Premier League Power Rankings: Saints and Foxes on the charge

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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.

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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!



1 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)
source:  2 UP 2 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)
source:  3  UP 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)
source:  4 UP 4 Leicester CityWell, 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)


5 UP 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)
source:  6 DOWN 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)
source:  7  DOWN 5 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)
source:  8 UP 7 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)
source:  9 DOWN 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)
source:  10  UP 6 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)
source:  11 DOWN 2 TottenhamAll 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)
source:  12 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)
source:  13 DOWN 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)
source:  14 UP 5 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)
source:  15  DOWN 5 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)
source:  16 DOWN 3 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)
source:  17  DOWN 3 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)
source:  18 UP 2 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)
 source:  19 DOWN 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)
20 DOWN 2 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)

West Brom – Chelsea: How to watch, start time, team news, prediction, odds

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West Brom – Chelsea: The Blues are in desperate need of a strong rebound when they visit The Hawthorns on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 pm ET, on NBC and online via


The Baggies, on the other hand, are simply hoping to collect their first point of the season after suffering a 3-0 defeat to Leicester City on the opening day of the 2020-21 season and following that up with a 5-2 beatdown at the hands of Everton last weekend.

As far as favorable matchups go, facing the 20th-place side a week after losing to defending champions Liverpool is quite timely for Chelsea.

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Here is everything you need to know ahead of West Brom – Chelsea this Saturday with team news, odds, stream link and more.

Team news: West Brom – Chelsea (INJURY REPORT)

West Brom – QUESTIONABLE: Ahmed Hegazi (thigh), Kamil Grosicki (back), Hal Robson-Kanu (leg) | OUT: Kieran Gibbs (suspension), Conor Gallagher (loan rules), Kenneth Zohore (calf)

Chelsea – QUESTIONABLE: Christian Pulisic (hamstring), Cesar Azpilicueta (thigh) | OUT: Hakim Ziyech (knee), Andrea Christensen (suspension)

What they’re saying: West Brom – Chelsea

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic, on struggling to sign players: “We don’t have a huge budget, that is why we are trying to be creative and lucky. That’s not easy but we are trying. … We have to do it to maintain a good chance.”

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, on Thiago Silva: “It is exciting for us because he has had just over a week training with us. It was a perfect 60 minutes for him tonight. He will show the qualities he has. Of course, he will get fitter and better. He also gave us something for me on the night in the dressing room and on the pitch of a leader with authority in terms of his demands on others. He can’t speak the language but at the minute that’s not even a problem because his presence and the way he commands people around him is already showing that to me in training and in our game tonight.”

Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

West Brom (+750) represent one of the biggest underdogs — or, opportunities, depending on how you look at it — of the still-young PL season. There’s not much to be won by betting on Chelsea (-280). Even the draw (+400) is pretty far out there.

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Prediction: West Brom – Chelsea

Barring some unforeseen circumstances — for example, a 12th-minute red card — it’s virtually impossible to see West Brom getting anything from this game. They’ve been incredibly poor defensively through two games, and they’re yet to face a side with anything close to the firepower which the Blues possess. West Brom 1-3 Chelsea.

How to watch West Brom – Chelsea stream and start time

Kickoff: 12:30 pm ET Saturday
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MLS upcoming schedule, MLS Cup odds

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MLS betting odds and upcoming schedule: Major League Soccer still has six weeks left of fixtures left in the regular season after its long-awaited return from the COVID-19 shutdown.

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The regular season is currently scheduled to end on Nov. 8, with the playoffs beginning that same week and culminating with MLS Cup on Dec. 12.

Click here for MLS betting odds and different odds on soccer and beyond from our new official sports betting partner PointsBet, as there will be plenty of selections to make each week with game lines and more available via NBC Sports Bet.

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This page will be updated following the completion of every round of games in 2020, to feature the upcoming set of fixtures and MLS betting odds.

This weekend’s MLS schedule and odds (via PointsBet)

Sunday, Sept. 26

Nashville (+105) v Houston (+235) / Draw (+225) — 3:30 pm ET
NYCFC (-228) v Cincinnati (+550) / Draw (+300) — 7 pm ET

Sunday, Sept. 27

DC United (+225) v New England (+105) / Draw (+230) — 7 pm ET
New York Red Bulls (-167) v Montreal (+375) / Draw (+280) — 7 pm ET
Philadelphia (+120) v Inter Miami (+195) / Draw (+225) — 7:30 pm ET
Chicago (-139) v Atlanta (+300) / Draw (+275) — 7:30 pm ET
Toronto (+120) v Columbus (+195) / Draw (+225) — 7:30 pm ET
Minnesota (-125) v Real Salt Lake (+265) / Draw (+270) — 8 pm ET
FC Dallas (+125) v Orlando City (+170) / Draw (+245) — 8:30 pm ET
Colorado (+145) v Sporting KC (+150) / Draw (+240) — 9 pm ET
Vancouver (+375) v Portland (-189) / Draw (+325) — 10 pm ET
LAFC (-500) v San Jose (+850) / Draw (+525) — 10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy (+150) v Seattle (+150) / Draw (+235) — 10:30 pm ET

MLS Cup winner odds

Los Angeles FC (+450)
Toronto FC (+450)
Seattle Sounders (+800)
Philadelphia Union (+1100)
Atlanta United (+1400)
Columbus Crew (+1400)
LA Galaxy (+1800)
New York City FC (+1800)
Sporting KC (+1800)
Portland Timbers (+2000)
Minnesota United (+2500)
New England Revolution (+2500)
Orlando City SC (+2500)
New York Red Bulls (+3000)
Montreal Impact (+4000)
FC Dallas (+5000)
Real Salt Lake (+5000)
San Jose Earthquakes (+6000)
Chicago Fire (+10000)
Colorado Rapids (+10000)
D.C. United (+10000)
Houston Dynamo (+10000)
Inter Miami (+12500)
FC Cincinnati (+25000)
Vancouver Whitecaps (+25000)
Nashville SC (+30000)

West Ham – Wolves: How to watch, start time, team news, prediction, odds

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West Ham – Wolves: David Moyes will be watching from home after testing positive for COVID-19, though he reportedly remains asymptomatic, when his West Ham United side welcomes Wolverhampton Wanderers to the London Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 2 pm ET, online via Peacock).


