Premier League Matchday 8 Preview – Prediction + Tips 2017/18

The Premiership is finally back as the World Cup qualifiers come to an end. England booked their place in Russia with a game to spare, although Scotland and Wales missed out, with Ireland and Northern Ireland making the play-offs. Chile and the Netherlands are the other noticeable absentees from next year’s World Cup in Russia, though big teams such as Italy still have to make it through the play-off round.

Back to the Premiership though and the early kick-off could see the week starting off with a bang as Liverpool play Manchester United, while the action goes right through to Monday night, where Leicester host West Brom.

Match of the Day

There’s no doubt about our match of the day this week. Liverpool host joint leaders Manchester United in one of fiercest rivalries in world football. Liverpool are already seven points behind United, who are joint leaders along with neighbours Manchester City, and are unbeaten so far. Anfield always provides the perfect backdrop and atmosphere to one of the world’s biggest derbies. Let’s hope for a cracker.

Liverpool v Manchester United
Liverpool Form Guide WLDWD
Manchester United Form Guide WDWWW
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Saturday 14th October 12:30
  • Referee: Martin Atkinson
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 6/4 D: 9/4 A: 9/5

About the Game:

Liverpool have a good record against the big teams under Jürgen Klopp, but Tuesday brought perhaps the news Liverpool fans would have most feared. Sadio Mané came off whilst playing for Senegal with a hamstring injury and the news isn’t good. The Senegalese could be out for up to six weeks and will definitely miss this match. It’s a huge loss for Liverpool, but they do have Coutinho back in fine form. The little Brazilian shone for his country and will have to be at his best if Liverpool want to take anything from this match. Despite their mixed results, Liverpool are still unbeaten at home this season. That doesn’t tell the whole story though. The Reds have just one win in seven matches in all competitions, as they struggle to find a cutting edge.

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Jose Mourinho will have been watching Belgium’s international fixtures closely and can breathe a sigh of relief that Romelu Lukaku came on as a second half substitute and scored two goals. A bitter taste will be left in his mouth however, as Marouane Fellaini sustained knee ligament damage. With Paul Pogba still out, United are losing personnel in midfield fast. Mourinho traveled to Anfield last year with a defensive set up and was happy to come away with a point. That’s won’t be the case this season though. The new look United are in fine form and should be favourites to win. It’s never easy at Anfield though and the Red Devils have yet to face any of their title contenders in the league. This is the first real test of their mettle then and the start of a tough run of fixtures, which will also see them play spurs and Chelsea within four weeks. This fixture should give us an indication of just how good United are under Mourinho this season and how much of a chance they have of winning the Premier League.

Prediction: O 1.5 goals – United have a clean sheet in all but one league match, but Liverpool have failed to score just once and have the attacking talent to find a goal. United have scored in every game, while Liverpool have just two clean sheets.

Rest of the Premier League Games

A full list of Saturday 3pm fixtures are followed by an interesting match between Watford and Arsenal in the afternoon. Super Sunday has two games on offer, while we’re also treated to a Monday night game between Leicester and West Brom.

Burnley v West Ham
Burnley Form Guide DWDDW
West Ham Form Guide LWDLW
  • Venue: Turf Moor
  • Saturday 14th October 15:00
  • Referee: Stuart Atwell
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 29/20 D: 23/10 A: 9/5

About the Game:

Burnley’s great form continued in their last match where they beat Everton at Goodison Park. The Clarets are now unbeaten in five games and their consistently solid home form will mean they are slight favourites here. Tom Heaton will be absent for a while with a dislocated shoulder, but Nick Pope has taken the reigns with ease, with three clean sheets in his four matches.

West Ham’s form is not so hot but they did pick up an important three points two weeks ago against Swansea. It was a last minute winner that did it and the performance wasn’t exactly convincing. That said, West Ham are starting to look like their old selves again. Manuel Lanzini is available again, but Pedro Obiang is out with injury. The defensive problems that have plagued the team for the last year do seem to be disappearing too, as the Hammers have three clean sheets already.

Prediction: U 2.5 goals – Burnley are incredibly tough to break down at home and the Hammers are hardly scoring for fun.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Crystal Palace Form Guide LLLLL
Chelsea Form Guide WWDWL
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Saturday 14th October 15:00
  • Referee: Andre Marriner
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 8/1 D: 7/2 A: 4/11

About the Game:

Will this finally be the game that Palace pick up their first points – and goal – of the season? It’s highly unlikely. Wilfred Zaha, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Benteke are all out injured, while Scott Dann and James Tomkins also seem set to miss out through injury. This is the last game before the fixtures turn for Palace, so Roy Hodgson may just look to get it out of the way before focusing his efforts on more winnable matches.

