Liverpool kept rolling on with another win, though only just, last weekend to remain top of the Premier League table, but wins for Manchester City and Leicester City kept them on the heels of the Reds, while draws for Arsenal and West Ham moved them into fourth and fifth spot in the Premier League table.
This weekend, we have six games on Saturday and four on Sunday ahead of the second international break of the season. The big game on Saturday sees two of the top three clash as Liverpool host Leicester City at Anfield in what has become an important game for the Reds. While Sunday’s big games see Manchester City hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers, while Manchester United face a trip to Newcastle in the later live game.
As usual, we are going to bring you our tips for this weekend’s games, after our review of the action last weekend.
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Let’s take a look now at how Matchday 7 in the Premier League finished, the league table after those games and of course, this weekend’s fixtures in the Premier League.
Premier League Matchday 8 Results
- Sheffield United 0-1 Liverpool
- Crystal Palace 2-0 Norwich City
- Aston Villa 2-2 Burnley
- Bournemouth 2-2 West Ham
- Wolves 2-0 Watford
- Tottenham 2-1 Southampton
- Chelsea 2-0 Brighton
- Everton 1-3 Manchester City
- Leicester City 5-0 Newcastle United
- Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal
Premier League Table
Premier League Matchday 8 Fixtures & Tips
Saturday 5th October (3pm Unless Stated)
- Brighton v Tottenham (12.30pm)
Can Tottenham bounce back from their 7-2 humiliation in the Champions League in midweek against a Brighton side searching for their first win of the season since the opening day? It is going to be interesting to see how Spurs react to that loss and their dismal away form means that this is not going to be straightforward. Pochettino though is too good a manager not to get a reaction from his players and as such, I am backing Spurs to win this one at 19/20.
- Burnley v Everton
Last season Everton won this fixture 5-1, but their form is such at the moment that any win, or even a point would be a welcome reward for manager Marco Silva, three defeats in a row has seen them drop down the table like a stone and they face a Burnley side in generally good form and who are tough to beat at Turf Moor. I think Burnley will make things very difficult for Everton but in the end I think a draw at 9/4 is the most likely result.
- Liverpool v Leicester City
Liverpool will be looking to make it eight wins from eight against Leicester at Anfield, but will be wary of the third-placed Foxes, who earned a 1-1 draw at Anfield in this fixture last season. The Reds have also had less time to prepare for this game due to Champions League commitments, but in truth this should not matter hugely even against a team like Leicester. The Foxes have been very good at home this season but look less imposing on the road and as such, I think Liverpool will claim a win here. Back Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 2/1.
- Norwich City v Aston Villa
Two teams that were promoted last season sit in 17th and 18th place respectively in the table but with home advantage and a team that looks capable of scoring goals at home against any side in the division, I think Norwich must start this one as favourites, especially when you consider Villa’s poor away record. I can see goals in this game and as a result I’d back Norwich to win and both teams to score which is an 11/4 shot with bet365.
- Watford v Sheffield United
The big question Watford fans are asking is whether they can pick up their first win of the season against newly promoted Sheffield United, however after an 8-0 drubbing by Man City followed by a 2-0 loss to Wolves, new boss Quique Sanchez Flores has not had things easy since returning to the club as manager. Chris Wilder in contrast, has had a superb season for Sheffield United and they lie comfortably in mid table and I am backing them to pick something up from this trip. Back the draw here at 23/10.
- West Ham v Crystal Palace
West Ham have a superb record in this London derby game in recent times, with just one defeat in ten games and I have to be honest and say I fancy them to keep that record going in this one. Palace are looking a little better and more consistent than last season but I still feel they are far too profligate in front of goal and that this costs them in the end. I can see both teams finding the net but I am backing West Ham to win this one 2-1 which is a 17/2 shot.
Sunday 6th October (2pm Unless Stated)
- Arsenal v Bournemouth
Two sides in relatively good form clash at the Emirates on Sunday with Arsenal starting as the favourites. Bournemouth should not be discounted though as they have managed to pick up seven points from their last three games. However the Cherries record on the road against the big clubs isn’t pretty and I feel even with Arsenal playing a game on Thursday night in the Europa League, the home side should win this one. I’m backing Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 13/10.
- Manchester City v Wolves
A couple of rogue results apart, it has been plain sailing for Manchester City in the Premier League, they were pushed at Everton last week but came away with a solid 3-1 victory and they should be more than confident of getting the job done against a Wolves side that will have had two days less preparation time for this game. The visitors did win for the first time in the league last season at home to Watford, but this will be a long day for them. Back Man City to win 3-0 and Sergio Aguero to score at any time at 6/1.
- Southampton v Chelsea
This is a game where I can see goals being scored as neither team is the best defensively and both are decent going forward, with Chelsea in particular being very dangerous. The Saints home form is generally decent this season but Chelsea best performances so far this season have tended to come on the road, especially in the Premier League. This will be a tight one and one goal may decide it and if there is to be a winner, I’d back it to be Chelsea at 5/6.
- Newcastle Utd v Manchester Utd (4.30pm)
Both these teams will be sorely disappointed with their season so far. United lie in mid-table with just nine points, already 12 behind Liverpool and without an away victory since March. Newcastle are in an even worse position, 19th, and were thrashed 5-0 by Leicester City last time out. Steve Bruce needs a reaction from his team here and he should get it against his former side. United’s inability to find the net is causing them problems and I see that being the issue here again. Back the draw here at 5/2.