Premier League Gameweek Eight Preview: Arsenal take on Tottenham In Big Top of the Table Clash and Expect Goals Galore In Manchester Derby
The international break is done and dusted, and that means the important matter of Premier League football can get back on track, and the upcoming selection of fixtures is quite a feast for football fans to tuck into.
There are certain weeks of action that result in a spike in Premier League betting interest, and the fixture computer drew up a mouthwatering array of clashes for the eighth round of games in the English top tier.
Saturday 1st October - 12:30
Arsenal vs Tottenham
The North London derby is always a monumental occasion, but this season, it has even more significance as Mikel Arteta’s Gunners sit top of the table while their visitors, making the short journey, are third with Antonio Conte’s side yet to taste defeat in 2022/23.
There is sure to be a spicy atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium, and for the hosts, it’s a chance to display their genuine title credentials, with Arsenal keen to mount a push for their first domestic title since the famous Invincibles season of 2003-04.
As far as the betting options are concerned, we’ve picked out a treble with Grosvenor Sports; you can get a healthy 19/1 on the game ending in a stalemate that sees both Gabriel Jesus and Harry Kane netting.
This seems a very plausible series of events, and the game is so massive for both clubs that a draw might just be a result that both teams would be happy with.
Sunday 2nd October - 14:00
Manchester City vs Manchester United
While the prospect of a Manchester derby won’t leave United fans in as much of a sweat as some weeks ago, with their new manager Erik ten Hag managing to steer the ship back into steadier waters, they are still going to have a tough time of it at the Etihad Stadium.
Erling Haaland has been a handful for every defence he’s gone up against this season, and frankly, Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane may not be up for such a task, and we don’t see anything other than a home win for Pep Guardiola’s men.
City are in second place, having won five and drawn two of their opening seven games, and they’ve scored 23 goals in that period, some way above their rivals, while United are still finding it hard to net regularly, and that’s what is likely to hold them back as they take on their local rivals.
A bet worth making with Grosvenor Sports would be to back Man City to win and Erling Haaland to score a hat-trick, and the odds on this are a healthy 12/1, and the Norwegian has already bagged two hat-tricks this season, and we wouldn’t bet against him doing so again.
Saturday 1st October - 15:00
Liverpool vs Brighton
This could be an intriguing contest. Jurgen Klopp’s side are certainly not having the best of starts to the season, and this weekend, they face an in-form Brighton side looking to build on recent results without Graham Potter at the helm.
Italian boss Roberto Di Zerbi has come in to fill the vacant spot at the Amex, and he’ll hope to hit the ground running; and now might be the right time to face Liverpool.
Klopp’s side have failed to impress this season, and we would consider betting on something of an upset occurring at Anfield.
At BoyleSports, you can get 17/2 on Brighton winning at Liverpool, and that’s a bet worth taking on in view of the form both teams are in. With Potter having left for Chelsea, the Seagulls will want to impress their new manager and could come away from their trip to Merseyside with all three points.
Interesting Clashes to Look Out For
Aside from these three big clashes, there are a host of other exciting matches to keep an eye on this weekend. Chelsea make the short trip from West to South London as the Blues look to get back to winning ways at Crystal Palace.
Fulham host Newcastle United in a game that sees in-form forward Aleksandr Mitrovic take on his former employers, and West Ham have a must-win match against Wolves.
On Monday night Brendan Rodgers needs a win from Leicester City’s key local derby with Nottingham Forest; anything less may well lead to the former Liverpool and Celtic manager being fired.