West Ham vs Brighton
Slaven Bilić will seek to relieve pressure so as not to win the bronze medal in the BPL sack race. Unfortunately, a spirited Brighton side will not relent and may cause the Hammers owners to finally pull the trigger on the Croatian.
Chelsea vs Watford
The champions aim to snap out of their slump against a Watford side that is a spot and two points ahead of them in the table. They are having an indifferent time at the Bridge and that will continue with a share of the points at full time.
Swansea City vs Leicester City
Somewhat shocking, Craig Shakespeare has been sacked four months into a three-year contract after rescuing the 2015/16 champs from the abyss last term. It is reported that the former champions are livid with the board for the decision. They will, however, manage to get a point out of this fixture away in Wales against the Swans.
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace pulled off the upset of the season last week, by beating champions Chelsea after failing to nab a goal or point in their first seven games. Normal service will be restored this week, even Wilfried Zaha back on board, after they travel to the north to face a fighting, albeit weak, team coached by Rafa Benitez.
Manchester City vs Burnley
Burnley are having the time of their lives on the road. But, they face their sternest test of the season at the Etihad. They will fail to stop a fluid Pep-coached City side and dealt with handily by the leaders.
Huddersfield vs Manchester United
Huddersfield have been steady so far this season, but have dropped their last two games. They will face a Jose Mourinho side that will definitely play with the hand brakes down as they will eye this as a three-point fixture and should come out on top. Give United the W here.
Stoke City vs Bournemouth
Two teams who are trying to get their season on track will meet in this fixture. The point should be shared at full time.
Southampton vs West Brom
The south coast side seem as if they’ve regained some scoring tough and Fraser Forster is back on form. They should be able to eke out a win against a Tony Pulis side that just seeks to extend its existence in the league.
Everton vs Arsenal
Arsenal were doing well enough since the start of September until they inevitably collapsed against a lesser side. Ronald Koeman is also chasing a bronze medal in the sack race and may lose his job at the end as Arsenal should be able to leave the strugglers pointless at home come full time.
Tottenham vs Liverpool
The marquee fixture of the round will complete this weekend’s round of matches. Both teams should be on a high after their away performances midweek in Champions League play. Spurs who broke their Wembley curse in the league again Bournemouth will look to make another big statement at home. They should overpower a Liverpool side with a fragile defence and without Mane in attack that made the difference in their last meeting.
A round-up of Ryan’s week 9 picks.
|Swansea City||Leicester City||2-2|
|Newcastle United||Crystal Palace||2-0|
|Huddersfield Town||Manchester United||0-2|