As I’m sure your sick of hearing, the Premier League is back from international break this week, and we are entering a crammed schedule over the next few weeks, with league play, EFL Cup, FA Cup, and UEFA competitions dotting the calendar before the it turns over to 2019.
This will be another week where the top clubs in the league should expand their leads over those towards the bottom of the table. As always, the number in parenthesis before each club reflects their spot on our weekly Power Rankings, and we’ll try to keep this list updated as the weekend progresses. Home teams are listed first, and winners will be indicated in bold. In the event of a draw, both teams will be placed in italics.
Saturday, 24 November 2018
3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(12) Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 (9) Leicester City
(6) Everton 1-0 (13) Cardiff City
(20) Fulham 3-2 (18) Southampton
(7) Manchester United 0-0 (19) Crystal Palace
(8) Watford 0-3 (2) Liverpool
(15) West Ham United 0-4 (1) Manchester City
5:30pm GMT/12:30pm EST
(4) Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 (3) Chelsea **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
Monday, 26 November 2018
8:00pm GMT/3:30pm EST
(16) Burnley 1-2 (14) Newcastle United
Our Match of the Week features Chelsea visiting Wembley Stadium for a match against Tottenham Hotspur. The Spurs have been a two outcome club this season – they are the only club in the league that has not drawn in a match. Two of their losses have come to the top two clubs in the league, with the third early in the season during Watford‘s surprisingly hot start.
Chelsea, on the other hand, has been even more consistent on the season, joining Manchester City and Liverpool as three clubs in the Premier League that have yet to lose on the season. Furthermore, they are also undefeated through four matches in Europa League, and remain in the mix for the EFL Cup. Will this be the week that Chelsea loses? I don’t think so, but that doesn’t mean the Spurs will be walking away with the three points. Either way, this should be one of the most compelling matches of the weekend, and it will be alone on the schedule so a lot of people will be watching.
Speaking of Watford and Liverpool, they face off in what might be the second most compelling match of the weekend. As mentioned, Liverpool has yet to lose this season, though they aren’t as perfect away from league play, losing to Chelsea in the EFL Cup third round. But a Watford win in this matchup will truly be an upset despite Watford’s high position in the league, as Watford has built their early season record on beating a lot of mid- and low-table clubs (save for that win against Tottenham in Week 4). I’m giving Liverpool the nod, even on the road, and wouldn’t be surprised by a 2-0 or 3-1 victory for the Reds.
Finally, in the battle for the bottom, we have Fulham hosting Southampton, with both clubs looking for their second win on the season. To say that Fulham has struggled in their return to the Premier League would be an understatement, and they were the first Premier League club to replace their manager this season. It doesn’t help when you go through a nine game stretch without winning a match (0-2-7), including losing six straight.
Not to be outdone, Southampton also is in the midst of a long winless streak, though it is one match shorter (8) and they have managed to draw twice as many matches (0-4-4). They have drawn three of their last four as well, and just haven’t been able to get over the hump and walk away with three points since the 1st of September, but I like their chances in Fulham this week, which will most likely move them clear of the relegation zone by at least three points.
Until next time…
Last update: 26 November 2018, 6:00pm EST