Week 6 of the Premier League is fast approaching. Have you got Derby fever?
If so, you’re not alone and you’re in luck as two massive clashes await on Saturday as the Merseyside and North London derbies take place. With Liverpool and Everton struggling, plus Arsenal and Tottenham hardly firing on all cylinders so far, will a rivalry win breath new impetus into their seasons?
The disjointed nature of the young PL season is reflected in our latest rankings as there’s plenty of movement in both directions as inconsistent starts continue and some unlikely teams adorn the top spots.
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!
Chelsea: The Blues put in a solid display away from home, drawing 1-1 at Man City and were unlucky not to win. How about Lampard getting that equalizer? Home game vs. Aston Villa this weekend. (4-1-0)
Southampton: Saints have won three-straight and are red hot as they welcome QPR to St Mary’s. A midweek league cup win over Arsenal means Ronald Koeman’s men are flying high. What an incredible job the Dutchman has done, so far. (3-1-1)
Arsenal: The Gunners tore Villa apart with three goals in 192 seconds in a 3-0 win. Ozil and Welbeck are clicking and now a huge North London derby vs. Spurs awaits at the Emirates. (2-3-0)
Leicester City: Well, what an incredible win for Leicester as they hammered Manchester United 5-3! Nigel Pearson’s men have adapted superbly to life back in the PL and could easily win away at Crystal Palace on Saturday. (2-2-1)
Manchester City: The Citizens dug deep and grabbed a point against Chelsea despite being down to 10-men. Bravo. Not a phenomenal start to the season though. Can they get going away at Hull City? (2-2-1)
Swansea City: Garry Monk’s side suffered their second-straight defeat, but a narrow one to Southampton. The Swans make the long trip up to Sunderland this weekend. (3-0-2)
Aston Villa: Back to earth with a bump for the Villains as Arsenal beat them 3-0 but with a sickness bug ravaging Paul Lambert’s men, we will give them a pass. Tough game at Chelsea this weekend. (3-1-1)
Crystal Palace: The Eagles sealed a fantastic 3-2 win away at Everton and are 3 games unbeaten since Neil Warnock took charge. Huge climbers in our rankings and a chance to rack up another win at home vs. Leicester. (1-2-2)
Liverpool: A disappointing start to the season got worse for the Reds as they lost away at West Ham 3-1. Mario Balotelli is struggling for form, while Brendan Rodgers’ men have missed injured Daniel Sturridge badly. A win in the derby vs. Everton is a must. (2-0-3)
West Ham: The Hammers are big climbers after that win over Liverpool. Sam Allardyce has found some top quality attackers in Sakho and Valencia and they look solid as a rock at the back. Trip to Old Trafford this week. (2-1-2)
Tottenham: All of a sudden Mauricio Pochettino is under a little bit of pressure. Spurs lost to West Brom and put in a total tepid display. They must do better in the North London derby away from home. (2-1-2)
Stoke City: Five points from five games is a steady start for Stoke but they coughed up a late goal away at QPR which cost them all three points. Victor Moses is coming into his own. Home game vs. Newcastle next up. (1-2-2)
Manchester United: How do you even try to explain United’s implosion against Leicester? Leading 3-1 with 27 minutes to go and then that happens… Anyway, van Gaal’s men must bounce back with a win vs. West Ham. (1-2-2)
QPR: Rangers showed enough vs. Stoke to suggest they should be a lot better than fighting relegation this season. Still only one win for Harry Redknapp but plenty of spirit. Saints away this weekend. (1-1-3)
Everton: Oh dear. A day to forget for USMNT ‘keeper Tim Howard who was at fault for Palace’s first two goals in a 3-2 home defeat. Roberto Martinez’s men were also dumped out of the League Cup. A win at Liverpool in the derby could re-energize everyone. (1-2-2)
Sunderland: The Black Cats struggled offensively in their 0-0 draw at Burnley and Mannone got them a point. Poyet is still searching for his first win this season and it has to come soon otherwise another season of struggle beckons. Altidore scored in a midweek League Cup defeat. Swansea at home next. (0-4-1)
Hull City: Not quite sure what to make of Steve Bruce’s men who keep scoring stunning goals but are letting in way too many for his liking. They were 2-0 up away at Newcastle but drew 2-2. Man City at the KC this weekend. (1-3-1)
West Brom: Alan Irvine picked up his first win as a PL manager as the Baggies stunned White Hart Lane by beating Spurs 1-0. They are well-organized and will be hoping to nick another tight game vs. Burnley this Sunday. Still work to do, but fantastic victory. (1-2-2)
Newcastle: Alan Pardew’s side look dead and buried vs. Hull so credit must go to them, and particularly Papiss Cisse, for stepping off the bench to score two late goals. Stoke away on Monday night will be a brutally physical game, but Pardew’s boys did beat Palace in the League Cup. (0-2-3)
Burnley: Three-straight 0-0 draws for the Clarets says it all. They are solid at the back but have now failed to score in over seven hours of play. Sean Dyche’s men have a great chance to beat West Brom away this week. (0-3-2)