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We are in week 7 of the season and things are not how we expected it. The league Champions (Chelsea) have not found it easy, getting 7 points from a possible 18. Its been difficult for some of the top teams, struggling to enter top gear with only the two Manchester clubs looking like real contenders so far.
But the big surprise of the season so far has to be the so-called minnows who have come of age. Teams like West Ham, Leicester, and Swansea. Leicester and West Ham sit in 4th and 3rd respectively and Swansea are not far off.
Let’s preview week 7 and see what surprises are in stock
26 – 09 – 2015
MATCH 1: Tottenham Hotspur VS Manchester City
VENUE:White Hart Lane
REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg
HEAD TO HEAD:1 – 1 – 8
City had started the season like a house on fire with a perfect record of five wins from five games but were brought back to earth last weekend when the lost at home to West ham.
The bounced back in mid-week with a convincing 4-1 trashing of Sunderland to build their confidence back for this weekend’s game.
Spurs, meanwhile, did not have a good mid-week League Cup game coming into the weekend as the beaten by their North London neighbours Arsenal. Even their League form is not good, just getting their first win after four games.
CITY: Vincent Kompany (Calf), David Silva (Calf), Mangala (Muscle), and Samir Nasri (Knock)
SPURS: Bentaleb (ankle) and Ryan Mason (knee)
VERDICT: City Win
MATCH 2: LEICESTER CITY VS ARSENAL
VENUE: KING POWER STADIUM
REFEREE: Craig Pawson
HEAD TO HEAD: 0 – 3 – 7
Leicester have shocked the EPL as the surprise package of the season so far. The have 12 points from 6 games and are unbeaten. The have a a young breed of talented players like Riyad Mahrez. The player has lite up the EPL with his skill and pace that has got teams all scared. The Algerian has had a hand in eight goals in the EPL this season; more than any other player.
Arsenal on the otherhand will be boosted with their win at Spurs in midweek and put last week’s defeat at the bridge behind them.
Arsenal trail league leaders City by five points and cannot afford to drop further points this weekend if the want to be among the challengers come May 2016.
ARSENAL: Wilshere (ankle), Rosicky (knee), and Welbeck (knee).
LEICESTER: Matthew James (out of season) Nathan Dyer (knee)
VERDICT: Arsenal win
MATCH 3: LIVERPOOL VS ASTON VILLA
REFEREE: Jonathan Moss
HEAD TO HEAD: 5 – 2 – 3
It’s Liverpool again. After scrapping out a penalty shootout win against Carlisle United at home in midweek, the Merseyside team have not gotten into gear in the EPL. Confidence is low and nothing more than 3 points at home this weekend might seal Brendan Rodgers time at Liverpool.
Villa on the otherhand, are not doing well also. A win in their opening game is their only win so far this season. The heat is on for Tim Sherwood who has suffered back to back defeats by Leicester and West Brom. But some positives came in midweek as the beat Birmingham by a Rudy Gestede goal to send them to the 4th round of the League Cup
LIVERPOOL: Dejan Loveren (ankle)
ASTON VILLA: None
MATCH 4: MANCHESTER UNITED VS SUNDERLAND
VENUE: Old Trafford
REFEREE: Mike Jones
HEAD TO HEAD: 7 – 2 – 1
United are hoping to continue their wonderful start to the season when the entertain Sunderland on Saturday. United sit in 2nd place with 13 points from 6 games and only lost against Swansea, and are 2 points behind City who have a tough game against Spurs.
Manchester United will be hoping the gods of football continue guiding Anthony Martial to more glory. The 17 year old wonderkid has scored 3 goals in 2 EPL appearances and has a good composition infront of goal. I remember when Rooney said he did not know him, guess he knows him better now.
Sunderland have not started well. Still looking for their first win of the campaign and are coming into this game from a home drubbing by Manchester City in the League cup by 4-1.
Sunderland have not had it good anytime the square up against United. The have only won once in 26 meetings and that is definitely not a boost in confidence coming into Saturday’s game
MANCHESTER UNITED: Luke Shaw (broken leg), Rojo (hamstring), McNair (knock)
VERDICT: United win
MATCH 5: SOUTHAMPTON VS SWANSEA
VENUE: Saint Mary’s
REFEREE: Roger East
HEAD TO HEAD: 3 – 2 – 1
Southampton had a brilliant League Cup win against MK Dons as the swept them by 6 goals to nil. But that was against a team that just got into the Championship from League one this season, and against Swansea will be a different ball game.
Southampton have not be at their best so far this season and the lie in 10th on the standings.
Swansea have been fantastic at home but have struggled away but believe the can get their first away win of the season against Southampton according to their Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Both teams play a fast pacey game with lots of flair and it is too difficult to call.
SOUTHAMPTON: Jordy Clasie (short)
MATCH 6: STOKE CITY VS BOURNEMOUTH
VENUE: Britannia Stadium
REFEREE: Lee Mason
HEAD TO HEAD: 0 – 0 – 0
Stoke City welcome newly-promoted Bournemouth to the Britannia on Saturday. The still seek their first win of the season.
