Premier league predictions week 7

As match week 7 approaches the football is coming thick and fast.  With European football to contend with last week, this week the clubs mid-week commitments came in the form of the third round of the Carabao Cup.  The sore legs and fatigue could set the stage for a couple of upsets.  With that in mind we take a look at this weeks’ upcoming Premier League fixtures bring you our insight and tips.

West Ham vs Manchester United

Kick-off: Week 7, Saturday, 29 September

Wast Ham’s season got off to a dreadful start, losing their opening 4 matches.  Since then they have managed to recover somewhat managing a win against and a new look Everton.  They followed that up by holding Chelsea to a goalless draw at London Stadium putting in a brave display and causing the Blues to drop their first points of the season.

The Hammers will now look to go one better and grab their second victory of the season but, they will have their work cut out for them.  They host Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United who have had problems of their own this season.  The Red Devils have struggled to find the kind of form that has been synonymous with the club throughout the history of the Premier League.

Last week Manchester United were held to a one all draw by Wolves despite dominating possession.  There are two sides to every story and true to that adage United’s wastefulness upfront cost them 2 valuable points as they fell further off the pace of City and Liverpool.  But David De Gea’s fantastic performance also saved United’s blushes as the Manchester United shot stopper kept Wolves at bay.

Jose Mourinho publicly chastised his players, accusing them of not being “there”.  Will the plays respond with a positive attitude? Or will the cracks only get deeper?  For a club looking to challenge for titles United are still lacking an X factor (with apologies to Simon Cowell).  Lukaku looked off the pace in that match but may be relishing the prospect of playing against West Ham a team he has scored 10 goals against in 14 matches against the Irons.

We are tipping United to come good and take the points at London Stadium.

  • Correct score: 0-2
  • Bonus: Lukaku to score anytime

 

Huddersfield vs Tottenham

Kick-off: Week 7, Saturday, 29 September

Following their defeat by Leicester last week Huddersfield are propping up the Premier League table languishing in last place.  The Terriers are still looking for their first victory as the welcome Spurs to Kirklees Stadium.  Having managed just 3 goals in 6 matches, whilst conceding 14 its going to be a tall order.

Tottenham seem to have stalled their apparent implosion.  The early title contenders feel off the pace of league leaders Liverpool after the lost 2 matches in a row.  Goals from World Cup hero Harry Kane and Erik Lamela were enough to beat Brighton in torrential rain on the windswept Falmer Stadium.

The challenging conditions proved the most difficult factor on the day but Spurs put in a resilient performance to secure the win.  A victory which displayed title winning credentials.

Lamela has grabbed 4 goals in his last 4 appearances for Spurs and with Harry Kane back amongst the goals Pochettino is hoping that the Lilywhites can rediscover their early season form.  With so much class about the Spurs squad it’s a bridge too far for Huddersfield.

We are tipping Spurs to take all three points against the Terriers.

  • Correct score: 0-3
  • Bonus: Over 2.5 goals

 

Arsenal vs Watford

Kick-off: Week 7, Saturday, 29 September

Arsenal managed to recover from European action in time to beat Everton 2-0 at the Emirates last weekend.  That win elevated them to fifth place in the league.  But it was more than just a win and 3 points.

What we saw in that victory is something that has been lacking in Arsenal sides for a number of seasons now, a will to win and to do whatever it takes to get the result.  Arsenal’s players looked motivated for the match constantly strangling the Everton midfield.

Unai Emery will be hoping for more of the same when Arsenal host Watford this weekend.  The Hornets were first off the blocks as the season started, racking up 4 victories in their first 4 matches.  Since then their form has stuttered slightly losing to Manchester United and only managing to draw against Fulham in a match they dominated.

Their failure to convert against Fulham last week cost them 2 important points which everyone expected them to take home.  Javi Garcia will be hoping that this is not the start of their season unraveling.

With both teams in action in mid-week in the Carabao Cup we expect Arsenal’s squad size to make the difference which is why we are tipping the Gunners to take all 3 points at the Emirates.

  • Arsenal to win outright

  

Wolves vs Southampton

Kick-off: Week 7, Saturday, 29 September

Wolves were able to come away with a well earned point at Old Trafford the other week.  Despite having much less possession they were much more efficient managing more shots on target than United.  Nuno Espirito Santo was left bemoaning his teams misfortune as David De Gea’s master class salvaged a point for United, leaving him to wonder what could have been.

He will be keen for his players to make amends as they prepare for this fixture against Southampton.  The Wanderers currently sit in tenth place and a win against the Saints could see the climbing into contention for the Europa League.

The Saint’s have had a torrid season so far.  They have lost 3 of their opening 6 games managing just 1 victory.  They have had struggles all across the park this season and it looks like it may be a long season for Mark Hughes and his side.

We are tipping Wolves to take all 3 points in this fixture.

