League Leaders Head To Stamford Bridge As Bilic’s Boys Host The Swans

Premier League

As European Football stole all of the attention this week, we can now gladly focus back on the Premier League and more specifically Matchday Seven, as we host Swansea City in a must-win encounter as the league leaders travel to North London for a tantalizing clash.

Huddersfield Town vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday 12:30 PM)

In one of the weekend’s most intriguing affairs, Spurs travel to face the Terriers at The John Smith’s Stadium Live on Sky Sports.

David Wagner’s men have cooled off a bit after a rampant start to the season but are still very much a force to be reckoned with and have already taken down one London Club in their first ever Premier League campaign.

Whereas, you could say that Mauricio Pochettino’s men have done the polar opposite to their Yorkshire opposition, after recovering from a poorer start in August to win five of their last six in all competitions.

Furthermore, the Lilywhites will also be buoyed by the fact that they could smash their own Premier League record with victory and win their first four league away games for the first time in a season.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-2.

West Ham United vs Swansea City (Saturday 3 PM)

With the stakes high in a real six-pointer at The London Stadium, we host Paul Clement’s Swans in a fixture that has become huge for under-pressure Slaven Bilic.

The Croat was cool, calm and collected in his Pre-Match Presser but there is no scaling down the task in hand, as we sit in 18th with just four points from six games and must steer ourselves clear of early danger.

Meanwhile, the Welsh side are in a similar predicament and sit just a point above us after last Saturday’s defeat to Watford, but have not won in three league encounters.

While the Swans may boast of young danger man Tammy Abraham, we have a weapon of our own in the form of Andy Carroll, who has netted five and assisted three in his last six against Swansea.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-2.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace (Saturday 3 PM)

Unbeaten in their opening six league ties and tied at the top of the Premier League table, Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils will be licking their lips at the prospect against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace.

United have been unstoppable in this campaign so far and despite overcoming the Saints in far from convincing style on the South Coast last weekend, they demolished Russian outfit CSKA Moscow in the week to return to dominant form in the Champions League.

Whereas for Palace, it is hard to put into words just how bad things are at Selhurst Park, 20th position, no points, no goals and odds-on to go down before October, there is scant hope in South London.

However, the Eagles may be motivated to avoid equalling Portsmouth’s record of seven consecutive defeats to start a Premier League season, but Golden Boot joint leader Romelu Lukaku may have other ideas.

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-0.

AFC Bournemouth vs Leicester City (Saturday 3 PM)

In another one of five Saturday afternoon kick-offs, he Foxes travel to the South Coast to face the Cherries in what is an early bottom of the table meeting.

Just one point and two places separate the two sides, but on paper, one would feel that the visitors are slight favourites.

It has been an unfortunate start for Craig Shakespeare’s men as good performances have ended in defeats countless times, but for the hosts, they have not been at the races at all in their third Premier League campaign.

Another thing that Eddie Howe’s men and their visitors have in common is that they have both enjoyed their worst start to a Top-Flight season, but in the Premier League, Bournemouth have never lost to Leicester.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-2.

Stoke City vs Southampton (Saturday 3 PM)

In what is surely going down as one of the lesser exciting clashes of Gameweek Seven, Mark Hughes’ Stoke City welcome Mauricio Pellegrini to The Bet 365 Stadium for the first time.

The home side are without a win since defeated Arsenal last month and last week’s 0-4 defeat to Antonio Conte’s Chelsea showed the scale of their problems with a very shabby performance.

Whereas, the Saints sit in mid-table after a mixed but respectable start under their new boss and the Matchday Six loss to Manchester United was a much more credible one after a resistant showing.

Interestingly, the Saints gave never scored after the 57th minute against the Potters in the Premier League, but irrelevant stats out of the way, the odds are very much stacked in the visitors’ favour.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-1.

West Bromwich Albion vs Watford (Saturday 3 PM)

As the Marco Silva revolution continues at Watford, they travel just over 100 miles north on Saturday to face a Baggies side that have had a similarly good start to the season in their own right.

The hosts have picked up eight points and sit in their predicted position of mid-table, but despite defeat at The Emirates on Monday, will take confidence from a good display.

Whereas, the Hornets set a record of three consecutive Premier League away wins, in Wales last weekend and will be looking to build on that this time around, they sit sixth with 11 points.

Tony Pulis’ side will be hoping that they can avoid a 200th Premier League defeat, but it is unlikely against one of the form teams in the league.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-2.

Chelsea vs Manchester City (Saturday 5:30 PM)

One of the tastiest encounters of the calendar season will be played out Live on BT Sport on Saturday evening, as the Blues host the Citizens in a top of the table clash.

Both of these sides come into the game with the added zeal of Champions League victories on Wednesday and Tuesday night respectively. However, City are the ones with the most impressive record on paper after winning each of their last seven games in all Competitions.

Despite this, Antonio Conte is on a similar run to Pep Guardiola, as the Blues are unbeaten in every format since the opening day and will have the added advantage of playing at home.

Only Manchester United and Newcastle United have netted more goals at this stage of a Premier League season than the Citizens, tipping the balance of predictions in City’s favour.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-3.

Arsenal vs Brighton & Hove Albion (Sunday 12 PM)

In BT Sport’s second Live fixture of the weekend, Chris Hughton takes his Brighton team to The Emirates where they will face a Gunners side that are improving every week in North London.

Arsene Wenger’s men made a turbulent start to their campaign but have since recovered to string together some form and more specifically, two wins in three days this week.

However, the Seagulls may prove a hard team to break down, as they look to be over the worst of a bumpy start and come off the back of an impressive home triumph over Newcastle last Sunday.

Interestingly, Arsenal have not lost to a newly-promoted team in their last 31 meetings with one in the Top-Flight, the last one to win at The Emirates was the Magpies, then managed by Chris Hughton.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-1.

Everton vs Burnley (Sunday 2:05 PM)

Super Sunday begins at Goodison Park in the afternoon at the bizarre kick-off time of 2:05 PM, as the Clarets are the visitors to Merseyside.

Ronald Koeman’s men had been on a damaged lull of form up until last Saturday’s dramatic late victory over Bournemouth though outcast Oumar Niasse, but again showed weakness in Thursday’s draw with Apollon Limassol of Cyprus.

Meanwhile, an in-form Burnley team under Sean Dyche have enjoyed a weeks’ rest and are now back ready for action, having taken an impressive nine points in this campaign.

Furthermore, forward Sam Vokes has a very impressive record against the Toffees and just could be the man to end their remarkable recent run of form on home turf.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.

Newcastle United vs Liverpool (Sunday 4:30 PM)

The second half of Sky Sports’ Super Sunday Coverage serves up a cracker at St James’ Park in The North East, with the Magpies hosting the Reds.

This fixture has plenty of Premier League histories with titles resting on it in the past and high-scoring thrillers more recently. But, the home side enter it with reduced confidence, as a superb run that had seen them climb to fourth was sourly ended at The Amex Stadium.

For Liverpool, it was to be the polar opposite, as a dreadful run of form for Jurgen Klopp was duly brought to an end with a 2-3 victory at The King Power Stadium last Saturday.

Curiously, this fixture has never thrown up a goalless draw in the Premier League and to boost the hosts, Rafa Benitez has never been defeated by his former club.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-2.

So, with all of the action from Gameweek Seven of the 2017/2018 Premier League season well and truly previewed, who will be the winners? Who will be the losers? And who will steal the headlines in the final round of matches before the second International Break of the season?