The Premier League Power Rankings include a remarkably muddled middle, with so many teams still harboring top half hopes thanks to significant drop-offs from clubs like West Bromwich Albion.
Let’s see where we stand ahead of the final two weeks of fixtures.
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|20 (19)||Middlesbrough: Officially relegated, Boro drops a spot (and, yeah, Sunderland winning a match helped the move, too).|
|19 (20)||Sunderland: Beginning the race for re-promotion with a win over desperate Hull City. It’s something.
|18 (17)||Hull City: Still not sure the loss to Sunderland actually happened.
|17 (18)||Swansea City: Gylfi Sigurdsson calling upon the spirit of Iceland, and Fernando Llorente continues to come good at the right time.|
|16 (11)||Crystal Palace: Three-straight losses, two to Premier League powers, could have the Eagles in a precarious spot should Hull take three points at Selhurst Park this weekend.|
|15 (10)||Watford: Thumped by Leicester to walk its losing streak to three.|
|14 (14)||West Bromwich Albion: When the preseason goal is clearly “survive”, should it be any surprise when the Baggies start yawning soon after the 40-point mark?
|13 (14)||Burnley: Sean Dyche has the Clarets primed for another Premier League season. Unlike West Brom, this is a fine preseason goal come good.|
|12 (16)||Stoke City: The PL’s muddled middle is keeping a top half finish possible for Mark Hughes‘ Potters.|
|11 (9)||Southampton: The Arsenal loss is no shame, and Saints’ shutout of Liverpool was pretty good, too.|
|10 (12)||Bournemouth: The wins over Boro and Sunderland were nice (and important), but the 2-2 draw with Stoke shows that Eddie Howe remains in control of the Cherries’ upward growth.|
|9 (15)||West Ham United: Unbeaten in five with four clean sheets since the 3-0 loss to Arsenal.|
|8 (6)||Everton: It’s probably difficult to play with desperation when you’re dead set in 7th, but we still expect more from Ronald Koeman‘s bunch.|
|7 (8)||Leicester City: With respect to the Craig Shakespeare effect, we can’t help but wonder if the Foxes would still be competing for a spot in Europe if Wilfried Ndidi was signed in August instead of January.|
|6 (5)||Manchester United: See: The Red Devils can lose. They just need to play a second-tier lineup and be focused on a match in the future.
|5 (7)||Arsenal: With the odds very long, the Gunners are finally piling up wins. Too little, too late for the Top Four?
|4 (3)||Liverpool: Disappointing draw, even given Saints’ dogged defense.|
|3 (4)||Manchester City: Back in the win column with style, cruising past Palace 5-0.|
|2 (2)||Tottenham Hotspur: Everyone loses (besides Celtic) every now and then.|
|1 (1)||Chelsea: Will be popping champagne come Friday unless West Brom reverses form in fabulous fashion.|