2021/2022 EPL Week 8 Preview


The Premier League is back after its second international break of the season but it has remained in the headlines over the past fortnight.

A new era begins at Newcastle with the first match under the new Saudi ownership against Tottenham with plenty to examine both on and off the pitch early Monday morning.

From a pure footballing perspective there is plenty to enjoy with six points separating the top 11 Premier League clubs.

We are previewing all 10 matches below so read on and see who we are backing in our Premier League Preview.

Watford Vs Liverpool

Saturday 16 October, 10:30pm, Vicarage Road

Watford 0 – Liverpool 5

Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri will begin his latest project as he takes charge of his first match as Watford boss.

He has replaced Xisco who was sacked over the international break, ending a not quite 10 month spell in charge.

Unlike most clubs that pull the trigger on a manager this early in the season, Watford has not begun the season in awful fashion with seven points from their seven matches.

It is unlikely that they will be adding to that tally in this match however with Liverpool looking for its first league win since September 19.

We have a fairly clear mismatch and Liverpool should get off to a fast start before going on with the job.

Back Liverpool Halftime/Fulltime @ $2.00

Aston Villa Vs Wolves

Sunday 17 October, 1:00am, Villa Park

Aston Villa 2 – Wolves 3

On the plus side for Wolves, their form in front of goal appears to be turning around, with all five goals this season coming in their last four matches.

Those five came in their three victories to date and it certainly looks like they have found an attacking lineup that works with Hwang Hee-Chan teaming up nicely with Raul Jiminez.

Villa on the other side have been quite consistent in front of goal, only being kept scoreless by Chelsea earlier this season.

The draw is a tempting option, especially when paired with both teams to score however the price on both teams scoring on its own looks to be a bit high so I’ll jump on that as a bank builder.

Back Both Teams to Score @ $1.85

Leicester Vs Manchester United

Sunday 17 October, 1:00am, King Power Stadium

Leicester 4 – Manchester United 2

It’s a match that has the potential to be a blockbuster but the odds are pointing towards a real arm wrestle instead.

United’s form heading into the international break was spotty at best and their results against Leicester last season were troubling as well.

They took a point from the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day before losing an FA Cup tie there in March and were upset at Old Trafford 2-1 in May.

Not all hope is lost however with Leicester one of the more disappointing teams through the opening two months of the season.

Winless in their last four Premier League matches, questions are being raised over whether or not it is going to click at all for the Foxes this season.

Neither team is inspiring a whole lot of confidence so rather than put my faith in one over the other I’ll just split the difference and take the draw.

Back the Draw @ $3.50

Manchester City Vs Burnley

Sunday 17 October, 1:00am, Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 2 – Burnley 0

If any squad needed a break from club duties it would have been Manchester City, having had a draining run into the international weekend.

In the week leading up to it alone they travelled to London to face Chelsea, Paris to play PSG in the Champions League and then Merseyside to play Liverpool.

On the plus side for City fans, they have a very soft landing coming up in the form of Burnley, a side they have had few troubles with in the past.

The last eight meetings in all competitions have gone City’s way with an aggregate score of 30-1 with no less than four matches in that time finishing 5-0.

Burnley are not an imposing team this year and if City get going early, this could be another 5-0 victory.

Back City -2 Goals @ $2.00

Norwich Vs Brighton And Hove Albion

Sunday 17 October, 1:00am, Stadium

Norwich 0 – Brighton 0

The streak had to come to an end eventually, Norwich finally picked up a Premier League point after a historically long top flight losing run.

This weekend offers up an opportunity for another losing streak to commence with Brighton looking to extend its impressive run.

Having been left frustrated by Crystal Palace and Arsenal in their last two matches, the Seagulls have the chance to build some confidence with a convincing win here.

After all, they had no trouble dispatching the Canaries in their last top flight season, winning both matches to nil.

It looks like the market is a bit wary about Brighton’s last two draws but for me that just means there’s a bit more value on offer.

Back Brighton to Win @ $2.15

Southampton Vs Leeds

Sunday 17 October, 1:00am, St Mary’s Stadium

Southampton 1 – Leeds 0

Draws have been the story of the season for both of these clubs.

