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Premier League Club Power Rankings: Week 15

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20. Burnley — Since we last ranked ’em, the Clarets have lost to Newcastle and Liverpool at home and Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Only one of those is forgivable given current form. This is getting real dicey for a side which has Brighton, Spurs, Arsenal, and Everton by Boxing Day.
Last week: 15
Season high: 13
Season low: 20

19. Southampton *New season low* — New boss Ralph Hasenhuttl saw a team that didn’t quit despite hitting the bar thrice in going down 3-0 at Spurs. A visit to Cardiff City is on the verge of “must win” on Saturday.
Last week: 17
Season high: 13
Season low: 19

18. Huddersfield Town — The Terriers are looking solid, even in defeat, but points have to start coming to the John Smith’s Stadium.
Last week: 19
Season high: 18
Season low: 20

17. Fulham — Claudio Ranieri‘s men have nearly doubled their point total during his three matches in charge, including a draw against his old pals Leicester.
Last week: 20
Season high: 11
Season low: 20

16. Crystal Palace  — Someone besides Wilfried Zaha from open play and Luka Milivojevic from the spot has to produce goals (and Andros Townsend‘s once-in-a-blue-moon wonder strikes don’t count). The Man Utd draw and Burnley wins do help.
Last week: 14
Season high: 6
Season low: 16

15. Cardiff City *New season high* — Two wins from four, and the other matches were respectable. Has Neil Warnock done enough to keep the Bluebirds clear of the Bottom Three with an addition or two in January?
Last week: 16
Season high: 15
Season low: 20

14. Newcastle United — There are few teams as stout at the back as Rafa Benitez‘s Magpies, who can start to consider midtable an option with an easier run of games underway and the January window maybe bringing a takeover and reinforcements (like Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron?).
Last week: 14
Season high: 13
Season low: 19

13. Watford — Like Bournemouth, the Hornets have failed a series of tests regarding their chances to contend for something meaningful. But their performance against Man City reminded us that they are capable of finishing comfortably mid-table if they bring their A-game.
Last week: 11
Season high: 4
Season low: 14

12. Wolves — That’s a really nice win over Chelsea to stop the rot, and there’s a chance for Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men to really steady the ship with Newcastle on the docket.
Last week: 10
Season high: 5
Season low: 13

11. West Ham — Perhaps a bit lucky that Joe Ralls couldn’t convert his Tuesday penalty, the Irons are steadily collecting the results they should to climb into the Top Seven mix.
Last week: 12
Season high: 9
Season low: 20

10. Bournemouth — And exhale. The Cherries lost four-straight, three against giants and one against Newcastle, before getting their footing against Huddersfield Town. Their reward? Liverpool this weekend.
Last week: 8
Season high: 6
Season low: 12

9. Brighton and Hove Albion  Back on track after some setbacks, Chris Hughton‘s men won the M23 Derby and could climb even higher with Burnley up next.
Last week: 13
Season high: 9
Season low: 19

8. Leicester City — Unbeaten in six, though the Foxes would’ve liked to have picked up a few more wins given the competition. Spurs visit this weekend.
Last week: 9
Season high: 7
Season low: 13

7. Manchester United — Think Chelsea’s on a dry run? United has three draws since their loss to Man City, and better hope Claudio Ranieri’s counter attacking ways haven’t fully sunk into Fulham this weekend. Maybe Paul Pogba really is a problem, by the way…
Last week: 7
Season high: 4
Season low: 14

6. Everton — Jordan Pickford‘s silly mistake against Liverpool cost the Toffees derby honors and the fifth spot in our rankings, and their lack of finish in a dominant performance against Newcastle nearly set them further back. And the Magpies traveling support was not kind to the former Sunderland man.
Last week: 7
Season high: 5
Season low: 13

5. Chelsea — Four points from 12, and Man City up next at Stamford Bridge. Could easily go from dueling for first to three points back of the Top Four inside of one month.
Last week: 4
Season high: 1
Season low: 5

4. Tottenham Hotspur — Rebounded nicely against Saints, but their lack of transfer purchases this summer is about to be put to the festive test.
Last week: 2
Season high: 2
Season low: 8

3. Arsenal — Don’t worry too much about the mistakes at Old Trafford; The back-to-back wins over Bournemouth and Spurs are impressive, and the latter feels like a milestone for the Unai Emery era.
Last week: 5
Season high: 2
Season low: 9

2. Liverpool — Got a scare early against Burnley but have won four since drawing Arsenal, and could really kick on should they get past Napoli in the Champions League to really get the good vibes rolling through Anfield.
Last week: 3
Season high: 1
Season low: 4

1. Man City — The leaders have conceded in four of five matches, and had to hold on for their Tuesday point at Watford. Some say Liverpool keeping pace with them will annoy them, but remember that Pep’s men are doing this while resting Sergio Aguero and nursing Kevin De Bruyne back to health.
Last week: 1
Season high: 1
Season low: 2

10-man Brighton cruises past Palace in M23 Derby

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  • Murray scores from spot
  • Duffy sent off for head butt
  • Brighton scores twice more after red card
  • Milivojevic scores Palace PK

Brighton and Hove Albion went down a man, and then increased their lead by two in an eventual 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in an M23 Derby at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday.

Brighton moves into 10th with the win, behind Leicester City on goal differential. Glenn Murray, Leon Balogun, and Florin Andone scored for the Seagulls.

Luka Milivojevic scored Palace’s goal, as the Eagles sink below idle Newcastle United, with 12 points.

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Patrick Van Aanholt cut a cross back toward Andros Townsend in the 16th minute, but the Englishman’s headed effort zipped wide of the near post.

James McArthur conceded a penalty to the hosts, and Murray banged home his effort in the 24th minute.

