Premier League Week 8: Preview

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The top-ranked Liverpool host Leicester City at Anfield, while the reigning champions Manchester City will take on the Wolves at Etihad. 

London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal face Southampton and Bournemouth, respectively, while struggling Manchester United go to St. James Park in Newcastle. 

There are also crucial matches at the bottom end of the Premier League, with Norwich welcoming Aston Villa at Carrow Road. 

Burnley vs. Everton 

Chris Wood has scored three goals in the last couple of games for Burnley, after going scoreless in his previous nine. Clarets have a decent opportunity against Everton, which lost their three previous EPL matches and won only one point on the road so far this season. 

Everton did have eight shots on target against the Citizens last weekend, but we believe that Marco Silva’s side will have a hard time at Turf Moor.

Norwich City vs. Aston Villa 

The two newly-promoted teams face each other at Carrow Road. All the signs point to a draw here, and we expect to see an entertaining low-scoring game. 

Villa conceded two goals to Burnley at home last weekend and scored twice against Arsenal two weeks ago, but picked up just one solitary point. Their defence will have to improve against a Norwich side who lost their last couple of games without scoring on the road, after beating Manchester City in their previous home game. 

Liverpool vs. Leicester City 

Brendan Rogers can expect a warm welcome at Anfield, in his first appearance there since 2015. Leicester will undoubtedly feel confident about themselves as it was them who were the last EPL side to stop the Reds on their home soil, courtesy of a 1-1 drawback in January. 

Since that evening on Merseyside, Jurgen Klopp’s side has won their last ten home league games, scoring 33 goals in the process. We believe the Reds will gain a 17th consecutive league win and expect to see Foxes putting up a good fight. It’s almost sure that it will be a high-scoring game, with Liverpool having the edge at the end. 

Watford vs. Sheffield United 

Watford hasn’t won in their last 11 league matches, and they are the worst defensive team with 20 conceded goals. It will be difficult for the Hornets to win all three against the Sheffield United team who hasn’t lost away games this season yet. We don’t expect to see many opportunities in this game, and a draw seems quite realistic here. 

West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace 

West Ham is still unbeaten in the league since the opening day when Manchester City hammered them. We expect a comfortable win for the Irons in this London derby. Palace will have a say in this, though, as Wilfried Zaha is back to his very best, which was shown in their win over Norwich last week. 

Arsenal vs. Bournemouth 

Arsenal got away from Old Trafford with a point on Monday, and we expect to cruise over Bournemouth at Emirates on Sunday. The Gunners only suffered one defeat this season – against Liverpool at Anfield. 

However, they had some major defensive lapses which must be resolved if they are to return to the Champions League next year. 

Manchester City vs. Wolves 

Wolves gained a much-needed win at home to Watford last week, but things are likely going to get worse before they get better for them at Etihad on Sunday. It’s still uncertain whether Kevin De Bryne has recovered from a groin injury, and whether he will be available for the visit of Wolves. 

It’s highly unlikely that Pep Guardiola will gamble on the fitness of the Belgian midfielder who has been spectacular so far this season. We expect to see a blowout by the champions nevertheless. 

Southampton vs. Chelsea 

Southampton’s loss against the 10-men Tottenham team last weekend probably still stings, but they’ll have to recoup really fast if they are to have any chance against the in-form Chelsea team. The Saints haven’t played spectacularly good at St Mary’s this season, and we believe that Frank Lampard’s squad will edge in what promises to be a tight game. The Blues scored five at Wolves in their last road game, and we expect two in a row for Roman Abramovich’s boys. 

Newcastle vs. Manchester United 

Newcastle didn’t have a single shot on target in their 5-0 humiliation at the King Power on Sunday. They did, however, play the majority of the game with 10-men, following the red card given to Isaac Hayden. 

Steve Bruce’s team is struggling to create opportunities, but we believe that they’ll manage to get a draw against Manchester United in what promises to be a low-scoring game. 

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