Leeds is in the midst of a second season slump as they struggle to get their Bielsa ball style going at the level most know that they can.

Seven goals through seven matches is not an ideal return, nor is Southampton’s tally of five goals.

With both sides “Goals Conceded” number already in the double digits, the market is favouring a high scoring match however given both clubs have struggled to score the value is there backing the under.

Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $2.20

Brentford Vs Chelsea

Sunday 17 October, 3:30am, Brentford Community Stadium

Brentford 0 – Chelsea 1

Brentford’s fast start has been one of the stories of the season with the Bees losing just once in their opening seven top flight fixtures.

Not only are they competitive in most matches but they have shown an ability to push the big clubs to the brink, defeating Arsenal and playing out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Liverpool.

Chelsea will be their toughest task to date with the clubs facing off for the first time since the 2017 FA Cup, a match the Blues won 4-0.

With Chelsea in the midst of an injury crisis, Brentford will hope to capitalise on an opponent not quite at full strength.

This market is giving Brentford a little bit of respect because of how tough they have been at home but one of Chelsea’s strengths is its depth and they should still be able to come away with a win.

It’s not the biggest value play but as a bank builder it’s a worthwhile one to take with Chelsea at its current price.

Back Chelsea to Win @ $1.60

Everton Vs West Ham

Monday 18 October, 12:00am, Goodison Park

Everton 0 – West Ham 1

West Ham might be in the midst of a form slump in the league with just one win from their last five matches as they balance Europa League duties as well.

Everton has taken 10 points from its last five including a hard fought point from Old Trafford in their last match.

Were it not for the Toffees having a lengthy injury list this would be a fairly straightforward play, however the uncertainty over Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison among others means we’ll be looking elsewhere.

Goals have been plentiful in West Ham matches with six of their seven seeing three or more goals scored, something that has occurred in four Everton fixtures as well.

With the over close to even odds, there is value to be had on that.

Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.85

Newcastle Vs Tottenham

Monday 18 October, 2:30am, St James’ Park

Newcastle 2 – Tottenham 3

The scope of the challenge facing Newcastle’s new owners will be laid bare this weekend when they welcome Tottenham to St James’ Park.

Scoring has not been an issue for the Magpies however a Premier League worst defence needs to be shored up if they are to have any hope of salvaging their season.

In what will be Steve Bruce’s 1000th match as a manager (and possibly last), he will have to make the most of what little time he has left at the club so do not be surprised if Newcastle opts to go for it.

Tottenham has struggled since topping the Premier League table winning just one match but they should be able to right the ship and get their misfiring their front line.

Harry Kane has scored seven career goals against Newcastle including a brace in this fixture last season’s 2-2 draw.

I’ll add that to a Same Game Multi which includes a Spurs win.

SGM: Tottenham to Win, Both Teams to Score, Harry Kane Anytime Goalscorer @ $5.59

Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace

Tuesday 19 October, 6:00am, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 2 – Crystal Palace 2

The Gunners would not have been too keen to see the international break having finally found some form with a healthy squad at Mikel Arteta’s disposal.

It appears as though they have escaped the international break relatively unscathed injury wise and will have a chance to make it five Premier League matches without a loss in a row when they host Palace.

They have built their success on a strong defence that has kept three clean sheets in its last four contests.

Palace has won once all season but has scrapped its way to four draws however I can’t see them finding a way through here.

Back Arsenal to Win to Nil @ $2.70


The English Premier League rolls on through another weekend as the contenders continue to struggle to separate themselves from the pack.

Seven rounds into the season, there are just six points between current leaders Liverpool and thirteenth place Crystal Palace.

There are some tough tests ahead for the chasing pack with second place Leicester facing Wolves with the Foxes backing up from Europa League commitments.

Arsenal have another tough test ahead after a stunning win at Old Trafford last weekend with Aston Villa looking to end its two game losing streak.

We’ve previewed all 10 Premier League matches this weekend and have our tips for each contest right here.

Brighton and Hove Albion Vs Burnley

Saturday 7 November, 4:30am, Amex Stadium

Brighton 0 – Burnley 0

Neither side has really impressed this Premier League campaign with a combined six points from 13 matches between them.

