200 – Juan Mata is making his 200th appearance in all competitions for @ManUtd today. The Spaniard has been involved in more goals than any other player for the Red Devils since his debut (72 – 42 goals, 30 assists). Material.
20. Huddersfield Town — Eight matches in all comps + three goals = two points. Bad math. Last week: 20 Season high: 18 Season low: 20
19. Cardiff City — Added to its own misery by thoroughly outplaying Burnley only to lose 2-1. Last week: 19 Season high: 19 Season low: 20
18. Newcastle United — Need January in a big way. Well, they would need January if Mike Ashley was willing to spend on a difference maker. So what they need is a couple good bounces to find a win. Hey, at least they have a chance to get Jose Mourinho sacked? Last week: 18 Season high: 13 Season low: 18
17. Burnley — Beating Cardiff while being outplayed doesn’t get you much of a bump in our book, but Sean Dyche‘s men look a bit more like themselves lately. Last week: 17 Season high: 15 Season low: 20
16. Fulham — Simply must figure out the defense, because the attack is mid-table. Last week: 15 Season high: 11 Season low: 17
15. Southampton — A very difficult task ahead at Chelsea following a rough loss to Wolves. Last week: 16 Season high: 13 Season low: 17
14. Brighton and Hove Albion — Winless since their upset of Manchester United, the Seagulls would’ve been looking at this weekend as the beginning of fixture respite. Not-so-fast, West Ham’s been looking good. Last week: 14 Season high: 9 Season low: 19
13. Crystal Palace — The Eagles have every reason to spread their attacking wings against Wolves this week after a disappointing setback at Bournemouth. Last week: 12 Season high: 6 Season low: 13
12. Watford — Winless in four ahead of a surprisingly big mutual litmus test versus Bournemouth. Last week: 8 Season high: 4 Season low: 12
11. Everton — A fun if fulsome defeat of Fulham sets the table for a contender-pretender bout with Leicester City. And Gylfi Sigurdsson missed a penalty kick in the 3-0 win. Last week: 13 Season high: 5 Season low: 13
10. Manchester United — Reports say Jose Mourinho could be shown the door if United fails to beat Newcastle. Will the players show up for their man(ager)? Last week: 7 Season high: 4 Season low: 14
9. West Ham United — Drew Chelsea, beat Manchester United. Smoked lower division competition in between. Beating Brighton on Friday could see them comfortably mid-table heading into the international break.
Last week: 11
Season high: 11
Season low: 2
8. Bournemouth — Solid win over Crystal Palace, if greatly aided by a silly Mamadou Sakho handball.
Last week: 6 Season high: 6 Season low: 12
7. Leicester City — Easily dispatched of Newcastle United, and taking care of business almost every time it’s expected of them. Sneaky look at the Top Six? Last week: 10 Season high: 7 Season low: 13
6. Spurs — It’s the injuries that have Tottenham sitting this low. If there was a game right now against Wolves, there’d be struggles. Power rankings, y’know? Last week: 8 Season high: 3 Season low: 8
5. Wolves — Maintaning a spot ahead of Spurs for equal bits of style (and Spurs current injury bug). Last week: 6 Season high: 5 Season low: 13
4. Arsenal — Unai Emery‘s men are still figuring out defense in his system, but the Gunners have scored two or more goals in 8 of 9 matches heading into Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Qarabag. Last week: 4 Season high: 4 Season low: 9
3. Liverpool — Winless in three, all will be forgiven with a fourth consecutive defeat of Pep Guardiola‘s City this weekend. Last week: 1 Season high: 1 Season low: 3
2. Chelsea — Outside matches are not supposed to play into the power rankings, but the Blues win at Anfield in the League Cup and draw against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in league play would make it stupid for us to put them underneath the Reds. Last week: 3 Season high: 2 Season low: 4
Bournemouth raced out to an early lead, watched it slowly but surely slipped away, then roared back to life during the game’s final 10 minutes to top Crystal Palace, 2-1, at the Vitality Stadium on Monday.
The Cherries sent the south-coast faithful into raptures and took their lead after just five minutes, courtesy of David Brooks‘ first Premier League goal.
It started with quick build-up down the left side before Callum Wilson found himself on the ball near the top of the box. Laying it off for Brooks, to his right, was the easiest and most obvious play. The 21-year-old swung his left foot through the ball and banged it off the underside of the crossbar to make it 1-0.
Bournemouth’s lead help up for 50 minutes — though it should have been longer than that. Patrick Van Aanholt brought Palace level in the 55th minute with an unstoppable strike into the ceiling of Asmir Begovic‘s net, but the Dutchman was more than a yard offside when Wilfried Zaha played the through ball. The assistant referee kept his flag down by his side, and the Eagles had a goal to show for all of their possession and pressure.
Bournemouth offered very little over the next half-hour and it was generally Palace who pushed hardest for a winner.
Palace’s rapid unraveling began in the 83rd minute, though, when Wilson went agonizingly close with a one-on-one chance, but Wayne Hennessey made a fine kick-save to deny him at the end of a breathless counter-attack. Hennessey was called into action barely 60 seconds later, as Wilson raced down the left side and served in a cross to Dan Gosling near the penalty spot. Gosling’s header was goal-bound, but Hennessey wouldn’t be beaten at full-stretch.
