Premier League Preview

The Premier League enters Week 7 and, following international breaks and European competitions starting back, we are now heading towards the first proper meaty chunk of the season.

A look ahead to this weekend’s action takes us first to the Amex Stadium on Friday night and simmers all the way towards a cauldron at Anfield on Sunday evening.

Organised Brighton can avoid Hammer blow

The Hammers have recorded recent wins over Everton and Manchester United, with a draw against Chelsea sandwiched in, and will head to the coast with their tails up.

Manuel Pellegrini had to endure a shaky start but West Ham are now finding their groove under the experienced Chilean boss. They won’t be easily defeated and face a home side that has conceded two goals in eight of their last nine games.

Chris Hughton’s team are winless in five league games since beating Man United, but they made life very tough for Spurs here a fortnight ago, being undone by a costly error that gave Harry Kane a gift from the penalty spot.

They will be organised and could well take a point at odds of 3.25.

Resurgent Burnley to get third straight win

Sean Dyche and his Clarets side have found their stride after a slow start, arguably having been caught between two stools in their attempts to qualify for the Europa League this summer.

A 4-0 win against Bournemouth at Turf Moor was somewhat flattering but they’ve backed it up since by winning 2-1 at Cardiff City, once more showcasing their ability to go away from home and win on limited possession.

Huddersfield meanwhile prop up the table with just two points to their name this season.

They have scored the fewest league goals, with just three to their credit and seem destined for that hard second season – one which may end with relegation.

Streetwise Burnley, 2.10 to win, can get their third win on the bounce.

Cherries eager to avoid away-day blues

The last four meetings between Watford and Bournemouth at Vicarage Road have been drawn and there is a good chance of a similar result on Saturday.

They go into this game with 13 points each from seven games, though in contrasting form. Watford broke from the traps in super form, winning their first four games but the Hornets have mustered only one point from the last nine on offer. Bournemouth meanwhile have been typically steady, scoring an impressive 12 goals so far in the league.

Eddie Howe will be cognisant of the 4-0 loss his side suffered at Burnley in their previous away game, and may set up with a defensive mindset.

Watford’s early momentum has stalled and, after two defeats in three in the league, they may accept a point here which is priced at 3.55.

Devils to stave off Mourinho execution

How Jose Mourinho needs a win. Manchester United are lurching from one poor result to another and the performances haven’t merited anything more. The Red Devils boss is under mounting pressure to save his job, though he surely couldn’t ask for better opponents than Newcastle.

The Magpies are without a win so far this season and have scored a meagre four goals in seven games. They’ve also got a poor record at Old Trafford, with only one win in their last 18 attempts.

Forward Romelu Lukaku has not scored in five matches and will surely relish 90 minutes against this Newcastle side. It appears like victory is the minimum requirement here for Mourinho to save himself and he can gain a stay of execution with his team tipped to win 2-0 at 7.00.

Gunners to add another success

Arsenal are going about their business nicely after a tough start for new manager Unai Emery.

Replacing an institution like Arsene Wenger was never going to prove easy and opening games against Man City and Chelsea gave the Spaniard a warm baptism. Arsenal have won five on the trot since and can do so again when they make the short trip to Fulham.

The Gunners have won their last three meetings with this London rival and Fulham have, so far, looked stretched on their return to the Premier League. They should have enough to survive this season but need to find more belief in their own ability.

Aleksandar Mitrovic has started well and can cause Arsenal problems, but the visitors are fancied to leave Craven Cottage with all three points after an entertaining game.

Arsenal to win and both teams to score is 2.35 in this London derby.

St Mary’s Blues to continue for sorry Saints

Home is certainly not where the heart is for Southampton, winners in only one of their last 14 starts at St Mary’s in the league.

It is bringing increased pressure on Mark Hughes and his team, with audible tension in the air during home games now.

Their fragile nature was evident in their previous home game, when a 2-0 second half lead was tossed away against neighbours Brighton and the Saints cause isn’t helped by the fact they’ve conceded at least twice in five of their six league games.

Chelsea are not ideal opposition either, with the Blues having won the last six meetings in all competitions.

Maurizio Sarri has instilled the steel back into Chelsea that was often missing last term while he has also got Eden Hazard back to his mercurial best.

It is a cocktail that may be too potent for Southampton’s flaky nature as Chelsea, 1.60 to win, seek to ensure they take full advantage of the only two teams above them in the table meeting on Sunday afternoon at Anfield.

Klopp’s Reds ready for statement win

The champions against the pretenders at Anfield. Pep Guardiola’s team swept all before them last term during a record-breaking title procession.

It was, of course, Liverpool that shattered their unbeaten run in this fixture in January and the Reds can showcase their progress since by repeating the dose.

Liverpool have kept clean sheets in their last eight home league matches, with Jurgen Klopp’s side now unbeaten in 24 at Anfield.

Man City have not won at Anfield in 15 years, losing that league game 3-0 here after the turn of the year and then going down 3-0 in a Champions League knockout clash in the spring.

Guardiola has suffered more defeats against Klopp than any manager in his career and a ninth loss to the German may await on Sunday, with Liverpool fancied to make their boldest statement of title intent so far by accounting for the champions with something to spare by overcome a one-goal handicap in this game at rewarding odds of 4.65.