Premier League Power Rankings: Time to take stock, then fire up the engines

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After a near two week break, we are almost back in business. Week 7’s games seem like far in the distance, but it’s time to take stock and see where each team is at.

Will Chelsea ever be usurped from top spot? Will Burnley make it off the bottom? All that, and more, is answered in our rankings of power.

[Archive: Premier League Power Rankings]

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: Seven games unbeaten to start the season for the Special One. They dominated Arsenal in a 2-0 win and face in-form Palace in a game they lost last season. Can they handle the Eagles? (6-1-0)
source:  2 UP 2 Manchester City: The Citizens labored to victory at Villa but are starting to show that mean streak which won them the title. Tough game at home to Spurs last week as the visitors look to avenge their 6-0 shellacking against our second place time in the rankings. (4-2-1)
source:  3  – Arsenal: A first defeat of the season for Wenger’s men and that touchline spat between Wenger and Mourinho was pretty unsavory. Given all of Arsenal’s injuries they hung in there. Expect them to beat Hull handily this Saturday, as Theo returns. (2-4-1)
source:  4 UP 3 Manchester United: Here they come… United got past Everton 2-1 thanks to goals from Di Maria and Falcao and LVG’s men are suddenly in the top four. It’s early days but the wounds are starting to heal nicely. WBA away this week. (3-2-2)

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5 DOWN 3 Southampton: The Saints succumbed to Spurs and their old boss Pochettino but could have nicked a point had Mane tapped him from five yards out. Horror miss. Home game vs. Sunderland gives them a chance to get back on track. (4-1-2)
source:  6 UP 5 TottenhamSpurs looked great in that win over Saints as the high-pressing play returned. They travel to Man City with revenge on their mind. Must stay tight defensively as they rose to fifth places in our rankings. (3-2-2)
source:  7 UP 5 Liverpool: The Reds wobbled a little against West Brom but goals from Lallana (who was superb) and Henderson did the damage. Sturridge is back for their trip to QPR, but Sterling’s fitness is now a concern. Close to their best. (3-1-3)
source:  8 DOWN 2 Swansea City: Garry Monk’s men let two leads slip at home to Newcastle after some poor defending. The Swans will want to put that right away at Stoke. Solid. (3-2-2)
source:  9 UP 4 West Ham:The Hammers’ resurgence continues and they easily beat QPR at Upton Park last time out. Horrible trip to Turf Moor for most teams, but West Ham will relish the challenge.  (3-1-3)
source:  10 DOWN 5 Crystal Palace: After four games unbeaten, Palace came undone away at the KC Stadium in a 2-0 defeat. They plummeted in our rankings due to that below par display and now host Chelsea. Can they shock the Blues again? (2-2-3)
source:  11 DOWN 3 Aston Villa:  Three defeats in a row for Villa but in fairness they’ve come against Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City. Paul Lambert’s side will be delighted to have Christian Benteke back. (3-1-3)
source:  12 DOWN 2 Leicester CityIt will have been a tough break for Foxes fans after they let three points slip late on vs. Burnley. Still unbeaten at home but tough away game at Newcastle. (2-3-2)
source:  13 DOWN 4 Stoke CityPoor performance by the Potters away at Sunderland. Slack defensive display. Home win vs. Swansea is a must this week, let’s see if they can get back on track. (2-2-3)
source:  14 EvertonBrave display away at United, as the Toffees came so close to snatching a late point at Old Trafford. Some sloppy goals conceded by Roberto Martinez’s men, once again. USMNT ‘keepers Tim Howard and Brad Guzan clash at Goodison this weekend. (1-3-3)
source:  15 UP 1 Sunderland: At last! Victory! The Mackems beat Stoke 3-1 as their forwards finally started scoring. Fletcher grabbed two and Wickham got the other. Gus Poyet’s side travel to Southampton this week. Will Altidore get a look in now? (1-5-1)
source:  16 UP 1 Hull City: The Tigers picked up their first win since the opening day of the season as they beat Palace at home. Steve Bruce’s side travel to injury-hit Arsenal on Saturday. Can they produce a shock? (2-3-2)
source:  17 DOWN 2 West Brom: Alan Irvine’s men gave Liverpool a bit of a scare at Anfield after equalizing but were solid. They host Man. United on Monday, watch on NBCSN at 3 p.m. ET. (2-2-3)
source:  18 UP 1 Newcastle: Still no wins, but the Magpies are battling away despite all the unrest off the pitch. Papiss Demba Cisse has scored four goals in his last three games, with a brace vs. Swansea. Can they beat Leicester? (0-3-4)
 source:  19 DOWN 1 QPR: Rangers are struggling. Big time. Harry Redknapp’s side have the most defeats in the PL and their new signing don’t seem to be gelling. It’s still early days. Perhaps a point at home to Liverpool will help? (1-1-5)
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20 BurnleyBattling Clarets keep on drawing and this was their best yet. Down 2-1 to a buoyant Leicester outfit, a great free kick from Wallace in injury time sent the away fans wild. Home game vs. West Ham is very, very winnable… (0-4-3)