Week 6 of the Premier League is fast approaching. Have you got Derby fever?
If so, you’re not alone and you’re in luck as two massive clashes await on Saturday as the Merseyside and North London derbies take place. With Liverpool and Everton struggling, plus Arsenal and Tottenham hardly firing on all cylinders so far, will a rivalry win breath new impetus into their seasons?
The disjointed nature of the young PL season is reflected in our latest rankings as there’s plenty of movement in both directions as inconsistent starts continue and some unlikely teams adorn the top spots.
Each week we put our neck on the line to analyze the strength of each Premier League team, forget about the official league standings (here they are in case you actually do want them) that doesn’t mean squat.
The Power Rankings take into account the strength of schedule, injuries, suspensions, playing well but still losing and plenty of other variables. The W-D-L bracket shows each PL team’s current record and you can now see how many spots each team has moved, up or down, from week-to-week.
Let’s get to it!
Chelsea: The Blues put in a solid display away from home, drawing 1-1 at Man City and were unlucky not to win. How about Lampard getting that equalizer? Home game vs. Aston Villa this weekend. (4-1-0)
Southampton: Saints have won three-straight and are red hot as they welcome QPR to St Mary’s. A midweek league cup win over Arsenal means Ronald Koeman’s men are flying high. What an incredible job the Dutchman has done, so far. (3-1-1)
Arsenal: The Gunners tore Villa apart with three goals in 192 seconds in a 3-0 win. Ozil and Welbeck are clicking and now a huge North London derby vs. Spurs awaits at the Emirates. (2-3-0)
Leicester City: Well, what an incredible win for Leicester as they hammered Manchester United 5-3! Nigel Pearson’s men have adapted superbly to life back in the PL and could easily win away at Crystal Palace on Saturday. (2-2-1)
Manchester City: The Citizens dug deep and grabbed a point against Chelsea despite being down to 10-men. Bravo. Not a phenomenal start to the season though. Can they get going away at Hull City? (2-2-1)
Swansea City: Garry Monk’s side suffered their second-straight defeat, but a narrow one to Southampton. The Swans make the long trip up to Sunderland this weekend. (3-0-2)
Aston Villa: Back to earth with a bump for the Villains as Arsenal beat them 3-0 but with a sickness bug ravaging Paul Lambert’s men, we will give them a pass. Tough game at Chelsea this weekend. (3-1-1)
Crystal Palace: The Eagles sealed a fantastic 3-2 win away at Everton and are 3 games unbeaten since Neil Warnock took charge. Huge climbers in our rankings and a chance to rack up another win at home vs. Leicester. (1-2-2)
Liverpool: A disappointing start to the season got worse for the Reds as they lost away at West Ham 3-1. Mario Balotelli is struggling for form, while Brendan Rodgers’ men have missed injured Daniel Sturridge badly. A win in the derby vs. Everton is a must. (2-0-3)
West Ham: The Hammers are big climbers after that win over Liverpool. Sam Allardyce has found some top quality attackers in Sakho and Valencia and they look solid as a rock at the back. Trip to Old Trafford this week. (2-1-2)
Tottenham: All of a sudden Mauricio Pochettino is under a little bit of pressure. Spurs lost to West Brom and put in a total tepid display. They must do better in the North London derby away from home. (2-1-2)
Stoke City: Five points from five games is a steady start for Stoke but they coughed up a late goal away at QPR which cost them all three points. Victor Moses is coming into his own. Home game vs. Newcastle next up. (1-2-2)
Manchester United: How do you even try to explain United’s implosion against Leicester? Leading 3-1 with 27 minutes to go and then that happens… Anyway, van Gaal’s men must bounce back with a win vs. West Ham. (1-2-2)
QPR: Rangers showed enough vs. Stoke to suggest they should be a lot better than fighting relegation this season. Still only one win for Harry Redknapp but plenty of spirit. Saints away this weekend. (1-1-3)
Everton: Oh dear. A day to forget for USMNT ‘keeper Tim Howard who was at fault for Palace’s first two goals in a 3-2 home defeat. Roberto Martinez’s men were also dumped out of the League Cup. A win at Liverpool in the derby could re-energize everyone. (1-2-2)
Sunderland: The Black Cats struggled offensively in their 0-0 draw at Burnley and Mannone got them a point. Poyet is still searching for his first win this season and it has to come soon otherwise another season of struggle beckons. Altidore scored in a midweek League Cup defeat. Swansea at home next. (0-4-1)
Hull City: Not quite sure what to make of Steve Bruce’s men who keep scoring stunning goals but are letting in way too many for his liking. They were 2-0 up away at Newcastle but drew 2-2. Man City at the KC this weekend. (1-3-1)
West Brom: Alan Irvine picked up his first win as a PL manager as the Baggies stunned White Hart Lane by beating Spurs 1-0. They are well-organized and will be hoping to nick another tight game vs. Burnley this Sunday. Still work to do, but fantastic victory. (1-2-2)
Newcastle: Alan Pardew’s side look dead and buried vs. Hull so credit must go to them, and particularly Papiss Cisse, for stepping off the bench to score two late goals. Stoke away on Monday night will be a brutally physical game, but Pardew’s boys did beat Palace in the League Cup. (0-2-3)
Burnley: Three-straight 0-0 draws for the Clarets says it all. They are solid at the back but have now failed to score in over seven hours of play. Sean Dyche’s men have a great chance to beat West Brom away this week. (0-3-2)
Crystal Palace vs Leeds: How to watch, live stream link, team news, lineups
How to watch Crystal Palace vs Leeds live, stream link and start time
Kick off: 9am ET, Sunday TV Channel: USA Network Online:Stream via NBCSports.com
Key storylines & star players
Palace has given up 11 goals this season and expected goals say that perhaps it should be worse for the Eagles, who have received four of their seven goals from one man: Wilfried Zaha.
