Week 7 in the Premier League saw an all-time classic played out between Chelsea and Liverpool who shared the spoils, allowing Manchester City to nip in and return to the top of the table. Arsenal continued their impressive winning streak whilst Tottenham, Everton and Leicester all picked up solid wins. Elsewhere, the problems continue to mount for Manchester United who lost at West Ham – who pulled away from the relegation zone leaving Newcastle, Cardiff and Huddersfield floundering at the foot of the table.
Here are our picks for the eighth round of fixtures in the Premier League:
5:00am Brighton vs West Ham United – AMEX Stadium
West Ham United ($2.8)
Friday night Premier League football with in-form West Ham travelling south to struggling Brighton in what looks to be a fascinating clash of styles. The Hammers put in an impressive performance in beating Manchester United at home last time out, to clinch their first home win of the season whilst Brighton have only won once this term and need to start picking up points quickly. With 5 points from their opening 7 games, the Seagulls have been solid this season without pulling up any proverbial trees. With their only win coming over Manchester United this season, the Seagulls have been well beaten by Tottenham and Manchester City in recent weeks and will see this game as very winnable. The pundits were rounding on for Manuel Pellegrini after being bottom of the table with 4 games played, but the Chilean has bounced back impressively in recent weeks Wins over Everton and Manchester United have also been complimented with an 8-0 thumping of Macclesfield in the Carabao Cup and an impressive 0-0 draw with high-flying Chelsea. With both teams eying up top half finishes, this could be a highly entertaining match that promises goals and it could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($5.5) – BET NOW
12:00am Burnley vs Huddersfield Town – Turf Moor
Huddersfield Town ($4.2)
David Wagner takes his struggling side to Turf Moor in what promises to be a tough afternoon for the Terriers against a resurgent Burnley side. The Clarets have won their last 2 Premier League games and look well placed to steer clear of the relegation picture whilst Huddersfield have been in dreadful form this season and desperately need to see their results improve quickly if they are to avoid a relegation battle. Things are starting to look up for Burnley who have bounced back from a dreadful start in the Premier League with back to back wins. They now have 7 points from 7 games played and will be looking to continue their solid form now that they only have the league to focus on. The Terriers are enduring a tough start to the season, with only 3 goals scored and 2 points registered from their opening 7 Premier League matches for David Wagner’s men. A lifeless 2-0 defeat at home to Tottenham last time out did nothing to inspire any thoughts of climbing the league currently and they need to improve quickly
Betting tip: Burnley to win the match to nil ($3.2) – BET NOW
Burnley to win 2-0
12:00am Crystal Palace vs Wolves – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($2.88)
In-form Wolves travel to East London to take on Crystal Palace in what promises to be an entertaining encounter at Selhurst Park. Wolves have taken the Premier League by storm this season and look well equipped at the highest level whilst Palace have underwhelmed somewhat under Roy Hodgson so far this term but have a blend of youth and experience that should hold them in good stead for the rest of the campaign. Crystal Palace are 13th in the Premier League having endured a mixed start to the season. With 7 points from their opening 7 games, Roy Hodgson will be hoping his side can kick on from their reasonable start to the season and aim for a top half finish. Wolves are flying high in the Premier League, picking up 12 points from their opening 7 games to sit in 9th place in the table. With only one defeat on their record this season in the Premier League, they have taken points off both Manchester clubs and beaten the likes of Burnley and Southampton in what has been a stellar opening to the campaign. This could be a fantastic game between two entertaining teams and it could well end up honours even in East London.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.5) – BET NOW
12:00am Leicester City vs Everton – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($2.3)
Two sides looking to muscle into the European football picture face off in what is being dubbed as a battle between the ‘best of the rest’ between Leicester City and Everton. Both sides have recruited in big number during the summer and whilst they look some distance off reaching the Champions League places come May, they will both be hoping to get closer to the established top 6 by the end of the campaign. Claude Puel’s side are in the midst of a three match unbeaten run in all competitions and comfortably dispatched of Newcastle on the road last time out. With goals flying in at both ends, it promises to be a highly entertaining season at the King Power Stadium and the Foxes will be looking to improve on their current league standing of 8th. It’s been a mixed start to the season for Everton – who can’t seem to string any sort of consistency together at the moment. An impressive 3-0 win over Fulham last time out was backed up by a Carabao Cup defeat at the hands of Southampton on penalties in midweek. With both teams needing points and pushing for the top half, this could be an absolutely fantastic game between two attack minded sides.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.3) – BET NOW
12:00am Tottenham vs Cardiff City – Wembley Stadium
Cardiff City ($15)
Winless Cardiff City travel to Tottenham in what promises to be a difficult trip to London for the South Walians on Saturday afternoon. Tottenham have struggled for consistency this season, with question marks still looming over their new stadium and will be eager to pick up another win at Wembley with the New White Hart Lane stadium scheduled to be finished at the end of the month. Tottenham put have picked up back to back Premier League wins – at the expense of Brighton and Huddersfield and look set to make an assault on the top 4 this season. Mauricio Pochettino’s men currently sit 4th in the table and will be looking to bounce back from midweek Champions League disappointment at the hands of Barcelona. Neil Warnock’s side have looked out of their depth so far in the Premier League, only managing to collect 2 points from their opening 7 games. With many of the bigger teams now played, the Bluebirds will be looking to target survival from the drop this season. Tottenham have been in and out of form so far this season and need to keep winning to stay in touch with the leaders at the top of the league and should get a comfortable home win under their belts here.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match to nil ($1.98) – BET NOW
Tottenham to win 2-0
12:00am Watford vs Bournemouth – Vicarage Road
