- It is the EPL’s Matchday 8 this weekend, starting with Watford vs Liverpool
- Among the other big games over the weekend is Newcastle’s first game under their new Saudi ownership
- We list the odds for all ten games and preview three, offering our best picks
The English Premier League Matchday 8 kicks off on Saturday, October 16, KO 7:30 am EST, with Watford vs Liverpool, with six more games taking place later on Saturday, two on Sunday, and one on Monday.
Read on to see the odds and our best bets for the weekend’s action below.
EPL Matchday 8 Odds
|Watford vs Liverpool||+800||+450||-295|
|Southampton vs Leeds United||+140||+260||+185|
|Norwich City vs Brighton & Hove Albion||+265||+240||+110|
|Leicester City vs Manchester United||+255||+260||+105|
|Manchester City vs Burnley||-900||+950||+1800|
|Aston Villa vs Wolverhampton Wanderers||+125||+235||+240|
|Brentford vs Chelsea||+550||+290||-170|
|Everton vs West Ham United||+150||+245||+190|
|Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur||+250||+255||+110|
|Arsenal vs Crystal Palace||-155||+295||+475|
All odds as of October 15 at DraftKings
Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur Prediction
This promises to quite an afternoon at St. James’ Park, with it signaling in a new era for the Toon after a Saudi-backed consortium finally took control of the club after a prolonged legal wrangle with the EPL. The rights and wrongs of such a deal have been discussed at length in the English press but, for Newcastle fans at least, the bottom line is they now have a club with mega-rich owners with ambitions to take their club to the very top.
🎥 Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi introduce themselves at the #NUFC training ground.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 11, 2021
The transformation into a super-club will take time but, for now, Toon fans will rejoice in being rid of former owner Mike Ashley, who they saw as a hindrance to the progress of their club. This will make for a raucous, buoyant atmosphere at St James’ Park, and will inspire the current team to produce a performance good enough for their first win of the season.
Putting in the work. 💪 pic.twitter.com/S8yx4fcoXy
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 14, 2021
Tottenham could be the ideal visitors given how inconsistent they have been this season and how their fragility has been exposed when the pressure is on. With a noisy, bouncing St. James’ Park assured, the pressure will be immense and I can see the Toon edging this and earning their first win of the campaign.
Picks: Newcastle to win (+250)
Leicester City vs Manchester United Prediction
It has not been the flying start to the campaign Leicester fans had anticipated after an impressive fifth-place finish last season, and they come into this off the back of a run of four games without a win. The visit of an inconsistent but star-filled Manchester United in these circumstances is not ideal for the Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers but he will be hoping for a big performance from his men that will reignite their season.
🔜 #LeiMun 🔵🔴
A closer look at Leicester's preparations for the Red Devils… pic.twitter.com/vwD7B5xLGT
— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 15, 2021
United comes into this game having not won their last two – losing to Aston Villa and drawing with Everton, both at Old Trafford – but are unbeaten away from home and will fancy their chances of returning to winning ways at the King Power stadium. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return to the starting XI after being on the bench for the Everton game and will be influential, while United is still likely to be without their injured skipper, Harry Maguire.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 13, 2021
With United in town, opponents tend to raise their game, so I expect a performance here from Leicester who knows a win will kickstart their campaign. Without Maguire this United defense is unconvincing, so I can see the Foxes getting on the board, but it may only be enough to earn them a point.
Pick: Leicester City and Man Utd to draw (+260) / Jamie Vardy anytime goalscorer (+180)
Brentford vs Chelsea Prediction
Brentford has made an outstanding start to their first top-flight season since 1947 and their 3-3-1 record has taken them up to a heady seventh in the table. Along the way, they have recorded wins over Arsenal, Wolves and West Ham and have drawn with Liverpool, so have shown themselves unmoved by big-name opponents, and the win over the Hammers just before the international break will have sent their confidence soaring. They will not fear the visit of near-neighbors Chelsea.
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) October 15, 2021
The Blues, meanwhile, start the day as league leaders – a point ahead of Liverpool and two ahead of the two Manchester teams, Everton and Brighton – and have lost just one EPL game so far this season. With Liverpool playing Watford, Chelsea knows only a win is likely to keep them top but will be wary of Brentford’s high-intensity, high-tempo style, especially at home.
'That's the one!' 🥵
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 14, 2021
Brentford’s home win against Arsenal on opening day will be seen by some as the barometer for this one, but this Chelsea team is on another level to the Gunners. The Blues will not wilt under the pressure of an excitable Brentford Community Stadium and I see them riding out an early Bees’ storm to run out comfortable winners.
Pick: Chelsea to win (+170) / Chelsea to win 2-0 (+600)