EPL week 8 predictions

Week 8 sees some interesting clashes and a couple of important fixtures as the Premier League table begins to take shape.

Week 7 in the Premier League saw some great football and a notable upset when the Hammers overcame Manchester United, routing them 3-1.  Liverpool managed to recover from a mid-week loss to Chelsea and Manchester City regained top spot. Our Predictions for Premier League matches today are as follows:

 

Brighton vs West Ham

Kick-off: Week 8, Saturday, 6 October

Brighton were predicted to struggle this season and they have been true to form so far this season.  Seven matches into the season Brighton lie in 15th place with just 1 win from 7 matches.  Chris Hughton will be hoping to welcome Pascal Gross back to boost his line up ahead of an important 6 pointer.

The Seagulls have been without Gross since he picked up an ankle injury in early September. West Ham have recovered from a poor starts to the season which saw them sitting in last place for 3 out of the first 4 weeks.

Since then they have managed 2 wins in their last 3 matches, amassing 7 points in the process.  One of those wins came against Manchester United.  This improvement in form could be a turning point in the Hammers season. They now look to make a push for Europe.  They head into this fixture in high spirits hoping to continue their winning form.

We are tipping the Hammers to take all 3 points at Falmer Stadium.

  • Correct score: 1-2
  • Bonus: Arnautovic to score anytime.

 

 

Burnley vs Huddersfield

Kick-off: Week 8, Saturday, 6 October

Burnley have recovered from a bad start to the season to win 2 games in a row.  Their turn in form suggests they have recovered from the difficulty of Europa league matches on Thursdays.  They now host Huddersfield this weekend knowing that a win could see them jumping as high as 10th in the league.

Huddersfield are languishing in 20th place, propping up the Premier League table.  Still without a win they have only managed to collect 2 points.  As the table begins to take shape their return to the Championship seems to be a foregone conclusion.

We are tipping Burnley to carry on their run of form and take all 3 points.

  • Correct score: 2-0
  • Bonus: Over 7 corners

 

 

Crystal Palace vs Wolves

Kick-off: Week 8, Saturday, 6 October

Crystal Palace have struggled desperately for form this season.  Palace have just 1 victory in their last 5 outings Roy Hodgson’s side have slid into the bottom half of the Premier League table.  Only 5 goals so far this season the Eagles have struggled to find the back of the net.

Wilfried Zaha’s lack of goals has been a major source of frustration for the former England manager who also has to contend with uniting the players behind a common cause.  The frustration amongst the squad was on display for all to see as Mike Dean blew the final whistle on Monday night.

Wolves have enjoyed a positive return to the Premier League registering 3 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 fixtures.  Their current run of form has sees them lie in 9th place, 2 points above Manchester United.  The Wanderers put in a confident display to see themselves past Southampton last week. Nuno will be looking to carry that form into this weeks clash with Roy Hodgsons’ Crystal Palace.

We are tipping Wolves to take all 3 points at Selhurst Park.

  • Correct score: 1-3
  • Bonus: Over 8 corners.

 

Watford vs Bournemouth

Kick-off: Week 8, Saturday, 6 October

Despite their dream start to the season, Watford’s recent dip in form has seen them drop from 3rd place to 6th.  With just 1 point out of a possible 9 points in their last 3 matches Watford will need to re-group as they host Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth at Vicarage Road.

Bournemouth returned to winning ways with a last minute penalty against Crystal Palace last Monday, recovering from their 4-0 drubbing by Burnley a week earlier.  That victory sees them move into 7th place and within striking distance of the European places.  This fixture against Watford is an important a 6 pointer with the 2 teams currently separated by goal difference.  A victory for either side could be important come the end of the season.

We are tipping Watford to snap their poor run of form and return to winning ways at Vicarage Road.

  • Correct score: 3-2
  • Bonus: Over 3.5 goals

 

Leicester City vs Everton

Kick-off: Week 8, Saturday, 6 October

Leicester have registered 2 wins on the trot and head into this fixture looking to keep this run of form going.  Jamie Vardy’s return to the lineup has been a great boost to the Foxes as the striker has rediscovered his knack for goal.  They host an Everton side who has struggled to find consistency so far this season.

Everton will visit the King Power stadium on the back of their league cup elimination at the hands of Southampton on Tuesday.  That elimination will continue to ramp up the pressure on Marco Silva who has only managed 1 win in Everton’s last 5 Premier League matches.  Marco Silva and his men know that they can and should be doing better.

We are tipping Leicester to grab all 3 points at the King Power Stadium.

