The Premier League 2023/24 season is truly in full swing now and we are slowly approaching the Christmas period, meaning a few games will get crammed in tightly in the upcoming weeks to make the international break seem less lengthy.

This Premier League preview of the upcoming Gameweek 9 will break down the exciting list of fixtures we can expect to see this weekend, and Bob of Balls Out Bet will do his usual task of picking out a player to be carded, a player to score, a correct full time score prediction, and then compile a 10-fold acca of some realistic yet well-priced selections.

If the Acca is what you’re here for, you can jump to Bob’s Gameweek 9 Acca straight away!

Liverpool v Everton (21st October, 12:30pm)

One of the most spiteful and exciting derbies in the whole of English football is the Merseyside Derby, a game in which Liverpool and Everton face off. The game is usually very feisty, with the passion of both clubs’ players really shining through during each and every attack. This season, as well as last season, Everton have been quite a disappointing side, and we expect Liverpool to walk all over them, especially when playing at Anfield.

Correct Score: We think the game will end 3-1 to Liverpool

Player to be Carded: We think James Tarkowski looks good for a card

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Mohamed Salah will score anytime

Accumulator Selection: Liverpool to Win Either Half

Brentford v Burnley (21st October, 3pm)

Newly promoted side, Burnley, had a blinding season last season that saw them back in the Premier League. Despite this, the level of their squad has yet to be proven as good enough for survival, and despite the somewhat-average performance that Brentford have had so far, we think this game can only go one way. Burnley could grab a goal if they play well on the day, but it’s a tough call.

Correct Score: We think the game will end 3-1 to Brentford

Player to be Carded: We think Josh Brownhill looks good for a card

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Bryan Mbeumo will score anytime 

Accumulator Selection: Both Teams To Score 

Bournemouth v Wolves (21st October, 3pm)

The home side in this fixture are still without a win 8 games into the season, considering their survival last season. Bournemouth, the current 19th position team keep Luton in the safety zone, come up against the mediocre Wolves in a fixture that is destined to either be a boring face off or a one-sided battering. 

Correct Score: We think the game will end a 2-2 Draw

Player to be Carded: We think Craig Dawson looks good for a card

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Dominic Solanke will score anytime

Accumulator Selection: Over 1.5 Goals

Nottingham Forest v Luton (21st October, 3pm)

Luton Town reached the Premier League for the first time in their existence this season, and they have claimed 4 points from a possible 24 (1 win, 1 draw ,6 losses). This is unsurprising, as the squad is not ready for the league, unlike the Nottingham Forest squad that survived last season and have played some decent football this year. This game could be surprisingly close, but Forest should take it.

Correct Score: We think the game will end 2-1 to Nottingham Forest 

Player to be Carded: We think Alfie Doughty looks good for a card

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Morgan Gibbs-White will score anytime

Accumulator Selection: Nottingham Forest to Win Either Half

Manchester City v Brighton (21st October, 3pm)

As always, Pep’s Manchester City have knocked opponents out of the park in a majority of games. City are yet to draw a game, winning 6 and losing 2, whereas their opponents Brighton have won 5 so far. Brighton are also the top goal scorers so far with 21 goals, although they have conceded 16 and currently sit in 6 in the table with Aston Villa above them. This game could be a goal fest, but we expect it to be quite even in terms of scoreline.

Correct Score: We think the game will end 3-2 to Manchester City

Player to be Carded: We think Lewis Dunk looks good for a card

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Erling Haaland will score anytime

Accumulator Selection: Over 2.5 Goals

Newcastle v Crystal Palace (21st October, 3pm)

The last few fixtures between these two teams have been boring in terms of scorelines, with two 0-0 draws and a 1-0 finish. We expect Newcastle to be the better side in this fixture, but we would not be surprised to see a defensive masterclass from Crystal Palace that leaves with another 0-0 stalemate and unanswered questions.

Correct Score: We think the game will end a 1-1 Draw

Player to be Carded: We think Tyrick Mitchell looks good for a card

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Callum Wilson will score anytime

Accumulator Selection: Over 1.5 Goals

Chelsea v Arsenal (21st October, 5:30pm)

Chelsea and Arsenal are still part of the ‘Super 6’ along with teams like Man City and Liverpool, but Chelsea have not really shown that they still deserve this spot so far. Even with Pochettino in charge, they sit 11th in the table with just 3 wins out of 8. Arsenal on the other hand are in 2nd, with no losses so far this season and averaging 2 goals scored per game. This should be an easy win for Arsenal.

Correct Score: We think the game will end 2-1 to Arsenal

Player to be Carded: We think Enzo Fernandez looks good for a card

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Gabriel Jesus will score anytime

Accumulator Selection: Arsenal Over 1.5 Team Goals

Sheffield United v Manchester United (21st October, 8pm)

This game should not need any introduction or explanation based on the sheer size of Manchester United, but they only sit in 10th currently and have yet to shine to their full potential. Despite this, they should get an easy 3 points from Sheffield United who are a recently promoted side and sit rock bottom of the table with 0 wins, 1 draw, 7 losses, and almost 3 goals conceded per game so far.

Correct Score: We think the game will end 3-0 to Manchester United

Player to be Carded: We think Oliver Norwood looks good for a card

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Bruno Fernandes will score anytime

Accumulator Selection: Manchester United to Win

Aston Villa v West Ham (22nd October, 4:30pm)

Both teams in this fixture had impressive seasons last season, and have continued this year with the same streak. West Ham recently won the Europa League, and Aston Villa sit in 5th in the Premier league currently. This game could be a heated fixture with both teams on blistering form and looking to continue their runs to keep them high up the Premier League table.

Correct Score: We think the game will a 2-2 Draw

Player to be Carded: We think Lucas Pacqueta looks good for a card

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Ollie Watkins will score anytime

Accumulator Selection: BTTS & Over 2.5 Goals 

Tottenham v Fulham (23rd October, 8pm)

Current EPL table toppers Spurs are playing some unbelievable football under new manager, Ange. Their opponents, Fulham, are without their main striker Mitrovic after he left to join the Saudi Pro League during the most recent transfer window. Fulham have struggled so far this season without their front runner, although a few of their players have shone as impressive regardless. This should be another easy win for Spurs.

Correct Score: We think the game will end 3-0 to Spurs

Player to be Carded: We think Harrison Reed looks good for a card

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Heung-Min Son will score anytime

Accumulator Selection: Spurs Over 1.5 Team Goals

Balls Out Bet Gameweek 9 Acca

Collecting all of the ‘Accumulator Selection’ options from this Premier League preview and combining them into a 10-fold accumulator gives us total odds of 63 to 1

After the conclusion of the final game this week, we will post a recap article of this Premier League preview and see how we did with our predictions.

See you then!

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