So, after the midweek champions league fixtures, where the English teams dominated their opponents and came out on top with the three (3) maximum points barring Liverpool, game week 7 in the EPL is upon us and fans alike are anxiously awaiting the commencement of the games, this is your weekly update on some selected fixtures in the EPL brought to you by Herosports writer, Emmanuel Danso Nyante.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to make it consecutive wins on the road and if they are able to achieve that, it will translate to a new club record of six consecutive wins on the road. Coming into this fixture, Mauricio Pochettino will be well aware of the impressive start to life in the EPL by Huddersfield. They have managed 4 clean sheets so far in just six (6) games, an impressive feat for the newly promoted team and only the Manchester clubs (2) have conceded fewer goals than Huddersfield (3). A win for Huddersfield will see them move from 8th position to 4th in the interim pending the outcome of the other fixtures whiles a win for Tottenham will leave them 2 points behind City and United into third place and a point above Chelsea. Harry Kane will be hoping to continue his goal scoring exploits against The Terriers. He has scored 25 Premier League goals in 2017 so far – this is the highest goal tally by a player in the Premier League during a single calendar year before October 1st.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS CRYSTAL PALACE
Crystal Palace lost 5 nil away to Manchester City last time out in a game where they had a chance to actually take the lead. Next up for them is another trip to the city of Manchester this time round to face the red half. Both United and City are in a good run of form and are scoring goals freely hence it will be interesting to see how this Palace side who are yet to record a goal and a win will fare against a united side who have been rampant this season. Worryingly for Palace, Romelu Lukaku (19) has more goals in his last 21 Premier League games than the entire Crystal Palace squad put together (18).
WEST HAM UNITED VS SWANSEA CITY
Two teams separated by a point at the bottom half of the table face off in the other match of the 3:00pm kick offs. Both teams lost at their own backyard in their last league game. West Ham will be buoyed by their fighting spirit after going 3 nil down to score 2 unanswered goals in the second half though it was not enough to secure a point. Swansea after equalizing in their game with Watford threw the tie away in the 90th minute, conceding to a goal from Richarlison. West Ham has only lost one of their last nine Premier League games against Swansea (W5 D3), a 4-1 defeat at the London Stadium in May 2016. Swansea have never kept an away clean sheet at West Ham, conceding 74 goals in 31 games in all competitions, stretching back to an FA Cup match in 1922 (W2 D7 L22).
CHELSEA VS MANCHESTER CITY
Both teams face off after impressive wins in their last league games against Stoke and Palace respectively. That impressive league win was followed up with wins for both clubs in their Champions’ League group games and more impressively that last gasp winner for Chelsea over Athletico Madrid. The two teams come into this fixture full of confidence on their capabilities to topple the other. Chelsea did the double over last season and Pep will be hoping to make amends come kick off time. Chelsea have the overall edge in the recent head-to-heads having lost only one of their last seven Premier League games against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge (W4 D2). Guardiola in his capacity as a manager has never won a match against Chelsea, drawing 4 and losing 3. Eden Hazard is expected to start in the Premier League for the first time this season.Defender David Luiz completes his three-match domestic suspension for his dismissal against Arsenal, with Andreas Christensen poised to deputise. Midfielder Danny Drinkwater (calf) is the only definite injury absentee.
Sergio Aguero misses out for Manchester City after his involvement in a car accident. With Aguero missing, Morata will be hoping to gain more grounds in the race for the Golden Boot when the two teams meet.
ARSENAL VS BRIGHTON
Arsenal have been on a good form of run lately, dispatching West Brom on Monday with a 2:0 score line. Lacazette scored both goals of the game, continuing his fine goal scoring form at the Emirates hence becoming the first Arsenal player to score in his first three home league appearances since Brian Marwood in 1988.This is the first league meeting between Brighton and Arsenal since February 1983 and the Seagulls are still trying to find their feet in the top-flight. Brighton recorded a 1:0 home victory over Newcastle United the last time out with the goal coming early in the second half. With 49% of Brighton’s shots this season coming from outside the box, Arsenal players will have to put their bodies on the line per the above stat.
NEWCASTLE UNITED VS LIVERPOOL.
Liverpool was impressive against Leicester but it took a Jamie Vardy missed penalty to ensure that they came away with all three points. They go to a Newcastle side that have had a mixed season so far and are desperate for points to move up the table. Having lost away to Brighton, they will be hoping to seek at least a point from the game. With the Liverpool “Fab 4” against the Newcastle defense, it remains to be seen whether they will be able to hold them at bay. Going into this fixture, Newcastle United have won four of their last six home Premier League matches against Liverpool (D1 L1), winning each of their last two without conceding a goal. Of the 41 fixtures between two sides to have been played 40 or more times in the Premier League era, Newcastle against Liverpool has seen the most goals per game on average: 138 goals in 44 games with 3.14 on average. Newcastle are one of three Premier League clubs that Jurgen Klopp has faced and is yet to register a victory against (P2 W0 D1 L1), along with Manchester United and Southampton. Benitez won 134 points in his opening 74 Premier League games as Liverpool manager – in comparison, Jurgen Klopp has won one point more in his first 74 league games as Reds’ boss (135). Daniel Sturridge has scored in all four of his Premier League starts at St. James’ Park in the Premier League, scoring five goals in those games, including three in his last two for Liverpool. Liverpool is unbeaten in their last 23 Premier League matches in the month of October (W13 D10) since a 2-0 defeat to Everton in October 2010.
Emmanuel Danso Nyante