Premier League Predictions – Round 8

Aston Villa vs Southampton

Odds: Villa – 11/10 Draw – 5/2 Southampton – 5/2

My Pick:

This game should be a tight one. Southampton have improved at the back in the last few games while Villa may have stumbled upon something good with the Ramsey-Luiz-Kamara midfield trio. Unfortunately for Villa it looks like Gerrard will be sticking with McGinn which may make things tougher in midfield for them. I don’t particularly rate the attacks of either side currently and I can see this game finishing 1-1 given both teams struggle to keep clean sheets.

Villa 1-1 Southampton

Nottingham Forest vs Fulham

Odds: Forest – 7/4 Draw – 23/10 Fulham – 13/8

My Pick:

I can see there being goals in this game. Forest have played better attackingly at home while Fulham have been conceding goals away so Forest should find the net and given Forest heavily struggled with Solanke last time out, Mitrovic should have a good game here. I wouldn’t be surprised by any of the 3 results happening so I’ll say that this game finishes 2-2 with BTTS being the best bet here.

Forest 2-2 Fulham

Back both teams to score at 4/6

Wolves vs Man City

Odds: Wolves – 17/2 Draw – 4/1 Man City – 1/3

My Pick:

I don’t see this being as straight forward as the odds suggest for Man City. They’ve drawn their last 2 away games and they were poor for most of the game on Tuesday. Wolves are currently an underrated side that maybe just lack a killer instinct. But I can definitely see this being 1-1 given City have injuries at the back and Wolves have had extra rest compared to them. I’d be inclined to back Wolves +1.5 on the handicap line as even if they lose, I think it would only be by 1 goal.

Wolves 1-1 Man City

Newcastle vs Bournemouth

Odds: Newcastle – 4/9 Draw – 17/5 Bournemouth – 13/2

My Pick:

I like Newcastle to win this one comfortably. They were exceptionally unlucky against Palace missing 5 big chances and they should be able to beat a Bournemouth side that took advantage of a Forest implosion but still have major issues at the back and will likely struggle against the bigger sides. I can see this being a 3-0 Newcastle win.

Newcastle 3-0 Bournemouth

Tottenham vs Leicester

Odds: Tottenham – 9/20 Draw – 7/2 Leicester – 6/1

My Pick:

Spurs weren’t good in midweek but 2-0 was a slightly unfair result and maybe a draw would’ve been a bit more reflective of the match. I think they can bounce back here given they’ve been strong at home and Leicester are still an awful defensive side. I can definitely see Leicester scoring but being overwhelmed by the better side and piling more pressure on Rodgers. I expect Spurs to win a high scoring game.

Spurs 3-1 Leicester

Brentford vs Arsenal

Odds: Brentford – 16/5 Draw – 14/5 Arsenal – 4/5

My Pick:

This for me is a matchup that may truly reflect how good a team Arsenal are. They were always likely to struggle against United as United matched up pretty perfectly to beat them but this game will be more interesting on that front. Brentford attack at pace on the counter which seems to be what Arsenal struggle with given their high line can cause problems and they’re more comfortable against physical sides than pacey sides defensively. But Brentford also struggle at defending against the pacey sides that prefer keeping it on the ground so I think this could be a high scorer, I’d be inclined to bet Brentford if I was betting this game purely because they offer more value so I’ll pick them to win 3-2 though I wouldn’t be surprised by any of the 3 results again.

Brentford 3-2 Arsenal

Everton vs West Ham

Odds: Everton – 19/10 Draw – 9/4 West Ham – 6/4

My Pick:

I like West Ham to nick a win here. They did the double over Everton last season and I imagine Everton will have to attack more than in their recent draws which may leave them open to the counter. West Ham would’ve been full value for a point at Stamford Bridge and have been finding the net a bit more recently, they can get a 2-1 win here.

Everton 1-2 West Ham

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