Premier League Matchday 9 Preview: Tottenham Host City, Liverpool Face League Leaders Leicester at Anfield and More

Nov 20, 2020, 3:30 PM GMT+5:30
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Liverpool FC v Leicester City - Premier League | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
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Premier League action is set to resume this weekend following the international break and the stage is set for another round of exciting fixtures in the English top-flight. Here is all you need to know before the Matchday nine of the Premier League gets underway:

Newcastle United vs Chelsea

Chelsea kick off the proceedings in the league this weekend against Newcastle United. The clash at St James' Park will pit the fifth-placed visitors against the 13th-placed hosts.

Last Result:

The Magpies suffered a 2-0 away loss at Southampton as they failed to find the back of the net just the second time this term.
Chelsea secured an emphatic 4-1 win at the Stamford Bridge, making it four wins on the spin across all competitions.

Head-to-Head:

The Blues have a significant 41-24 advantage in the Head-to-head record, while the remaining 24 meetings have ended in a stalemate. Both sides recorded a 1-0 win in their home fixtures last season.

What This Could Mean:

A spot in the top half of the table is still within grasp for the hosts, given that they pulled off an upset against Chelsea, who have scored 20 goals this season, more than any other team in the competition.
Frank Lampard's men could only move to the top four if any one of the top team slips up.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Newcastle: Jonjo Shelvey, Callum Wilson, Dwight Gayle, Martin Dubravka, Ryan Fraser, Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie
Chelsea: Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva

Player to Watch:

Hakim Ziyech - After a slow start to his life at the Stamford Bridge, the Moroccan international has hit the ground running with some eye-catching performances for club and country in November. He has grabbed three assists and a goal in four league appearances and scored three times while on international duty for Morocco. He has provided the team with the creative spark it was missing and would be looking to build upon that this weekend.

Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech's fine form continued in the international break as well
Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech's fine form continued in the international break as well | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Prediction: 1-3

Aston Villa vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Aston Villa host Brighton & Hove Albion at the Villa Park, in a game that will bring the sixth team from the top and fifth team from the bottom of the standings in each other's path.

Last Result:

The Lions inflicted a 3-0 loss on Arsenal at The Emirates last time around, with Ollie Watkins scoring twice in three minutes while The Seagulls were held to a 0-0 draw by Burnley at home.

Head-to-Head:

Aston Villa comfortably leads Brighton 8-1 in the Head-to-Head record and these sides have shared the points on five occasions.

What This Could Mean:

Only three points separate league leaders Leicester City and sixth-placed Aston Villa, so a win here would go a long way in bridging the gap, given that Villa have played a game less than the Foxes.
For Brighton the best-case scenario, even if they secure the three points is that they remain on the 16th position but the worst-case scenario is that they drop into the relegation zone.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Villa: Wesley, Bjorn Engels, Kortney Hause, Frederic Guilbert
Brighton: Florin Andone, Jose Izquierdo, Leandro Trossard, Alexis Mac Allister

Player to Watch:

Ollie Watkins - The summer signing has played every single minute of football for the Lions this term and has scored in the last two games, including a quick-fire brace against Arsenal in the previous game. With club captain Jack Grealish clocking up 227 minutes within a week for England, Watkins is expected to do the heavy-lifting against Brighton. He can punish the visitors' defence which has shipped in 14 goals already.

Ollie Watkins has six goals in seven appearances for Aston Villa
Ollie Watkins has six goals in seven appearances for Aston Villa | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Prediction: 2-0

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City will one of the two standout fixtures of the round. The game set to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will see two old foes in Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola go at it again.

Last Result:

Spurs secured a 1-0 win over West Brom in their last fixtures, thanks to Harry Kane's 88th-minute winner, meaning the hosts are unbeaten in the league since their opening fixture loss to Everton.
City were held to a 1-1 draw by reigning champions Liverpool at Etihad Stadium, with Gabriel Jesus scoring in amazing fashion and Kevin De Bruyne missing a potentially match-winning penalty.

