This weekend sees one of the marquee fixtures of the Premier League season taking place and a game that has a huge following all over the world.

Manchester United face Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday as the two most successful teams in English Football history meet once again. It is the final game of a very busy Matchday 9 in the Premier League that also features a big London derby and a game on Friday night.

It comes after a week where both teams were involved in big Champions League games and with one team very much in form, while the other has had a few struggles of late.

With Chelsea facing Norwich at home and Manchester City on the road at Brighton, it is a huge game in the context of the top four places in the table and one that neither side can afford to lose.

It is also a game that attracts plenty of interest in the betting markets from all over the world and if you are based in the UK, then check out what odds are on offer across the full list of Premier League bet365 Games this weekend.

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Lets’ now briefly recap how things went in the EPL last weekend, before we take a closer look at this week’s games.

Premier League Matchday 8 Results

  • Watford 0-5 Liverpool
  • Southampton 1-0 Leeds United
  • Norwich City 0-0 Brighton
  • Aston Villa 2-3 Wolves
  • Leicester City 4-2 Manchester United
  • Manchester City 2-0 Burnley
  • Brentford 0-1 Chelsea
  • Everton 0-1 West Ham
  • Newcastle United 2-3 Tottenham
  • Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace

The top three teams held onto their respective positions netting wins, with Liverpool’s 5-0 demolition of Watford particularly impressive. Leicester also bounced back to form with a superb 4-2 win over Manchester United, who have now won just two of their last seven games in all competitions.

Wolves staged a remarkable comeback against Aston Villa, coming from 2-0 down in the last ten minutes to score three goals, including an injury time winner, to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Newcastle’s new regime saw their charges well beaten by Spurs and a short time later, manager Steve Bruce was sacked ahead of a new manager being appointed.

Finally, Crystal Palace conceded a last gasp equaliser to Arsenal to deny Patrick Vieira a win against his old club on Monday night.

Chelsea still lead the way in the table with Liverpool second and Manchester City third on 19, 18 and 17 points respectively. Brighton and Spurs make up the top five both with 15 points, but Brighton have a much better goal difference.

At the foot of the table, Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich all remain winless, although Norwich have managed draws in their last two games.

Premier League Matchday 9 – Preview & Tips

Kick off times are 3pm unless otherwise stated. All odds shown were courtesy of bet365 Sport and correct at the time of writing, though may have changed in the time since.

Friday 22nd October

  • Arsenal v Aston Villa (8pm)

Arsenal’s improved recent form has taken a bit of a hit in their last two games, both being drawn, but Villa have lost both their last two, including losing from being 2-0 up with 10 minutes to go against Wolves last week. Neither of these teams look very convincing at the moment and given Arsenal’s quick turnaround for this game, I am going to go for another draw here at 13/5.

Saturday 23rd October

  • Chelsea v Norwich City (12.30pm)

Chelsea are top of the table and face bottom of the table Norwich at home. This should not just be a home win, but Chelsea should win this game comfortably, despite Norwich managing draws in both their last two games. Chelsea should be looking at improving their goal difference a bit here too and this is a no brainer home win at 1/6.

  • Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

Crystal Palace have drawn their last three, while Newcastle have not won in the Premier League all season. With Steve Bruce sacked, Newcastle will have an interim manager in charge for this game and I think that plays more into Palaces hands than the Magpies and as such, I am backing Palace to land a big victory for themselves here at even money.

  • Everton v Watford

Everton dropped off the pace at the top of the table after losing to West Ham at home last week and Toffees fans will be hoping for a reaction to that against a Watford side that looked awful against Liverpool last week. Everton should win this game, but you have the feeling that Claudio Ranieri won’t make it easy. Still take the Toffees for the win here at 3/5.

  • Leeds United v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Leeds have picked up just one win this season and they have suffered a bit with second season syndrome. Wolves season had been poor but three wins from their last three have markedly improved their standing to 10th in the table and I fancy them to get something here, although I don’t think it will be another three points. I feel this has all the look of a drawn game which is a 5/2 shot.

  • Southampton v Burnley

Burnley have not yet picked up a win this season, which must be a concern for Sean Dyche. Southampton have not set the Premier League alight but they have picked up some solid draws and have won at least once. I think this will be a tight game and there may just be one goal scored and my gut feeling is that it will the home side that grab the win. Take Southampton at 17/20.

  • Brighton v Manchester City (5.30pm)

The Seagulls have started the season superbly well and lie in fourth place but I think they are going to find this game against Manchester City a very difficult task. City were superb away in Belgium this week beating Club Brugge 5-1 and I think that they will earn a solid win on the road here to keep them in the hunt at the top of the table, Take City to win at 2/5.

Sunday 24th October

  • West Ham v Tottenham Hotspur (2pm)

Games between these two teams are always very competitive and last season we saw a 3-3 draw in Spurs home game before West Ham ran out 2-1 winners at home. There’s not much between either side in the Premier League but I do think that at the moment West Ham are probably just getting the better of things at the moment. But Spurs seem to have recovered from their wobbly start so I think the draw is a great option here at 5/2.

  • Brentford v Leicester City (2pm)

How Brentford didn’t manage to score a goal against Chelsea last weekend I am not sure, but they didn’t but I love the way Thomas Frank has his team playing. Leicester got a massive confidence boosting 4-2 win over Man Utd last weekend and I think that sets them up very nicely here. Brentford are a great side to watch but I think Leicester’s quality just sees them to the win. Take Leicester to win at a tempting 13/8.

  • Manchester United v Liverpool (4.30pm)

The big game of the weekend comes at Old Trafford and sees the two most successful teams in English football lock horns. Liverpool are in great form heading into this game, while United’s recent form has not been great and has put the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Reds won this fixture 4-2 last season and given their fine form, I think they are a good bet to land the win here. Take Liverpool to snatch the win at 6/5.