Burnley are definitely worth backing against for the time being considering they have not scored a goal in approximately 300 minutes of football, not a great stat in any division.

Brighton might not be very good defensively but at least they can have a crack going forward, scoring seven goals in their last five matches, however they have conceded 11 in that time which is why they have only picked up two points in that run.

I’m not feeling overly confident in Brighton but considering just how insipid Burnley have looked lately, I’m willing to back against them more than anything.

Back Brighton to Win @ $1.85

Southampton Vs Newcastle

Saturday 7 November, 7:00am, St Mary’s Stadium

Southampton 2 – Newcastle 0

The back end of a Saturday morning double header sees the form side of the Premier League Southampton hosting Newcastle.

It was barely 12 months ago when the Saints were humiliated at home by Leicester and they started this season off with back to back defeats.

Since then they have won four of their last five and drawn away to Chelsea to fly up to fifth position, although they did fade badly against Aston Villa on the weekend and received an almighty scare.

Newcastle matches have had plenty of goals in them and they did just defeat early pacesetters Everton at St James’ Park.

Head to head the price for this match looks about right but considering both teams to score has hit in Newcastle’s last five Premier League matches and both teams have their scoring boots on, I’ll take this play from the doubles market.

Back Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.15

Everton Vs Manchester United

Saturday 7 November, 11:30pm, Goodison Park

Everton 1 – Manchester United 3

Whatever magic Everton had going their way at the start of the season has well and truly vanished over the past fortnight.

Back to back meek defeats at the hands of Southampton and Newcastle have seen them surrender the Premier League lead as opponents begin to adapt to what they were doing.

If United are not at the races however, they could get back in the winners’ circle here.

They have take four points from their last two home matches against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and there is no reason to think they could not get something from this fixture.

United were very poor, losing at home to Arsenal for just the second time in a decade and a half and at this price I’m happy to take them on.

James Rodriguez missed the clash with Newcastle with an eye on this fixture so if the Colombian has recovered, he should be instrumental for his side.

Back Everton to Win @ $2.75

Crystal Palace Vs Leeds

Sunday 8 November, 2:00am, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 4 – Leeds 1

Crystal Palace and Leeds face off for the first time since a 2-2 draw in the Championship back in March 2013 and their first Premier League meeting since 1998.

Neither side has been overly impressive lately with just four points from their last four matches and there’s a case to be made for staying away from this fixture.

Palace has not kept a clean sheet in their last six matches so I’ll back Leeds to find a way through.

The most likely candidate to do that is Patrick Bamford who is only a fortnight removed from a hat-trick against Aston Villa.

Back Patrick Bamford Anytime Goal Scorer @ $2.88

Chelsea Vs Sheffield United

Sunday 8 November, 4:30am, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 4 – Sheffield United 1

It looks like Chelsea have found their stride after a pair of confidence boosting wins in the last week.

While they have to back up from a Champions League clash with Rennes (result unknown at the time of writing) it’s hard not to be impressed by back to back convincing victories.

They have kept four straight clean sheets and now get a Sheffield United side whose attack is blunt on a good day, and have been kept scoreless in three of their last six matches.

With Chelsea to win and keep a clean sheet at over even money I’ll happily take them at that price.

Back Chelsea to Win to Nil @ $2.35

West Ham Vs Fulham

Sunday 8 November, 7:00am, London Stadium

West Ham 1 – Fulham 0

West Ham continued its plucky run of form giving Liverpool a real scare before conceding an 85th minute winner.

Fulham picked up its first win of the new season against fellow stragglers West Brom but it seems like they are going to struggle with the Irons here.

While it is tempting to try and get creative with this play, West Ham to win outright is at a strong enough price for me to feel good about taking them here.

Back West Ham to Win @ $1.83

West Bromwich Albion Vs Tottenham

Sunday 8 November, 11:00pm, The Hawthorns

West Brom 0 – Tottenham 1

The only positive for West Brom’s season so far is the fact that they are not on the bottom of the Premier League thanks to three draws from seven matches.

I’ll happily continue to back against them week in, week out for the time being and with plenty of confidence against a Spurs side that has won three of its last four Premier League matches.

