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EPL Week 7 Preview, Picks and Predictions

EPL Week 7 Preview, Picks and Predictions


Manchester United strikers Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez looking forward to have good time vs Norwich.  by Javier Garcia / ISIPhotos.com

Manchester United strikers Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez looking forward to have good time vs Norwich. by Javier Garcia / ISIPhotos.com

The last perfect record in the Premier League fell last weekend, with Manchester United held away at Stoke. This week is the last round of fixtures before the one-week international break, and it sees two massive derby matches; Everton against Liverpool, and the North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Away from those rivalries, Manchester United look to string together another run of wins when they take on Norwich at home, while Manchester City and Chelsea will try and keep pace with the leaders with away trips to Blackburn and Bolton respectively.

EPL Predictions Week 7

TOBIAS ROBINSON 7-3
CHRIS REIKO 9-1

English Premier League 2011 / 2012 season Predictions Record

TOBIAS ROBINSON 44-25 ( accuracy 63.76 %TWITTER  @TobiasRobinson
CHRIS REIKO 40-29 ( accuracy 57.97 %) – TWITTER @ChrisReiko 
Saturday, 1 October 2011

Everton v Liverpool 0-2

Everton put in a stubborn performances against Manchester City last week but were ultimately undone, losing 2-0. The lack of strikers gave them a massive hill to climb from the start, and the late cameo from Lois Saha would have been a rare piece of good news for Coach David Moyes.
At home, the Toffees have been able to muster goals – 2 against Aston Villa and 3 against Wigan. Liverpool have some suspension and injury worries, particularly in defence, and they come into this game on the back of an unconvincing 2-1 home win versus Wolves last weekend.
The Reds have stuttered after a strong start to the season and the so called ‘friendly derby’ looks like being a much tighter contest than it would have appeared a few short weeks ago.
Everton were unlucky to concede late on against Aston Villa (drawing 2-2) and were then convincing in beating Wigan. The confidence built up at home may just give them an edge.
Tobias’ Prediction: Everton win or Draw
Chris’ Prediction: X2 Draw or Liverpool WIN

Aston Villa v Wigan 2-0

One win and five draws make up Aston Villa’s season thus far. One win in six sounds poor, but being undefeated deserves merit. A win for Villa at home to Wigan will build on that solid start, but a defeat will leave them regretting the late goals conceded that have cost them at least two wins.
Wigan have slumped after appearing to have improved over the summer. Three straight defeats have sapped the confidence from Roberto Martinez’ men and the trip to Villa Park looks a difficult one for them.
Villa have been boosted by the return to form of Gabby Agbonlahor, his three goals this term have ensured they carry a goal threat despite Darren Bent’s injury. Coupled with the poor away form that Wigan have previously shown, Villa look favourites here.
Tobias’ Prediction: Aston Villa win
Chris’ Prediction: Aston Villa win

Blackburn v Manchester City 0-4

Rovers announced the departure of Assistant Coach, John Jensen this week, and that piles more pressure on Coach Steve Kean. The win against Arsenal in their last home fixture was a huge boost for Blackburn and it was backed up with a cup win against lower League Leyton Orient. Their next Premier League match ended in a 3-1 defeat at Newcastle however, and it was a disappointing return to the early season form that saw Rovers lose their opening 3 games.
City have off-field problems of their own. They were more than a match for German giants Bayern Munich in their Champions League clash midweek, but fell behind against the run of play and the evening got worse from there. The 2-0 defeat was bad enough, but the fallout from the behaviour of Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko could be more damaging. Tevez has already been suspended for two weeks and City will now look to move him out on loan or sell him come January.
The bizarre explosion of egos could spark a renewed unity among the City ranks. If the squad can pull together and realise that a group of individuals will win nothing, and team work is key, then we may see a return to the early season form where the Blues were trouncing every team put in front of them.
Tobias’ Prediction: Manchester City Win
Chris’ Prediction: Manchester City Win

Manchester United v Norwich 2-0

Manchester United looked to be cruising in their home Champions League clash with Basel but let a 2 goal lead slip and ultimately needed an Ashley Young strike to claw back a point. Alex Ferguson was furious with his “careless” team and a reaction is expected in this fixture.
United still have doubts over both Rooney and Javier Hernandez, but can still call on the likes of Danny Welbeck, Dimitar Berbatov or Michael Owen. Norwich will have their hands full in containing the Champions, regardless of who the starting eleven.
Norwich have impressed many neutrals with there positive approach, and a more potent strike force may have helped them secure more points than the 8 they have, but a trip to Old Trafford is an extremely difficult proposition and the Canaries will face their toughest game of the season on Saturday.
Tobias’ Prediction: Manchester United win
Chris’ Prediction: Manchester United win

Sunderland v West Bromwich 2-2

Two sides who are woefully out of form clash at the Stadium of Light when Sunderland take on West Brom. The Baggies have scored just 3 goals in 6 games, and have collected just 4 points. They endured a tough start to the season but the lack of goals is a huge concern.
Sunderland thumped Stoke in their last home game, but that is their only win in 6 and was followed up with a morale sapping defeat at the hands of Norwich last weekend. Coach Steve Bruce finds himself under a great deal of pressure and this match represents a strong opportunity to get his side back on track.
The Black cats have not been helped this week with the news that Centre half Titus Bramble has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. The club have acted quickly to suspend the player and will now seek to shuffle their pack at the back and bring a fresh face into the defensive unit.
West Brom Coach Roy Hodgson will be keen to resolve his goalscoring problems and move out of the relegation zone, but will also be acutely aware of keeping things tight at the back away from home. A stubborn display is likely from the Baggies.
Tobias’ Prediction: Sunderland win or draw
Chris’ Prediction: OVER 2.5 goals

