The Premier League returns this weekend with Mauricio Pochettino a man under pressure after Spurs’ 2-7 midweek mauling against Bayern Munich. They kick off the action as they head to the south coast to take on struggling Brighton in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Here are our predictions for Gameweek 8 as we look over the latest Premier League odds…
Premier League Predictions 2019/20 –
Saturday, all 3pm unless stated
BRIGHTON VS SPURS, 12:30
The lowdown: Spurs will face a real test of character on the South Coast with Mauricio Pochettino experiencing his choppiest spell as Spurs manager after his side’s Champions League humiliation. That said, they couldn’t have picked better opponents, with Graeme Potter’s Seagulls failing to win at home since March. The first goal here will be crucial.
Verdict: Spurs to rally against the shot-shy Seagulls. 0-1
Best Bet: A draw in the first half and Tottenham Hotspur to win at full time at 43/20.
BURNLEY VS EVERTON
The lowdown: Sean Dyche’s exceptionally well-organised Burnley team will look to exploit an Everton side rocking a little after three defeats on the spin. His opposite number Marco Silva has struggled to get a tune out of his expensively-assembled squad since arriving at the club in May 2018, but perhaps enjoyed his finest hour with the Toffees to date when they thrashed the hosts 5-1 at Turf Moor last season.
Verdict: Marco Silva’s problems to mount. 1-0
Best Bet: Burnley to win 1-0 at 37/5.
LIVERPOOL VS LEICESTER CITY
The lowdown: Liverpool’s perfect start to the season faces its sternest test to date as they come up against a Leicester side looking like genuine top four contenders under Brendan Rodgers. The Reds’ 1-1 draw in this fixture was the start of an indifferent spell for last season’s runners-up in a run of games that would ultimately cost them the title by just one point. With an away trip to deadly rivals Man Utd to come after the international break, Jürgen Klopp will be desperate to avoid another stumble here.
Verdict: The Reds to win – just. 2-1
Best Bet: Leicester City to score first at 13/5.
NORWICH CITY VS ASTON VILLA
The lowdown: Momentum has stalled in recent weeks for both these sides. With memories of promotion in May fading fast, a win here would offer a huge confidence boost going into the international break for whichever side can take their chances. Norwich’s goal supply seems to have dried up, while Villa can’t seem to hold a lead. Villa will need to break a three-game losing streak against the Canaries as they resume hostilities from the Championship.
Verdict: A thriller – but frustration for both sides at Carrow Road. 2-2
Best Bet: Over 3.5 goals at 147/100.
WATFORD VS SHEFFIELD UTD
The lowdown: It’s been over eight years since the last meeting between these two sides in any competition, with Watford gliding to a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road. Quique Sanchez Flores would surely welcome a repeat of that display as the Hornets chase a first win of the season, but Sheffield Utd have shown no fear so far on the road so far and could pounce on any defensive lapses.
Verdict: Blades to deny Watford a first win. 0-0
Best Bet: Under 1.5 goals in both halves at 37/25.
WEST HAM VS CRYSTAL PALACE, 17:30
The lowdown: Two teams that can be more than happy with their points return so far meet in one of the more low-key London derbies on Saturday teatime. Palace have found the Hammers a tough nut to crack in recent meetings with no win in their last eight fixtures home or away against Manuel Pellegrini’s side. West Ham will be looking to continue their strong recent form at home, with the 5-0 opening day thumping against Man City increasingly looking an outlier at the London Stadium.
Verdict: Hammers to take the London Stadium spoils. 2-1
Best Bet: Crystal Palace to be leading 1-0 at half-time at 21/4.
ARSENAL VS BOURNEMOUTH, 14:00
The lowdown: With Arsenal still struggling to find their rhythm on the road, Unai Emery will be happy to return to home comforts this weekend as the Gunners look for a third win of the Premier League campaign at the Emirates. Arsenal will need to be on their guard after narrow 2-1 and 3-2 wins over Burnley and Aston Villa respectively – which means with the free-scoring Cherries in town, goals could be the order of the day.
Verdict: Arsenal to pounce on Cherries’ defensive charity. 3-1
Best Bet: Both teams to score and Arsenal to win at 67/50.
MANCHESTER CITY VS WOLVES, 14:00
The lowdown: The shock 3-2 defeat to Norwich City looks to have had a galvanising effect on Man City, who have stepped up in class in recent weeks with five wins on the bounce following that surprise slip-up against the Canaries. Wolves are finally off the mark after winning the battle of the basement boys against Watford and were one of the few sides to take a point off City last season. A win this weekend would be their first against City since 2010.
Verdict: City to keep the pressure on Liverpool. 2-0
Best Bet: The first half to have the most goals at 191/100.
SOUTHAMPTON VS CHELSEA, 14:00
The lowdown: It’s taken a while for things to click, but Frank Lampard looks to be finding his feet as a ‘Big Six’ manager with his Chelsea side putting in assured displays against Brighton and Lille providing his best week so far in charge of the club. That recent winning run could continue on one of the Blues’ happier hunting grounds. Saints have lost all four of their last league meetings against Chelsea but did manage to frustrate them in a 0-0 draw when the sides met at Stamford Bridge in January.
Verdict: Frank Lampard’s winning run to continue. 0-1
Best Bet: Chelsea to win the second half 1-0 at 73/20.
NEWCASTLE VS MANCHESTER UTD, 16:30
The lowdown: Two sides will all sorts of problems for different reasons – and that could lead to a scrappy encounter at St James’ Park as both try and unlock some much-needed momentum. Steve Bruce will be desperate for a response from his side after they folded completely after going down to 10 men against Leicester, while Man Utd are without an away win since February.
Verdict: Some brief respite for Steve Bruce. 1-1
Best Bet: A score draw at 69/20.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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