Despite Mourinho’s reputation of playing dour, defensive football, this Tottenham team has plenty of firepower to it and they should be able to blow out a West Brom side that has to hope this doesn’t do too much damage to its goal difference.

Back Tottenham to Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.20

Leicester Vs Wolves

Monday 9 November, 1:00am, King Power Stadium

Leicester 1 – Wolves 0

Leicester is rounding into form after four consecutive victories including a convincing trouncing of Leeds last weekend.

They will be in for a real test against a Wolves side that has won three of its last four and kept clean sheets in all of those victories.

Last season we were forced to endure a pair of underwhelming 0-0 draws between these sides but with the way things are tracking, this should be closer to the 4-3 epic from January 2019.

We have see three or more goals in five of Leicester’s last seven matches and with the way they have been tracking, there should be plenty of goals here.

Even with Wolves games being slightly more tightly contested, Leicester have been imposing their will on teams and I expect them to be fairly ruthless here.

Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.20

Manchester City Vs Liverpool

Monday 9 November, 3:30am, Anfield

Manchester City 1 – Liverpool 1

Liverpool established themselves as legitimate title contenders just under 12 months ago with a 3-1 win over Manchester City at Anfield.

This match means a lot more to City with the team failing to win back to back league matches so far this season.

They are looking quite strong in the last week however with three wins across the league and Champions League by an aggregate score of 7-0.

Liverpool currently sits on top of the Premier League table with five consecutive victories in all competitions since their 7-2 loss to Aston Villa and 2-2 draw in the Merseyside Derby.

I’d love to back a side here but there’s too much up in the air saying it could go either way.

Instead I’ll take the relatively safe bet and look for a match where both teams score at least once and someone finds a second.

Back Both Teams to Score & Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.73

Arsenal Vs Aston Villa

Monday 9 November, 6:15am, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 0 – Aston Villa 3

It has been a rough fortnight for Aston Villa but there is a real case to be made for them springing an upset at the Emirates this weekend.

Of course that case mostly revolves around Arsenal living up to their former reputation of inconsistency plaguing the club.

Nobody would begrudge them a well earned three points from Old Trafford last weekend but everything about this match screams let down.

Mikel Arteta is doing a great job rebuilding this squad but they are far from the finished product.

Because of the work of the Spaniard I won’t back against Arsenal outright but I will take the insurance of backing one side to have an off night in front of goal.

Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $2.15


It’s the last weekend before another international break and outside of the top two, the Premier League table is throwing up plenty of surprises in the early part of the season.

Third placed Leicester travels to Anfield to try and end Liverpool’s perfect start to the season in what is undoubtedly the match of the round.

At the other end of the table Watford is the last side waiting to register a win and they will be hoping that a visit from promoted Sheffield is just what is needed.

We have previewed all ten games this weekend and found our plays for each one right here.

Brighton And Hove Albion Vs Tottenham

Saturday 5 October, 9:30pm, Amex Stadium

Brighton 3 – Tottenham 0

Want to have your thought process thrown for a loop?

Watch Spurs get absolutely demolished by Bayern and ask yourself if you can have faith in this side that is looking broken and unsure of what is next.

The thing is though, Brighton is not Bayern and the gap between these clubs should be the difference between a 7-2 loss and a 2-1 win.

Brighton has only scored five goals in the Premier League so far this season but Spurs aren’t exactly sound at the back at the moment keeping just one Premier League clean sheet this season, they should get the job done this weekend, but won’t feel great about it.

SGM: Tottenham to Win & Both Teams to Score @ $3.64

Burnley Vs Everton

Sunday 6 October, 12:00am, Turf Moor

Burnley 1 – Everton 0

Even though the Toffees won both meetings between these clubs last year, it’s going to be asking a lot of Everton here.

They’ve lost three straight and four of their last five playing, for the most part, competition that a side of that calibre should be able to beat.

Burnley has only picked up one win in its last five as well but they seem to have a mental fortitude that Everton are seemingly lacking right now.

The market looks to be judging this more on potential than recent form, so I’ll back the recent form and take Burnley straight up.

Back Burnley to Win @ $2.80

Liverpool Vs Leicester

Sunday 6 October, 12:00am, Anfield

Liverpool 2 – Leicester 1

It’s a bit unfortunate that this game is getting buried in the midnight window but there’s going to be a whole lot of eyes on this one.