Head-to-Head:

Things are pretty even between the two sides and in their 97 meetings across all competitions Spurs edge out ahead in the head-to-head record by a hair, with the current record being 39-38 and 20 draws. Spurs had won the last meeting between the two sides at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 2-0 through Son and Bergwijn's goals.

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Harry Kane and Son Hueng-min have combined wonderfully for Tottenham Hotspur this season | DAVE THOMPSON/Getty Images

What This Could Mean:

The hosts could consolidate their position in the top four with a win here and even become league leaders albeit momentarily, while a loss could see them move out of it.
City are hopeful of making it to the top 10 after a dismal start to the campaign but they have not found their goalscoring touch yet.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Spurs: Matt Doherty
City: Nathan Ake

Player to Watch:

Harry Kane - The English striker has been in fine form since Day 1 and has been involved in 15 goals in eight appearances. He has formed a deadly partnership with Son Hueng-min for Mourinho's side and we expect the duo to produce moments of magic in the match to help extend Spurs' seven-game unbeaten streak.

Prediction: 2-1

Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion

Manchester United host 18th-placed West Bromwich Albion at the Old Trafford in Saturday's last game. The hosts need a win to move out of the bottom half of the table and nothing but a win will be able to pull the visitors out of the relegation zone.

Last Result:

After a surprising home loss to Arsenal earlier this month the Red Devils got back to winning ways with a 3-1 away win at Everton, with Bruno Fernandes scoring twice and Edinson Cavani also opening his account.
The Baggies fought hard against Spurs last time around but their efforts were undone by a late Harry Kane goal.

Head-to-Head:

The hosts lead the head-to-head record 34 to 19 while 14 meetings have ended in a stalemate. In their last meeting in the 2017/18 campaign, the visitors recorded a famous 1-0 win at the Old Trafford.

What This Could Mean:

United have a game in hand over most of the teams in the top 10. If they continue to win games a top-four spot could be up for grabs before the Manchester Derby next month.
West Brom are one of the just three sides in the league without a win after eight games and unless they start grabbing three points from their games, they are doomed to stay in the relegation zone.

Injuries and Suspensions:

United: Luke Shaw, Phil Jones
West Brom: Hal Robson-Kanu, Sam Field

Player to Watch:

Bruno Fernandes - Is there any other player more influential at the Old Trafford than the Portuguese? Fernandes has scored five goals and had picked up two assists this term. He was impressive against Everton last time around and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be hoping for a similar performance from him this weekend.

Bruno Fernandes
Everton v Manchester United - Premier League | Pool/Getty Images

Prediction: 2-0

Fulham vs Everton

Everton, having lost three games on the trot and dropping out of the top-four have a kind fixture against 17th-placed Fulham on Sunday at the Craven Cottage.

Last Result:

Fulham, having recorded their first win of the campaign against West Brom earlier this month, fell 1-0 to West Ham in their last game.
The early season charm has left Carlo Ancelotti's side as their 3-1 defeat at home to United was the third one on the spin, meaning they've dropped points in each of their previous four outings.

Head-to-Head:

Everton lead 23-13 in their meetings so far and the spoils were shared only five times in this fixture. They last met in the 2018/19 season when both sides recorded comfortable wins at home and the fixture at the Craven Cottage ended 2-0 in favour of the hosts.

What This Could Mean:

Even after a win, The Lilywhites can only move one place higher in the standings but as long as they are staying above the relegation zone it will be a positive outcome for them.
Should Everton's losing streak continue they have a good chance of dropping into the bottom half of the table, even a draw might not be enough for them to hold on to their current position.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Fulham: Aboubakar Kamara, Terence Kongolo
Everton: Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Allan

Player to Watch:

Bernard - With Richarlison's fitness in doubt after a horror tackle from Cavani in the South American Qualifiers, his compatriot Bernard is expected to provide the Merseyside club with the energy and intent in the final third. He opened his scoring for the season with a cool finish against United last time around and would be raring to go now.

