Hey everyone, we’re back after the international break for another round of Premier League predictions. Unfortunately I was a bit off the mark last time with only 2 correct results and 1 correct score with a lot of results frustratingly being 1 goal away from what I predicted. Hopefully we get a bit more luck this gameweek with a few better matchups to work with. Without further ado, here are my Premier League predictions for round 8 of the season
Watford vs Liverpool
Odds: Watford – 8/1 Draw – 9/2 Liverpool – 3/10
There’s a chance Liverpool may be caught looking ahead to a big Champions League game in midweek but I can’t see that stopping them from winning. Watford have been woeful in 4 of their last 5 games and have just sacked their manager so all is not well with them. I do think that this game may be close enough though for a long way and I can definitely see Watford scoring given that Liverpool struggle at the back and Watford are a team that have been historically fired up when facing big clubs at home. I just don’t trust them enough at the back to not give up the big chances to Liverpool and with the form they are in going forward, I like them to pick up a 3-1 win here with Salah playing a starring role.
Watford 1-3 Liverpool
Aston Villa vs Wolves
Odds: Villa – 21/20 Draw – 9/4 Wolves – 13/5
A midlands derby here and I can see there being an upset. Villa are a very short price considering they’ve struggled to create good chances over the last few games and with Wolves being a relatively solid side at the back away from home, I can’t see them scoring more than once here. Wolves can definitely get at least a goal here with Jimenez and Hwang currently playing very well and with Villa potentially being vulnerable down the left wing which is where Hwang plays. I fancy Wolves to score a couple here and for that to be enough for a 2-1 win.
Villa 1-2 Wolves
Leicester vs Manchester United
Odds: Leicester – 5/2 Draw – 13/5 Man United – 1/1
This is a tough one to call. Both teams are really underwhelming at the moment but I’m taking Leicester here. This is because both Varane and Maguire are currently injured for Man United and losing a centre back pairing can cause chaos at the back for a team. I like Leicester to take advantage of this matchup and notch up a couple of goals. They’re likely to get Jonny Evans back too and with most Man United players other than Ronaldo struggling in front of goal at the moment, I’m going to optimistically say they can keep Man United down to 1 goal though 2-2 does also feel like a likely result.
Leicester 2-1 Man United
Manchester City vs Burnley
Odds: Man City – 1/9 Draw – 8/1 Burnley – 16/1
This will likely be a very comfortable win for Man City. They’re a striker away from being the best club in Europe right now but that hole in their side shouldn’t matter in this game given that Burnley haven’t got the calibre of player to compete at the Etihad right now. They also struggled to create anything against Norwich so it’s tough to imagine anything but a win to nil for City here. I can see Foden getting on the scoresheet provided that Pep roulette doesn’t cause him to be rested.
Man City 3-0 Burnley
Norwich City vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Odds: Norwich – 13/5 Draw – 12/5 Brighton – 21/20
I’m slightly hesitant to do this given that last time I called a result an absolute banker I needed a 90th minute bailout winner for West Ham against Leeds but surely Brighton here are a great bet. They’re playing extremely well at the moment with the only issue being that clinical edge, but Norwich are giving up so many big chances a game that Brighton can definitely score a couple here. Also, the Brighton defence is playing well at the moment and given they kept Arsenal quiet, they should be able to do the same to Norwich. This should be a very comfortable 2-0 win for Brighton and this will likely be my biggest Premier League bet of the weekend.
Norwich 0-2 Brighton
Southampton vs Leeds United
Odds: Southampton – 13/10 Draw – 5/2 Leeds – 15/8
This is another game where I’m not particularly bullish on either side at the moment. I’m going to take Southampton tentatively in this one for a couple of reasons, reason 1 is that Leeds are struggling in front of goal at the moment and reason 2 is that I like what I saw from Southampton against Chelsea where they probably would’ve gotten a draw if it wasn’t for the red card. I can see Southampton pulling out a 2-1 win and Adam Armstrong getting back on the scoresheet.
Southampton 2-1 Leeds
Brentford vs Chelsea
Odds: Brentford – 11/2 Draw – 3/1 Chelsea – 11/20
Brentford continue to be underestimated by bookmakers and I can see them getting a result again here. Chelsea haven’t really played to the best of their ability since the first half at Anfield and this is the sort of game they may come unstuck in and drop points. Brentford can definitely score here and with their organised defence and in form forwards I like them to do enough to get a 1-1 here in a game that will have a highly charged atmosphere.
Brentford 1-1 Chelsea
Everton vs West Ham United
Odds: Everton – 11/8 Draw – 12/5 West Ham – 9/5
I think the market has this game wrong. Everton did get a good result last time out, but were playing an out of form Man United and with Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison set to still be out, I like West Ham to win. They have more firepower upfront than Everton and I’m still not convinced by Everton at the back so I can see West Ham getting a couple of goals in this one and that being enough to get the win here.
Everton 1-2 West Ham
Newcastle vs Tottenham
Odds: Newcastle – 12/5 Draw – 13/5 Tottenham – 21/20
I’m picking Spurs to win here but I hate the price. I can’t trust Newcastle at the back right now and if Spurs can score 2 goals then that will surely be enough to win given that they’re still fairly decent at the back. Newcastle did play well against Watford last time but missing big chances has been hurting them all season and they have yet to win at home so far this season. Another factor that could hurt Newcastle is the takeover and the general knowledge that Steve Bruce is a dead man walking this point in his job, I’m not certain they’ll be fully focused here and Spurs can take advantage.
Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace
Odds: Arsenal – 3/5 Draw – 11/4 Crystal Palace – 5/1
I can see this being a draw or even an upset win for Crystal Palace. Arsenal don’t do much going forward unless they’re on the counter at the moment and with Palace being a team built on a defence first mantra, Arsenal may not get too many opportunities to run at this defence on the counter. I can’t see Arsenal scoring more than once here and I think Palace can hold them to a 0-0 even. If Arsenal do score then Palace should be able to create at least one or 2 big chances themselves in this game and potentially nick a goal for themselves but I’ll say 0-0 for this one.
Arsenal 0-0 Palace