Another EPL Game Week,
Another opportunity for Tottenham to bottle it!
Game Week 7 of the Premier League kicks off on Saturday evening as Liverpool look to extend their lead over City to 8 points when they travel to Sheffield.
We have to hold out until Tuesday morning (Monday Evening local time) before we get to witness the match of the round between United and the Gunners, Ole will no doubt be sweating on the availability of his young squad especially considering it’s a school night.
I’ve covered those two fixtures and every other matchup in-between below in my EPL GW7 Tips and Preview!
On Klopp of the League!
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Sheffield United belong in the PL and it’s time their opponents wake up to that fact.
Chris Wilders exemplary strategical nous has played a prevalent part in his sides outstanding start to the season.
The Blades allowed Everton to take up the lion’s share of possession (70%) last time out yet restricting the toffees to only three attempts on target.
The Premier League newcomers exploited the wide areas of the ground and were clinical on the counter, deservedly closing the game out as 2-nil victors.
Liverpool navigated their way through a tricky fixture against Chelsea to maintain their perfect start to the season.
The Reds dominated proceedings early and capitalised twice from set pieces, as Alexander-Arnold and Firmino gave their side a two-goal advantage.
The second half read a different story as N’Golo Kante started to dominate proceedings through middle of the ground, both defensively and offensively scoring a suburb solo goal.
FIFA manager of the year Jurgen Klopp may look to freshen up his midfield with Oxlade-Chamberlain chomping at the bit for a start, while Naby Keita has returned to the training pitch.
The Blades have a colossal chance to announce themselves to the global PL community with an upset over a top 6 side, just like I’ve got a chance at winning the lottery this Thursday
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Crystal Palace had the 3-points signed, sealed and just about delivered last game week, until disaster struck in the 95thminute.
Roy Hodgon’s men were up one goal and one man and looking ahead to their next fixture, that was until Diogo Jota capitalised on some Phil Jones-esk defending by Joel Ward inside the six-yard box to tie the game in injury time.
Jeffery Schlupp was Schloppy in front of goal spooning a one-on-one opportunity, while Christian Benteke should contemplate a positional switch to the backline with his canny ability of keeping the ball from hitting the back of the net.
Following their heroics against Man City, Norwich were dealt a dose of reality last week going down 2-nil to Burnley.
The Canaries have struggled on the road in the early stages of the season, only managing to score once across 270 minutes of football while conceding eight times.
Crystal Palace have a similar game style to that of Burnley FC, releasing the ball deep and wide and will welcome the full team press from the EPL newcomers.
Norwich are going to have their work cut out for them at Selhurst park, with the Glaziers turning their home ground into a fortress this season conceding just once in three matches.
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Much like Crystal Palace, Aston Villa will be ruing a huge opportunity missed last game week.
The Villans threw away a one goal advantage, not once, but twice against a 10-man Gunners outfit eventually losing out to the North Londoners 3-2.
Burnley flexed their defensive muscle last week, keeping the prolific scorer Teemu Pukki quiet.
Chris Wood opened his goal scoring account for the season with two impressive finishes and will see the match against Villa to build on his tally.
Villa have struggled finding avenues to goal, and Burnley will prove a tougher unit to crack than David Luiz and co.
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All credit to Eddie Howe, Bournemouth are a pleasure to watch when they are firing off all cylinders.
The Cherries have multiple players with a knack for scoring, even centre half Nathan Ake seems to have insatiable appetite for goals.
The Hammers will be pumped after comfortably dispatching Man United’s youth academy at Old Trafford last time out.
Winger Andriy Yarmolenko has quickly become a fan favourite, displaying a range of power and finesse, similar to that of ex-Ham hero turn villain Marko Arnautović.
Much like Bournemouth the hammers have multiple avenues to goal, this contest may well be won and lost through the middle of the ground.
West Ham are currently sitting 5th on the table and if they want to be taken seriously then this contest will be seen as a must win.
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Not too long ago these two sides were battling it out for 7th spot in the PL and a Europa league birth, now they’re just battling to stay afloat.
Nuno Santo has just been awarded a Cert IV in Cabinet Making after guiding his side to their fourth draw(er) across six games this campaign.
Diogo Jota beat the keeper for the first time this season, taking scoring pressure away from star forward Raul Jimenez.
The dynamic duo both score the last time these two sides met and will fancy their chance against the side who leaked 8eight goals in GW6.
