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.

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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: 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)

Crystal Palace vs Leeds: How to watch, live stream link, team news, lineups

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Crystal Palace and Leeds meet Sunday at Selhurst Park in a bid to snap twin four-match winless runs in Premier League play (watch live, 9am ET Sunday on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).

Palace has won just once this season, drawing three times and sitting outside the relegation zone on goal differential.

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Leeds have three more points, good for 12th on the table.

Former Hudson River derby rival manager Jesse Marsch and Patrick Vieira will both look to kick their seasons forward with a much-needed win in South London.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Crystal Palace vs Leeds.

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How to watch Crystal Palace vs Leeds live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 9am ET, Sunday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & star players

Palace has given up 11 goals this season and expected goals say that perhaps it should be worse for the Eagles, who have received four of their seven goals from one man: Wilfried Zaha.

Leeds won’t have Luis Sinisterra, who was sent off last week, but Brenden Aaronson and Rodrigo have been producing plenty of attacking moments. Finish has to come next, although Leeds’ 10 goals puts it middle of the pack. Perhaps Patrick Bamford is ready to deliver the goods?


Crystal Palace team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Joachim Andersen (calf). OUT: Nathan Ferguson (ankle), Nathaniel Clyne (ankle), Jack Butland (wrist), James McArthur (groin).

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Adam Forshaw (ankle). OUT: Stuart Dallas (thigh), Archie Gray (toe), Luis Sinisterra (suspension).

Newcastle vs Brentford: How to watch, live stream link, team news, lineups

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Newcastle looks to run its Premier League unbeaten run to five when it hosts Brentford at St. James’ Park on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).

The Magpies beat up 10-man Fulham last weekend to pick up their second win of the season. Eddie Howe’s team has only lost once, a controversial setback at Liverpool, and sits seventh with 11 points.

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Brentford’s only collected one fewer point than their Saturday hosts, but the Bees have been blanked in consecutive outings and failed to find a way past Bournemouth in a scoreless draw on Oct. 1.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Newcastle vs Brentford.

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How to watch Newcastle vs Brentford live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & star players

Exciting forward Allan Saint-Maximin could return for Newcastle, making an already cohesive unit more dangerous. The 25-year-old has a goal and two assists in four appearances this season and scored in this fixture, a 3-3 draw, last season.

Brentford has scored the fifth-most goals in the Premier League this season — quite good — but only six teams have conceded more than the Bees. Goalkeeper David Raya has made 30 saves, tied for third in the Premier League with… Nick Pope. So perhaps it’s time to expect fireworks.


Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh). OUT: Karl Darlow (ankle), Alexander Isak (thigh), Jonjo Shelvey (thigh), Matt Ritchie (calf), Emil Krafth (knee).

Brentford team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Ethan Pinnock (knee). OUT: Keane Lewis-Potter (ankle), Pontus Jansson (thigh), Christian Norgaard (tendonitis)

Premier League top scorers: Who is leading 2022 Golden Boot race?

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For those tempted to write off Erling Haaland’s historically-hot start to life as a Premier League striker, we get it: There’s something rather dull about not wondering the identity of the 2022 Golden Boot winner, but just the number of his final tally.

Haaland’s Premier League-leading 14 goals from eight games has him seven goals clear of the next closest challenger: Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

His third hat trick of the season, joined by three Phil Foden goals in Man City’s 6-3 derby win over United, keeps him on pace for more than 60 goals this season, a mark that would

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And even though Haaland is currently overperforming his expected goals total, it’s already becoming clear that projecting him for the Premier League record is not farfetched at all.

Take a look at these digits. Haaland isn’t just punching in goals; He’s made an almost seamless transition to Pep Guardiola’s system, producing chances for others in addition to his powerful self-positioning.

Erling Haaland
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Haaland is unlikely to hit even 50 goals given the schedule congestion to come for Man City, but the Premier League record is very well under assault

Mohamed Salah holds the 38-game season record with his 32 goals scored for Liverpool during the 2017-18 season, while Newcastle’s Andy Cole and Blackburn’s Alan Shearer bagged 34 during 42-game seasons in the 20th century’s final decade.

Haaland also could topple the record for goal involvements (goals plus assists) in a single season, including beating the 42-game record. Alan Shearer put up 47 over 42, while Thierry Henry holds the 38-game record with 44.

Other records that Haaland could legitimately tie or topple:

  • 30 goals in a first Premier League season (Kevin Phillips, Sunderland, 1999-2000)
  • Goals in 24 different Premier League matches (Salah, Liverpool, 2017-18)
  • Most goals in a Premier League match (Five tied with five)
  • 11-straight Premier League games with a goal (Jamie Vardy, Leicester, 2014-15)

Read on to see the latest Premier League goal totals for the 2022-23 season, as Haaland looks to claim a Golden Boot in his first PL season.

Premier League 2022-23 Golden Boot race

  1. Erling Haaland, Man City — 14
  2. Harry Kane, Tottenham — 7
  3. Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham — 6
  4. Phil Foden, Man City — 5
  5. Ivan Toney, Brentford — 5
  6. James Maddison, Leicester City — 5
  7. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool — 5
  8. Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal — 5
  9. Leandro Trossard — Brighton — 5
  10. Three tied with four. (Alexis Mac Allister, Rodrigo, Wilfried Zaha)

Premier League assist leaders: Who will win Playmaker of the Season?

Premier League assist leaders
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Kevin De Bruyne’s gaudy assist numbers give rise to any number of considerations, and we have to wonder if the Manchester City star has ever wondered if the Premier League record would be his in a world in which Jose Mourinho found better use for him at Chelsea.

De Bruyne’s eight assists this Premier League season are double his closest competitors — teammate Bernardo Silva and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka — to give him 94 for his career. That’s tied for fifth all-time with Dennis Bergkamp, 72 behind record holder Ryan Giggs.

The Belgian star, 31, arrived at Chelsea from Werder Bremen at the age of 22 and managed only 425 in a half-season before being offloaded to Wolfsburg. Back in the Bundesliga, De Bruyne got six assists the rest of the way before setting up 21 goals the next season to set up a move to Man City.

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He’s since won the nascent Premier League Playmaker of the Season Award twice, including a 20-assist 2019-20 season, and he’s on pace to make it three of six. Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, and Eden Hazard have also won the award, which is only five years old.

De Bruyne also led the Premier League in assists in 2016-17, the year before the league but a name on the honor.

His stats hint that there’s more to come, as ‘KDB’ is creating a gaudy 3.95 chances per 90 minutes. After a season in which he scored 15 times with eight assists, De Bruyne is back taunting those who’d dare chase him in terms of setting up goals (Some guy named Erling Haaland is helping…).

Take a look at De Bruyne’s shining stats, and read on to see who’s chasing him in a list of the Premier League assist leaders for the 2022-23 season.

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Premier League 2022-23 assist leaders

  1. Kevin De Bruyne, Man City — 8
  2. Bernardo Silva, Man City — 4
  3. Bukayo Saka, Arsenal — 4
  4. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool — 3
  5. Dejan Kulusevski, Tottenham Hotspur — 3
  6. Erling Haaland, Man City — 3
  7. Ivan Perisic, Tottenham Hotspur — 3
  8. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool — 3
  9. Jack Harrison, Leeds United — 3
  10. Granit Xhaka, Arsenal — 3
  11. Alex Iwobi, Everton — 3
  12. Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal — 3
  13. Kenny Tete, Fulham — 3
  14. Jamie Vardy, Leicester City — 3