As we move into gameweek 8 of the 2023/24 Premier League season, we are starting to see which teams are performing and which are not up to the standard needed. Some decently shocking results happened in gameweek 7, including Luton Town seeing their first ever Premier League win away at Everton’s Goodison Park. 

So, what’s to come in gameweek 8 of the Prem? That’s what Bob of Balls Out Bet will be looking at today. As with previous weeks, we will present a rundown of each upcoming fixture, along with a correct score guess, a shot at a player card, a goal scorer shout and a reasonable final selection that will be part of the gameweek 8 acca.

You can jump straight to Bob’s Gameweek 8 Acca if you want to skip the fluff!

Luton vs Tottenham (7th October, 12:30pm)

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Luton Town got their first 3 points against Everton last weekend, but we think Tottenham should easily breeze past. With players like James Maddison (2.88 fouls drawn per 90), potentially Richarlison (1.54 fouls drawn per 90) and Heung-Min Son (1.15 fouls drawn per 90), the Spurs side should cause Luton some problems in defending. Marvelous Nakamba holds part of the defensive midfield and has committed 2 fouls per game this season, receiving a yellow every 4 fouls, too.

Off the back of their victory over Everton away from home, the Luton Town squad will be in high spirits. Tottenham also beat Liverpool at the weekend, despite some supposedly controversial referee and VAR decisions. Nonetheless, both of these teams are riding a 3-point wave, with Tottenham the obvious favourite. After 7 games, Luton Town are still averaging 0.85 goals scored per game, although Spurs have only conceded 8 in 7 fixtures but Hugo Lloris is out injured and they could definitely let one slip through.

Correct Score: We think the game will end 3-1 to Spurs (11/1 @ Bet365)

Player to be Carded: We think Marvelous Nakamba looks good for a card (2/1 @ Bet365)

Anytime Goalscorer: We think James Maddison will score anytime (9/5 @ Bet365)

Accumulator Selection: Spurs Over 1.5 Teams Goals (4/9 @ Bet365)

Burnley v Chelsea (7th October, 3pm)

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Burnley are known as one of the most aggressive teams when it comes to fouls and cards, and that has continued into the 2023/24 season. One of the top players for fouls each game and each season is Josh Brownhill, who so far has committed 5 fouls in under 4 games. He’s received one card so far, but should get a full 90 against Chelsea. As a Defensive Midfielder, he should come up against the likes of Raheem Sterling (2.42 fouls drawn per 90), Enzo Fernandez (1.67 fouls drawn per 90) and Nicolas Jackson (1.23 fouls drawn per 90). We were torn between Brownhill and Cullen, so you could switch between either or drop a cheeky double.

Burnley are another team that are yet to perform to the best of their ability. Last season, Vincent Kompany guided Burnley to the top of the table, having them confirmed winners in April while the league didn’t conclude until the end of May. Chelsea have underperformed so far too, considering the amount they have spent over the last season or so. We think this game could go either way, realistically, but Chelsea should take the points home from Turf Moor. 

Correct Score: We think the game will end 2-1 to Chelsea (8/1 @ Bet365)

Player to be Carded: We think Josh Brownhill looks good for a card (12/5 @ Bet365)

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Raheem Sterling will score anytime (11/8 @ Bet365)

Accumulator Selection: Over 2.5 Goals (5/6 @ Bet365)

Everton v Bournemouth (7th October, 3pm)

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Bournemouth’s Left Back, Milos Kerkez, has been let off lightly so far by referees. Kerkez has committed 11 fouls in less than 7 games, and will come up against players like Amadou Onana (1.91 fouls drawn per 90), James Garner (1.69 fouls drawn per 90) and potentially Jack Harrison if he gets the minutes on the pitch. Harrison has played less than a full 90 this season but is up to pace now.

Everton barely scraped survival in the last Premier League season, and they are struggling to find form once again despite having a decent enough squad. Inviting Bournemouth to Goodison Park this weekend could very easily result in another loss for the Merseyside Blues. If Everton manage to hit a good streak, they could take the points, but it could be a close game overall.

