It's another busy weekend of Premier League action on Matchday 9. Saturday features eight matches, while both Manchester teams are in business on Sunday — including a can't-miss clash between Chelsea and United to close out the weekend. Win, lose or draw, here's how we predict each and every Premier League game will shake out.
Saturday: Bournemouth vs. Tottenham
Spurs remain the Premier League's only unbeaten team, but a collection of draws rather than wins sees them third in the table. A win against Eddie Howe's Cherries would provisionally move them to the summit, however, for at least a few hours. Bournemouth have proved to be a tough out, and Tottenham will be tested by a decently balanced team that has scored 12 goals and allowed 12 goals. Spurs ace Harry Kane could factor into the match if he's able to return from an injury layoff. His replacement, Son Heung-Min, has proven he's up to the task should Kane not be ready. The styles set up for an open and entertaining match, which Spurs should emerge from with a much-desired full complement of points.
Final score: Bournemouth 1-2 Tottenham
Saturday: Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough
Arsenal are white-hot, running through all opposition in both the Premier League and in the Champions League. With seven wins in a row in all competitions, floundering Middlesbrough in the pipeline and a sold out Emirates all considered, this could be a blood bath. That won't bode well for Boro, who sit just outside of the relegation zone. Their saving grace at the moment? Goal differential. It'll be a stunner if the Gunners don't win this match. The question isn't if they win, but rather by how much.
Final score: Arsenal 3-0 Middlesbrough
Saturday: Hull City vs. Stoke City
What happened to Hull's dream start? Ever since beating Leicester and Swansea to open the season, the Tigers have mustered just a single point over their last six matches. Stoke were pitted in what was expected to be an ugly affair last weekend against Sunderland and managed to claw out a win. Points are crucial for both, and a draw would be serviceable but not ideal. It's a winnable match for both sides, but Hull's tailspin isn't showing signs of letting up. Something worth noting: The Tigers conceded four goals last week on set pieces alone. Peter Crouch isn't the threat he once was, but don't be surprised if the lanky striker comes on in a critical set piece to try his luck.
Final score: Hull City 0-2 Stoke City
Saturday: Burnley vs. Everton
Everton enter the match in the midst of an offensive funk. They've scored twice in their past three matches, which is concerning when you consider the style of play they prefer and the collection of attacking talent Ronald Koeman boasts. If not for Maarten Stekelenburg's heroics against Man City where he saved a pair of penalties, Everton would be winless in their last three outings. Burnley's two wins so far this season have come at Turf Moor. The promoted side play casual defense, but they have a shot to continue keeping the Toffee attack at bay. If they accomplish that feat, they might just be able to earn themselves a point at home.
Final score: Burnley 1-1 Everton
Saturday: Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace
The Premier League has proven to be much more difficult for Leicester to navigate as defending champions rather than as a newly promoted side. The Foxes were comprehensively beaten last week by Chelsea, failing to register a single shot on target. That said, they've rolled through the start of their first-ever Champions League group stage, so go figure. Palace are comfortably in the middle of the table thanks in large part to Alan Pardew's reclamation project of Christian Benteke. On the flip side, Palace have yet to keep a single clean sheet thus far. Last season, Leicester would be favored to take the cake, but it's not last year. Their league struggles will continue with a draw at home.
Final score: Leicester City 1-1 Crystal Palace
Saturday: Swansea City vs. Watford
American manager Bob Bradley still has his work cut out for him if he's to save Swansea from the drop. Last week's 3-2 loss at Arsenal was encouraging, but in the end it didn't do anything to help their position. Watford aren't Arsenal, but they're smack dab at middle of the table and coming off of a win at Middlesbrough. Fernando Llorente returns for Swansea, but their woes run deeper than scoring goals. Watford are a quality team that should capitalize on the discombobulation at Liberty Stadium. Bradley's first Premier League win will have to wait at least another week.
Final score: Swansea 1-2 Watford
Saturday: West Ham United vs. Sunderland
The Hammers have had a disappointing season overall so far, but they finally got back in the win column last week against Palace. West Ham's leaky defense was a large contributor to their moribund start, but they've shored up in recent matches. Sunderland are Sunderland, which is to say they've collected a measly two points from eight matches and look like shoo-ins to be relegated. It's tough to see them winning a match no matter who the Black Cats are playing. West Ham will keep rolling, much to the delight of Hammers fans.
Final score: West Ham United 2-0 Sunderland
Saturday: Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion
Liverpool were handed a brutal stretch of matches to start the Premier League season, and they passed the test with flying colors. They won at Arsenal, drew at Tottenham and won at Chelsea — all impressive results. After an 8-game stretch littered with potential land mines, the Reds sit pretty in fourth place. Manchester United frustrated them last weekend, but that's what Jose Mourinho is known for. West Brom will likely try to replicate that strategy and sneak off with a point, but that's easier said than done. Liverpool should be able to work around West Brom should the Baggies hunker down.
Final score: Liverpool 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Sunday: Manchester City vs. Southampton
City have hit a bit of a slump by their standards, drawing and losing two of their last league matches. Toss in a midweek pasting from Barcelona, and Pep Guardiola's men are out of sorts. Are they susceptible to another loss this weekend? Possibly. Southampton are a fine side and should be competing for spots in Europe when the season is all said and done. Claude Puel has the Saints playing a staunch defense, but City have an abundance of attacking talent. Guardiola fielded questions from reporters about changing his style following City's dip in form, and laughed them off. He and an angry City team will get themselves a hard-fought result against a worthy adversary.
Final score: Manchester City 1-0 Southampton
Sunday: Chelsea vs. Manchester United
The final match of the Premier League weekend is a doozy. Chelsea and Man United both have designs on winning the league and have the quality to do so. The biggest question is: How will Jose Mourinho set up United to approach Chelsea in his return to Stamford Bridge? His pragmatic and defensive stubbornness earned United a point against another title contender in Liverpool last week. Will he do the same against the Blues? On the other end, Chelsea's defensive woes seem to have been remedied, at least for the time being, with a new formation. Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 gives the Blues a numbers advantage in attack, which could be enough to unlock United. This match is a toss up, with a result either way or a draw all at play. Mourinho would love nothing more than to scoop a point at the Bridge, but he'll have to wait.