Premier League Matchday Six Review, Matchday Seven Preview
Last weekend we saw a number of impressive results in the Premier League, with Manchester City the side most catching the eye with their 8-0 mauling of hapless Watford. City though did not gain any ground on Liverpool who were also very impressive in their 2-1 win away to Chelsea meaning the Reds became the first team ever to begin two Premier League seasons in succession with six wins in a row.
These top two along with the remaining 18 teams in the league will be in action once again this weekend as Matchday 7 rolls around with games taking place from Saturday lunchtime, beginning with Liverpool’s trip to face Sheffield United through to Monday evening’s big clash at Old Trafford as Manchester United take on Arsenal.
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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) – 6
- Teemu Pukki (Norwich) – 6
- Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 5
Premier League Matchday 7 Preview
Saturday 28th September
- Sheffield United v Liverpool – Away Win – 3/10
The Blades have made a fine start to life in the Premier League and recorded a superb win away to Everton last weekend, but they face another Merseyside team in table-topping Liverpool weekend and I think the result will turn out somewhat different. The Reds have started the Premier League season superbly well and having won three tough away games already, I am backing them to pick up another three points here on their trip to Sheffield.
- Aston Villa v Burnley – Away Win – 21/10
Dean Smith will be a bit worried at his side’s inability to pick up points, leading 2-1 and against 10-men last weekend, they contrived to lose 3-2 to Arsenal and their only win thi season was a home win against an out of sorts Everton. Burnley are in good form in contrast and I think are just the kind of team to take advantage of a side struggling in this division. I am backing Sean Dyche’s men to come away with the three points here.
- Bournemouth v West Ham United – Draw – 5/2
Both these teams enjoyed a fine win last week, Bournemouth recording their first ever win over Southampton while West Ham were worthy 2-0 winners over West Ham United at their London Stadium. Bournemouth beat Everton at home last time out but I think West Ham will be a tougher prospect and I can see real signs the Hammers are starting to click a little more now. As such, I envisage this one being a hard-fought draw.
- Chelsea v Brighton – Home Win – 2/5
Can Chelsea record their first home win of the season at home to a Brighton side that have not won since the opening day of the season? I feel that they should be more than capable of doing so especially after a good performance against Liverpool last week in defeat. Brighton are nowhere near as strong as the Reds and so I am backing this young Chelsea side to finally get that crucial first home win.
- Crystal Palace v Norwich City – Home Win – 19/20
This is a tricky game to call as Palace are struggling to convert many of the chances that they create and that is making them liable to concede late equalisers. Norwich are always dangerous going forward but defensively they have been caught out, especially on the road this season and that could be what Palace’s misfiring strike force just need to get them going. This will be close but I am backing the Eagles to swoop to victory.
- Tottenham v Southampton – Home Win – 2/5
Both these teams could badly do with a win after just one win in their last three games. Tottenham though have home advantage and their record against Southampton is generally pretty good in recent times. The Saints were poor against Bournemouth last week and I expect them to do better here, but I still feel Tottenham are good enough to get the win.
- Wolves v Watford – Home Win – 10/11
The two sides without a Premier League win this season clash at Molineux and I do fancy that the duck will be broken for one of these teams in that game. Unfortunately for Hornets fans, I don’t think that will be Watford as after their deflating performance against Manchester City, it is hard to see how they will bounce back here.
Wolves need a win badly and they need to tighten up at the back, but I think that they have the strength and experience to get the job done here and record a narrow home win.
- Everton v Manchester City – Away Win – 3/10
The conflicting fortunes of both these sides last week means that Manchester City will be massively confident at picking up another three points from a trip to Goodison this weekend. Everton used to be a real thorn in City’s side, but recently the Citizens have had much the better of their meetings and I cannot see this game being any different. On every measure you wish to use, City are much the stronger team and they should win this at a canter.
Sunday 29th September
- Leicester City v Newcastle United – Home Win – 1/2
After a battling comeback win over Tottenham last weekend, Leicester City sit third in the table and in a great position to push on and make a real challenge for Champions League football next season. They should find a home game against a Newcastle United side lacking goals and with just one win this season relatively straightforward. I’d be very surprised if this is not a convincing win for the home side.
Monday 30th September
- Manchester United v Arsenal – Draw – 12/5
Two of the biggest names in British football collide at Old Trafford in what should be a cracking Monday Night Football game. United have not had the best of starts with just 8 points from the 18 available and they lie 8th, Arsenal have three more points to lie fourth in the table on goal difference behind Leicester in third and two points behind Man City in second.
It is therefore crucial for both teams to earn a win here. United need to claw back the gap on that top four, while Arsenal will want to ensure they remain firmly in the race at the top of the table.
Of the two teams, I have been more impressed with Arsenal this season and I fancy the Gunners to get something from this game. I think their attack will cause United’s defence plenty of problems. Pogba’s imminent return to fitness will help United going forward but I think it does undermine them a little defensively, hence I am going with the draw here.