Another week of Premier League action is in the books, and we have another full slate starting tonight. With six clubs playing in European competitions this week – and in advance of a week where the clubs will play twice – some clubs will be playing four matches over 14 days. Will this impact performance this weekend, or will we see the tired legs at the end of next weekend?
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.
Friday, 30 November 2018
8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(16) Cardiff City 2-1 (12) Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday, 1 December 2018
3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(17) Crystal Palace 2-0 (18) Burnley
(14) Huddersfield Town 1-2 (10) Brighton & Hove Albion
(8) Leicester City 2-0 (9) Watford
(1) Manchester City 3-1 (11) AFC Bournemouth
(13) Newcastle United 0-3 (15) West Ham United
5:30pm GMT/12:30pm EST
(20) Southampton 2-2 (7) Manchester United
Sunday, 2 December 2018
Match of the Week
Our Match of the Week closes out the weekend, with Liverpool welcoming Everton to Anfield. Liverpool remains unbeaten in the league this season, with only draws against top clubs Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal blemishing their otherwise perfect record. Everton, on the other hand, has quietly been a surprise, climbing to sixth in the league against an average schedule, with most of their success being found at home (5-1-1, +7 goal differential).
Everton would probably be extremely pleased with a road draw in this matchup, while Liverpool will be looking to maintain their chase position behind Manchester City, while also knowing the results of the match featuring the team directly behind them in the standings (more on that one in a moment). Two matches ago, Everton played to a 0-0 draw at Chelsea, so they are definitely capable of competing with the top clubs in the league.
(Co-)Match of the Week
In what should probably be considered the co-Match of the Week, Tottenham Hotspur travel to Emirates to face off against Arsenal. The Spurs are coming of handing Chelsea their first loss on the season, and look to continue what is currently a three match unbeaten streak, with two of those victories coming on the road.
Arsenal has their own, much more impressive streak going, having not lost a match since dropping their first two on the season, an 11 game stretch where they have gone 8-3-0. Their defense has also been a bit more stingy at the Emirates, conceding on five goals all season (in seven matches). This one should be pretty exciting.
A Glance at the Bottom
We have a new club at the bottom of our rankings, and they will be facing a top club that has at times been inconsistent on the season. Southampton has not won a match since 1 September, and have lost more than they’ve drawn in the nine matches in the interim (0-4-5). They are, however, the “best” club of those in the relegation zone, leading Cardiff City and Fulham based on goal differential.
They host Manchester United, whose only blemish since their surprising loss to West Ham United at the end of September was an expected loss to Manchester City in a Manchester derby at Etihad. They’ve gone 3-2-1 in their ast six since that West Ham loss, and even managed to lock up advancement in Champions League this week with a victory over Young Boys. A win over one of the worst clubs in the league should help them close the current six point gap between them and fifth place Arsenal, and return them to position to compete for another Champions League berth next season.
Until next time…
Last update: 2 December 2018, 6:00pm EST