Premier League Week 7 Fixtures: Full Picks and Predictions for Matchday 7

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IApril 10, 2017

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Bradley Johnson of Norwich City heads in front of Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea and Fernando Torres of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Chelsea at Carrow Road on December 26, 2012 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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This is going to be a wild season in the Premier League. We need look no further than last week for evidence of that. 

The mighty teams from Manchester fell to the likes of West Brom and Aston Villa. And the top of the EPL table sees the likes of Tottenham and Everton in the top four. 

This all sets up for fantastic theater. Of course, it makes making a few predictions a little tricky. That said, below the schedule for Sunday's action, I offer up three predictions I feel fairly confident about. 

  

Southampton vs. Swansea 

SWANSEA, WALES - APRIL 20: Maya Yoshida (L) of Southampton clears from Michu (R) of Swansea City during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Southampton at the Liberty Stadium on April 20, 2013 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael St
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Southampton and Swansea will meet at St. Mary's after both have surged out of the gate. That has put more emphasis on this match than could've been anticipated at the start of the season. 

Mauricio Pochettino has brought out the best in Southampton since taking the reins. The passing is greatly improved and the team is far more efficient. The improvements have led to a Southampton sitting just four points behind Arsenal with 11 points. Last Season, the calendar had very nearly struck December when Southampton picked up its 11th point. 

Meanwhile, Swansea City is has picked up seven points and been impressive. They will look to battle back after a tough 2-1 home loss to Arsenal, and stand a solid chance to do just that. However, with Southampton's momentum and the home pitch, I arrive at the below prediction. 

Prediction: Southampton 2, Swansea 1

 

Norwich City vs. Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane on September 28, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Chelsea earned a solid draw last week while playing on the road against Tottenham. That was a 1-1 affair, and the low-scoring contest is no surprise. 

Chelsea have made it difficult for anyone to score on them. 

Meanwhile, Norwich have scored just one goal in their last three EPL contests. Where are their goals going to come from in this contest? My answer is that they won't. 

Norwich will get a boost from playing this match at home, but that will only be good enough to keep this one close. 

Prediction: Chelsea 1, Norwich 0

 

 

West Brom vs. Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal heads the ball into the West Brom box during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium on November 5, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Juli
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It's been three years since West Brom defeated Arsenal, and I don't see that streak ending this week. Albion picked up their second consecutive EPL win this past Saturday. That was also their first two wins of the season. 

While the first came against Sunderland, the second came at Old Trafford, and that has to be a nice confidence booster. Still, that doesn't mean this team is ready for Arsenal.  

These two just met on Sept. 25 and battled to a draw. However, that was in a Capitol Once Cup match. The Gunners team that West Brom will face this Sunday will be a different animal. 

Last week, Arsenal earned victories over Marseille and Stoke, and their strong form to the start of this EPL season is showing no signs of slowing down.  

Prediction: Arsenal 2, West Brom 0