Last weekend produced a matchday filled with goals, upsets and entertaining contests. Let's find out what we can expect from gameweek 7 of the EPL.
Arsenal showed they’re a different force this season after thrashing arch-rivals Chelsea 3-0 last weekend, with Antonio Conte’s side look nothing more than a great team on paper. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United put four past defending champions Leicester but even Claudio Ranieri’s side played better than Chelsea.
Gameweek 7 of the Premier League has some exciting matches lined up before the October international break, with the highlight a top of the table clash between leaders Manchester City and Tottenham. Pep Guardiola’s team are on fire at the moment but Spurs will fancy their chances after winning both league meetings last season.
Friday 30 September
Everton 7/10 | Draw 28/10 | Crystal Palace 15/4
Everton’s unbeaten start to the season under Ronald Koeman came to an end last Saturday as Junior Stanislas' superb shot gave Bournemouth a deserved victory. The Toffees are now on a two-match losing streak, including their 2-0 defeat at home to Norwich in the EFL Cup.
Everton will be hoping to return to winning ways on Friday night when they welcome Crystal Palace to Goodison Park. However, their record against Alan Pardew’s men doesn’t bode well. The Eagles are unbeaten in their previous three meetings at Goodison Park, winning twice. They’re also in good form – unbeaten in the last four matches with three wins on the spin. The teams are tipped to cancel each other out at 28/10.
Saturday 1 October
Swansea 52/10 | Draw 7/2 | Liverpool 9/20
Swansea are winless in five matches, suffering four defeats following last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester City. Despite that result, there were positive signs for Francesco Guidolin's men who gave Pep Guardiola's table-toppers some anxious moments. It was a performance full of promise from the Swans and has restored some much-needed confidence ahead of Saturday's clash with in-form Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side look a conquering force this season after they dished out a 5-1 pummelling of Hull City last weekend. That was their third straight victory; however, they are still searching for their first clean sheet. Back the Reds Win + Both Teams To Score at 7/4.
Hull City 11/2 | Draw 34/20 | Chelsea 9/20
After a superb start to the season, Hull City are now beginning to look like genuine relegation candidates. Mike Phelan’s toothless Tigers are winless in four matches with three defeats, shipping 11 goals. To make matters worse, Ahmed Elmohamady will miss the next three games after receiving a straight red in his side's 5-1 defeat at Liverpool last weekend.
Up next for Hull is a home tie against Chelsea and even the Tigers will be optimistic. Conte’s side were well beaten by a rampant Arsenal side and the only positive for the Blues was that the scoreline stayed 3-0. It was an unrecognizable Chelsea all over the place. Conte can expect an improved performance against Hull – they can’t get any worse. The Italian will ring the changes with no one who started against Arsenal guaranteed a place in the starting lineup. The Blues should bounce back here but it probably won’t be with a clean sheet. Take Chelsea Win + Both Teams To Score at 2/1.
Sunderland 14/10 | Draw 22/10 | West Brom 2/1
Sunderland wasted a 2-0 lead and dropped to the bottom of the log as Christian Benteke's injury-time header gave Crystal Palace a 3-2 victory, leaving the Black Cats still waiting for their first league win of the season. David Moyes’ side are on a three-match losing streak and they’ll face another tough test against West Brom.
The Baggies have lost just once to Sunderland in their last 12 meetings, winning eight times. Tony Pulis’ men are unbeaten in two matches having beaten West Ham 2-1 before drawing 1-1 at Stoke last time out. West Brom are well worth a play at 2/1.
Watford 13/10 | Draw 23/10 | Bournemouth 21/10
Watford succumbed to a 2-0 defeat away to newly-promoted Burnley on Monday night, and Walter Mazzarri was left hugely disappointed as his players failed to show the same hunger that saw them beat Man United a fortnight ago. Prior to Monday’s defeat, the Hornets were on a two-match winning streak and Mazzarri will be hoping they can return to winning ways against Bournemouth.
