Premier League Power Rankings: Liverpool spiraling, Newcastle climbing

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Week 11 of the 2014-15 season is here and the rankings of power are up and down like a yo-yo. Liverpool are on a downward spiral after not scoring in two games, while Sunderland are heading in the opposite direction after a big win.

Plus, can Southampton and West Ham really challenge for the top four? Surely not…

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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!

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1 Chelsea: Mourinho’s men remain top of our rankings, but only just. An uninspiring 2-1 win over QPR was followed up by a midweek draw in Maribor. Hardly top form ahead of their clash vs. Liverpool. (8-2-0)
source:  2 Southampton: The Super Saints keep on rolling. Six wins from seven now and they dispatched Hull with a professional display. Leicester at home for Koeman’s boys this week.  (7-1-2)
source:  3  UP 1 Arsenal: Despite a slack defensive display which saw them blow a 3-0 lead vs. Anderlecht in the UCL, Alexis Sanchez stole the show as Arsenal beat Burnley 3-0. Tricky trip to Swansea. (4-5-1)
source:  4 DOWN 1 West Ham: The Hammers didn’t win a fourth-straight, but they did rally from 2-0 down to draw with Stoke. Massive cojones from Big Sam’s men as Stewart Downing got an England call up for his displays. Villa at home this weekend could be another win.  (5-2-3)

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5 Manchester City: No movement for the Citizens despite a Derby Day win over Man United. That was narrow and they lost to CSKA Moscow after a miserable display as their UCL hopes are all but over. (6-2-2)
source:  6 UP 3 Newcastle United: Toon! Toon! Three wins on the spin for Pardew’s boys who beat Liverpool 1-0 and Man City in the League Cup last week. West Brom away this weekend. (3-4-3)
source:  7 UP 1 Swansea City: The Swans put in a very mature display away at Everton in the league and held on late in the game after Shelvey saw red. Could be a good time to host Arsenal. (4-3-3)
source:  8 DOWN 2 Manchester United: Just when you think the Red Devils are turning the corner, they falter. SMH. Louis van Gaal has hardly any CB’s to chose from as Smalling’s moment of madness cost them in the derby and they’ve endured their worst start since 1986. United host Palace this Saturday, has to be three points. (3-4-3)
source:  9 UP 3 Tottenham Hotspur: Trailing Villa 1-0 with six minutes to go, Spurs looked dead and buried. Then they equalized and Kane scored a last-gasp winner. This could be a huge moment in their season. Stoke at home on Sunday. (4-2-4)
source:  10  EvertonThe Toffees are getting there, slowly but surely. They squandered plenty of chances against Swansea last time out but a win against Sunderland this week could push them back into the top six. (3-4-3)
source:  11 UP 1 QPR: The super hoops are up in the rankings despite losing to Chelsea. Redknapp’s men succumbed to a late Hazard PK at Stamford Bridge but look so much better of late. Can they shock Man City at Loftus Road? (2-1-7)
source:  12 DOWN 5 Liverpool: After all the furor about Rodgers’ team selection in Madrid, Liverpool are fired up and rested to beat Chelsea on Saturday. They haven’t scored in two games and Sturridge is still out injured. All is not well at Anfield. (4-2-4)
source:  13 Stoke CityThe Potters look very dangerous in attack but squandered a 2-0 lead at home to West Ham last week. They must shore things up at the back against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. (3-3-4)
source:  14 UP 4 Sunderland: Big win for the Black Cats down at Palace and they are big risers in our rankings. Gus Poyet’s men are slowly getting over that 8-0 drubbing to Southampton and Steven Fletcher is back to his best. Everton at home this week. (2-5-3)
source:  15 DOWN 3 Crystal Palace: The Eagles are looking a little shaky under Neil Warnock and are now without a win in four. They need to get back to basics fast. Palace travel to Old Trafford on Saturday without captain Mile Jedinak. (2-3-5)
source:  16 Hull City: No win in four for the Tigers as they went down at home to Saints last week. They head to Burnley this week and Steve Bruce will be hoping for a big win to climb clear of the bottom three. (2-5-3)
source:  17 West Brom: The Baggies beat Leicester 1-0 thanks to a bizarre own goal, but they weren’t great. Still adapting to life under Alan Irvine. Saido Berahino got his first England call up this week and should be full of confidence vs. Newcastle. (3-4-3)
source:  18 DOWN 3 Leicester City: Not a great spell for the Foxes as they have now lost three in a row without scoring. Worrying times for Nigel Pearson. He takes his team to his old club Southampton on Saturday. Not an easy game when you’re low on confidence. (2-3-5)
source:  19 Aston Villa: Can you believe it… six defeats on the spin for Villa. They looked to be getting a big win against Spurs but imploded after Benteke was sent off. Disaster. If they lose vs. West Ham, will Paul Lambert get fired? (3-1-6)
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20 BurnleyThe Clarets came out scrapping at the Emirates and gave a good account of themselves. But that extra bit of quality is eluding them, especially in the final third. Hull at home is a must win game, can they grab a fist victory of the season? (0-4-6)

