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Premier League Matchday 8 Odds & Picks: Everton vs Man Utd, WBA vs Spurs & Crystal Palace vs Leeds Utd

John Dillon

by John Dillon in Soccer

Nov 5, 2020 · 6:14 AM PST

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has earned a full England call-up this season.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored eight EPL goals for Everton this season and will be hoping to fire them back to winning ways when they take on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's stuttering Manchester Utd team at Merseyside on Saturday. Photo from @CalvertLewin14Official (Twitter)
  • EPL has 10 fixtures with two on Friday and four each on Saturday & Sunday
  • Faltering Everton meets struggling Man Utd while Tottenham seeks goals at Albion
  • See all odds and best bets for the England Premier League Matchday 8 below

England’s Premier League hits its eighth round of matches with champions Liverpool back on top as they head for a crunch meeting with Manchester City on Sunday.

The season has been unpredictable with all the usual leading sides failing to establish clear dominance so far.

Premier League Matchday 8 Odds

Matchup Home Draw Away
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Burnley -113 +255 +325
Southampton vs Newcastle Utd. -108 +255 +300
Everton vs Manchester Utd. +188 +250 +143
Crystal Palace vs Leeds Utd. +190 +240 +143
Chelsea vs Sheffield Utd. -275 +400 +750
West Ham Utd. vs Fulham -121 +285 +310
WBA vs Tottenham Hotspur +540 +330 -195
Leicester City vs Wolves +133 +210 +235
Manchester City vs Liverpool -107 +325 +240
Arsenal vs Aston Villa -150 +300 +400

Odds taken from Draftkings on November 5

Pick 1: Everton vs Manchester Utd

Everton’s impressive start to the season has faltered with two straight defeats while Manchester United have been suffering both domestically and in Europe.

So both teams will be particularly keen to avoid defeat when they meet at Goodison Park on Saturday at 7:30 am ET.

It makes the Draftkings price of +250 for a draw look like sound value – with Everton at +188 for a win and United at +143.

 

Once again, a sense of gathering crisis is building around Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United team which is 15th in the EPL table.

This follows the 1-0 defeat at home by Arsenal last weekend and a 2-1 loss against Champions League newcomers Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey on Wednesday.

The slow-down after four opening wins for Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton side began with a 2-2 draw at home against Liverpool.

Everton had won both home games before the draw against Liverpool and have scored 11 goals on their own turf while conceding six.

Then came a 2-0 defeat at Southampton followed by a 2-1 reverse at Newcastle United when under-fire goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was rested. They have fallen from first place to fourth.

Everton had won both home games before the draw against Liverpool and have scored 11 goals on their own turf while conceding six.

It suggests defensive frailty at home which could be exploited by United’s counter-attacking style – but also a taste for goal-getting on their own patch. That also points towards a draw.

United have not won at home in the EPL but were 3-2 victors at Brighton and triumphed 4-1 at Newcastle on their most recent road trip.

There was a 1-1 draw when these teams last met in March at Goodison Park.

Pick: Draw +250

Pick 2: WBA vs Tottenham Hotspur

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur team have won all three away fixtures in the EPL while hitting 12 goals and conceding only three.

In third place, they travel to meet a West Bromwich Albion team which has yet to win while drawing twice and losing once at home.

 

This suggests there may be more plunder for Spurs’ in-form attacking duo of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min at The Hawthorns at 7:00 am ET on Sunday.

The spread offer of +200 for Tottenham to win by at least three goals looks attractive here (Asian Handicap -1.75 +200).

Heung-Min is the EPL’s joint-leading goalscorer with eight goals. Kane has hit six goals. Together, they have combined to create nine goals this season.

This has helped inspire an on the road record which includes a 5-2 win at Southampton, a 6-1 romp at Manchester United and a more down-to-earth 1-0 success at Burnley.

The mood at WBA is depressed after a they handed Fulham their first win of the season by 2-0 last Monday.

Newly-promoted WBA are in 18th place. Notably, in terms of assessing the spread value here, they were beaten 3-0 at home by Leicester City and also looked frail at their own HQ when they allowed Chelsea to recover from a three-goal deficit to draw 3-3.

They drew 0-0 against the conspicuously less potent Burnley last time at home.

The mood at WBA is depressed after they handed Fulham their first win of the season by 2-0 last Monday.

Albion were 1-0 winners the last time they hosted Tottenham in May 2018 but that is irrelevant now.

Pick: Tottenham Hotspur +200 (Asian Handicap -1.75)

Pick 3: Crystal Palace vs Leeds Utd

Leeds United are favorites to win at Crystal Palace after two straight away wins but they will meet opposition determined to restore their defensive strengths.

It will be a collision of the stylish possession play of Marco Bielsa’s Leeds team and the commitment to the organisation of Roy Hodgson’s Palace at 10:00 am ET on Saturday.

 

With Palace’s excellent early season form having vanished, a win for newly-promoted Leeds at +143 looks good value here – with the draw perhaps just more tempting at +240. Palace are priced at +190.

Leeds are 12th and were impressive 3-0 winners at Aston Villa on their most recent road trip with Patrick Bamford hitting a hat-trick.

Prior to that, they won 1-0 at Sheffield United. However, they were thrashed 4-1 at home by Leicester in their most recent game last Monday.

Palace began with two straight wins including a 3-1 success at Manchester United.

But they have now won only once in five games since. At home, since the defeat of Southampton, they have succumbed 2-1 against Everton and drawn 1-1 with Brighton. They lost 2-0 at Wolves last weekend.

In addition, Palace’s reputation for solidity has been undermined as they have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 EPL fixtures.

There was a 2-2 draw in London the last time Palace met Leeds in the second-tier Championship in March 2013.

Pick: Draw +240

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