Premier League Preview Week 8

Premier League Gameweek 9 Betting Tips

The Premier League is back after the UEFA Nations League took centre stage during the international break. With the Premier League now the focus of the media’s attention again, Jose Mourinho’s future is once again a hot topic. Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge with his United side looking to build on their 3-2 comeback against Newcastle. Elsewhere Liverpool and Manchester City look to take another step towards the title against Huddersfield and Burnley respectively. Head over to Bet UK’s online betting for the latest Premier League betting odds for all matches this weekend.

Bet UK Price Boost for the weekend’s 3pm kick offs is Spurs, Newcastle & Bournemouth all to win - Was 7/1, Now 8/1

Chelsea v Manchester United - Saturday 20th October at 12:30pm

Chelsea and Eden Hazard continued their strong start to the season with a commanding 3-0 win against Southampton before the internationals. Perhaps more impressive for Chelsea however was the emergence of Ross Barkley. Sarri has started to involve Barkley more and more in recent weeks. The increase in playing time has shown, with Barkley getting back to the form he showed at Everton as an emerging star. England and Gareth Southgate have already seen the benefits of a confident Ross Barkley after his impressive performance during England’s win in Sevilla.

Manchester United’s up and down season was perfectly summed up in their 3-2 win over Newcastle. In one of the games of the season so far, Manchester United started awfully and were 2-0 down at home within 10 minutes, for the first time in Premier League history. After being lucky to go into half time at just 2-0, United looked fired up in the second half. Instantly applying more pressure to Newcastle, Mata finally made a breakthrough after 70 minutes. Within 10 minutes, Martial had scored the equaliser before Alexis Sanchez scored a late winner. There were positives to take from the second half, but the first half display was some of the worst football United fans have ever seen.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Over 3.5 goals - 41/20*

Neither team is great at defending, and with Eden Hazard still the best player in the league, we should see some goals at Stamford Bridge.

Bournemouth v Southampton - Saturday 20th October at 3:00pm

Bournemouth’s impressive start to the season shows no sign of stopping after their 4-0 demolition of Watford at Vicarage Road. David Brooks grabbed his 2nd goal in 2 games before Christian Kabasele gave away a penalty. Kabasele was sent off and King happily dispatched the penalty, grabbing another goal before half time. Callum Wilson quickly ended any hopes of a comeback with a 4th goal just after the break. The game inevitably fizzled out, but Bournemouth continue to look dangerous every time they come forward with the ball.

Southampton are in danger of getting sucked into another relegation battle this season. A promising early start with Danny Ings leading the line has been followed by 3 consecutive defeats. The Saints haven’t scored in the league in over a month now, since scoring twice in the 2-2 draw with Brighton. Danny Ings did look promising at the start of the season, but will need to end his goal drought if Southampton are going to get anything against Bournemouth.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Bournemouth to win to nil - 5/2*

Bet UK expect Bournemouth to carry on their good form against a goal shy Southampton

Cardiff City v Fulham - Saturday 20th October at 3:00pm

Cardiff are rock bottom of the Premier League after a defeat at Wembley last time out. Eric Dier’s early goal was enough to condemn the Bluebirds to a 6th defeat of the season on a difficult afternoon. Cardiff failed to put much pressure on Tottenham throughout the game and their task was made tougher after Joe Ralls was dismissed for a reckless challenge. Neil Warnock claimed it ‘wasn’t endangering anyone’s life’, but we’ve definitely seen red cards given for less.

Fulham’s first half performance against Arsenal was promising, but they failed to deal with the Gunners in the second half. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa capitalised on a loose ball to set up Andre Schurrle, who brought Fulham level just before the break. 4 Arsenal goals in the second half perhaps don’t reflect the actual scoreline, but Fulham will need to improve defensively. Marcus Bettinelli in particular should have done better with a couple of Arsenal’s goals. However, we have seen what this Fulham team is capable of, and they could bounce back against Cardiff.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Mitrovic to score anytime - 8/5*

Mitrovic scored twice in the international break and should be able to dominate an average Cardiff defence.

Manchester City v Burnley - Saturday 20th October at 3:00pm

When City were awarded a late penalty at Anfield, everyone thought that they would take the 3 points and assert themselves on this years title race. However, up steps Riyad Mahrez and now we are as close as ever. The Algerian skied his penalty with just 5 minutes left, despite Gabriel Jesus being the designated taker after Aguero’s substitution. After the game, Pep Guardiola clearly wasn’t impressed when discussing the incident, but it remains to be seen what Mahrez’s role in this game will be.

Burnley’s poor start to the season seems to be behind them now, but they will still have been expecting to beat Huddersfield at home. Sam Vokes gave Burnley the lead in the first half, but in truth, Huddersfield dominated the game. Coming into the game, the Terriers were in the bottom 3, but managed to have 69% of the ball and 19 shots. It’s a worrying sign for Burnley after they had impressed against Bournemouth at home.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Over 3.5 goals - 20/27*

Newcastle United v Brighton - Saturday 20th October at 3:00pm

Newcastle’s performance at Old Trafford was the perfect example of ‘a game of two halves’. In the first half, Kenedy and Muto gave Newcastle an early 2 goal lead, which they arguably should have added to. Jamaal Lascelles had a free header 6 yards out, and Ashley Young handled in the box but the blatant penalty wasn’t awarded. Whatever Benitez said at half time clearly didn’t resonate with his team. Rather than taking the game to Manchester United, Newcastle sat 11 men behind the ball and hoped that they wouldn’t get broken down. If they are going to win their first game of the season, Benitez needs to let his team be more expressive, just like the first 45 at Old Trafford.

