The visitors move 12th with nine points, while last-place Watford remains winless after eight matches and has three points.
Three things we learned
1. Chances untaken by Hornets…: When your club is playing poorly, even the good things go sour. Roberto Pereyra was a spark plug, and should’ve had Watford up 1-0 inside of 10 minutes when he swept a cross around Tom Heaton and onto the path of Andre Gray. Gray might’ve been proven offside by VAR but it didn’t get that far as the former Burnley man slapped his shot over the bar.
3. Norwood the star man: Look to the captain. If anything was going to happen, it seemed like the Blades skipper was going to be the man who got it done. Our Man of the Match, Norwood had 115 touches and completed 88 percent of his passes in the middle of the park. A lackluster Man of the Match? Sure, but it was a lackluster game.
Green: New season-high ranking Red: New season-low
20. Newcastle United — Possibly the least effective midfield, or tactical deployment of one, we’ve seen in some time. Maybe Fabian Schar is the answer, but 37.6 percent possession over the course of a season is abysmal. Last week: 19 Season high: 19 Season low: 20 Last match: Lost 5-0 at Leicester City Up next: 11:30 a.m. ET v. Manchester United
19. Watford — Moving up onlybecause Newcastle was that bad against Leicester, but look below to see some serious hope for the Hornets. They just aren’t finishing, but are producing more key passes than everyone besides Man City, Chelsea, and Liverpool. Those will turn into goals, you’d think. Last week: 20 Season high: 19 Season low: 20 Last match: Lost 2-0 at Wolves Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Sheffield United
18. Brighton and Hove Albion — Aaron Mooy has looked a lot better in his last two starts. Can the former Huddersfield Town midfielder be the one to unlock the Seagulls attack? Last week: 18 Season high: 6 Season low: 18 Last match: Lost 2-0 at Chelsea Up next: 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday v. Spurs
17. Norwich City — Something to monitor as the weather gets colder and the pitch compacted: The Canaries are only attacking directly through the middle of the pitch on 17 percent of plays. Last week: 13 Season high: 10 Season low: 20 Last match: Lost 2-0 at Crystal Palace Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Aston Villa
16. Wolves — And exhale. Wolves finally get their win and not a moment too soon with a Man City trip ahead of them. With two days less rest than the reigning champs, Sunday could be a long day. Last week: 17 Season high: 7 Season low: 17 Last match: Won 2-0 v. Watford Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Man City
15. Aston Villa — Why do I believe Villa is ultimately going to emerge from the fire into another Premier League season? Dean Smith‘s men lead the league in shots blocked and crosses blocked per game. While that means they are giving up a lot of attempts, that full-blooded desperation is going to pay off (or break an arm). Last week: 11 Season high: 8 Season low: 15 Last match: Drew 2-2 v. Burnley Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Norwich City
14. Everton — A much better looking side against City, but that’s kinda the frustrating life for Everton supporters. Sure, you got up for the big boys. Can you get up for a trip to Burnley? Also, to answer trivia from the Palace ranking, Seamus Coleman (!!) is second in the Premier League in successful dribbles this season. Last week: 14 Season high: 5 Season low: 14 Last match: Lost 3-1 v. Man City Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Burnley
13. Southampton — Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s men move from a near miss against Spurs to a match with in-form but potentially weary Chelsea. Shock on the cards at St. Mary’s? Last week: 16 Season high: 13 Season low: 19 Last match: Lost 2-1 at Spurs Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Chelsea
12. Burnley — Completing 64.2 percent of its passes, Burnley continues to defy the laws of logic, statistics, everything. Chris Wood is big. Last week: 12 Season high: 5 Season low: 15 Last match: Drew 2-2 at Aston Villa Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Everton
11. Sheffield United — We just love that Chris Wilder wasn’t content that his side deserved a point against the leaders. Can likely move two wins clear of the drop zone with a win at Vicarage Road. Last week: 10 Season high: 10 Season low: 17 Last match: Lost 1-0 v. Liverpool Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Watford
10. Crystal Palace — WilfriedZaha‘s 32 successful dribbles are the most in the Premier League. Non-Palace fun fact. I’ll give you 50 chances to guess who’s second and like my odds (but the answer is in this post). Last week: 15 Season high: 10 Season low: 18 Last match: Won 2-0 v. Norwich City Up next: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday at West Ham United
9. Manchester United — Please, for all of our sakes, get Anthony Martial healthy. Last week: 9 Season high: 2 Season low: 15 Last match: Drew 1-1 v. Arsenal Up next: 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday at Newcastle United
8. Tottenham Hotspur — A team in no man’s land, where several players need to be axed and the manager probably wants a new experience. The fullback corps is a mess. Last week: 8 Season high: 2 Season low: 8 Last match: Won 2-1 v. Saints Up next: 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday at Brighton
7. Arsenal — How about this stat: Arsenal is spending 33 percent of every match in its own third, the third-highest percentage in the league. That’s not legendary when your defense is so leaky. Last week: 4 Season high: 4 Season low: 7 Last match: Drew 1-1 at Manchester United Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Bournemouth
6. Bournemouth — Six is a good number for the Cherries, who’ve scored half of their 12 goals from set pieces. Probably deserved a win over West Ham, but probably doesn’t move you up the table. Last week: 6 Season high: 6 Season low: 17 Last match: Drew 2-2 v. West Ham Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Arsenal
5. West Ham United — The Irons move from week-to-week with different tests of mettle. This week, it’s whether they can go about their business and handle a decent Palace team at home. Last week: 5 Season high: 5 Season low: 18 Last match: Drew 2-2 at Bournemouth Up next: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday v. Crystal Palace
4. Chelsea — Is this week the Blues climb back into the Top Four? Last week: 7 Season high: 4 Season low: 12 Last match: Won 2-0 v. Brighton Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Southampton
3. Leicester City — Brendan Rodgers has his men playing on fire (in a good way). Wilfred Ndidi and Ricardo Pereira rank Nos. 1 and 2 in the Premier League in tackles this season. Ndidi is also leading the league in interceptions (23) and is performing on an N’Golo Kante level so far this season. Huge match on Saturday. Last week: 3 Season high: 3 Season low: 10 Last match: Won 5-0 v. Newcastle United Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Liverpool
2. Manchester City — On pace to score 146 Premier League goals this season. Take out the 8-star performance against Watford, and it’s a 120-goal pace. That’s 14 more than their record. Last week: 2 Season high: 1 Season low: 3 Last match: Won 3-1 at Everton Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Wolves
1. Liverpool — Since the Reds are getting the job done and look a complete team, how about a seemingly ugly stat that shows how important fullbacks are to Liverpool’s attack? Trent Alexander-Arnold has lost possession a league-best 184 times, 28 more than second place Lucas Digne. Andrew Robertson is 7th with 136.
