Week 10 has arrived, as we are a quarter of the way through the 2014-15 season and the rankings of power are starting to get a familiar look. That said, some big teams are still struggling to get going as we enter November.
Will Chelsea ever be usurped from top spot? Will Burnley make it off the bottom?
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 remain unmoved at the top of our rankings and the PL, but with Diego Costa out injured and team starting to figure out how to stop Cesc Fabregas (Man United put on a clinic at that), the Blues have slowed their roll. That said, they’ll be hoping for a big win at home against West London rivals QPR on Saturday. (7-2-0)
Southampton: The Saints are flying. Six wins from seven leaves them four points off league-leaders Chelsea and Ronald Koeman’s men are playing wonderful football. Tough trip to Hull this weekend. (6-1-2)
Arsenal: The Gunners are sorting out their injury issues. As long as Alexis Sanchez doesn’t go down, they’ll be okay. The Chilean scored twice last week and Wenger’s men will be looking to batter poor old Burnley at home this week. (3-5-1)
Manchester City: Three games without a win and two defeats on the trot, Manuel Pellegrini’s men are going through a tough time. With their UCL hopes dashed and dumped out of the League Cup by Newcastle, the Citizens now face Manchester United in the derby on Sunday. (5-2-2)
Manchester United: Speaking of United, the Red Devils are looking better. A last-minute equalizer vs. Chelsea shows the spirit is there but they need to finish chances. With Rooney and Falcao back for the derby at City, can they spring a shock and rule Manchester? (3-4-2)
Liverpool: One step forward, one step back for the Reds. A disappointing 0-0 draw with Hull at home last time out. Will Brendan Rodgers’ men shine away at a resurgent Newcastle before heading to Madrid? (3-1-3)
Swansea City: The Swans are still up and down, but Garry Monk’s men are in the top six and Wilfried Bony is in fine form. Tough trip to Everton this weekend. (4-2-3)
Newcastle United: Who saw this coming, seriously? Three wins on the spin for the Magpies in the PL and League Cup and Alan Pardew’s men have finally silenced the doubters. Can they beat Liverpool? Huge climbers in our rankings. (2-4-3)
Everton: Two wins on the spin for Roberto Martinez’s men who are getting back to their best with Ross Barkley on board. Home game against the Swans this weekend. Can they make it three in a row? (3-3-3)
QPR: They should have beaten Liverpool, then beat Villa 2-0 last time out thanks to Charlie Austin. The R’s are on the up as Harry Redknapp has even settled his feud with Adel Taarabt. Tough game 4 miles down the road at Chelsea on Saturday. (2-1-6)
Stoke City: Inconsistency has riddled the Potters all season. No back-to-back wins mean Stoke have yet to really get going. Can they handle in-form West Ham at the Brit? (3-2-4)
Crystal Palace: The Eagles had their wings clipped at WBA after leading 2-0 at half time. Neil Warnock was not a happy man with referee Mark Clattenburg (who loves an Ed Sheeran gig). Sunderland at home on Monday night gives Palace a great chance to bag a third win of the season. (2-3-4)
Leicester City: The bubble has burst a little for the Foxes who have lost three of their last four, the latest defeat coming at Swansea last week. Can they win a Midlands derby at home to WBA? (2-3-4)
Hull City: The draw specialists went to Liverpool and got a point and a shutout. Hull back to being solid, but look much more likely to score this season. Can the beat Saints on Saturday? (2-5-2)
West Brom: Another team who love a draw, the Baggies fought back to get a point at home to Palace. However, they should be winning games like that. Leicester away is massive. (2-4-3)
Sunderland: Two defeats on the spin, no goals scored, 10 conceded and calamitous defending aplenty. It’s safe to say Sunderland is in free fall. Gus Poyet’s men travel to Palace on Monday with everyone expecting them to lose. So, will they? (1-5-3)
Aston Villa: Breaking records, but not the good kind. Villa lost their fifth-straight match at QPR and were woeful. Where has that early season promise gone? Paul Lambert’s side need a big improvement vs. Spurs. (3-1-5)
Burnley: Poor old Burnley. They remain steady at the foot of our rankings and are the only team without a win in the PL. They lost to Everton last week and travel to Arsenal this week. Still, at least Danny Ings bagged his first PL goal. Every cloud… (0-4-5)
Transfer news: Rice in, Jorginho out at Chelsea; Skriniar to Spurs
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Jorginho to Arsenal, making way for Rice to Chelsea
Chelsea have not yet given up in their pursuit of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice, but manager Frank Lampard is reportedly hoping the deal can be done ahead of the Oct. 5 transfer deadline. He does, however, recognize he currently presides of a slightly bloated squad and will likely have to move a player on to bring someone else in. The obviously solution to make way for Declan Rice? Jorginho, who features in a similar position and role, remains a high priority for Arsenal.
