In this round, MU will meet a rather difficult opponent, Southampton. Currently, “Red Devils” are ranked 13th with 13 points, less than 9th and 10th place only 1 point. If MU wins against Southampton, the chance for MU to advance in the standings is huge. If they win, MU will have 16 points and continue to rise above neighbor Man City (currently with 15 points and ranked 8th).
However, to do this is not easy when the home team has a series of 7 consecutive unbeaten matches in the Premier League with 5 wins and 2 draws. St. Mary is also a strong fulcrum of Southampton when they have won 4 out of the last 5 times. In the past, Southampton was also a very annoying opponent for MU when the last 4/5 matches between the two teams had a draw.
Before round 10, Liverpool is expected to play the role of “a good fisherman” because it only meets Brighton, while the top teams must face directly (Chelsea – Tottenham) or meet strong opponents (Southampton – MU). However, in the unlucky match with the appearance of the “godly” VAR, the defending champion was suddenly held 1-1.
This result still helps Liverpool (21 points / 10 matches) take the No. 1 position, 1 point ahead of Tottenham but kick more than 1 match. Just win the round 10 match, Chelsea or Tottenham will officially take over the top of the table from the hand “Red Brigade”. Even Leicester (18 points) has a chance to equalize points with Jurgen Klopp’s teachers and students if they beat Fulham.
Man City is the most impressive team in the last series when it “destroyed” Burnley 5-0. With this result, the army led by Pep Guardiola temporarily climbed to 8th place (15 points / 9 matches), only 3 points behind Leicester’s fourth place.
It is worth mentioning that they still have 1 match (offsetting round 1 against Aston Villa) and if all goes well, the prospect of Man City fans seeing their beloved team return to the championship group is no longer there. far. Of course, “half-green to Manchester” can be relegated if West Ham (14 points), Wolves (14 points), or MU (13 points) win the next series.
The advantage for Man City is the unstable performance of the top teams, typically Everton. The team used to lead the ranking “drying clothes” against Leeds United 1-0 at home and remained in sixth place (16 points / 10 matches). This is the 4th defeat after the last 5 matches of Carlo Ancelotti’s teachers and students.