If week 7 brings anything like the football we saw in week 6, we should be in for a fantastic viewing experience. The crackers between Arsenal versus Chelsea and Manchester United versus Tottenham certainly left people on the edges of their seats, none more so than the performance by Spurs. For a team to have 26% possession and defend as they did in the second half is simply a huge effort. We were also privileged to see another fine performance from Luis Suarez with his 3 goals sinking the hopes of Norwich and providing much needed relief to the Liverpool faithful. So what will this week bring? Let’s have a look!
Last week we also introduced a confidence factor for each of our game previews. To be clear about what and why we’ve introduced this we’d like to say that this is purely our confidence level based on our thoughts, feelings and analysis of the upcoming matches. We also feel it gives you as the readers a better indication of how strongly we feel of our tips as the writers.
Best value bet: Two options this week with Arsenal and Everton looking very good value at $2.02 and $2.10 respectively.
October 6th Fixture
Manchester City ($1.29) Versus Sunderland ($14.50), Draw ($6)
City escaped narrowly thanks to a Edin Dzeko goal late in the game against Fulham and fans would be a little worried at the defending champions form to keep up with Chelsea’s pace. A home game against the Black Cats would give Mancini’s men an opportunity to rectify their misfiring forwards and cut their 4 point deficit to 1 before Chelsea play. Sunderland will want to carry on their winning form after beating Wigan at home thanks to another Steven Fletcher goal, but could count themselves lucky as they were pinned back by the Latics for the first half and lucky to not have conceded before a red card was given to Jordi Gomez which changed the dynamics of the match. Man City should be too strong at home for their travelling visitors with 3 points secured.
Predicted result: 2-1
Betting Options: Man City to win at $1.29
October 7th Fixture
Chelsea ($1.26) Versus Norwich ($16), Draw ($6.60)
Chelsea will be brimming with confidence after beating a strong Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Juan Mata is in devastating form both from set pieces and on the counter attack which he proved with his goal against Arsenal. On the other hand Norwich were handed a thumping 5-2 at home to Liverpool and are still searching for their first win of the season. Snodgrass and Holt are in promising form but we can’t look past the undefeated Blues in this match. This looks to be a certain win for Di Matteo and a 4th win at home for Chelsea.
Predicted result: Chelsea 3-0
Betting Options: More than 2.5 goals at $1.55
Swansea ($1.96) Versus Reading ($4.40), Draw ($3.70)
Swansea is without a win in 4 matches and scoreless in their last three – Landrup’s men are starting to fall by the wayside. A home game against Reading could help stop the form slump and reverse the plummet as the Royals are still struggling to find their first win for the season. Reading will take confidence from their game against Newcastle as they only conceded in the 83rd minute to a Demba Ba goal to be unlucky to not get a win. With Swansea struggling to find the back of the net in recent weeks and Reading conceding 11 goals this season so far. This match will be a hard one to call with Swansea due for a win at home after their strong start to the season. With all things said, this one looks most likely headed for a draw.
Predicted result: 1-1
Betting Option: None
West Brom ($1.93) Versus QPR ($4.30), Draw ($3.85)
West Brom host bottom place QPR in their next encounter at home. Ater a solid draw away to Villa, Steve Clarke’s men will be looking to continue their undefeated home form. QPR’s manager Mark Hughes looks to have his head on the chopping block if the team fails to perform and this could be the opportunity for them to break the duck and relieve the pressure from fans. Rangers have problems on all fronts as they have struggled to score more than a single goal in any game and to keep a clean sheet apart from their remarkable performance against Chelsea at home. Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku have been impressive and look out for them to keep adding to their tally of two goals each as well as terrorising the QPR defence. Unfortunately, it’s there’s not much light at the end of the tunnel for QPR at this stage.
Predicted result: West Brom 2-1
Betting Option: Lay QPR at $4.30
Wigan ($4.10) Versus Everton ($2.10), Draw ($3.45)
Wigan showed some good form against Sunderland away until they had Gomez sent off and Roberto Martinez would be looking to improve their results at home. Wigan hasn’t won since their 2-0 win over Southampton and are faced with a difficult task against a very impressive Everton side who have only lost once this season. Everton have won 6 out of 9 points from away matches only losing to West Brom and are favourites to walk away win another win at the DW stadium. Last time these two met it ended in a 1-1 draw but this time round the money is on Everton after their hugely impressive start to the season. Players to watch are Fellaini and Jelavic who both have scored three a piece.
