If you have got a sense of déjà vu with the Premier League at the moment, then it is somewhat understandable as just like last season, Liverpool and Manchester City seem to be running away from the rest of the 18 teams in the division. Liverpool have maximum points and are five points clear of City in second who are in turn two points ahead of West Ham, Leicester and Arsenal who all have amassed 11 points so far this season.
With a gap of ten points already between Liverpool and the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea, and City five points ahead of these teams, it does not bode well for several members of the ‘big six’ as they attempt to haul in the top two this season. All this makes for a rather intriguing prospect as we head into the seventh matchday of the season which takes place from Saturday through to Monday night.
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Let’s now take a look at how things panned out in the Premier League last weekend.
Premier League Results (Matchday 6)
- Southampton 1-3 Bournemouth
- Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspurs
- Burnley 2-0 Norwich City
- Everton 0-2 Sheffield United
- Manchester City 8-0 Watford
- Newcastle Utd 0-0 Brighton
- West Ham 2-0 Manchester United
- Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolves
- Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa
- Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool
Premier League Table (after matchday 6)
Premier League Leading Goalscorers
- Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 8
- Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) – 7
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Teemu Pukki (Norwich) – 6
- Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 5
Premier League Matchday 7 Preview
Saturday 28th September
- Sheffield United v Liverpool
Liverpool aim to make it seven wins from seven with another tough awayday to Bramhall Lane to face a Sheffield United side that have lost both their last two home games (to Leicester and Southampton). The Blades counter attacking style paid dividends when beating Everton last weekend at Goodison Park, but I think Liverpool will have the skill and patience to pick apart the home side defence and will secure a relatively comfortable victory here. Tip – Liverpool to win 3-0 (9/1 at bet365).
- Aston Villa v Burnley
Burnley are proving to be somewhat stubborn and tricky opponents for most Premier League outfits this season and I think Sean Dyche’s team will prove to be precisely that for a Villa side with just one win from their three home games. I haven’t really seen much to inspire any great confidence in the home side as yet and I think Burnley’s experience and knowhow will be key here. So much so, I am backing the Clarets to land a surprise win. Tip – Burnley to win (21/10 at bet365).
- Bournemouth v West Ham United
Both these teams have started the season very brightly and they find themselves in the top six after six games. The Hammers have one point more than Bournemouth to lie in fifth and they are unbeaten in their last five EPL games. Bournemouth though come into this game on the back of two fine 3-1 wins, at home to Everton and then away to Southampton and they will be confident here. However, I think the Hammers are proving tough to beat right now and as such, I think this one should finish all-square. Tip – Draw (5/2 at bet365).
- Chelsea v Brighton
Chelsea were beaten by Liverpool at home last weekend and they are yet to record a home win under Frank Lampard in the EPL this season, but I think that run will end on Saturday at home to Brighton. After their opening day win, Brighton have not won a game and I think they are going to struggle over the whole season. I fancy Chelsea to pick up a very good victory here and I can see their young side scoring a fair few goals in this one. Tip – Tammy Abraham to score first and Chelsea to win (3/1 at bet365).
- Crystal Palace v Norwich City
For me, this is probably the most difficult game to predict of the entire weekend in the Premier League. Crystal Palace are a team that blow hot and cold, capable of beating and losing to anybody on their day. Norwich are a real attacking threat but look very weak defensively, especially away from home but Palace’s attack is somewhat toothless. The home side are also frustratingly inconsistent at times which means that despite a win last week, I am backing Norwich to claim a point from this one. Tip – Draw (13/5 at bet365).
- Tottenham v Southampton
Neither of these teams will be especially pleased with their recent form and both will want to get back to winning ways in this game, but of the two I fancy Spurs to be the team to do that. While their shock defeat to Colchester in the Carabao Cup will have shaken the club, I feel they will want a statement win to bounce back from that and I think they will get it in this game. Tip – Tottenham to win 3-0 and Harry Kane to score anytime (12/1 at bet365).
- Wolves v Watford
Without a win in any game so far this season, both these teams will be desperate to break their duck in this game but I think of the two, Wolves are the team most likely to do that. They have drawn four of their six, so have proven tough to beat but the home side here have been unable to get that first win over the line. Watford were woeful away to City last week, losing 8-0 in what was a humiliation. There will be a response here but I reckon the home side will still pick up the win. Tip – Wolves to win 2-1 (17/2 at bet365).
- Everton v Manchester City
Both these teams had contrasting results last weekend, with Everton fans up in arms at their sides awful display in their 2-0 home defeat to Sheffield United, while Man City fans were ecstatic as they rattled in eight goals against Watford, the first five coming in the opening 18 minutes at the Etihad. City have a good recent record against Everton, winning all of the last three and I’d expect them to earn another win to add to that here. Tip – Man City to win 3-1 (10/1 at bet365).
Sunday 29th September
- Leicester City v Newcastle United
For me, these two teams are heading in different directions. I think Leicester’s stock is rising and they deserve to lie third in the table. Brendan Rodgers has got this team going well and I think they will run out comfortable winners here. For me Newcastle are a poorer side after the loss of Rafa Benitez, despite the signing of Joelinton in attack and I think Steve Bruce has a huge job on here to save the Magpies from relegation. Tip – Leicester City to win 3-0 (11/1 at bet365).
Monday 30th September
- Manchester United v Arsenal
Monday night’s game pits two of the most esteemed Premier League sides against each other in what is a must-win game for both, but perhaps more important for United. Having lost at West Ham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a big win against a decent team and that could come here. The problem is, Arsenal, while not great defensively, are very dangerous going forward. I can see the Gunners scoring here and with United lacking in attack through injury, that should be enough to claim a point. Tip – Draw (12/5 at bet365).