Leicester get the chance to prove their top four credentials against the Premier League leaders a week after blasting a 10-man Newcastle off the park.

Liverpool, as we say every week until the team drops points, will be looking to continue its perfect start to the season.

This should be a wide open encounter as Brendan Rodgers returns to Anfield and brings his free flowing and defending optional style to Jurgen Klopp’s slightly more organised but still free flowing approach.

Being at Anfield it’s just enough to still back Liverpool to win but we’ll back both teams to score and four or more goals in this one in recognition of the attacking talent on both sides.

SGM: Liverpool to Win, Both Teams to Score & Over 3.5 Goals @ $4.16

Norwich Vs Aston Villa

Sunday 6 October, 12:00am, Carrow Road

Norwich 1 – Aston Villa 5

It’s 17th against 18th in a battle of the promoted sides that are desperate to stay up.

Both sides have picked up just one win in in its their last five matches and Norwich will have to hope their form from the Championship carries over.

Each of the last three meetings have gone the way of the Canaries but you would hope that Villa’s additions to the squad have made things a bit more competitive.

For this one the play is a score draw since it’s hard to split these sides so far and neither seems overly likely to keep a clean sheet.

SGM: Draw and Both Teams to Score @ $4.64

Watford Vs Sheffield United

Sunday 6 October, 12:00am, Vicarage Road

Watford 0 – Sheffield 0

Is this the weekend Watford ends its winless run?

There wasn’t a lot to get excited about in the defeat to fellow (then) winless Wolves last weekend but playing at home to a promoted Sheffield side could just get them over the line.

Watford is still the “back against at all costs” territory though so we’ll take Sheffield for a big away upset.

Back Sheffield United to Win @ $3.40

West Ham Vs Crystal Palace

Sunday 6 October, 2:30am, London Stadium

West Ham 1 – Crystal Palace 2

West Ham haven’t lost to Crystal Palace since 2015 but three of the last four meetings between these two sides have finished in draws.

The home side brings a slightly better form line into this game, unbeaten in six and favoured to make it four wins from eight games here.

Palace got by Norwich last weekend but West Ham should provide a bit more resistance and if the visitors have to chase, they don’t have the ability to break down West Ham here.

Back West Ham to Win @ $1.95

Arsenal Vs Bournemouth

Monday 7 October, 12:00am, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 1 – Bouremouth 0

The sooner we can forget that Gunners-United game last week the better, and now Arsenal has to try and find a way to pick up all three points against Bournemouth.

That wasn’t much of a problem last year winning both games against the Cherries including the home game 5-1.

Bournemouth has scored eight goals in its last three games and should be able to breach the Gunners defence at least once here so we’ll back both teams to score, which has hit in all seven Bournemouth games this season.

What that does show is that Arsenal should have no trouble unleashing their marksman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang here and expecting him to score at least once.

We’ll back the Gunners to get out to an early lead and go on with the job in a high scoring encounter.

SGM: Arsenal Halftime/Fulltime, BTTS, Over 3.5 Goals @ $4.47

Manchester City Vs Wolverhampton

Monday 7 October, 12:00am, Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 0 – Wolves 2

The drought is finally over, Wolves won a game.

Sure it was against 20th placed Watford so it only counts for so much and they’ll have to do a whole lot more this week to get anything out of Manchester City.

If they do it I’m happy to be surprised by that outcome, aside from a preseason win on penalties, it’s been nine years and seven matches since Wolves last beat City and it probably won’t happen here.

There should be a few goals in this one with City setting an early pace and Wolves not being able to keep up with it.

SGM: City Halftime/Fulltime, City to Score First, Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.43

Southampton Vs Chelsea

Monday 7 October, 12:00am, St Mary’s Stadium

Southampton 1 – Chelsea 4

Aside from losing to Liverpool (& who hasn’t this season), Chelsea is starting to come together in the last month, gradually climbing up the table.

One area that is still somewhat concerning is their defence which only just kept its first clean sheet of the season against Brighton last week.

The Saints should be able to avoid being the second team kept scoreless by Chelsea considering they have scored in every game since the opening day.

