EPL Week 7 Predictions: Teams That Will Leak Goals This Weekend

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Manager Ian Holloway of Crystal Palace looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary's Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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This week’s Premier League action has the potential to produce a vast amount of goals.

Although much of the attention will go to Manchester City’s highly intriguing fixture against Everton, the Etihad encounter is likely to be one of Week 7's more tightly fought clashes.

Elsewhere across the country, an array of clubs will need to plug defensive frailties if they are to emerge from tough games with a clean sheet.

Which teams are least likely to achieve that feat?

Let’s take a look.


Teams That Will Leak Goals This Weekend

Crystal Palace

Ian Holloway’s team have managed one win in six games this season and, along the road to five defeats, have conceded 10 goals.

Clean sheets continue to evade the newly promoted club, something that should worry Palace fans as they head towards Merseyside for a battle against Liverpool.

Although Brendan Rodgers’ side suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Southampton in their last home game, Luis Suarez’s Anfield homecoming makes this fixture a frightening prospect for the visitors.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Nathaniel Clyne of Southampton battles for the ball with Dean Moxey of Crystal Palace during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary's Stadium on September 28, 2013 in South
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The Uruguayan’s Premier League return saw him combine brilliantly with Daniel Sturridge. The pair notched all three goals in Liverpool's win over Sunderland, with Sturridge creating two assists to put Suarez’s brace on a plate.

Fired up after a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, the former Ajax striker is likely to terrorise a Palace defence that doesn’t possess significant pace or power. Liverpool have become increasingly technical under Rodgers and, with the home crowd in full voice, will easily settle into rhythm.

Danny Gabbidon, Dean Moxey, Adrian Mariappa and Joel Ward will need to have the game of their lives if the strugglers are to emerge unscathed from this one.


Similar to Crystal Palace, Sunderland have latched on to the notion that keeping clean sheets is not cool.

The Black Cats host an out-of-form Manchester United side in their second game since Paolo Di Canio’s departure and, despite the anxiousness of their opposition, are likely to let in a handful of goals.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Ki Sung-Yueng of Sunderland in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light on September 29, 2013 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Image
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Currently loitering at the foot of the Premier League table, Sunderland have conceded 14 goals in six games. This averages out at around two per match, suggesting the visitors' firepower of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney will be able to unlock the struggling defence.

Former United player John O’Shea will have plenty to say about that, but it’s unlikely Sunderland’s back four can notch up their first clean sheet of the season.

David Moyes’ side will be reeling after defeat to West Brom and must do everything they can to relieve growing pressure on the new boss. With a little bit of pixie dust, Moyes will have the guts to deploy Shinji Kagawa alongside RVP and Rooney, giving United a much-needed spark of creativity.


West Ham

Sam Allardyce’s team have been extremely difficult to predict so far this season. Positive fans will see three clean sheets in six games, while others will pick apart three defeats.

The Hammers’ campaign started with shutouts against Cardiff and Newcastle, but since then Stoke, Everton and Hull have breached Jussi Jaaskelainen’s goal. Allardyce should be pleased with the likes of James Collins, Winston Reid and Joey O’Brien, but as the claret and blues travel across London to face Spurs, trouble is brewing.

HULL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Razvan Rat of West Ham controls the ball as Sone Aluko of Hull City closes in during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and West Ham United at KC Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Ga
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Andre Villas-Boas' team are unbeaten on home soil this campaign. Spurs continue to flit between efficient and impressive, all thanks to a slew of new signings across the summer.

John Terry’s headed goal for Chelsea is the only effort to have beaten Hugo Lloris at White Hart Lane this campaign, suggesting AVB’s side will be on the offensive for the most part.

Players such as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Christian Eriksen and Paulinho have quickly hit impressive form. Alongside this, Roberto Soldado hasn’t scored from open play in the Premier League and continues to battle it out with Jermain Defoe for a place in Spurs’ starting lineup.

This squad of players are helping each other to improve, something that will be highlighted with Spurs’ comfortable victory over their London rivals.