(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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(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 14 Slate

Another week of Premier League action is in the books, and we have another full slate starting tonight. With six clubs playing in European competitions this week – and in advance of a week where the clubs will play twice – some clubs will be playing four matches over 14 days. Will this impact performance this weekend, or will we see the tired legs at the end of next weekend?

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.

Friday, 30 November 2018

8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(16) Cardiff City 2-1 (12) Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Weekend Preview on Thursday (#WPOT) Week 13, 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.

Weekend Preview on Thursday (#WPOT) Week 13,

 Part 1


Watford v. Liverpool

Location: Vicarage Road

Liverpool are sizable favorites in this matchup. So far, the expectation is that this game should have around 3 goals scored.

Watford’s blistering start has definitely cooled off a bit, they’ve lost 3 of the last 6 and drawn another. Their most recent was a 1-1 draw with a Southampton side currently residing in 17th place. The side have fallen down to 7th place in the table, tied with Manchester United and Burnley (on points). Watford will need to be especially aware of Liverpool’s penchant for scoring goals late in the first half (31′-45′). The home side has conceded 4 of their 8 concessions at home during that time. Watford is averaging 1.67 goals scored/per game and 1.33 goals conceded/per game at home. All signs indicate this should be a pretty good matchup.

Liverpool have drawn three of their last six games. Some space between Manchester City and the second-placed reds is starting to emerge. Liverpool did manage to beat Fulham with a 2-0 final score but Liverpool will want to start winning games to keep pace with City. Away from home Liverpool is averaging 1.5 goals scored/per game and 0.67 concessions/per game. Of particular importance is the number of  goals conceded late, 76′ or later, while away totaling 3 of the 4 goals allowed. While Watford doesn’t have a major differential overall, they have scored 7 of their 10 home goals in the second half, 5 of those 7 coming after the 60′ minute. Liverpool will need to keep their composure here to ensure a result.

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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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(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 12 Slate

We have one more week of action before the top English clubs take another week off for a international break, and this one is shaping up to have some quality matchups, especially on Sunday. This could be because the clubs that played midweek in European competitions needed an extra day for recovery, but either way, one of the matches that closes out this week is much better than the one that closed out last week.

Nevertheless, this week should be one that helps clear up the muddled middle of the league table, while also allowing the top teams to separate themselves further. 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, 10 November 2018
12:30pm GMT/7:30am EST
(15) Cardiff City 2-1 (10) Brighton & Hove Albion
3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(17) Huddersfield Town 1-1 (12) West Ham United
(11) Leicester City 0-0 (14) Burnley
(16) Newcastle United 2-1 (9) AFC Bournemouth
(19) Southampton 1-1 (8) Watford
5:30pm GMT/12:30pm EST

(18) Crystal Palace 0-1 (5) Tottenham Hotspur

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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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