Premier League Matchweek 9 Oct.1 to Oct.3 Best Bets
For the first time in nearly a month, we have a full weekend of Premier League matches. With 10 matches on the schedule including two massive rivalries, it is lining up to be an exciting return to club soccer following the most recent international break. Amidst a full schedule there are a lot of good bets to be placed but here are the best ones ahead of the Premier League’s matchweek 9 action.
*All lines are taken from DraftKings and are accurate as of 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept 30. *
Arsenal vs Tottenham, Saturday, Oct. 1 – Son Heung-min anytime goalscorer +220
Matchweek 9 kicks off with the always entertaining North London derby. In four of the last five matches between the Gunners and Spurs, Son Heung-min has found himself on the scoresheet. The only exception was a 2-1 Arsenal win in March of 2021 when Erik Lamela scored the lone goal for Tottenham. Coming into this match, Son has scored in his last three matches with a 13-minute hattrick against Leicester before scoring once in both of South Korea’s matches over the international break against Costa Rica and Cameroon including a gorgeous free-kick against Costa Rica. Son is playing in fine form and will likely return to the starting 11 for Spurs which will see his chances of getting a goal increase.
Bournemouth vs Brentford, Saturday, Oct. 1 – Over 2.5 goals +100
Two of the Premier League’s worst defensive teams face off in matchweek 9 in a match that could be high scoring. Bournemouth has conceded the second-most goals this season with 19 goals allowed, while Brentford has allowed the fourth most with 12. Brentford has been allowing goals with ease, but they have also been putting up goals with 15 goals scored which is the fourth highest in the Premier League trailing only the top three teams: Arsenal (17), Manchester City (23), and Tottenham (18). Forward Ivan Toney has scored five goals for The Bees in seven matches. Three goals is not a lot to ask and only once in the last four combined matches for the two teams were at least three goals not scored.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea, Saturday, Oct. 1 – Chelsea -1.5 +250
Another London derby takes place Saturday and will see Chelsea play their first league match with newly appointed manager Graham Potter. Chelsea has had an outstanding record against Crystal Palace with their last loss coming in 2017. Since the 2019-20 season Chelsea has won five out of seven matches against Crystal Palace by multiple goals which would mean that the -1.5 mark hit. Chelsea has not been off to the best start this season, but will look to make a statement in Potter’s first match in charge.
Manchester City vs Manchester United, Sunday, Oct. 2 – Erling Haaland 2 or more goals +200
The biggest match of matchweek 9 is the Manchester Derby. One player that has been awaiting this moment since he signed for Manchester City is Erling Haaland. In his introduction to the club, he was asked who he was most excited to play against and responded with “I don’t like to say the name but Manchester United.” The time has come for Haaland to play that match and he is a big-time player ready that thrives in big-time matches. So far in the 2022-23 Premier League season, Haaland has scored 11 times in seven games with three multi-goal performances.
Leeds United vs Aston Villa, Sunday, Oct. 2 – Leeds moneyline +130
Leeds are one of six teams that will be playing their first match since the first weekend of September. The long layoff was just what they needed to return to near full health. This weekend’s match with Aston Villa will likely see the return of Rodrigo Moreno, Patrick Bamford, and Rasmus Kristensen from injury. Moreno and Bamford will improve a lackluster attack that has only scored four times in the last three matches that included two losses. Kristensen has been a rock in defense thus far in the Premier League season but missed Leeds’s last match which ended in a 5-2 defeat to Brentford. Aston Villa on the other hand is amidst an injury crisis that will see them without defenders Diego Carlos, Lucas Digne, and Matty Cash when they make the trip to the hostile Elland Road. Leeds have yet to lose at home this season and could very well get three more points when Aston Villa comes to town.
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