Who Will Win Big on Matchday Seven in the Premier League?
Last weekend saw the biggest win in the Premier League season so far recorded at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City rattled eight goals past a beleaguered Watford without reply. City had scored five goals in the opening 18 minutes of the match, the fastest time any team has done that in EPL history and in truth, had they been more clinical in front of goal, they could have reached double figures.
There were other big wins, in terms of status rather than scoreline, for Liverpool, who beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and West Ham United, who were deserving home winners over Manchester United. There was also great results for Leicester City, who came from a goal down to beat Tottenham Hotspur at home and Sheffield United and Bournemouth who beat Everton and Southampton on the road respectively.
So who are the teams that are going to be the big winners as we reach the seventh matchday of the new season? In this article, that is what we intend to find out.
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Let’s now take a more in depth look ahead to the big games taking place this weekend in the Premier League and the bets on each we feel are good value to back.
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Premier League Preview – Matchday 7
Sheffield United v Liverpool (12.30pm)
- Result – Liverpool to win (3/10)
- Correct Score – Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool (7/1)
- Anytime Goalscorer – Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) (6/5)
The Blades have started the season well since their promotion and they will be confident of giving the current leaders of the Premier League a stern test at Bramhall Lane. However, as much as Chris Wilder’s team carry out their managers instructions to the letter, I feel they lack key quality in areas and that will play into Liverpool hands.
The Reds have won three tough away games already this season, Southampton, Burnley and Chelsea and I can see them adding Sheffield United to that list. The Reds are not as eye-catching or spectacular as City but they are more consistent, concede fewer goals and seem to be able to grind out the results in a number of different ways.
That is what I expect here as the Reds experience and squad depth should be enough to lead them to their fourth away win of the season.
Everton v Manchester City (5.30pm)
- Result – Manchester City to win (3/10)
- Correct Score – Everton 1-3 Manchester City (10/1)
- Anytime Goalscorer – Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City) (7/4)
These two teams come into this game in the most conflicting frames of mind. Everton are struggling after losing 2-0 at home to Sheffield United and there are already reports that manager Marco Silva is now under real pressure to turn things around. The last thing that he would want to see at Goodison on Saturday night then is the current Champions Manchester City, who smacked eight glorious goals past Watford the last time out.
City were so clinical in that opening 20 minute spell against Watford that it would fill any team with dread facing them, but they do not have the best of records at Goodison Park, although that has improved in recent times.
Everton badly need a result but I cannot see them getting it here and I am backing City to put on another excellent display to claim a comfortable win on Saturday night.
Leicester City v Newcastle United (Sun – 4.30pm)
- Result – Leicester to win (1/2)
- Correct Score – Leicester City 2-0 Newcastle Utd (6/1)
- Anytime Goalscorer – Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) (13/5)
The contrasting start that these two teams have had does tend to sum up the strategic planning of those in charge of the club. Leicester had a plan with Brendan Rodgers and have backed him to stick to it. Newcastle let Rafa Benitez go and appointed Steve Bruce and have signed ad-hoc players to try and help the new manager out, with the net result being a team that doesn’t really look like it is going for anything but Premier League survival once again.
That sounds harsh on a team like Newcastle but it is how I see them at the moment and for my money, Leicester are the much better all-round team, they are in better form, have a much more potent goal threat and are also as strong defensively as Newcastle, if not stronger.
I can see this being a good day for the home fans as you can see from my tips, I am backing Leicester to pick up a good win here.
Manchester United v Arsenal (Mon – 8pm)
- Result – Draw – 12/5
- Correct Score – Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal (6/1)
- Anytime Goalscorer – Daniel James (Man Utd) (12/5)
With a number of their first-choice strikers out injured, Manchester United look very thin for striking options for this important home clash with Arsenal and I think that will put extra onus on the wider attacking players, of which Daniel James has been the most impressive performer this season. I fancy he will be the man to grab a goal for United on the day, but I can’t see it being a winning performance from the home side.
The Gunners did well to beat Aston Villa last weekend despite being 2-1 down and reduced to 10-men. Goals from Pepe and Aubameyang gave Arsenal a much-needed win and I think that will give them confidence heading to Old Trafford, a ground where they have had some chastening experiences in the past.
However, given the pace in that Arsenal attack I can see them causing this United defence some real problems and I can see them also finding the net once, the same as United, hence I am backing the draw here and a 1-1 correct score tip.
Games between these two teams usually produce plenty of action, a few goals and the occasional sending off, so this should be an interesting watch on Monday night, especially with neither side wanting to cede more ground to the top two at this early stage of the season.