Matt Ritchie

Premier League player Power Rankings

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It is still early in the season but the player Power Rankings are already becoming increasingly familiar.

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Players from Manchester City dominate our top five, while plenty of stars from Manchester United are also in the top 20 as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola work their magic. There are also plenty of new entries as new signings find their feet across the league.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections of the top 20 players in the PL right now.


  1. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Even
  2. Nemanja Matic (Man United) – Up 11
  3. Sergio Aguero (Man City) – New entry
  4. David Silva (Man City) – Up 11
  5. Romelu Lukaku (Man United) – Up 4
  6. Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) – New entry
  7. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Down 5
  8. Gabriel Jesus (Man City) – Even
  9. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – New entry
  10. Juan Mata (Man United) – New entry
  11. Pascal Gross (Brighton) – Down 7
  12. David De Gea (Man United) – New entry
  13. Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) – New entry
  14. Mario Lemina (Southampton) – New entry
  15. Cesar Azpcilicueta (Chelsea) – Down 3
  16. Jack Butland (Stoke City) – Down 11
  17. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) – New entry
  18. Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) – New entry
  19. Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town) – New entry
  20. Shokdran Mustafi (Arsenal) – New entry

Newcastle United 2-1 Stoke City: Three-straight for Magpies

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  • Atsu gives NUFC lead
  • Shaqiri equalizes
  • Lascelles nabs winner

Jamaal Lascelles scored late and Christian Atsu nabbed his first Premier League goal as Newcastle United held off Stoke City to win its third-straight with a 2-1 decision at St. James Park on Saturday.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored for Stoke, and was the center of attention for much of the match.

Newcastle rises fourth for the time being with nine points, while Stoke sits 13th with four points.

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Rob Elliott intervened in the fifth minute as Stoke made its first dangerous charge into the Newcastle end.

While Stoke was in control, many American eyes were focused on DeAndre Yedlin as the right-sided man returned from injury. Deployed as a right back, he made a huge interception outside his 18, then fired an overlapping run alongside Matt Ritchie to find the ball in the Stoke end moments later.

And Newcastle scored on a counter, with Ritchie delivering the ball to Atsu.

Joselu didn’t realize the time he had with Chancel Mbemba‘s cross into the box, flicking a first-time effort wide of the far post against his former club.

Ritchie had a 31st minute free kick from the right, but his effort cruised into Butland’s arms.

Joselu had another crack at it in the 34th minute, but couldn’t push the effort beyond a sliding Butland. That turned into another free kick from the right, but Erik Pieters blocked the hard-hit cross.

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Joselu continued his snakebitten day versus Stoke in the 46th minute when Atsu found him inside the 18 only to watch the Spaniard blaze over the bar.

Stoke leveled it up through Shaqiri, who had been remonstrating at the referee during the first half and carried that fire and the ball for a 58th minute strike that curled around Elliott.

Ayoze Perez had a goal ruled offside a minute later. And Atsu was denied a goal and the crowd a penalty when Kurt Zouma got the slightest of touches on an intervention before chopping down the attacker.

Newcastle reclaimed the lead through its captain, as Lascelles rose high for a corner to nod off Kevin Wimmer and into the net. It was 2-1 in the 70th.

PL AT HALF: Man City running riot, Newcastle leads Stoke (video)

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Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League midweek match hasn’t bothered it at all on Saturday.

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Pep Guardiola‘s men are rolling in one of five Premier League 10 a.m. ET starts following Southampton’s 1-0 win at Crystal Palace.


Watford 0-3 Manchester City — STREAM

Kevin De Bruyne to Sergio Aguero. 1-0.

David Silva to Sergio Aguero. 2-0.

Sergio Aguero to Gabriel Jesus. 3-0.

Which side played at midweek and who’s on the road?

Liverpool 1-1 BurnleySTREAM

Chris Wood‘s tiny flick helped Scott Arfield put the Clarets in front, but Mohamed Salah leveled the score within three minutes at Anfield.