Chelsea has won seven of the last eight meetings between these two and should take care of business here.

SGM: Chelsea to Win & Both Teams to Score @ $3.49

Newcastle Vs Manchester United

Monday 7 October, 2:30am, St James’ Park

Newcastle 1 – Manchester United 0

A week after being embarrassed by Leicester, the Magpies welcome Manchester United to St James’ Park and even with the Red Devils’ recent struggles, it’s hard to see anything other than a United win.

Last season at this venue it was United running out 2-0 winners and it will probably be a similar outcome here but rather than trying to overcomplicate things, just take United straight up with a decent level of caution.

Back Manchester United to Win @ $1.85


One more weekend of English Premier League action before the second international break of the season and there is plenty to be excited about this weekend.

The headline clash of the weekend is easily the top of the table clash between Liverpool and Manchester City which will be a must-watch encounter.

Just below the top three sides is the North London race with Arsenal suddenly being the form side in the competition as they look to extend their league best five game winning streak.

At the other end of the table, three sides are still searching for their first win however they all face tough assignments this weekend.

Read on for our previews, predictions and same game multis from each of the Premier League matches this weekend.

Brighton And Hove Albion Vs West Ham

Saturday 6 October, 5:00am, Amex Stadium

Brighton 1 – West Ham 0

West Ham are one of the form sides in the Premier League now and will be buzzing after taking three points off Manchester United last week.

There is no time for them to get overconfident however as they will visit a Brighton side that has lost two in a row and could see this as a game to get back on form.

When West Ham are on they are capable of scoring at will and they should approach this game as a chance to amend their goal difference which currently sits at -4.

Brighton did win both matches against West Ham last season but the teams have gone in opposite directions since then and a Hammers win is the smart play here.

Back West Ham to Win @ $2.80

SGM: West Ham Win, Over 3.5 Goals, Marko Aranautovic Anytime Goalscorer

Burnley Vs Huddersfield Town

Sunday 7 October, 12:00am, Turf Moor

Burnley 1 – Huddersfield 1

If you want to see some goals this weekend… this might not be the game for you, thankfully .

Both fixtures between Burnley and Huddersfield last season ended in 0-0 draws and Huddersfield have scored just three Premier League goals this season.

Burnley have been able to score six goals in their past two games, on the way to their first wins of the season and they now look a bit more like the side who finished seventh last season.

They will see this as a game they simply have to win and they are at an enticing price to take care of a side who is in dire straights right now.

Back Burnley to Win @ $2.10

SGM: Burnley to Win, Under 2.5 Goals, Chris Wood Anytime Goalscorer

Crystal Palace Vs Wolverhampton

Sunday 7 October, 12:00am, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 0 – Wolves 1

Palace went down to a late penalty last weekend but have to bounce back for a clash with Wolves.

The visitors are on a five match unbeaten run and have held their own against more fancied opponents than Palace.

The home side are another team who are struggling for goals this season with just five goals in seven matches.

Wolves have no problems travelling and the moment and while Palace have shown plenty of encouragement here, it is a matchup which should shade towards Wolves.

Back Wolves to Win @ $2.70

Wolves to Win, Wolves to Score Over 1.5 Goals, Palace to Score Over 0.5 Goals

Leicester City Vs Everton

Sunday 7 October, 12:00am, King Power Stadium

Leicester 1 – Everton 2

Two sides who are about to have their squad depth tested face off at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester are missing Matty James and Demarai Gray through injury and Everton duo James McCarthy and Andre Gomes will miss the game as well.

The last six meetings between these sides have alternated wins which shows just how even of a matchup it really is.

Leicester are in slightly better form, but this looks like a very tough contest to split.

Back the Draw @ $3.30

Match Drawn, Everton to Score Over 1.5 Goals, Jamie Vardy Anytime Goalscorer

Tottenham Vs Cardiff

Sunday 7 October, 12:00am, Tottenham Stadium

Tottenham 1 – Cardiff 0

It will take a minor miracle for Cardiff to pull off an upset of one of the Premier League’s big sides and the market for this one certainly reflects the differing form of the two sides.

Cardiff are one of three winless sides and have the second worst goal difference in the league.

