Premier League Gameweek 7: Previews and Predictions

1) Huddersfield Town vs Tottenham Hotspur (September 30, 12:30 BST)
Spurs entered the top 4 last week with an away victory at West Ham United. They also won their Champions League game in midweek to take a big step towards qualification from a group that includes Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. They will look to continue their good form when they travel to the John Smith Stadium in the early game of the weekend.

Huddersfield are in 8th following a solid start to their campaign. They are yet to be beaten at home, but face their biggest test by far this weekend. It will be a true test of character and nerve for David Wagner’s men as they look to keep their momentum going.

Man to watch out for: Harry Kane became the man with the highest number of goals in London derbies in Premier League history last weekend. At just 24, the Englishman surpassed the great Thierry Henry with his brace at the London Stadium. It is near impossible to contain him even on his worst days, and we can expect the striker to be on the scoresheet again on Saturday.

Prediction: Huddersfield have impressed thus far but are yet to face a truly top side. This will be their first such assignment. They will give it their all and the home fans will play their part as much as possible, but Spurs should have too much firepower for them.

Huddersfield Town 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
2) Bournemouth vs Leicester City (September 30, 15:00 BST)
Bournemouth are in 19th place, and will need to win games like this one to have any chance of survival this season. The Poppies gave a very good account of themselves at Goodison Park last weekend and seemed headed for a win before a quickfire double in the last 15 minutes saw Everton emerge with all three points. Eddie Howe’s men though, can take a lot of heart from that performance.

Leicester City on the other hand, are placed just two places above Bournemouth. They have struggled to repeat their form from the second half of last year, even though a lot of their fixtures have been against the top clubs. Just like their opponents, they will feel they need to get a result on Saturday.
Even so early on in the season, this has the feel of a relegation six-pointer.

Man to watch out for: Jamie Vardy has started the season on fire, with 5 goals to his name so far.
Prediction: This will be a closely-fought and tense encounter and home advantage could prove to be the difference in the end.

Bournemouth 2-1 Leicester City
3) Manchester United vs Crystal Palace (September 30, 15:00 BST)
Crystal Palace’s woes look set to continue as they travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. The Eagles have lost all their games thus far without scoring a single goal. Last week, they were thumped by United’s neighbours City by a 5-0 scoreline.

United, on the other hand, are flying high. Currently placed 2nd in the league on goal difference, Jose Mourinho will want his team to win big here. City play Chelsea later on and could well drop points, and the Red Devils will want to finish the weekend top of the league.

Man to watch out for: Romelu Lukaku has scored 6 goals in the first 6 Premier League games, and also netted a brace in midweek. We can expect him to be on the scoresheet again on Saturday, at least once.

Prediction: Easy home win.
Manchester United 4-0 Crystal Palace
4) Stoke City vs Southampton (September 30, 15:00 BST)
Stoke City need to start winning games to avoid getting sucked into danger. They are currently 16th with just 5 points to their name. After winning and drawing their first two home games against Arsenal and Manchester United respectively, they were beaten comprehensively by Chelsea last weekend. Against Southampton, they have the perfect opportunity to get back on track.
Under Mauricio Pellegrino, Southampton haven’t looked too different than they did under Claude Puel last season. They look like they have enough quality to stay up, but aren’t going to ruffle too many feathers among teams at the top.

Man to watch out for: Xherdan Shaqiri was a bright spark for Stoke last week in a game they lost 4-0. Against Soton, the former Bayern Munich man will have a lot more opportunities to weave his magic.

Prediction: This looks like being a really cagey encounter, and the odd goal should win it. It really could go either way. With Stoke missing quite a few of their first-choice defenders, Southampton might fancy having a real go at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

Stoke City 0-1 Southampton
5) West Bromwich Albion vs Watford (September 30, 15:00 BST)
Watford will be looking to continue their fine away form this season when they travel to the Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion. The Hornets made is three wins on the road in a row last weekend with a last-gasp win over Swansea City in Wales. They are currently 6th in the table with 11 points.

West Brom, on the other hand, are in 12th place after a run on four winless games. The Baggies will want to pick up all three points here and avoid getting sucked closer to the relegation places.
Man to watch out for: Jay Rodriguez will be the man Tony Pulis turn to to try and break down the Watford defence.

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Watford
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