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)

Croatia vs Brazil: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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World Cup-savvy Croatia stands in the way of stylish Brazil’s pursuit of a sixth World Cup crown, and the pair promise a complex match-up on Friday in Al Rayyan.

Match 58 of the 2022 World Cup kicks off the quarterfinals as Neymar leads Tite’s star-studded CONMEBOL powers into a match against the 2018 runners-up.

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Croatia got past Japan in penalties and will now dream of the two wins that could set it back in the final where France could again be waiting for a juicy rematch.

Croatia needed penalties to get past Japan in the Round of 16, while Brazil pasted South Korea 4-1.  Croatia has never beaten Brazil in four meetings, losing at the 2006 and 2014 World Cups.

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Here is everything you need for Croatia vs Brazil.


How to watch Croatia vs Brazil live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic was fantastic in penalties versus Japan to get here, but Luka Modric continues to do the things that get Croatia out of trouble and puts the opponents into heaps of it. Josko Gvardiola has arguably been the defender of the tournament, and the 20-year-old looks to test his mettle again against the Selecao.

Pick a Brazil player who’s failed to impress and you’ve achieved a mighty feat. Neymar’s been fantastic when healthy while RIcharlison is in serious pursuit of the Golden Boot. Alisson Becker flexed his muscles once or twice versus South Korea and figures to be busier as the competition continues to heat up in Qatar.


Croatia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic, Josko Gvardiol

Brazil quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Cup appearances: 22
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (1st place)
Coach: Tite
Key players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker

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Netherlands vs Argentina: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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The Netherlands gets a third chance to beat Lionel Messi in the World Cup when the Dutch meet Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinals at Lusail Iconic Stadium on Friday.

Match 57 of the World Cup will be the second of the quarterfinal round and Messi can build on his three goals and assist in Qatar, though the underlying story has been how difficult it’s been to break down the Argentine defense.

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The CONMEBOL side beat Australia 2-1 In the Round of 16 and now gets a Dutch side that outclassed the USA 3-1 last time out.

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Here is everything you need for Netherlands vs Argentina.


How to watch Netherlands vs Argentina live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Louis van Gaal is looking for arguably the only major trophy to escape his reach with the World Cup, and Virgil van Dijk isn’t too far behind his manager. Jurrien Timber’s joined VVD in a very good back three, Cody Gakpo had been the breakout player of the tournament in all likelihood before Goncalo Ramos captured the world’s attention with his hat trick for Portugal on Tuesday.

Enzo Fernandez has been shining along with Messi, while Nicolas Otamendi has turned back the proverbial clock at center back in a tour de force for the CONMEBOL powers.


Netherlands quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 8
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 10
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group G)
Coach: Louis van Gaal
Key players: Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong

Argentina quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 3
World Cup titles: 2 (1978, 1986)
World Cup appearances: 17
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (2nd place)
Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Key players: Lionel Messi, Angel de Maria, Lautaro Martinez

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England vs France: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Match 59 of the 2022 World Cup features a pair of European heavyweights duking it out for a place in the semifinals when England faces France on Saturday.

Didier Deschamps’ France is bidding to become a back-to-back World Cup winner, but Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are tournament-hardened and have shown their explosive nature three times this tournament.

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France beat Poland 3-1 in its Round of 16 match while England overcame a dodgy start to pound Senegal 3-0.

Neither team can say its faced a test like this in the tournament, and this could be a fantastic fight in Qatar.

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Here is everything you need for England vs France.


How to watch England vs France live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Saturday, December 1
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

England will look to Harry Kane, though the question remains who will flank the Tottenham center forward. Marcus Rashford’s been very good but Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden got the starting spots against Senegal and it paid off for Southgate.

Kylian Mbappe has been borderline unstoppable and will test Harry Maguire, John Stones, and friends and Antoine Griezmann pulls the strings in behind and Aurelien Tchouameni continues to strengthen his reputation in the center of the pitch.


England quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Jordan Pickford

France quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 4
World Cup titles: 2 (1998, 2018)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group D)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Key players: Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann

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Morocco vs Portugal: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Can red-hot Portugal find a way past Yassine Bounou and Morocco when the World Cup quarterfinals hit Qatar on Saturday?

Match 60 of the tournament will see Bounou riding high after stopping three of four penalties faced in the Round of 16 versus Spain, but Portugal won’t be thinking about going more than 90 minutes after scoring a half-dozen goals against Switzerland.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a fourth-minute goal to lead Portugal past Morocco in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, but Morocco’s yet to lose in Qatar.

The Atlas Lions needed penalties to beat Spain in the Round of 16, while Portugal had no such trouble in clobbering Switzerland 6-1.

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Here is everything you need for Morocco vs Portugal.


How to watch Morocco vs Portugal live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday December 10
Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium, Doha
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Bounou — spelled Bono on his jersey — was sensational in penalties, but Morocco’s defenders limited Spain to a single shot on target. Romain Saiss has been especially good in the middle of the back line while Achraf Hakimi and Noussair Mazroui have been effective out wide, going forward and defending.

Portugal put Goncalo Ramos in the Starting XI for Cristiano Ronaldo and the 21-year-old center forward scored three goals and added an assist against Switzerland. Bruno Fernandes has been wonderful for Portugal, while Ruben Neves and Rafael Leao were able to get through the match with small sub roles and should be rested if called upon by Fernando Santos, who is seeking a World Cup to go with his EURO crown.


Morocco quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 22
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CAF
Coach: Vahid Halilhodzic
Key players: Achraf Hakimi, Yassine Bounou, Youssef En-Nesyri, Romain Saiss

Portugal quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 9
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs
Coach: Fernando Santos
Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancel

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