11 December 2019 12:36
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) The Premier League didn't issue too many surprises at the bottom of the table this week, but two top-tier sides didn't behave as such and shook up our rankings. [MORE: Premier League schedule] Chelsea and Man City have dipped low, and Bournemouth's skid doesn't have it sinking lower (yet) because of the teams beneath it. Green: New season-high ranking Red: New season-low [MORE: PL Club Power Rankings archive] Watford — Liverpool and Manchester United are next, and it's looking a long way back to safety. Last match: Drew 0-0 v. Crystal Palace Up next: 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday at Liverpool Norwich City — Outshot, out-passed, our possessed Sheffield United at home and still lost.
Bad vibes, man. Sheffield United Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Leicester City West Ham United — Just feels like there's something lurking below the surface here. Doesn't smell right given the Irons talent. Arsenal Up next: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Southampton Bournemouth — Losing to Liverpool is no shame, but it's almost officially time to worry. Liverpool Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Chelsea Aston Villa — Tom Heaton is a heck of a goalkeeper but he can't be expected to save four A-plus danger chances per game. Leicester City Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Sheffield United Southampton — West Ham and Villa back-to-back have to provide four points if Saints revival is to be believed. Last match: Lost 2-1 at Newcastle United West Ham United Everton — Duncan Ferguson gives the Toffees board reason enough to be patient with their managerial hire, and then Napoli goes and fires Carlo Ancelotti. Chelsea Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Manchester United Burnley — The defending against Spurs — we know, Spurs are good — was enough to drop them far lower than four spots. Abject stuff from a Sean Dyche side. Last match: Lost 5-0 at Spurs Newcastle Arsenal — Freddie Ljungberg started Nicolas Pepe, and Nicholas Pepe was his best player. Stunning stuff, really. Look at the assist below. Last match: Won 3-1 at West Ham Man City Crystal Palace — I want to believe, but am holding out for something more. A derby win versus Brighton would suffice. Last match: Drew 0-0 at Watford Up next: 2:45 p.m. ET Monday v. Brighton Newcastle United — Again, Steve Bruce's men are getting tremendous Fortune and he's pushing almost all the right buttons (It takes guts to start Andy Carroll over the struggling record signing Joelinton). This could be a sign of the Geordie Apocalypse. Southampton Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Burnley 9. Sheffield United — A little wobbly lately, but still a good comeback at Carrow Road. Last match: Won 2-1 at Norwich City Aston Villa 8. Brighton and Hove Albion — Doesn't it say something that a country who starves for young, strong English coaches had one sitting in Sweden for eight years? Graham Potter is legit. Last match: Won 2-1 at Arsenal Wolves 7. Chelsea — Some of those young guys who've played so well, so early, are looking a little ragged. It's a shame Frank Lampard is still waiting on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who will really help things take another step. Last match: Lost 3-1 at Everton Bournemouth 6. Manchester City — It probably has nothing to do with the system, and a lot to do with not having Aymeric Laporte, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane… Still, it needs to be better than a home derby loss to a Paul Pogba-less United. Last match: Lost 2-1 v. Manchester United Up next: 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday at Arsenal 5. Tottenham Hotspur — We're gonna need multiple screens on Sunday morning, as Wolves-Spurs and Man Utd-Everton are both must-monitor. Last match: Won 5-0 v. Burnley Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Wolves 4. Manchester United — Ole's at the wheel, and still doesn't feel like Lewis Hamilton or anything but we're not worried about heading off a cliff. Last match: Won 2-1 at Man City Everton 3. Wolves — Beat Spurs on Sunday and I'll go ahead and bet on them as a Top Four finisher, even after the Brighton draw failed to deliver the goods. Last match: Drew 2-2 at Brighton Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Spurs 2. Leicester City — Wow. Last match: Won 4-1 at Aston Villa Norwich City 1. Liverpool — Wow, only atop the table. Last week: 1 Season high: 1 Season low: 3 Last match: Won 3-0 at Bournemouth Up next: 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday v. Watford Follow @NicholasMendola