English Premier League Week Nine Preview: West Ham to End Tottenham’s Success?
After a week off from the Premier League due to the International break, the Premier League comes back to us with a cracker of a match. First thing Saturday, Chelsea will host troubled Manchester United in London. The next match right after that sees West Ham hosting confident Tottenham, a top-table clash between Wolves and Watford, and Unai Emery looking to continue Arsenal’s hot run against Leicester City.
The wait for soccer fans this weekend is too much to bear (unless you’re a Real Madrid fan, then you might not want to play as many matches as of late. Sorry Real Madrid fans), but why wait any longer for this preview?
Chelsea vs Manchester United
Unfortunately, this fixture doesn’t seem as competitive as it has been in the last few years due to Manchester United’s poor form, but both teams have skilled players and ability to outclass each other. With that being said, Manchester United will still need a miracle to win this. They have only won once in their last five matches, and that being 2-3 against Newcastle United from being 2-0 down at half-time. Chelsea, on the other hand, are currently undefeated and are sitting nicely at second in the table, compared to United’s eighth position.
Chelsea does have a few things to worry about. They will be missing defender Antoine Rüdiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek due to injury. Despite this, Eden Hazard is setting London on fire with his seven goals in eight matches and he will be Manchester United’s biggest worry on Saturday.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United
West Ham vs Tottenham Hotspurs
It is easy to say Tottenham are favorites here, but do not be too surprised if West Ham snatches a result on Saturday. Tottenham is without stars Delle Alli, Dany Rose and Jan Vertonghen, all due to injury, but Christen Erikson and Mousa Dembele do return to the side. As for the Hammers, Jack Wilshire is yet to recover, but fans could get a taste of Andy Carol tomorrow. West Ham has not lost to Tottenham in three matches and will look to continue their excellent form at London Stadium after drawing to Chelsea and defeating Manchester United.
Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Tottenham
Wolves vs Watford
Both teams have started the season off quite well, but the newly-promoted Wolves have caught everyone’s attention and deserves the honors here. Watford sits excellently in ninth, on thirteen points from four wins so far this season. One area of concern for them will be the scoring rate, which is less than one per match, having been affected by three draws so far. Watford will be looking for Troy Deeney to start increasing his goal tally, as he hasn’t scored in the last few matches.
Everything is looking good for Wolves, who have one defeat in just ten matches so far. Portuguese keeper Rui Patrício has let in only six goals so far this season, and Rúben Neves, along with Raúl Jimenez are coming back from a fruitful international break for Mexico. Along with being at home, Wolves do not possess any injury issues to worry about and will look to play their best football on Saturday.
Prediction: Wolves 1-0 Watford
Arsenal vs Leicester City
The Monday fixture looks to Arsenal to possibly move up in the table from fourth and move their undefeated streak from nine to ten. Arsenal does also have the advantage of a stronger squad with Leicester captain Wes Morgan set to miss out due to suspension, but do face some injury issues of their own. Mesut Özil, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Petr Čech, Sokratis Papastathopoulos (ankle) and Danny Welbeck (thigh) all face slight injury issues, but will be re-assessed for fitness.
The last time Leicester beat Arsenal in London was back in 1973, and Arsenal have won the last eleven meetings. The Arsenal attack is too good to see defeat here, but is subject to let in some goals.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City
Other English Premier League Predictions:
Newcastle 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Bournemouth 1-2 Southampton
Cardiff City 1-2 Fulham
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley
Huddersfield 0-3 Liverpool
Everton 2-1 Crystal Palace