Premier League Match Odds & Predictions Week 7 2012/13

by Thomas

Even at this early stage in the Premier League it feels as though we have been treated to a fantastic season and last weekend there really were some cracking games and surprise score-lines to take note of.

None more so than Tottenham ending their winless streak at Old Trafford, claiming a superb 3-2 win.

At the moment though it is still Chelsea who lead the way with Everton three points behind in second place.

Another thrilling weekend of action is all but guaranteed over the course of Saturday and Sunday so lets take a look and see which teams are going head-to-head.

Manchester City v Sunderland – Saturday 12:45PM – Pick: Manchester City @ 2/9

The Champions can pile the pressure on table-toppers Chelsea on Saturday’s lunch-time and move to within just a point of them as they are involved in this weekend’s early kick-off.

The Citizens once again ground out a result at Fulham last week and are winning matches despite not being at their best.

Although this will please Roberto Mancini, he will be looking for that big performance and convincing win to really get the campaign up and running.

As for Sunderland, it will be a tough trip for them but the pressure will certainly be off, especially as they finally picked up their first victory at home to Wigan last time out.

There is one man you speak for Sunderland at the moment – Steven Fletcher. He has netted five times and is the Black Cats only scorer in the Premier League.

Martin O’Neil’s men gave away a two-goal lead at the Etihad last season, so if they manage to take the lead this time out, will be desperate to hold onto it.

Extra Tip – Manchester City to win 3-1 @ 10/1

Chelsea v Norwich City – Saturday 3PM – Pick – Chelsea @ 1/4

When you talk about to two teams that have had contrasting starts to the season and are in very different spirits right now, then this game is a prime example.

Chelsea top the table, remain unbeaten and had a superb win at London and title rivals Arsenal last time out.

Things could not be going better for Roberto Di Matteo at the moment and he will look at this one as another game for his side to win and win comfortably.

Norwich have struggled so far this campaign, they are yet to pick up a victory in the league and were humiliated on home soil last time out as they went down 5-2 to Liverpool.

In truth the Canaries were lucky to score twice in that game and it certainly looks to be long, hard season for Chris Hughton’s men.

What they may need here is a shock result to really get going. Although it will be tough, it is certainly doable.

Extra Tip – Chelsea to win 4-0 @ 10/1

Swansea v Reading – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Draw @ 12/5

A very interesting encounter comes from the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon between these two sides that are both looking to survive in the top flight this campaign.

Swansea have really stumbled since taking seven points from their opening three matches as they have now lost their last three in a row.

However, those early wins still see Michael Laudrup’s men sit in the middle of the table and a win here would move them further away from the bottom three.

As for Reading, they do occupy a space in the drop zone right now and are another side not yet to register a victory.

They led twice against Newcastle on Saturday afternoon but in the end drew the game 2-2, something that you cannot afford to do in this league.

Both of these teams like to play good football and this should be a good game.

West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Draw @ 12/5

West Brom continue to show that they are a well organised outfit this year as they picked up another point on the road at Aston Villa last time out.

With eleven points on the board so far, Steve Clarke will be delighted with how his men have gone about their business this campaign.

This is another game they will be hopeful of winning, especially against a team near the foot of the table.

Queens Park Rangers have had an awful start to the season and after adding so many new faces in the summer window, Mark Hughes doesn’t seem to know what his best side is at the moment.

They lost on home soil to West Ham United on Monday night and sit bottom of the Premier League.

With tough encounters at Manchester City and Tottenham on the road though, QPR have had a difficult start and this could be a better indicator of what they can achieve away from home.

Wigan Athletic v Everton – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Everton @ 11/10

Wigan are without a win in four matches now and look as though they will once again be involved in a relegation battle this season.

Roberto Martinez will be disappointed with the way his side have started, especially after their performances that saw them beat the drop earlier in the year.

It does not seem as though the Latics have taken that momentum on and they face another very match on Saturday.

In contrast, Everton are flying at the moment and know that if they continue this kind of form they will be in the mix for a Champions League spot come May.

The Toffees played some superb football at home to Southampton last time out and Nikica Jelavic was back amongst the goals as he netted two.

David Moyes will expect nothing less than a victory in this one, despite his men being away from home.

West Ham United v Arsenal – Saturday 5:30PM – Pick: Arsenal @ 10/11

Another London derby takes place on Saturday evening between West Ham United and Arsenal. The Hammers will be happy with their start to the season and will be hopeful of taking something from this one.

Sam Allardyce’s style of play could be one that the Gunners do not like playing against, although they do seem able to grind out results when they need to this year.

The Hammers will want to get in their opponents faces early on and make it tough for them. Upton Park is sure to be rocking for this one.

Arsenal will know if they are to challenge for the title, then it is at places like West Ham that they need to be taking all three points from.

Arsene Wenger must re-install confidence in his men after they suffered their first defeat of the season last time out. This is a big test of their character.

Extra Tip – Arsenal to win 2-1 @15/2

Southampton v Fulham – Sunday 1:30PM – Pick: Draw @ 23/10

The Saints know that this season is going to be a very tough one and home form is going to be vital if they are to beat the drop.

If they put in a similar performance to their last appearance at St Marys where they beat Aston Villa 4-1, then Nigel Adkins men could come out on top in this one.

However, they go up against a Fulham side that seem to be a different outfit on the road this time out – especially after their 2-1 victory at Wigan two-weeks-ago.

Martin Jol was disappointed that his men lost their last match against Manchester City, especially as they went 1-0 up. If results go their way this weekend though, then Fulham could be moving into the top four with a victory – so there is a big incentive to grab the points.

Liverpool v Stoke City – Sunday 3PM – Pick: Liverpool @ 4/9

Both these teams finally picked up their first victory of the 2012/13 season over the weekend and now will feel as though they can really start climbing up the Premier League table.

Liverpool were very impressive at Norwich and for the first time under Brendan Rodgers they took their chances extremely well.

Luis Suarez grabbing a hat-trick will do both him and the team the world of good as the Reds will need him to score a lot of goals if they are to finish around the top four.

As for Stoke, they put in a very professional performance at home to Swansea to grab their first three points.

The Potters also have a striker in superb form at the moment as Peter Crouch grabbed a brace on Saturday afternoon to take his tally for the campaign up to four.

Tony Pulis will be delighted if his side can take anything from this one and is sure to be confident that they have the ability to do so.

With both sides now looking to push on, this should be a great watch.

Extra Tip – Liverpool to win 2-1 @ 7/1

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa – Sunday 3PM – Pick: Tottenham @ 2/5

As mentioned, Spurs managed a fantastic victory at Manchester United last time out to make it three wins from three in the Premier League.

This also saw them move up to fifth place in the top flight and now it seems as though Andre Villas-Boas is starting to get the best out of his new-look squad.

With this game being at White Hart Lane, Villas-Boas will be expecting another victory and a big performance from his men. When they are at their attacking best, Spurs are one of the best teams to watch in the league.

Aston Villa will have been frustrated to drop points again on home soil on Sunday afternoon and the games do not come much tougher than this one.

If the Villains do not start showing some consistent form, they could be involved in a relegation battle this season.

Manager Paul Lambert has good memories of this ground though as he guided Norwich to a shock victory here back in April. Something similar now would be just what the Scotsman is looking for.

Newcastle United v Manchester United – Sunday 4PM – Pick: Newcastle @ 3/1

The Super Sunday fixture this weekend rounds off the action in the Premier League and it looks all set to be a thriller.

Newcastle managed to beat Manchester United 3-0 at the Sports Direct Arena last season so can go into this one confident of success.

In Demba Ba, they have a striker who looks as though he will score in every game at the moment and he already has netted six times in the top flight.

Manchester United need to bounce back after their defeat at the weekend but Sir Alex Ferguson knows there are not many tougher places to go than Newcastle right now.

The side from the North East always enjoy a victory over the Red Devils, meaning the visitors will need to be at their very best to pull off a win.

However you look at it, this will be 90 minutes of pure entertainment.

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