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EPL Week 7 Fixtures: TV Schedule, Live Stream and Predictions for Weekend Action

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on September 14, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2013

Arsenal continue to set the pace in a Premier League season that looks to be the most competitive in years.

This week’s fixtures see the Gunners travel to West Brom, Manchester City host Everton and Manchester United face bottom club Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Chelsea are also preparing for a tough test against Norwich, while Liverpool invite Crystal Palace to Anfield.

UK viewers can watch Sky Sports’ live games on the Sky Player website or via SkyGo for laptops and mobile devices (subscription required). Live scores are also provided on Sky Sports News during each match.

BT Sport subscribers can view Manchester City vs Everton via the BT Sport app.

All highlights are available without the need for subscription on Match of the Day (BBC1, Saturday) or Match of the Day 2 (BBC2, Sunday). The latter programme can be found on BBC iPlayer from Monday.

 

Highlighted Previews

Manchester City vs. Everton, Oct. 5, 12:45 p.m BST, BT Sport

Everton remain the Premier League's only unbeaten side, but should this record remain after the early kick-off against Manchester City, the entire country will sit up and take notice.

Roberto Martinez’s men are playing slick, free-flowing football right now. The former Wigan Athletic manager has certainly brought his own ideas to Goodison Park and has freed the Toffees from a sense of rigidity that crept in last year.

The upcoming Etihad trip represents an immensely challenging task after Everton held on for a 3-2 win over Newcastle in their last fixture.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side may be wounded after the 3-1 Champions League embarrassment against Bayern Munich, but they possess enough quality and strength of character to bounce back.

City should be prepared for Everton’s attack. With Romelu Lukaku now leading the line, Pellegrini’s inconsistent defence must halt service into the box.

An intriguing clash of Belgians will decide the game as City captain Vincent Kompany is tasked with the objective of stopping Martinez’s loan hero.

Alongside this battle, City's midfielders must halt the attacking runs of Ross Barkley. The English midfielder provided great support during the Newcastle fixture and is capable of bursting into life during vital moments.

The Etihad isn’t used to seeing two losses in a row, so expect City to end Everton’s unbeaten run this week.

Sunderland vs. Manchester United, Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m BST, Sky Sports

Manchester United fans don’t often go into games with an impending sense of doom, but many will be dreading the trip to managerless Sunderland.

The Black Cats are yet to announce a replacement for Paolo Di Canio but will look to improve on a decent performance in the 3-1 loss to Liverpool.

The Stadium of Light welcomes a side that suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to West Brom in their last domestic game and failed to beat Shakhtar Donetsk during midweek.

A loss to the Premier League’s bottom side would intensify pressure on David Moyes. The incoming boss has seen his team bettered in three of six matches, including a horrifying 4-1 derby defeat to Manchester City.

With Moyes struggling to pin down his best side, Sunderland have the opportunity to take advantage of a wounded beast.

Neither side has inspired this season. If the home support can get behind their team, Sunderland shouldn’t be overlooked here. With both teams struggling for consistency, expect a tightly fought draw.

 

West Brom vs. Arsenal, Oct. 6, 4:00 p.m BST, Sky Sports

The weekend’s final game is setting up to be a cracker.

West Brom—fresh from their victory at Old Trafford—go into this one with a rejuvenated sense of confidence. For Arsenal, an unbeaten run of 10 games stretches back to the opening day Premier League defeat against Aston Villa, as reported by Whoscored.

Players such as Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and the recently signed Mesut Ozil are in top form right now, combining together to produce a dynamic attacking trio.

Many doubted Arsene Wenger when he failed to sign a new striker during the summer, but the Frenchman has responded by ensuring his team make quick transitions forward and hit teams on the counter.

Although Steve Clarke will take any point as a positive result, the Baggies manager will feel his side can cause an upset. West Brom narrowly lost to the Gunners on penalties during the recent Capital One Cup tie and should be out to gain revenge.

With players such as Saido Berahino and Morgan Amalfitano inspiring the team against Manchester United, Arsenal’s resilience is sure to be tested.

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