Betting Picks for Premier League Round 8 Games for Saturday, October 16

| October 14, 2021 11:45 am PDT

It’s been two weeks since the previous Premier League round and everyone’s eager for the games to kick off.

The reason isn’t just that people are hungry for some Premier League action; it’s also because there are some really exciting matchups in Round 8.

In this post, I will focus on those Premier League games scheduled for Saturday, October 16. There are seven games on the program, the most interesting being the clash between Leicester City and Manchester United.

That’s the game I will analyze first, followed by a few more game previews, before I finally reveal my top betting picks for the round.

Sounds good? If so, let’s start!

Leicester City and Manchester United to Draw

The Foxes started the new season in top gear, but their form has taken a nosedive in recent weeks. Actually, Leicester City is without a win in the Premier League since August 28. That’s when they beat the worst team in the league, Norwich, by 2-1.

That said, the international break has probably done well for Leicester, giving them time to consolidate and prepare for the next game.

On Saturday, they’re facing a very tough challenge, but knowing Leicester City, they’ll probably be up for it. This team seems to love playing big games, proof being that they beat Manchester United in two of their previous meetings.

However, there’s a caveat. Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t a Manchester United player in those games. This Saturday, he’ll be on the pitch and you can be sure he’ll do his utmost to score at least once.

Knowing how sensational he’s been since returning to Manchester, I believe his plan will come true. Still, that might not be enough for his team to win.

The thing is that Manchester United has some serious problems in the defense. First of all, the Red Devils conceded at least a goal in each of their seven previous games in all competitions.

Secondly, ahead of the Premier League Round 8, this team has several defenders on the injury list.

Raphael Varane will definitely miss out on Saturday’s action due to a groin injury, while the Man United skipper Harry Maguire remains day-to-day with a calf problem.

Now that you know all this, you probably agree with me that a draw is the most likely scenario in this game.

Tottenham to Beat Newcastle

This is going to be the first Newcastle game since the Saudis took over.

On October 7, a consortium led by the Saudi Arabia Government bought Newcastle for $409 million, making it one of the richest soccer clubs in the world.

Newcastle fans have every right to feel optimistic about their team’s future as the new owners are likely to invest a lot of money in rebuilding the squad.

However, the Premier League transfer window is over, so they’ll have to wait for new players to arrive until (at least) January.

There is, though, one change, the new owners can make within the next couple of days. They might hire a new manager.

Actually, it seems that Steve Bruce’s days as the Newcastle boss are numbered. At least, that’s what the odds are suggesting.

Steve Bruce is the betting favorite to be the next Premier League manager to get the sack, with the odds being as short as 1.06 at some sportsbooks.

That said, the clash with Tottenham might be his very last game at the helm of Newcastle. Will he end his reign victoriously?

I think not. Not only are Tottenham players much better than those playing for Newcastle, but Bruce himself has a very bad record against this team.

In his managerial career, Bruce has lost 14 times against Tottenham. Teams led by Bruce played a draw with the Spurs on eight occasions, while winning only four games.

Manchester City to Beat Burnley

This one’s a no-brainer – Manchester City will beat Burnley, the same it did in their past eight meetings.

The question isn’t will Manchester City win; the real question is by what margin?

Knowing that Manchester City was the highest-scoring Premier League team last season and that Burnley had the lowest tally of all the non-relegated teams, it’s only reasonable to assume we’ll witness a major win for the hosts.

Manchester City certainly has the manpower to do it. An interesting fact is that 11 of their 20 outfield players have scored at least a goal in the Premier League this season.

The Premier League race is starting to heat up, so dropping points is not an option for teams with title ambitions. The reigning champion certainly belongs to this category.

However, Manchester City has already dropped some points.

In Round 1, for instance, the Sky Blues lost to Tottenham. In Round 5, they played 0-0 with Southampton.

Furthermore, they’re without a win since September 25, having lost to PSG in the Champions League and drawn with Liverpool in the Prem.

Picks for All the Other Premier League Games on Saturday

  • Liverpool to Beat Watford
  • Aston Villa and Wolves to Draw
  • Brighton to Beat Norwich
  • Southampton and Leeds to Draw
  • Chelsea to Beat Brentford

The reason why I didn’t go with any of these games for more detailed previews is that I feel surprises might happen in some of these.

At the first look, these picks do look decent, but the Premier League is famous for its upsets. The good news is that I can also see some picks where upsets won’t happen. Check them out below!

Best Premier League Picks for Round 8

Leicester City vs. Manchester United BTS1.61
Manchester City -1.5 against Burnley1.40
Tottenham +0.5 against Newcastle 1.33

With Jamie Vardy on one and Cristiano Ronaldo on the other side, there just needs to be many goals in the Leicester vs. Manchester United game.

Manchester City should thrash Burnley, probably with even more than just two goals margin. Still, the odds for Man City -1.5 do look pretty good, so maybe don’t risk it.

Finally, for the game between Newcastle and Tottenham, I don’t think the visitors will lose. Actually, I think the Spurs will win, but it’s best to play it safe and go with Tottenham +0.5.

Zarko Naric

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