Premier League Power Rankings: Six weeks in, we’re still in a state of flux

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After six games of the season, we now have a pretty good idea what each team has to offer… that doesn’t stop the Power Rankings from fluctuating though!

We still have teams moving up and down by six spots here and there as the unpredictability of the Premier League continues.

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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 Chelsea: The Blues cruised past Villa as they are dismantling the teams they need to. Huge London derby vs. Arsenal this Sunday, great litmus test to see just how good Mourinho’s men are. (5-1-0)
source:  2 Southampton: No surprise here, anymore. Pelle scored a goal of the season contender as Saints beat QPR for their fourth-straight win. Remarkable start. Next up: Tottenham away and their old manager Pochettino. (4-1-1)
source:  3  – Arsenal: A labored draw vs. Spurs was down to 3 key injuries in midfield during the match. With Welbeck bagging a hat trick midweek in UCL action, they will push Chelsea all the way in the battle of the unbeaten teams. (2-4-0)
source:  4 UP 1 Manchester City: Eliaquim Mangala had a nightmare after City went 2-0 up away at Hull but they dug deep to get the win. An uninspiring draw vs. Roma in UCL could see them deflated. Tough test away at Villa this weekend. They lost at Villa Park last term. (3-2-1)

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5 UP 3  Crystal Palace: The Eagles are on a roll with two wins on the spin and are four unbeaten since Warnock turned up. Solid. Steady. Superb. Hull away is a good chance for three wins in a row. (2-2-2)
source:  6 Swansea City: Garry Monk’s men grabbed a point on the road at Sunderland with 10-men. Good result. They host Newcastle at the Liberty on Saturday and are the big favorites. (3-1-2)
source:  7 UP 6 Manchester United: Rooney’s red card aside, that was much better from United. A 2-1 win over West Ham isn’t amazing but it was much needed. Falcao and RVP look deadly up top as they welcome Everton to town on Sunday. (2-2-2)
source:  8 DOWN 1 Aston Villa: The Villains barely threatened going forward vs. Chelsea and were taught a lesson in finishing. Paul Lambert’s men will fancy themselves at home to City on NBC (12:30pm ET) on Saturday. (3-1-2)
source:  9 UP 3 Stoke City: Peter Crouch’s header, then an awesome crab/tweety bird dance, gave Stoke the win against Newcastle. They head to Sunderland in what should be a bruising game. Steady start for the Potters. (2-2-2)
source:  10 DOWN 6 Leicester City: Still early days for the Foxes who were undone by two set pieces at Palace. Nigel Pearson won’t be happy with that but his side will be the favs vs. Burnley on Saturday. (2-2-2)
source:  11 TottenhamSpurs looked to have a North London derby win in the bag as they put in a professional display at the Emirates. The Ox nicked a point for Arsenal but Pochettino’s men will be happy with that. Can they stop high-flying Saints at the Lane? (2-2-2)
source:  12 DOWN 3 Liverpool: Phil Jagielka’s last-gasp equalizer would have been a dagger into the heart of Liverpool fans. Add on top of that a poor display away in Basel in a 1-0 defeat, and it’s not been a good week. Gerrard is having a go at his teammates. Will it work vs. WBA? (2-1-3)
source:  13 DOWN 3 West Ham: The Hammers gave United a scare at Old Trafford and played well against 10-men. They host QPR in a London derby as Redknapp returns to Upton Park. Big Sam needs another big home win. (2-1-3)
source:  14 UP 1 Everton: Roberto Martinez’s men aren’t playing well but they are grinding out draws. Two 1-1 ties vs. Liverpool and then Krasnodar in the Europa League prove their struggling, but getting by. Can they beat United for the third-time running? (1-3-2)
source:  15 UP 3 West Brom: Boing, boing, baggies, baggies! Two wins on the spin and WBA are flying. New boss Alan Irvine has got his team playing and don’t be too surprised if they shock Liverpool at Anfield. Boing, boing… (2-2-2)
source:  16 Sunderland:  As it stands, Gus Poyet’s team could break the PL record for most draws in a season. Wowza. A dour 0-0 tie with Swansea wasn’t ideal and they badly need to beat Stoke to get some momentum going. (0-5-1)
source:  17 Hull City: Still without a win since the opening day of the season, Steve Bruce will be concerned his team keep leaking goals. That’s eight in their last three games now. Can they bag a first home win of the season v Palace? (1-3-2)
source:  18 DOWN 4 QPR: Three away games have resulted in three defeats this season for Rangers. They gave Saints a run for their money but several new players are failing to bed in quickly. HUGE London derby this weekend. ‘Arry would love a win. (1-1-4)
 source:  19 Newcastle: Quite how Alan Pardew is still in a job is beyond me, but he is. The Magpies lost 1-0 away at Stoke and Jack Colback somehow hit the bar from six-yards out late on. It’s been that type of season. A win this weekend is a must… right? (0-2-4)
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20 Burnley: Poor old Burnley. They were battered 4-0 at WBA and have now failed to score since the opening day of the season. Sean Dyche should just go with four up front this weekend at Leicester and hope for the best. (0-3-3)

