Premier League Predictions: Week 9 – Chelsea looking to get back on track against Watford, goals expected at Wembley

Premier League Predictions: Week 9 – The Premier League is back for another action-packed weekend of action, with the usual lashing of goals and drama sure to follow. It all gets underway on Friday night as West Ham welcome Brighton to the London Stadium. The two sides come into the game tied on eight points so it’s all to play for.

Then on Saturday, surprise package Watford travel to Chelsea looking to remain unbeaten away from home. The Hornets beat Arsenal last weekend and will be looking to pile more misery on an out-of-form Blues side here. Manchester United and Manchester City are in action during Saturday’s 3 o’clock kickoffs. United travel to Huddersfield, while City host Burnley. Then Southampton face West Brom in the late game on Saturday.

Then on Sunday, there’s a Merseyside vs North London double-header to enjoy. Everton welcome Arsenal to Goodison Park in the early afternoon game. Then Liverpool take on Spurs at Wembley to round off the weekend in what is the biggest fixture of Week 9, on paper.

Read on for all of this weekend’s Premier League predictions: Week 9 has some big fixtures to look forward to…

West Ham 1-1 Brighton

Both West Ham and Brighton come into this one off the back of a 1-1 draw. The two have an identical record so far this season, having won two, drawn two and lost four, only separated by goal difference. It would not be surprising to see another low-scoring draw this weekend. The Hammers will be hoping to make it three games unbeaten and they have a good chance of doing so given Brighton are yet to win on the road this season.

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Chelsea 1-2 Watford

The champions are in trouble and their strugglers are all too apparent. Antonio Conte’s side are winless in three games in all competitions and they are well off the pace domestically. Watford on the other hand have been putting in some fine performances. They are sitting fourth in the league, two points ahead of Chelsea and will be relishing getting at a side displaying such defensive weaknesses. This would usually be a game the Blues would be expected to win comfortably, but given they couldn’t beat lowly Palace last weekend, another loss is a possibility.

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Huddersfield 0-3 Man Utd

Huddersfield’s early season form already feels like an age ago now. They haven’t won in their last six league games, so a visit from second-placed Man Utd is the last thing they will want. Jose Mourinho received widespread criticism for the way he set his side out last weekend against Liverpool. That 0-0 draw certainly wasn’t for the purists, but it was job done as far as Mourinho was concerned. Expect a comfortable United win this weekend.

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Man City 6-0 Burnley

On the face of it, predicting any side to score six seems over the top, however given how Pep Guardiola has his City side playing it wouldn’t surprise many. They’ve scored 17 goals in their last three home league games, notching seven last time out. Their squad depth is proving to be making the difference so far this season and they’re scoring freely. Burnley, like just about every Premier League side, will not be looking forward to visiting the Etihad. While some will say City’s outrageous form will have to take a dip at some point, it looks unlikely for that to be this weekend.

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Newcastle 2-0 Crystal Palace

Newcastle fans are buoyed with the news that their controversial owner Mike Ashely is looking to sell the club. The atmosphere this weekend will be as impressive as ever and they will expect to pick up three points against the Premier League’s bottom side. Crystal Palace pulled off the unthinkable last weekend with a home win over Chelsea. While that result will no doubt lift spirits and give them the platform to build upon, it would be a surprise to see them make it back-to-back wins.

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Stoke 3-2 Bournemouth

Stoke and Bournemouth haven’t got going yet. We’re eight games in but they’ll both be looking at this game as a great opportunity for three important points. The Potters let seven in at Man City last week and will be looking forward to getting back in front of their own fans. They’ve picked up seven of their eight points at home so far and have played some tricky games. Bournemouth haven’t got a single point on the road yet. They’ve only scored four goals in total all season and look set for a long season. There could be goals here but Stoke look poised to take the win.

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Swansea 2-1 Leicester

Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester reign is over following his sacking this week. The Foxes haven’t looked threatening enough so far this term and it sums up their problems that they come into Saturday’s game two points behind Swansea. The Swans have lost as many games as Leicester this term but picked up their second win of the campaign to Huddersfield last weekend. They should be able to stay up this season, as long as they keep their home form strong. For Leicester, it’s difficult to predict what sort of performance they’ll put in, but don’t be surprised to see them land in more trouble down in Wales.

