Premier League weekend predictions – Matchday 8

The Premier League will return to action this weekend with a set of exciting fixtures, and we’ve got the best betting tips and match predictions for you to follow below.

From Liverpool’s trip to Watford through Manchester City’s must-win home clash against Burnley to Manchester United’s blockbuster showdown against Leicester, we give you the three Premier League games to watch out for this weekend.

Liverpool to maintain their unbeaten Premier League start

Saturday’s Premier League action kicks off at Vicarage Road as promoted Watford take on title contenders Liverpool.

Claudio Ranieri could not have asked for a more formidable opposition to get his Premier League career in the Hornets dugout underway.

Watford claimed an overwhelming 3-0 victory in their last league meeting with Liverpool, curtailing an eight-match unbeaten H2H run in England’s top-flight (D1, L7).

However, it is worth noting that the Hertfordshire side have never won back-to-back league fixtures against the Reds, which sums up their underdog status here in a nutshell.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s men welcomed the international break as the only side in England’s elite competition yet to suffer a single defeat this season (W4, D3).

But two consecutive high-scoring draws with Manchester City and Brentford put Liverpool one point adrift of pacesetters Chelsea going into this matchday.

With Watford yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League this term, it is hard to expect them to hold the division’s most prolific attack at bay here.

Prediction: Watford 1-3 Liverpool

Manchester City to return to winning ways against their favourite opposition

Etihad Stadium is the venue as Manchester City aim to extend their imperious Premier League home record against out-of-sorts Burnley.

Since drawing their first two top-flight H2Hs at this venue, the Cityzens have won their subsequent five such contests by an aggregate score of 20-1.

In addition to winning each of their last three league H2Hs at the Etihad by the identical 5-0 scoreline, Pep Guardiola’s men have outplayed Burnley in eight successive competitive meetings, netting 30 goals while conceding just one in return.

Home and away, the reigning English champions have wrapped up 28 points from their last 30 available against the Clarets (W9, D1) since falling to a 1-0 loss at Turf Moor in March 2015.

It will take something special from Burnley to walk away from the Etihad unbeaten as they head into this fixture winless in their last ten Premier League matches (D3, L7), 2020/21 included.

What’s more, Sean Dyche’s side have conceded at least twice in each of their three league games away from home this term.

So, another landslide victory for City is well on the cards, especially considering Guardiola’s players have scored 5+ goals in five of their last six competitive outings on home turf.

Prediction: Manchester City 4-0 Burnley

High-scoring affair at King Power

Leicester City and Manchester United are set to go head-to-head in a high-profile Premier League showdown at the King Power Stadium.

Both sides have blown hot and cold in the early exchanges, especially the Foxes, who went into the international break winless in four league matches (D2, L2).

In the meantime, Man United’s slight form nosedive has seen them turn a three-match winning Premier League streak to a two-game winless run (D1, L1).

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s margin for error is running thin as the pressure continues to mount on the Norwegian manager following the Red Devils’ topsy-turvy start to the season.

Though the under-fire United boss may opt for a cautious approach amid his side’s struggle, the recent H2H record suggests we could have an action-packed fixture on our hands.

Indeed, each of the last three competitive encounters between Leicester and Man United has featured 3+ goals and both teams scoring.

After netting precisely two goals in both previous Premier League visits to the King Power Stadium, the Red Devils will see this match-up as a prime opportunity to improve their recent scoring return.

Solskjaer’s men have found the net just once in their last two league outings, both of which saw Portugal headline performer Cristiano Ronaldo draw a blank.

But the 36-year-old forward put his scoring prowess on full display during the international break, bagging a hat-trick in his nation’s 5-0 thumping of Luxembourg last time out.

There is no doubt Ronaldo will be keen to snap a two-game goal drought here as he looks set to return to United’s starting line-up after starting their last Premier League match against Everton from the bench.

Prediction: Leicester City 2-2 Manchester United

Premier League weekend predictions – Matchday 8

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