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ProSoccerTalk is now on video as well as in written format. Unleash the beast, as they say.

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Each week ProSoccerTalk writers Joe Prince-Wright, Nick Mendola and Andy Edwards will tell us what they learned from the Premier League action, rank their top five PL players based on current form, preview the upcoming weekend and handle any other news from around the soccer world.

Expect opinions, analysis and insight, as well as plenty of friendly banter along the way and maybe a beer or two…

Basically, they have these chats on their own anyway so we thought we would record them and let them loose on the Premier League, USMNT and everything in-between. This is going to be a lot of fun and a lighthearted look at all of the action from across the soccer world each week.

With JPW is based in England and heading to Premier League games and traveling to stadiums/ training grounds, plus Andy and Nick based Stateside, we will be checking in with them regularly to get their views on just about anything when it comes to Pro Soccer. Because, well, ProSoccerTalk.

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Champions League qualifying: How to watch, start times, odds

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The 12 clubs remaining in the race for the final UEFA Champions League group stage slots will be pared down to six in the next eight days.

There are American connections to two of the six ties.

Former USMNT midfielder Jesse Marsch manages Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg toward the next round, while Molde right back Henry Wingo came up with the Seattle Sounders.

VIDEO: Premier League highlights ] 

Salzburg are significant favorites to advance over two legs, odds accentuated by Maccabi Tel-Aviv’s seven players absent due to positive COVID-19 tests.

Marsch had previously said he did not want to go to Israel due to COVID-19 concerns, calling it “dangerous,” but has accepted the task at hand.

From Austrian publication Kronen Zeitung:

“The moment UEFA said we were going to play in Tel Aviv, it wasn’t a problem for me. Maccabi has a great team. We are not naive. We understand that we have to fight tomorrow.”

At 3:10 in some sportsbooks, Marsch’s men are the only club favored to win the first leg away. Salzburg is led by Dominik Szoboszlai and Patson Daka, who’ve helped the team thrive despite the sales of several stars including Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino.

Molde has a much tougher test with Hungarian side Ferencvaros, who knocked off Celtic. That tie could go either way, while Slavia Prague and Olympiakos are respectively noticeable favorites to beat Midtjylland and Omonia Nicosia.

Dynamo Kiev will be expected to outlast Gent over two legs, while it would be a minor upset if PAOK takes down Krasnodar.


How to watch the UEFA Champions League qualifying playoff round

Kickoff: 3 pm ET Tuesday and Wednesday
Stream: CBS All-Access (subscription required)


UEFA Champions League playoff round matches

All 12 legs will kickoff at 3 pm ET between Tuesday and Sept. 30.

