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English Premier League Matchday 9 – Preview

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Matchday 9 in the English Premier League starts with the visit of Manchester City at Upton Park as they face a high-spirited West Ham United side after back-to-back wins in their last two matches, but the Hammers will have something to fear as well, particularly Sergio Aguero, who netted all of City’s goals in their 4-1 thumping of poor Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad last matchday.

Moving on, Liverpool entertain Hull City at Anfield with the fifth-placed hosts just narrowly beating Queens Park Rangers 3-2 at Loftus Park due to a 95th-minute QPR centre-back Steven Caulker own goal, while Hull managed to get a draw at the Emirates in a 2-2 scoreline with Arsenal.

The 8-0 winners over Sunderland last weekend was Southampton at St Mary’s, and this time they host Stoke whose defence seems slightly better than the Black Cats’ as they were steamrolled, leaving boss Gus Poyet “embarrassed,” while the Potters won their last match 2-1 against Swansea City.

Poyet’s side are at home this time, as Sunderland look to make amends of their terrible defeat to the Saints, and it would be a turnaround if they could beat Arsenal, but they’ve got the home advantage at the Stadium Of Light, so another tricky match could be up for the Gunners after their 2-2 draw with Hull.

A bottom-half affair of West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace takes place, with the Midlanders earning a point in their 2-2 draw with Manchester United at the Hawthorns last Monday, while Crystal Palace lost 2-1 at home to league-leaders Chelsea last weekend.

A mid-table turn events at the Liberty Stadium featuring hosts Swansea City and visitors Leicester City round up the matches on Saturday, with Stoke beating the Swans 2-1 last weekend, while Newcastle United won 1-0 over the Foxes in their last league match.

Sunday’s start of encounters begin with two matches at a time, with bouncy Tottenham Hotspur who lost to a Sergio Aguero led Manchester City side 4-1, hosting a determined Newcastle United side who beat Leicester City 1-0 at St James’ Park last weekend to earn their first win of the season, and now travel more southernly to White Hart Lane.

Relegation-placed Burnley face bottom-halved Everton at the Turf Moor, and while the hosts haven’t won a single league match this season, Everton can prove unpredictable as they won 3-0 over Aston Villa in their last game, with the Clarets losing 3-1 to West Ham United at home, which was their last match.

Probably the most exciting game in the English Premier League this matchday is an Old Trafford encounter between Manchester United and Chelsea. United are currently 6th-placed and have made a bouncy start to the season with Louis van Gaal, while league-leaders Chelsea haven’t lost a single league game this season, their last match being a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.

Monday’s only match and the last of this matchday will be between last-placed Queens Park Rangers, who just narrowly lost 3-2 at Loftus Park with Liverpool last weekend, and visitors Aston Villa, who haven’t had a good run of form ahead of their Loftus Road visit, losing their last four league matches, their last defeat being at Everton, the scoreline 3-0.


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