Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 8
This week’s Premier League fixtures is the last action before we head into an international break. There are some great games to look forward to. Previous league leaders Everton welcome Manchester United and there is a huge clash between Manchester City v Liverpool. We preview all the games and give our insight and tips.
Match of the Day
If newspaper reports are true, this is a must-win for Manchester United with the manager’s job on the line. They travel to Everton who despite a storming start to the league campaign have lost their way lately. It should be an intriguing encounter.
- Venue: Goodison Park
- Saturday 7 November 12:30
- Referee: Paul Tierney
- Quick Glance Odds H: 2/1 D:13/5 A: 31/21
About the Game:
There were high hopes and promise in the Everton side that won their first five games. This impressive run has faded since the draw against Liverpool, and losing the subsequent two games. James Rodriguez, who is arguably the best transfer business since making the move from Real Madrid, is now potentially sidelined with an injury and could miss the second successive game after sitting out their weekend loss against Newcastle.
Goodison Park has been a fortress for The Toffees; they have not lost there yet this season and have the second-best home record in the league only eclipsed by Liverpool who earned seven points of the nine. Under Carlo Ancelotti, they play with a unique sense of recognition, style, and identity with the attack having a great understanding of each other’s game. The Italian is not scared to make controversial decisions, as shown in the bold move in benching England’s number one, Jordan Pickford, after the man with the gloves made a host of costly mistakes since the start of the season. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the top goalscorer with eight goals in the seven games only failing to score in the 2 – 0 loss against Southampton. They will not be facing the strongest United side and will be hoping for a repeat of their 4 – 0 win at the Goodison Park back in April.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost his 100th game in charge of the Red Devils in their 1 – 0 defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford to end a month with highs and lows that started with a humiliating 6 – 1 home defeat against Spurs. They had a great run with a thumping 5 – 0 win against RB Leipzig and beating a star-studded PSG 2 – 1 in Paris their peaks of the season so far. In the League they matched an embarrassing 48-year old record that dates back to 1972-73 season where they finished 18th only scoring two goals and conceding ten at home in the first six games.
They boast the most expensive defender and most expensive midfielder in the Premier League. Still, They are yet to match the levels that Man City and Liverpool have set to be regarded as title contenders currently and realistically the best they can hope for, even at this stage is to be top four contenders. The entire squad has been inconsistent and not living to their promise, leaving them 15th in the league. Gossip columns are full of Massimiliano Allegri, and Mauricio Pochettino rumours and the pressure is mounting on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær. United did have a great away record, winning all the games on the road (three in the league, two in the EFL Cup and one in the Champions League) before a shocking 2-1 defeat against İstanbul Başakşehir this week. The Turkish club had never scored in the Champions League before this victory, suffering two 2-0 losses against United’s group rivals. Antony Martial returns back to league action after serving a suspension.
Prediction: Everton win. Over 2.5. BTTS yes.
Rest of the Premier League Games
Coming up are our previews and Premier League betting tips for all the rest of the weekend’s action.
- Venue: Amex Stadium
- Friday 6 November 17:30
- Referee: Mike Dean
- Quick Glance Odds H:13/14 D: 27/10 A: 17/5
About the Game:
Two sides eager to end a torrid spell in the Premier League go head to head. Tariq Lamptey scored his first senior goal over the weekend as a great reward having an impressive start to the season despite his strike being little more than a consolation goal as Tottenham Hotspurs went ahead to win 2 – 1. The youngster who has been lively on the right might not feature as he went off with a knock in that game with Neal Maupay expected to lead the line after being left out over internal feuds. Lewis Dunk serves the final game of his three-match ban and will be missing. Brighton has failed to win their last seven home matches and sit 16th in the table.
