2017/2018 EPL Week 8 Preview

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A wild weekend of international football and it’s time to get back to the English Premier League with plenty to look forward to this week. Manchester United and Liverpool kick things off with the early game Saturday while Tottenham look for their first league win at Wembley.

Liverpool Vs Manchester United

Saturday 15 October, 10:30pm, Anfield

The Premier League comes back in a big way with Anfield playing host to one of the biggest rivalries in English football.

The Reds have endured a rough last month starting with a thumping at the hands of Man City plus two draws including a 1-1 at Newcastle in their last game.

To top it all off they are now without Saido Mane, who sustained an injury while away with Senegal.

United on the other hand have been borderline unstoppable, dropping points just once in the last month.

That run should come to an end here as Jurgen Klopp will find a way to stifle and frustrate a potent United attack.

Expect a scoring draw here with some extra Jose Mourinho histrionics on the sideline.

Back the Draw @ $3.25

Manchester City Vs Stoke City

Sunday 15 October, 1:00am, The Etihad

Stoke travel to league leaders Man City for a game which sees Mark Hughes face (one of) his former employers and reports suggest that they will be able to play influential midfielder Joe Allen following a reported head injury.

The fact they will be missing Ryan Shawcross is not going to be helpful at all as they prepare to face the highest scoring team in the league.

Sergio Aguero returned to training but will be out for the weekend however City should have more than enough firepower to get them by Stoke here and should win by quite a bit as a value play.

Back Manchester City to Win -2 Goals @ $2

Swansea City Vs Huddersfield Town

Sunday 15 October, 1:00am, Liberty Stadium

With the pending arrival of newly promoted side Huddersfield, the questions are being asked in Wales about where Swansea need to go this season having notched their only win of the season on August 27.

Since then they have dropped three of their last four and desperately need a win.

The return of Nathan Dyer will hopefully provide that boost to a team that could use any help right now.

Huddersfield are sitting comfortably in the middle of the table and will see this as a chance for a crucial away win with their form needing some help with three draws and two losses in their last five.

Neither side will likely come away satisfied with the draw here but it’s hard to see either team really finding a breakthrough in an arm wrestle.

Back the Draw @ $2.60

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Bournemouth

Sunday 15 October, 1:00am, Wembley

You would think there is some sort of curse going on with Spurs in the Premier League at their temporary lodgings of Wembley.

Still yet to win a game, they take on Bournemouth with possibly their best chance of breaking that duck.

Goals were certainly not a problem for them in their last three League matches putting away three, three and four respectively, however they were all on the road.

Bournemouth have been competitive in recent games with their last three league matches decided by one goal or less.

With the reported injury to striker Joshua King it will make their task all the more difficult should the game turn into a shootout.

There is not a lot of value in this game as I can’t confidently back Tottenham until they show they can get the job done at home.

No Bet

Crystal Palace Vs Chelsea

Sunday 15 October, 1:00am, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea travel to Selhurst Park and would be feeling pretty good considering their players came through the international window largely unscathed.

It is a venue that holds some good memories for them having won six of the last eight matches there and a fantastic record there.

Palace are in the middle of a season from hell failing to score a goal, let alone grab a solitary point.

With that in mind this game is going to be a case of Chelsea winning by how much, expect Palace to not score a goal so back the Chelsea over/under.

Back Chelsea Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.70

Burnley Vs West Ham United

Sunday 15 October, 1:00am, Turf Moor

A claret & blue themed matchup at Turf Moor has Burnley and West Ham with the Irons on a four-match winning streak in this fixture.

It will be tough to keep that run going however as Burnley have managed to scrap their way up to sixth place in the early stages of the league thanks to a five-game unbeaten run.

West Ham on the other hand are a bit up and down so far having spent a lot of time trailing in matches so far this season.

Considering that stat, I like the odds of Burnley keeping things tight early on with Chris Wood getting his side’s first goal.

Back Chris Wood as First Goal Scorer @ $5

Watford Vs Arsenal

Sunday 15 October, 3:30am, Vicarage Road

Saturday’s action closes out with Arsenal visiting Watford in a top half clash that might surprise some.

Watford’s start to the season is their best ever having claimed 12 points from their first seven matches.

They will be optimistic about continuing that start having claimed their first ever win over the Gunners last January at The Emirates and injuries mounting up for their opponents.

Alexandre Lacazette has been on fire when playing at home but is much less potent as a visitor so far however Alexis Sanchez has the ability to make up that difference with three goals and three assists in his last four games against Watford.

Considering that, back Sanchez to score and the Gunners to get the job done, even if it is not pretty.

Back Alexis Sanchez to Score and Arsenal to Win @ $2.63

Brighton And Hove Albion Vs Everton

Sunday 15 October, 11:30pm, Amex Stadium

After their disastrous start to the season, Everton have found a bit of form as of late.

That slow start might have been at least partially influenced by a brutal draw which saw them face (and lose to) four of the league’s top teams in quick succession.

This game takes on extra importance as after this they have a Europa League clash with Lyon before facing Arsenal and Chelsea so a win here might be enough to keep the under fire Ronald Koeman in the job for a few more months and a chance to turn it around.

Scoring has been an issue for Brighton so far getting just five goals in seven games to it’s hard to see this game being anything more than a draw at either 1-1 or 0-0.

Back the Draw @ $2.60

Southampton Vs Newcastle United

Monday 16 October, 2:00am, St Mary’s Stadium

Just looking at the numbers, it certainly looks as though Southampton will get through this game with a win as they seem to love facing Rafael Benitez and Newcastle.

The manager has lost in each of his last three visits to the stadium with Newcastle, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Southampton have also managed to record more wins against Newcastle than any other side in the Premier League so that should be a trend that will continue here as Southampton leapfrog Newcastle on the league table.

Back Newcastle to Win @$2.00

Leicester City Vs West Bromwich Albion

Tuesday 17 October, 6:00am, King Power Stadium

Two sides on an uninspiring run of form currently get ready to play in the final match of the round.

They make up half the number of sides that have failed to win any of their last five outings and Leicester are already in danger of battling relegation once more.

With five of the six prior meetings producing a winner there might be some hope of someone coming through but until either side shows any sort of positivity they will be taken to back a draw at best.

Back the Draw @ $2.75


2016/2017

 

It is another big weekend of action in the English Premier League.

The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United is one of the fiercest in all of football and they will renew acquaintances at Anfield this weekend, while Chelsea and Leicester City will do battle at Stamford Bridge in what will be a highly intriguing clash.

Every game this weekend has plenty of interest from a betting perspective and you can find our recommended betting plays below.

Chelsea Vs Leicester City

Sunday 16 October, 10:30pm, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 3 - Leicester City 0

Chelsea went into the break for the international window with a victory over Hull City and they will start this clash with Leicester City as clear favourites.

There is no doubt that Chelsea are still a work in progress this season and it is very tough to get them as short as their current price.

Chelsea have won just six of their past their past 18 games as home favourites for a heavy loss and they are extremely tough to trust in this scenario.

Leicester City have been inconsistent during their English Premier League title defence to date, but they still look like a great betting play in this fixture.

The Foxes have taken at least a point from seven of their past 11 games as away underdogs and they were able to draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season.

There is no doubt that Leicester City are more than capable of taking something from this fixture and the $2.38 for the double chance is outstanding value.

Back Leicester And Draw Double Chance @ $2.38

Bournemouth Vs Hull City

Sunday 16 October, 1:00am, Goldsands Stadium

Bournemouth 6 - Hull City 1

Bournemouth bounced back from their slow start to the season to take seven points from their past four games and they are the clear favourites to get the job done this weekend.

Home favourtism has not been a position in which Bournemouth have thrived in the past 12 months and they have won just three of their ten games as home favourites for a clear loss.

Hull City made a very promising start in their return to the English Premier League, but a lack of depth has caught up to them in recent weeks and they have been on the end of heavy defeats at the hands of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

This is clearly an easier assignment for Hull City and they have been able to take at least a point from two of their three games as underdogs this season.

I can’t get Bournemouth anywhere near as short as their current quote and the double chance is once again the value betting play.

Back Hull City And Draw Double Chance @ $2

Arsenal Vs Swansea City

Sunday 16 October, 1:00am, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 3 - Swansea City 2

American manager Bob Bradley has taken over at Swansea City, but the Welsh outfit will still go into this clash with Arsenal as clear underdogs.

Francesco Guidolin was sacked as Swansea City manager after his sides lost to Liverpool and they have just four points from their first seven games of the season.

Swansea City have won three of their past 16 games as away underdogs for a clear profit, but their recent form has been nowhere near as strong as what they produced at their best last season.

Arsenal have recorded five wins on the trot and it is no surprise that the Gunners are set to start this clash as clear favourites.

Arsenal have won 12 of their past 17 games as home favourites for a clear favourites for a healthy profit and it is tough to see them losing this game.

In saying that, there is no value at the $1.25 on offer and I am more than happy to stay out of this clash from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Manchester City Vs Everton

Sunday 16 October, 1:00am, Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 1 - Everton 1

Manchester City suffered their first loss of the English Premier League season against Tottenham in their last game before the international break and they face another tough challenge against Everton.

Manchester City had been flawless before their loss to Tottenham and it will be interesting if other teams follow a similar blueprint to that produced by Mauricio Pochettino.

