(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 20 Slate

Premier League Week 20

After taking a small break from league play after the New Year – there was some Carabao and FA Cup action in the interim – the Premier League returns to weekend play for at least the next two weeks for Matchdays 22 and 23.

As I have been talking about for a weeks now, the Premier League remains divided into three tiers, with the Top Six beginning to distance themselves from the rest of the league – 6th place (in the table) Manchester United is seven points ahead of 7th-place Leicester City – the the bottom of the league is really starting to fall behind.

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.

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(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 21 Slate

Championship Week 21 Fixtures/Results

After matches played on New Year’s Day, the Championship remains a much more competive league than the Premier League. While the top tier of English football has a group of six clubs head and shoulders above the rest of the league, the Championship’s top 13 clubs are within 15 points of each other; Leeds United leads with 51 points and Swansea City and Hull City are tied with 36 points. I would not be terribly shocked if any three of those 13 clubs achieved promotion this season, or if some towards the bottom of that group ended up fighting to avoid relegation.

Per usual, the number in parenthesis before each club is where they fell on our Week 21 Power Rankings. Home clubs are listed first, and will be hosting both matches on the week. We’ll keep this updated throughout the week, with winners indicated in bold, while matches that end in draws will have their clubs italicized.

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Premier League – Week 20 Power Rankings

Our Power Rankings updated after matches played in the New Year results in a return to the top for our former long-term top club. But for the most part, the clubs of the Premier League remain stratified in their tier structure, with the Top 6 clear of the 7th place club by at least seven points, and the last club of the”muddled middle” four points ahead of the bottom six.

As always, these results try to reflect the week-to-week results, and only account for matches played in the Premier League. Most of the clubs are fairly closely aligned with their league table position, but losses to lower-ranked clubs – or wins against the higher-ranked ones – can move them dramatically out of position.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Results as of matches played through 3 January 2019

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EFL Championship – Week 21 Power Rankings

We are in the middle of a bit of a break at the top of English football, with the clubs taking a break from league play since the New Year’s Day matches last Tuesday (though there was FA Cup action over the weekend).

This week’s rankings saw some big moves over last week, with only seven clubs not moving. The “Festive Fixtures” wreaked some havoc on our rankings, with last week’s new #1 club – West Bromwich Albion – already off the top of the rankings after a loss on New Year’s. Furthermore, our rankings compared to the league table have really diverged over the past couple of weeks, something I expect to correct itself over the next couple of weeks as transfers and loans are sorted out during the January transfer period.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 1 January 2019

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NFL Wildcard Weekend

The NFL playoffs begin this weekend with Wildcard Weekend. Before we get to a preview of the games, let’s take a look back to Week 1 and how I thought things were going to pan out this season. NFC Playoff Picture I was 50% on my predictions for the NFC, with only two division champions … Read moreNFL Wildcard Weekend

FCS Championship – North Dakota State v Eastern Washington

FCS Championship In the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), the National Champion is determined by a 24-team playoff through most of December. North Dakota State, the season-long #1 team, is the defending national championship, and have won six of the past seven titles. Eastern Washington, no stranger to postseason success in the FCS, has one … Read moreFCS Championship – North Dakota State v Eastern Washington