Brighton ended a poor run with a 1-0 win against West Ham. Glenn Murray managed another goal and Chris Hughton’s side kept a first clean sheet of the season. West Ham pressed in the second half but Brighton defended well and held on for the win. Murray proved to be the difference as his remarkable 2018 form continued. Since the start of the season, only Eden Hazard has scored more than Murray. The only worry would be where the goals would come from if Murray wasn’t on form.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Under 1.5 goals - 33/20*

Newcastle’s defending has been the only positive so far this season, possibly leading to a dull game at St James Park.

West Ham v Tottenham Hotspur - Saturday 20th October at 3:00pm

West Ham lost for the first time in 3 matches against Brighton as the Hammers failed to build on their 3-1 win against Manchester United. The front 3 of Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic failed to click, even after impressing in recent matches. The Hammers probably should have grabbed a point in the end, with Fabian Balbuena missing the best chance of the match. The Colombian centre half could only head wide from inside the 6 yard box after a corner.

Tottenham beat Cardiff 1-0 to continue their best ever start to a Premier League season. Eric Dier latched onto a loose ball in the box for his first goal of the season, but Spurs will be disappointed that they couldn’t add to their total. Spurs fans will be worried with how much Cardiff were allowed to have the ball in the second half. Tottenham looked leggy and their build up of fixtures began to show. After most of their squad was called up for their international sides, there’s a chance it could be the same this weekend.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Both teams to score and draw - 16/5*

West Ham have looked impressive against the bigger teams at the London Stadium so far, and could easily grab a point against a tired Spurs side.

Wolves v Watford - Saturday 20th October at 3:00pm

Wolves are unbeaten in the league since August and already look like a solid Premier League side. Much was made about Helder Costa and Ruben Neves moving to Wolves whilst in the Championship, but both proved their doubters wrong after their recent Portugal call ups. In the Premier League, Wolves beat Crystal Palace last time out. Wing back Matt Doherty was the surprise scorer in a match that Wolves didn’t perform as well as they have done.

Watford’s electric start to the season is now well in the past after a 4-0 loss at home to Bournemouth. Even before Christian Kabasele’s sending off, Watford were already clearly the second best team. Kabasele was sent off for the foul leading up to the Bournemouth penalty, which Bournemouth converted to end the game as a contest. In the international break, Javi Gracia has came out and spoke about his desire to remain at Vicarage Road for a long time. But with Watford’s recent managerial record, results need to improve if Gracia is even to make it to the end of the season.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Wolves to win 2-0 - 29/4*

We don’t expect Watford’s season to get any easier against a Wolves side that just gets better and better.

Huddersfield v Liverpool - Saturday 20th October at 5:30pm

It has not been an easy season at all so far for Huddersfield Town as they currently sit in the bottom three in the Premier League. With 3 points from 8 matches, David Wagner may be slightly worried even though it is still very early in the season. In their last contest before the international break, The Terriers got a decent point at Turf Moor against Burnley after a battling 1-1 draw. Three points have really been scarce though as Town have gone 12 Premier League matches without a win and have not scored in four home matches. This is not the fixture that they’d have wanted at this point of the season.

Liverpool are challenging right at the top of the league, level on points with both Manchester City and Chelsea. They will certainly be targeting this trip to the John Smiths Stadium as a game that they need to win if they have any intention of going on to lift the Premier League trophy in May. After consecutive draws with both of their title rivals, The Reds are in a decent position. Star man Mo Salah has not hit the highs so far this season, and the Egyptian will be hoping to get on the scoresheet on Saturday to get some of his form back.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Liverpool To Win To Nil - 5/6*

Huddersfield have been really struggling to score at home, while Liverpool’s front three are incredibly dangerous. This should be pretty straightforward for The Reds.

Everton v Crystal Palace - Sunday 21st October at 4:00pm

Few would have predicted Everton’s 2-1 win at the King Power, but the Toffee’s fully deserved the 2 points. Richarlison’s early goal was cancelled out by a great individual effort from Ricardo Pereira. Everton’s in form Gylfi Sigurdsson stole the show however, scoring from all of 30 yards after a cruyff turn took him past James Maddison. With Richarlison back in action, as well as Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes set to make debuts, Everton’s season is looking up.

It’s clear that Palace are still suffering from their dependence on Wilfried Zaha. If the Ivorian isn’t performing well, then Palace just don’t look dangerous. Against Wolves, they had most of the ball, more shots and more shots on target, but still couldn’t score. Jordan Ayew stepped up to replace Christian Benteke after his injury, but wasn’t anymore successful. Goals need to start coming from midfield, but Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur are more box to box players than prolific goalscorers.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Both teams to score - No - 20/23*

Expect Everton to focus on stopping Zaha and completely nullifying Palace’s threat.

Arsenal v Leicester City - Monday 22nd October at 8:00pm

There were a number of question marks in the summer after long-serving manager Arsene Wenger left the club, but the decision to appoint Unai Emery as his successor has turned out to be a stroke of genius so far. The Gunners’ last outing was a 5-1 hammering of Fulham at Craven Cottage, with the lethal strike partnership of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both grabbing 2 goals each. Back at The Emirates, they will fancy their chances here.

Leicester City have had a pretty decent start to the season, currently sitting in 10th place after 8 matches. Fresh off his heroics for England in the World Cup this summer, Harry Maguire has looked very impressive at the back. The Foxes lost at home to Everton last time out though and will be looking to bounce back in this Monday Night Football match. Chances are they will set out to attack from the start, so it will be interesting to see if they can catch Arsenal out early.

Bet UK’s Betting Tips

Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals - 1/1*

There should be plenty of goals in this contest. Arsenal are on a roll having won nine matches in a row in all competitions and we expect them to make that ten on Monday evening.

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