Thu, Oct 4, 12:36pm by Staff Writer
Matchday eight of the 2018-19 English Premier League season features a top of the table clash between Liverpool and Manchester City from Anfield.
Crystal Palace versus Wolves
Sunday, 7 October 2018 at 12am at Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace will be looking to end a two game winless streak when it hosts Wolves this weekend.
The home side are $2.75 underdogs in the market, with Wolves the $2.70 favourites. The draw is paying $3.10
Wolves have been the best promoted team by far this season and already have three wins to their name and sit in 9th spot on the table.
Last weekend’s 2-0 win against Southampton was far from pretty for Nuno’s side as they needed two goals in the final 10 minutes to win the match.
Southampton had more shots (17) than Wolves (14), but the home side continued to press and were rewarded.
Crystal Palace were left to rue a missed opportunity to get at least a point at Bournemouth on Tuesday morning when they fell 2-1.
A Junior Stanislas penalty in the 87th minute won the game for the Cherries, after Patrick van Aanholt levelled the scores in the 55th minute.
Palace drew their last home game against Newcastle 0-0 and will be looking for their third win of the season.
Wolves have lost only once this season at Leicester on matchday two and are good value to sneak at least a draw in this one.
They are away favourites and that is a risky proposition for most teams in the Premier League, particularly when they’re coming up against a side such as Palace that haven’t won at home for some time.
Best bet- Crystal Palace and Wolves to draw at $3.10
Burnley versus Huddersfield
Sunday, 7 October 2018 at 12am at Turf Moor
Burnley is now free from European competition after failing to qualify for the Europa League. Their league form has taken a turn for the better and they have recorded consecutive Premier League wins to move up to 12th on the table.
The Clarets host the bottom placed team in the Premier League Huddersfield on Sunday morning (AEST) and are $2 favourites. The Terriers are $4 outsiders. The draw is paying $3.
Burnley has won its last two Premier League games against Bournemouth and Cardiff to move out of the relegation zone.
The same can’t be said for Huddersfield, who are winless after seven starters.
Dave Wagner’s side just can’t buy a goal at the moment and they struggled against Tottenham last weekend.
They created one or two good opportunity, but never truly tested the Spurs defensively.
These sides met twice in the Premier League last season and on both occasions the result was a 0-0 draw.
Burnley were in good form last season, but Huddersfield will have to offer much more than they have so far this season in attack to trouble the Clarets.
Sean Dyche’s side are showing more attacking flair this season and that will pay dividends with a narrow win this weekend.
Best bet- Burnley to win at $2
Liverpool versus Manchester City
Monday, 8 October 2018 at 2:30am at Anfield
The two title contenders this season go head to head when Liverpool hosts Manchester City at Anfield.
It has been a busy fixture load for both teams, with each travelling to play in the Champions League midweek.
There is little that separates them in the market, with Liverpool priced as $2.50 favourites and City as $2.63 underdogs. The draw is paying $3.50.
Both teams are undefeated this season and have six wins and a draw to their names.
City owns a superior goal difference and is on top of the table by virtue of their six-goal advantage.
Liverpool lost its Champions League match against Napoli on Thursday morning (AEST) 1-0 after failing to register a single shot on target.
It was a poor showing for the Reds, but perhaps they had one eye on this important league fixture.
City bounced back from its disastrous Champions League opener against Lyon where it lost at home to beat German side Hoffenheim 2-1.
The Reds have had the better of this fixture, winning the past three times it has played City.
The past two games between these two sides were Champions League semi-final legs and it was Liverpool who were victorious on both occasions.
At Anfield the Reds used a three-goal opening half to build a 3-0 advantage after the first leg.
They then travelled to the Etihad a week later and got a 2-1 come from behind victory.
The last league game between the two was a seven-goal thriller at Anfield. Liverpool led 4-1 before two late City goals have then a chance to snatch a draw before Liverpool prevailed 4-3.
Neither of these teams will want to lose this match and given the travel factor involved, a draw is the most sensible wager.
Best bet- Liverpool and Manchester City to draw at $3.50
English Premier League Matchday 8 Odds
Brighton $2.50 Draw $3.25 West Ham $2.88
Crystal Palace $2.75 Draw $3.10 Wolves $2.70
Watford $2 Draw $3.50 Bournemouth $3.50
Leicester $2.20 Draw $3.40 Everton $3.20
Burnley $2 Draw $3 Huddersfield $4
Tottenham $1.20 Draw $6.50 Cardiff $14
Manchester United $1.40 Draw $4.33 Newcastle $8
Fulham $4.50 Draw $4.33 Arsenal $1.57
Southampton $5.50 Draw $4 Chelsea $1.57
Liverpool $2.50 Draw $3.50 Manchester City $2.63
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