Premier League Tuesday – Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace

Premier League Tuesday – BHA & Crystal Palace

This BHA and Crystal Palace game is expected to be far and away the most competitive matchup of the day. It’s also one between two teams would desperately like to start building up some points before the midway point of the season. They’d both love to go into the New Year with themselves in a good place in the table! It’s also a matchup between #9 and #15 in our Week 15 power rankings!

Brighton and Hove Albion (BHA)

Brighton come into this match in very reasonable form. In their last 6 games they have 3 wins, 1 draw, and two losses. Brighton have the 7th best home form in the table, though they’ve left a fair number of points on the board in road games. Although they have 6 losses on the season, 3 of them are to big six teams. They also added a memorable win over a Manchester United team that’s been poor. Brighton would love to take this opportunity to leapfrog Watford. While the Seagulls come in with a very winnable game, Watford faces Manchester City. Depending on other results tomorrow, Brighton could go as high as eighth but their goal differential would have to improve immensely.

In terms of the statistics, Brighton is markedly better at home than away. Brighton has managed a goal in every home game they’ve played as well as the last seven straight. At home the Seagulls are averaging 1.5 goals scored per game while conceding 1.17 goals per game. They’ve allowed a total of 7 goals against at home this season; 3 allowed in the first half and 4 in the second half. While their goal scoring is the opposite; 5 goals in the first half and 4 in the second.

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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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Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 12) 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.

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur

Location: Selhurst Park, London

Spurs come into this match as big favorites over an up and down Palace side. Current goal projections are at right about 3 goals, with a big Tottenham win expected.

Crystal Park ran into a Chelsea team that was featured previously as a potential Darkhorse in the Premier League race, and were soundly beaten. They managed to score one goal (Andros Townsend) but conceded 3 goals. The team didn’t put up a particularly great performance, in general, and the defense perhaps even less so. Crystal Palace has not been good at home, averaging 0.4 goals scored/match and conceding 1.4 goals/match.

Tottenham’s defense really struggled this last week against Wolves, they conceded not one, but two penalties, both of which ended up as goals. Wolves looked like they had a great chance at making this into a match after all. Tottenham had more shots on target, but that’s about the only statistic they lead in, and they also had no reply to any of the second half goals by Wolves. I don’t really see this being too much of an issue against a Crystal Palace side that has been poor, but it could be an Achilles heel coming against sides in better form. Tottenham’s away form has been pretty good scoring 2 goals/game and 0.86 goals conceded/match.

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Premier League – Week 11 Power Rankings

Overall, it was a pretty ho-hum Week 10 this week, at least as far as our Power Rankings go. The majority of the clubs are not moving from last week, with only some minor shuffling at the bottom of the top 10.

As a reminder, these Power Rankings are only for matches played in the league, so even though Crystal Palace lost this week in the Carabao Cup against Championship club Middlesbrough, they still move up a spot after a draw against the much higher-ranked Arsenal. Additionally, with half the Premier League playing in the Carabao Cup this week, we may see some tired legs this weekend, which could impact performance for some of the clubs.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Results as of matches played through 29 October 2018

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Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 11) 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.

Arsenal v. Liverpool

Location: Emirates Stadium

Liverpool are favored to win, although the margin suggests all three outcomes are in play. This one is expected to have at least 3 goals scored.

Arsenal are chasing their 8th straight win under Unai Emery, although this is the hardest match they’ve faced during that stretch. This side has a lot of talent and could be very scary if they continue to realize their potential. Arsenal (home) is averaging 2 goals scored/game and conceding 1 goal/game.

Liverpool have drawn only two games, against Chelsea and Manchester City. Otherwise they’ve only recorded wins so far on the season. Although they were unable to keep a clean sheet (and lost my DFS contest for me) I expect Liverpool to try to create some separation by winning this match. Liverpool (away) is averaging 1.6 goals scored/game and 0.6 goals conceded/game.

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Middlesbrough v. Crystal Palace (Carabao Cup)

Middlesbrough has experienced a very up and down history, in fact, they have nearly as many seasons in the 2nd league as the top tier (45 and 61, respectively). Middlesbrough has been making a strong statement to come back to top-flight soccer. They finished in 5th place last season and qualified for the play off when they lost to Aston Villa in the first playoff round. This season marks Tony Pulis’ first full season in charge of the club, and so far they are sitting at third in the Championship table. At the end of the 2016-2017 Middlesbrough was relegated from the Premier League, and although they missed promotion back on the first ask, they seem reasonably well positioned to make a reasonable run for return. Through 15 games, Middlesborough has gotten 27 points with a goal difference of +9. They haven’t been prolific scorers, but they have conceded 3 goals less than the next best team, and about ½ of what the other top teams have conceded.

Crystal Palace, much like Middlesbrough, has had a varied history about which tier they’ve been in. Palace’s most recent promotion from the Championship came as a result of winning the promotion playoff place in 2012-2013, guaranteeing them Premier League soccer in 2013-2014. Since then, they’ve been able to successfully maintain midtable position, and if they can get onto a little better run of form I think it could happen again. Crystal Palace has gotten off to a rough start this year, securing only 8 points in 10 games with a -6 goal differential. Crystal Palace has struggled to score goals with only 7 scored on the season (2 of which came in their most recent match as part of a 2-2 draw with Arsenal). Palace has had some injury struggles so far this season – with both Scott Dan (DC) and Christian Beneteke (ST) out for the foreseeable future.

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