Premier League Week 22
After taking a week off for cup action, the Premier League returns with a double slate this week, with clubs playing both midweek and over the weekend. For the three clubs playing in both cups, weekend matches this week will be their fourth match in 11 days, so they will probably be holding their first-team squads back during cup play.
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, 29 January 2019
7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(5) Arsenal 2-1 (18) Cardiff City
(19) Fulham 4-2 (14) Brighton & Hove Albion
(20) Huddersfield Town 0-1 (12) Everton
(10) Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 (9) West Ham United
8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(3) Manchester United 2-2 (13) Burnley
(17) Newcastle United 2-1 (1) Manchester City
Wednesday, 30 January 2019
Saturday, 2 February 2019
12:30pm GMT/5:30am EST
(4) Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 (17) Newcastle United
3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(14) Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 (7) Watford
(13) Burnley 1-1 (16) Southampton
(6) Chelsea 5-0 (20) Huddersfield Town
(15) Crystal Palace 2-0 (19) Fulham **MATCH OF THE WEAK**
(12) Everton 1-3 (10) Wolverhampton Wanderers
5:30pm GMT/12:30pm EST
(18) Cardiff City 2-0 (8) AFC Bournemouth
Sunday, 3 February 2019
Monday, 4 February 2019
8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(9) West Ham United 1-1 (2) Liverpool
The Best Near the Top
Our Match of the Week isn’t until Sunday afternoon, but it will likely be the one that even casual fans are watching, perhaps as a warm up for the American football game that takes place later that day. Manchester City welcomes Arsenal to Etihad Stadum for what will be the champ’s fifth match in 15 days (they were lucky enough to play in both the Carabao and FA Cups last week). After a bumpy stretch (for them) through the middle of December, they’ve returned to their dominant ways, winning their last four with a combined score of 11-2. They are still chasing Liverpool at the top of the table, trailing by four points, so picking up two wins (and six points) could help to close that gap, especially with Liverpool playing better competition in their two matches this week.
On the other sideline, Arsenal will be playing their fourth match in 16 days, including a loss to Manchester United during the FA Cup last week. They are hoping that they can reverse the result from the first time these clubs met this season, a 2-0 loss at Emirates during the opening weekend of action. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been near the top of the scoring leaders all season, and the Gunners have o hope to grab some points, especially with Manchester United nipping at their heels for the Europa League spot because of their current six-match winning streak.
Battles Near the Bottom
Fulham can’t climb out of the relegation zone, even if they win twice this week. But they do have an opportunity to do so, with matches against mid-table clubs Brighton & Hove Albion (who they managed to draw when they met the first time this season) and Cardiff City (whom they lost to on the road). Granted, in that Brighton match, they allowed their opponent to score the final two goals in a 2-2 draw, and that trip to Wales ended in a similar fashion (with Cardiff scoring two second half goals after Fulham had equalized during the first half), so I don’t like the Cottagers chances, but now is their chance to get those much needed points, as they face the red hot Manchester United next week.
Until next time…
Last Update: 4 February 2019, 10:45pm EST