference between the two sides.
Tottenham 2:1 Liverpool