Watford are in dire straits following an 8-nil pantsing at the hands of Man. City, not have I witnessed such a public shaming since Cersei Lannister’s walk of atonement in season 5 of GOT.
The Hornets look rudderless with the club captain in Troy Deeney sitting on the sidelines.
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Here is a quick run down on the Spurs’ recent form:
– Champions League: 2-nil up against Olympiakos, bottled it to finish 2-2.
– Premier League GW6: 1-nil up against Leicester, bottled it late to finish 1-2 down.
– English League Cup: Finished 0-0 after 90 minutes against League Two side Colchester United, bottled it in the penalty shootout 3-4.
Southampton were building their season nicely up until GW6 when they suffered their first ever home defeat to bitter rivals the Cherries.
The Saints efficiency in front of goal is comparable a that of a stormtrooper in Star Wars, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side let off 26 shots against the Cherries for a return of just one goal, ultimately costing them the game.
The Saints won’t be afforded as many scoring opportunities this time out and the Spurs will be looking to put a ordinary week behind them.
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Frank’s after school program is starting to pay dividends as his young blue stars are finally settling into the pace of the EPL.
Chelsea pushed Liverpool right to the brink last time out and were arguably were the better side for extended spells during the contest.
N’Golo Kante’s return galvanised the Blues midfield and eased the defensive burden on the back four who a yet to keep a clean sheet.
Brighton have gone their last five games without a win, in a spell where they have lacked any real attacking intent scoring only twice.
As much as I love Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan, I think the two Aussie might be trapped on a sinking ship!
Chelsea’s youth are on cloud nine after banging in seven past Grimsby Town in the English League Cup and will have the Seagulls in their crosshairs!
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Everton were gifted a dream run to start the season, which they proceeded to royally butcher by dropping nine points against Villa, Bournemouth and Sheffield United!
Marco Silva’s men are playing with less confidence than a 13 year old at his first blue light disc,o we all know the Toffees have the talent on paper but that counts for absolutely nothing on game day.
Alternatively, Man City are confidence personified!
Pep’s side went into last weeks game against Watford with question marks on their ability to claim back-to-back PL titles, those concerns were put to bed after 18 minutes when Otamendi took the score to 5-nil.
The Citizens went on to score another 3 goals and more impressively keep a clean sheet with a makeshift backline.
Kevin De Bruyne has fully regained his world beating form and his teammates are cashing in off the Belgium’s unmatched service.
Aguero currently has scored in each of the first six games of the Premier League season, a record I am confident he will extend to seven against the Toffees.
Don’t sleep on the Foxes.
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Leicester are a genuine top four contender this season.
It’s all starting to click for Brendon Rodgers side, as the post Premiership hanger over looks to have finally subsided.
The Foxes put in a solid shift against the Spurs last week, coming from 1-nil down in the first half to eventually win the contest 2-1.
James Maddison should why many consider him to be a central cog in the future of English football with a beautiful long range effort to seal the game in the 85th minute.
Newcastle fixtures this season have been like watching paint grow!
The Toons have pretty much offered nothing going forward and like a true Steve Bruce managed side have sat deep and crossed their fingers.
Newcastle actually won 1-nil on their last trip to King Power Stadium, Ayoze Perez was the game winner and I’m predicting the spaniard to score again this time around, but while wearing a royal blue jersey!
The El Sáckio
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Once again we have to wait until Tuesday morning for the Match of the Round.
Manchester United are currently pulling kids out of school in an attempt to field a starting XI.
Solskjaer looks like he’ll be without both his first choice striking options in Rashford and Martial for this clash, with 17 year-old Mason Greenwood tipped to be handed his starting debut in the PL.
The Red Devils were lucky to push on to the fourth round of the English League Cup, needing to overcome League Two side Colchester United in a penalty shootout.
I’ll be expecting to see a sea of “Ole OUT” banners on display if United lose out to the Gunners at home.
Arsenal snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat against Villa last round, Emerys side clawed back not once, but twice from one goal deficits to eventually claim the game 3-2 with only 10 men on the pitch.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 6 goals from 6 games this season and has scored 16 times for the Gunners in his last 16 appearances across all competitions!
The Gabonese striker scored against United earlier in the year and his pace will undoubtable be a point of concern for Slabhead and the rest of United’s back four.
Based purely on form Arsenal should blow past United in this fixture, but with David Luiz marshalling the troops in the backline who knows what could happen!