Game Week 8 of the EPL has arrived and you better make the most of every minute, as next weekend we’ll be subjected to Socceroos’ WCQ fixtures against Nepal and Chinese Taipei.
Brendan Rodgers will look to finally win something at Anfield as the Foxes bid to become the first side to take points away from Liverpool this season.
Elsewhere, after claiming their first win of the season the Wolves have been rewarded with a trip to Etihad Stadium, Tottenham will attempt to regain some respect with a win over Brighton, while we’re set for a good old fashioned shoot-off between Arsenal and Bournemouth.
I’ve analysed every fixture in GW8 and whipped in 10 value packed tips for the punters to put away!
Game Week 8 kicks-off on Saturday night when Tottenham travel south to take on Brighton.
The Spurs will be thankful they don’t have to face their home fans following a midweek no-show against German Giants Bayern Munich, which resulted in a 7-2 defeat.
It’s blatantly obvious that Pochettino has one foot out the door and it’s reflecting in his side’s gutless performances.
Brighton have only scored one goal in their last five matches and are firming in as red hot relegation contenders.
Aaron Mooy has been given a license to get forward by his new manager, unfortunately the pasty Pirlo has failed to impress across his last three outings.
I’m expecting Poch to reel in wholesale changes for his starting XI against the Seagulls, especially across the back four.
Despite the lack of form from his teammates, Harry Kane continues to bang in the goals.
The Disappearance of Teemu Pukki
Norwich City flew out of the blocks, quickly becoming everyones favourite minnow.
Their early season assault was spearheaded by Finnish striker Teemu Pukki, who scored six goals across the first five fixtures.
The Canaries promotion honeymoon seems to have come to an abrupt end, following scoreless loses in their last two fixtures against Palace and Burnley.
For the second week running Aston Villa have thrown away one-goal advantage, the Villans never looked comfortable during their 2-2 draw to Burnley, struggling to play from the front.
Norwich had the wood over Villa in the Championship last season, claiming victory on both occasions the two sides met.
Aston Villa have failed to pick up a single point on the road this season, while Norwich have been dominant at Carrow Road.
Following their loss to the Wolves last week, Watford are now the only remaining team without a win to the name!
The Hornets have conceded 20 goals over the opening seven game weeks, four more than the next worst side and have only managed to score four of their own (also lowest in the league).
Sheffield are sitting 12th on the PL table and should feel aggrieved not to be higher.
Chris Wilder’s team almost became the first side to take a point away from the Reds this campaign, narrowly going down 1-nil following a deflected effort from Wijnaldum in the second half.
Unlike the Hornets, the Blades are a side brimming with confidence and I’m more than happy to take them at $3.40 for the win.
My heart goes out to Everton fans, after a successful transfer period the Toffees were fancied to make a push towards the top 6 this season.
Instead they have watched their stars fail to live up to their price tags week in and week out, all the while their neighbours and fierce rivals have gotten off to a perfect start.
Everton have only scored one goal on the road this season and are still looking for one of their strikers to put up their hand and lead the line.
Burnley played out a gritty draw on the road to Villa last time out, coming back from a goal down on two occasion to finish 2-2 at FT.
Unlike Everton, the Clarets forward line has been firing on all cylinders, Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez have all gotten their names on the score sheet in recent weeks.
How Everton are favourites in this contest is baffling, the Clarets to win offers outstanding value at $2.88.
GAME OF THE ROUND
Leicester City are well and truely up and about, the Foxes embarrassed Newcastle last weekend, putting away five unanswered goals.
Jamie Vardy is having a Party, the red bull fuelled striker is flourishing under Brendan Rodgers this term, already with five goals to his name including two against the Toons.
Vardy already has seven league goals against the Reds and will undoubtably pose a huge threat against the league leaders on the counter.
Liverpool are 7 & 0, perched comfortably on top of the Premier League table 5 points ahead of Man City.
Despite their perfect record, Klopp’s side has looked far from convincing over the past two weeks, barely scraping past both Sheffield and Chelseas in the league and were fortunate to pick up 3 points in the UCL mid week after throwing away a three goal advantage.
Virgil van Dijk is no longer an immovable object in the back four and Jordan Henderson possesses about as much offensive creativity as Kevin de Bruyne does in his pinky finger!
Despite the Reds flat form and the Foxes exciting style of play, it’s hard to see Brendan Rodgers walking away from his old stomping ground with anything more than a point.
Both of these sides have managed to snag a win against Manchester United this campaign, but that does hold much value now days.
West Ham dug deep to salvage a draw on the road to Bournemouth last week, with Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell both finding the back of the net for the second week running.
The Hammers are undefeated since going down to Man City in Game Week One and haven’t conceded at Olympic Stadium since.
Crystal Palace ran out comfortable victors agains the Canaries last time out, Captain Luka Milivojevic converted from spot in his 100th appearance for the club.
The Eagles have only managed two goals away from home this term and have relied heavily on their fickle defence to remain competitive.
This has all the making of a tight contest, I’m confident the Hammers can get up in a low scoring affair.
Southampton blew a golden opportunity to secure 3-points on the road against a 10-man Spurs side last weekend.
The Saints levelled the score at 1-1 following the red card to Tottenham defender Serge Aurier at the half hour mark, Harry Kane restored his side’s lead before the break and the Saints failed to return serve.
Southampton have only managed to score multiple goals in a match on one occasion this season, a concerning stat considering they will face Chelsea’s lethal attacking unit this weekend.
The Blues Boys are playing school yard footy and it’s a joy to watch!
Frank Lampard has shown plenty of faith in Chelsea’s youth products and they’re paying him back in spades.
Chelsea have looked comfortable on the road this season, scoring eight goals from two games.
With Southampton desperate to claim their first win at home combined with the Blues impressive scoring record, we should be treated to an open contest!
2nd from the top vs 2nd from the bottom
“The best form of defence is a good offence”
– Pep Guardiola’s coaching mantra
City have comfortably won their last two games despite having one fit centre back to choose from.
The Citizens have had nine players find the back of the net this season, six of which have done so on multiple occasions.
The Wolves got off the mark last week claiming victory over the winless hornets in a dominating display.
Six of the seven fixtures Man City have played in this season have gone over the 3.5 total goals market, with a questionable backline and a lethal forward line I can see that record extending to 7 from 8.
Strap yourself in for a wild ride!
Arsenal have gone four league games without defeat, but their performances have been far from convincing.
Actually if it weren’t for their opportunistic striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gunners would be in real strife.
The Gabon international have won 9 of his sides 12 league points and has scored 17 goals from his past 17 appearance, to put the into perspective Man United’s whole squad has only found the net 15 times over the same period.
Bournemouth have been a joy to watch this season, attacking relentlessly without any concern for protecting their own goal.
Eddie Howe’s men shared spoils last weekend against the Hammers, with Callum Wilson snagging his fifth goal of the season in a 2-2 draw.
Arsenal have been involved in four Over 3.5 goal matches this season, while Bournemouth have done so on five occasions!
The final game of the round will see two former greats slog it out over a much needed 3-points.
Newcastle rolled over and submitted to a brutal 5-0 belting at the hands of the Foxes last weekend.
Isaac Hayden was shown a straight red for a dangerous tackle late in the opening half and the Toons immediately waved the white flag, much to the disgust of their handful of traveling fans.
The 1-1 draw against Arsenal last weekend resigned Man United to their worst start to Premier League campaign since 1989/90!
Ole’s side have only managed one win across their last six league appearances and are struggling to find a reliable venue to goals.
Marcus Rashford looks like a shell of a man, lacking the confidence needed to lead the line at United.
While Jesse Lingard must’ve unearthed some of Solskjaer’s dirty laundry, there is no other reasonable explanation as to why he is continuously named in the starting XI.
If United don’t win this clash expect to see multiple heads roll, starting with Ole!