The Cherries come into this clash high on confidence after ending Everton’s unbeaten start to the season, courtesy of Junior Stanislas' stunning strike. Jordon Ibe finally proved to everyone that on his day he is more than worth the £15 million that Bournemouth paid for him. Artur Boruc continues to shine for the Cherries, while the back four finally played solid as a compact unit. Eddie Howe will be looking to build on that result, but his side are yet to win on the road, losing two out of three matches. I fancy the Hornets to bounce back strongly.
West Ham 11/10 | Draw 47/20 | Middlesbrough 5/2
Slaven Bilic's West Ham sit third from bottom with three points from their six outings. The Hammers' only league win this season came in their opening home game at the London Stadium against Bournemouth and they’ve suffered five defeats, including four in a row. Bilic’s side are low on confidence and they’ll need big-game performances from Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and Simone Zaza.
Their opponents, Middlesbrough, are also struggling to find their feet and come off the back of three straight defeats. Both sides have been poor in defence and we could see goals in this game. I’m backing Both Teams To Score /at 15/20.
Sunday 2 October
Manchester United 3/10 | Draw 9/2 | Stoke City 9/1
Manchester United produced a blistering first-half performance as they thrashed reigning champions Leicester City 4-1 at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho's side – without Wayne Rooney, who was dropped to the bench – were 4-0 in front by the break thanks to goals from Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba, who won man of the match for his display. United will look to build on that result as they host a Stoke City side who are in a bit of an identity crisis.
There is a sense of growing panic around the bet365 Stadium after an alarming run of results. The Potters are yet to win a match with four defeats out of six. Mark Hughes has ditched the club’s rough tactics and aerial style to play attractive football and now every team is playing attractive football against them. United are a banker at 3/10 and I would include them in every multiple.
Tottenham 47/20 | Draw 49/20 | Manchester City 11/10
The biggest tie in gameweek 7 of the Premier League pits Tottenham against leaders Manchester City in a top of the table clash at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Last season, Spurs won both league meetings against the Sky Blues, winning this fixture 4-1 and edging them 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be looking to oust the Sky Blues once again, but they’ll need a near perfect performance to beat Pep Guardiola’s team. City are in a rich vein of form with 10 successive wins in all competitions, scoring 30 goals. It promises to be an enthralling matchup as both sides thrive on attacking football.
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Leicester City 5/4 | Draw 23/10 | Southampton 22/10
Leicester City have lost some of the spark that saw them claim their extraordinary Premier League title last season. Their 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford means that they’ve already lost more away games this season than in the entirety of their triumphant 2015/16 campaign.
Claudio Ranieri’s side will be happy to be back at the King Power Stadium, where they are unbeaten in three games with two wins. They’ll face a stern test against a Southampton side who seem to have found their rhythm. Claude Puel’s men are on a four-match winning streak in all competitions, scoring nine goals without conceding. A tight affair is expected with the draw tipped at 23/10.
Burnley 7/1 | Draw 38/10 | Arsenal 7/20
Burnley eased to a 2-0 home win over Watford thanks to headed goals from Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane, with the Clarets fully deserving their second victory of the season. Sean Dyche's side were again solid defensively at Turf Moor, where they have conceded five goals in 17 home matches and became the first team this season to shut out Walter Mazzarri’s side.
Up next will be a daunting test against an Arsenal side beginning to hit their stride. Arsene Wenger’s side overcame their long-standing troubles with Chelsea by producing their most impressive performance in recent memory as they hammered Antonio Conte’s uninspiring side 3-0. The Gunners are unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions with five victories. They’ve scored 11 goals in their last three games while conceding just once. Arsenal Win + Over 2.5 Goals is tipped at 9/10.
TREBLE @ 64/10
Chelsea Win + BTTS 2/1
Man United 3/10
Arsenal Win + Over 2.5 Goals 9/10
Written by Chadley Nagel @Hollywoodbets