Gareth Bale came off the bench to break the hearts of Graham Potter’s men who are yet to taste a win since September. Burnley takes the long journey to the South Coast to face with their once-solid defence being a shadow of their former self and an unproductive attack yielding just a single goal by Ashley Westwood in their 3 – 1 defeat to Newcastle. Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood have failed to score a single goal despite having notched 20 league goals between them last season. Burnley have lost six of their last seven matches and sit bottom of the table.
Prediction: A tight game that will end in a 1-1 draw.
- Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium
- Friday 6 November 20:00
- Referee: Peter Bankes
- Quick Glance Odds H: 28/29 D: 14/5 A: 16/5
About the Game:
Both sides won their weekend fixtures and will hope to keep the momentum when they meet at St. Mary’s Stadium. Southampton was victorious in a seven-goal game thriller against Aston Villa. A side on four wins from last five games as the best record for any team. James Ward-Prowse inspired the Saints with two sweetly curved freekicks after Jannik Vestergaard’s opener and Danny Ings goal rifled a powerful strike to complete the four. They lost their striker and their best player Ings and would be sidelined for at least a month after undergoing surgery. They will struggle without the 28-year old who has been scoring for fun but have been playing well and should cope well. The Saints have only dropped two points in the last five Premier League games. Southampton are on 13 points and sit 5th in the league.
Newcastle condemned Everton to a second defeat of the season. Callum Wilson scored a double to take his tally to six goals propelling his side to a third win of the season. They have not tasted defeat on the road having won the past three and going six games without defeat. Newcastle have had some solid results this campaign; drawing 1-1 with Tottenham, beating Burnley 3-1, drawing against Wolves and the win against Everton. The Magpies did the double against the Saints last season and are on 11 points, and sit in 11th.
Prediction: Southampton will miss Ings, but a narrow 2-1 win for the Saints.
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
- Saturday 7 November 17:30
- Referee: Jonathan Moss
- Quick Glance Odds H: 41/100 D: 17/4 A: 8/1
About the Game:
Chelsea had a good weekend with a 3 – 0 win away at Burnley to extend their unbeaten run to five matches in the Premier League. Edouard Mendy is making the difference in goal, keeping a fourth clean sheet, following the steps of Pepe Reina, Anders Lindegaard, and Alex Manninger. Timo Werner, who failed to score in his first four appearances, now had three goals and one assist in four games. Ziyech scored his first league goal and showed the prospect of what will happen if he links up well with Werner and Havertz. This forward line will also benefit from the return of Christian Pulisic, although he is a doubt for this game and a positive coronavirus has ruled out Havertz. Chelsea are on 12 points and sit in 7th.
Sheffield United are in the bottom three without a win in seven hoping to prevent an eighth for the first time since the 1900-01 season. They have lost nine of their last ten games in the Premier League, and this looks like it could be a long season for the Blades. On the road, it is the second half of games that are costly, they have been drawing at half-time in the last three away games, yet went on to lose all three. Sheffield United are on just one point and sit 19th in the table.
Prediction: A 3-0 Chelsea win. BTTS no.
- Venue: Selhurst Park
- Saturday 7 November 15:00
- Referee: Chris Kavanagh
- Quick Glance Odds H: 7/17 D: 9/2 A: 15/2
About the Game:
Crystal Palace started the season on a high but tasted their third defeat in 5 games losing 2 – 0 to Wolves in their last game. They had a Mitchy Batshuayi goal disallowed for offside and a penalty overturned by VAR. Their captain Luka Milivojevic was sent off with four minutes left for a bad tackle making the game one to forget. Wilfred Zaha remains a big fish in a small pond after already matching his goal tally for last season with just six games played and is their danger man. Palace are equal on points with Leeds on ten points and are a place below them in 13th.
Leeds got a bitter lesson of humility by Leicester City after having an extravagant start of the season. They have faltered against the top teams but have dominated sides such as Aston Villa, Fulham, and Sheffield United makes this a winnable game for the Whites. Marcelo Bielsa’s men had 68% possession against the Foxes but lacked the cutting edge and repeatedly got caught on the break at the back. Patrick Bamford had a bad day in front of goal, but his six goals have been important for his side so far with his hattrick against Newcastle a highlight. Leeds will be without Rodrigo who tested positive to Covid-19. Leeds are on ten points and are in 12th.
