The Premier League returns following the international break, with Chelsea currently top of the pile. Champions Manchester picked up an excellent result on the road at high-flying Liverpool last time out and all three of the aforementioned sides are sure to be well in the mix again this season. Manchester United are also well in the mix, despite a recent rocky run in the league, with Everton and Tottenham hot on their heels. Norwich, Burnley, Southampton, and Newcastle are all awaiting their first wins of the season, as the league table begins to take shape in 2021/22.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the Premier League:
EPL Week 8 Picks
Watford vs Liverpool – Vicarage Road
Following back to back draws in the Premier League, Liverpool will be eager to get back to winning ways as they travel to Watford. The Hornets have appointed Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, a decision that hasn’t won over every Watford fan and they will be eager to see the Italian start quickly here. Liverpool meanwhile have started the season in impressive fashion and are the only side to have not lost in the league so far this term. The reds are a juggernaut under Jurgen Klopp and whilst Watford will be bang up for this one, Liverpool should prevail.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match ($1.38)
Liverpool to win 3-1
Aston Villa vs Wolverhampton Wanderers – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($2.28)
Wolverhampton Wanderers ($3.55)
A West Midlands Derby kicks off the 3pm programme on Saturday as Aston Villa welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers. Villa have started the season in impressive fashion under Dean Smith and their current league position of 10th is probably the area the Villains expect to finish in the table this season. Wolves have won their last 3 games and look to be a side brimming with confidence. Bruno Lage’s side play with a sense of abandon and should they get the chance to hit Villa on the break, they will take it with both hands. This should be an excellent game with Villa most likely to sneak a precious home derby win.
Betting tip: Aston Villa to win the match ($2.28)
Aston Villa to win 2-1
Leicester City vs Manchester United – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($3.6)
Manchester United ($2.16)
Leicester City will be looking to kickstart their Premier League campaign, as they welcome Manchester United. The Foxes have endured a tough start to the season under Brendan Rodgers and they find themselves languishing in 13th place in the table, with only 8 points on the board. They welcome a United side that can’t seem to get going as yet this term but have Cristiano Ronaldo as a focal point in their forward line. This should be a really good game between two strong sides, with Manchester United most likely to pinch the points.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match ($2.16)
Manchester United to win 2-1
Manchester City vs Burnley – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.15)
Champions Manchester City host Burnley in what has the makings of a tough encounter in Manchester. The blues have been the team to beat in the Premier League for the past 5 years and whilst they are very much in the mix again this season, sides are starting to believe they have a way of nullifying their many threats. Burnley will be adopting a defensive approach here from the off and whilst they will be all too aware of the magnitude of the task in this one, they will believe they are capable of upsetting City. The blues are very strong however and should pick up a win here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match ($1.15)
Manchester City to win 3-0
Norwich City vs Brighton – Carrow Road
Norwich City ($3.75)
Winless Norwich City take on high-flying Brighton in what should be an excellent game in East Anglia. The Canaries have picked up a solitary point from their opening 7 games and look to have a real relegation scrap on their hands under Daniel Farke. Brighton meanwhile have started the season in superb form, winning 4 of their first 7 games to find themselves flying high in 7th in the table. This could be a real scrap, with the two sides very different in terms of their footballing ideologies but Brighton have been in good form and should continue that here.
Betting tip: Brighton to win the match ($2.2)
Brighton to win 2-1
Southampton vs Leeds United – St Mary’s Stadium
Leeds United ($3)
Two sides in need of points do battle as Southampton host Leeds United. The Saints haven’t enjoyed the best start to the season – failing to win any of their 7 games played but they have drawn 4 matches and look to be capable of keeping sides at bay, if struggling to put the ball in the net themselves. Leeds meanwhile have struggled too, only picking up their first win of the season last time out against Watford. Neither side will be brimming with confidence heading into this one and a draw could be on the agenda at St Mary’s Stadium.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.65)
Brentford vs Chelsea – Brentford Community Stadium
Chelsea will be looking to stay top of the Premier League table as they travel to newly-promoted Brentford. The Bees have impressed in the Premier League this season, getting results against the likes of Liverpool, West Ham and Arsenal and they look to be more than capable of cutting it with the big boys. Chelsea meanwhile have started the season well and sit top of the Premier League table. Their loss to Manchester City a fortnight ago is the only blotch on their copy book and they should continue their winning run here.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match ($1.63)
Chelsea to win 2-1
Everton vs West Ham United – Goodison Park
West Ham United ($2.98)
Two sides that have started the season in excellent form do battle as Everton host West Ham. The Toffees sit 5th in the table and have been quietly going about their business under the stewardship of Rafa Benitez. They welcome back David Moyes and his West Ham side to the blue side of Merseyside, and they will be all too aware of the challenge they face here. West Ham have European commitments to deal with this season and have been in excellent form all campaign, making the draw the sensible punt.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.5)
Newcastle United vs Tottenham – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($3.6)
The euphoria surrounding Newcastle United will reach fever pitch as the Toon host Tottenham at St James’s Park. Newcastle have been taken over by Saudi investors and they look to be on the cusp of a new era, with big money and trophies top of the agenda for fans and owners alike. They are winless in the league this season however and take on a Tottenham side that can’t seem to develop any sort of consistency but have 12 points on the board from 7 games played this season. Newcastle will be bang up for this, but Tottenham should have too much for them when it matters.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match ($2.15)
Tottenham to win 2-1
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace – Emirates Stadium
Crystal Palace ($6)
Resurgent Arsenal will be looking to continue their solid recent form as they host Crystal Palace. The Gunners were a side under threat from the off this season, opening up with three defeats but they have responded in style. Mikel Arteta’s side are unbeaten in their last 4 games, and they will be doing all they can to keep their good run of form going. Patrick Vieira will be the toast of the Emirates as he returns to the club where he made his name as a player, as a manager. Palace will be prioritising safety as soon as possible this season and games like this could prove pivotal to their survival bid. Arsenal should get the job done at home here though.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match ($1.68)
Arsenal to win 3-1
EPL Week 8 multi bet
We’re backing four results this week as a four-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Watford vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
Manchester City vs Burnley – Manchester United to win
Brentford vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace – Arsenal to win
A $50 wager would pay out $313.00 if successful at the current odds.
Combining his sports coaching career with freelance journalism, Sam is a sports betting writer for various online publications. He is looking to develop both his respective coaching and writing careers, whilst incorporating his other huge passion – travelling the world.
Sam currently lives and works in Milan, Italy and playing/following/writing about cricket, football (soccer), tennis, formula 1 and golf continue to take up much of his spare time.