Premier League Week 26
Matchday 30 (29 for Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion) in the Premier League is a standard Saturday and Sunday affair this week. We are coming down the homestretch, and after next week’s slate, the Premier League (and the Championship) will be taking the week off for cup competition, but then it will be straight through to the end of the season in May.
I don’t expect the top of the table to find any new teams before the end of the season, though the order of the clubs may be jostled a bit between now and the end of the season. Is there a club that’s going to make a surprise run? Is a top club going to stumble? Chances are probably not, but that’s why they meet on the pitch and not on paper.
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.
Saturday, 9 March 2019
12:30pm GMT/7:30am EST
(13) Crystal Palace 1-2 (15) Brighton & Hove Albion
3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(18) Cardiff City 2-0 (9) West Ham United
(19) Huddersfield Town 0-2 (11) AFC Bournemouth
(16) Leicester City 3-1 (20) Fulham **MATCH OF THE WEAK**
(12) Newcastle United 3-2 (8) Everton
(17) Southampton 2-1 (6) Tottenham Hotspur
5:30pm GMT/12:30pm EST
(1) Manchester City 3-1 (7) Watford
Sunday, 10 March 2019
The Best of the Week
We have three matches between top ten team that could go a long way to ensuring that the Big 6 remain at the top of the table (and our Power Rankings).
The Match of the Week closes everything out on Sunday afternoon, with Arsenal welcoming Manchester United to London and Emirates Stadium in a battle for the all-important fourth spot in the league table. The clubs drew at old Trafford back in December, but that was before Ole Gunnar Solskjær turned the fate of the Red Devils around on the season. Great way to end the Premier League weekend for sure.
Defending champion – and current leader – Manchester City hosts Watford in another match between top clubs. Watford has been mostly a pretender for the top of the table this season, though if they are able to maintain their current position for the next two months, they could find themselves off in Europa League next summer. Manchester City has to come away with three points in this one to keep Liverpool at bay, since the Reds have a much easier matchup against Burnley this week.
Finally, the other top match features Chelsea hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers. The home club could be finding their legs after a Thursday night Europa League match, but I don’t expect them to struggle at Stamford Bridge, where they’ve lost only once during the Premier League season. The Wolves actually won the first match between the clubs this season, so they are hoping for a repeat performance, if only to keep pace with Watford in the battle for that potential spot in Europa League next year.
Until next time…
Last Update: 11 March 2019, 2:00pm EST