Despite the signings of Shaqiri and Joselu, the Club have found out its not so cut and dry in the EPL and as a result have produced a league low 79 touches in the opposition box in the early stages of the campaign. Its sad to see the Potters in the relegation zone with just 3 points so far.
Bournemouth have not had a bad start to their in the big League with 7 points from 6 games.
One player that stands tall in this team has to be Callum Wilson who has scored five goals despite only registering eight shots at goal.
Bournemouth have show spirit and guts as the took 3 points from West ham and Sunderland and have shown the have what it takes to stand tall in the EPL.
STOKE CITY: Mame Diouf (hamstring)
BOURNEMOUTH: Tommy Elphick (ankle), Tyrone Mings (knee) and Max Gradel (knee)
VERDICT: Stoke win
MATCH 7: WEST HAM VS NORWICH
VENUE: Boleyn Ground
REFEREE: Mike Dean
HEAD TO HEAD: 2 – 4 – 2
The Hammers have won four of their six league games and defeated leaders Manchester City last weekend, while the Canaries have recorded some impressive results following their promotion back to the top flight.
West ham have proven to be one of the surprise packages in the early weeks of the season and they are currently third after four wins.
While West Ham were defeated by the Foxes, Norwich followed up the 1-1 draw at Liverpool last Sunday by reaching the fourth round of the League Cup with a 3-0 home victory over West Bromwich Albion.
With league games against Leicester, Newcastle and West Brom coming up, the Canaries will be hoping to maintain their positive start as they look to establish their place in the League
WEST HAM: Angelo Ogbonna (hamstring), Alex Song (ankle), and Enner Valencia (knee)
NORWICH: Matt Jarvis (Ineligible)
VERDICT: West ham Win
MATCH 8: NEWCASTLE UNITED VS CHELSEA
VENUE: St. James Park
REFEREE: Martin Atkinson
HEAD TO HEAD: 4 – 2 – 4
What a time for Newcastle to face Chelsea who have revived their stands in the EPL.
Newcastle’s defeat by Championship opposition comes off the back of six winless league games and it will not come any easier against a rejuvenated Chelsea side.
Having spent over £50m on new recruits during the summer, this is far from the start that McClaren, the fans and owner would have dreamt of.
Victory at St James on Saturday would represent another step in the right direction for a Chelsea side hoping to continue their winning streak after a dreadful opening few weeks to the season.
It’s not be all roses when Mourinho’s Chelsea visit St James. He has never won there in five attempts and saw his side beaten 2-1 last season.
It should be noted, however, that Maccabi Tel Aviv and Walsall make up two-thirds of their current winning streak, and last week’s 2-0 triumph over Arsenal- who played with ten men for 45 minutes, and then with nine for the final quarter- was far from convincing.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: None
CHELSEA: Diego Costa (Suspension)
VERDICT: Chelsea win
27 – 09 – 2015
MATCH 9: WATFORD VS CRYSTAL PALACE
VENUE: Vicarage Road
REFEREE: Anthony Taylor
HEAD TO HEAD: 0 – 0 – 0
Watford host Crystal Palace in Sunday’s only EPL clash this weekend with both sides looking to continue solid starts to the new season.
Watford have surprised many with the start they have made. They look well organised and play free-flowing football. Back to back wins against Swansea and Newcastle set them up well for this one and Quique Flores will be confident his side can remain in the top half of the table come the end of the weekend.
Watford have shown resilience and have only lost to City so far and with their Nigerian goal machine in Odion Ighalo the look the real deal to stay up this season
Crystal Palace will have to be at their very best to seal three points on the road this week and will look to end a two-game losing streak in the process.
Palace will not be worried by the short road trip to Vicarage Road. They have picked up 15 points from their last seven league fixtures away from Selhurst park, including a stunning 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
This will be the first meeting between the two sides since the Championship playoff final in 2013. Palace won that game 1-0 to secure their promotion and so this should be quite a contest.
WATFORD: Valon Behrami (suspension) and Joel Ekstrand (injured)
28 – 09 – 2015
MATCH 10: WEST BROM VS EVERTON
VENUE: The Hawthorns
REFEREE: Robert Madley
HEAD TO HEAD: 3 – 3 – 4
West Brom will be looking for their third win in four matches when the host Everton on Monday evening.
The Toffees head to the Hawthorns in a decent run of form themselves, having secured five points from their last three outings.
West Brom have failed to win against Everton in their last five Barclays Premier League encounters.
Despite being without first-choice goalkeeper Ben Foster for the foreseeable future, West Brom have had one of the strongest defences in the top flight so far this season, keeping four clean sheets- only league leaders Manchester City have more.
Going forward has been less successful for the team though, as they have found the back of the net just four times, which is the second-lowest total in the league. The Baggies have failed to score
in half of their outings so far.
Everton on the otherhand, have one point more than their opponents from their last six fixtures of the campaign, leaving them sixth in the table.
Like West Brom, Everton were in League Cup action during the week, but had a better result than their opponents to progress to the next stage.
Everton have shown flashes of attacking form this season, netting eight times in total, twice scoring three goals in a match.
The Toffies have a good away record and are yet to concede during an away fixture
WEST BROW: Ben Foster (Ankle)
Everton: Oviedo (knee), Besic (hamstring)