Prediction: Leeds win and both teams to score.
- Venue: London Stadium
- Saturday 7 November 20:00
- Referee: Robert Jones
- Quick Glance Odds H: 13/15 D: 56/19 A: 10/3
About the Game:
West Ham faces a relegated side for the first time this season and will be looking for just their second win of the season. They lost 2 – 1 to Liverpool, but there was a lot of positives in the match with them being on the front foot and not shying away from the task. Since losing their first Premier League match against Fulham in November 2001, West Ham are unbeaten in their last ten home games winning six and drawing four. David Moyes has an impressive personal record against Fulham winning 12 of the 13 Premier League home games only failing to take maximum points in a 2 – 2 draws in February 2014 when in charge of Man United. West Ham are on eight points and are 14th in the league.
Fulham will be in high spirits after earning their first Premier League win against West Brom the last time out. They will be hoping to inflict their opponents their ninth defeat in their last 13 London derby matches (winning 3, drawing 1). However, the Cottages themselves are on a record run of 12 consecutive defeats. They long for two consecutive wins in the league for the first time since April 2019. Bobby Reid and Ola Aina scored two first-half goals for three precious points as the Premier League survival fight starts to intensify early in the season and played particularly great in the match. Aina ended a five-year wait for his first Premier League goal and would be a great addition to add the sharpness of their attack especially with the slow adaptation of Mitrovic this season. Fulham are on four points and are a lowly 17th in the table.
Prediction: A narrow win for the Hammers
- Venue: The Hawthorns
- Sunday 08 November 12:00
- Referee: Andy Madley
- Quick Glance Odds H: 11/2 D: 7/2 A: 6/11
About the Game:
Three draws and four losses are what West Brom have to show this season. They lost the important game against Fulham over the weekend in a game that sent the Cottages above them in the league. They won their previous game against West Brom which was at the Hawthorns and would need to bring their A-game if they are to get anything against a resurgent Spurs side that have been playing their best football since Jose Mourinho joined their side. Their best performance this season was their 3 – 3 draw against Chelsea where they had scored three in the first half but let in three for the draw. This game will be their second fixture against the top six. The Midlands team have three points and are 18th in the league.
Tottenham Hotspurs are riding high under Jose Mourinho who won their previous match as Gareth Bale opened his league account since making a move back to his former club from Real Madrid. The Son and Kane connection has been the main reason for the awakening of Spurs that has made them once more regarded as favourites to make it to the top four, even making them a possible challenger for the title. Harry Kane has six goals, and eight assists he has the best numbers in terms of goal involvement. The problem for any opposition is that if they concentrate on Kane, Son will hurt you. The manager’s preference for the 4-2-3-1 formation allows him to get the best out of Son, Kane, and Bale. Tottenham have 14 points and are third in the league.
Prediction: Comfortable 3-0 for Tottenham
- Venue: King Power Stadium
- Sunday 8 November 14:00
- Referee: Anthony Taylor
- Quick Glance Odds H: 25/18 D: 9/4 A: 27/11
About the Game:
Last season’s top scorer, Jamie Vardy, has already hit the ground running with seven goals in six games, as many goals as he has had in his previous 19 outings. Nampalys Mendy has also been great in the midfield in the absence of Wilfred Ndidi who is injured. They have scored 17 goals so far this season a tally only eclipsed by Tottenham who have 18 goals. The hosts have just a single defeat in the last 23 encounters against their weekend opponents (winning 13, drawing 9) with the single loss of 4 – 1 dating back to May 2007 while they were both in the Championship. The Foxes are very much a well-established Premier League team, even winning the title of course. Leicester have 15 points and sit second in the table, a point behind leaders Liverpool.
