Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: English Premier League: Gameweek 8 Preview

English Premier League: Gameweek 8 Preview



The Premier League was almost back as we know it with Liverpool returning to the top of the table, while Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea also claimed much-needed victories. Manchester United, meanwhile, lost at home to Arsenal for the first time in 14 years with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men yet to win any of their opening four matches at Old Trafford. 

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The Red Devils travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton this weekend in one of the blockbuster matches of the weekend, however, the standout tie of the round sees title hopefuls, Manchester City, host the champions, Liverpool.

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Friday 6 November

Brighton 17/20 
Draw 26/10 
Burnley 32/10 
Brighton get the new weekend of football underway with their evening tie against bottom-placed Burnley on Friday. The Seagulls are in 16th spot in the league, but in all fairness, it doesn’t show the full picture on how they’ve fared so far this campaign. In their three matches at home, they’ve lost against Chelsea and Manchester United with valid arguments over whether they were the better team against both sides.

Burnley are yet to win a game this term and come off the back of consecutive defeats at home to Chelsea and Tottenham. Performance-wise, they’re making steady progress, although results are what will keep them in this league. I fancy Brighton to get the job done here.

Southampton 8/10 
Draw 11/4 
Newcastle United 33/10 
Southampton looked to have turned their fortunes around quite nicely since their 5-2 defeat against Tottenham, enduring a five-game unbeaten run since that drubbing, winning four times. In fact, the only team they dropped points against in that period was Chelsea, where the Saints clawed their way back to a 3-3 draw. 

Newcastle United have looked decent this season and are surprisingly still unbeaten in their opening three away matches. Steve Bruce’s men won at West Ham and drew against Tottenham and Wolves. As much as Southampton will be strongly fancied here, I’m backing a share of the spoils.

Saturday 7 November

Everton 37/20 
Draw 5/2 
Man United 14/10 
Manchester United will be looking to rectify their recent league performances when they travel to a well-organised Everton side this Saturday. The Red Devils are down in the wrong end of the table and have already lost quite a bit of ground to some of their closest rivals.

With just one win in four league games, losing 50% of their matches in the division, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has landed himself in hot water. Positively for United, Anthony Martial will return from his suspension, allowing United to go with a front three again. Everton have lost back-to-back games, but they’ll also welcome back Lucas Digne and James Rodriguez who missed last tie due to injury and suspension. The Toffees are also unbeaten at Goodison Park. I’m backing a draw in this tie.

Crystal Palace 43/20 
Draw 23/10 
Leeds United 13/10 
Crystal Palace are one of the toughest teams to judge this season. They’ve beaten Southampton and Manchester United, while they also failed to turn up against Chelsea and Wolves, losing against both of those sides without scoring a goal. 

The Eagles’ inconsistencies could cost them throughout the campaign, with Roy Hodgson’s men winning just one of their opening three league matches, which came on the opening day. Since then, they’ve lost to Everton and drew against Brighton at Selhurst Park. We all know what to expect from this Leeds United side. They keep the game at 100 miles per hour, and enjoy playing on the front foot. It does, however, leave them vulnerable in defence. Over 2.5 Goals looks the way to go here at 9/10.

Chelsea 9/20 
Draw 15/4 
Sheffield United 6/1 
Chelsea looked to have found their rhythm just before the international break, enduring a five-game unbeaten run in the Premier League. They’ve looked much better defensively in their past two matches, keeping clean sheets at Manchester United and Burnley. At home, the Blues have won just one of their ties, beating Crystal Palace 4-0, while dropping points in a 3-3 draw to Southampton and losing 2-0 to Liverpool. 

In both of those dropped points, Chelsea didn’t have Edouard Mendy, who has given the backline belief again. Sheffield United have lost six of their opening seven matches and have scored just three goals this campaign – the fewest in the division. Chelsea to Win to Nil looks a top bet at 13/10.

West Ham 17/20 
Draw 11/4 
Fulham 31/10 
Fulham registered their first victory of the campaign when they deservedly outsmarted West Brom on Monday night to win the match 2-0. The Cottagers will certainly be motivated for this upcoming London derby against a West Ham side who have looked sharp in recent weeks. 

Their impressive unbeaten run did come to an end at Liverpool last weekend, but before that, the Hammers drew with Manchester City and Tottenham, while they also thumped Leicester City and Wolves. Despite their torrid form, Fulham have looked decent in attack and perhaps deserved more than they got in the past couple of weeks. I fancy a draw in this tie. 

Sunday 8 November

West Brom 47/10 
Draw 33/10 
Tottenham 11/20 
West Brom remain without a win this season after they suffered their fourth defeat of the campaign on Monday night, going down to fellow newcomers, Fulham. They failed to turn up and fight against opposition they’ll likely be in a relegation fight with. 

Tottenham moved up to third on the table last weekend with their hard-fought 2-1 win over Brighton. Away from home, Spurs have won all three of their ties, scoring 12 goals. Harry Kane and Heung-min Son have been in superb this term and will fancy themselves to get involved in the thick of things yet again. My money is on Spurs to keep up their superb away form and continue pushing higher up the table.

Leicester City 13/10 
Draw 43/20 
Wolves 47/20 
Leicester City moved within a point of log-leaders, Liverpool, and currently sit second in the standings. On Monday night, they scored four goals to beat Leeds United, making them the joint-second highest scorers in the division. 

Wolves seem to be going about their business quietly, enduring a four-game unbeaten run, winning three times. Wolves also lead the way in terms of clean sheets kept, shutting out their opponents four times from their first seven matches. With Leicester City playing in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, perhaps the visitors will fancy their chances. I’m backing Wolves on the Win/Draw Double Chance at 6/10.

Manchester City 1/1 
Draw 3/1 
Liverpool 24/10 


Arsenal 7/10 
Draw 29/10 
Aston Villa 37/10 
We kiss domestic football goodbye on Sunday night as we go into another international break next week. Arsenal and Aston Villa close off the round in what should be an exciting matchup at the Emirates Stadium. Mikel Arteta’s side will be oozing with confidence after claiming their first win at a “big six” club since 2015, while that was also the club’s first victory at Old Trafford in the league since 2006.

Statistically, Arsenal also have the best defence in the league, despite already playing Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United away from home, while they also hosted Leicester City. Aston Villa started off brightly, but their season has derailed in the past couple of games, losing their last two ties, conceding seven times. After losing 3-0 at home to Leeds, Villa followed that up with a 4-3 defeat at home to Southampton last weekend. My money is on Arsenal here.


TREBLE @ 13/2
Crystal Palace vs Leeds Over 2.5 Goals 9/10
Chelsea Win to Nil 13/10
Arsenal Win 7/10

Written by Jesse Nagel for Hollywoodbets.

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