Welcome to week eight of the English Premier League season – and week eight of our Premier League betting tips. The top teams are back juggling the pursuit of points with a European challenge following a midweek of Champions League and Europa League involvement.
Leicester – Everton
The locals banked a maximum pay-out courtesy of a 3-1 win over Huddersfield when last at the King Power. Iheanacho, Maddison and Vardy scored to fight back from a goal down inside five minutes. It was another positive to round-off to September when getting a win at St James Park. They piled the pressure on Newcastle with a comfortable 2-0.
Vardy was again on the scoresheet, netting from the penalty spot after 30 minutes. Then Maguire made sure of success when doubling that advantage on 73. A tougher test is expected here, but there’s growing confidence in the ranks.
Everton Searching for Consistency
Despite millions spent in the transfer windows over the last two seasons trying to build a side capable of challenging for a spot in the Champions League, Everton was poor last season. They have started this campaign in similar form. The Toffees have managed just two wins from their first seven; as such they have picked up five points from the last 15 available to them. The bare stats are reading an unimpressive draw-draw-loss-loss-win.
However, Marco Silva’s side did grab the spare win on their most recent outing. They dealt out an eye-catching 3-0 defeat to London side Fulham. Will that prove to be the turning point in their season? Fans will certainly hope so, as will the board who must be getting tired of pouring money into a seemingly bottomless pit and getting little in return. Sigurdson bagged a brace last weekend, one either side of a Tosun goal. All three came in the second half.
Grab the Value on Vardy
Both sides are more than good enough to win this match. However, what worries us is that both are just as likely to suffer another off day and lose. Leicester have won each of their last two, but it was against a pair of the division’s weaker sides, so we won’t get too carried away. Everton needed a half-time talking to from Silva to turn it on against a very average Cottagers. With that in mind, we’ll avoid the match betting – 6/5 Leicester – 23/10 Draw – 21/10 Everton, all three Coral prices. Instead, we’ll go with what we believe to be a safer punt.
Jamie Vardy remains the go-to man for Leicester; when he plays well his side usually win. He’s a striker who is comfortable scoring important goals and the Englishman goes into this one having netted three times already this season. Back Vardy to score anytime vs Everton at 4/3, top price with 888Sport.
Tottenham – Cardiff
Back-to-back wins have lifted Tottenham to fourth in the table. They’ll be hoping to complete the hat-trick and strengthen their position when hosting a relegation contender at Wembley. Spurs faced the might of Barcelona in a midweek match and it’s only natural to suffer a bit of a hangover from the occasion. However, they have the strength in depth to fight on both fronts, especially this early in the season.
The Lilywhites finished September with an important win away to Huddersfield. The result was to be expected, but the team must still be given credit for their overall performance. Harry Kane has come in for a bit of criticism of late; however, he was sublime last weekend, scoring a double to win the points. The England striker broke the deadlock on 25, doubling up nine minutes later.
Bluebirds Living Up to Expectations
Cardiff was tipped by the bookies to go straight back down to the Championship at the end of the campaign; unfortunately for them, they are certainly living up to expectations so far. No wins, two draws and five defeats, -12 in the goal difference tally, spells trouble for the Welsh representatives; we don’t think it will get any better at the National Stadium.
The Bluebirds have lost each of their last four matches… with Burnley the latest team to stick the boot in. In an entertaining match for those who attended, Gudmundsson opened on 51 minutes before Murphy drew the sides level on the hour. There was to be one final twist, however, Vokes making the difference on 70 to win the contest. Neil Warnock called it a cruel game.
Cardiff Can Score at Wembley
Tottenham is hot favourites for the home win, as you might expect, and we reckon they are good value to get the job done despite their midweek adventure. There will be a few tired legs in Pochettino’s ranks but the manager will have little trouble raising spirits as they go in search of three wins on the bounce, putting their title challenge back on track.
Spurs are 2/11 with most major firms, including 888Sport, with the draw priced 11/2 (Ladbrokes) and an away win written off as big as 16/1 (Coral). Both teams to score in a home win is the standout value of the market and we have a pop at 7/4 – best price when getting your stake money down at Ladbrokes.
Man Utd – Newcastle
As pressure continues to build on Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho The Special One will be hoping to take advantage of a home tie against one of the weaker sides in the group. The Red Devils are 10th in the table and have won only two of their last five, three of their first seven.
The locals followed a disappointing draw with Wolves at Old Trafford with a hurtful 3-1 reverse away to West Ham last Saturday. Defeat at the London Stadium came on the back of a jaw-dropping exit from the League Cup, knocked out by Derby County on penalties after a 2-2 draw. It’s little wonder fans have had enough of Mourinho’s misfiring high-earners.
Woeful Start for Toon Army
Newcastle is in a similar situation but is much further down the pecking order and fans don’t appear to be blaming coach Rafa Benitez, just yet. The Toon Army have had to endure a woeful start, failing to win, drawing two and losing five. They’ve scored four goals and conceded 10.
One point from the last 15 tells just how bad things are at St James Park and they were beaten 2-0 by Leicester at home last time. Vardy and Maguire were on target for the victors, while the beaten side finished with just 41% of the match possession and one shot on target. In that kind of form, they are easy to oppose.
Red Devils Available at a Nice Price
Two sides in desperate need of a win but we are going to keep it simple and back Man Utd to get the job done and buy Mourinho a little more time. If the home side were to lose it would surely be the end of the line. We don’t see that happening and will support United at a handy 4/9 (Bet365).
That’s a better price than we expected to find but there’s more out there if looking beyond the match winner market. Man Utd -1 goal on the handicap will earn you 11/8 with Ladbrokes or if you’re going for Man Utd Half Time/Full Time you’ll get 27/20 – top offer at Coral.
Liverpool – Man City
A top of the league clash… only goal difference separates the sides going into the weekend. Will that be the case come the final whistle? Liverpool has won six and drawn one, but the spare came on their last outing when being held to a 1-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard opened the scoring that day and it looked like it would be a winning goal too, but Sturridge continued his run of getting late, important goals, knocking an equaliser with 89 minutes on the clock. Klopp told members of the press at full-time his boys played fantastic football and were deserving of the point.
City Quick on the Break
City is also 6-1-0 but they did collect a fourth win on the bounce last week, beating Brighton 2-0 at the Etihad. Sterling struck first, opening the scoring on 29 minutes before Aguero finished the game as a contest when making it 2-0 on 65 minutes. It was a comfortable win and they probably should’ve scored a few more.
Experienced boss Pep Guardiola, speaking to the press at full-time, labelled the performance outstanding and it was difficult to argue against that. He picked out his side’s pace on the counter-attack for praise and that’s something they’ll need to build on in the Champions League.
Low Scoring Match Expected
This will be a fascinating clash of two in-form sides with confidence to burn and neutrals will be hoping for plenty of goals. Unfortunately, we don’t expect a free-flowing contest and will be backing a quiet afternoon in front of goal. City played six times last month in all competitions and conceded just three goals, two to Lyon in the Champions League.
The match prices have 29/20 Liverpool – 5/2 the draw – 17/10 Man City, all three coming from Ladbrokes. Follow the stats and take under 2.5 goals in your bets at Coral’s 5/4. That’ll do a job in weekend accumulators and takes out the unpredictability of calling the winner.
Man Utd -1 @ 11/8 (Coral)