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Chelsea v Man Utd, West Ham v Spurs - How Do You See Premier League Week 9 Panning Out?

Chelsea v Man Utd, West Ham v Spurs - How Do You See Premier League Week 9 Panning Out?
Thursday,October 18,2018

The Premier League is back again from the international break, and there’s plenty of reason to get excited for what promises to be a thrilling weekend of action. Chelsea vs Man Utd kicks off matchday nine in style this Saturday lunchtime, and you have the chance to turn your Premier League predictions into big prizes once again right here at i-pools.


There’s at least £1,000 to be won in guarantees alone, including £500 for predicting each match result in our Coupon, with the player who scoops the most points getting their hands on the biggest share of the guarantee.


We’re running Match Pools for each televised clash, with seven questions to answer on how you see the action unfolding. There’s up to £8,000 up for grabs if you play our Progressive Jackpot on any of these Match Pools for £1 more, and get every question spot on.


If that wasn’t enough, there’s a brand new Beat the Streak to play for, where for just £1, you must pick 20 consecutive winners to bag the £1,000,000 Jackpot. Choose the first of 20 different winners by Saturday afternoon.


Here’s a look ahead to matchday nine, with how we think it all might pan out:


All to play for in big week of action:


The stand out clash of the weekend sees Jose Mourinho return to Stamford Bridge, with his Man Utd side desperate for another three points. Their 3-2 comeback against Newcastle gave the Red Devils a much needed victory, but things are far from rosy, with Mourinho’s men way back in eighth, and can’t afford any more slip ups at this early stage. It’s going to be a tough task on Saturday, with Mourinho losing four of the six matches as United boss against Chelsea, while it’s been six years since Man Utd were victorious at Stamford Bridge.


Although United eventually beat Newcastle, their first half display was dreadful until Juan Mata came on to change the game, and it will be interesting to see if comes into the side, while out of sorts pair Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba need to up step up if United are to get a result.


On the other hand, Chelsea have had a brilliant start to life under Maurizio Sarri, sitting unbeaten in joint top with six wins from eight, and Eden Hazard on fire in irresistible form. The Blues are favourites in our pools at a x2 multiplier which would score you double points, and it’s hard to see how Hazard and co can be stopped against a leaky United defence. Given the way Mourinho plays away from home against fellow big six teams, two or fewer goals in our Match Pool could be the way to go, while Hazard is just x1 to score his eighth league goal of the season.


Bournemouth and Southampton do battle in a South Coast derby, with the hosts looking to continue their fine form that has seen them win three in four, including an impressive 4-0 demolition away to Watford. In contrast, Southampton are struggling once again with just one win to their name so far, losing their last three. Bournemouth at x2 seem like strong favourites, and could be considered as the team you pick to win in our Beat the Streak if you want to save one of the big six, or if you’ve run out of viable choices in any of our current games.


Cardiff against Fulham is looking like a big six pointer even at this early stage of the season, with both newly promoted sides struggling. Cardiff are rock bottom still without a win, while Fulham are 17th, and are still waiting for their big money signings to burst into life. With both teams devoid of confidence, a draw at x3 seems like the most likely outcome.


Man City are very strong favourites to beat Burnley to continue their unbeaten start of the season, with anything other than a home win hard to foresee, making them an option in our Beat the Streak.


Next up is a big London derby between West Ham and Spurs, which could well go against current form. This is the type of game West Ham turn up for, with their only points this season coming against Chelsea, Man Utd and Everton, while Spurs are missing Moussa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen and possibly the pair of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli. West Ham at x4 could be great value in our Coupon.


Wolves are x2 to continue their fine start of the season, which has seen them win four in five, while in contrast opponents Watford’s promise has subsided with their 4-0 home defeat to Bournemouth extending their winless run to four.


It’s looking like another big relegation six pointer between Newcastle and Brighton, with Rafa Benitez’ men still searching for their first win of the season. Brighton got a much needed win against West Ham last time out, which means they’ll be on more of a high than hosts Newcastle. Tough one to call, which is why a draw is the easy way out!


Huddersfield are also winless, and it doesn’t like that’ll be ending this weekend, as they host unbeaten Liverpool. Not as potent but still a threat going forward, it’s at the back Jurgen Klopp’s men have made a huge improvement, conceding just three league goals. A Liverpool win is a no-brainer in our pools, with a Mo Salah goal and two or fewer goals to be scored seeming like sensible options in our Match Pool.


Back-to-back wins makes Everton strong favourites to beat an inconsistent Crystal Palace, who are overly reliant on Wilfried Zaha. The big spending Toffees are finally starting to come good, with Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson impressing, who are both good shouts to score at anytime in our Match Pool, while Everton should also be considered as the team you pick to win in our Beat the Streak.


Arsenal are excelling under Unai Emery, winning nine in a row - including six in the league - and that doesn’t look like stopping against an inconsistent Foxes who have a poor record against top six clubs. Arsenal are just x1 to pick up another three points, and you’d be brave to bet against them.


Now you’ve seen how think the action might unfold, get your entries in and let us know if you think we’re spot on or well off the mark, by commenting below or tweeting us @ipoolsHQ.





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