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Southampton 1-1 West Brom

Neither Southampton nor West Brom have started the season very well. But they’re not in trouble either. They will both be hoping for a top-half finish this season and that’s obtainable. But both need to start scoring more goals. The Saints scored twice against Newcastle last Sunday but that was only enough for a 2-2 draw. West Brom also had to settle for a draw as they shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Leicester on Monday. This one should be hard-fought but there’s nothing to separate them on paper.

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Everton 1-3 Arsenal

Everton are in trouble. Ronald Koeman is in trouble. Time might run out for the Dutchman if they lose on Sunday, but that’s how we see it going. Arsenal aren’t exactly a force to be reckoned with at the moment. They lost 2-1 at Watford last weekend and need to pick back up. But the Toffees have shown very little to prove they are going to be a side challenging for European football so far this term. The Gunners beat Everton 3-1 back in May and we see the same scoreline occurring here.

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Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool

Expect goals at Wembley. Both sides come into Sunday’s game off the back of excellent Champions League results. Liverpool set a record with their 7-0 win at Maribor the biggest winning margin recorded by an English side in the competition. Spurs didn’t win, but their point at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid was impressive. However, both sides know this is a massive game at the top end of the Premier League. Spurs still haven’t settled at Wembley and Liverpool have enough pace to hurt them in behind. Expect drama, but expect it to end all square.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Everton FC vs. Arsenal FC

Venue: Goodison Park – Saturday, March 19 – 12:45 GMT (08:45 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 13/8 – Draw 5/2 – Arsenal 6/4

Match Preview

Everton play host to Arsenal in this weekend’s early kickoff on Saturday, in a clash that will conclude what has been a huge week for the Gunners.

Everton enter this game off the back of an impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea last weekend in the FA Cup and will hope to follow that victory up with a positive league result against Arsenal.

Everton are seen as massive underachievers in the league this season, as despite scoring 13 more than any other team in the bottom half, they find themselves sat in 12th place.

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It really is remarkable how Everton are in the bottom half, considering their free-scoring approach, but defensively they have been poor and are 13 points off the top four – with European football highly unlikely to be returning to Goodison Park next term.

Some may argue that they are only playing for the FA Cup now, with a semifinal at Wembley to look forward to, but Roberto Martinez will be desperate to try and see his side finish in the top half.

Arsenal on the other hand are still in title race, just. That’s despite a poor recent run of results which has left them 11 points off leaders Leicester, with a game in hand.

They were knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup over the course of the last seven days and are left with just the Premier League to fight for. Arsene Wenger’s position is under immense scrutiny and it looks like Arsenal’s wait for the title will be extended this year.

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This is crunch time for Arsenal. Despite the huge gap they have to overcome, Arsenal will still need to press for the title because Manchester City and Manchester United are breathing down their neck for a Champions League spot – something Wenger’s men need to wrap up at the very worst.

The reverse fixture ended 2-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates back in October, although the Toffees have only lost one of their last four home clashes against Arsenal and will hope to pick up at least a point on Saturday.

Team News

Everton will be without Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar and Tyias Browning through injury. Bryan Oviedo is a doubt with illness. Gareth Barry will also miss out as he serves a one-game suspension.

Arsenal have as many as six first-team regulars on the sidelines for this one as Petr Cech, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all out with injuries. Danny Welbeck will hope to continue to lead the line in place of Olivier Giroud.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: W/W/L/W/L

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/L/L/D

Key Stat: Everton have only won one of their last 18 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions, losing 11 of them.

Key Player: Mesut Ozil – The German playmaker has been quiet by his standards recently and the Gunners need him more than ever. Whether he plays well or not, his performance will have a huge effect on the result here.

Score Prediction

Everton 1-1 Arsenal – Arsenal will feel proud of their fight and effort at the Nou Camp midweek but this Everton side is tough to break down, so taking three points from the Toffees will be a really tough task. Both sides will expect to score and a score draw looks the most likely outcome.