Obviously, this is because they have the ball a lot and are counted on tactically to put the ball into danger areas — look at where they rank in terms of accurate opposition half passes, stunning stuff — but wow.
Last week: 1 Season high: 1 Season low: 3 Last match: Won 1-0 at Sheffield United Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Leicester City
Matt Doherty scored in the first half and his cross was knocked into his own net by Daryl Janmaat in the second half as Watford improved after the break but couldn’t cope with Wolves’ quality in attack.
The win moves Wolves on to seven points for the season, while Watford have just two and sit bottom.
3 things we learned
1. Wolves back to their fluid best: Their first goal was reminiscent of last season as Wolves were patient and picked their passes and final ball perfectly. Wolves have struggled early in the season but they showed glimpses that their attacking fluidity is finally returning. The Europa League is a distraction, but any relegation fears Wolves fans had for this season will soon evaporate.
2. Defensive woes continue for Watford: The Hornets were their own worst enemies against Wolves as they failed to follow their runners and just couldn’t keep their shape. They are bottom of the table on one two points and have conceded 20 goals in seven games. This is a big, big project for Quique Sanchez Flores.
3. Lift-off for Nuno: He has hit out at his team, especially for their defensive displays, but Nuno Espirito Santo will be happy after this. His team were far from perfect and sat back a lot in the second half, but they got the job done. This feels like Wolves’ new season can finally get going.
Man of the Match: Matt Doherty – A marauding display from right back as he scored one and set up the other. Doherty was back to the form we saw him in last season. A tireless and selfless display.
Wolves were lively early on as Neto broke free and crossed for Jimenez but the Mexican star couldn’t get on the end of the ball.
Neto did provide an assist moments later as his clever run was picked out following a lovely team move, and his ball to the center of the goal was tapped home by Doherty. A wonderful team goal from Wolves.
Watford really struggled to cope with Wolves’ tempo and wide play, as Adama Traore then looked to have his cross blocked by a hand but no penalty kick was given.
After long stoppages as both Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez went down for Wolves, the game lost its way in the first half.
Two bigs boys are in action as Tottenham host Southampton and Chelsea host Brighton, while Norwich head to Palace, Burnley travel to Aston Villa, Bournemouth host West Ham and Wolves and Watford clash at Molineux.
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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.
The schedule for the six games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.
10 a.m. ET: Chelsea v. Brighton – NBCSN [STREAM] 10 a.m. ET: Aston Villa v. Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM] 10 a.m. ET: Bournemouth v. West Ham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM] 10 a.m. ET: Crystal Palace v. Norwich City – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM] 10 a.m. ET: Tottenham v. Southampton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM] 10 a.m. ET: Wolves v. Watford – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
The game of the round is the massive South Coast derby between Portsmouth and Southampton at Fratton Park. It has been seven years since these fierce rivals have met and although Pompey are languishing in League One, they will fancy their chances of upsetting Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s Saints.
Saints haven’t won at Portsmouth since 1984.
Elsewhere, Arsenal host Nottingham Forest and Watford host Swansea as both PL clubs will be wary of upsets against in-form Championship clubs. Holders Man City travel to in-form Preston North End, while Leicester head to Luton Town, Spurs travel to Colchester United and Everton are away at Sheffield Wednesday.,
There could be shocks galore…
Below is the schedule in full, while you can click on the link above to follow all of the action live.
Tuesday’s League Cup docket All matches kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET
Watford v. Swansea City
Preston North End v. Manchester City
Portsmouth v. Southampton
Luton Town v. Leicester City
Sheffield Wednesday v. Everton
Crawley Town v. Stoke City
Arsenal v. Nottingham Forest
Colchester United v. Tottenham Hotspur