Europa League – Matchday 6 Scenarios (Part 2)

Click here for Part 1 and a look at all the settled groups in Europa League.

There are eight groups – and 23 clubs – that will actually have something to play for during Matchday 6. I’ve broken these eight groups into two groups of four: those with one spot open and those with both spots open. I tried to outline all the scenarios based on potential outcomes today without diving too deep into the tiebreakers; if seeding or advancement comes down to disciplinary points (the 11th tiebreaker), than you won’t find those here. (I’m just honestly not that great at predicting scores).

The completely open groups will be discussed in Part 3, which is where the most excitement will be happening. In both posts, I’m going to be referencing the FiveThirtyEight Europa League Predictions to show which clubs are favored for what spots, so feel free to open that link in a separate window/tab so I don’t have to keep linking it later.

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Premier League – Week 16 Power Rankings

Much as I suspected heading into last week’s slate of games, playing twice shook up the rankings. We’ll talk about the minutiae after the actual rankings, but only four clubs stayed in the same spot from last week’s Power Rankings, and we also have a new club at the top of the rankings: Liverpool, the only club remaining without a loss in league play.

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 10 December 2018

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Premier League – Week 14 Power Rankings

After this past weekend’s results, the bulk of the movement in our Power Rankings is confined to the clubs toward the bottom of the table. Our top seven clubs align perfectly with the top seven in the league table, and only two matches this weekend will feature clubs from the top 7 facing off against each other.

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 26 November 2018

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(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 13 Slate

As I’m sure your sick of hearing, the Premier League is back from international break this week, and we are entering a crammed schedule over the next few weeks, with league play, EFL Cup, FA Cup, and UEFA competitions dotting the calendar before the it turns over to 2019.

This will be another week where the top clubs in the league should expand their leads over those towards the bottom of the table. As always, the number in parenthesis before each club reflects their spot on our weekly Power Rankings, and we’ll try to keep this list updated as the weekend 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, 24 November 2018
3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(12) Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 (9) Leicester City
(6) Everton 1-0 (13) Cardiff City
(20) Fulham 3-2 (18) Southampton
(7) Manchester United 0-0 (19) Crystal Palace
(8) Watford 0-3 (2) Liverpool
(15) West Ham United 0-4 (1) Manchester City
5:30pm GMT/12:30pm EST

(4) Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 (3) Chelsea   **MATCH OF THE WEEK**

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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.

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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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Champions & Relegation Watch – Premier League – Version 2

Note: This is the second version of our Premier League Champions and Relegation Watch this season (check out the first version here). Through the first half of the season, we’ll update this report every other month or so, or when there is a break from league play.

We have reached another international break, so instead of publishing updated Power Rankings in the Premier League, we figured it was time to see how the league table is currently shaking out and take a look at who is in position to qualify for European competition next year, as well as who might be heading down to the Championship after the season.

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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