2017/2018 EPL Week 7 Preview


Huddersfield Town Vs Tottenham Hotspur

Saturday 30 September, 9:30pm, John Smith’s Stadium

Bournemouth Vs Leicester City

Sunday 1 October, 12:00am, Goldsands Stadium

Manchester United Vs Crystal Palace

Sunday 1 October, 12:00am, Old Trafford

Stoke City Vs Southampton

Sunday 1 October, 12:00am, Britannia Stadium

West Bromwich Albion Vs Watford

Sunday 1 October, 12:00am, The Hawthorns

West Ham United Vs Swansea City

Sunday 1 October, 12:00am, Olympic Stadium

Chelsea Vs Manchester City

Sunday 1 October, 2:30am, Stamford Bridge

Arsenal Vs Brighton And Hove Albion

Sunday 1 October, 9:00pm, Emirates Stadium

Everton Vs Burnley

Sunday 1 October, 11:15pm, Goodison Park

Newcastle United Vs Liverpool

Monday 2 October, 1:30am, St James’ Park


There are set to be a number of short-priced favourites in week 7 of the 2016/2017 English Premier League season, but there are still plenty of betting opportunities.

The feature match will take place between title contenders Tottenham and Manchester City, while Leicester City will take on Southampton in what should be a very tight tussle.

There is plenty of interest in every single clash and you can find our thoughts on each fixture below.

Everton Vs Crystal Palace

Saturday 1 October, 5:00am, Goodison Park

Everton 1 - Crystal Palace 1

The Everton winning streak came to an end with their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth last weekend, but they are still favourites to beat Crystal Palace.

Everton produced easily their worst performance of the season against Bournemouth and it is tough to see them playing that badly again this weekend.

The Toffees return to a Goodison Park that they have been unable to turn into a fortress in recent seasons and they have won just seven of their past 14 games as home favourites for a loss.

Crystal Palace came back from two goals down to stun Sunderland late and they have now won three games on the trot.

It was Christian Benteke that scored the late winner for Crystal Palace and the Belgian striker has added a great deal of confidence to this Crystal Palace outfit.

Crystal Palace have won only four of their past 16 games as away underdogs for a very narrow profit and the market looks to have got this clash just about right.

The value that stands out in this fixture is the $1.73 available for more than 2. 5 goals.

Backing the over has been a profitable betting play in games involving these two teams this season and there should be plenty of goals in what I expected to be an exciting fixture.

Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.73

Swansea City Vs Liverpool

Sunday 2 October, 9:30pm, Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 1 - Liverpool 2

Liverpool produced another outstanding performance to make it three wins on the trot last weekend and they are dominant favourites to win again against Swansea City.

Liverpool have now scored 25 goals in their first six games of the English Premier League season and they are clearly flourishing under Jurgen Klopp.

The problem for Liverpool has been dropping points against teams that they should beat and they have won just five of their past 13 games as away favourites for a loss.

Swansea City did not play badly against Manchester City, but they were still no match for the dominant EPL title favourites.

They have taken just four games from the first six games of the season and there is plenty of speculation that Ryan Giggs has been lined up to replace Francesco Guidolin.

Swansea City have won two of their past seven games as home favourites, but their record against Liverpool at Liberty Stadium has been positive.

Liverpool are the team to beat in this clash, but there is no value in their current price and I am happy to stay out of this match from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Hull City Vs Chelsea

Sunday 2 October, 12:00am, The KC Stadium

Hull City 0 - Chelsea 2

This is a crucial game for Chelsea as they come into this clash following back-to-back losses at the hands of Liverpool and Arsenal.

Hull City are obviously a much weaker opposition for Chelsea and it is no surprise that they will go into this clash as clear favourites.

Chelsea have not been a profitable betting play as away favourites over the past 12 months and there is really no edge at their current price.

Hull City have proven no match for Liverpool and Arsenal in the past fortnight and a lack of depth is clearly starting to have an impact on their side.

They have been particularly vulnerable at the back in recent weeks and it would not surprise if they conceded plenty of goals again this weekend.

Hull City have scored in all bar one of their matches this season and I don’t expect this to change, but it is still tough to see them coming away with the win.

Back Both Teams To Score And Chelsea To Win @ $3.10

Sunderland Vs West Bromwich Albion

Sunday 2 October, 12:00am, Stadium Of Light

Sunderland 1 - West Bromwich Albion 1

David Moyes is under plenty of pressure at Sunderland and they have taken up their usual position in the relegation.

Jermaine Defoe scored twice to take Sunderland to a comfortable lead against Crystal Palace, but they fell apart in the second half and suffered their third straight victory.

They will still go into this clash as favourites and they have won three of their past seven games in this scenario – losing just twice.

West Bromwich Albion have made a middling start to the season and they were able to take a point from their trip to Britannia Stadium last weekend.

The Baggies don’t win many games as away underdogs, but they have drawn eight of their past 19 games in this scenario and backing the draw in their fixtures has been a highly profitable play.

This game has low-scoring draw written all over it and the $3.10 currently on offer is a great bet.

Back The Draw @ $3.10

Watford Vs Bournemouth

Sunday 2 October, 12:00am, Vicarage Road

Watford 2 - Bournemouth 2

Watford had their winning run ended by Burnley, but they are favourites to return to winning form this weekend.