  • Correct score: 2-1

 

Tottenham vs Cardiff City

Kick-off: Week 8, Saturday, 6 October

Spurs have recovered from a dip in form to win their last 2 fixtures.  They have been made to work hard for their victories but the players seem to have responded positively to Pochettino’s call for concentration.

They host Cardiff City this weekend who are struggling so far this season lying in 19th place.  With 4 losses in a row Neil Warnock will be looking to stop the rot knowing a loss to Spurs could see them end the weekend bottom of the table.

With both form and class on their side we are tipping Spurs to run rampant at Wembley and take all 3 points.

  • Correct score: 3-0
  • Bonus: Harry Kane anytime

 

Manchester United vs Newcastle

Kick-off: Week 8, Saturday, 6 October

The court of Jose’s third season seems to have struck again. Jose Mourinho, controversial Manchester United manager, is struggling to stay above water this season as rumours about his imminent departure from Old Trafford continue to circulate.

Last week’s loss to struggling West Ham saw a calamitous display from the Red Devils and their mid-week draw with Valencia only served to compound the problems at the club.  If Mourinho is not able to figure things out soon he may become the first managerial casualty of the Premier League season.

United will host Newcastle at Old Trafford.  The Magpies have not have a great start to their season by any standard.  They remain without a win after 7 matches as they head to a ground which has not been kind to them over the years.  The absence of a natural leader on the field has been a major factor in Newcastle’s poor run of form.

We are tipping Manchester United to take the points in this clash.

  • Correct Score: 3-0
  • Bonus: Lukaku to score anytime

 

Fulham vs Arsenal

Kick-off: Week 8, Sunday, 7 October

With just one victory so far this season Fulham’s time in the Premier League looks like it may be short lived.  Their failure to bring in top calibre players over the summer has hampered their performances this season.  The quality of Aleksandar Mitrovic cannot be overlooked, the prolific Serbian remains the cottagers greatest threat going forward.  But Fulham need more if they are to survive the dreaded drop.

Arsenal have recovered from a poor start to the season racking up 5 wins in a row.  Their recent run of form shows that players have begun to adjust as the club transitions from the Wenger era with life under Emery beginning to ripen.  Aubameyang and Lacazette are Arsenal’s danger men and the 2 strikers have enjoyed a good run of form of late.

We are tipping Arsenal to dominate this match at come away with all 3 points at Craven Cottage.

  • Correct score: 0-3
  • Bonus: Lacazette to score anytime

 

Southampton vs Chelsea

Kick-off: Week 8, Sunday, 7 October

Southampton host an inform Chelsea.  They head into this fixture having lost their last two matches and struggling for goals. They are averaging less than a goal a game.  Mark Hughes’ men can take some satisfaction from eliminating Everton from the League Cup. The manager knows that nothing will detract from the Premier League.  Rumours have already begun to circle that Hughes’ replacement may be on the way. Will he be sacked soon?

Chelsea head into this fixture having come out on top in a double header against Premier League rivals Liverpool.  Maurizio Sarri engineered a masterful victory over Liverpool in the Carabao Cup at Anfield. His side dominated play against Klopp’s reds on Sunday, despite being held to a draw.  Lying 2 points behind their title rivals, Chelsea’s performance has convinced critics that winning the trophy is a possibility.

We are tipping Chelsea to romp home to victory at St. Mary’s.

  • Correct score: 0-4
  • Bonus: Edin Hazard to score anytime.

 

Liverpool vs Manchester City

Kick-off: Week 8, Sunday, 7 October

A week is a long time in football. For Jurgen Klopp its been a long 10 days in which his side twice faced Chelsea and Napoli, Now the match in against league leaders Manchester City.  Klopp has called on his men to maintain their concentration. A victory will catapult Liverpool into top spot.

The Reds’ manager will be well aware of his team’s positive record against the sky blues.

Salah’s muted performances this season have not been a major issue for the reds. Liverpool have continued to rack up the victories.  Luckily his team mates have all picked up the slack. Daniel Sturridge’s performances being of worth mention.

City have barely put a foot wrong on the domestic front so far this season.  Despite having to work hard for their mid-week victory over Hoffenheim, they have beaten League opponents.  Aguero has been whacking in the goals. Liverpool’s backline will need to recover from their mid-week performance if they are to be up to the task.

With so much at stake we expect the sparks to fly.

We are tipping City to overpower the Reds.

  • Correct score: 1-2
  • Bonus: Aguero to score anytime.

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