Leeds won’t have Luis Sinisterra, who was sent off last week, but Brenden Aaronson and Rodrigo have been producing plenty of attacking moments. Finish has to come next, although Leeds’ 10 goals puts it middle of the pack. Perhaps Patrick Bamford is ready to deliver the goods?
Crystal Palace team news, injuries, lineup options
QUESTIONABLE: Joachim Andersen (calf). OUT: Nathan Ferguson (ankle), Nathaniel Clyne (ankle), Jack Butland (wrist), James McArthur (groin).
Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options
QUESTIONABLE: Adam Forshaw (ankle). OUT: Stuart Dallas (thigh), Archie Gray (toe), Luis Sinisterra (suspension).
How to watch Newcastle vs Brentford live, stream link and start time
Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday TV Channel: USA Network Online:Stream via NBCSports.com
Key storylines & star players
Exciting forward Allan Saint-Maximin could return for Newcastle, making an already cohesive unit more dangerous. The 25-year-old has a goal and two assists in four appearances this season and scored in this fixture, a 3-3 draw, last season.
Brentford has scored the fifth-most goals in the Premier League this season — quite good — but only six teams have conceded more than the Bees. Goalkeeper David Raya has made 30 saves, tied for third in the Premier League with… Nick Pope. So perhaps it’s time to expect fireworks.
Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options
QUESTIONABLE: Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh). OUT: Karl Darlow (ankle), Alexander Isak (thigh), Jonjo Shelvey (thigh), Matt Ritchie (calf), Emil Krafth (knee).
For those tempted to write off Erling Haaland’s historically-hot start to life as a Premier League striker, we get it: There’s something rather dull about not wondering the identity of the 2022 Golden Boot winner, but just the number of his final tally.
Haaland’s Premier League-leading 14 goals from eight games has him seven goals clear of the next closest challenger: Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
His third hat trick of the season, joined by three Phil Foden goals in Man City’s 6-3 derby win over United, keeps him on pace for more than 60 goals this season, a mark that would
And even though Haaland is currently overperforming his expected goals total, it’s already becoming clear that projecting him for the Premier League record is not farfetched at all.
Take a look at these digits. Haaland isn’t just punching in goals; He’s made an almost seamless transition to Pep Guardiola’s system, producing chances for others in addition to his powerful self-positioning.
Haaland is unlikely to hit even 50 goals given the schedule congestion to come for Man City, but the Premier League record is very well under assault
Mohamed Salah holds the 38-game season record with his 32 goals scored for Liverpool during the 2017-18 season, while Newcastle’s Andy Cole and Blackburn’s Alan Shearer bagged 34 during 42-game seasons in the 20th century’s final decade.
Haaland also could topple the record for goal involvements (goals plus assists) in a single season, including beating the 42-game record. Alan Shearer put up 47 over 42, while Thierry Henry holds the 38-game record with 44.
Other records that Haaland could legitimately tie or topple:
30 goals in a first Premier League season (Kevin Phillips, Sunderland, 1999-2000)
Goals in 24 different Premier League matches (Salah, Liverpool, 2017-18)
Most goals in a Premier League match (Five tied with five)
11-straight Premier League games with a goal (Jamie Vardy, Leicester, 2014-15)
Read on to see the latest Premier League goal totals for the 2022-23 season, as Haaland looks to claim a Golden Boot in his first PL season.
Kevin De Bruyne’s gaudy assist numbers give rise to any number of considerations, and we have to wonder if the Manchester City star has ever wondered if the Premier League record would be his in a world in which Jose Mourinho found better use for him at Chelsea.
De Bruyne’s eight assists this Premier League season are double his closest competitors — teammate Bernardo Silva and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka — to give him 94 for his career. That’s tied for fifth all-time with Dennis Bergkamp, 72 behind record holder Ryan Giggs.
The Belgian star, 31, arrived at Chelsea from Werder Bremen at the age of 22 and managed only 425 in a half-season before being offloaded to Wolfsburg. Back in the Bundesliga, De Bruyne got six assists the rest of the way before setting up 21 goals the next season to set up a move to Man City.
He’s since won the nascent Premier League Playmaker of the Season Award twice, including a 20-assist 2019-20 season, and he’s on pace to make it three of six. Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, and Eden Hazard have also won the award, which is only five years old.
De Bruyne also led the Premier League in assists in 2016-17, the year before the league but a name on the honor.
His stats hint that there’s more to come, as ‘KDB’ is creating a gaudy 3.95 chances per 90 minutes. After a season in which he scored 15 times with eight assists, De Bruyne is back taunting those who’d dare chase him in terms of setting up goals (Some guy named Erling Haaland is helping…).
Take a look at De Bruyne’s shining stats, and read on to see who’s chasing him in a list of the Premier League assist leaders for the 2022-23 season.