They have won 12 of their past 18 games as home favourites over the past 12 months, but they have still not been a profitable betting proposition in that scenario.

Everton had their stellar start to the English Premier League season halted by both Bournemouth and Crystal Palace before the international break.

They will go into this clash as clear underdogs, but this is another game in which the double chance is the value betting proposition.

Everton have taken at least a point from their past five games as away underdogs and they play the type of football that could cause Manchester City problems.

Back Everton And Draw Double Chance @ $2.63

Stoke City Vs Sunderland

Sunday 16 October, 1:00am, Britannia Stadium

Stoke City 2 - Sunderland 0

This is a crucial game for two sides that have made a slow start to the English Premier League season.

Stoke City are yet to win a game this season, but they will still go into this clash as clear favourites following their draw with Manchester United.

Home favourtism has been a position in which Stoke City have struggled over the past 12 months and they have won just three of their past 11 games as home favourites.

Sunderland are another team chasing their first win of the English Premier League season and they have just the two points at this stage of the season.

The Black Cats have won just three of their past 17 games as away underdogs, but they have been able to draw five of these fixtures and backing them to draw each of their fixtures has proven to be a profitable betting play over the past 12 months.

This a game that has dour draw written all over it and the $3.40 for the stalemate is outstanding value.

Back The Draw @ $3.40

West Bromwich Albion Vs Tottenham Hotspur

Sunday 16 October, 1:00am, The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion 1 - Tottenham 1

Tottenham continue to go from strength to strength and they are clear favourites to account for Tottenham this weekend.

Tottenham produced their best performance of the season to beat Manchester City in their last game before the international break and a similar effort would easily be good enough to account for West Bromwich Albion.

The London-based outfit have won eight of their past 12 games as away favourites for a very handy profit and they look very well-placed in this clash.

West Bromwich Albion are unbeaten from their past three games, but this clash with Tottenham represents easily their toughest assignment of the season to date.

There is little doubt that West Brom generally produce their best performances in front of their home fans at The Hawthorns and they have won five of their past ten games as home underdogs for a big profit.

This is one game that the market looks to have got just about right and I am more than happy to stay out from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Crystal Palace Vs West Ham United

Sunday 16 October, 3:00am, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 0 - West Ham 1

The fact that Crystal Palace are such clear favourites in this clash is an indication of just how badly West Ham have started this season.

West Ham have recorded just the one win so far this season – after jostling for a position in the Champions League last season – and their are serious issues both on and off the pitch.

They have now won just three of their past 15 games as away underdogs and their recent form really has been putrid.

Crystal Palace have been nothing short of excellent in recent weeks and they have not lost a game since they went down to Tottenham in their second game of the season.

They have improved on both sides of the football since Christian Benteke joined the club and they are deserving favourites for this clash.

A repeat of their recent form would prove far too strong for West Ham and they are good value to win again at their current price.

Back Crystal Palace To Win @ $2.15

Middlesbrough Vs Watford

Sunday 16 October, 11:30am, Riverlands Stadium

Middlesbrough 0 - Watford 1

This is a crucial game for both sides.

Middlesbrough have not won a game since they beat Sunderland in their second game of the season, but they will still go into this clash as clear favourites.

They have struggled in front of their home fans this season and it is tough to get them as short as their current quote.

Watford went into the international window on the back of a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth and they have played some decent football.

The Hornets have won five of their past 16 games as away underdogs for a clear profit and they really are outstanding value to get the job done in this clash.

Back Watford To Win @ $3.60

Southampton Vs Burnley

Monday 17 October,2:00am, St Mary's Stadium

Southampton 3 - Burnley 1

Southampton are one of the shortest-priced favourites of the weekend to return to winning form against Burnley,

The Saints have been somewhat inconsistent this season to date, but they obviously have a clear edge over their rivals.

On the other hand, Southampton have won eight of their past 15 games as home favourites for a narrow loss and it is tough to get them as tough as their current price.

Burnley have struggled away from home in their return to the English Premier League and they have lost both their games as away underdogs.

Southampton should be able to get the job done, but there is no value at their current price.

No Bet

Liverpool Vs Manchester United

Tuesday 18 October, 6:00am, Anfield

Liverpool 0 - Manchester United 0

Liverpool have played some outstanding football during the English Premier League season to date and they will go into this clash with Manchester United as clear favourites.

A full-season under Jurgen Klopp has worked wonder for this Liverpool and they are playing more attractive football than anybody in the English Premier League.

They have now won four games on the trot, but their record as home favourites is still a non-profitable 7-7-2.

Manchester United have plenty of issues both on and off the field and it is unusual to see the market desert them in this way.

The Red Devils have actually won two of their past four games as away underdogs for a clear profit and they really do represent plenty of value at their current price.

Back Manchester United To Win @ $3.30