(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 15 Slate

As mentioned in our weekly Premier League Power Rankings, the league this week will be playing twice, with matches kicking off later tonight. Furthermore, the clubs that are still alive in various tournaments will be playing multiple times over the next three weeks. For example, league leader Manchester City plays twice this week, a Champions League match on 12 December, another league match on 15 December, and an EFL Cup match on 18 December. Fitness will be important for all the clubs as they approach the midway point of the season, and this could be a window where the top clubs continue to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

As always, the number in parenthesis before each club reflects their spot on our Power Rankings, and we’ll try to keep this list updated as the week 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.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(11) AFC Bournemouth 2-1 (17) Huddersfield Town
(9) Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 (15) Crystal Palace (PREVIEW)
(12) West Ham United 3-1 (13) Cardiff City
8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(10) Watford 1-2 (1) Manchester City

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(19) Burnley 1-3 (2) Liverpool
(8) Everton 1-1 (16) Newcastle United
(20) Fulham 1-1 (6) Leicester City
(14) Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 (3) Chelsea
8:00pm EST/3:00pm EST
(7) Manchester United 2-2 (4) Arsenal
(5) Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 (18) Southampton


Saturday, 8 December 2018

12:30pm GMT/7:30am EST
(11) AFC Bournemouth 0-4 (2) Liverpool
3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(4) Arsenal 1-0 (17) Huddersfield Town
(19) Burnley 1-0 (9) Brighton & Hove Albion
(13) Cardiff City 1-0 (18) Southampton
(7) Manchester United 4-1 (20) Fulham
(12) West Ham United 3-2 (15) Crystal Palace
5:30pm GMT/12:30pm EST
(3) Chelsea 2-0 (1) Manchester City   **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(6) Leicester City 0-2 (5) Tottenham Hotspur

Sunday, 9 December 2018

4:00pm GMT/11:00am EST
(16) Newcastle United 1-2 (14) Wolverhampton Wanderers

Monday, 10 December 2018

8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(8) Everton 2-2 (10) Watford


Home Field Advantage

Four clubs this week will play both matches this week in front of their home fans.

AFC Bournemouth has struggled recently – and I’m still not sure it’s not our fault for naming them a Dark Horse candidate. They’ve lost four matches in a row, albeit against three of of the top seven clubs, with a loss to Newcastle United in the mix as well. They have managed to stay in the top ten of the league, however, and should hopefully defend Dean Court well in at least of their matches this week.

The relegation zone is quite a departure from Burnley‘s form last season, where they surprised a lot of folks by finishing in 7th place. They have yet to be that high this season, peaking at 11th (after Match 1). Matches against Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion will be tough even at Turf Moor, so escaping with at least one point this week would be huge. Otherwise, they will continue to fight Fulham for the bottom spot in the league.

Sleeping at Home has Advantages

West Ham United will welcome two similarly-rated clubs to Olympic Stadium this week, hosting Cardiff City and Crystal Palace. The Hammers have returned to form after losing their first four matches on the season, though they are still waiting to find consistency week to week. They have actually lost more matches at home this season (4) than on the road (3), so they are to turn that trend around.

The club that closes out the smorgasbord schedule this week has an opportunity to move back into the top eight with positive results. Everton leads the group of others in league play this season, eight points behind Tottenham Hotspur in 6th place. Despite losing last week to Liverpool, they maintained this lofty position when Manchester United drew against Southampton. Everton has done well at home this season, accumulating 16 of their 22 points (5-1-1) with a +7 goal differential. Four points this week would go a long way in helping them keep the Spurs in their sites; six points would (obviously) be even better.

Until next time…

Last Update: 10 December 2018, 5:00pm EST

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