In recent history, West Ham have had an absolutely torrid time against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side since they won promotion from the EFL Championship. The Hammers have found the back of the net zero times, and collected zero points, in four meetings since Wolves returned to the Premier League.

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Here is everything you need to know ahead of West Ham – Wolves this Sunday with team news, odds, stream link and more.

Team news: West Ham – Wolves (INJURY REPORT)

West Ham – QUESTIONABLE: Issa Diop (COVID-19), Josh Cullen (COVID-19)

Wolves – QUESTIONABLE: Fernando Marcal (undisclosed) | OUT: Jonny (knee)

What they’re saying: West Ham – Wolves

Stand-in manager Alan Irvine, on Moyes’ absence: “I’ve spoken to him several times this morning. He is not feeling any symptoms and hasn’t felt them any way through, so obviously it’s a bit frustrating for him, but he’s fine and he’s getting on with other things. Of course, David will be the manager and everything we do will be run through him. He will make the decisions on everything.”

Nuno Espirito Santo, on facing a team with COVID-19 cases: “We are not concerned, I wish David and the players the fastest recovery. What happened to West Ham can happen to any one of us. It’s tough when you are preparing for a game and you cannot be on the touchline. Now we’re not concerned, we’re confident and we trust the authorities to keep things safe for us.”

Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Everything points to a win for Wolves (+105) with West Ham (+270) made slight home underdogs, which should spell out everything you need to know about the Hammers. Best-case scenario for Moyes and Irvine would be to snatch a draw (+240).

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Prediction: West Ham – Wolves

West Ham might get out of the starting block at some point this season, but Wolves are hardly the ideal opponent you want to see when you have zero points and very few positives to start the season. Misery begets misery, and West Ham are in for a bit more. West Ham 0-2 Wolves.

How to watch West Ham – Wolves stream and start time

Kickoff: 2 pm ET Sunday
Online: Stream via Peacock

Man City – Leicester: How to watch, start time, team news, prediction, odds

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Man City – Leicester: Pep Guardiola will have just 13 first-team players at his disposal when Manchester City hosts Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 11:30 am ET, on NBCSN and online via


With a combination of injuries and confirmed cases of COVID-19 currently ravaging an already-thin squad, City have no choice but to tread water and simply stay afloat in the coming days and weeks as they attempt to reclaim the Premier League title from Liverpool. It’s a difficult position to be in, no doubt about it, and Leicester should present a tricky challenge for Guardiola and Co., without the likes of Bernardo Silva, Aymeric Laporte, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan, among others.

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Man City and Leicester spent much of the 2019-20 season second and third — and third and second — in the PL table, each looking up at Liverpool miles and miles ahead, before winding up second and fifth, respectively. City won each of the two meetings last season — 3-1 at home in December, and 1-0 away in February.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of Man City – Leicester this Sunday with team news, odds, stream link and more.

Team news: Man City – Leicester (INJURY REPORT)

Man City – QUESTIONABLE: Ilkay Gundogan (COVID-19), Aymeric Laporte (COVID-19) | OUT: Bernardo Silva (thigh), Gabriel Jesus (undisclosed), Sergio Aguero (knee), Joao Cancelo (foot), Oleksandr Zinchenko (undisclosed)

Leicester – QUESTIONABLE: Demarai Gray (illness) | OUT: Cengiz Under (transfer clearance), Ricardo Pereira (knee), Jonny Evans (thigh), Filip Benkovic (groin), Wilfred Ndidi (groin)

What they’re saying: Man City – Leicester

Pep Guardiola, on Man City’s injury issues: “With the situation we have right now, we need players from the academy. We have just 13 players fit. With the problems we have up front, he will stay with us. We will use him. We cannot forget, like with Phil, he is only 17 years-old. He has a lot of things to improve. We cannot anticipate the progress of every young player. We’ve had Phil, Eric, Liam and we have Cole Palmer, who will be an exceptional player. We congratulate the academy. I am the last step, but before there are a lot of people in the club working for this and it is a big success for them.”

Brendan Rodgers, on how to improve Leicester: “Firstly, we have a number of young players who can improve. Last season, we showed lots of real potential in the squad. I always felt that two things would help us to improve and continue to develop this process. One of those was time. That means time to work with the players who are here, making them better year on year, particularly the young players. They will have gained from the experiences of last season — good and bad. Time will improve James Maddison. Time will improve Harvey Barnes. Consistency will make us better as well. That will come with the introduction of quality.”

Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Perhaps a bit surprisingly given their ongoing injury issues, City (-350) are heavy betting favorites with Leicester checking in as massive underdogs at +850. The draw (+480) might just make for the perfect speculative wager this weekend.

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Prediction: Man City – Leicester

City struggled to put away Bournemouth in the League Cup on Thursday, and will have largely the same group of players available on Sunday. Facing Leicester will be a significant increase in quality of opposition. Leicester might just get something out of this one and do Liverpool an early-season favor in the process. Man City 1-1 Leicester.

How to watch Man City – Leicester stream and start time

Kickoff: 11:30 am ET Sunday
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