Premier League Predictions: Week 7 – Another weekend of top flight action is upon us, with some key games to be played before next week’s International Break. Chelsea host Manchester City in the standout fixture of the weekend on Saturday night. While there is a triple-header of action to enjoy on Sunday.
This weekend’s action begins with Huddersfield hosting Spurs in the lunchtime kickoff on Saturday. Spurs will be looking to keep up their impressive away record against the Terriers. Crystal Palace travel to Manchester United, as their search for a first goal of the season goes on. Then Pep Guardiola locks horns with Antonio Conte in the evening game. Sunday’s action begins with Arsenal against Brighton, before Everton play Burnley. Then, Liverpool travel to Newcastle in the final game of the weekend, with Rafa Benitez looking to get three points against his former side.
Read on for all of this weekend’s Premier League predictions: Week 7 should produce a fair few goals…
Huddersfield 0-2 Spurs
Huddersfield have impressed so far this season as they’ve been resilient and tough to break down. However, Spurs arrive off the back of a 3-0 away win in the Champions League and seem to be enjoying playing away from home. Their Wembley troubles haven’t improved but Mauricio Pochettino’s men look to be a real force on the road. Expect them to be too strong for the battling Terriers here.
Bournemouth 1-2 Leicester
Second-bottom Bournemouth and Leicester City both come into this game having lost to the Merseyside clubs. Eddie Howe’s side look like they’re in trouble. Winning just once and scoring just four times in six games is worrying for the Cherries. Leicester aren’t doing a lot better themselves, just one point ahead. This is a big game, with both desperate for points. Expect it to be cagey, Leicester to edge it.
Man Utd 5-0 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace look doomed. We’re only seven weeks into the new season but they haven’t scored a goal and now face a daunting trip to an in-form United side. Roy Hodgson’s reign has begun with back-to-back losses. They were pulled apart by Manchester City last weekend and a similar outcome is expected here. United put four past CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday. Their attack looks unstoppable and they should cruise to victory here.
Stoke 1-1 Southampton
Stoke were taught a lesson by Chelsea last weekend. Their defensive struggles were there for all to see, not helped in part by injuries. The Potters have also struggled in front of goal, netting just five in six. Southampton were unlucky not to pick up a point against Man Utd last time out, they showed promise throughout and will fancy their chances here. However, much like Stoke, the Saints haven’t been prolific in finding the back of the net. Low-score draw.
West Brom 1-1 Watford
Watford have been excellent away from home so far this season, winning all three of their trips on the road. The Hornets do have a few injury problems to deal with ahead of this week’s trip to West Brom though. Marco Silva’s men will be confident of leaving the Hawthorns with a result, but they’ll do well to seal all three points. The Baggies fell 2-0 at Arsenal on Monday and are now winless in four league games. Tony Pulis will be demanding a reaction but we see this ending all square.
West Ham 2-0 Swansea
The Hammers showed a spirited comeback in their loss to Spurs last weekend but they did little to lift the mood around the London Stadium. The fans expect more and will be on top of their players from the off. It’s looking like a case of when not if for Slaven Bilic, if they don’t pick up three points this weekend he may well get the boot. Swansea threw it away late last weekend at home to Watford. They have scored just three goals this season and look likely to find themselves up against in a relegation scrap if they don’t find a run of form.
Chelsea 1-2 Man City
This is a huge game at the top of the Premier League. Both sides are in good form. Both look strong. And both have managers hungry for success. But something might have to give. Chelsea’s impressive win at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday might actually cost them here. They put a lot into that performance and will only have had two days to prepare for the visit of City. The visitors had a home game against Shakhtar on Tuesday and should benefit from the lack of travel and extra rest. Both should score but City’s pace in attack could ultimately prove the difference.
Arsenal 3-0 Brighton
The Gunners have started to find some form. They are unbeaten since they were thumped by Liverpool at the backend of August. It was a wake up call for Arsene Wenger & Co. that they have risen to. A comfortable win should be on the agenda this weekend and they need to win to nil. Brighton picked up an impressive three points against Newcastle last time out but they know how difficult of a trip this one will be. They’re sitting comfortably in mid-table but as we all know, the Premier League can be cruel, it would be huge for them if they can get a positive result heading into the international break.
Everton 1-1 Burnley
It’s mad to think Burnley come into this game two points ahead of Everton. But the Toffees’ tough start to the season has left them with a hill to climb. They picked up their first league win since opening weekend last time out, beating Bournemouth 2-1. But their Europa League commitments mean they will only have had two days rest by the time Sunday’s game comes around. They struggled at Man Utd after their first European game of the season and might have a similar problem here. Burnley have already won away at Chelsea and Spurs this season and will be confident of getting at least a point.
Newcastle 2-2 Liverpool
One of the Premier League’s most memorable fixtures of all-time returns with the promotion of Newcastle. The Geordie faithful have experienced it all against Liverpool and it’s usually a game that delivers something for everyone. Expect the Toon Army to look to bounce back after their defeat last weekend and put in a big performance. Liverpool have been struggling. The pressure is mounting on Jurgen Klopp, who desperate needs his side to find their scoring touch as they have been wasteful in front of goal. If history is anything to go by, this should be a cracker.