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Premier League Gameweek 8 Preview

Wed, Oct 16, 3:37pm by Clarinda Campbell

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After a week’s rest due to international games, the premier league is back in action with some intriguing match-ups in Gameweek 8. We will also take a closer, in-depth look at the game between 10th-placed Aston Villa and 6th-placed Tottenham in the coming days. Here’s a preview of the upcoming clashes this week with every team’s form, our tips and the betting odds covered.

Newcastle ($4.00) Draw ($3.50) Liverpool ($1.91)

10:45pm (AEST), Saturday October 19, 2013 at St James’ Park

Newcastle is struggling for consistency this season as evidenced by its even ledger of three wins and three loses (plus one draw); stuck in the middle of the table. Liverpool, on the other hand, continues to net impressive results. Newcastle’s defence has conceded twelve goals, and against a prolific scoring side such as Liverpool, the Magpies might be in for another tough day at the office. Liverpool has not been beaten away yet and I don’t see them having too many troubles here. Liverpool for the ‘W’.

The Reds are at $8.00 to win the competition outright and an even double-your-money bet to make the top four; nice odds considering their solid start. The Magpies are at $2.75 to finish in the top-10.

Swansea City ($1.60) Draw ($3.75) Sunderland ($6.00)

1:00am (AEST), Sunday October 20, 2013 at the Liberty Stadium

Sunderland’s extremely poor start to the season has been well documented. The Black Cats have not yet managed a win and this week they face a side no doubt eager to bounce back to form after consecutive loses. New Sunderland manager Gus Poyet will be hoping he can turn doom in to gloom, and quickly. In any event, I’ll be tipping a Swansea victory.

Swansea (15th) would feel as though it has underperformed thus far, but a win over cellar dwellers Sunderland will give the Swans three victories for the season and propel them back in to the middle region of the table. Sunderland has shortened in the relegation betting, now at $1.72.

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Stoke City ($2.30) Draw ($3.20) West Bromwich ($3.25)

1:00am (AEST), Sunday October 20, 2013 at the Britannia Stadium

Stoke is coming off three straight defeats since their 0-0 draw with Manchester City. What is telling about those loses is two of them have come against teams sitting lower than Stoke on the ladder (Fulham and Norwich). In contrast, West Brom has gone undefeated in its last four matches (wins over Sunderland and Manchester United, and draws with Arsenal and Fulham). Stoke will be counting it’s blessings the game is being played at the Britannia Stadium, and that might just be the deciding factor of the game which I believe will end in a draw.

Stoke is currently sitting in 16th spot and West Brom is pushing to break in to the top 10, hovering in 12th. Each side has two wins. Stoke is $5.00 to be relegated and the Baggies are $3.30 to place in the top half.

Arsenal ($1.30) Draw ( $5.50) Norwich City ($10.00)

1:00am (AEST), Sunday October 20, 2013 at the Emirates Stadium

League leader Arsenal has opened as very short-priced favourites to beat Norwich. Interestingly, out of the seven premier league matches the Gunners have played, four have ended in a 3-1 result (three of those have been victories). Their five-game winning streak came to an end two weeks ago when they were held to a 1-1 draw with West Brom. The joy of Norwich’s 1-0 defeat of Stoke did not last long as it went down swinging 3-1 to Chelsea in Week 7. The Canaries have struggled both offensively and defensively this year, so maybe another 3-1 victory is on the cards for Arsenal.

While Arsenal is perched atop the table, Norwich finds itself in the relegation zone in 18th spot. At $6.00 to win the league, Arsenal might be worth a sneaky bet. Norwich is paying $3.50 to be demoted.

Chelsea ($1.25) Draw ($6.00) Cardiff City ($11.00)

1:00am (AEST), Sunday October 20, 2013 at Stamford Bridge

Cardiff’s most notable victory this season came against title-fancies Manchester City in Week 2 but since then they have only claimed victory once more. The newly-promoted Bluebirds have been impressive, but have a massive task ahead of them this week against Chelsea. Chelsea has moved up to third spot on the table and are well placed to turn a string of three unbeaten games in to a string of four. Can’t see Chelsea dropping any points here.

Chelsea remains at $4.00 to win the title this season, while Cardiff is paying $3.00 to be relegated and $5.00 to sneak in to the top-10 by the end of the season.

