Premier League—Match Day Eight—Preview and Predictions

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Watford v Liverpool

The early kick off sees Liverpool travel to Watford in Claudio Ranieri’s first game at the London club. In his last job, Ranieri stabled the ship at stumbling Sampdoria and Hornets fans will be hoping for more of the same. Although Jurgen Klopp’s impressive side are made strong favourites by the bookies, don’t be surprised to see something of an upset in a 12.30 start after an international break.

Prediction: Watford 1-1 Liverpool

Norwich City v Brighton

Struggling Norwich only barely stopped the rot by picking up their first point of the season against a toothless Burnley side last time out. Brighton have looked good and were arguably at their best this season in their recent game against Arsenal. The bookies see the Seagulls strong favourites—and rightly so.

Prediction: Norwich 1-2 Brighton

Leicester City v Manchester United

This feels like a big game for two teams who’ve had faltering starts. Varane will prove a big miss for the Red Devils and Vardy, the joint premier league top scorer, is continuing to score with regularity. United remain favourites and they’ll find a way to win.

Prediction: Leicester City 0-2 Manchester United

Southampton v Leeds

It’s 16th vs 17th as winless Southampton host inconsistent Leeds. James Ward-Prowse, suspended, is a big miss for the Saints—who have really struggled to score this season. Leeds were everyone’s second team last season but the fluid, attacking football that made them so popular has been in short supply. Not surprised this one isn’t on TV!

Prediction: Southampton 0-0 Leeds

Aston Villa v Wolves

Wolves have been better than their results this season but travel to a decent, if inconsistent, Aston Villa side. Raúl Jiménez scored on international duty for Mexico—and Wolves will be hoping he can replicate the feat in Birmingham. Villa are yet to lose at home and it won’t be this week.

Prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Wolves

Man City v Burnley

Burnley are at 26/1 to win at Man City and I’m not even sure that’s good value. Sean Dyche’s team look poor and deservedly sit in the bottom three. Pep Guardiola’s side look better than ever and Phil Foden has gone from strength to strength. If City score early, it could be a cricket score.

Prediction: Man City 4-0 Burnley

Brentford v Chelsea

The Saturday 5.30 game promises to be a cracker. A west London derby. Brentford have widely impressed in their first season in the Premier League, with thrilling home games against Arsenal and Liverpool being particularly memorable. Chelsea eased the pressure on a rough patch with a routine win against Southampton prior to the international break. Tuchel will have a trick up his sleeve for Brentford’s high tempo game.

Prediction:  Brentford 1-3 Chelsea

Everton v West Ham

2pm on Sunday sees the Toffees host West Ham. An impressive Everton have won all of their home league games under Rafa Benitez but, despite Alex Iwobi’s return, will be without Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison yet again. Hammers’ striker Michail Antonio has been in brilliant form and this game could really go either way. Expect goals.

Prediction:  Everton 2-2 West Ham

Newcastle v Tottenham

Expect a jubilant mood at St. James’ Park in Newcastle’s first game under their new Saudi Arabian owners. Steve Bruce, somewhat surprisingly, remains in charge for what will be his 1000th game as a manager. We know the new manager bounce is a thing but will there be a new owner one? Spurs have been largely poor but have the attacking quality to hurt Newcastle in what could be a game of moments.

Prediction:  Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

Arsenal v Crystal Palace

Gunners legend Patrick Vieira will return to Arsenal as Palace manager on Monday night. His side have been something of a mixed bag this season in a difficult run of fixtures. The Gunners’ rival faltered on the south coast with a drab draw at Brighton. Palace will cause problems but Mikel Arteta’s side should have enough.

Prediction:  Arsenal 1-2 Crystal Palace