Week seven is upon us and it is the final matchday before another two week international break arrives.
Enjoy every single second of this weekends 10 Premier League games because this time next week, you’ll be longing for it. You know I’m right.
With six PL teams in UEFA Champions League and Europa League action in midweek, several of the big boys have only had a few days to recover which usually means plenty of unpredictable results are about to take place.
That said, here’s how I see things taking shape:
BASICALLY, FREE MONEY
Manchester United vs. Everton – (Sunday, NBCSN, 7 a.m. ET)
Everton have only won once this season. They have conceded 14, the worst defense in the PL, and just had a six-hour flight to Russia and back on Thursday. Expect Falcao and RVP to have a field day and rip the Toffees apart.
Manchester United 3-1 Everton
Chelsea vs. Arsenal – (Sunday, NBCSN, 9 a.m. ET)
The Blues are looking unstoppable this season but this could be their biggest test so far. Cesc Fabregas will want to beat Arsenal, big time, so expect him to feed plenty of balls into Diego Costa to finish. Not quite the 6-0 win they had last season, but comfortable.
Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal
Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion – (Saturday, NBCSN, 10 a.m. ET
Steven Gerrard questioned his teams desire and he’s not a happy bunny as they lost away to Basel in the Champions League. Expect a reaction and Alan Irvine’s West Brom will be the unlucky recipients of an almighty Liverpool backlash.
Liverpool 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
Leicester City vs. Burnley – (Saturday, Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)
Burnley haven’t scored since the opening day of the season and are really struggling. Leicester have yet to lost at home and expect the Foxes to sprint clear in this one. Home win.
Leicester City 2-0 Burnley
DON’T TOUCH THIS…
Sunderland vs. Stoke City – (Saturday, Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)
This game has a draw written all over it. Sunderland have tied five of their opening six games and have yet to win. As for Stoke, they are very hard to beat. This match could go either way. Do not touch it if you plan to have a flutter.
Sunderland 1-1 Stoke City
Hull City vs. Crystal Palace – (Saturday, Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)
Steve Bruce vs. Neil Warnock. It doesn’t get much more English than that. Two managers from Northern England clash as their teams are both horrible to play against. Expect to get a neck strain after watching this match. Long balls galore.
Hull City 1-0 Crystal Palace
West Ham United vs. QPR – (Sunday, NBCSN, 11 a.m. ET)
A ding-dong London derby takes place at Upton Park as ‘Arry Redknapp returns to the club he played for and managed. Sam Allardyce has been a manager almost as long as Redknapp and these two will use all their experience to get a W. Home side to shade it.
West Ham 3-2 QPR
“SO YOU’RE TELLING ME THERE’S A CHANCE…”
Aston Villa vs. Manchester City – (Saturday, NBC, 12:30 p.m. ET)
In the corresponding fixture last season Villa beat City 3-2 at Villa Park after Brad Guzan blasted some awesome drop kicks to wreck havoc in the Citizens’ defense. Villa’s players are recovering from illness and will push a deflated City side all the way after they drew with Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton – (Sunday, Premier League Extratime, 9:05 a.m. ET)
Mauricio Pochettino will face the team he left over the summer, with Saints second in the league after winning six-straight games in all competitions. Ronald Koeman’s side are full of confidence while Spurs haven’t won in six in all comps. Not so much an upset, but this could easily happen. Probably a draw but I’m going with…
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Southampton
Swansea City vs. Newcastle United – (Sunday, Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)
This is it. This is the game, Magpies fans. With no wins in six and Alan Pardew still hanging around as manager, the 720-mile roundtrip will be worth it this weekend. I promise. Papiss Cisse will fire Newcastle to victory.
Swansea City 1-2 Newcastle United