Watford were extremely disappointing against Burnley and they will need to produce an improved performance to come away with the victory.

They are more than capable of doing just that and The Hornets have won four of their past seven games as home favourites for a healthy profit.

Bournemouth produced their best performance of the season to date against Everton, but consistency continues to be an issue for the Cherries.

They have won only three of their past 15 games as away underdogs and they really have struggled away from home so far this season.

Watford are a better outfit than Bournemouth at their best and they are a good bet to take the three points from this fixture.

Back Watford To Win @ $2.25

West Ham United Vs Middlesbrough

Sunday 2 October, 12:00am, Olympic Stadium

West Ham United 1 - Watford 1

It is almost time for panic at West Ham.

The Hammers were in Champions League contention last year, but this campaign has been an absolute disaster both on-field and off, which sunk to new depths when they lost 3-0 to Southampton last weekend.

That was their fourth loss in a row and their record as home favourites has completely gone down the toilet since they made the move to the Olympic Stadium.

Middlesbrough are also at somewhat of a crossroads following three straight losses to Crystal Palace, Everton and Tottenham, but they are more than good enough to mix it with West Ham.

Despite losing, their has still been plenty of promising signs for Middlesbrough and they are more than capable of taking something from this fixture.

West Ham are far too short at their current price of $2.10 and it is the draw that stands out at the current price of $3.25.

Back The Draw @ $3.25

Manchester United Vs Stoke City

Sunday 2 October, 2:00am, Old Trafford

Manchester United 1 - Stoke City 1

Manchester United have an excellent record against Stoke City in front of their home fans at Old Trafford and they will take plenty of confidence into this clash following their demolition of Leicester City last weekend.

Jose Mourinho’s benching of Wayne Rooney paid dividends as the like of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford shined for the Red Devils and it is no surprise that they will start this clash as dominant favourites.

Manchester United have won ten of their past 17 games as home favourites for a narrow loss, but their record against Stoke is nothing short of outstanding.

Mark Hughes may be the manager under the most pressure in the English Premier League and Stoke desperately need to produce a credible performance to relieve the pressure from the veteran gaffer.

The problem for Stoke is that they have not won a game since 1975, but their recent record as away underdogs has been a positive 6-4-7 and they have been highly profitable in this scenario.

It is a gamble, but Manchester United have been extremely inconsistent this season and Stoke are a good gamble to take something from this fixture.

Back Stoke City And Draw Double Chance @ $3.75

Tottenham Vs Manchester City

Monday 3 October, 12:15pm, White Hart Lane

Tottenham 2 - Manchester City 0

This is the match of the round and will be an intriguing fixture between two in-form sides.

The fact that both these teams will have played midweek Champions League fixtures only adds to the drama and there is the potential that Manchester City will have the opportunity to break the record for the most consecutive wins by an English football side.

Manchester City have been nothing short of outstanding under the care of Pep Guardiola and it is easy to see why they are such clear favourites – despite the fact that they lost to Tottenham twice last season.

While they have thrived under Guardiola, Manchester City have still won only five of their past 13 games as away favourites.

Tottenham have not played spectacular football during the 2016/2017 English Premier League season to date, but they keep coming away with results and they are yet to lose a game this season.

It would not surprise to see them take a conservative approach into this fixture and when they do this they can be very tough to break down.

I can’t get Manchester City as short as their current quote of $2.05 – especially on the back of a Champions League fixture – and the draw is the betting play that really stands out in this fixture.

Back The Draw @ $3.50

Leicester City Vs Southampton

Monday 3 October, 12:15pm, King Power Stadium

Leicester City 0 - Southampton 0

Leicester City beat Southampton at King Power Stadium last year and they have not lost to Southampton in front of their home fans since 2007.

It has been far from a strong start to the English Premier League champions and they hit a new low when they lost to Manchester United 4-1 last weekend – conceding three goals from corners.

A return to King Power Stadium is a big advantage for Leicester City and they have won ten out of their past 13 games as home favourites for a sizeable profit.

Southampton have bounced back from their slow start to the season to record comprehensive wins over Swansea and West Ham and they will take plenty of confidence into this clash.

The Saints have played well away from home over the past 12 months and they have won four of their past 11 games as favourites for a tidy profit.

This is another fixture that the market looks to have gotten just about right and there is no real value on offer.

No Bet

Burnley Vs Arsenal

Monday 3 October, 02:30am, Turf Moor

Burnley 0 - Arsenal 1

Burnley scored their second win of the season with an impressive performance against Watford, but they will still go into this clash with Arsenal as big underdogs.

Burnley have shown an ability to concede possession and suck up a great deal of pressure before hitting their rivals on the counter-attack and they are the type of side that could frustrate Arsenal.

They have now won two of their three games this season as away underdogs and the price available for them to come away with anything is very big.

Arsenal produced their best performance of the season to date to beat Chelsea last weekend and they have now recorded four victories on the trot.

The Gunners will start this clash as dominant favourites, but they have actually been a losing betting proposition as away favourites and have won only seven of their past 15 games in this scenario.

Arsenal could easily record a dominant victory over Burnley, but this is the type of game that they have struggled to finish off in recent seasons.

Back Double Chance Burnley Win Or Draw @ $3.10