Wolves have Raul Jimenez in their ranks who is on four goals this season. They have also been buoyed with the resurgence of Daniel Podence who has provided a big spark for the side, racking up two assists already this season alongside Pedro Neto. They will be aiming for a first away win in 11 games against Leicester. Nuno’s team are unbeaten in their last four games (winning 3, drawing 1) and his faith in Rayan Ait-Nouri has paid dividends instantly. The teenager scored the opening goal in his debut against Crystal Palace, and he could become the first teenager to score in his first two Premier League appearances since Alan Smith, Fredrick Macheda, and Antony Martial. The dipping form of Adama Traore who was their spark in their impressive campaign last season is a worry though. Wolves have 13 points, two behind the hosts and sit in 6th place.
Prediction: With both teams having the winning habit, we fancy a draw
- Venue: Etihad Stadium
- Sunday 8 November 16:30
- Referee: Craig Pawson
- Quick Glance Odds H: 42/41 D: 33/10 A: 27/11
About the Game:
Except for a goalless draw in Anfield back in October 2018, this fixture has been won by the home side on the last five occasions. Gabriel Jesus is back with a bang taking just 12 minutes to remind his squad what they have been missing on his return to the team. The Brazilian will be needed especially with Sergio Aguero returning and suffering yet another injury. Another important player will be Ferran Torres who played well in City’s recent Champions League fixture, scoring within five minutes after coming off the bench against Olympiacos. City seems far from their usual ruthless selves, winning by a solitary goal in their last game against Sheffield United. City has 11 points and sits in 10th place.
Liverpool lost the influential Virgil van Dijk to injury and also have Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Fabinho and Thiago out for the clash against their biggest rivals over the last few years. They will be looking for a first clean sheet at the Etihad in 11 outings (winning once, drawing three, and losing seven) conceding 26 goals during the previous ten games. Diogo Jota has been an immediate spark fitting for the champions, scoring three goals as a substitute, the best numbers for a sub this season. With Thiago out, Liverpool could revert to a 4-2-3-1 which could mean a start for Jota, a chance for the Portuguese forward to steal the headlines. Liverpool have 16 points and are in 1st place.
Prediction: Liverpool to win and Jota to score at anytime
- Venue: Emirates
- Sunday 8 November 19:15
- Referee: Martin Atkinson
- Quick Glance Odds H: 14/19 D: 31/10 A: 41/10
About the Game:
Arsenal has a solid defender in Gabriel Magalhaes making the £25 million that they paid for him look a real bargain especially in the absence of David Luiz. A real leader at the back and well-disciplined, as seen in the 1-0 victory over Manchester United after receiving a yellow card in the 27th minute. The Gunners defeat to Leicester City was their only defeat at the Emirates in 2020. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 35 goals in 43 games accounting to 62.5% of his league goals on a Sunday, a lucky omen going into this clash. However, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last six Premier League games at the Emirates. Arsenal have 12 points and sit in 9th.
Aston Villa is the only side yet to concede at home, but they are also the only side that has failed to keep a clean sheet on the road. Jack Grealish has eight goal involvements this season, only eclipsed by the Spurs duo of Kane (14) and Son (10). Villa have had a mixed bag of results this season, beating Manchester United, Leicester and thumping Liverpool 7-2, but losing against Stoke in the EFL Cup, losing to Leeds 3-0 and only three late goals added credibility in the game against Southampton that they lost 4-3. They have 12 points and are in 8th place.
Prediction: Goals aplenty in a 2-2 draw.
Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*
|Everton v Manchester United||Everton to win||19/10||2.90|
|Crystal Palace v Leeds||Leeds to win||29/20||7.10|
|Chelsea v Sheff Utd||Chelsea to win||4/11||9.68|
|West Ham v Fulham||West Ham to won||5/6||17.76|
|West Brom v Tottenham||Tottenham to win||9/20||25.75|
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