Correct Score: We think the game will end a 1-1 Draw (13/2 @ Bet365)

Player to be Carded: We think Milos Kerkez looks good for a card (11/4 @ Bet365)

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Dominic Solanke will score anytime (3/1 @ Bet365)

Accumulator Selection: Everton to Win Either Half (1/2 @ Bet365)

Fulham v Sheffield United (7th October, 3pm)

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Ahmedhodzic is a Centre Back for newly-promoted side, Sheffield United. The reason for mentioning their promotion is that they will struggle against teams like Fulham who have been in the Prem a few years. Ahmedhodzic has committed 10 fouls in 7 games, receiving 3 cards. He will be defending against tricky players like Harry Wilson (2.26 fouls drawn per 90) and the potential of Joao Palhinha (1.63 fouls drawn per 90).

Since the departure of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham have not scored many goals, only putting the ball in the net 6 times in 7 games. They conceded 12 in that time, and their opponents have conceded a terrible 19 goals in 7 fixtures. We think this game should go to the home side, seeing them gain another 3 points and move up the table. Sheffield United will more than likely stay at the bottom of the table.

Correct Score: We think the game will end 2-1 to Fulham (8/1 @ Bet365)

Player to be Carded: We think Anel Ahmedhodzic looks good for a card (8/5 @ Bet365)

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Carlos Vinicius will score anytime (15/8 @ Bet365)

Accumulator Selection: Fulham to Win (8/13 @ Bet365)

Manchester United v Brentford (7th October, 3pm)

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Aaron Hickey averages 1.5 fouls per game, and 0.67 cards per game so far this season. Last season, Hickey received 7 cards in 21 games, and has already had 4 in 6 this year. Based on all factors mentioned, plus the position he plays in, he should be a good shout. If he continues playing as a Left Back or Left Midfielder, he will be up against potential opponents like Pellistri (3 fouls drawn in 60 minutes against Crystal Palace) and Bruno Fernandes.

Manchester United are historically one of the best clubs in English and European football, but they seem to be yo-yoing between quality and fraudulence this season. They are heavy favourites in this game against Brentford, although they also were against Crystal Palace last weekend who beat them 1-0. With the absence of Ivan Toney for the Bees, we think Manchester United should take this game.

Correct Score: We think the game will end 3-1 to Manchester United (12/1 @ Bet365)

Player to be Carded: We think Aaron Hickey looks good for a card (11/5 @ Bet365)

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Bruno Fernandes will score anytime (9/4 @ Bet365)

Accumulator Selection: Both Teams To Score (7/10 @ Bet365)

Crystal Palace v Nottingham Forest (7th October, 5:30pm)

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So far this season, Ryan Yates has already committed 11 fouls in 315 minutes of football. Last season, he committed 50 fouls in 20 games, so his record precedes him. We expect Yates to be up against Eberechi Eze (1.86 fouls drawn per 90), the main driving force of Crystal Palace, as well as Jordan Ayew (3.97 fouls drawn per 90) if he gets the minutes. Yates was booked in both of the fixtures between these 2 teams last season, which is a big driving factor for our choice.

Crystal Palace go into this fixture with a 0 goal difference and in 9th in the table, 3 positions above opponents Nottingham Forest. Both teams have been bang average so far, although both have some players who’ve impressed; Eberechi Eze of Crystal Palace seems to be the carrying force, Forest answer with Callum Hudson-Odoi. This could be a close game in all areas, with both desperate for the 3 points.

Correct Score: We think the game will end a 1-1 Draw (6/1 @ Bet365)

Player to be Carded: We think Ryan Yates looks good for a card (7/4 @ Bet365)

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Eberechi Eze will score anytime (11/4 @ Bet365)

Accumulator Selection: Crystal Palace to Win Either Half (4/7 @ Bet365)

Brighton v Liverpool (8th October, 2pm)

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Pervis Estupinan has committed 9 fouls in 5.5 games this season, receiving 2 yellow cards from the Left Back position. Last season, he committed 42 fouls in 2653 minutes on the pitch, averaging out at 1.41 per 90. For yellow cards, he is a reliable option and will be up against players like Dominik Szoboszlai (1.71 fouls drawn per 90) and Mohammed Salah (1.21 fouls drawn per 90). Estupinan also gets some attacking involvement so he could be further up the pitch to clash with these Liverpool attackers.