Predicted result: Everton 2-1
Betting Option: Everton to win at $2.08
West Ham ($4.10) Versus Arsenal ($2.02), Draw ($3.45)
In what should be an enticing encounter, West Ham hosts an Arsenal team that has only lost once in the past 5 meetings at Upton Park with their last encounter here going to Arsenal 3-0. Arsenal will be looking to bounce back after their close encounter with Chelsea whilst West Ham are looking to continue their strong start to the season and good home form. Record signing Matt Jarvis will be looking to continue on from his goal scoring form against QPR. If West Ham is to have any chance of winning this one, they will need to quell the influence of the likes of Gervinho, Podolski and Cazorla who are all in fantastic form. Gervinho has been somewhat of a revelation this season after seeming to have overcome his poor first EPL season last year. Look for him to trouble West Ham’s defence with his pace and attacking flair.
Predicted result: Arsenal 2-1
Betting option: Arsenal to win at $2 – Both teams are in form, but with Arsenal’s attacking options it’s hard to look past them at this price.
Southampton ($2.84) Versus Fulham ($2.74), Draw ($3.70)
Southampton will be confident when they entertain Fulham at home. Although the Saints linger in 17th on the table, they have been strong performers at home when they were unlucky to lose to Manchester United and knocked over Aston Villa. Equally however, Fulham have steadied from their personnel losses in midfield and have had some strong performances in recent weeks with wins over West Brom and Wigan. The loss of Berbatov hurt their chances against Manchester City last week and his absence this week could hinder their chances. Look for a tightly fought contest with fighting Southampton to push Fulham all the way for a draw.
Predicted Result: Draw 2-2
Betting option: none
October 8th Fixture
Liverpool ($1.53) Versus Stoke ($8), Draw ($4.50)
Well, it finally happened! Liverpool got their first win of the season after much turmoil and tough results to start the season. It was a sublime display from Suarez where he repeated his hat trick performance against Norwich from last season. Many questioned Liverpool’s chances after they saw the line-up with a number of relatively unknown names getting a start. It proved a masterstroke and in many ways it shows many established stars that they will not get a game based on their status. Putting in these young kids also meant they were hungry to perform to maintain their spot which will create competition over the course of the season. Coming up against the stubborn Stoke will sure be a challenge as they have been strong defensively. Their 2-0 win over Swansea also put Peter Crouch back into the England call up debate with his 2 goal performance. If Liverpool comes out as strongly as they did against Norwich, look for them to run away with the win though don’t expect a large margin.
Predicted Result: Liverpool 2-1
Betting option: none
Tottenham ($1.50) Versus Aston Villa ($8.20), Draw ($4.90)
In what was an unbelievable game of football it was Tottenham’s first win at Old Trafford in 23 years, and their first win over Manchester United since 2001. With 3 wins on the trot, Spurs are riding high on confidence and surging back up the table sitting in 5th. Returning home to White Hart Lane, they’ll be expecting a win when they host Villa. The last time these two met at WHL it ended in a 2-0 win to spurs and we could well be expecting a similar result here. Bale has started to find some form and the central midfield pairing of Dembele and Sandro is gelling beautifully. The positive for Villa is Darren Bent’s goal against West Brom which will provide much needed confidence to their main striker. It’ll also be interesting to see if there are any effects from Spurs Europa league game this week which sees them in Greece so a few of their players could be a little fatigued, though at home and in fine form, you can’t go past Tottenham here.
Predicted Result: Tottenham 2-0
Betting option: Tottenham to win at $1.50
Newcastle ($4.30) Versus Manchester United ($1.93), Draw ($3.75)
Well this will surely be one of the games of the week when Newcastle host Manchester United. Man United will be looking to overcome their horror first half performance against Spurs at home last week. The last time these two met at St James Park, Man United didn’t exactly have a fine performance losing 3-0, but they will be confident with Newcastle not in their best form. The potential return of Darren Fletcher to midfield will be a big boost for Manchester United after they were outclassed in the first half against Spurs. For Newcastle, Demba Ba is in sparkling form banging in 2 goals against Reading taking his tally to 6 goals this season and he’ll be looking forward to playing against the depleted defence of Man United. With unpredictable impact of the return of Rooney, the result could go in Manchester United’s favour however in the end this should be a tight contest and a draw is looking the most likely result here.
Predicted Result: Draw 2-2
Betting option: none
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