Matchday Nine Premier League Preview: Hammers Face Brighton Test As Super Sunday Serves Up Another Thriller At Wembley

Premier League Preview

After another fantastic week of European Football for English sides, the Premier League finally returns tonight as our Hammers host Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday Night Football, before Super Sunday serves up a Wembley thriller.

West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion (Friday 8 PM)

To kick off all the Matchday Nine action, Chris Hughton’s Seagulls will be the visitors to The London Stadium in an intriguing bottom half clash on Sky Sports’ FNF.

Our Hammers head into the clash in 15th place after last week’s Turf Moor frustration, where Andy Carroll’s red card and Chris Wood’s late equaliser gave Burnley a point.

Meanwhile, Brighton, level on points and just a place ahead in 14th, also conceded late in a 1-1 draw last weekend as Everton snatched a late point at The Amex Stadium.

Interestingly, we have never failed to win a PL game on a Friday night and have won our last three in all Competitions against Brighton, making us the clear favourites for a vital win tonight.

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-1.

Chelsea vs Watford (Saturday 12:30 PM)

In Sky Sports’ second Live clash of the weekend, Marco Silva’s in-form Hornets travel West to Stamford Bridge to face a flagging Chelsea side tomorrow lunchtime.

Antonio Conte’s Blues have now failed to win for three games in all Competitions, following Wednesday night’s 3-3 Champions League draw with Roma.

A place above them in 4th position and with two more points are The Hornets, after an incredible start under Silva that was exemplified by last Saturday night’s impressive home victory over Arsenal.

Furthermore, Watford are unbeaten on the road this season and incredibly, have not lost at Stamford Bridge since 1986, making them the surprise favourites in West London.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-2.

Manchester City vs Burnley (Saturday 3 PM)

To say that Burnley are feeling a little apprehensive about their Game Week Ten clash at The Etihad Stadium may just be the understatement of the year, as the Citizens host The Clarets tomorrow afternoon.

Pep Guardiola’s men have now won their last ten in all Competitions and lead rivals United at the top of the Table after last Saturday’s 7-2 drubbing of Stoke City.

Sean Dyche’s side have been in no such for this campaign, but have still impressed with a respectable 13 points, seventh place and only one loss in the wake of Matchday Eight’s home draw with The Hammers.

Despite Burnley’s best ever start to a PL campaign, City are expected to prove too powerful for The Clarets, although it may not be demolition job as they have never kept a clean sheet against Sean Dyche’s men in the Premier League.

Glanville’s Prediction: 4-1.

Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United (Saturday 3 PM)

In another one of five Saturday afternoon games, The Red Devils head to Yorkshire to face The Terriers in what has the potential to be a tough test for Jose Mourinho’s men.

It has to be said that the hosts, under David Wagner, have struggled to push on from their remarkable state of three wins in their first ever Premier League season having not won since August, but still sit 12th after defeat in Wales.

United have had no such problems in finding form this season after victory over Benfica in midweek to follow last Saturday’s Anfield draw, however, they were knocked outright off top spot last Saturday and will be hoping to regain it tomorrow.

Unsurprisingly, The Red Devils are undefeated in their last ten meetings with Huddersfield and dominated the last time that this fixture was played in the Top-Flight, back in the early seventies.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-2.

Newcastle United vs Crystal Palace (Saturday 3 PM)

Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace make the tricky trip to St James’ Park tomorrow afternoon as they face off with Newcastle United, who are looking to continue their impressive home record.

The Magpies have impressed since regaining their PL status last Spring and sit in ninth position after leading twice but failing to leave Southampton with all three points on Sunday.

Whereas it was rather like buses for Palace last Saturday, no goals come along in the first seven matches and then two come along at the same time, as they miraculously recorded their first points of the season with a win over The Champions.

Curiously, Magpies Boss Rafa Benitez has never lost a match in his managerial career against a manager that has managed the England National Team, a run that looks set to continue tomorrow.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.

Stoke City vs AFC Bournemouth (Saturday 3 PM)

In a battle of strugglers in The Midlands, The Potters will host a desperate Bournemouth side at the Bet 365 Stadium on Saturday.

The home side have won just one of their last five Premier League outings and have fallen as far as 17th in doing so, posing questions of Relegation after being demolished at The Etihad last Saturday.

However, things haven’t been going well for Eddie Howe’s Cherries either as the stardust of their incredible story begins to wear off, they have won just one of their opening nine games, leaving them 19th after a Wembley loss.

However, Jermain Defoe could prove to be the difference for the away side, he is just one away from 200 Career goals and may just react that accolade against Mark Hughes’ men.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-2.

Swansea City vs Leicester City (Saturday 3 PM)

In the last of the Saturday afternoon kick-offs, a battle of the cities will commence in Wales, as Swansea host Leicester and contrasting fortunes meet.

The hosts, with a 2-0 win over The Terriers, were able to climb away from danger and up as far as 14th place, putting Paul Clement’s men in good spirits for the clash.

However, it has been a turbulent week for The Foxes as Monday night’s 1-1 draw with the Baggies proved to be a final curtain call for Craig Shakespeare, as the team for The Midlands fell into the Relegation Zone.

Coincidently, this fixture last season proved to be the end of Claudio Ranieri’s stint at The King Power Stadium and is set to bring more misery for The Foxes with the home side the favourites.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-1.

Southampton vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday 5:30 PM)

In BT Sport’s only Live game of Matchday Nine, two of the league’s midtable teams will go face to face at The St Mary’s Stadium, as The Saints play host to The Baggies.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s men have endured mixed fortunes in his first campaign as Boss, with his side sitting in 11th place, following a comeback draw with Newcastle last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Tony Pulis’ fortunes have been very similar with his West Brom side one point ahead of The Saints but only one place, following a 1-1 draw at The King Power Stadium.

However, whatever happens on the South Coast, don’t expect entertainment as the fixture has the lowest goal-to-game ratio of all matchups that have taken place in at least seven different Premier League campaigns.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-0.

Everton vs Arsenal (Sunday 1:30 PM)

Sky Sports’ first Super Sunday encounter of Game Week Nine will see The Toffees welcome The Gunners to Goodison Park, with Ronald Koeman under immense pressure.

His side slumped to another Europa League defeat on Thursday and have little hope of Qualification from the Group Stage, they have also not won in two PL games and are lurking dangerously in 16th place.

Another manager under pressure is Arsene Wenger, whose Gunners side were defeated at Vicarage Road last Saturday, but victorious in The Europa League this week and sit 6th in the Table.

If Koeman needed a win to save his Job, the stats do not serve him well as Arsenal have defeated Everton more times than any other English club has defeated another with 94, will they make it 95 on Sunday?

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-2.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool (Sunday 4 PM)

The second instalment of Super Sunday will see another clash between sides from North London and Merseyside, as Spurs host The Reds in what is surely the pick of the weekend’s action.

The Lilywhites are currently one of English Football’s form teams after a highly impressive draw at The Bernabeu in midweek and victories in each of their last three Premier League matches, seeing them up to third place.

However, Jurgen Klopp tasted a remarkable European feat of his own on Tuesday night with a 0-7 win over Maribor, but their League form hasn’t exactly matched that of Mauricio Pochettino’s men recently. The Reds are down to eighth after two consecutive draws.

Interestingly, a record nine own goals have been scored over the history of this fixture, but if the away side do manage to tame Spurs, Wembley Stadium will become the 53rd different Premier League ground that they have won at.

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-1.

So, now that all the spoils and thrills that are set to take place on Matchday Nine have been previewed, who will grab the headlines? Who will be the winners? Who will be the losers? And more importantly, who will lead the way come Sunday evening?