Premier League Week 27 Fixtures/Results
This week’s slate is really small, with six clubs – Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Manchester United, Watford, and Wolverhampton Wanderers – participating in the FA Cup quarterfinals. Four others – Arsenal, Cardiff City, Southampton, and Tottenham Hotspur – are off because their scheduled opponent was one of those six clubs and they’ve already played the other available teams twice. Nevertheless, the week’s games will still be important, with some mid-table clubs facing off against each other in an attempt to move into the top 10 of the league.
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, 16 March 2019
Sunday, 17 March 2019
The Best of the Week
Each match will have positional impacts up and down the table.
AFC Bournemouth is in the midst of a stretch of schedule with bottom table clubs – they don’t play a top eight club until they face off against the Spurs in the penultimate match of the season – so they are hoping to find some movement up the table from their current 12th position. A win against Newcastle United would give them 12 wins on the season, an improvement over the 11 from last season and would match their most ever wins in the Premier League set in 2016-17.
Burnley finds themselves on the fringes of relegation – they are two points ahead of the idle Cardiff City for the last relegation spot – after losing three matches in a row. This is quite a departure from last season’s 7th place finish and brief foray into European competition. They are playing hosts against Leicester City, and the confines of Turf Moor have been a bit more friendly this season than not, but a loss this week would lock the Clarets in 17th place heading into the upcoming break.
West Ham United has flirted with the top ten for most of the back half of the season, and they currently find themselves in 9th position. Barring a massive upset, the FA Cup winner’s spot in next season’s Europa League competition will likely fall to the club in 7th position, meaning that the Hammers are currently five points out of that lucrative spot. Anything less than a win against the Terriers of Huddersfield Town should be considered a disappointment this weekend, and though they will remain locked in 9th position with a win, they will also have the opportunity to chip away at their current -6 goal differential, which could improve their chances of winning any tiebreakers.
The only top four clubs in league action this week – Liverpool and Chelsea – have particularly easy matches, at least on paper. A win for Liverpool would put them back ahead of defending champs Manchester City, at least until they return to league play after the break. A Chelsea victory would bring them equal on points with Arsenal, likely trailing for that last Champions League spot only due to point differential. That the top clubs are the road teams on Sunday shouldn’t matter much.
Until next time…
Last Update: 18 March 2019, 12:30pm EST