Huddersfield Town 0-0 Leicester CitySTREAM

USMNT midfielder Danny Williams looks decent in his first Premier League start, hitting a shot wide from 25 yards as Town looks to break down City.

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 West Ham UnitedSTREAM

Gareth Barry makes Premier League history at the Hawthorns.

Newcastle United 1-0 Stoke CitySTREAM

Christian Atsu‘s first Premier League goal has come from Matt Ritchie service, and USMNT back DeAndre Yedlin has looked good for the Magpies in his first start since an August leg injury.

 

Newcastle’s Benitez after win: “I have some friends in the stands”

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Newcastle United supporters are elated with the club’s surprising 3-0 win over West Ham United at St. James Park. Count match-winning goal scorer and new arrival Joselu amongst that group.

“The team has been good with me – they were like family on the first day,” Joselu said said after nabbing the Magpies’ second goal.

“Today I had an opportunity and I tried to work hard for the club and the team.”

[ RECAP: Magpies 3-0 West Ham ]

Even Rafa Benitez, who’s been critical of the club’s hierarchy during the transfer window, is pretty pleased on the day but won’t back down from his belief that the Magpies need reinforcements before the window slams shut late Thursday.

The win helped the Spaniard became the fourth-fastest manager to 500 points in Premier League play, and slyly reminded the board and owner Mike Ashley that St. James Park supports his desires for more players.

“We won with everyone trying so hard. The fans were crucial last year and they have to be crucial this year – they are trying to help. I think I have some friends in the stands.

“We will try and bring in players that will give us something different. We know these players.”

Getting goals from a pair of big strikers in Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic is promising, but Benitez will be especially buoyed by a massive day from Matt Ritchie.

Newcastle has an interesting three-match run after the international break, with a visit from Stoke City sandwiched between trips to Swansea City and Brighton and Hove Albion. Then, a Rafa reunion with Liverpool.

Newcastle United 3-0 West Ham United: Magpies soar

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  • Joselu scores 1st NUFC goal
  • Clark, Mitrovic score
  • West Ham now 0-3
  • Magpies nab first goals, win of season

Newcastle United poured misery on West Ham United’s slow start to the season in breaking out for a 3-0 win at St. James Park on Saturday.

Joselu, Ciaran Clark, and Aleksandar Mitrovic scored for Rafa Benitez‘s embattled Magpies, who posted their first win in any competition this season and first August win in three seasons.

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West Ham falls to 0-3, increasing pressure on manager Slaven Bilic.

Matt Ritchie was Man of the Match for the Magpies, the Scottish midfielder pulling the strings on multiple occasions.

The win helped Rafa Benitez became the fourth-fastest manager to 500 points in Premier League play

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Newcastle spent time in the West Ham end to start the match, but the first 15 minutes were more cagey than promising for either side.

Javier Hernandez was given a yellow card for an off-the-ball incident with Matt Ritchie, and Newcastle came close to breaking its season duck off the restart. Isaac Hayden blazed over the bar.

Andre Ayew injured himself on a slide tackle and cause a five-minute delay as the bloodied striker was given treatment and a new shirt.

The Magpies found their opener in attractive fashion. An incisive through ball from on-loan Borussia Dortmund man Mikel Merino helped Christian Atsu into the left of the box, and Joselu met the diminutive Ghanaian’s pass for a 1-0 lead.

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The Magpies buzzed into the second half, forcing Joe Hart into a solid save within the first two minutes.

Hernandez was warned over a 51st minute foul, but remained in the match and nearly leveled the match only to see Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark conspire to keep Newcastle’s clean sheet in tact.

Ritchie’s daring dribble ended with Hart slapping his shot away, eventually leading to an unsuccessful corner.

Clark made it 2-0 in the 73rd minute when he rose to head Ritchie’s cross home with authority.

Substitute striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had two good chances, heading the first over and stymied by Hart on the second.

He’d find the net when an Ayoze Perez flick left him 1v1 with Hart. Mitrovic froze the England keeper and rounded him for a tap-in. 3-0.