The latest international break is over, and it’s back to the Premier League this weekend with Watford’s clash against Liverpool in Saturday’s lunch time kick-off getting Matchweek 8 started.
After a couple of huge recent EPL matches (Man City took on both Chelsea and Liverpool pre-international break), there is relative calm this weekend. Leicester’s home match against Man Utd looks the biggest fixture on paper.
And it was the performances of the aforementioned Manchester City in those two huge matches that have shaped the latest Premier League winner betting odds.
Latest Premier League Winner Betting Odds
- Man City 10/11
- Chelsea 23/10
- Liverpool 4/1
- Man Utd 17/1
- Arsenal 150/1
- Spurs 175/1
- West Ham 250/1
- Everton 250/1
City have now strengthened their position at the top of the betting. Prior to the Chelsea match, Thomas Tuchel’s Blues were closing in on City in terms of favouritism. A win for Chelsea that day would have seen them replace City as favourites.
Pep’s team Odds On Favourites again
City’s dominant display at the Bridge three weeks ago put them back in the driving seat. They were 13/8 to win the Premier League prior to that win. And as you can see, they are now odds on again. And this, despite Chelsea currently sitting top of the table.
The bookies do though, still see Chelsea as the biggest threat to City. Tuchel’s team have a string of winnable matches coming up, and they do have a 2 points lead over Pep’s team.
Also in the mix is Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The title looks a three horse race, and at 4/1, maybe Liverpool look a touch underestimated by the bookmakers?
The reason for this I believe is the African Cup of Nations. This competition is set to see Liverpool lose both Mo Salah and Sadio Mane for around a month in the new year. This will obviously have a huge impact on Klopp’s team.
Is United value at 17/1?
One team who won’t have those problems, but are now miles off in the betting is Manchester United. Just claiming 1 point from 6 in their two – more than winnable – home matches against Aston Villa and Everton has seen their odds drift out all the way to 17/1.
Despite this, they are still only 2 points off top spot. United have the quality to go on a winning run, and those odds could well be worth a couple pounds. The 17/1 will soon disappear if United manage to win their next two or three matches!
Right. let’s have a look at this weekend’s fixtures.
Matchweek 8 Premier League Preview
First up on Saturday we see Watford – under their latest new boss, Claudio Ranieri – taking on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team.
With the exception of the draw with Brentford, Liverpool have made light work of the Premier League’s so-called lesser teams this season.
But Liverpool need to beware of the new manager bounce that will brought by Claudio Ranieri.
The first 3pm fixture is at the KP Stadium, and here Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately needs a win from his Manchester United side. Leicester have struggled this season, but this looks like the sort of fixture both sides will be up for – and as a result, pretty difficult to call.
Also kicking off at 3pm on Saturday is Southampton v Leeds, and Villa v Wolves. Both incredibly hard to predict, and will probably be either stalemates, or decided by the 1 goal.
I was reading earlier that Man City have an aggregate score of 22-1 against Burnley in their last six fixtures. Hard to see that changing much on Saturday.
As for Norwich v Brighton, the Canaries have to win sometime soon, but I don’t think it will be this time.
Finally on Saturday, Brentford host Chelsea. I’ve written Brentford off to my cost already this season and I’m doing it again!
Onto Sunday, and one for the purists at Goodison Park to get things going. Not sure which way this one will go, so I’ll sit on the fence.
Next stop, St James Park. The ingredients are all there for a Newcastle win. Feel good factor, manager on verge of getting sacked, and Spurs in the doldrums – but I just can’t predict a win for the Toon!
And the final match of the weekend sees resurgent Arsenal taking on Crystal Palace. All the build up will no doubt surround Patrik Viera, but I suspect he will leave with nothing other adulation!
Premier League Matchweek 8 Predictions
- Watford vs Liverpool – Away Win
- Leicester vs Man Utd – Draw
- Southampton vs Leeds – Away Win
- Aston Villa vs Wolves – Draw
- Man City vs Burnley – Home Win
- Norwich vs Brighton – Away Win
- Brentford vs Chelsea – Away Win
- Everton vs West Ham – Draw
- Newcastle vs Spurs – Away Win
- Arsenal vs Crystal Palace – Home Win
This article is written by Dean Etheridge, you can find more football betting tips on his Football Gambler website.