Premier League Matchweek 9 Preview
Here are some fixtures to keep an eye on this weekend in the Premier League:
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since he was sacked last year by Chelsea. Coming off an impressive 4-1 Europa League win against Turkish club Fernerbache, United will look to continue their scoring streak against the Blues. Paul Pogba silenced critics with a brace in the game, and altogether United looked to have their form returning again. Mourinho has been sporting a 4-3-3 holding formation, so look for how this lineup counters Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 formation. Chelsea have been in good form since their three back system started, so they’ll be a match for Mourinho.
AFC Bournemouth vs. Tottenham: Bournemouth are coming off a 6-1 performance against Hull City. Tottenham are 3rd in the Premier League table. Both teams come into this game with something to prove and to fight for. Bournemouth must try to maintain a distance from the relegation zone, while Tottenham are playing for a Premier League title. This fixture should be an entertaining way to kick off the weekend action.
Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough: Arsenal should have no trouble overwhelming the Middlesbrough defense and goalkeeper Victor Valdes. This fixture favors players like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, and Petr Cech. Emphasis on Ozil from his hat trick performance in the previous Champions League fixture. Remember that midfielder Granit Xhaka is suspended from a red card in the last Premier League fixture.
Liverpool vs. West Brom: Jurgen Klopp’s men disappointed the Anfield faithful in their last fixture, which ended in a draw against Manchester United. Look for a strong response in this game against a lowly West Brom.
Manchester City vs. Southampton: Manchester City were embarrassed against FC Barcelona, so Pep Guardiola will look to show his dominance from his team. City are top of the Premier League table, while Southampton are 8th. Guardiola will look to his attackers players in Raheem Sterling, Kevin DeBruyne, and Sergio Augero to get back in scoring form, and put the work Barcelona did on them to the Saints.
Enjoy this weekend’s Premier League action!
Dillon Davis-Tirado covers the Premier League for MFST, follow him on Twitter @thedavistirado.
Hailing from New York City from the borough of Brooklyn, Dillon is a die-hard New York sports fan. He currently resides in Upstate New York, where he studies at Wells College in Aurora, NY.
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