Premier League Power Rankings: Who are the early pacesetters?

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The Premier League season is three weeks old. It’s time to see which squads have come flying out of the traps.

Already there have been plenty of shocks and surprises, as the young season promises to be yet another PL campaign chock full of excitement. That being said, we’ve missed our old pal the PL during the international week and at PST we are delighted the action will come back thick and fast this weekend. Hurrah! Some teams have punched well above their weight early on. Can they carry that on after the international break?

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Each week we put our neck on the line to analyze the strength of each Premier League team, forget about the official league standings (here they are in case you actually do want them) that doesn’t mean squat.

The Power Rankings take into account the strength of schedule, injuries, suspensions, playing well but still losing and plenty of other variables. The W-D-L bracket shows each PL team’s current record and you can now see how many spots each team has moved, up or down, from week-to-week.

Let’s get to it!

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1 UP 1 Chelsea: The Blues demolished Everton 6-3 last time out and look sooo good going forward. Diego Costa is lethal with four goals in three, plus Cesc Fabregas is a man on a mission. Mourinho’s boys face in-form Swansea this weekend at Stamford Bridge. (3-0-0)
source:  2 UP 2  Swansea City: Swan. Swan. Swan. Sorry, got carried away there. But Swansea are up to second in our rankings and aside from Chelsea, they are they only side with a 100% record. They battered WBA 3-0 last time out. Can they stun Chelsea? (3-0-0)
source:  3  UP 3  Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers’ boys are back, with a bang. Mario Balotelli looked solid on his debut, Sterling and Sturridge are ripping teams apart, plus they smashed Spurs 3-0. Liverpool host high-flying Villa at Anfield on Saturday. (2-0-1)
source:  4 UP 5 Aston Villa: Talk of the devil… Villa fans, you’re getting a nose bleed. This is their highest ever position in our rankings and well deserved after going three games unbeaten. Enjoy it while it lasts though. Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal coming up in the next three. Ouch. (2-1-0)

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5 Arsenal: The Gunners have had a slightly disjointed start to the season due to injuries and the UCL playoff. They are still unbeaten and with Welbeck on board, they will fancy their chances vs. Man City in the game of the weekend at the Emirates. (1-2-0)
source:  6 UP 4 Stoke City: Go on the Potters! Stoke recorded their first-ever win away in Manchester in the PL as they shocked City 1-0. Mama Diouf looks like a good buy up top and Mark Hughes’ men look solid as a rock. Leicester at home this week. Three more points? (1-1-1)
source:  7  DOWN 7 Manchester City: The Citizens suffered a shock defeat to Stoke City at home and looked a little sluggish going forward. Pellegrini’s men had some growing pains early on last season but they must shrug that off on Saturday away at Arsenal. Give David Silva the rock and let him roll. (2-0-1)
source:  8 UP 5 Southampton: Saints recorded their first win of the season in impressive fashion away at West Ham. Ronald Koeman’s men are looking stronger at the end of the window than they did at the start. Great wheeling and dealing. Next up: Newcastle at home. (1-1-1)
source:  9  DOWN 6 Tottenham: Pochettino’s revolution came shuddering to a halt last time out as they were outclassed by Liverpool at WHL. Sunderland away is a tricky place to go and will be a good test for this talented group of players. (2-0-1)
source:  10  DOWN 2 Sunderland: The Black Cats were pretty poor against QPR at Loftus Road. They lost 1-0 and Gus Poyet will look for a reaction at home vs. Spurs. He brought in some great buys on Deadline Day, Coates and Alvarez, so let’s see how they fit in. (0-2-1)
source:  11 Newcastle: Still without a win this season, but at least Alan Pardew’s men scored a few goals. A thrilling 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace saw them clawed back late on and Pardew’s new boys are starting too find their feet. They never seem to do well away at Southampton. (0-2-1)
source:  12 UP 2 Leicester CityThe Foxes are looking every bit a PL team after holding Arsenal to a 1-1 draw. Couple that with a bright display at Chelsea and a home draw to Everton, not bad at all. Away at Stoke provides them with a chance to nab all three points. (0-2-1)
source:  13 DOWN 6 Everton: Roberto Martinez’s men played their part in a truly stunning game vs. Chelsea. However, still no wins for the Toffees. Let’s not press the panic button just yet though, it’s early days. Some of the defending though… oof! West Brom away this weekend. (0-2-1)
source:  14  DOWN 2 Hull City: A real mixed bag so far for the Tigers who lost to Villa last time out. A strong Deadline Day means they got Gaston Ramirez, Abel Hernandez and Hatem Ben Arfa on board, but will that be enough? The clubs Egyptian owner could be selling up, too. (1-1-1)
source:  15  UP 2 Crystal Palace: The Eagles have had their wings clipped but showed plenty of spirit against Newcastle. Neil Warnock’s appointment is seen as the safe option, but does he have the pedigree to keep Palace up? A home game vs. Burnley simply has to be a win. (0-1-2)
source:  16 UP 4 QPR: Harry’s boys came up trumps as Charlie Austin bagged his first goal in the PL to beat Sunderland 1-0. QPR won’t be the prettiest team to watch but they will grind out results. They head to Old Trafford this Sunday… (1-0-2)
source:  17  DOWN 2 Manchester United: … Where United will be hoping to record their first win of Louis van Gaal’s reign. Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao could all make their Red Devils debuts as the new-look team starts to take shape. Only a win will do. (0-2-1)
source:  18 Burnley: The Clarets picked up their first point by drawing 0-0 vs. Man United last time out. A tough trip down to Palace awaits for Sean Dyche’s men but they will fancy their chances to pick up a W. (0-1-2)
 source:  19 DOWN 3 West Ham: The Hammers were, well, hammered by Saints before the break and even the acquisition of Alex Song may not improve their fortunes. Sam Allardyce’s side have a lot of issues and lack creativity. Massively. If they lose away at Hull on Monday… (1-0-2)
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20 DOWN 1
West Brom: Much of the same could be said for the Baggies, who were embarrassed by Swansea last time out. Alan Irvine’s new signings are taking a while to gel. Can they figure it out and get firing at home to Everton? (0-2-1)