Wolverhampton v Newcastle 1-2

Newcastle remains undefeated after 3 wins and 3 draws this campaign. Sitting proudly in 4th place in the table, the Magpies have shaken off the negativity around the club after the sales of Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton – and in Demba Ba, they have discovered a potential solution to their goalscoring problems.
Demba Ba arrived in England from Germany and joined West Ham United last season, and while he was unable to fire the East London club to survival, he did show enough potential to secure a move to Newcastle over the summer. His hat-trick against Blackburn showed why Coach Alan Pardew wanted to sign him. The only question mark over Demba Ba is his fitness – he has a history of knee injuries – but if he can stay fit, he will score plenty of goals.
Wolves have begun to struggle after a positive opening few games. The narrow defeat at Anfield did show signs that they had not lost too much confidence, and back at home they will hope to improve on the 7 points they have so far.
Their last two home games both ended in defeat however (against QPR and Tottenham) and against a solid Newcastle team, Wolves really need to rediscover that early season momentum to overcome the Magpies.
Tobias’ Prediction: Draw or Newcastle Win
Chris’ Prediction: OVER 2.5 goals

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Bolton v Chelsea 1-5

Five straight defeats has left Bolton Coach Owen Coyle scratching his head for answers. At Arsenal last weekend, he rested striker Kevin Davies in favour of David Ngog, but the move was short lived and Ngog limped off after just 20 minutes.

That reshuffle however, illustrated how concerned Coyle is, and the 3-0 defeat will have done nothing for his temperament, not to mention the disappointing news that midfielder Stuart Holden will face up to 6 months out after undergoing a second operation on his knee after cartilage damage was identified.

Chelsea meanwhile are beginning to click into gear. The defeat at Old Trafford was difficult on the Blues and they bounced back with a 4-1 home win against Swansea. Fernando Torres got himself a goal, followed by a red card. His absence due to the resulting suspension may do him a favour as he is removed from the media firing line. The return of Didier Drogba – also a scorer last weekend – mitigates the loss of Torres somewhat.
Tobias’ Prediction: Chelsea win
Chris’ Prediction: Chelsea WIN

Fulham v QPR 6-0

Fulham have drawn all 3 of their home games this season and continue to grind out results despite their gruelling European campaign. A Europa League win on Thursday against Odense will have boosted morale and the Cottagers will hope to get their first win of the season against London rivals QPR.

Goalscoring remains an issue for Fulham, with just 4 goals scored in their 6 games. An Andrew Johnson brace in midweek however, may signal a welcome return to form for the shaven headed striker, who was once a regular face in the England squad.
QPR will be more than satisfied with their 8 points so far, and they have plenty of time to fully bed in the new faces like Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joey Barton who undoubtedly boosted the quality of the Rangers squad with their deadline day arrivals.
The R’s are undefeated in 3 League games, and oddly, have collected more points away from home than at Loftus Road. This is likely to find them in good spirits for the short trip to Craven Cottage.
Tobias’ Prediction: Under 2.5
Chris’ Prediction: OVER 2.5 goals

Swansea v Stoke 2-0

Swansea will be keen to get back on the goal trail at home after romping home 3-0 against West Brom in their last home fixture. Those were their first goals of the campaign and Swansea know they will need many more to avoid the drop.
The defeat against Chelsea last week can be written off quite easily by manager Brendan Rodgers – The Swans are not realistically competing with Chelsea, but he will be looking to pick up the form they showed against the Baggies, sooner rather than later.
Stoke were humbled 4-0 at Sunderland in their last away game, and it will have been a big concern for Coach Tony Pulis as his side had a woeful away record throughout last season – that defeat was a worrying throwback to that form. It also came after a midweek European tie, just as this fixture does.
Back at the Britannia though, Stoke were right back on form, going toe-to-toe with Manchester United and securing a good point in the 1-1 draw. Peter Crouch justified the faith that Pulis showed in him and Stoke look a strong package this term. The only question mark is how much has that European tie taken out of them.
Tobias’ Prediction: Draw or Stoke Win
Chris’ Prediction: STOKE WIN

Tottenham v Arsenal 2-1

The North London derby comes around with the sides more closely matched than ever. For years, Arsenal have been the dominant force, but this term, many see Tottenham as the favorites going into this game. Emmanuel Adebayour also has a big part to play in the story. After leaving the Gunners so acrimoniously, his performance will be closely scrutinized.

Last time out at home, Tottenham hammered Liverpool 4-0. Albeit finishing with 9 men, Liverpool were beaten all over the park and Spurs will be confident they can repeat the dose against an Arsenal side who have not been at their best defensively this term – to say the least.
The Champions League win versus Olympiakos was a welcome boost but Arsenal are yet to win on the road and the reverse at Blackburn was horrific. Last week’s win at the Emirates Stadium, 3-0 versus Bolton, showed brief glimpses of a Gunners team beginning to restore it’s confidence and an in-form, confident Arsenal team are more than a match for anyone. It promises to be the highlight of the weekend in the Premier League.
Tobias’ Prediction: Over 2.5
Chris’ Prediction: OVER 2.5

EPL Predictions Week 7

TOBIAS ROBINSON 7-3
CHRIS REIKO 9-1

English Premier League 2011 / 2012 season Predictions Record

TOBIAS ROBINSON 44-25 ( accuracy 63.76 %TWITTER  @TobiasRobinson
CHRIS REIKO 40-29 ( accuracy 57.97 %) – TWITTER @ChrisReiko 

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