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Premier League Betting Preview – Match Week 9

Our expert tipster at NetBet has cast their eye over another exciting weekend of Premier League Fixtures as English football begins to heat up. He’s picked some of the best bets available on NetBet Sport football odds page.

Arsenal to draw with Aston Villa – 5/2

Mikel Arteta is slowly but surely fixing the problems at Arsenal this year, but Aston Villa have also looked really good at times. The 20/21 price on a home win seems fair, and we might even recommend that result for you, but we’re backing a draw just because of how unpredictable these games at the Emirates have been this year. We rate Aston Villa a bit higher than Crystal Palace, and they were able to get a point here, so we’re backing them to get a result here and hopefully make you some money by getting in on a big outside bet!

Chelsea to beat Norwich – 4/21

We kick off at half past 12 on Saturday with Chelsea playing host to Norwich, and there’s very little to say about this game. It’s top v bottom, a team without even one win against a team with just the one loss. The table toppers have scored as many goals as the bottom side have conceded, with 16, and have conceded just one more than Norwich have score; 3. This is a monumental mismatch on paper, and it’s very difficult to even make an argument as to why Norwich could go to Stamford Bridge and get the result. 6/1 on a draw and 13/1 on an away win are wild prices that we’d always love to explore in a three-horse race, but it would seem irresponsible to give people hope for that.

Crystal Palace to draw with Newcastle – 49/20

This Saudi takeover has made an otherwise relatively dull Geordie side the talk of the ‘toon’! They’re all anybody wants to talk about in Premier League football, and we understand why, given the controversy around their off the pitch dealings. But without Steve Bruce, it remains to be seen if the Geordies will be able to perform to any higher of a standard. Crystal Palace are a side that loves draws this year, so we’re backing a 0-0 or 1-1 at Selhurst Park in this one.

Everton to beat Watford – 20/33

We’ve got another fascinating clash on our hands at Goodison Park, despite what some fans will try to tell you. Watford have not been at their best this season, but they’re still well able to nick results here and there, and that’s probably why these odds aren’t even more lopsided. However, it’s hard to imagine an Everton team on the current form will have a problem with Watford in their current state. It’s like a revolving door of managers at the club, and they haven’t been able to settle into anything consistent this year, so we’re going for an Everton victory in this game.

Leeds to draw with Wolves – 23/10

In the other 3 PM kick-off, we’ve got kind of an interesting mid-table clash between Wolves and Leeds United that is actually something of a pick ‘em. We’d struggle to pick between these sides, who are separated by just six points, despite the massive gap in league position. Leeds are currently sitting just above the drop zone, but given what we have seen of both of these sides, we would imagine that is a situation that will rectify itself as the year progresses. It’s very difficult to make a choice in this game, so we’re backing a draw in this one.

Southampton to beat Burnley – 20/21

We have one more 3pm kick-off on our hands between Southampton and a Burnley side who just can’t get lucky this year. They haven’t got a win yet, although their three draws have put them top of the drop zone. Southampton, on the other hand, have proven to be a little bit better at closing games out and picking up points, and we’d imagine they’re going to be able to sneak a hard-fought victory against Burnley.

Man City to beat Brighton – 2/5

Manchester City are, on paper, the best team in the Premier League, and if they want to retain the title, they’re going to have to be beating teams like Brighton. However, Graham Potter’s side are no easy team to score against, and it’ll be a strong City performance that manages to keep them out entirely. We do believe that simply with the players at their disposal, Guardiola’s side should be winning here, but their lack of really impressive striking options could be an issue against a deep defending side like Brighton. It won’t be a hammering, but we back Man City to win this one.

Brentford to draw with Leicester – 9/4

The surprise package of the year in Brentford take on one of the more disappointing outfits in Leicester City. Brendan Rogers’ men got a solid away result against Spartak Moscow in Europe this week, which will have them with their tails up. But in that 4-3 win, a key factor is that they conceded three times. Brentford are very good at capitalising on defensive mistakes, as Liverpool learned all too well a few weeks back. This is going to be maybe the game of the weekend, and you can expect a lot of goals!

Tottenham Hotspur to beat West Ham – 37/20

Spurs have had a far from ideal year, which is very similar to what you can say about the Hammers, who are also struggling for consistency. However, we do think that Spurs should just have the tiniest bit too much for West Ham, even at the London Stadium. These capital derbies tend to be really exciting, so expect to see some of the better football either of these sides will show this year in this one.

Manchester United to draw with Liverpool – 12/5

One fixture that will never lose its lustre, no matter the form of either team, is when Manchester United and Liverpool go head-to-head, particularly at Old Trafford. Incidentally, Liverpool are doing just fine, and Manchester United are struggling a little bit, but there are still a lot of intriguing factors at play between these two sides. The hosts have at times looked great, but generally struggled this year, while Liverpool have pretty much kept the pace thus far at the top of the Premier League table with Chelsea and Manchester City. We’d expect to see Manchester United looking for a big performance after their win over Atalanta during the week to keep momentum going. But after Liverpool’s big win over Atletico Madrid, it remains to be seen if they’ll have enough to do it. Our NetBet win probability counter has this one swaying in favour of the visitors, with United currently sitting at 31% and the hosts at 28%, with a draw pretty close at 26%. Both of these sides have had their fair share of defensive disasters this year, and particularly given Liverpool’s proclivities towards letting teams in behind the defence to concede silly goals, we’d imagine this will be a very close game. If both of these sides were in absolute top form, you’d have to think that Manchester United would have enough, at home, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo in the team and the history of the fixture, get a draw. But will they be?

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*Odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change

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