Premier League Preview Week 8

Premier League Gameweek 8 Betting Tips

Gameweek 8 sees one of the biggest clashes of the season when Liverpool host Manchester City on Sunday evening. Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho will be hoping for a victory over Newcastle and Spurs look to bounce back from their European defeat when they face Cardiff. Bet UK look ahead to all the Premier League action this weekend, with football betting tips for every match. Get the latest Premier League betting odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook.

Brighton v West Ham - Friday 5th October 2018 at 8:00pm

This week’s Premier League action kicks off on Friday night as Brighton host West Ham. Brighton come into the game in poor form, only picking up 2 points in their last five games. Glenn Murray was the reason for much of Brighton’s success early on but his goals have started to dry up. The veteran striker scored 4 in his first 5, but has failed to find the net since his late equaliser at Southampton. After 2 tough games, Brighton will be looking to this match as a chance to pick up some points.

West Ham on the other hand, have seen a complete turnaround in their fortunes. After 4 straight defeats, West Ham have 7 points from their last 3 games, including last weekend’s 3-1 win against Manchester United. New signings Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko have started scoring and the whole team finally seems to adopted Manuel Pellegrini's methods. Considering West Ham were rock bottom a few weeks ago, 14th place is a welcome sight for the Hammers.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Arnautovic & Murray Both To Score - Was 11/2, Now 7/1

Glenn Murray will be eager to get back to his goal scoring ways, while Arnautovic comes into the game in form. We expect both to have a good game on Friday.

Burnley v Huddersfield Town - Saturday 6th October 2018 at 3:00pm

After early season relegation fears, Burnley seem to be finally recovering from their European hangover. Their surprise 4-0 win against Bournemouth was followed up with a hard fought 2-1 win against Cardiff, a performance we are much more used to seeing from Sean Dyche’s men. The Clarets will be looking to build on their home form for any success this season and a game against struggling Huddersfield is a perfect place to start.

Everything that characterised David Wagner’s team last season seems to have disappeared this year. The hard working, difficult to break down, counter attacking team that we have been used to simply isn’t performing. The team are struggling to score goals and can’t keep them out of their own net, a recipe for disaster in North Yorkshire. Against Burnley, the Terriers will surely be looking to keep a clean sheet and nick a goal on the counter attack.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Burnley To Win To Nil - 2/1*

This should be a straightforward win for Burnley, who have finally found some form this season.

Crystal Palace v Wolves - Saturday 6th October 2018 at 3:00pm

Crystal Palace were close to getting a well earned point at Bournemouth last week before a late Junior Stanislas penalty sent them home with nothing. Palace’s problem this season is that if Zaha doesn’t perform, then Palace just don’t look threatening. Christian Benteke is in performing even worse than he did last season up front, but Roy Hodgson has no other option to replace him. The Belgian has scored 3 times in 34 matches, a stat he needs to improve on if Palace are to finish mid table this season.

Remarkably, Wolves have only been beaten once this season and look like a solid Premier League team already. Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves compliment each other perfectly in midfield and they consistently dominate matches, home and away. Against Southampton, it was a very even game for 75 minutes, as Wolves struggled to break down a consistent Saints defence. 2 late goals changed the game completely, with a 2-0 scoreline perhaps complimenting the hosts more than it should have.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Under 2.5 goals - 20/31*

The 2 teams average have averaged just under 2 goals a game this season, so we don’t expect there to be many goals at Selhurst Park.

Leicester City v Everton - Saturday 6th October 2018 at 3:00pm

Leicester strolled to a 2-0 win at St James’ Park last week, thanks to a Jamie Vardy penalty and a Harry Maguire header. Leicester had been somewhat inconsistent so far this season, but the Foxes rarely needed to get out of second gear against Newcastle. James Maddison again impressed, and with Gareth Southgate watching from the stands, it’s no surprise he was called up into the England squad. This will be a tougher test for Leicester, but they should be full of confidence after 2 wins on the bounce.

Everton looked back to their best against Fulham, in a 3-0 victory at Goodison Park. Gylfi Sigurdsson netted twice and Cenk Tosun finally grabbed a goal. Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma both impressed at the back, limited Fulham to only 6 shots and none on target. Richarlison and Walcott on either wing provide pace and a good final product in a team that looks like it is now coming together. If Tosun can kick on from now, then Everton’s push for the top 6 can begin.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Leicester City To Win And Both Teams To Score - 27/10*

The home advantage should tip this one in Leicester City’s favour, but it should be a close match.

Tottenham Hotspur v Cardiff City - Saturday 6th October 2018 at 3:00pm

Following on from their Champions League defeat midweek, Tottenham will be hoping for a win back at Wembley. It’s a dramatic drop down from playing Barcelona to playing Cardiff, so Spurs should find this a straightforward game. Harry Kane has started scoring again which makes Spurs a much more threatening team. As long as the England man is playing well, Spurs will always have a chance of winning.

It’s been a difficult start to life in the Premier League for Neil Warnock’s men. Cardiff have lost their last 4 matches in a row, only picking up points from 2 0-0 draws with the other teams in the relegation zone. With just 4 goals in 7 games, as well as 16 conceded, it’s tough to see where Cardiff will actually pick up points this season. Cardiff won’t be expecting to pick up any points away at Spurs, but they do need to make sure that they stop leaking goals so easily.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Tottenham Hotspur to win 3-0 - 15/2*

With Harry Kane back scoring goals, this should be a simple game for Tottenham.

