After just 6 matches it looks like many pundits are already handing the title to Manchester. The only question between them is weather it will go to the Red side or the blue side. I don’t think it’s quite as simple as that. Yes, both Manchester clubs have been playing well to start the season, but it is just 6 matches and we haven’t even reached the dreaded Christmas period.
This weekend we will get a chance to see one of the additional title contenders, Chelsea, take on Man City to see just how well city can compete against another top team this season. I still think that they will have enough to get the win over Chelsea, but the Blues are flying high after their midweek come from behind win in the Champions League, and Antonio Conte will surely have a point to prove against Pep Guardiola.
The other match that I’m pinpointing for this week in terms of tactical setup is Newcastle v Liverpool. Rafa Benitez will certainly not be sentimental in taking on his former club while also wanting to prove a point. I don’t think Newcastle has quite enough to keep a clean sheet against Liverpool’s strong attacking force, but should be able to get a goal against their porous defense. Liverpool has given up 8 goals in their last 3 Premier League matches and 13 in their last 6 matches in all competitions. Their last clean sheet was in the 4-0 home win against Arsenal. On the road they are 1-1-1 while scoring 6 goals and allowing 10. Meanwhile, Newcastle at home has a 2-0-1 record while scoring 5 and giving up just 3.
Week 7 Predictions:
Friday, September 30
|7:30/12:30||Huddersfield||0||v||3||Tottenham||0 – 4|
|10:00/15:00||Manchester United||4||v||0||Crystal Palace||4 – 0
|10:00/15:00||West Ham||2||v||0||Swansea||1 – 0
|12:30/17:30||Chelsea||2||v||3||Man City||0 – 1
Sunday, October 1
|7:00/12:00||Arsenal||2||v||1||Brighton||2 – 0
|11:30/16:30||Newcastle||2||v||2||Liverpool|| 1 – 1
I am predicting a 0-0 in the Stoke City v Southampton match with teams being quite mediocre this season. West Ham and Swansea are another one that could just as easily end 0-0. Outside of those two, I don’t expect there to be many scoreless draws.
Manchester United v Crystal Palace is one that should be a rout for United with Palace yet to score a goal in the league. The one question mark for this one is whether United will storm to an early lead, let off the gas, and allow a late goal. This is essentially what happened in their midweek Champions League match, but I highly doubt that will happen again considering the frustration that Mourinho had about that late goal.
That wraps up the week 7 Premier League predictions. I am hoping to have time to put up my gameweek 7 FPL tips as well. I’m certainly looking forward to this weekend and expect it should be an exciting one.
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