  • Correct score: 2-1
  • Bonus: Over 2.5 goals

 

Newcastle vs Leicester City

Kick-off: Week 7, Saturday, 29 September

Newcastle have lost 4 of their opening 6 matches drawing the other 2.  Although the Magpies have already played Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal they have struggled against less glamorous opponents.  They welcome Leicester to St James’ Park knowing that anything less than a win will do.  Another loss risks Newcastle settling into a disastrous run of form that could see their return to the Premier League cut short.

Leicester have had a yoyo start to the season winning 3 of their 6 matches so far this season and losing the other half.  They have been firing in the goals but unable to keep them out at the back.  If they can shore up things at the back they should could make a push for Europe.

We are tipping Leicester to take all 3 points at St James’ Park.

  • Correct score: 1-3
  • Bonus: Vardy to score anytime.

Manchester City vs Brighton

Kick-off: Week 7, Saturday, 29 September

Manchester City have racked up an impressive 5 wins in 6 matches as they have barely put a foot wrong.  The Sky Blue juggernaut has looked unstoppable with not skipping a beat, despite the absence of star player Kevin De Bruyne.  Pep Guardiola’s side has been firing on all cylinders banging in 19 goals so far this season, more than any other club in the Premier League.

This finely oiled goal machine have an aura of greatness about them and we expect them to push for the title again this season.

City welcome Brighton to the Etihad this matchday.  Brighton have just 5 points so far this season and are already looking likely to struggle to stay above water this season.  With City on fire we expect them to make light work of Chris Hughton’s side.

We are tipping City to thrash Brighton and take all 3 points at the Etihad.

  • Correct score: 4-0
  • Bonus: Over 3.5 goals

 

Everton vs Fulham

Kick-off: Week 7, Saturday, 29 September

Everton boss Marco Silva was left scratching his head as his side lost to Arsenal last week despite managing more shots on target with less possession.  Everton dominated the first half looking the more dangerous side but once Arsenal broke through their defence Everton looked deflated and out of ideas.  The script read like a familiar tale with the Toffees dominating play but failing to come away with the points.

Marco Silva will be at the drawing board in an attempt to move his side out of twelfth spot with a win against Fulham.  The Toffees were expected to fair much better this season following the arrival of an array of talent.  Perhaps they just need time to gel.

Their visitors this weekend lie just 1 point behind them.  Fulham managed to salvage a point when Aleksandar Mitrovic grabbed a 78th minute equalizer.

The Serbian striker has been in scintillating form so far this season leading from the front much to Jokanovic’s delight.  His countryman will be relying on the big striker to continue his fine form ad the Cottagers aim to steal a victory at Goodison Park.

We are tipping Everton to secure all 3 points at Goodison Park.

  • Correct score: 3-1

 

Chelsea vs Liverpool

Kick-off: Week 7, Saturday, 29 September

Two encounters in 1 week for arguably the two most exciting team in the Premier League at the moment.  Maurizio Sarri has already begun with the mind games suggesting his side are still behind Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and need at least a year to catch up their quality.  The shock confession came after the Blues surprise draw with West Ham at London Stadium last Sunday.

That draw saw them drop to 3rd place behind City and Liverpool.  Both teams have scored 14 goals so far this season but Chelsea have conceded more.  That could prove the difference as Liverpool’s scoring ability is likely to trouble Chelsea’s backline.

At the time of writing Jurgen Klopp is yet to reply to Sarri’s shocking reveal but no doubt he’ll reply with a typical quip and a characteristic smile playing down Sarri’s declaration as modest.

We are tipping Chelsea to edge this encounter and take all 3 points at Stamford Bridge.

  • Correct score: 1-0

 

Cardiff City vs Burnley FC

Kick-off: Week 7, Sunday, 30 September

As was expected at the beginning of the season Cardiff City find themselves languishing in the bottom 3 of the Premier League.  With only 2 points out of a possible 18 the Welsh side find themselves occupying 19th place.  The could have hoped for little more before the season began but it’s a sobering reality nonetheless.

Burnley too have had their struggles.  After a great season last year, in which they surpassed everyone’s expectations the Clarets have found doing battle on both the European and domestic fronts a too demanding.  They failed to make the group stages of the Europa League but not before they derailed their start to the season.

Last week they managed to chalk up their first win of the season trouncing Bournemouth 4-0.  Could they have recovered from their European hangover?

We are tipping Burnley to take all 3 points at Cardiff City Stadium.

  • Correct score: 1-3
  • Bonus: Over 8 corners

 

Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace

Kick-off: Week 7, Sunday, 30 September

Bournemouth were humiliated by Burnley 4-0 at last time out and a loss to Crystal Palace could see them dropping a number of spots this week.  Eddie Howe will want his men to re-group and re-focus as they host Crystal Palace at Dean Court.

Palace have been in erratic form so far this season and the fans are never sure who is going to turn up.  They played out a goalless draw against Newcastle the other week, a result which could have easily gone their way had they been less wasteful.

We are tipping Palace to edge this clash and take away all 3 points at Dean Court.

  • Correct score: 2-3
  • Bonus: Wilfried Zaha to score anytime.

 

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