A crucial Week 7 of the English Premier League begins on Saturday with 7 games on the schedule. Although still relatively early in the season, it is at this point that teams begin to separate, and the standings begin to really take shape. The teams realize that they have only a few more weeks to right the ship before they fall too far behind. The added importance to this early part of the season will make for some exciting matches. We will be previewing each game and giving out our free picks for each. All English Premier League odds shown are taken from 4 respected online sportsbooks.
Wolverhampton (17th) at Wigan Athletic FC (18th) / DW Stadium / 7:45 AM ET – With both teams struggling to avoid the relegation, both sides will be especially ready for this match. Both sides will the underdog in pretty much every match they play this season, and with good reason. This is one of the few matches these teams will have during the season that they have a real shot at winning, and neither side can afford to drop points here. It’s hard to find any positives here, but the edge goes to Wigan because they are playing at home, and because they have been slightly better offensively.
Wigan has scored more, but also allowed plenty of goals. The best bets here are the over 2½ at +115 and the draw at +225 at Bodog Sportsbook.
Blackburn Rovers (9th) at Stoke City (14th) / Britannia Stadium / 10:00 AM ET – Blackburn is coming off of an inspiring road victory. Although the win came against Blackpool, it marked only second time this season that the team had a lead early in the game and was actually able to convert it into a win. They are the better side in this match, and will win if they can perform up to their own standards against a Stoke City side who, despite a win at Newcastle last week, have continued to struggle finding consistent offense. Both teams should get on the scoreboard, but Blackburn should be too much for Stoke City.
The best bet in this one is the over 2½ at +105 at Bookmaker Sportsbook
Everton (20th) at Birmingham City (13th) / St. Andrews Ground / 10:00 AM ET – Everton continues to have a terrible start to the season, having yet to win a match six games into the season. The light at the end of the tunnel for Everton seems to be that their results have been the cause not of lack of ability, but of huge underachievement. Regardless of the reason, they have been absolutely pitiful on offense. Until they prove they can score, you have to assume they will continue to struggle. They have been shutout 3 times already this season, and have shown no reason why it can’t happen again.
Take Birmingham City in this one, along with the under at 2½. With these teams having 7 draws in their 12 combines matches, the draw also has good value at +225 at Pinnacle Sportsbook
Bolton Wanderers (12th) at West Bromwich Albion (6th) / The Hawthorns / 10:00 AM ET – Fresh off of a shocking win on the road against Arsenal, West Brom will be looking to continue their climb, and should have a good chance against 1-win Bolton. West Brom has suddenly found its scoring touch, netting 6 goals in their last to Premiership games. This should continue against Bolton, who has yet to earn a clean sheet this season. This one could turn into a shootout, and if it does, West Brom has more ammo for the fight than a game Bolton side that continues to struggle mightily on defense.
With West Brom on its current hot streak, definitely take them at -½. Also, the over 2½ has great value, both available at 5Dimes sportsbook.
Fulham (7th) at West Ham United (19th) / Boleyn Ground / 10:00 AM ET – While Fulham earned a respectable 2-2 draw on the road against Manchester United, they also managed only an embarrassing 0-0 at home against bottom-of-the-table Everton. Although they remain undefeated, they have only 1 win to 5 draws, and have left too many points on the field. They are within striking distance of the top of the table, but will need to start earning 3 points at a time. They have a golden opportunity against West Ham, which is coming off of a shocking win over Tottenham for their first win of the season, but a victory recognized as more of an aberration than a change in fortune for the team.
Somehow, Fulham is an underdog heading into this one. Yes, they’re on the road, but they are clearly the better team. Fulham at +½ is an absolute must here at 5Dimes Sportsbook.
Aston Villa (5th) at Tottenham Hotspur (8th) / White Hart Lane / 10:00 AM ET – Tottenham earned a mid-week 4-1 win at home against FC Twente, largely due to 3 awarded penalty kicks, at least two of which were disputable. Since the injury to star striker Jermain Defoe, Hotspur have been wildly erratic, looking like they are fine without him in some games, while looking completely helpless in the offensive third in others. Tottenham will have home-field advantage. However, Aston Villa has been hot, while Tottenham still can’t seem to put consecutive strong performances together. Aston Villa has a real shot at the upset on Saturday.
With Aston Villa surging and Tottenham so inconsistent, take Villa at +½. The draw also has good value at +235 at Bodog Sportsbook.
Manchester United (2nd) at Sunderland (11th) / Stadium of Light / 10:00 AM ET – Manchester United is coming off of a mid-week win against Spanish side Valencia in the UEFA Champions League group match. Manchester United was outplayed for most of the match, yet somehow managed to win, again showing the knack they have for finding ways to win, or at the very least, not lose. They failed to capitalize of Chelsea’s first loss of the season by managing only a disappointing draw against Bolton last weekend. Manchester needs to win on Saturday in order to keep pace with Chelsea. Sunderland always has a puncher’s chance with Darren Bent up top, but Manchester is the clearly better team, and should dominate in this one.
Take Manchester in this one at -½, along with the over 2½ at Pinnacle Sports.