EPL Week 8 – Best Bets for Soccer iN England
Another week has come and gone in the Prem and Matchweek 8 is upon us. Arsenal-Manchester City highlights the weekend’s top games but there are a plethora of other solid matches on the agenda. Check out my picks below:
12-9 on the season, (57%)
Burnley-Chelsea 10:00am ET, Saturday
Neither of these Clubs have had the brightest of starts to the season and will need to improve in order to appease their supporters by season’s end. On the bright side, both Kompany and Pochettino have something to build off of from last weekend after grabbing all 3 points. Despite that, expect a tight affair at Turf Moor here. Burnley will certainly be sitting deep against this attacking Chelsea squad looking for at least a point and to maybe catch the Blues on the counter. The Clarets have to know this will not be an easy campaign and they will probably be fighting a relegation battle for a good part of it. Every point matters here. Chelsea on the other hand will be shooting a bit higher in terms of goals but they have to have more clinical finishing in front of goal. They are xG merchants so far, in that, they find themselves in dangerous positions and fail to score. Will that change as the season goes on? I have my doubts based on who they have up top. This all brings me to my favorite play in this matchup. U2.75 goals on the Asian handicap feels like a safe bet based on how these two clubs have been playing. Burnley will really struggle to put even one in the back of the net as they rank 2nd to last in the league in xG and face a club in Chelsea who are 4th in the league in xGA. Kompany lacks solid PL proven options in his starting 11 and it shows. I really doubt that Chelsea turns a new leaf and puts 3 in the back of the net away from home. They have scored 3 goals in match this season and it was at home to Luton.
Give me U2.75 goals (-115) but U2.5 goals at +105 is a good wager as well.
Fulham-Sheffield 10:00am ET, Saturday
As is tradition at this point, I steer the column towards the one match anyone who enjoys good football should avoid. Fulham/Sheffield is surely that. Both of these clubs are dreadful in front of goal, ranking 17th and 20th in xG in the Premier League. Yes, they both give up plenty of great opportunities in front of their own goal but neither have faced such poor attacking clubs as their own. The loss of Mitrovic has proven fatal for Fulham so far this season and Vinicius and Jimenez have been quite poor. Sheffield’s Oli McBurnie and young prospect Cameron Archer are far from proven goalscorers, either. Expect quite a slumber at the Craven Cottage between these two. This scoreline feels like 1-nil either way or 1-1 at most.
Give me U2.5 goals in this clash and avert your eyes.
This is an article written by Pat Taylor
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