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English Premier League: Predicting Week 7 Results

Chris PotterCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2016

English Premier League: Predicting Week 7 Results

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    Last week, I beat BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson by a solitary point with my predictions as I guessed the score of three matches correctly (those at Wigan, West Brom and QPR) and chose the correct result in four other games.

    It was a good weekend for London teams and the top of the Premier League table is starting to look familiar, with Newcastle United the only surprise name in the top six.

    This weekend starts and ends with two of the biggest derbies in the Premier League: the Merseyside match between Everton and Liverpool tomorrow lunchtime and the North London clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal late on Sunday afternoon.

    Elsewhere, there will be tricky away fixtures for Chelsea and Manchester City, while Stoke City will have a chance to prove how far they have come under manager Tony Pulis and whether they have the consistency and quality to finish in a European qualifying place.

    This week, my adversary is Vijay Murali, an accomplished writer with more than one million reads and a passionate Arsenal fan to boot. He will surely offer a different angle from me, an avid Spurs fan, on the North London derby.

    Go to the next slide to start reading our preview of a weekend which could throw up more surprises, controversy and a hatful of goals.

Everton vs. Liverpool

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    Date: Saturday 1 October, 12:45 BST

    Last season: Everton 2-0 Liverpool

    Key Players: Tim Cahill (Everton), Andy Carroll (Liverpool)

    Form: Liverpool did just enough to beat Wolves at home last weekend and climb to fifth, but Everton were undone by two second-half goals away to front runners Manchester City and sit in mid-table

    Odds: Everton 21/10 Draw 23/10 Liverpool 6/4

    Prediction: Everton 2-1 Liverpool

    Vijay Murali says: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Aston Villa vs. Wigan Athletic

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    Date: Saturday 1 October, 15:00 BST

    Last season: Aston Villa 1-1 Wigan Athletic

    Key Players: Darren Bent (Aston Villa, above), James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic)

    Form: Aston Villa conceded an injury-time goal away to QPR in a 1-1 draw, but Wigan's slow start and lack of concentration at home to Spurs meant a 2-1 loss. This saw them remain perilously close to the bottom three

    Odds: Aston Villa 4/6 Draw 3/1 Wigan 5/1

    Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Wigan

    Vijay Murali says: Aston Villa 1-2 Wigan

Blackburn Rovers vs. Manchester City

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    Date: Saturday 1 October, 15:00 BST

    Last season: Blackburn 0-1 Man City

    Key Players: Chris Samba (Blackburn), David Silva (Man City, above)

    Form: Blackburn are still struggling defensively and in attack and are 18th with just four points from five matches. Man City beat Everton at home but struggled for fluency during the 90 minutes.

    Odds: Blackburn 11/5 Draw 16/5 Man City 8/13

    Prediction: Blackburn Rovers 1-3 Manchester City

    Vijay Murali says: Blackburn Rovers 0-4 Manchester City

Manchester United Vs.Norwich City

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    Date: Saturday 1 October, 15:00 BST

    Last season: n/a

    Key Players: Luis Nani (Man Utd, above), Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich)

    Form: Man Utd could only manage a 1-1 draw at Stoke and thus lost their 100% record this season. Norwich surged into the top half of the table with a 2-1 victory at home over Sunderland

    Odds: Man Utd 2/11 Draw 7/1 Norwich 18/1

    Prediction: Man Utd 6-1 Norwich

    Vijay Murali says: Man Utd 3-0 Norwich

Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albion

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    Date: Saturday 1 October, 15:00 BST

    Last season: Sunderland 2-3 West Brom

    Key Players: John O'Shea (Sunderland), Peter Odemwingie (West Brom)

    Form: Sunderland again disappointed in their defeat away to Norwich and lack guile and nerve, while West Brom's 0-0 draw against Fulham did not improve their position in the league table and they remain firmly entrenched in the bottom three places

    Odds: Sunderland 13/10 Draw 12/5 West Brom 12/5

    Prediction: Sunderland 1-0 West Brom

    Vijay Murali says: Sunderland 1-2 West Brom

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Newcastle United

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    Date: Saurday 1 October 2011, 15:00 BST

    Last season: Wolves 1-1 Newcastle

    Key Players: Matt Jarvis (Wolves), Demba Ba (Newcastle, above)

    Form: Wolves lost 2-1 at Liverpool and dropped to 12th place, but a Demba Ba hat-trick secured a 3-1 win for the Magpies, who continue their fine start to the 2011-12 campaign

    Odds: Wolves 6/4 Draw 12/5 Newcastle 21/10

    Prediction: Wolves 2-1 Newcastle

    Vijay Murali says: Wolves 2-1 Newcastle

Bolton Wanderers vs. Chelsea

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    Date: Sunday 2 October, 13:30 BST

    Last season: Bolton 0-4 Chelsea

    Key Players: Fabrice Muamba (Bolton), John Terry (Chelsea, above)

    Form: Bolton were second best to a wobbly Arsenal team and lost 3-0 at The Emirates. However, Chelsea were too strong for Swansea and ran out 4-1 winners despite Fernando Torres's dismissal for a mistimed lunge

    Odds: Bolton 6/1 Draw 17/5 Chelsea 4/7

    Prediction: Bolton 2-2 Chelsea

    Vijay Murali says: Bolton 1-2 Chelsea

Fulham vs. Queens Park Rangers

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    Date: Sunday 2 October, 15:00 BST

    Last season: n/a

    Key Players: Andy Johnson (Fulham, above), Joey Barton (QPR)

    Form: Fulham again struggles upfront and managed just a 0-0 draw against West Brom and remain the only team yet to win a match this season in the league. QPR secured a last-gasp point at home to Aston Villa thanks to a fortunate own goal by Richard Dunne

    Odds: Fulham Evens Draw 13/5 QPR 3/1

    Prediction: Fulham 1-0 QPR

    Vijay Murali says: Fulham 2-1 QPR

Swansea City vs. Stoke City

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    Date: Sunday 2 October, 15:00 BST

    Last season: n/a

    Key Players: Peter Crouch (Stoke, above), Michel Vorm (Swansea)

    Form: Peter Crouch followed up his header to secure a draw last weekend at home to Man Utd with another goal last night against Besiktas in the Europa League. Swansea could not live with Andre Villas-Boas's and succumbed 4-1 to the Londoners

    Odds: Swansea 9/5 Draw 23/10 Stoke 15/8

    Prediction: Swansea 2-1 Stoke

    Vijay Murali says: Swansea 0-1 Stoke

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal

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    Date: Saturday 17 September, 12:45 BST

    Last season: Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal

    Key Players: Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham), Robin Van Persie (Arsenal)

    Form: Spurs scored several goals in a dominant first-half display at Wigan but ending up winning 2-1. Arsenal won 3-0 to relieve the fans' concerns slightly

    Odds: Tottenham 6/5 Draw 5/2 Arsenal 5/2

    Prediction: Tottenham 3-1 Arsenal

    Vijay Murali says: Tottenham 2-3 Arsenal

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