Everton ($1.44) Draw ($4.33) Hull City ($7.50)

1:00am (AEST), Sunday October 20, 2013 at Goodison Park

Everton is the only team outside the top-four to have lost just one match, and that lose came against Man City two weeks ago. This week the Toffees face Hull City; a battle between 7th and 8th respectively. Everton began strong enough defensively, but in its last three matches has conceded seven goals.

Hull is undefeated in four games and after being promoted from the Championship League at the end of last season, continue to thoroughly impress. However, Hull has struggled to find the back of the net, managing a total of just six goals (the equal lowest of the top 15 clubs) and more than a single goal in a game on only one occasion. I’m predicting a one-goal Everton victory.

Everton is paying $2.88 to finish in the top-six and $7.00 to finish in the top-four. You get odds of $7.00 with IASbet for Hull to finish in the top half of the table. Not too shabby.

Manchester United ($1.53) Draw ($4.00) Southampton ($6.50)

1:00am (AEST), Sunday October 20, 2013 at Old Trafford

Manchester United finally got back on the winners list in Week 7, defeating Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light. The Red Devils did trail 1-0 at half time, but were saved further embarrassment by talented Belgian teenager Adnan Januzaj who scored a stunning brace in the second half in the space of six minutes. David Moyes will be hoping he can hang on to the star midfielder. United face a high-flying Southampton side who just beat Swansea 2-0, is on a three-game winning streak, is undefeated in four, and has kept a clean sheet in each of those four most recent matches. Nice.

United, sitting 9th on the ladder, are strong favourites to win, but do not be surprised if the Saints claim a share of the points or even pull of an upset. In fact, this is my bet of the week; I’m tipping Southampton to topple the reigning premiers at $6.50 with IASbet.

The Red Devil’s win last week was the first step to defending their crown, and they are at $7.00 to win back-to-back titles. Southampton, who is currently in fourth spot, is $8.50 to place in the top-six at season’s end.

West Ham ($5.00) Draw ($3.75) Manchester City ($1.70)

3:30am (AEST), Sunday October 20, 2013 at the Boleyn Ground

West Ham was the feel good story of the round in Week 7 when it shocked everyone by defeating Tottenham 3-0 at WHL. The win was only the Hammers second victory of the campaign, with their first three points coming way back in Week 1 against Cardiff. With brilliant negating tactics employed by West Ham, Tottenham was made to look second-rate. Whether the Hammers can back it up this week against Manchester City will be interesting to see. The Sky Blues have netted the most goals of any team in the comp (17) and have a devastating attack, so it will be hard for West Ham to stop the City onslaught, but not impossible. Nevertheless, it’s a City win for me.

West Ham, who jumped to 13th after the win over Tottenham, will be brimming with confidence in front of the home fans. The Sky Blues, currently fifth, know a win here can put them back in the top-four and are still favourite to win the league title at $3.20. West Ham is paying $3.40 for a top-10 finish.

Aston Villa ($3.75) Draw ($3.50) Tottenham ($2.00)

2:00am (AEST), Monday October 21, 2013 at Villa Park

Aston Villa is coming off a 0-0 draw with Hull City, while Tottenham was humiliated 3-0 at home against West Ham.

This match will be subject to a further preview. Villa, who is occupying tenth spot, is $2.10 to finish in the top-10, while Tottenham, sitting in sixth, is $2.20 to make the top-four.

Crystal Palace ($2.75) Draw ($3.25) Fulham ($2.60)

6:00am (AEST), Tuesday October 22, 2013 at Selhurst Park

A clash between 17th-placed Fulham and 19th-placed Crystal Palace mightn’t be a contest full of stunning highlights, but it is a vitally important one for the teams involved. With only 10 goals between the two clubs this season, don’t expect a shoot-out. In terms of goals conceded so far, Palace has let it 13 while Fulham has allowed in nine.

Many believe Fulham was fortunate to beat Stoke in Week 7 after being outplayed for the majority of the match, but a win is a win, and boy did The Cottagers need one. The Glaziers have just one win to their name, against the only team lying lower than them on the ladder; Sunderland. So based on that, I’m tipping Fulham to win.

If you reckon Palace can avoid the drop, you can get odds of $5.50. Fulham is paying $1.17 to avoid relegation and $4.00 to claim a top-10 finish.


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