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Our predicting skills left a lot to be desired last year, leaving many of you delighted as we dished out the free bets left, right and centre! Undaunted, we're back for more this year and hoping for a better performance ahead of the start of week two this Saturday, with the first game this time round a mouthwatering clash between Huddersfield Town and Tottenham Hotspur, which kicks-off at 12.30pm.
You'll need your scores in before then as we cover all seven of Saturday's matches for Week 7 of the Predictor.
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Following a narrow win against West Ham last week and a midweek win against APOEL in the Champions League, spirits will be high in the Spurs camp ahead of the trip to Yorkshire and a first game at Huddersfield since 1972, heading north with a man in form with Harry Kane scoring 11 times in his last seven games for club and country. The north Londoners haven’t lost against the Terriers since 1956, albeit there have only been five meetings since.
The home side’s strong start has seen them lose just once this term in the Premier League and have won two and drawn two at home in the top flight this term. In Aaron Mooy they’ve shown they have a man in the middle to stitch things together for his side and he’ll have to be marshalled closely on Saturday – fortunately Tottenham have a plethora of midfield enforcers to marshal the Australian.
What We Sayin’?
There’s probably not a more in form striker right now than Harry Kane and we fancy the England man to score at least one on Saturday afternoon. However, we’re opting for a 0-3 away victory at 7/1.
It’s been a tricky start to the campaign for AFC Bournemouth, who, aside from a win at home to Brighton in the Premier League, have lost every game in the top flight in their third ever campaign at this level. However, they’ll take heart by the fact that they are unbeaten in their last four games against the Foxes, albeit three of those last four have been draws. Bournemouth struggle to score and concede an average of just under two goals a game.
Jamie Vardy’s been in fine form for Leicester this term and has scored three times in six games against the Cherries in his career and has lost just once against them, too. Sitting in 17th, it’s probably a bit of a false position for the Foxes who have been unlucky this term and do look to have the players – on paper at least - to get themselves out of any potential relegation battle sooner rather than later.
What We Sayin’?
Jamie Vardy to continue his good record against the Cherries by bagging first at 7/2.
United have been going great so far this season and a home game at Crystal Palace, who are up in Manchester for the second successive weekend, should be routine for Jose Mourinho’s men, who has an in form Romelu Lukaku, whilst opposite number Roy Hodgson is without Lukaku’s international team-mate Christian Benteke, as Palace continue to search for a first Premier League goal this season, let alone a win or even a point.
Palace are cut adrift already in the Premier League and know that even a win won’t see them rise off the bottom of the table. Fortunately for the Eagles, if they don’t win on Saturday – and we don’t think they will – then things do get easier for them, after all, they have Chelsea at home next week. Hodgson has reportedly made a move to bring in Carlton Cole, with the ex-England boss without any real recognised striker, meaning that perhaps we will see Andros Townsend running the lone furrow up top at Old Trafford.
What We Sayin’?
United have scored four goals five out of their nine competitive games this term and with Palace being awful at the back we’re backing another four-goal haul for Mourinho’s men. Another 4-0 home win is an 8/1 shot.
Two sides who are likely to finish in higher mid-table meet in the Potteries on Saturday and this one absolutely stinks of a draw. Saying that, there’s been just one draw in the last five meetings, but we’ve just got a sneaky suspicion that this one will end with a point apiece come the end of play on Saturday, which, to be fair, we reckon both Mark Hughes and Mauricio Pellegrino will take.
Peter Crouch will likely start on the bench for the hosts against one of his former clubs, but it’s worth noting the former England man scored against the Saints in the game at St Mary’s the last time these two met at the back end of last season. Crouch has three goals in 12 games against Southampton in his career, and he’s drawn six of those meetings.
What We Sayin’?
Ex-Southampton striker Hughes will be aiming to get something on the board for this one after losing the last couple of games and a 1-1 scoreline is a 19/4 shot.
Watford have had an extremely strong start to the season under Marco Silva, aside from their home mauling against Manchester City a couple of weeks ago. They also look to have unearthed a star in the form of striker Richarlison. Watford are only five points off leaders City, with just the one defeat from their opening six matches.
Six places below them sit West Brom, who went down to Arsenal on Monday evening in Gareth Barry’s record breaking Premier League appearance game. That made it two defeats in their last three and they are now winless in their last four games, which will be a concern for Tony Pulis, who has lost just three times in the 12 games he’s managed against the Hornets in his career. Unfortunately for the Welshman, we fancy another defeat for Pulis.
What We Sayin’?
The Baggies have won just one of the last five clashes against their Hertfordshire opponents and we’re behind that man Richarlison scoring first in a 0-2 away win at 80/1.
There are still plenty of questions that need answering at West Ham, where it seems to be a case of one step forward, two steps back this season. They’ve struggled for any sort of consistency early on into this campaign, with the only positive performance coming in the home win against Huddersfield Town. Injuries have also played their part in their poor start, with Andy Carroll – typically – missing a couple of matches already and Michail Antonio having to be replaced last week at home to Tottenham Hotspur.
Swansea have also found life tough in Paul Clement’s first full campaign in charge, but have been pretty resolute at the back in fairness, conceding just the seven goals from their opening half dozen games. This match is a big one for both sides but West Ham will take heart by the fact they won both meetings against the Welsh side last term, with the Swans winning just one of their last nine clashes with the Hammers.
What We Sayin’?
Another clean sheet for Joe Hart sounds completely bonkers, but that’s what we’re going for anyway. A comfortable afternoon for the Hammers. Andy Carroll has six goals in nine games against the Swans and hasn’t scored more against any other opponent. He has also picked up two red cards against the same opponents in his career, too. However, we’re going with the positive. Carroll FGS is 7/2.
Game of the day is quite simply this teatime kick-off at Stamford Bridge. Two of the Premier League big hitters meet, with both in superb form, too. They both gained good results in the Champions League in midweek and there is always plenty of incidents in these clashes, from the John Terry and Wayne Bridge handshake to Fernandinho barging Cesc Fabregas over the advertising hoardings at the Etihad Stadium last season.
Chelsea have won the last two meetings and three of the last four clashes against Man City, but Pep Guardiola’s troops have also won their last seven straight games and haven’t lost in any competition all season. This will certainly be a stern test for Antonio Conte, who will fancy his side’s chances of finding the net against a City side whose defence has improved this season but still looks shaky at times, but will certainly be concerned by their attacking threat. He’ll also be without David Luiz, who has had many battles with City hitman Sergio Aguero, who is closing in on Man City’s all time top goalscorer record.
What We Sayin’?
It’s so difficult to pick a winner in this one, but there will be goals – of that we’re sure. Over 4.5 Goals for this one is a 19/5 shot, which could well be worth a punt. It should be a belter.
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