Tottenham’s attackers will see this as a great opportunity to boost their tallies for the season but the usual suspects might not be in play.

With their midweek Champions League clash against Barcelona, some of the regulars might be relegated to bench duty.

Even with a relatively thin squad, whoever does play for Tottenham should be able to take care of business here.

Back Tottenham to Win to Nil @ $2.10

SGM: Tottenham to Win to Nil, Tottenham to Score Over 2.5 Goals

Watford Vs Bournemouth

Sunday 7 October, 12:00am, Vicarage Road

Watford 0 – Bournemouth 4

Watford gave up two late goals against Arsenal to make it three games without a win as they take on a Bournemouth side that has won two of their past three.

This is a contest between two sides that will likely wind up in the same area of the table come May and they are level on 13 points going into this game.

Five of their past six matches have been draws and another one to add to the tally is certainly on the cards here.

Back the Draw @ $3.50

SGM: Drawn Match, Roberto Pereyra Anytime Goalscorer, Joshua King Anytime Goalscorer

Manchester United Vs Newcastle

Sunday 7 October, 2:30am, Old Trafford

Manchester United 3 – Newcastle 2

If there was ever going to be a match for Manchester United to end their slide, this is the one they have been looking for.

In what could be the first “loser leaves town” match of the season, under fire managers Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez face off at Old Trafford, rekindling memories of classic Liverpool v Chelsea matches of the mid 2000’s.

Newcastle did snatch a win at home last year however at Old Trafford they were battered 4-1.

The most likely outcome here is United getting back into winning form however unless you are feeling overly confident, steer clear of the result markets.

Back the Both Teams to Score Market @ $2.05

SGM: Manchester United Win, United to Score Over 2.5 Goals, Newcastle to Score Over 0.5 Goals

Fulham Vs Arsenal

Sunday 7 October, 10:00pm, Craven Cottage

Fulham 1 – Arsenal 5

A quick glance at this fixture and you should be able to see why Arsenal are favoured here but it has the makings of a potential tough spot for the Gunners.

Backing up with an early Sunday kickoff after a Thursday night match in Azerbaijan, Unai Emery will be needing to rotate his squad to have fresh legs in both games but the mental wear on certain players will be a tough obstacle to overcome.

They have won five league matches in a row and come into this game as a firm favourite.

Even with starting goalkeeper Petr Cech out injured, new signing Bernd Leno might be an upgrade with the German much more mobile than his veteran teammate.

Fulham’s last win in this fixture came in January 2012 with a draw and three losses since then and that streak is unlikely to end here, even if Arsenal do get off to a slow start.

Back the Draw/Arsenal Halftime/Fulltime @ $4.50

SGM: Arsenal to Win to Nil, Alex Iwobi Anytime Goalscorer @ $3.40

Southampton Vs Chelsea

Monday 8 October, 12:15am, St Mary’s Stadium

Southampton 0 – Chelsea 3

Southampton would love to make this game the one where they end their losing streak to Chelsea but they have a tough task ahead of them.

To win a game of football, you generally need to score goals and Southampton haven’t scored in around 205 minutes of football and they face a defence that has conceded just five goals all season.

Chelsea have drawn their past two league games and will see this as a perfect rebound game given the opposition’s recent form and their history against them.

Southampton failed to score in both of their trips to Stamford Bridge last season losing 1-0 in the league and 2-0 in the FA Cup.

Back Chelsea to Win to Nil @ $2.75

SGM: Chelsea to Win, Over 2.5

Liverpool Vs Manchester City

Monday 8 October, 1:30am, Anfield

Liverpool 0 – Manchester City 0

A week after dishing out a Stamford Bridge sucker punch, Liverpool are at home and are preparing to face the defending champions.

Last season Liverpool were a major headache for City in the back half of the campaign, winning all three encounters including both Champions League semi-finals.

With both sides harbouring title aspirations another high scoring match certainly looks like it is going to be on the cards.

Both sides have been able to get off to encouraging starts this season but Liverpool should be able to edge it at home.

Back Liverpool to Win @ $2.45

SGM: Liverpool to Win, Over 2.5 Goals, Saido Mane Anytime Goalscorer


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


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