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ABCs of the Premier League: Covering everything from games in a season to the teams contesting this year, and more! Assistive Technology: Goal Line technology, which will determine in the entirety of the ball has crosses the goal line. Bournemouth: Home city of one of the biggest underdogs of the season, AFC Bournemouth (with 1000/1 … Read moreABCs of the Premier League: Games & More!

(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 19 Slate

Note: As I mentioned in my Power Rankings post, I am a little delayed with this week’s fixture as well, and wasn’t able to get this published before the matches yesterday. I won’t be doing a full preview this week, but will return to our regular schedule next week before the Matchday 22 matches start on 11 January.

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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Premier League – Week 19 Power Rankings

Note: Like my Championship Power Rankings this week, these were supposed to be published in advance of the matches on New Year’s Day… which I obviously failed at. As indicated, these rankings reflect the matches through 30 December 2018 and do not include the three matches that were played yesterday. I’ll resume my regular publishing schedule next week prior to the 12 January fixtures that will include Matchday 20 (1-3 January 2019).

Sorry for any confusion.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Results as of matches played through 30 December 2018

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Champions & Relegation Watch – Premier League – Midpoint

Note: This is the final piece looking at the title/relegation races across English football. Click on the links to see the Championship, League One, and League Two.

With the completion of the midweek “Boxing Day” matches, all the clubs in the Premier League have now played 19 matches, and begin the second half of their schedules with matches beginning on Saturday.

As a reminder, the top four clubs in the Premier League qualify for the Group Stage of Champions League, while the fifth place team does the same in Europa League. These competitions are great for worldwide exposure – not to mention the prize money – but it’s also for bragging rights across Europe. No English club has won the Champions League since Chelsea did so back in 2012, though we are only two seasons removed from Manchester City claiming the last English Europa League title.

League placement is important for clubs beyond the top five as well. Last season, due to cup winners qualifying for continental competition based on league position, England’s final two Europa League spots went to the next highest finishers in the league, with Arsenal (6th place) and Burnley (7th) making it into the tournament.

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(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 18 Slate

As I covered in my weekly Power Rankings, there hasn’t been much change to the overall stratification of the Premier League, just some changes within the three groups that make up the league. But with the clubs playing twice this week due to Boxing Day, there will either be some more separation between the groups or reinforcement of the already established groups.

The Boxing Day matches also mark the conclusion of the first half of the season, so starting on Saturday, we will be seeing rematches from earlier matches with the locations switched. Liverpool has a Boxing Day match against Newcastle United, so it is expected that they will enter the back half undefeated (16-3-0), and they have surrendered only 7 goals so far this season, the best result in that regard ever.

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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Premier League – Week 18 Power Rankings

In a week that saw two of the top five clubs lose, our Power Rankings didn’t shift that much, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur maintaining the top spot. This week, the clubs will officially reach the half-way point of the season, with traditional Boxing Day matches scheduled for the majority of the league today – Southampton and West Ham United close out midweek action tomorrow night. Will two matches lead to some strange results this weekend?

As always, these rankings reflect performance in Premier League matches only, and are more about the week-to-week trends instead of the whole season picture. A club is rewarded more for victories against teams there weren’t expected to defeat and vice versa, with draws treated fairly neutral unless there is a massive ranking disparity.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Results as of matches played through 23 December 2018

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