Tuesday

Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1-2 Red Bull Salzburg
Slavia Prague 0-0 Midtjylland
Krasnodar 2-1 PAOK

Wednesday

Gent v Dynamo Kiev
Molde v Ferencvaros
Olympiakos v Omonia

Sept. 29

Ferencvaros v Molde
Dynamo Kiev v Gent
Omonia v Olympiakos

Sept. 30

Midtjylland v Slavia Prague
PAOK v Krasnodar
Red Bull Salzburg v Maccabi Tel-Aviv

League Cup: How to watch, start times, as Premier League powers enter

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Fifteen Premier League teams eye dates in the fourth round when the League Cup returns for another September midweek.

The congested nature of the season will see some PL sides play three matches in as many weeks, though the European qualifying teams are just entering the fray this week.

[ LIVE: Follow League Cup scores ]

That includes Europa League sides Arsenal and Leicester City, who will stage the lone all-PL scrap of the round come Wednesday at the King Power Stadium.

Tuesday was going to see Tottenham Hotspur visit a club sponsored by Spurs striker Harry Kane, but Leyton Orient is in the news after positive COVID-19 tests have threatened to forfeit Spurs into the next round.

VIDEO: Premier League highlights ] 

Manchester United will hope to snap out of its season-opening funk when it begins its tourney Tuesday at Luton Town, while Chelsea hosts Barnsley on Wednesday.

Liverpool is off to Lincoln City on Thursday, kicking off its League Cup at the same time Manchester City welcomes Bournemouth.

Because of the aforementioned congested September in the tournament, the fourth round draw has already been held and those fixtures are at bottom of the page.


League Cup third round draw

All times ET

Tuesday
Leyton Orient v Tottenham Hotspur — Postponed
West Brom 2-2 Brentford – (Brentford win on penalty kicks)
Newport County 3-1 Watford 
West Ham United 5-1 Hull City
Luton Town 0-3 Manchester United 

Wednesday
Preston North End v Brighton — 2 pm
Millwall v Burnley — 2 pm
Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday — 2 pm
Stoke City v Gillingham — 2 pm
Chelsea v Barnsley — 2:45 pm
Leicester City v Arsenal — 2:45 pm
Fleetwood Town v Everton — 2:45 pm
Morecambe v Newcastle United — 2:45 pm

Thursday
Bristol City v Aston Villa — 2 pm
Lincoln City v Liverpool — 2:45 pm
Manchester City v Bournemouth — 2:45 pm


League Cup fourth round draw

Lincoln City/Liverpool v Leicester City/Arsenal
Millwall/Burnley v Manchester City/Bournemouth
West Brom/Brentford v Fulham/Sheffield Wednesday
Fleetwood Town/Everton v West Ham United/Hull City
Bristol City/Aston Villa v Stoke City/Gillingham
Leyton Orient/Tottenham v Chelsea/Barnsley
Newport County/Watford v Morecambe/Newcastle United
Preston North End/Brighton v Luton Town/Manchester United


How to watch League Cup third round streams and start time

Kickoff: Tuesday through Thursday
Online: Select games on ESPN+
Updates: Follow League Cup scores via NBCSports.com

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Premier League player Power Rankings are here!

Our second player Power Rankings of the 2020-21 season have arrived, as all 20 teams have played and we are coming off the highest scoring matchweek in Premier League history with 44 goals scored across the 10 games.

Simply put: it was incredibly tough to put 20 players in this list based on the crazy results across the Premier League.

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Stars from Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton dominate our second player Power Rankings and there are plenty of new signings who have impressed early in the season.

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Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t going to be in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


1. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
2. James Rodriguez (Everton)
3. Kevin de Bruyne (Man City)
4. Harry Kane (Tottenham)
5. Heung-min Son (Tottenham)
6. Fabinho (Liverpool)
7. Tariq Lamptey (Brighton)
8. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
9. Raul Jimenez (Wolves)
10. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
11. Gabriel (Arsenal)
12. Dani Ceballos (Arsenal)
13. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
14. Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace)
15. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
16. Patrick Bamford (Leeds)
17. Timothy Castagne (Leicester)
18. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
19. Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
20. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds)