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EPL Matchweek 7

Another week and another Dief Premier League Matchweek Preview coming at ya.. But before we get into that let’s get into the absolute thriller matchweek 6 was for PL spectators around the world.

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Starting with the one of the biggest results in Premier League HISTORY, Manchester City absolutely beat down Watford by a whooping score of 8-0. Even without Raheem Sterling in the lineup, Kevin De Bruyne put on a show of his own and ran the midfield as Bernardo Silva recorded a hat-trick against the hornets.

The other side of Manchester experienced a much different weekend, losing 0-2 to West Ham United. Things are looking very grim at Old Trafford, effectively putting Ole on the managerial hot seat. Moving over to London now, Tottenham continued their streak of unorthodox form as a late James Maddison winner sealed a 1-2 defeat for the 7th placed Spurs side. Tottenham are now 2-2-2, very poor considering their EFL Cup disappointment to League 2 side Colchester… but that’s another story so stay tuned. 

 

Arsenal won a thriller against Aston Villa after an early Maitland-Niles red card had both sides scoring back and forth. A late freekick from Aubameyang gave the Gunners a very much needed 3 points. In West London, a late stunner from N’golo Kante almost sparked a Chelsea comeback but Liverpool sealed all 3 points to stay perfect in the league. Personally shocked to see Pulisic not touch the field… potentially worrying for American fans but we’ll see how the season pans out. And now, I give you my matchweek 7 preview….

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BIGGEST MATCH

 

MANCHESTER UNITED VS ARSENAL

 

Undoubtedly the biggest match of the weekend, Arsenal visit Old Trafford in what could be a crucial game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Both clubs have performed sub-par as of late, with Manchester United in arguably worse form. Most recently, United edged through the next round of the EFL Cup at the expense of League 1 side Rochdale. A 16 year old who had a Psychology quiz the next day forced it to penalties which adds to the embarrassment this club has experienced this season. Arsenal currently hold the 4th position and look to continue pressure on Leicester and Manchester City who hold 3rd and 2nd, respectively. Aubameyang will be the player to watch considering his 16 goals in the past 16 games. Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney are all fit and all impressed in the EFL Cup a few days ago; this Arsenal side just got much better defensively. Against a very poor Manchester United as of late, I can only see an Arsenal victory on the cards, I say 3-1 Arsenal.

 

NOTABLE MATCHES

 

MANCHESTER CITY VS EVERTON

 

Everton (as always) were expected to be the top outside-the-top-6 team gunning for a European spot; however, its been an inconsistent season thus far, very Everton-like. Regardless of that, the Toffees have a great squad capable of putting on a show every week. Against a City side that ran riot last week, Everton need their big-name defense to come up big after last week’s disappointment against Sheffield. These are 2 big sides in the league and maybe Everton can pull off a result like Norwich did 2 weeks ago. Do I actually believe that though? Yeah, not really, 3-0 Manchester City.

 

WOLVERHAMPTON VS WATFORD

 

FINALLY, the 2 winless sides in the league face off head-to-head and I swear to god it better not be a draw. Wolves hold the edge with a 0-4-2 record to Watford’s 0-2-4 but both have been below expectations. Watford are surely demoralized after their embarrassing 0-8 defeat and we all know the potential of this Wolves side. Despite poor performances from both clubs thus far, I see Wolves improving greatly and I expect nothing more than a victory from them at the weekend, I say 2-0 Wolves win.

 

OTHER PREDICTIONS

 

Liverpool v Sheffield United: 3-0 Liverpool win

Aston Villa v Burnley: 1-1 draw

AFC Bournemouth v West Ham: 2-2 draw

Chelsea v Brighton: 3-1 Chelsea win

Crystal Palace v Norwich: 2-1 Norwich win

Tottenham v Southampton: 2-0 Tottenham win

Leicester v Newcastle: 3-0 Leicester win

 

WHAT TO WATCH

  • Wolves/Watford – Can one of them get off the mark with a win?
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – How will he set up in this CRUCIAL match?
  • KDB – Absolute genius, can he continue his absurd assist streak?
  • Bellerin/Holding/Tierney – Will any of them play? How crucial will they be this week and in the future?

 

That’s all I’ve got for this week, should be a great one. 

 

Written by: Andrew Diefenderfer (@diefdorf)

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