Two sides that have hit the ground running in the Premier League face off in what promises to be an excellent encounter at Vicarage Road. Watford have seen their progress checked a little in recent weeks but set the league alight by winning their opening 4 games and look to have a strong squad, whilst Bournemouth are flying high under Eddie Howe in 7th place in the table. Watford have had a good start to the season despite losing to Manchester United and Arsenal – picking up 13 points from their opening 7 games. Early season relegation fears have been dispelled as the Hornets currently sit 6th in the table and they will be hoping to sustain such form throughout the season under Javi Gracia. The Cherries sit 7th in the Premier League, also on 13 points and Eddie Howe’s men have displayed real resolve and resilience once again this term. They bounced back from a 4-0 thumping at Burnley to beat Blackburn in the Carabao Cup before beating Crystal Palace in an eventful Monday Night Football clash. Both sides have had really good starts to the season and they will be doing their utmost to keep it going. This should be a very even game between two full blooded sides and a score draw looks on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.33) – BET NOW
2:30am Manchester United vs Newcastle United – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.45)
Newcastle United ($8)
Two sides in disarray meet on Saturday evening with Rafa Benitez’s beleaguered Newcastle side travelling to Manchester United – who themselves are in the midst of a barren run of form and were booed off by their own support in midweek. Manchester United have failed to win their last 4 matches in all competitions and the sharks are circling for Jose Mourinho. The problems are mounting for Jose Mourinho – who is now the odds on favourite to be the next manager sacked in the Premier League. A turgid defeat at the hands of West Ham last time out has left United 8 points off the pace in the Premier League and the midweek draw with Valencia in the Champions League has raised serious questions too. The Toon have struggled so far this season, with only 2 points to their name from 7 games played, and Rafa Benitez looks to be a man under pressure. Last weekend’s 2-0 home defeat to Leicester was yet another worrying performance for the Toon who need inspiration from somewhere if they are to avoid the drop. With both sides in poor form, this could be a real battle but Manchester United possess plenty of fire power and should get past Newcastle here.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match to nil ($2.38) – BET NOW
Manchester United to win 2-0
9:00pm Fulham vs Arsenal – Craven Cottage
Unai Emery’s in-from Arsenal travel across the capital to take on struggling Fulham in what promises to be a fascinating London Derby. The Gunners are in the midst of an 8-match winning streak and look full of confidence whilst Fulham, look to be struggling with the demands of the Premier League and need to adapt quickly to avoid a relegation scrap. The Cottagers can’t seem to put any sort of run of form together and have struggled to make a significant impact on their return to the top flight. Their 3-1 win at Millwall in the Carabao Cup was followed up by a 3-0 thumping by Everton and their league form needs to improve if they are to avoid slipping towards the foot of the table. The Gunners are in fine form in the Premier League – with 5 wins on the spin coupled with impressive victories in the Europa League and Carabao Cup to boot. Unai Emery looks to be feeding his ideologies to the players quickly, epitomised by their 2-0 win over Watford last time out and his free flowing, attacking style looks to be the perfect match for the Gunners faithful. Fulham are an exciting side but have been in poor form recently whilst Arsenal look unstoppable and should pick up 3 more points on the road here.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match and both teams to score ($2.7) – BET NOW
Arsenal to win 3-1
11:15pm Southampton vs Chelsea – St Mary’s Stadium
High-flying Chelsea travel to Southampton hoping to keep their unbeaten start to the season going under Maurizio Sarri. Saints have endured an inconsistent start to their Premier League season but will be looking to kick on from their midweek Carabao Cup over Everton and use it as a catalyst for the season ahead. Winless in their last 2 Premier League games, Mark Hughes will be hoping to see his side pull away from the relegation drop zone quickly. Currently sat in 16th place, with 6 points, results do need to improve, although they may not be targeting games such as this for points. The Blues have enjoyed an unbeaten start to their season in all competitions – winning 5 of their 7 Premier League games – to sit 3rd in the Premier League. Consecutive wins in the Europa League have also helped their cause as well as impressive showings against Liverpool in both the Carabao Cup and Premier League. Southampton need to start picking up points quickly but Chelsea are a really tough opponent and should get three more points in their title pursuit on Sunday afternoon.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match to nil ($2.7) – BET NOW
Chelsea to win 2-0
1:30am Liverpool vs Manchester City – Anfield
Manchester City ($2.7)
Two title contenders face off in the highlight of the Premier League fixture list in week 8 as Pep Guardiola takes his all-conquering Manchester City to the Anfield cauldron to take on Jurgen Klopp’s reds. With both sides possessing unbeaten records at the start of the season and occupying the top two spots in the league table, the stakes could not be higher. Liverpool have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season under Jurgen Klopp – winning 6 of their opening 7 Premier League fixtures – only dropping points at Chelsea last time out. They have seen their progress checked in recent weeks with a Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea and midweek Champions League defeat at Napoli and they will be looking to bounce back here. Manchester City look well placed to make a strong defence of their Premier League title and returned to the top of the table after beating Brighton last Saturday. They bounced back from their opening day Champions League disappointment against Lyon to beat Hoffenheim in midweek to extend their winning streak to 4 games. Both sides will be bang up for what looks to be the biggest game of the season so far and it could well end up honours even between two very strong sides.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.25) – BET NOW
EPL Week 8 multi bet:
We’re backing three results this week as a treble with a betting stake of $50:
Tottenham vs Cardiff City – Tottenham to win
Burnley vs Huddersfield Town – Burnley to win
Fulham vs Arsenal – Arsenal to win
Southampton vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Pays $7.35 for all to win – BET NOW
A $50 wager would pay out $367.50 if successful at the current odds.