EPL Week 7 – Top Picks and Predictions
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Week 6 Predictions and Results

 Week 6 Result Anthony Sam
SATURDAY
Chelsea v Arsenal 2-0 1-1 2-1
Aston Villa v West Brom 0-1 1-2 1-2
Bournemouth v Sunderland 2-0 2-0 1-0
Newcastle v Watford 1-2 1-1 2-1
Stoke v Leicester 2-2 2-2 1-2
Swansea v Everton 0-0 2-1 2-0
Man City v West Ham 1-2 3-0 3-0
SUNDAY
Tottenham v Crystal Palace 1-0 1-1 2-1
Liverpool v Norwich 1-1 2-0 2-1
Southampton v Man Utd 2-3 1-1 0-2

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth ONE point. Getting the exact score correct earns THREE points.

Last week, I got THREE correct results, including TWO perfect scores to earn a total of SEVEN-POINTS, which was enough to see off challengers Sam who managed to earn FIVE-POINTS.

It was not a particularly good week for us with the predictions, but I expect a lot better this week. So if you think you know the EPL feel free to leave your predictions below.

Week 7 Predictions

Predictions
SATURDAY
Tottenham v Man City 0-2
Leicester v Arsenal 2-2
Liverpool v Aston Villa 1-0
Man Utd v Sunderland 3-0
Southampton v Swansea 2-1
Stoke v Bournemouth 3-1
West Ham v Norwich 2-0
Newcastle v Chelsea 0-2
SUNDAY
Watford v Crystal Palace 1-1
MONDAY
West Brom v Everton 2-2

Previews

SATURDAY

Tottenham v Man City

Tottenham won 1-0  at home to Crystal Palace last week to maintain their solid start to the season. The north Londoners have the second best defense in the EPL this season, conceding just four, behind visitors Manchester City who have only conceded two. However, Spurs have really struggled for goals this year, scoring five goals in their opening six games, and that is why they are not higher up the table.

Agüero should cause Tottenham's defense problems.  (Getty Images)

Agüero should cause Tottenham’s defense problems. (Getty Images)

Manchester City were scoring and winning for fun, but the fun came to an end last weekend as the Sky Blues lost 2-1 at home to West Ham. That loss brought an end to their record 11-game EPL winning streak, and was their second loss on the trot at the Etihad after they were beaten by Juventus in the Champions League a few days earlier.

Tottenham have a dismal recent record against Manchester City, losing eight of their last nine and conceding 27 goals in their last eight EPL games against the two time EPL champions with an average of 3.4 goals a game.

Those stats suggest City have Tottenham’s number, and with the north Londoners struggling to score goals I can only see this game going one way.

Prediction: 0-2

 

Leicester V Arsenal

Leicester continued their fine start to the season fighting back from two goals down to rescue a draw away to Stoke. The Foxes remain the only unbeaten team in the EPL and this season’s surprise package. Riyad Mahrez was once again one of their star perfromers, scoring a penalty and  completed 25 dribbles already this season – only Lionel Messi (33) has completed more dribbles in Europe’s top five division.

Arsenal tasted defeat for the second time this season going down 2-0 away to Chelsea. The Gunners were hard done by after two of their players received red cards, while Chelsea’s Diego Costa stayed on the field of play. Arsenal have since seen defender Gabriel’s red card rescinded, though he is serving a one-match ban for improper conduct.

Riyad Mahrez has lit up the EPL this season. (Getty Images)

Riyad Mahrez has lit up the EPL this season. (Getty Images)

Leicester are without a win against Arsenal in 17 league games since a 2-1 victory in their first Premier League meeting, at Filbert Street in November 1994 (D6, L11). However, they are playing well and are arguably playing the most attractive football in the EPL, while Arsenal have yet to get into gear. Nevertheless, the Gunners have player’s all over the field that can score goals and that’s why I’ll go for a scoring draw here.

Prediction:2-2

Manchester United v Sunderland

Anthony Martial is full of confidence and show a maturity for his young years. (Getty Images)

Anthony Martial is full of confidence and show a maturity for his young years. (Getty Images)

Manchester United bounced back from defeat in the Champions League with a fine win away to Southampton. Teenage signing Anthony Martial scored a brace and also netted midweek to bring his goal tally to four goal in four appearances for the Red Devils.

Sunderland’s poor start to the season continued with a loss away to newly promoted Bournemouth. The Black Cats have now gone nine games without winning in the EPL (D4, L5) and were also dumped out the League Cup by EPL leaders Man City, who thumped them 4-1.

Sunderland have won just two of the 28 Premier League meetings, and only one of the last 26. Combine that with the fact they have conceded a league-high 13 goals in this season’s Premier League – 10 of those goals have come in the first half – and it seems this game can only go one way.

Prediction: 3-0

Newcastle v Chelsea

The Newcastle’s horror show continued with a home loss to Watford last weekend. That loss meant the Magpies remain one of only three teams to have not won a game in the EPL – Stoke and Sunderland have also yet to win.  Their loss midweek to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup has heightened pressure on new manager Steve McClaren, but to be fair, McClaren Newcastle’s problems have been brewing for quite a while – The Magpies have earned just 15 points from a possible 75 in 2015 (W3, D6, L15).

Costa was the instigator and was rightly served with a 3 match ban in retrospect. (Getty Images)

Costa was the instigator and was rightly served with a 3 match ban in retrospect. (Getty Images)

Chelsea returned to winning ways last week with a 2-0 victory over neighbors Arsenal. However, their win was marred by the controversial behavior of striker Diego Costa, who escaped punishment during the game for throwing his hands and elbows in an opponent’s face, but has since been banned for violent conduct.

Newcastle are in their worst form for some time, but they have a terrific record against the Blues at home in recent years, having won their last three home matches against Chelsea. Nevertheless, I think the Magpies are in free fall at the moment and I expect the Blues to win this one comfortably.

Prediction: 2-0

 

 

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Anthony Ta is a writer for the GotSoccer Magazine, specializing in Premier League, Champions League and the Euros.
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2 Responses to EPL Week 7 – Top Picks and Predictions
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  1. Sam J says:

    SATURDAY
    Tottenham v Man City 0-2
    Leicester v Arsenal 2-1
    Liverpool v Aston Villa 1-0
    Man Utd v Sunderland 2-0
    Southampton v Swansea 1-1
    Stoke v Bournemouth 2-1
    West Ham v Norwich 2-1
    Newcastle v Chelsea 1-2
    SUNDAY
    Watford v Crystal Palace 1-1
    MONDAY
    West Brom v Everton 2-1 (Rondon to socre ;))

  2. Neil says:

    SATURDAY
    Tottenham v Man City 1-3
    Leicester v Arsenal 0-2
    Liverpool v Aston Villa 2-0
    Man Utd v Sunderland 4-0
    Southampton v Swansea 2-0
    Stoke v Bournemouth 1-2
    West Ham v Norwich 1-1
    Newcastle v Chelsea 0-2
    SUNDAY
    Watford v Crystal Palace 1-3
    MONDAY
    West Brom v Everton 1-2

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