EPL Gameweek 8
The international break is finally over and we can resume normal proceedings. The expanded Euro and proposed expansion to the World Cup have really taken away from the qualifiers but we do get some absolute cracking matchups this week. Chelsea host Leicester with both sides in desperate need of all 3 points while bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester United lock horns in one of the most anticipated matches of the season.
Feature EPL Match Previews
Chelsea v Leicester – (Sat 10:30pm)
What a match we have to kick things off. Chelsea host Leicester with both sides in desperate need of all 3 points. Chelsea bounced back from a humiliating loss to Arsenal with a win over Hull while Leicester continue to hover mid table. The most pleasing part for Conte will have been the fact that his side were able to maintain a clean sheet – just their second from nine competitive matches this season. The Foxes on the other hand will be looking to bring their Champions League form to the league. They have won both their matches in the UCL and have produced the same amount of wins in the EPL (2) from 7 matches. Both sides have several stars returning from international duty but it shapes as more of a week off nowadays. They have played out some thrillers in recent seasons with a total of 16 goals in their last four encounters. The Blues have maintained just 1 clean sheet in their last 15 league games at home while Leicester have found the back of the net in their last 12 away. The Wolf says both teams will find the back of the net in what will be a high scoring encounter.
Best: Both Teams To Score – YES ($1.66)
Value: Over 3.5 goals ($2.75)
Arsenal v Swansea – (Sun 1:00am)
A Koscielny handball gifted Arsenal all three points in injury time against Burnley and it marked the Gunners 5th consecutive win across all competitions. They have also maintained a clean sheet in their last four a record they will look to extend against a Swansea outfit that have earned just a single point from their last 6 EPL matches. Defence has been a real problem for the Swans who have conceded multiple goals in each of their five losses this season. They have failed to fill the void left by former captain Ashley Williams and things looks set to go from bad to worse against a Arsenal side that has been slicing its way through opposition defences at will. The trio of Sanchez, Walcott and Ozil have already combined for 9 goals and 8 assists this season and The Wolf predicts that they will again be very hard to shut down. Swansea have won 3 of the last 4 meetings and have found the back of the net in 5 of their last 6 against Arsenal. The Gunners will be out for revenge but Swansea won’t take a back seat. This one will be as open as they come.
Best: Both Teams To Score – YES ($1.90)
Value: Over 3.5 goals ($2.20)
Man City v Everton – (Sun 1:00am)
After winning their opening 10 competitive matches of the season City looked close to unbreakable. That was until they ran into Brendan Rodgers and Celtic in the Champions League. The former Liverpool manager employed a high press from the opening whistle and it worked a treat with his side taking the lead on three occasions before it ended 3-3. The importance of this match came just days later when Pochettino and spurs employed the same tactics. City buckled under the relentless pressure conceding twice in the first half. Lamela should have made it three from the penalty spot but missed with the score ending 2-0, their first loss under Guardiola. The blueprint to trouble City has now been given to everyone. Unlike Guardiola teams in the past this City side doesn’t have the passing ability across the back as his previous sides. Nor do they have the positional nous that is required under extreme pressure. The Toffees though have had their troubles against City. They have scored just 4 goals in their last 6 against league games against City which has resulted in 2 draws and 4 losses. The Guardial/Koeman story should add some spice to the lead up with the managers being former team-mates at Barca. Everton’s 14 points through 7 games is their second most ever in the Premier League era. The Wolf can’t see Everton pressing the same way Tottenham did and they will prefer to sit and play on the counter. May not be as open as predicted.
Best: Under 2.5 goals ($2.50)
Value: Correct Score Man City 2-0 ($9.00)
West Brom v Tottenham – (Sun 1:00am)
What a start it has been for Spurs. The are undefeated in the league this season and are hands down the best defensive unit in the EPL. Alderwiereld and Vertonghen have been stalwarts at the back while Walker and Rose continue to be the most dangerous wing back combo in England. Son continues to play a role in the absence of Kane with Wanyama has made the centre of the park his own. With Tony Pulis at the helm for the Baggies it comes as no surprise that they are playing a real grinding style of football. Every point counts under the Pulis philosophy and The Wolf expects them to lead the league in draws this season. The same will apply here with the sides having ended on level terms in 9 of their 20 Premier League clashes. Evans, Dawson and Mcauley will continue to provide stability at the back while Yacob and Fletcher will chop anything than comes their way. Spurs have the edge in class but if they will again be on the back of their defence. Spurs by a single goal.
Best: Under 2.5 goals ($1.72)
Value: Teams To Score – Tottenham Only ($2.70)
Liverpool v Man Utd – (Tue 6:00am)
Set your alarm clocks folks as this will be no ordinary Tuesday! Bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester United lock horns in one of the most anticipated matches of the season. The Red Devils have won the last 4 EPL clashes between the two sides but The Wolf says that the power of Klopp is starting to shine through. They have won 4 in a row and have the best attack in the Premier League with 18 goals so far this season. Firmino has really stepped up to the plate over the last month as the Reds continue to get contributions from across the park. The Red Devils continues with their inconsistencies. They were impressive against Leicester but were well below par against Zorya and Stoke where they failed to create enough genuine goal scoring opportunities. Rooney is again set to be on the bench as Mourinho is set to use the trio of Lingard, Mata and Rashford behind Inrahimovic. The problem for United in this one is that they will not be able to cope with the relentless pressure applied by the Reds. Since Klopp came to the club Liveerpool have scored more goals than any other team. The Wolf is getting behind Klopp’s men and is predicting a Liverpool win.
Best: Liverpool WIN ($2.10)
Value: Over 3.5 goals ($3.00)
Gameweek 7: 3-7
Gameweek 7 ROI: 49.60%
Overall ROI: 76.23%
Gameweek 7: 3-7
Gameweek 7 ROI: 64%
Overall ROI: 97.71%
Overall ROI: 78.83%