(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 20 Slate

Premier League Week 20

After taking a small break from league play after the New Year – there was some Carabao and FA Cup action in the interim – the Premier League returns to weekend play for at least the next two weeks for Matchdays 22 and 23.

As I have been talking about for a weeks now, the Premier League remains divided into three tiers, with the Top Six beginning to distance themselves from the rest of the league – 6th place (in the table) Manchester United is seven points ahead of 7th-place Leicester City – the the bottom of the league is really starting to fall behind.

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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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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2018 Fulham at Manchester United

Fulham at Manchester United, Dec 8: Manchester United’s Old Trafford will play host the away side, Fulham. And although Manchester United’s form has not been what they would like, they still find themselves in 8th. Fulham find themselves at the bottom of the table, and enter as serious underdogs as the 20th-ranked side. Frankly though, … Read more2018 Fulham at Manchester United

Premier League – Week 15 Power Rankings

Note: Usually we publish the Championship Power Rankings first thing Monday morning, but they still have one match left this week. Also, Premier League clubs will be playing twice this week, with matches starting tomorrow,so they will get the lead position this week, with Championship rankings coming later in the week.

After this past weekend’s results, only four clubs remain in the same position that they were in last week’s Power Rankings. A few lower-ranked teams had unexpected results over higher-ranked opponents, but nothing so shocking that it caused chaos up and down the rankings.

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 2 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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