Chelsea are of course big favourites for this match and they’re highly unlikely to slip up. That said, they will have some key personnel missing. Álvaro Morata will be out for weeks with injury, while N’Golo Kanté also picked up a hamstring injury whilst playing for France.

Prediction: Chelsea win – The Blues struggled without Morata a fortnight ago against Manchester City, but Palace are much easier opponents.

Manchester City v Stoke
Manchester City Form Guide WWWWW
Stoke Form Guide DDLLW
  • Venue: The Etihad
  • Saturday 14th October 15:00
  • Referee: Craig Pawson
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 1/6 D: 6/1 A: 14/1

About the Game:

The buildup before City’s last game against Chelsea was a whirlwind, as City lost both Benjamin Mendy and in-form Sergio Agüero before their biggest match of the season. Despite the loss of those players, City made no mistake and were the better team, although Chelsea were significantly weakened when Morata was forced off through injury. The Citizens have won their last five games in a row in the league and you wouldn’t want to bet against them here.

Stoke earned an impressive win after beating Southampton in their last match and they have a good record against the big boys already this season, with a win against Arsenal and a home draw with Manchester United. This will be the toughest test though and with the form City are in, Stoke will do well to restrict their opponents to scoring just a few goals.

Prediction: Man City Win and Both teams to score no – City have scored 19 goals and conceded one in their last five Premier League games.

Swansea v Huddersfield
Swansea Form Guide WLDLL
Huddersfield Form Guide DLDLL
  • Venue: Liberty Stadium
  • Saturday 14th October 15:00
  • Referee: Paul Tierny
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 11/10 D: 9/4 A: 13/5

About the Game:

Swansea have won just one game so far this season and currently find themselves in the relegation zone. A match against newcomers Huddersfield looks good on paper, but if Swansea are to start winning then they’ll have to start scoring goals. One goal in their last four league matches tells the story. Wilfred Bony is slowly getting back to match fitness and he would seem the most likely source of goals.

After a dream start, Huddersfield are starting to wake up to the realities of life in the Premier League. They’ve picked up just two points from their last six league games, with a thumping from Spurs a sign of what the big teams in the league can do. Against a struggling Swansea Huddersfield may fancy themselves here, but a key factor will be whether top-scorer Steve Mounie can recover from injury in time.

Prediction: U 2.5 goals – Neither team are prolific scorers and Huddersfield should be capable of nullifying Swansea’s attack.

Tottenham v Bournemouth
Tottenham Form Guide DWDWW
Bournemouth Form Guide LLWLD
  • Venue: Wembley
  • Saturday 14th October 15:00
  • Referee: Bobby Madley
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 2/11 D: 6/1 A: 12/1

About the Game:

The fate of Spurs seems closely tied to the performances of Harry Kane. Good news for Tottenham fans then, as Kane has six goals in four league games, along with goals in both of England’s international fixtures during the break. Elsewhere, Mousa Dembélé is unlikely to recover from an ankle injury, so Moussa Sissoko should feature again. Christian Eriksen is another man in fine form for club and country that Bournemouth will be particularly wary of.

Four points, 19th place, and in the relegation zone is not where even the most modest of Bournemouth fans would have thought their team would be after seven games played in the league. The Cherries earned a good draw against Leicester in their last match, but even the most optimistic of fans wouldn’t expect Bournemouth to get anything here. Tottenham’s form at Wembley hasn’t been great, but Bournemouth will still have to lift their performance if they want to have a chance at taking something from this match.

Prediction: Harry Kane anytime scorer – Kane is in unstoppable goal-scoring form and he is unlikely to be subdued in this match.

Watford v Arsenal
Watford Form Guide DWLWD
Arsenal Form Guide LWDWW
  • Venue: Vicarage Road
  • Saturday 14th October 17:30
  • Referee: Neil Swarbrick
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 17/4 D: 3/1 A: 8/13

About the Game:

A late goal prevented Watford from losing their second match of the season two weeks ago against West Brom. The impressive new signing Richarlison got the goal, his third of the season. Watford’s only loss came against Manchester City and this match is perhaps their third against the league’s elite, after they earned a draw against Liverpool on the opening day of the season. Chelsea await after this and Antonio Conte will likely be paying close attention to this one.