Prediction: 0-1

Sheffield United vs West Ham United

Bottom-placed Sheffield United take on West Ham United at the Bramall Lane on Sunday.

Last Result:

Sheffield's misery for the season continued in the previous outing as well, when they were hammered 4-1 by Chelsea for their seventh loss of the campaign.
West Ham secured a dramatic 1-0 win over Fulham with Tomáš Souček scoring the winner in injury time while Ademola Lookman's panenka penalty was somehow kept out by Fabianski.

Head-to-Head:

Surprisingly, The Blades lead the head-to-head 17-11 against The Hammers but most of the wins came before the turn of the century. Last season West Ham failed to record a win against the hosts, who beat them 1-0 at home and held them to a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium.

What This Could Mean:

Sheffield desperately need a win here to get there season back on track, though it won't do much for them in terms of their position in the standings.
The Hammers have a good chance of moving into the top 10 with a win here, which looks like the most likely outcome here. If they drop points they can drop as low as 15th.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Sheffield: Lys Mousset, John Fleck, Jack O'Connell
West Ham: Andriy Yarmolenko

Player to Watch:

Sébastien Haller - The French-born Ivorian striker was on target for his national side in the international break and in absence of Michail Antonio, who faces a late fitness test before their trip to Sheffield, can prove himself as a reliable striker. He only has a goal to his name in seven appearances but can do more.

Prediction: 0-1

Leeds United vs Arsenal

Arsenal travel to Leeds in the upcoming Premier League fixture, where they will play Leeds United at Elland Road.

Last Result:

Leeds have lost two games back-to-back with the scoreline of 4-1, first at home to Leicester and then at Crystal Palace in their previous outing.
Arsenal failed to build on their 1-0 win over United at the Old Trafford and were defeated 3-0 by Villa at the Emirates Stadium last time around.

Head-to-Head:

Leeds have a slight advantage in this regard and lead the head-to-head record 29-27, while as many as 23 meetings have produced inconclusive results. Arsenal are unbeaten in their last seven encounters with the hosts.

What This Could Mean:

Leeds are 15th in the standings but at 10 points could afford a loss here without moving into the relegation zone on the flipside a win could help them keep their top 10 hopes alive.
Just two points separate the two sides, and the visitors would benefit more from the three points here, as they could move to the upper half of the table.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Leeds: Diego Llorente, Adam Forshaw, Gaetano Berardi, Jamie Shackleton
Arsenal: Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers, Mohamed Elneny, Reiss Nelson

Player to Watch:

Eddie Nketiah
Eddie Nketiah can prove to be a good No.9 for Mikel Arteta. | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Eddie Nketiah - The young English forward has been impressive in the Europa League for The Gunners. He deserves to be handed a Premier League start and could be useful in place of misfiring Lacazette and even Willian, who has done nothing since the opening fixture.

Prediction: 1-2

Liverpool vs Leicester City

A top-of-the-table Sunday night showdown between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield is the match to watch in round 9 fixtures of the Premier League.
This clash between the two former champions will decide which team goes to the top of the standings by the end of the Matchday.

Jurgen Klopp, Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool FC v Leicester City - Premier League | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Last Result:

Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City last time around, after having thrashed Atalanta 5-0 in the Champions League.
Leicester made it three wins on the spin with a 1-0 win over Wolves at home, courtesy a Jamie Vardy penalty.

Head-to-Head:

As one might expect the reigning champions have the better record in the fixture and currently lead 36-19 in wins and 16 meetings between these sides have ended in a draw. The Reds are unbeaten in their last six league games against The Foxes.

