Gameweek 7 – English Premier League

The Premier League has settled into a nice rhythm and. A distinct top half and bottom half appears to be emerging.

But surprises continue to take place regardless! Leeds stunned previously unbeaten Aston Villa, Leicester picked up three points at Arsenal and Southampton comfortably beat league toppers, Everton, in Gameweek six.

Gameweek seven looks to be another cracker! Will Everton hold on to top place? Can rivals Liverpool catch them? Will Sheffield United, Burnley, Fulham or West Brom actually win a game this season? Check out the fixture below and have a guess for week seven of the Premier League.

Sheffield United’s quest for a league win doesn’t let up as they host Manchester City. Sheffield have picked up just one point from their opening six matches this season. They started well against Liverpool last weekend but gave up their 1-0 lead to eventually lose 2-1. City have also struggled in the early stages of the season and eight points from five games is their worst start to the season since 2014/15. The former Premier League champions have won just once in their last four league matches.

Liverpool extended their exceptional home record last weekend, comfortably defeating Sheffield United at Anfield – a result that took them to joint top with Everton. The Reds are unbeaten in 62 Premier League home games, winning 28 of their last 29 at Anfield. Will West Ham be the team to finally defeat them? The Hammers have gained vital points against the likes of City, Leicester, Wolves and Tottenham recently and are one of the most in-form teams in the league. Their unpredictability could prove a handful for Liverpool this weekend.

Despite losing 3-0 to Leeds last Friday, Aston Villa are still in good form. They have only lost once in their last nine Premier League matches, winning six and drawing two and boast the best defence in the league after conceding just five goals this season. Southampton will provide a tough test as they extended their unbeaten run to four with an impressive 2-0 win over Everton in Gameweek six. The Saints have kept four clean sheets in their last five matches.

Man United v Arsenal is the flagship fixture this weekend; however, both teams come into this one desperate for a league win after poor form of late.

United’s dull 0-0 draw with Chelsea last weekend consigned them to three home Premier League games without a win – their longest stretch of home for without gaining three points since the 1972/73 season. But the Red Devils have picked up excellent wins against Paris St Germain and RB Leipzig in the Champions League to give them confidence for this match. Arsenal have won three and lost three so far this season. The Gunners have not won in their last two games and will be desperate to avoid another defeat against their old rivals on Sunday.

Players to Watch

  1. Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford was once deemed not good enough to play in the Premier League. He is now, however, making his critics eat their words. Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has always had confidence in Bamford to score goals and the English striker is returning Bielsa’s faith. Bamford scored a hat-trick and put in a man of the match performance in Leeds’ 3-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend. He took his overall tally to six for the season and has provided two assists in the 2020/21 season already.

2. Wilfried Zaha

There aren’t many players in the Premier League more exciting to watch than Wilfried Zaha. He plays like he has the ball on a piece of string, can bounce off defenders and provides a frightening threat for Crystal Palace. Zaha has made his best-ever start to a Premier League campaign, scoring five and assisting one in his first six games. He was on the scoresheet again in Palace’s 2-1 win over Fulham last weekend and he will be chomping at the bit to hit the net against Wolves in Gameweek seven.

3. Sadio Mane

Sometimes overshadowed by Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane’s exceptional ability sometimes goes unnoticed at Liverpool. In their 2-1 win against Sheffield United, Mane was the driving force that got his team back into the game from 1-0 down. His rebounded header allowed Roberto Firmino to score the equaliser and his inch-perfect cross for Diogo Jota helped the Reds to win the match. Sane has scored four goals in his last four games for Liverpool, including a brace against Chelsea in Gameweek two.

Don’t Shoot the Messenger

Fewer upsets will start to occur as the Premier League action begins to settle down now. Teams are approaching a key part of the season. Failure to pick up points will see teams slipping down the table towards the relegation zones. But, if others can put a good run together, they could be in with a chance to enter the European places by the end of the season. What do you think of this week’s predictions? On the button? Or don’t have a clue? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.

There’s now only two gameweeks left before the international break in November. Be sure to keep track of all the goals, wins, losses and draws as the Premier League continues to entertain us week in, week out!