The Gunners kick-started their season and have kept the momentum up, with three wins and a draw against Chelsea in their last four. This is a tricky match-up however against a Watford team that have only been beaten by Manchester City. Alexis Sánchez flew back late after Chile’s match against Brazil where the Chileans crashed out of the World Cup. Shkodran Mustafi limped off injured for Germany, while Mesut Özil missed both of Germany’s games. Arsenal could be far from full strength here.

Prediction: Watford or draw Double Chance – Arsenal could be without key players here and Watford are proving incredibly difficult to beat under Marco Silva.

Brighton v Everton
Brighton Form Guide DWLWL
Everton Form Guide LLLWL
  • Venue: Amex Stadium
  • Sunday 15th October 13:30
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 21/20 D: 23/10 A: 13/10

About the Game:

Brighton will feel fairly satisfied with their seven points so far, the same amount as this week’s opponents. After beating fellow promotion winners Newcastle, Brighton struggled against Arsenal, as the loss of striker Tomer Hemed to suspension was all too evident. The Seagulls need goals if they’re to have any hope of staying up and without Hemed, they have an over-reliance on midfield playmaker Pascal Groß.

The Wheels seem to have fallen off at Goodison after a good start to the season. The Toffees currently have one win in the last five league games and are also struggling in the Europa league. New signing Gylfi Sigurdsson steered Iceland to the World Cup in the week and Everton fans will be hoping that he can start to recreate some of that form for his club. As it stands, Ronald Koeman is the favourite to be the next manager to lose his job. A defeat here would add even more fuel to that fire.

Prediction: U 2.5 goals – This is a difficult one to call in terms of who will win, with Everton in terrible form. Both teams are finding it hard to score though: Brighton have three goals in five games, while Everton have scored just two.

Southampton v Newcastle
Southampton Form Guide DLWLL
Newcastle Form Guide WWWLD
  • Venue: St Mary’s
  • Sunday 15th October 16:00
  • Referee: Kevin Friend
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 5/6 D: 13/5 A: 16/5

About the Game:

Southampton have consistently under-performed so far and have won just one of the last five matches. The Saints haven’t capitalized on their kind run of fixtures which continues for a few more matches until things turn sour. Scoring goals has been the problem and Shane Long has started the last three without scoring. His hip injury means that Manolo Gabbiadini might reclaim his starting place at least for this week.

After a poor start, Newcastle now have three wins and one draw in their last five matches, which has lifted them to 9th place. Alexander Mitrovic scored three goals in two games for Serbia in the international break which fired them to qualification. Rafa Benitez seems unwilling to trust the Serbian and has Joselu and Gayle also at his disposal however.

Prediction: Southampton Draw no bet – Newcastle struggle away from St Jame’s Park and Southampton should be looking to win this one.

Leicester v West Brom
Leicester Form Guide LLDLD
West Brom Form Guide DLDLD
  • Venue: King Power Stadium
  • Monday 16th October 20:00
  • Referee: Mike Dean
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 19/20 D: 23/10 A: 3/1

About the Game:

The Foxes have been having a torrid time of late and they’ve picked up just two points from the last fifteen. The fixtures have been tough though and they will look to set off on a good run after a draw with Bournemouth in the last game. Jamie Vardy seems to have properly shaken off a hip injury, so Leicester should be able to play their most effective game.

The Baggies are on a poor run themselves and are without a win in five matches. The fixture list makes for daunting reading too, so Tony Pulis will be keen to try to get some points here, as they may prove scarce to come by for a while. James McClean scored the goal to put Ireland through to the World Cup playoffs, but hasn’t featured much for his club so far. It could be a busy day for the Baggies as they try to deal with a fast-paced Leicester.

Prediction: Leicester win – West Brom are unbeaten at home, but have lost two of their three away games. Leicester will look to push on and win here.

Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*

Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Burnley v West Ham U 2.5 goals 13/20 1.65
Crystal Palace v Chelsea Chelsea win 2/5 2.31
Man City v Stoke Man City + BTTS No 10/11 3.41
Tottenham v Bournemouth Tottenham win 2/11 4.21
Liverpool v Manchester United O 1.5 goals 2/7 5.7

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* All our selections are provided for entertainment only and should only be used for informational purposes. Whilst we use our experience and knowledge to help inform you to make a considered bet, we are not responsible for any losses that may arise from actual results being different than predicted.

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