These are two teams who are in incredible form, disregarding the shocking 6-1 defeat that Brighton have just faced to Aston Villa. Both of them sit within the top 6 spots in the table, with Liverpool having scored 16 goals and only conceded 7, an average of 1 goal conceded per game. Brighton, on the other hand, have had their goal difference swayed to 19 scored and 14 conceded. We think this game could go very 

Correct Score: We think the game will end 2-1 to Liverpool (10/1 @ Bet365)

Player to be Carded: We think Pervis Esupinan looks good for a card (4/1 @ Bet365)

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Luis Diaz will score anytime (11/5 @ Bet365)

Accumulator Selection: Liverpool Over 1.5 Team Goals (8/13 @ Bet365)

West Ham v Newcastle (8th October, 2pm)

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Newcastle are playing some very good football, and have some tricky players that defenders seem to be struggling against every week. West Ham love to park the bus when things get tough, and they are definitely not afraid to commit some fouls. Emerson plays as a Left Back for the club, meaning he will be on Miguel Almiron and Alexander Isak duty. These two have drawn 8 fouls between them, with Sean Longstaff also drawing 4 and Trippier drawing a further 9.

West Ham v Newcastle has been a high-scoring fixture over the last few years, with their last 8 clashes having a total of 32 goals. Newcastle go into this fixture as favourites, currently on a 5 game unbeaten and clean sheet holding streak, although both teams have been performing very well. West Ham are another side that could cause some issues for Newcastle, as they have had a good start to the 2023/24 season.

Correct Score: We think the game will end 2-1 to Newcastle (9/1 @ Bet365)

Player to be Carded: We think Emerson Palmieri looks good for a card (5/2 @ Bet365)

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Alexander Isak will score anytime (6/4 @ Bet365)

Accumulator Selection: Over 2.5 Goals (7/10 @ Bet365)

Wolves v Aston Villa (8th October, 2pm)

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Nelson Semedo has been one of the most consistent foul committers at Wolves, committing 1.74 per game and receiving 3 yellow cards in 7 fixtures. Playing as a Right Back or Right Midfielder against an attacking Aston Villa, he will come up against players like Ollie Watkins (1.23 fouls drawn per 90) and Douglas Luiz (1.56 fouls drawn per 90). Semedo could have easily been carded in his last fixture, and was carded in the last H2H between these two in 2022.

Aston Villa will be going into this game off the back of a 6-1 victory over Brighton, and a win over Zrinjski Mostar in the UECL. Wolves on the other hand have just defeated league leaders Manchester City in one of the biggest shock results of the season. We think Aston Villa will continue from their last league victory, and should take points home from Wolverhampton at the weekend.

Correct Score: We think the game will end 3-1 to Aston Villa (161 @ Bet365)

Player to be Carded: We think Nelson Semedo looks good for a card (15/8 @ Bet365)

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Ollie Watkins will score anytime (8/5 @ Bet365)

Accumulator Selection: Aston Villa Over 1.5 Team Goals (10/11 @ Bet365)

Arsenal v Manchester City (8th October, 4.30pm)

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Ben White should be playing in the Right Back position if he plays during this fixture. He will be playing against the likes of Phil Foden (1.75 fouls drawn per 90), Erling Haaland (0.72 fouls drawn per 90), and Julian Alvares (0.62 fouls drawn per 90). If Pep rotates like he usually does, Ben White could also come up against Jeremy Doku, who has been a wonderkid for City and has drawn 2.94 fouls per 90 so far in the league.

Arguably the biggest game of the weekend sees Arsenal invite Manchester City to the Emirates Stadium. In this fixture last year, Manchester City won with an aggregate of 7-2, conceding in both games across the season. Both of these teams are in great form, although Arsenal won their game last weekend and City lost points to a silly own goal.

Correct Score: We think the game will end 3-1 to Manchester City (20/1 @ Bet365)

Player to be Carded: We think Ben White looks good for a card (10/3 @ Bet365)

Anytime Goalscorer: We think Erling Haaland will score anytime (6/5 @ Bet365)

Accumulator Selection: BTTS & Over 2.5 Goals (21/20 @ Bet365)

Balls Out Bet Gameweek 8 Acca

Collecting all of the ‘Accumulator Selection’ options and combining them into an Acca for this week gives us total odds of 175 to 1

We will post a recap of how the gameweek went for Balls Out Bet and review our selections at the end of the gameweek.

See you then!

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