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Liverpool tipped to challenge top two in eighth round of EPL

Fri, Oct 20, 1:32pm by Staff Writer

With the two Manchester Sides tipped to win this weekend, it is up to Tottenham to force a change at the top of the Premier League table.

Third-placed Liverpool could take second spot, but only with a big win over Liverpool at home.

While Spurs have the players to take the win, history is not on their side with the London club failing to defeat the Reds since 2012.

But Tottenham is coming off a much-deserved draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League this week and Mauricio Pochettino’s side is ready to break its drought.

William Hill has Spurs as its $2.20 favourite to take the points, with $3.25 for Liverpool and $3.40 for a draw.

Manchester City took the sole lead in the EPL last week with a 7-2 thrashing of Stoke, while cross-town rivals United could only come up with a scoreless draw against Liverpool.

City, which completed a 2-1 Champions League win over Napoli this week, need only win a lopsided contest with Burnley to retain its premiership lead.

There will be very little money heading toward the $1.10 on offer for a City win, while the tempting $26 on offer for Burnley would attract only the most optimistic of punters.

United lost 1-0 at Benefica mid-week and United will welcome a trip to newly-promoted Huddersfield.

After a bright start to the season, Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield is winless in its last five games, and have dropped to 12th in the table.

The Terriers have also failed to score in four consecutive games in all competitions for the first time since August 2004.

But given United’s spotty results, few would deny an upset is possible, especially with in-form Socceroo Mooy set to return to the run-on side after international duties.

United are the $1.30 favourite to take the match, but plenty of Aussies will be rushing to take advantage of the $11 for a Huddersfield win.

Watford’s surprise rise to fourth place on the table is expected to end this week when it travels to fifth-placed Chelsea.

Defending champion Chelsea is coming off two straight EPL losses – most recently a 2-1 defeat at the hands of last-placed Crystal Palace – while a 3-3 draw with Roma this week showed promising signs of improvement.

Chelsea is playing $1.30 to win this weekend, while Watford – which downed Arsenal 2-1 last week – seems generously priced at $9.

Everton hosts Arsenal after a mixed week in the Europa League for the formerly great clubs.

Everton’s dismal European campaign continued with a 2-1 home loss to Olympique Lyonnais this week, while Arsenal beat a 10-man Red Star Belgrade 1-0 thanks to an acrobatic late goal by Olivier Giroud.

While neither side has lived up its pre-season expectations, Arsene Wenger’s Gunners boast superior attacking options, despite Wayne Rooney’s return to Everton.

Sixth-placed Arsenal is paying $1.90 to win at Goodison Park, with $3.80 for Everton and $3.60 for a draw.

Suggested Bet: Take Tottenham and Liverpool to draw: $3.40

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