Austen Cain joins the GodzillaWins team to fire off some Premier League picks for this weekend’s matches.
I will be providing you lads with some information that you may or may not find useful. I am not a professional. However, I am an avid Premier League Football fan that enjoys spending countless hours reading about top flight English soccer and diving deep into a rabbit hole of numbers to give you an idea of why one team will be more likely to beat another. So, let’s take a look at the key fixtures scheduled for this weekend. For some American football picks this weekend, click here.
If you’re hungry for some soccer then starve no more. The Premier League is returning this weekend after a several week break due to the tragic passing of Queen Elizabeth and International break (this break included the USA Men’s matches against Japan and Saudi Arabia, which we won’t discuss because the results were almost as tragic as the passing of the Queen).
Anyway, let’s dive into my predictions for Matchday 9 of the 2022/2023 English Premier League Season.
Arsenal (1st) vs Tottenham (3rd)
Date: Saturday, 10/01/2022 at 7:30 AM EST
Pitch: Arsenal – Emirates Stadium, London, England
Odds: | HOME: +105 | TIE: +260 | AWAY: +240 |
The Word: The North London rivals will battle it out in the North London Derby at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium for this one. With both teams high-flying attack and their places at the top of the table, this matchup should provide plenty of excitement.
Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus has completely changed their attack and at the moment he is one of the best players in the league. On the other side of the ball Tottenham’s attacking trio of Kane-Son-Richarlson is certainly making things tough for defenses. The two teams combined have already put 35 balls into the back of the net so expect some GOOOOAAALLLSS.
History is in favor of Arsenal, especially since they’re at their home turf this weekend. BUT with these two teams being so evenly matched and the likelihood of conservative tactics from the two managers, I’m going to back a draw in this one.
PREDICTION: ARSENAL 2 – 2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Liverpool (7th) vs Brighton (4th)
Date: Saturday, 10/01/2022 at 10:00 AM EST
Pitch: Liverpool – Anfield, Liverpool, England
Odds: | HOME: -300 | TIE: +440 | AWAY: +700 |
The Word: Liverpool has had a shaky start to the season and other than the 9-0 lashing of Bournemouth they have not shown themselves to be the Liverpool team we have all become accustomed to seeing. Coming off a long rest from the break, I expect Liverpool to get things back on track for this match.
If you’re reading this then you also probably are already aware that Brighton no longer have the magic wand of Manager Graham Potter. Without their magical Potter it is going to be very difficult for the Seagulls to travel into the fortress they call Anfield and snag a result. I can only see one winner here. #YNWA
PREDICTION: LIVERPOOL 2 – 0 BRIGHTON
Crystal Palace (17th) vs Chelsea (6th)
Date: Saturday, 10/01/2022 at 10:00 AM EST
Pitch: Crystal Palace – Selhurst Park, London, England
Odds: | HOME: +350 | TIE: +250 | AWAY: -120 |
|Chelsea||2-0||Crystal Palace||04/17/2022||FA Cup|
|Crystal Palace||0-1||Chelsea||02/19/2022||Premier League|
|Chelsea||3-0||Crystal Palace||08/14/2021||Premier League|
|Crystal Palace||1-4||Chelsea||04/10/2021||Premier League|
|Chelsea||4-0||Crystal Palace||10/03/2020||Premier League|
The Word: This one is a bit tricky. Crystal Palace have not beaten Chelsea in their last 10 meetings in all competitions. However, Palace is looking much improved under Patrick Viera and he has reinvented the squad with a new stubborn style of play.
They were up 2-0 against Man City at one point and also had a lead against Liverpool. You can’t really count out the fire power and skill that the Chelsea squad has, but with Chelsea out of form and in transition with a new manager, look for Palace to steal some points in this game.
PREDICTION: CRYSTAL PALACE 1 – 1 CHELSEA
West Ham (19th) vs Wolves (16th)
Date: Saturday, 10/01/2022 at 12:30 PM EST
Pitch: West Ham United – London Stadium, London, England
Odds: | HOME: -110 | TIE: +250 | AWAY: +310 |
|West Ham||1-0||Wolves||02/27/2022||Premier League|
|Wolves||1-0||West Ham||11/20/2021||Premier League|
|Wolves||2-3||West Ham||04/05/2021||Premier League|
|West Ham||4-0||Wolves||09/27/2020||Premier League|
|West Ham||0-2||Wolves||06/20/2020||Premier League|
The Word: West Ham is nowhere near the team we watched last season and Manager Moyes will be on the hot seat if he doesn’t start to pick things up. On the other side of the ball, Wolves are looking rather stale themselves. With West Ham’s lack of scoring and Wolves lack of being scored on, I am predicting a boring one here.
PREDICTION: WEST HAM 2 – 1 WOLVES
Man City (2nd) vs Man United (5th)
Date: Sunday, 10/02/2022 at 9:00 AM EST
Pitch: Manchester City – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Odds: | HOME: -290 | TIE: +460 | AWAY: +650 |
|Man City||4-1||Man United||03/06/2022||Premier League|
|Man United||0-2||Man City||11/06/2021||Premier League|
|Man City||0-2||Man United||03/07/2021||Premier League|
|Man United||0-2||Man City||01/06/2021||Carabao Cup|
|Man United||0-0||Man City||12/12/2020||Premier League|
The Word: The Manchester Derby. The crème-de-la-crème of top flight. This is the game we are all looking forward to and with both teams in proper form this matchup should be a delight.
United had a slow start to the season, but after beating Liverpool, the Gaffer Erik ten Hag has certainly gotten his team firing on all cylinders. Expect both goalkeepers to be beaten at some point, but with the Erling Haaland practically scoring at will I do not think that the Red Devils will have what it takes to tame the Almighty Norwegian.
PREDICTION: MANCHESTER CITY 2 – 1 MANCHESTER UNITED
Leeds (9th) vs Aston Villa (13th)
Date: Sunday, 10/02/2022 at 11:30 AM EST
The most controversial goal of the season, bar NONE! 😲
Leeds United score whilst Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia is down injured ￼🤕
A mass brawl kicks off! 👊
Anwar El Ghazi gets sent off 🔴 pic.twitter.com/BHbLhr2uGb
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) April 28, 2019
Pitch: Leeds United – Elland Road, Leeds, England
Odds: | HOME: +130 | TIE: +240 | AWAY: +200 |
|Leeds||3-1||Aston Villa||03/10/2022||Premier League|
|Aston Villa||1-0||Leeds||02/09/2022||Premier League|
|Leeds||2-1||Aston Villa||02/27/2021||Premier League|
|Aston Villa||2-0||Leeds||10/23/2020||Premier League|
The Word: Ameeeerica, the beauuuutiful……Leeds United has opened up the American dream in English Football. American coach Jesse Marsch is serving a one game suspension and will have manage a tough matchup against Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard from the stands. His fellow Americans Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson will have to continue their good form if they want to nick a result against an Aston Villa team that, although at the bottom half of the table, have shown potential in their last two matches. As a Liverpool fan, do I choose Stevie G or Uncle Sam? This one has draw written all over it.