Matchday 7 of the Premier League slate offers a nice platter of tasty matchups before we head into another international break. Sunday's clash of the league's two frontrunners in Manchester City and Tottenham highlights the weekend's action. What will the result of that matchup be? Win, lose or draw, here's how we predict each and every Premier League game will shake out.
Friday: Everton vs. Crystal Palace
Week 7's Premier League slate kicks off with another Friday match, this time pitting two clubs on opposite ends of the momentum spectrum against each other. After a red-hot start to the season, Everton suffered their first loss of the season last Saturday at Bournemouth. Palace, meanwhile, have found confidence under Alan Pardew and find themselves on a three-game roll in the league. Ronald Koeman was none-too-pleased with his team's effort against the Cherries, but should have Everton back on track at Goodison on Friday. Romelu Lukaku relishes playing against Palace, finding himself on the score sheet in three of their past four meetings. He'll look to make it four of five on Friday.
Final score: Everton 2-1 Crystal Palace
Saturday: Swansea City vs. Liverpool
Liverpool come into this week with the league's second-most prolific offense pouring in goals in bunches. That trend will likely continue, as Swansea are reeling, having only won their first match of the season. Swansea have allowed 10 goals already this year, and Jurgen Klopp's offense will be licking their chops at the prospect of adding more. Liverpool haven't kept a clean sheet this season, but it doesn't matter too much when you're scoring in droves. It has all the makings of a trap game for the Reds, and Liberty Stadium has been a bit of a speed bump for Liverpool recently, but it's still a long shot for Swansea to get a result.
Final score: Swansea City 1-4 Liverpool
Saturday: Sunderland vs. West Brom
This season is looking more and more like the year when the Black Cats finally run out of lives and are relegated. They're winless on the season and are coming off a gut-wrenching loss to Palace where they squandered a late, two-goal lead. It's been a rough start for David Moyes at the Stadium of Light, to put it plainly. His counterpart in this match, Tony Pulis, has West Brom doing what Pulis-managed teams to, and that's eke out results. This match will probably be a rough one to stomach from an aesthetic standpoint, and could very well wind up goalless, but I suspect Sunderland's negligent defense winds up stumbling again.
Final score: Sunderland 0-1 West Brom
Saturday: Hull City vs. Chelsea
The Tigers seemed a safe bet for the drop when the season started, and while there's still a huge chunk of the season yet to play, they're the early leaders for most surprising team. Chelsea have been surprising as well recently, but not in a good way. London rivals Arsenal pasted Chelsea, while Hull ran into the Liverpool buzzsaw last weekend. Antonio Conte's maligned defense welcomes back captain John Terry this week, but Chelsea weren't collecting a bunch of clean sheets even with him in the fold. Nevertheless, Conte will be desperate to ease the pressure on his team and leave with a full complement of points.
Final score: Hull City 1-2 Chelsea
Editor's note: John Terry has since been ruled out of the contest.
Saturday: Watford vs. Bournemouth
Watford and Bournemouth sit just at mid table, and both teams will be up for a fight on Saturday. The Hornets and Cherries will both rightfully feel they should take the points, with Bournemouth maybe just the slight favorite based on recent form. Watford fell to Burnley on Monday, and Bournemouth clipped Everton. Watford and Bournemouth drew in both of their Premier League matches last season, and will start this season in the same vein.
Final score: Watford 1-1 Bournemouth
Saturday: West Ham vs. Middlesbrough
The start to the 2016/17 season has been an unmitigated disaster for the Hammers. After a surprising 7th place finish (four points shy of Champions League qualification), Slaven Bilic's side have just one win, no draws and five losses to start the year. It makes you feel bad for Dimitri Payet. Middlesbrough haven't exactly been tearing up the Prem in their return, but you can't expect every newly promoted team to pull off the miracle that Leicester did last season. They're playing well enough to steal a point at the new London Stadium, though, as West Ham's tailspin shows little sign of letting up.
Final score: West Ham United 1-1 Middlesbrough
Sunday: Manchester United vs. Stoke City
It's been tough sledding for United under Jose Mourinho (by Manchester United standards), and a date with Stoke could be just the tonic they need. The big question here is whether Mourinho will leave Wayne Rooney on the bench, as he did last week in a relieving victory over Leicester City. Stoke are winless to start the season, and have the league's worst goal differential at an abysmal -11. United should roll easily at home, unless Mourinho overthinks the lineup. Even then, Stoke really shouldn't present much of a problem, but you never know.
Final score: Manchester United 2-0 Stoke City
Sunday: Leicester City vs. Southampton
It's too early to say that Leicester's title defense is toast, but the early indications are that the Foxes will be one-and-done. They've played a pretty tough schedule to start the season, though, and their form in Europe belies their struggles in England. Southampton's early blight is ceding a point to morose Sunderland at home, but have played well since. This match will go a long way to keeping Leicester's repeat hopes afloat, and Claudio Ranieri's teams will get the job done, if just barely, at home.
Final score: Leicester 2-1 Southampton
Sunday: Tottenham vs. Manchester City
Sunday's big-ticket matchup pits two title-hopefuls against each other. Manchester City have yet to drop a single point in the league thus far, and are flying high under Pep Guardiola. Spurs have been impressive, too, particularly in defense, and are unbeaten this season. Both sides will be missing a key attacking component, with Harry Kane sidelined for Tottenham and Kevin de Bruyne on the mend for City. Fortunately for both squads, the depth is there to keep both humming along. They're two teams that have legitimate title credentials, but the advantage on Sunday goes to Man City, who will come out angry after their midweek draw and will keep their perfect start to the EPL season intact.
Final score: Tottenham Hotspur 2-3 Manchester City
Sunday: Burnley vs. Arsenal
Arsenal trounced Chelsea last week and cruised in their midweek Champions League match against Basel, where they could have easily scored five but settled for a 2-0 win. Theo Walcott is playing with his hair on fire, Alexis Sanchez is somehow still improving and Mesut Ozil might need to be tested for clairvoyance. Burnley have had an admirable start to season, but don't have the horsepower to match the Gunners. Burnley do have a Liverpool pelt already in the trophy room, but it's tough to envision them catching another big club by surprise. It should be an easy win for Arsenal ahead of the international break.