- Matchday 9 of the Premier League season gets underway on Saturday
- Teams are dealing with fatigue, injuries and positive coronavirus tests after the international break
- Get the latest Premier League odds and betting previews below
The Premier League returns this weekend. Chelsea and Newcastle get us back underway in Saturday’s early kick-off ahead of some huge matches. Aston Villa, who started the season strongly, face a Brighton team with one win to date, and then Spurs and Manchester City clash in north London.
Manchester United host West Ham to round out the Saturday schedule before out-of-form Everton face Fulham in the first match on Sunday. Struggling Arsenal travel to Yorkshire to face Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds before Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester face the reigning champions in Sunday’s final match. Burnley, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Southampton are all in action on Monday.
The table below has the Premier League odds for Matchday 9.
Premier League Matchday 9 Odds
|Newcastle vs Chelsea||+575||+350||-215|
|Aston Villa vs Brighton||+123||+260||+210|
|Tottenham vs Manchester City||+310||+295||-124|
|Manchester United vs West Brom||-335||+450||+950|
|Fulham vs Everton||+290||+280||-112|
|Sheffield United vs West Ham||+190||+225||+150|
|Leeds vs Arsenal||+215||+270||+118|
|Liverpool vs Leicester||-106||+280||+270|
|Burnley vs Crystal Palace||+175||+210||+175|
|Wolves vs Southampton||+132||+225||+225|
All odds taken Nov 19 at DraftKings
Newcastle vs Chelsea
Newcastle have got some decent results early on this season, but Steve Bruce’s side have produced plenty of uninspiring performances. The 2-0 defeat to Southampton before the international break was a difficult watch. The Magpies are massive underdogs in the Premier League odds for the visit of Chelsea – the away side are on a four-match winning streak in all competitions and haven’t lost since September 20th.
With their summer signings all getting into the rhythm of the season, Chelsea are looking more like we expected them to before the season. Edouard Mendy is a massive upgrade between the sticks, Thiago Silva has brought calmness to the defense and the attacking talent is cutting sides open. Hakim Ziyech is in phenomenal form – the former Ajax man is +800 to score and assist on Saturday.
Chelsea players so far this international break:
Hakim Ziyech: ⚽️⚽️⚽️
Olivier Giroud: ⚽️⚽️
Timo Werner: ⚽️⚽️
Mateo Kovacic: ⚽️⚽️
N'Golo Kante: ⚽️
Callum Hudson-Odoi: ⚽️
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Newcastle will set up with the aim of restricting Chelsea. With the fifth-highest expected goals against so far this season, though, Bruce’s team haven’t always been successful in their ultra-defensive approach. Chelsea will create enough chances to win the match and likely do so by a few goals.
Pick: Chelsea -1.5 (+133)
Tottenham vs Manchester City
It’s Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola, and all the pressure is on the latter. Manchester City have two wins from six in the Premier League and are already six points off league leaders Leicester. With only 12 points so far, a defeat this Saturday would see Guardiola’s side fall eight points behind Spurs. Weakened by injuries and unable to name his best XI this season, there are easy excuses for City’s struggles, but with the depth of their squad, this still represents major underperformance.
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In an effort to reinforce the defense, Guardiola has been cautious with his midfield selections and it has made them a limited attacking team. Mourinho will be happy for his side to sit deep as City tap the ball around – Spurs have been a devastating counter-attacking team this season. Heung-min Son and Harry Kane are arguably the best strike partnership in Europe.
This has the makings of a low-scoring affair. Mourinho will be happy enough with a draw. City are not playing like a team who will blow Tottenham away – fatigue will be an issue for both teams, too.
Pick: Under 3 total goals (-118)
Leeds vs Arsenal
The early season excitement around Leeds has waned. Bielsa’s team have lost their last two matches 4-1. They own the joint-worst defensive record in the Premier League and have 10 points from eight matches. Ambitions of a top six finish have quickly been proven unrealistic, but Leeds remain an attacking force to be reckoned with. Arsenal’s defense has been solid this term – this will be a real test of them.
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Mikel Arteta is starting to come under pressure. The Gunners have lost four of six in the league and scored just nine goals in eight matches this season. Defensive solidity is a welcome change, but it has come at the cost of chance creation. Arsenal are in the bottom half of the expected goals table – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has too often been a non-factor. Arteta’s side should be able to create opportunities against Leeds, and they will need to do so. The hosts have only failed to score once this season.
Leeds look a really good price to win this one. Arsenal haven’t scored in four Premier League matches and Arteta’s cautious approach could come unstuck again facing this intense Leeds team.
Pick: Leeds moneyline (+215)