We have another big weekend of Premier League action to look forward to this week as we head into Matchday 8, the final set of games before the second international break of the season. Liverpool and Manchester City still lead the way occupying the top two spots in the table, with Leicester City being the team that is their closest challengers in third and Leicester face Liverpool this weekend in an enthralling game at Anfield on Saturday.
There are nine other games taking place across Saturday and Sunday before the international break kicks in and there is no doubt that all the teams in the EPL will be hoping to head into that break on the back of a good performance and, ideally, three points in the bag. So which teams will be the ones celebrating and who will be wishing away the international break looking to get back to winning ways next time out.
We decided to take a closer look at this weekend’s games to find out.
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Premier League Matchday 8
Saturday 5th October (3pm Unless Stated)
- Brighton v Tottenham (12.30pm)
After their humiliation in midweek in the Champions League, losing 7-2 at home to Bayern Munich, Tottenham fans will be expecting a much better performance away to a Brighton side without a win since the opening day of the season. However, Spurs away form is equally worrying for them at the moment and even though Brighton are without a win, the issues Spurs have mean that this game is by no means a certain win for the away team. There’s something definitely amiss at Spurs and in truth, unless they pick up three points here, that will continue to be the case. However, I feel Spurs will do just enough to claim the win. Back a narrow Spurs win here by a 2-1 scoreline at 17/2.
- Burnley v Everton
With four defeats in their last five, Everton come into this game badly needing a result, but they face a Burnley side with just one defeat in their last five, albeit with just one win over that same number of games. Everton won this game last season 5-1, and they’d love a repeat of that, but I can’t see that happening with the form both teams are in. If anything, it looks more like Burnley are the team most likely to be celebrating a win, but I feel that the Toffees will end their losing streak here and record a share of the spoils. Back the draw here at 9/4.
- Liverpool v Leicester City
This game finished all square at Anfield last season as Leicester, along with Man City, were the only teams to pick up a point from their trip to Liverpool. The Reds have started the season with seven wins from seven and while Leicester lie third, they have just one win from their three away games so far, drawing and losing the others. This will be a battle and it will be close, but I just think Liverpool have that winning knack at the moment and as such, I am backing them to land the win. Back Liverpool to win this one 2-0 at odds of 15/2.
- Norwich City v Aston Villa
The two newly promoted sides have found life tough in the Premier League with Norwich sitting 17th in the table and Aston Villa 18th. A point separates the teams but for me, I think Norwich have been the stronger of the two performers this season. The Canaries always look likely to grab a goal or two at home and against a shot-shy Aston Villa, I think they have enough firepower to be able to concede a goal, but still come out on top. Norwich are 5/4 for the win here and I think that is a good value bet.
- Watford v Sheffield United
Can Watford pick up their first win of the season at home to the Blades? It’s been a torrid campaign so far for the home side, culminating in their 8-0 hammering at Manchester City, but their opponents have had a very strong start to life in the Premier League and they pushed Liverpool hard last weekend in a 1-0 defeat. I think the visitors are good enough to pick something up here, but I just can’t quite see it being all three points. Take the draw here at 23/10.
- West Ham v Crystal Palace
The Hammers have an excellent recent record in this game, with Palace recording just one win in the last ten games between the teams. After losing on the opening day to Manchester City, West Ham have been unbeaten since and although Palace have started the season better than last year, I still feel they are too inconsistent at times, especially in front of goal. As such, I think this will be a close battle but that West Ham will come out on top. Back West Ham to win at even money.
Sunday 6th October (2pm Unless Stated)
- Arsenal v Bournemouth
The Gunners will be happy with their point away to Manchester United on Monday night while Bournemouth have picked up seven points from the last nine available to move right up the table. Defensively the Gunners still look very suspect and I can see Bournemouth scoring a goal, but I do like the look of Arsenal going forward and it is for that reason alone I’d back Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 13/10.
- Manchester City v Wolves
How will Manchester City perform against Wolves this weekend? A battling 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb was not really the ideal preparation for this, in a game City could have won far more comfortably. Wolves won their first game of the season last weekend against Watford at Molineux but this looks like being a very difficult test for them on Sunday afternoon and in truth, I don’t see them getting anything from this trip north. Back Man City to win to nil at 8/11.
- Southampton v Chelsea
Can Chelsea continue their decent away form of late against the Saints, who have lost both their last two Premier League games? Frank Lampard’s side have a great record against their opponents in the Premier League and the smart money would be on a Chelsea win here. However that worrying defensive record of 13 goals conceded (the third worst in the EPL) is a worry, Despite that, Saints form is also lacking and while I can see both teams scoring, I am backing Chelsea to win. Take Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 12/5.
- Newcastle Utd v Manchester Utd (4.30pm)
Can Manchester United bounce back to winning ways on the road for the first time in the EPL this season? Newcastle have not been in the best of form of late and their 5-0 humiliation at Leicester last weekend was a new low for the club. They need a strong performance here against a United team also lacking a little belief and I feel that they may well get it. United should win this, but I just don’t have the confidence they can score the goals to do that. As such, I think this has the look of a draw which is a 5/2 shot.
*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 12pm on Wednesday 2nd October 2019.