Brighton wanted another penalty, but ended up down a man as it awaited a corner kick when Shane Duffy head-butted Van Aanholt. Kevin Friend spotted it, and sent Duffy off the pitch.

The Seagulls’ 29th minute lead would require quite a bit of work, but first it got a boost. Substitute Balogun, only on in the wake of the red card, lashed side volley home from the partially cleared corner kick.

And if you’ll believe it, the 10-men Gulls took a 3-0 lead when Andone chased down a loose ball and worked James Tomkins before finishing with his left peg. He might still be running.

Balogun gave a goal back in the second half with a takedown of Wilfried Zaha in the box. Milivojevic converted the penalty.

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Crystal Palace batter Burnley, finally win at home

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  • Crystal Palace secure first home win of season
  • First win in 9 PL games for Palace
  • Burnley without a win in 7
  • Clarets failed to have a shot on target, Palace had 29 attempts 

Crystal Palace beat Burnley 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday, as the Eagles battered free-falling Burnley in south London.

James McArthur and Andros Townsend scored the goals for Palace, as the totally outplayed Burnley throughout.

With the win, their first at home this season, Palace move up to 15th place and have 12 points. Burnley remain in 18th with nine points.

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Palace dominated the early proceedings and were on the front foot as Burnley struggled to settle into the game. Joe Hart saved superbly from Max Meyer, as the German playmaker almost curled home a brilliant effort, while Zaha flashed a ball across goal which nobody got on the end of.

The home side then took the lead, deservedly, but it came rather fortuitously. McArthur’s cross towards Max Meyer missed everyone and struck the foot of the post before going in.

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Palace continued to bully Burnley in the first half as Meyer again went close and the Clarets were thankful they only trailed 1-0.

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In the second half it was much of the same as Palace went close through Zaha who hammered over, then Luka Milivojevic made a mess of his effort after getting plenty of time in the box. Zaha, Patrick Van Aanholt and McArthur then all went close in the same attack as Palace had three bites at the cherry but couldn’t finish.

Zaha hit the bar soon after as Palace battered Burnley and Hart denied Palace’s McArthur once again late on as the Eagles pushed hard for a second.

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The second goal finally arrived as Townsend smashed home a beautiful left foot shot to put Palace 2-0 up with their 27th attempt of the game.

Ashley Barnes missed a glorious chance late on and that summed up Burnley’s day as Dyche’s side failed to put an effort on target.

Roy Hodgson‘s side were in celebratory mood at the final whistle as they sealed their first win in nine games.

Manchester United’s flailing attack fails vs. Palace

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  • Palace outshoots United 13-12
  • Van Aanholt wasteful for Eagles
  • United fails to rebound from derby loss

It was a day for the goalkeepers at Old Trafford, where Jose Mourinho’s idealess Manchester United drew Crystal Palace 0-0 on Saturday.

Wayne Hennessey and David De Gea both made fine saves, but Palace will be much happier as it ends a daunting schedule run with a point.

United will finish the weekend at least six points back of the Top Four, while Palace moves 15th with nine points.

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Crystal Palace was very physical with United, scooping up a pair of yellow cards while working over Jesse Lingard and crew.

Mamadou Sakho and Luka Milivojevic both were cautioned, but Patrick Van Aanholt sent a warning to the hosts when he flubbed a Wilfried Zaha feed and sent his chance shy of the goal.

Cheikhou Kouyate was just offside before the break when he nodded a Milivojevic free kick past David De Gea.

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Romelu Lukaku was just as offside — meaning only a shoulder — when he pushed a rebound over the line in the 57th.

De Gea made a double save on Van Aanholt in the 63rd minute, as Palace looked the better bet to break through for an opener.

United looked to have its table set when Marcus Rashford won consecutive sliding challenges to cue up Alexis Sanchez in space, but the Chilean made a poor decision and worse pass to flub it.

At the other end, Townsend became the second player to let United off the hook with a wild effort after cutting Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof in two.

To be fair to United, it was up against an in-form keeper in Wayne Hennessey. The veteran Welsh keeper made a late stop on Lukaku to keep it 0-0.

League Cup wrap: Chelsea, Arsenal outlast upset bids

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Six of eight quarterfinalists’ slots have been earned in the League Cup, with Arsenal and Chelsea each dodging Wednesday upset bids.

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Burton Albion and Bournemouth won Tuesday matches, with Leicester City-Southampton and Man City-Fulham still on the docket.

Chelsea 3-2 Derby County

All the fireworks came in the first half, with the visiting Rams responsible for two goals on each side of the scoreboard. Chelsea loanee Fiyoko Tomori and Richard Keogh both posted own goals that Derby answered through Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn.

But Cesc Fabregas deposited a Davide Zappacosta pass into the goal before halftime, and Chelsea survived to reach the quarters.

Marriott’s goal was assisted by another Blues loanee, Mason Mount, as Frank Lampard‘s feverish bid to upset his former club came up just short.

Arsenal 2-1 Blackpool

Stephan Lichtsteiner and Emile Smith-Rowe scored on either side of halftime, but the Gunners did not cruise to the win. Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi was sent off in the 56th minute, and Paudie O’Connor scored a 66th minute goal to put the Tangerines back in the mix. O’Connor then saw red himself in the 84th.

West Ham United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs made a statement at the London Stadium, having played Man City just 48 hours prior. Heung-Min Son scored twice, and Fernando Llorente added a 75th minute goal four minutes after Lucas Perez pulled one back for the Irons.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Crystal Palace

Lewis Wing’s goal was enough for Tony Pulis to get one over on his former Premier League employers, as Palace left several big names out of the Starting XI including Wilfried Zaha, Luka Milivojevic, and Patrick Van Aanholt.