Watford v Bournemouth - Saturday 6th October at 3:00pm

Watford’s strong start to the season seems a world away at the moment, after 4 games without a win in all competitions. The Hornets are still playing at a high standard, but could drop as low as 10th with defeat this weekend. Javi Gracia’s team will be looking at a home fixture against Bournemouth as a chance to get another 3 points on the board.

Bournemouth have struggled away from home recently, conceding 6 goals in their last 2 matches, without scoring. At home, they always perform and beat Crystal Palace in their last match at the Vitality. Bournemouth had the better of the chances, but still needed a late penalty to beat Crystal Palace. Bournemouth have plenty of goal scoring options, but none of their first XI ever seem to score highly throughout the season. If they can get their whole team on form, they could be dangerous.

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Both Teams To Score Draw - 3/1*

Neither team comes into the game with good form, but there should be goals in this encounter.

Manchester United v Newcastle United - Saturday 6th October at 17:30pm

Just as things started to look up for Jose Mourinho, a loss at West Ham and a Champions League draw have certainly dampened the spirits at Old Trafford. At West Ham, Manchester United were hopeless. In the first half, a 5 man United defence struggled to get close to any of West Ham’s forwards. Andriy Yarmolenko is well known for preferring his left foot, but was still allowed to twist and turn in the box to get onto his favoured side. It’s tough to really pinpoint where it is all going wrong for United, but with a squad of their quality, they shouldn’t be in 10th place.

Newcastle United will be hoping the midweek meeting with Mike Ashley has lifted spirits around St James’ Park after a turgid start to the Premier League season. Still without a win after 7 games, a 2-0 loss at home to Leicester was perhaps their worst performance of the season so far. A blatant handball gave Leicester a penalty in the first half, before Harry Maguire was allowed complete freedom in the 6 yard box to easily head past Martin Dubravka. The best Newcastle can hope for this weekend is to grab a draw against a frustrated Manchester United side.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Manchester United to win to nil - 6/5*

Newcastle just don’t look like scoring at all and Manchester United should make the most of the opportunity.

Fulham v Arsenal - Sunday 7th October at 12:00pm

Fulham have struggled in their last couple of games, particularly in their 3-0 defeat at Everton. Fulham failed to register a shot on target during the game, even with free scoring Aleksandar Mitrovic up front. Fulham heavily invested in their forward line in the summer, but defensively they seem to be struggling. Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has again been called up to the England squad, but will need more protection from his defenders as he hopes to remain in Gareth Southgate’s plans.

Unai Emery’s Arsenal are now starting to get their own identity. Rather than constantly being compared to Arsene Wenger’s side, Emery now has his side playing in his own style. The injury to Petr Cech might come as a blessing in disguise as Bernd Leno now has his chance in goal. Veteran goalkeeper Cech has struggled to adapt to Emery’s ‘play out from the back’ style, so he might find it difficult to now get back in the team.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals - 11/10*

Arsenal should have too much quality for Fulham, but an unsure Gunners’ defence could lead to a few goals.

Southampton v Chelsea - Sunday 7th October at 2:05pm

Southampton nearly earned a good point at Molineux last weekend, but eventually gave in to Wolves’ pressure and conceded 2 late goals. Danny Ings returned for the Saints after missing out against Liverpool, but failed to build on his impressive start. Southampton actually had the better of the possession and had more shots, so Ings is clearly getting chances. If he can start finishing more consistently, he could be in for a good season on the south coast.

Mauricio Sarri’s Chelsea became the first team to take points off Liverpool in the league, just 4 days after the 2 sides met in the Carabao Cup. Eden Hazard was brilliant again and continued his surge for the Golden Boot and Player Of The Year double. The Belgian appears to be the only player not suffering from fatigue after the World Cup, with Harry Kane, Mo Salah and Romelu Lukaku all experiencing slow starts to the season. If Hazard can continue this form, he can single handedly push Chelsea on a title challenge.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Eden Hazard to score 2 or more - 11/2*

Hazard is in simply electric form and a poor Southampton defence won’t be able to stop him this weekend.

Liverpool v Manchester City - Sunday 7th October a 4:30pm

Liverpool face their biggest challenge of the season as they face last season’s champions, Manchester City. The fixtures between these 2 last season were some of the highlights of the year. This season, we expect goals again. Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane might not be scoring as much as they can do, but they still form a frightening front 3. Naby Keita’s injury is a blow for Liverpool, but it allows Jordan Henderson to come into the team. Henderson is hard working player who can slow the play down and help Liverpool build some composure. Against Manchester City, he could be a valuable asset.

David Silva’s late winner at Hoffenheim saved Pep Guardiola’s blushes, but there is no doubt that their trip to Anfield will be a bigger ask. The potential returns of Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy could provide a welcome boost for City. This game could be a defining point in their season, and they need to put their strongest team on the pitch. Sergio Aguero continues to grab goals, Raheem Sterling is as impressive as ever and Leroy Sane is starting to find form again, but there is still something missing from City’s play. Last season, they were completely dominating teams but this year it has been a bit harder at times. If De Bruyne returns, it could possible be the missing piece of the puzzle and we could see one of the all time great Premier League games.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Over 4.5 goals - 7/2*

Last season, this fixture provided 18 goals in 4 games and with both teams still free scoring this season, we could be in for a cracker.

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