Premier League Matchday Seven Review, Matchday Eight Preview
We had a very good week with our tips in the Premier League last weekend making a massive profit on the games we bet on and that was a good way to celebrate the ‘lucky’ seventh week of the season. I am hoping that we can continue that excellent run of form with our tips this week for the eighth matchday of the season and the last one before we head into another international break.
This weekend sees first placed Liverpool defending their 100% winning record this season at Anfield against third-placed Leicester City, a team that managed to earn a 1-1 draw at the same venue last season, one of only two teams to pick up a point at Anfield over the course of the campaign (the other was Manchester City). City themselves face Wolves at the Etihad and on Sunday there’s a big clash at St James’ Park as Newcastle United try to bounce back from a 5-0 walloping by Leicester to take on Manchester United, who have not won away from home in the league this season.
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Let’s now recap the current situation in the Premier League after matchday seven and take a look ahead to the fixtures this weekend.
Premier League Matchday 8 Results
- Sheffield United 0-1 Liverpool
- Crystal Palace 2-0 Norwich City
- Aston Villa 2-2 Burnley
- Bournemouth 2-2 West Ham
- Wolves 2-0 Watford
- Tottenham 2-1 Southampton
- Chelsea 2-0 Brighton
- Everton 1-3 Manchester City
- Leicester City 5-0 Newcastle United
- Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal
Premier League Table
Premier League Matchday 8 Fixtures & Tips
Saturday 5th October (3pm Unless Stated)
- Brighton v Tottenham (12.30pm)
Tottenham’s away form has been abysmal for the last eight months or so and they face a tricky trip to the south coast to take on a Brighton team that have found wins difficult to come by, but who have picked up two draws in their last three games. The Seagulls are finding goalscoring a problem with just five scored so far this season (2nd lowest in the division) and as such, I think Spurs may just about end their awayday jinx here. Back Spurs to win at 17/20.
- Burnley v Everton
Only Norwich and Watford have lost more games in the EPL this season than Everton and with four defeats in their last five games, the pressure is on manager Marco Silva to turn their season around. A trip to Turf Moor however is always a very difficult task and Sean Dyche has his team playing some quality football and the home side have lost just once in the last five games. I can see them extending that here as I feel this one looks like being a draw (9/4).
- Liverpool v Leicester City
After a below par performance against Sheffield United, a game which they were fortunate to win, Liverpool return to Anfield to face a Leicester City side flying on the back of a 5-0 win over Newcastle and who also picked up a point from the corresponding game here last season. The Reds won’t need any further warning than that against a very strong Foxes outfit and while I can see Leicester finding the net here, I just think Liverpool will do enough to make it eight wins from eight. Back Liverpool to win at 2/5.
- Norwich City v Aston Villa
It’s been a tough few weeks for Norwich City following their win over Manchester City. The Canaries have lost their next two games and now sit just one place above the drop zone, the spot that Aston Villa are located in the table. These two newly promoted sides are very different, Norwich more attack minded, Villa more defensive but I feel with home advantage, Norwich should have the edge here and take the points on offer (5/4).
- Watford v Sheffield United
Can the Hornets secure their first victory of the season? They face a Sheffield United team that arguably gave Liverpool their biggest test in the Premier League this season in a 1-0 defeat at Bramhall Lane. Watford’s form is very poor though at the moment and confidence is very low and I feel the Blades could well get a share the spoils from this game. Back the draw here at 23/10.
- West Ham v Crystal Palace
West Ham have a very good record in this fixture, having lost just one of the last ten games between the teams, winning five with four draws. The Hammers home form, apart from their sole defeat to Manchester City has been solid, rather than spectacular, while Palace are still as erratic as they were last season, although they have been a tad more consistent at home. This will be a real London derby battle and it will be close, but I am backing West Ham to land the win at even money.
Sunday 6th October (2pm Unless Stated)
- Arsenal v Bournemouth
Four places in the table separate these teams, but just one point is the gap and Bournemouth’s recent improvement in form will mean they head into this game with a good degree of confidence having taken seven of the last nine points available. However, Arsenal are in decent form at home and after a solid draw against Man Utd at Old Trafford on Monday, I feel they are going to back that result up with a win here. Take Arsenal to win at 4/11.
- Manchester City v Wolves
There’s a good reason Manchester City are 1/8 for the win in this game and why I am backing them to land the win. That is because City have been superb at home this season and almost no team has had them in trouble against their own fans. Wolves were a tricky side for the top six teams to beat last season but this season has been more of a struggle and in truth, I can’t really see any way that they will keep City from scoring at least a few goals. As such, it’s a City win for me (1/8).
- Southampton v Chelsea
Can Southampton halt their losing run of two games against a Chelsea side that seems to be performing better away from home at the moment? Frank Lampard’s young side are starting to click nicely but still look like conceding goals too often for me but they face a Southampton side that are lacking a little confidence at the moment. That said, the Saints are generally strong at home and I can see them finding the net here and perhaps both teams earning a point (11/4).
- Newcastle Utd v Manchester Utd (4.30pm)
The final game of the weekend sees two former Premier League frontrunners facing off against each other. Newcastle’s best days are many years behind them now and Steve Bruce has a real job on his hands to get his team confidence back following a 5-0 hammering at Leicester. United were held at home by Arsenal and goalscoring continues to be a problem for United but I feel if they can get one goal here, that may be just enough for the visitors to land the win (10/11).