EPL: Matchweek 9

Ryan Liberty provides us with his Premier League predictions ahead of English football’s biggest rivalry when United host Liverpool on Sunday evening!

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Everton v West Ham 

This is a massive game for Everton manager Marco Silva, he only has his job due to the home form his side has managed to muster, but I think the writing is beginning to appear on the wall. 

West Ham are a better team than Everton this season, but I respect the fight the Toffees put up when playing at Goodison Park 

Prediction: 1 – 1 

Aston Villa v Brighton 

This could be a rather entertaining game; both of these sides will come into the game on the back of good wins and as a result will be brimming with confidence. This game really is a flip of the coin but with Villa playing at home I’ll back them to bag all three points. 

Prediction: 2 – 1 

Bournemouth v Norwich 

I really like Norwich but last week against Villa once again proved why not having a solid defence in this league absolutely crucifies you. Bournemouth aren’t exactly out of that WhatsApp group either mind you, but I think the Cherries are better off at the moment. 

For the punter having a dabble on many goals in this one might prove lucrative. 

Prediction: 3 – 1 

Chelsea v Newcastle 

A lot of people have been talking about how incredible the Magpies win over United was not only for the club but for Steve Bruce, the Longstaff brothers and the fans…seriously? 

I don’t think Newcastle played all that well to be fair and but for a good goal that game winds down to a boring 0-0 in front of the St. James faithful. Nonetheless, I think Chelsea bring them back to reality here. 

Prediction: 2 – 0 

Leicester v Burnley 

This will be an interesting game; Burnley have once again put together a solid defence and it shows in their little run of undefeated games – I think it ends here though. Leicester have an exciting attack with some real quality in their side. 

I agree Burnley will be tough to break down but with the counterattacking prowess the Foxes have alongside the quality and pace of the likes of Vardy I think they edge it. 

Prediction: 2 – 1 

Tottenham v Watford 

Which Spurs side turns up for this game? They need a big response from the embarrassment that was last week and who better to play than a struggling Watford outfit? 

Prediction: 3 – 0 

Wolves v Southampton 

Wolves are once again beginning to look like their spirited best, they managed an excellent win over City last time out and are climbing the table with each passing week. 

Southampton are struggling and I suspect their afternoon might be an uncomfortable one.

Prediction: 2 – 0 

C Palace v Manchester City 

City have had issues against Palace, but I don’t think they’ll slip up here, they know they can’t drop any points if they want to remain in the title race. 

The return of John Stones potentially, will add a much needed boost to their defence but in truth I can’t see past a City win here. 

Prediction: 3 – 0 

Manchester United v Liverpool 

United have been ‘for the taking’ many times when they have welcomed Liverpool to Old Trafford and even then, the best Liverpool could manage was a single point. It’s the same now isn’t it? United have many injuries, most likely won’t be able to field their strongest side but again you just can’t see Liverpool winning. 

This is an opportunity for United to try and turn things around and maybe just change the mood at the club, but I think this ends in a rather simple 1-1 draw. United will sit in and look to counter so don’t expect a firework display come Sunday evening. 

Prediction: 1 – 1

Sheffield v Arsenal 

This isn’t as straightforward as you might suspect, Sheffield will approach this game with energy and a fresh dynamic; they go forward with variety and could cause an inconsistent Arsenal defence some issues. 

Sheffield don’t have too many goals in them, but they will definitely score, its then all about keeping the backdoor shut!

Prediction 2 – 2 

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