Seconds later, Bournemouth won a free kick nearly 40 yards from goal. Referee Mike Dean spotted Mamadou Sakho‘s forearm making contact with the head of Jefferson Lerma. Junior Stanislas, who had only entered the game as a substitute three minutes earlier, stepped up to the penalty spot and sent the ball down the middle as Hennessey dove to his left.
The result sees Bournemouth (13 points) reach seventh in the PL table, while Palace (7 points) remain stuck in 13th.
Chelsea will host Liverpool in a bid to knock off the Reds for a second time in four days, while Cardiff City hopes Burnley will be waylaid by a shock loss to Burton Albion in the League Cup.
To the rankings!
20. Huddersfield Town — Both Cardiff and Huddersfield will be looking for each other on the schedule, only to realize that’s where both acquired one of their measly two points. Last week: 18 Season high: 18 Season low: 20
19. Cardiff City — Neil Warnock‘s Bluebirds get to sit above Huddersfield on account of their last three matches, all losses, coming against Arsenal, Chelsea, and Man City. Last week: 19 Season high: 19 Season low: 20
18. Newcastle United — Celebrated the end of a tough early season run of fixtures by nearly losing to Palace and scrambling to find any notion of offense in the scoreless draw. Rafa Benitez clearly has little trust for his strikers. Last week: 17 Season high: 13 Season low: 18
17. Burnley — Celebrate! The Clarets absolutely crushed Bournemouth at Turf Moor to ring in some good times and climb out of our, and the real table’s, Bottom Three. Last week: 20 Season high: 15 Season low: 20
16. Southampton — Not being able to use Danny Ings against his parent club had three points in Liverpool’s side of the board before the match began at Anfield. Last week: 14 Season high: 13 Season low: 17
15. Fulham — The Cottagers only loss in four matches was against Man City. The question is whether Fulham has enough defense to limit goals. The club has not kept a clean sheet and has only allowed one goal on one occasion. Last week: 15 Season high: 11 Season low: 17
14. Brighton and Hove Albion — A rainy visit from Spurs ended 2-1 in favor of Tottenham, but there was reason to believe the Seagulls could’ve managed a third successive 2-2 draw. Last week: 12 Season high: 9 Season low: 19
13. Everton — Having Richarlison back in encouraging, but not much else about the 2-0 loss at Arsenal is giving us hope about Everton rising too high up the table. Last week: 10 Season high: 5 Season low: 11
12. Crystal Palace — Mamadou Sakho‘s missed sitter at the back post is going to be one of the things we look back on if Palace fails to finish top half. Last week: 11 Season high: 6 Season low: 13
11. West Ham United — We know this is a terrific jump for a club who lost its first four matches of the season, but Manuel Pellegrini‘s side was always too talented and too high-powered to be a Bottom Three candidate. Last week: 16 Season high: 16 Season low: 20
10. Leicester City — If Claude Puel‘s men are for real, they’ll do a job against Newcastle United this week. Last week: 13 Season high: 8 Season low: 13
9. Bournemouth — A mighty shot back to Earth for the Cherries, though admittedly the 4-0 loss at Burnley wasn’t reflective of their performance. Last week: 6 Season high: 6 Season low: 12
8. Watford — Fourth in the table, but failing to get more than a point at home to Fulham has the feel of sheep in wolves’ clothing (or at least less vicious dogs in wolves’ clothing). Last week: 5 Season high: 4 Season low: 8
7. Manchester United — If the off-field subplots weren’t running so rampant, the draw against Wolves would be easily forgiven. Instead, they’ve run into a League Cup upset at the hands of Derby County. Beware the match-up with West Ham early Saturday (Watch live at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com). Last week: 7 Season high: 4 Season low: 14
6. Tottenham Hotspur — The win against Brighton failed to inspire, but Erik Lamela is rounding into form. Dele Alli‘s midweek League Cup goal could be the jolt his season needed at Stadium MK. Last week: 8 Season high: 3 Season low: 8
5. Wolves — Fun to watch, and have drawn both Manchester clubs (including United away). Nuno Espirito Santo‘s on hallowed ground. Last week: 8 Season high: 5 Season low: 13
4. Arsenal — Winners of four-straight in league play, a defeat of Watford at the weekend would show signs of true contention. Last week: 4 Season high: 4 Season low: 9
3. Chelsea — The draw against West Ham was unlucky, but Maurizio Sarri‘s men will be serious title fighters if either Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata can find their in-form finishing boots. Last week: 3 Season high: 3 Season low: 4
2. Manchester City — Just another ho-hum 5-0 win. Avoiding a slip-up at Brighton in a classic trap game before trips to Hoffenheim and Liverpool will be paramount to their title hopes. Last week: 2 Season high: 1 Season low: 2
Liverpool — The perfect season was lost in a home defeat to Chelsea at midweek. Now can they flip the script when the same two teams switch venues and put all their stars on show in London on Saturday? Last week: 1 Season high: 1 Season low: 2