As the international break approaches once more, before the Premier League goes into early hibernation for a fortnight, Gameweek 7 signs out with bang.
Headlined at Anfield as Liverpool welcome the champions Manchester City, the last two winners of the league title meet again as the early pace-setting top two. The Reds were held last time out after a thorough examination by Brentford, but nevertheless have netted three goals in all of their last four outings across the board, hitting five in Porto on Tuesday night. City meanwhile, lost against PSG on the same evening in midweek and after an early-season goal glut have now only netted twice in their last three league games, albeit including an impressive win at Chelsea last Sunday.
For that result, Betfair have the visitors at 29/20 favourites, whilst Liverpool are 2/1 with Betfred. A draw here looks quite favourable however, and at 13/5 with SBK, punters firmly on the fence could be the winners this weekend.
Down At the AMEX, a resurgent Arsenal take their three-game winning streak to high-flying Brighton, with the Seagulls just a point off the top of the standings. In their last home league game, Graeme Potter’s men lost to Everton and against the Gunners’ potent counter-attacking line could be up against it once more. William Hill, MansionBet and UniBet are offering 6/4 for an Arsenal win. The hosts are 23/10 with SkyBet, but could two in-form teams share the spoils? 2/1 with most bookies across the board looks fair value.
Another interesting clash at Stamford Bridge sees Chelsea host Southampton, with Thomas Tuchel’s men having lost their last two games. The visiting Saints look a viable candidate for a first win in four then, but it should be remembered that Southampton held City to a goalless draw in their own back yard during GW5. So, could Ralph Hasenhuttl spring another cat from the bag here? The South coast outfit have drawn four of their last five Premier League games and to record another are priced at a rather appealing 4/1 with Betfair. Could we see another 0-0 scoreline meanwhile? Of their four draws, two have been stalemates, which makes a full 15/1 shot perhaps look not so unlikely. Could be worth a small outlay.
For a GW7 banker, Burnley look the most likely choice welcoming a still point-less Norwich City to Turf Moor, at 5/6 with SkyBet. On the flip side, where could you look for a potential on-paper upset? Newcastle could supply that ammunition. A long shot away at Wolves, perhaps, but considering Bruno Lage’s men have lost all three of their league games at Molineux so far, the Magpies could be real coupon buster, and carrying odds of 9/2 with Betfred might become the steal of the weekend.
If we’re looking for the game that could supply the most goals meanwhile, GW5’s opening offering might be worth consideration as Manchester United host Everton. Rafa Benitez will be fully motivated on his return to Old Trafford and is unlikely to be on the defensive. Neither also will be United as they look to go into the hiatus on a high. For both teams to put on 3.5 goals this Saturday lunchtime, both UniBet and BetVictor have odds of 21/10.