Schalke v. Manchester City Champions League (UCL)

Schalke v. Manchester City Champions League Game This is part of our Champions League coverage, as always, there’s more on our Champions League page! The Group F winner, Manchester City will take on the runner of group D in Schalke 04. They finished close on points which highlights the runaway winner of group D who … Read moreSchalke v. Manchester City Champions League (UCL)

(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 23 Slate

Premier League Week 23

Matchday 26 in the Premier League kicks off a little later today with action from Goodison Park, but only Everton and Manchester City will be playing twice this week.

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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(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 22 Slate

Premier League Week 22

After taking a week off for cup action, the Premier League returns with a double slate this week, with clubs playing both midweek and over the weekend. For the three clubs playing in both cups, weekend matches this week will be their fourth match in 11 days, so they will probably be holding their first-team squads back during cup play.

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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Premier League – Week 20 Power Rankings

Our Power Rankings updated after matches played in the New Year results in a return to the top for our former long-term top club. But for the most part, the clubs of the Premier League remain stratified in their tier structure, with the Top 6 clear of the 7th place club by at least seven points, and the last club of the”muddled middle” four points ahead of the bottom six.

As always, these results try to reflect the week-to-week results, and only account for matches played in the Premier League. Most of the clubs are fairly closely aligned with their league table position, but losses to lower-ranked clubs – or wins against the higher-ranked ones – can move them dramatically out of position.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Results as of matches played through 3 January 2019

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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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Premier League – Week 18 Power Rankings

In a week that saw two of the top five clubs lose, our Power Rankings didn’t shift that much, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur maintaining the top spot. This week, the clubs will officially reach the half-way point of the season, with traditional Boxing Day matches scheduled for the majority of the league today – Southampton and West Ham United close out midweek action tomorrow night. Will two matches lead to some strange results this weekend?

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 23 December 2018

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