Premier League Preview and Tips for Matchday Eight
We had another great week last week with seven out of our ten tips in the Full Time Result market coming in and producing a very healthy profit, while we were also on fire with the goalscorers with Mesut Ozil, Jamie Vardy and Eden Hazard all also finding the net to land us another set of wins.
I was disappointed I missed out on my correct score selections last week though as they tend to generate a healthy win and the week before I had landed three. Still, I was only out by one goal on several games, which goes to show I was at least in the ball park.
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The big game last weekend provided plenty of drama with a well worked Eden Hazard goal giving Chelsea the lead against Liverpool. Both sides missed chances before a late Daniel Sturridge stunner from 30 yards handed the Reds a point that they deserved based on their performance throughout the 90 minutes.
It was a bad week once again for Manchester United as they under-performed at West Ham, going down to a 3-1 defeat to Manuel Pellegrini’s reinvigorated Hammers team. Manchester City however rolled on with a solid 2-0 win over Brighton, while both Arsenal and Tottenham picked up 2-0 wins, the Gunners defeating Watford at the Emirates Stadium, while Spurs cruised to a 2-0 win thanks to a Harry Kane double, away at Huddersfield Town.
Along with the other results, this means that we now have three unbeaten teams in the Premier League, Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea, with three teams yet to record a win this season (Newcastle, Cardiff City and Huddersfield).
This weekend sees another massive game in the context of the Premier League as Manchester City take on Liverpool at Anfield in what should be another lights-out matchup between the teams. In the four games between the teams last season, we saw City win 5-0 at home in the league, but Liverpool then won the next three matches 4-3 at Anfield in the return and then 3-0 and 2-1 in the Champions League over two legs.
Here’s my selections for this and all the other games taking place from Friday in the Premier League this week.
Premier League Matchday 8
Previews and Tips
- Brighton v West Ham United
This weekend’s opening match takes place on Friday night and sees an improving West Ham side make the trip south to face Brighton who have decent home form in the Premier League. Chris Hughton have given the top teams a real test this season, even when results have not gone their way and I expect them to do the same here. West Ham though are unbeaten in four and I think the confidence they have from that will ensure they get a point from this game.
Full Time Result – Draw – 11/5
Correct Score – Brighton 2-2 West Ham – 16/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Anthony Knockaert (Brighton) 7/2
- Burnley v Huddersfield Town
Burnley have found their form at the right time with two wins in their last two games against Bournemouth and Cardiff City. Now they face another struggler in Huddersfield at home in a game that the Clarets will be feeling is a game is theirs for the taking. Huddersfield are really struggling this season and a lack of goals, combined with far too many conceded, has them in real trouble. I think Burnley win this one and win it comfortably to continue their recent revival.
Full Time Result – Home Win – 21/20
Correct Score – Burnley 3-0 Huddersfield – 20/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Ashley Barnes (Burnley) 15/8
- Crystal Palace v Wolves
Palace fans will be annoyed at the way they dropped a point against Bournemouth on Monday night, when Sakho’s silly challenge in the box saw Bournemouth awarded a late penalty to secure the win. Palace do this too often for me and I think Wolves are a side that will capitalise on it. I’ve been really impressed with Nuno Santo’s men this season and I think they can get all three points here on Saturday afternoon.
Full Time Result – Away Win – 7/4
Correct Score – Crystal Palace 1-2 Wolves – 11/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Diogo Jota (Wolves) 12/5
- Watford v Bournemouth
Both these teams have done better than expected in the Premier League this season to lie 7th and 8th above the likes of Leicester, Man Utd and Everton. Watford have home advantage but their wastefulness in front of goal is a worry, especially against a Bournemouth side who tend to take the chances they create. That’s why here I’m backing the draw, rather than a home win.
Full Time Result – Draw – 5/2
Correct Score – Watford 1-1 Bournemouth – 6/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Andre Gray (Watford) 13/8
- Leicester City v Everton
Solid wins for both these teams last weekend means they will head into this game with great confidence, but for me, Leicester are the clear pick here. Home teams have held the advantage in this fixture over the last three years and I can see that continuing here, especially with the pace and energy Leicester’s attacking players have compared to Everton’s somewhat flat-footed defence. The Toffees will make a real game of it, but I think the Foxes clinch a home win here.
Full Time Result – Home Win – 5/4
Correct Score – Leicester City 2-1 Everton – 9/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Jamie Vardy (Leicester) 6/5
- Tottenham v Cardiff City
Spurs have bounced back well from a poor run of results of late and they now face a Cardiff City team still without a win this season. In truth, Neil Warnock’s side look likely to be one of the relegation sides this year as they cannot score goals and are conceding way too many. Spurs should win this one and I would be very surprised if they don’t score a fair few in the process of doing so.
Full Time Result – Home Win – 1/6
Correct Score – Tottenham 3-0 Cardiff City – 15/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Son Heung-Min (Tottenham) 6/5
- Manchester United v Newcastle United
Neither of these teams will be happy with their performances this season. Manchester United’s three league defeats leaves them way off the pace and it is clear all is not well with Jose and his players. Newcastle are yet to win and Old Trafford is not a likely place for that run to end for Rafa Benitez’s men who have had a very tough start to the season but who have equally not scored anywhere near enough goals. I’m expecting an edgy home win for the Red Devils here.
Full Time Result – Home Win – 4/9
Correct Score – Manchester United 2-1 Newcastle United – 15/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) 10/11
- Fulham v Arsenal
Fulham’s defensive problems are well documented and in truth, unless they can find a way to stop conceding on average two goals per game, they will go down come May. Arsenal are not great defensively either but they have a very prolific attack who are firing nicely at the moment and if it comes down to which two teams has the greater goalscoring prowess, then this is a game the Gunners should win easily.
Full Time Result – Away Win – 4/7
Correct Score – Fulham 1-3 Arsenal – 11/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) 21/20
- Southampton v Chelsea
Chelsea almost snatched a second win over Liverpool in the space of a few days at the weekend but had to be content with a second draw in a row in the Premier League and they now face a tricky trip to Southampton. However the Saints form at the moment is not great and in truth, I can’t see them having anywhere near enough to upset this Chelsea side who are playing some great football at the moment.
Full Time Result – Away Win – 4/7
Correct Score – Southampton 1-3 Chelsea – 14/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) 6/4
- Liverpool v Manchester City
Could this be one of the Premier League’s pivotal games just 8 matches into the season? The top two clash at Anfield with the top of the table awaiting the winner heading into the International break. City’s record at Anfield in recent times is shocking and they have lost the last three to Liverpool. The Reds attack is stuttering a little compared to last season but in what is sure to be an incredible atmosphere at Anfield, I am expecting the home team to be inspired to another win here.
Full Time Result – Home Win – 11/8
Correct Score – Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City – 10/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) 13/8