 

 

Arsenal – Liverpool preview: How to watch, team news, start time, stream

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Arsenal – Liverpool preview: Arsenal’s European desperation is high as it prepares to welcome history-chasing Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday (Watch live at 3:15pm ET for FREE on Peacock).

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The Gunners now know that eighth place will not be good enough for the Europa League, making it imperative that Arsenal wins its last three Premier League outings or wins the FA Cup to avoid missing out on European football for the first time since 1996.

Liverpool would love to take its next steps toward the best single-season in Premier League history by denying their rivals a shot at Europe.

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Team news

Jordan Henderson and Joel Gomez remain out for Liverpool, and James Milner seems likely to miss out as well.

Arsenal will not have suspended Eddie Nketiah or injured Calum Chambers, Bernd Leno, and Gabriel Martinelli.


What they’re saying

Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez on post-derby reaction: “Every season we try to finish above them,” said Martinez. “We need to make sure we finish above them. Our target is Europe, that is the reality. We are going to try and give our best against Liverpool and reach the FA Cup Final. We didn’t start like the manager wanted, we were giving the ball away for no reason. As time was going on we started playing well, we controlled the midfield and we outplayed them. I feel sorry for the supporters because we know what it means for them.”

Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s draw with Burnley“If you find a way in the game which causes the opponents massive problems, come on, stick to it, do it, and we did it to a specific extent. But then we were not clear enough anymore, so that’s how it is. How I said, we left the door open for them and they used the situation, which is a special skill of that team.”


Odds and ends (Full matchweek odds)

Arsenal’s a home dog against Liverpool to the tune of +285, according to DraftKings, the Premier League champions a minus-114 favorite.

Liverpool’s depth outlasted Arsenal in a League Cup classic earlier this season, and Mohamed Salah led a 3-1 defeat of Arsenal in Premier League play back in August.


Prediction

Goals? Neither side has been as sharp as it would like but the firepower in both squads is immense. Our lead writer Joe Prince-Wright predicts 2-2 and we’ll ride with that because it would make for a delightful Wednesday.


How to watch Arsenal – Liverpool stream, start time

Kickoff: 3:15 pm ET Wednesday
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Manchester United – Southampton stream: How to watch, team news, odds

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The door to third place is wide open for Manchester United when Southampton visits Old Trafford on Saturday (Watch live at pm ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Chelsea’s weekend loss and Leicester City’s place on United’s docket means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s in-form men control their own destiny when it comes to finishing as high as third on the table.

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Southampton, for its part, can harbor outside hopes of a Europa League place, currently six points back of eighth place before Arsenal and Spurs play Sunday.


Team news

Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe remain the only absences for Manchester United.

Moussa Djenepo, Sofiane Boufal and Yan Valery are out for Saints and may not return this season, while Jannik Vestergaard is hoping to come off the bench to score a second goal against the Red Devils.

 


What they’re saying

Paul Pogba about what’s changed at Old Trafford: “We play more as a team than we did before, we enjoy it even more, we defend together, we attack together, and this team is stronger as well. The players who are on the bench or who don’t play every time, when they come on they help the team so the mentality is good and is right. All this together has put us where we are today.”

Ralph Hasenhuttl on improving Saints: “We want to be braver, but that can sometimes cause you problems, like against Arsenal when we make some mistakes. We need this decision making, because then we learn. If you don’t demand this, you cannot improve in this way. …In every regard you must get better. In this moment it looks like we can make this step, and the players are open-minded to go this way. This is important, otherwise you will always stay on the same level.”


Odds and ends (Full matchweek odds)

Saints are tied with Burnley as the biggest underdog of the weekend at +1050, but you see how that turned out for Nick Pope and the Clarets. United is a minus-375 favorite.

Jannik Vestergaard and Daniel James traded goals at St. Mary’s on Aug. 31 when 10-man Saints drew United.


Prediction

Can anyone slow United? Saints have already claimed a big win against a Mancunian power… and this would be a big moment for Hasenhuttl’s project. The teams are on the same amount of rest and all things equal you’d like the hosts to boot. United 2-1.


