Premier League Week 12 Matchup Review and Power Rankings

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Watford 2-0 Norwich

From the beginning of the season, Watford had never managed a win in the Premier League. However, thanks to goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Andre Gray, Watford sealed the away victory and moved up to eighteenth place. On the other hand, Norwich collapsed and continue their horrid run. They now have nine losses on the season, and are at the bottom of the table. Both teams will want to try their best not to get relegated this season.

Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

At the end of this match, Chelsea looks to be unstoppable at the moment. Six straight wins for Chelsea puts their team at third place, and they could very well continue to climb. As for Crystal Palace, four straight matches without a point and they drop down to twelfth. Recently, they have been very lacking, and are definitely missing that attacking portion in their team.

Burnley 3-0 West Ham

Burnley moves up to tenth place with this win, and they finally end their bad run of three straight losses. This win will help them with their confidence, and maybe help get them farther into the top ten. Alternatively, West Ham has severely struggled since the start of the season and has dropped all the way down to sixteenth. Wins after the upcoming international break will be necessary for the Hammers.

Newcastle 2-1 Bournemouth

With this win, Newcastle moves up to thirteenth place and have two straight wins. This was a solid home performance for Newcastle, as they want to keep moving up the table. Only a couple weeks ago, they were in the relegation zone, but things can change quickly in the Premier League. Similarly, Bournemouth has been progressing in this league, but this loss shows they have holes that they need to fix desperately if they want to stay in the top ten.

Everton 2-1 Southampton

Finally getting a much needed win, Everton is out of the relegation zone and currently sits in fifteenth place. A goal by Richarlison sends the Toffees home happy. As for Southampton, they descend into the relegation zone after a tough stretch of losses. Over the upcoming international break, the Saints need to forget the past few games and move on. They need to regroup and get back to winning ways.

Tottenham 1-1 Sheffield United

Tottenham only has three wins out of twelve and they should be doing much better with what they have. They look to be missing a piece of their puzzle and they continue to struggle. Their last win was against Southampton in September. Oppositely, Sheffield United have been cruising as of late. This draw will certainly give them confidence as they move into the top five of the Premier League. They have a shockingly strong amount of confidence and power right now in the League.

Leicester City 2-0 Arsenal

At home, Leicester proved worthy of their top four spot and absolutely dominated the Gunners. As a result, the Foxes move into second place in the Premier League, eight points behind Liverpool. This is a huge success for Leicester as they will want to keep their run flowing. As for Arsenal, their club is in shambles as Unai Emery (their manager) is still under pressure to unite the locker room. They dropped into sixth with this loss and will need the international break to regroup.

Wolverhampton 2-1 Aston Villa

Wolves come out of this match in eighth place, which is remarkable because they were in the relegation zone for many games to start the season. This game shows progress and that times could be changing in Wolves’ favor. However, Aston Villa has suffered three straight losses and the team is on the edge of the relegation zone. A win is needed for them soon. This international break the Villans will want to regroup.

Manchester United 3-1 Brighton

When Man United were not in the top ten, many people were wondering what game would prove that the Red Devils are a threat. This game may just have been it. Struggling every game for a win, Man United looked set on winning this one and they did. They are now in the top ten. As for Brighton, they drop out of the top ten, but are still in eleventh. Hopefully, this loss will not set them back too much. Brighton is a fantastic team that needs to find consistency.

Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City

This was the Match of the Weekend and of the Year so far. Despite the VAR controversy, Liverpool put on a good show. With thrilling goals that sent the home crowd crazy, Liverpool proved themselves to be the outright frontrunners for the title. The first goal for Liverpool could have easily been disallowed by a handball on the opposite side of the field, but as Man City tried to appeal with the ref, Fabinho took a shot from extremely far out to give the Reds the lead. Liverpool established a 3-0 lead and Man City got a consolation goal. As for the teams, Liverpool will be pleased with the result as it extends their lead in first, whereas Man City drops down to fourth and will need this international break to regroup.  

Power Rankings:

  1. Liverpool (-)
  2. Chelsea (+1)
  3. Leicester (+1)
  4. Manchester City (-2)
  5. Sheffield United (-)
  6. Arsenal (+1)
  7. Bournemouth (-1)
  8. Manchester United (+3)
  9. Brighton (-)
  10. Crystal Palace (-2)
  11. Wolves (+2)
  12. Tottenham (-)
  13. Newcastle (+1)
  14. Burnley (+3)
  15. West Ham (-5)
  16. Everton (-)
  17. Aston Villa (-2)
  18. Watford (+2)
  19. Southampton (-1)
  20. Norwich (-1)

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