(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 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.

Read moreWeekend Preview on Thursday (#WPOT) Week 13, Part 1

Premier League Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 12) 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.

Cardiff City v. Brighton & Hove Albion

Location: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

Cardfiff comes into this match as slight favorites, though any outcome doesn’t seem too far out of the realm of possibility. This game is expected to have 2 goals.

Cardiff are coming off a loss to Leicester City in a 1-0 defeat in the first game at Ling Power since the tragic loss of the Leicester City chairman. Etheridge saved Cardiff from a much greater loss (including a shot on target in the 88′ denied by the keeper). Cardiff was lucky to have not played a man down for close to sixty minutes after a missed handball to deny a goal by Sol Bamba — and to top it off they failed to score yet again. Cardiff really need to dig deep and find some goals which will come in short supply against Mat Ryan (despite the 3 goals scored by Everton). They are averaging 1.17 goals scored/game and 2.17 goals conceded/game at home, so this could be a great opportunity for both sides.

Brighton gave up a few goals to Everton in route to a sizable defeat which tied their most goals allowed this season (previously against Manchester United). They were unfortunate to have their win streak come to an end so abruptly, but they have a good opportunity to get back to winning ways here. Cardiff has found it to be an insurmountable task to score goals most games and Brighton has been capable enough at scoring them. Brighton away from home has been averaging 0.67 goals scored/game and 1.67 conceded/game. This means that both sides are expected to ship more goals than scored, so it might be a very interesting game to watch.


Read morePremier League Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 12) Part 1

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.

Read moreWeekend Preview on Thursday (Week 11) Part 2

Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 10) 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.

Brighton & Hove Albion v. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Location: Amex Stadium, Brighton

Wolves come into this match as slight favorites. This match expected is to be around 3 goals, and although Wolves are the favorite on paper — there’s relatively little confidence in any particular outcome.

Brighton come into this game on a 2-match win streak that has shown their best form all season. They currently reside in 11th-place and have actually scored more goals, but have conceded several more as well. The seagulls are averaging 1.1 goals scored/game and are giving up 1.4 conceded/game, however, at home they jump to 1.75 goals scored/game and 1.5 conceded/game.

Wolves come in to this match having won 4 of their last six matches which has moved them up into the top-half of the table and into 9th position. Wolves have only lost one of the last 6 to high-flying Watford and have only lost one other match all season (Leicester). Wolves are averaging 1 goal scored/game while conceding 0.9 goals/game — however, on the road,  the goals scored drops to 0.75 goals scored/game and 0.75 goals conceded. 

Read moreWeekend Preview on Thursday (Week 10) Part 1

Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 8) 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.
Tottenham Hotspur v. Cardiff City
Location: Wembley Stadium, London
Tottenham are massive favorites in this match and the 4 goal spread in their favor is not likely to be mere flattery.
Tottenham are coming off a loss to Barcelona  with substantial lineup changes being required due to injuries. This team is down 5 regular starters, but, I still think that this side has the firepower to win (easily) against this Cardiff side that just doesn’t look cut out for the Premier League this season.
Cardiff have lost 5 of 7 matches so far this season, drawing in the other 2. They sit in 19th position in the table, solely because Huddersfield has shipped more goals. I think this could be a rough game for a Cardiff side that has lost four consecutive games and has only scored 4 goals on the season.

Read moreWeekend Preview on Thursday (Week 8) Part 2