(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 15 Slate

As mentioned in our weekly Premier League Power Rankings, the league this week will be playing twice, with matches kicking off later tonight. Furthermore, the clubs that are still alive in various tournaments will be playing multiple times over the next three weeks. For example, league leader Manchester City plays twice this week, a Champions League match on 12 December, another league match on 15 December, and an EFL Cup match on 18 December. Fitness will be important for all the clubs as they approach the midway point of the season, and this could be a window where the top clubs continue to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

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, 4 December 2018

7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(11) AFC Bournemouth 2-1 (17) Huddersfield Town
(9) Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 (15) Crystal Palace (PREVIEW)
(12) West Ham United 3-1 (13) Cardiff City
8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(10) Watford 1-2 (1) Manchester City

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Weekend Preview on Thursday (#WPOT) Week 13, Part 2

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday. There is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.

Weekend Preview on Thursday (#WPOT) Week 13, Part 2


Manchester United v. Crystal Palace

Location: Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United are surefire home-favorites over Crystal Palace. As a result, 3 Goals are expected at this time, and all three are supposed to go United’s way.

Manchester United’s lone defeat at home came from Tottenham, who won 3-0. Aside from the draw against Wolves, they’ve won the other 3 games. However, I know that United has been poor this season, but I don’t see any reason they can’t make it 4 wins at home. Even including the 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham, United are still even with goals scored and conceded at home. They are both 1.6 goals per game (scored and allowed), but I think the allowed are inflated. I think that United has the quality to win this match.

Crystal Palace has only managed to get 6 points from 6 away matches. They have 4 losses and 2 draws and they have conceded 3 more goals than they have scored. Palace has, on average, scored 0.9 goals per game away from home and conceded 1.5 goals per game. Neither of these things look great given that United’s defense has been poor, their offense hasn’t struggled to the same extent. David de Gea has also failed to maintain a clean sheet at home and this might be his first real opportunity.

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Premier League Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 12) Part 1

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.

Cardiff City v. Brighton & Hove Albion

Location: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

Cardfiff comes into this match as slight favorites, though any outcome doesn’t seem too far out of the realm of possibility. This game is expected to have 2 goals.

Cardiff are coming off a loss to Leicester City in a 1-0 defeat in the first game at Ling Power since the tragic loss of the Leicester City chairman. Etheridge saved Cardiff from a much greater loss (including a shot on target in the 88′ denied by the keeper). Cardiff was lucky to have not played a man down for close to sixty minutes after a missed handball to deny a goal by Sol Bamba — and to top it off they failed to score yet again. Cardiff really need to dig deep and find some goals which will come in short supply against Mat Ryan (despite the 3 goals scored by Everton). They are averaging 1.17 goals scored/game and 2.17 goals conceded/game at home, so this could be a great opportunity for both sides.

Brighton gave up a few goals to Everton in route to a sizable defeat which tied their most goals allowed this season (previously against Manchester United). They were unfortunate to have their win streak come to an end so abruptly, but they have a good opportunity to get back to winning ways here. Cardiff has found it to be an insurmountable task to score goals most games and Brighton has been capable enough at scoring them. Brighton away from home has been averaging 0.67 goals scored/game and 1.67 conceded/game. This means that both sides are expected to ship more goals than scored, so it might be a very interesting game to watch.


Read morePremier League Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 12) Part 1

Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 11) Part 1

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.

AFC Bournemouth v. Manchester United

Location: Dean Court, Bournemouth

Manchester United are favorites even though they are traveling to Bournemouth. Expected goals is currently at 3, with United winning by 1.

Bournemouth are coming off a 3-0 victory over Fulham, and although Fulham received a 73′ minute red card, though most of the damage had already been done. Bournemouth were ahead 2-0 before the sending off. Bournemouth (home) are averaging 2 goals/game at home and are conceding an 1 goal/game.

Manchester United managed a win over Everton even after Pogba missed a penalty kick after a seemingly endless run up (though he did score on the rebound). Anthony Martial contributed another goal to the cause. Chris Smalling and Nemanja Matic’s performances left something to be desired — both picked up yellow cards and Smalling gave away a penalty to give Everton a glimmer of hope. Manchester United (away) are scoring on average 1.8 goals/game on the road and are conceding the exact same amount (1.8 goals/game).

Read moreWeekend Preview on Thursday (Week 11) Part 1

Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 10) Part 2

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.

Leicester City v. West Ham United

Location: King Power Stadium, Leicester

Leicester are home favorites over a Jekyll and Hyde West Ham side. Goal projections have this one at under 3.

Leicester City hold a solid mid-table position in 11th-place. They’ve been scoring at a reasonable rate — 1.7 goals scored/game while conceding at the same rate, 1.7 concessions/game. They’ve been a little better at home scoring 1.75 goals/game while allowing 1.25 concessions/game.

West Ham United have made a reasonable recovery to lay claim to 14th-place despite a rather pedestrian start to the season. Across the season they’ve managed 0.9 goals scored/game while allowing 1.33 concessions/game. At home they’ve not been markedly better scoring 1 goal/game and conceding 2.25 goals/game.

Read moreWeekend Preview on Thursday (Week 10) Part 2

Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 8) Part 1

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.
Brighton v. West Ham
Location: AmEx Stadium, Brighton
Much to my surprise, Brighton is actually a slight favorite over West Ham, although the difference is very neglible. I wouldn’t be surprised if this moves to West Ham’s favor as we get closer to kick off. Expectations so far are putting the game at less than 3 goals scored.
The difference between Brighton’s position now and the bottom of the table was their upset win over Manchester United early in the season. Since then Brighton has been leaking goals this season, scoring in excess of 1 goal per game, but conceding almost double that amount. I’m concerned about Brighton’s inability to keep possession and be tidy with their passing, because a misstep against West Ham could lead to some lethal counter attacking opportunities.
West Ham was this weeks feature for Darkhorse Chronicles on their scintillating form for this last month. All of us here at SportMuse though they were in for a great season, then they proceeded to flop really hard for the first several games occupying the basement spot in the table. I think there were a lot of issues that contributed to the start of the season woes, and I think that they should be able to put on a good display this week. During the month of september West Ham have been able to score freely and have limited concessions, I think West Ham wins this matchup.

Read moreWeekend Preview on Thursday (Week 8) Part 1