We’re well and truly into the Premier League season and the ladder has taken full shape ahead of Week 7.
Only one club has won all six of their fixtures so far, but Liverpool will face their sternest task to date in the form of Chelsea, early Sunday morning.
The action is underway on Saturday night Australian time when Week 6 winners West Ham host Manchester United in London.
West Ham host Manchester United in the first match in Week 7 of the English Premier League.
The Hammers produced undoubtedly their best performance of the season to draw with league-leaders Chelsea last week and they will take plenty of confidence into this match, as a result. That was only the second match of the first six weeks in which they’ve taken competition points and they result has lifted them into seventeenth in overall standings, though still well and truly within reach of the bottom three.
Manchester United shared the spoils with Wolves in Week 6 and have dropped to seventh on the ladder. They have been pretty inconsistent through the early stages of their campaign and will need to begin winning consistently if they are any chance of challenging for the title.
United deserve favouritism and there is still plenty of meat on the bone at $1.80.
Everton will be eager to take three competition points when they host Fulham at Goodison Park this weekend.
The Toffees have only managed one win through the first six weeks of competition, but they have been saved by their consistency in drawing. They were given a reality check by Arsenal last weekend, however and are worryingly staring down the barrel of three-consecutive losses.
Fulham have continued to improve week-on-week and they produced one of their best performances to date when drawing with the high-flying Watford at Craven Cottage most recently. Forgetting an understandably loss to Manchester City two weeks ago, their rise up the ladder has continued and they do not look out of place in the Premier League.
It is obviously tough to trust Everton from a betting perspective after their two most-recent performances, but I am confident that they are a class above Fulham currently.
The reigning champions are resounding odds-on favourites to defeat competition minnows Brighton at the Etihad on Saturday night.
Following a shock draw at home with Wolves a few weeks ago, City have been back to their devastating best and delivered Cardiff City a 5-0 thrashing in Wales last weekend. With Chelsea held to a draw, the result has allowed the Cityzens to climb into second position on the Premier League ladder, perched only behind the undefeated Liverpool.
Brighton certainly haven’t been outclassed this season and they are unlucky to enter this match off the back of a loss, having really taken it to Tottenham at home in Week 6. Absolutely nothing is expected of them away to City and that could prove key to their chances at points.
City are simply too difficult to tip against and they can register another comfortable win.
Cellar dwellers Huddersfield have their work cut out for them when they host Spurs at the Kirklees Stadium this weekend.
Its been a frustrating start to the season for Aaron Mooy’s Terriers, who have been unable to convert the result in a number of matches whereby they were competitive. Last weekend did not see one of those performances, however and they were pretty easily accounted for by Leicester.
Spurs are in the hunt for silverware again in 2018/19 and did enough to weather a spirited Brighton last weekend; ultimately leaving the holiday hotspot 2-1 victors. They sit fifth in overall standings and can climb into the top four this weekend, with other results also falling in their favour.
This is another match between two completely different classes of team and Spurs should be registering a comfortable victory.
Arsenal will take plenty of confidence into Week 7 but they will need to be at their best to beat the in-form Watford on Saturday night.
It was a typically shaky start to the campaign for the Gunners, who were forced to wait until Week 3 to register their first points of the campaign. They put together arguably their best performance of the season to see off Everton last weekend and a similar showing would find them extremely difficult to beat here.
Watford have already taken a number of big scalps this season, but they suffered their first loss of the campaign to United two weeks ago, before being held to a draw by new boys Fulham in Week 6. This is another tough prospect for the Hornets, who will be eager to return to winning form and get their impressive campaign back on track.
One of the better contests in Week 7 of the Premier League looks like materialising when Newcastle host Leicester on Saturday night.
Its not been a great start to the campaign for the Magpies and they are yet to record a win. They have steadily improved recently, however and were unlucky not to take at least a point away from Arsenal two weeks ago, before mustering a draw away to Crystal Palace last week.
Leicester have produced several quality performances this season and they look like a club that can compete for a European berth. The Foxes returned to winning form with a dominant 3-1 display at home last week and are sure to have taken plenty of benefit from the run and result.
There’s value around both clubs in head-to-head betting here but I am confident that Leicester can take a valuable win on the road.
Wolves have started to realise their potential and produced another big effort to draw with Manchester United last week. That was their second against a leading club (the other being against Manchester City) and they remain undefeated since Week 2.
Southampton are yet to find their best form and enter this match off the back of a comfortable 3-0 loss to league-leaders Liverpool. With only one win beside their name, they will need to start winning a few to stay away from the drop zone.
This looks like another ideal opportunity for Wolves, particularly at home and they represent good value at their current price.
The match of the round will take place in London early on Sunday morning when Chelsea host the undefeated Liverpool.
Chelsea surrendered their competition lead when they were held to a goalless draw by the lowly West Ham last weekend and a repeat of that performance would see them absolutely destroyed by the Reds. Eden Hazard has been in devastating form for the Blues and the Belgian is key to the chances against a fellow title-contender.
Liverpool have enjoyed their best start to a season since the Premier League has been contested in its current format and they look the real deal. They controlled their match with Southampton with complete ease last weekend and netted three first-half goals, before going into cruise control.
Whichever way this falls, we are set for an outstanding fixture, but I am happy to continue riding the Liverpool train until they prove me wrong.
Cardiff with play Burnley in Wales early on Monday, in what looms as a terrific opportunity at points for both clubs.
It’s been a baptism of fire for Cardiff in their return to the Premier League and they are yet to secure their first win of the season – ultimately, they are languishing in nineteenth and morale is down after they suffered a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of City last week.
Burnley registered their first win of the season via a dazzling performance against Bournemouth; walking away 4-0 victors after seemingly recapturing a little of their 2017/18 form. The Clarets controlled the football from the opening whistle and have ultimately pulled themselves out of the bottom three.
Cardiff have not been great, and Burnley can continue their resurgence by winning.
Week 7 will wrap up in Bournemouth on Tuesday morning when the Cherries attempt to respond to a heavy loss, against Crystal Palace.
Bournemouth’s impressive start to the season seemingly came crashing down when they failed to contain the previously winless Burnley last weekend and they have been left licking their wounds after conceding four goals and failing to convert any of their own. They had been one of the two biggest surprise packets prior to that, however and do remain eighth in overall standings.
Palace have slowly started improving as the season has progressed and beat Huddersfield away from home two weeks ago, before contesting a scoreless draw with Newcastle in London most recently. With a bit of a buffer between them and the bottom clubs, they’re afford plenty of confidence ahead of this match.
This seems to have draw written all over it and I am happy to take the current price on offer.