How to watch Manchester United – Southampton stream, start time

Kickoff: 3:15 pm ET Monday
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Transfer news: Chilwell to Man United; Kante to Inter Milan

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In the latest transfer news Ben Chilwell has been linked with a move to Manchester United, while N’Golo Kante could be heading to Inter Milan.

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Starting in Manchester, it appears that Ben Chilwell is wanted by both Manchester City and now Manchester United, with Chelsea still in the hunt too.

The Leicester City and England left back, 23, is reportedly a target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as The Sun says that he is valued at $75 million and that Man United are now in pole position to sign him.

Do Man United really need a new left back? Luke Shaw is finally fit and has been very good this season, while Brandon Williams is an emerging talent at left back. Chilwell is a very, very good left back but Man City and Chelsea have a greater need to upgrade in that area. If Leicester do not make the Champions League, they will probably cash in on Chilwell.

Man United need a new center back and holding midfielder before they sign a left back but Solskjaer must think differently.

Kante to Inter Milan
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Moving down to west London, it appears that N’Golo Kante could be linking up with Antonio Conte once again at Inter Milan.

Kante, 29, has been riddled with injuries this season but when he has played it’s clear to see the stability he brings to the entire Chelsea side.

According to Gazzetto dello Sport in Italy, Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for the French World Cup winner as Frank Lampard continues his expensive overhaul of the Blues.

Kante has a contract with Chelsea until the summer of 2023 but now is probably to cash in on him, if they want to. If they can move on Kante, then bringing in Kai Havertz and several defensive players would be more possible this summer.

This is a tough one. On paper, Kante is one of the few players at Chelsea who should be guaranteed starters. However, there’s no doubting his level has dropped a little this season due to injuries and the style of play under Lampard.

Inter Milan are building something under Conte and Kante would be a huge part of their project.

Premier League odds, Prince-Wright’s picks: Matchweek 36

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EPL betting odds for the Premier League have been released but we know the bookies don’t always get it right.

Here are the latest Prince-Wright’s Premier League score predictions as the Premier League return has the EPL betting odds all over the place.

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The Premier League score predictions below encompass the 10 games during midweek for Matchweek 36. Here we go.

If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage you to get involved in the comments section below. Let’s have a bit of fun with these Premier League games.

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Okay, so I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out. Listen carefully, because this is very specific.

While you can download the NBC Sports Predictor app (below) and play the Premier League Pick ‘Em game yourself to predict the scores and win the prizes.

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With the first section labelled “basically, free money” for the picks I think are dead certs. The section labelled “don’t touch this” means if you’re betting I advise you to stay clear, while the “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” section are the long shots. If it is better odds you are after, those are the picks to go for.

Check out our Premier League score predictions below.


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Man City 4-1 Bournemouth – (Wednesday, 1 p.m. ET, Peacock) – [STREAM

Chelsea 4-2 Norwich – (Tuesday, 3:15 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Burnley 1-3 Wolves – (Wednesday, 1 p.m. ET, Peacock) – [STREAM

Crystal Palace 0-2 Man United – (Thursday, 3:15 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]


DON’T TOUCH THIS…

Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool – (Wednesday, 3:15 p.m. ET, Peacock) – [STREAM

Southampton 1-1 Brighton – (Thursday, 3:15 p.m. ET, Gold/Peacock) – [STREAM

Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham – (Wednesday, 1 p.m. ET, Peacock) – [STREAM


“SO YOU’RE TELLING ME THERE’S A CHANCE…”

Leicester 1-1 Sheffield United – (Thursday, 1 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Everton 1-2 Aston Villa – (Thursday, 1 p.m. ET, Gold/Peacock) – [STREAM]

West Ham 1-2 Watford – (Friday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]


EPL ODDS – Via DraftKings

Tuesday, July 14: (-770) Chelsea v. Norwich (+1900), Tie: +800
Wednesday, July 15: (-715) Man City v. Bournemouth (+1800), Tie: +750
Wednesday, July 15: (+380) Burnley v. Wolves (-115), Tie: +225
Wednesday, July 15: (+380) Newcastle v. Tottenham (-130), Tie: +265
Wednesday, July 15: (+285) Arsenal v. Liverpool (-114), Tie: +290
Thursday, July 16: (+102) Everton v. Aston Villa (+270), Tie: +255
Thursday, July 16: (+100) Leicester v. Sheffield United (+310), Tie: +225
Thursday, July 16: (+900) Crystal Palace v. Man United (-295), Tie: +390
Thursday, July 16: (+117) Southampton v. Brighton (+255), Tie: +230
Friday, July 17: (+143) West Ham v. Watford (+235), Tie: +200