What This Could Mean:

If not for Liverpool's poor goal difference this could have been a winner-takes-all situation. If The Reds win they could move to the top of the table but will have to count on Spurs dropping points against City.
Leicester could consolidate their grip at the pole position with a win here and make a statement in their charge for the league title this term.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Liverpool: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Virgil van Dijk, Mo Salah
Leicester: Caglar Soyuncu, Daniel Amartey, Ricardo Pereira,

Player to Watch:

Jamie Vardy - The prolific Leicester striker is the joint top scorer in the Premier League, with eight goals in seven appearances and would be looking to get on the scoresheet yet again. The Reds should be wary of him, especially because the 33-year-old likes scoring against the 'Big-six' and as a matter of fact close to a quarter of all his PL goals have come against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Prediction: 2-3

Burnley vs Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have done well for themselves this term and are currently placed eighth in the standings. They travel to Turf Moor to take on 19th-placed Burnley, who are yet to record a win this season on Monday night.

Last Result:

Burnley shared the points with Brighton in their previous outing as they played out a goalless draw at The Amex Stadium.
Crystal Palace bounced back from their 2-0 away defeat to Wolves in style with a 4-1 home win over Leeds with Eberechi Eze opening his Premier League account and Jordan Ayew also on target.

Head-to-Head:

The Clarets have been the dominant side in the meetings between these two teams and lead The Eagles 15-10 in wins while 12 games have ended in a stalemate, though the last draw they played out was in 2014. The visitors have been the better side in recent meetings and have won four of their last five meetings, with Burnley recording a 1-0 win at the Selhurst Park earlier this year.

What This Could Mean:

The host can pull themselves out of the relegation zone with their first win of the campaign but with them being the lowest scoring side in the league a win here seems a bit too far-fetched.
Roy Hodgson's men have a very small odds of making it into the top-four but still a win would help them stay in the top 10, which is always preferable.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Burnley: Jack Cork, Dale Stephens, Robert Brady
Palace: Nathan Ferguson, Wayne Hennessey, Connor Wickham, Luka Milivojevic

Player to Watch:

Wilfred Zaha - The English winger is currently the top scorer for Palace and should be well-rested given that he did not report for international duty Ivory Coast and continued to train with the club. He did not score in their last game but did pick up an assist and so should be fired up to find the back of the net against Burnely.

Wilfried Zaha
Wilfred Zaha has five goals and an assist for Crystal Palace in the Premier League | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Prediction: 0-2

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Southampton

In the final game of the round, scheduled for late Monday night Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome high-flying Southampton to the Molineux Stadium.

Last Result:

Wolves were beaten 1-0 by The Foxes in their last game, they have struggled a bit in the final third and have scored a goal-per-game this season.
Southampton continued their fine form in the league with a clinical 2-0 win over Newcastle, with Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong scoring in either half. They are now unbeaten in their last six league games.

Head-to-Head:

The Head-to-Head record slightly favours the visitors at the moment as Wolves lag by just a win in this fixture to The Saints. The record is 15-16 while 11 meetings have seen the sides share the spoils. In their last meeting, Wolves beat The Saints 3-2 at St Mary's Stadium, so the visitors will be looking to return the favour this time around.

What This Could Mean:

Wolves need a win to keep themselves in the top 10, as just two points separate the seventh and 13th placed sides.
Though it will not be possible for the visitors to go atop the league standings again, a win here would put them in a good form before next week's big game against Manchester United.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Wolves: Jonny, Rayan Ait Nouri
Southampton: Danny Ings, Mohammed Salisu

Player to Watch:

Che Adams - In absence of their talisman Danny Ings, Che Adams is expected to lead the lineup and he has stepped up, scoring the opening goal in their 2-0 win last time around. He has been a consistent performer for The Saints post lockdown and has seemed to have found his rhythm.

Che Adams, Moussa Djenepo
Southampton v Newcastle United - Premier League | Stu Forster/Getty Images

Prediction: 0-1

Stats courtesy int.soccerway.comtransfermarkt.com and whoscored.com

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