Spurs to solidify defense with Skriniar
Tottenham undeniably strengthened their attacking corps both in the January transfer (Steven Bergwijn) window as well as this summer (Gareth Bale), but there remains plenty of rebuilding to be done along the backline, even following the arrival of Sergio Reguilon. Above all else, Jose Mourinho’s side desperately requires a no. 1 center back to organize and command the defense. Milan Skriniar is 25 years old, hugely experienced for a club the size of Inter Milan, widely regarded as one of the best defenders available in the transfer market, and he’s reportedly the apple of someone’s eye at Spurs. The issue, as always with chairman Daniel Levy, is money. Inter want $70 million, which Spurs highly unlikely to fork over.
Arsenal want Aourar, but Lyon want (a lot) more money
Aouar to Arsenal feels almost inevitable at this point, with the Gunners seemingly set to benefit from Manchester City and Juventus’ inaction toward signing the 22-year-old French midfielder. Their initial bid was rejected by Lyon, but their does appear to be some room to negotiate between the sides’ initial positions. Lyon began with a $69-million valuation, while Arsenal’s bid was reportedly just shy of $45 million. Aouar has reportedly already agreed contract terms with Arsenal, and the move hinges upon the two clubs agreeing a fee.
Brewster to Sheffield United; Villa, Brighton also interested
Rhian Brewster remains a highly rated future prospect for Liverpool, but the 20-year-old has reached the point in his development where he requires first-team PL action in order to become a first-team PL player. He won’t get such an opportunity at Liverpool — not this season, at least — thus he is prepared to leave the club, with the likes of Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion all reportedly interested. Whether or not he will go out on loan or leave permanently remains up in the air.
Borussia Dortmund was stunned by Augsburg while Bayer Leverkusen drew RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach only managed a point against Union Berlin on Saturday.
Bayern’s Sunday task at Hoffenheim isn’t easy coming off a UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla at midweek, but they’ll be motivated by the knowledge that a win gives them the chance to match the world record consecutive win streak of 24… and set up a chance to set their own mark against Dortmund in the German Super Cup.
Schalke 1-3 Werder Bremen
Niclas Fullkrug scored a hat trick in the match’s first hour, the opening tally assisted by USMNT man Josh Sargent, as Bremen heaped misery on under-fire David Wagner at Schalke.
Sargent was back at forward following a week in the midfield and went 87 minutes. He put three shots on target and had three key passes in addition to his assist. He converted both of his dribbles but was also debited with a “big chance missed” via SofaScore.
The hosts had much of the ball but saw their Bundesliga winless run reach 18 matches, adding a late red card for Ozan Kabak and stoppage time goal from Mark Uth.
Hertha Berlin 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Mainz 1-4 Stuttgart
Arminia Bielefeld 1-0 Koln
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Union Berlin
Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich — 9:30 am ET Sunday
Freiburg v Wolfsburg — Noon ET Sunday
West Brom – Chelsea: Chelsea spotted the hosts three goals as West Brom scored thrice in the first 28 minutes but drew the Blues 3-3 after Tammy Abraham cleaned up a stoppage-time rebound to produce a point at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
Callum Robinson bagged a brace and Kyle Bartley also scored as the Baggies built their big lead but only earned its first point of their fifth spell in the Premier League.
Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi crafted beautiful goals in the second half to lead the comeback bid as Chelsea moved to 1-1-1 on the young season.
3 things we learned: West Brom – Chelsea
1. Bold Baggies: Slaven Bilic’s men took advantage of moments, as their 23 percent possession in the first half yielded a remarkable 3-0 lead thanks to Chelsea errors and a clinical bit of finishing from Robinson. The Bartley goal came off a set piece and West Brom would’ve targeted that from the start and embraced a 1-0 lead. That it was the third goal of the first half-hour had to have Bilic and his Baggies in a fit of amused laughter. Remember: This West Brom team lost 3-0 to Leicester and 5-2 against Everton.
2. Chelsea delivers on chances but laments defense: Chelsea fans have heard this before, again and again, but their 2019-20 Blues created more chances than any Premier League team outside of Manchester City. They scored 33 less goals than City and 16 fewer than Liverpool. Chelsea needed all of its 76 percent possession and 22 total shots to come back from an absurd first half at the Hawthorns. Ugly. A penny for Antonio Rudiger’s thoughts.
3. Impact subs: Lampard pushed two buttons at halftime. Taking off Marcos Alonso on a yellow for Cesar Azpilicueta was nothing risky considering the latter has been so good for such a long time, bu removing influential Mateo Kovacic for Hudson-Odoi deserves a high-five. It could’ve backfired — though what would that have really mattered given the 3-0 deficit? — but Hudson-Odoi combined for a wonderful second goal and Azpilicueta was steady on the left and assisted Mount’s marker. Would Olivier Giroud’s 73rd-minute move for Thiago Silva make a difference, too? No, but Mount’s rip rebounded to Abraham and credit to Lampard for not removing the otherwise wasteful center forward.
Man of the Match:
It’s difficult to look past Robinson and Mount but West Brom center back Bartley had the third goal to go with nine clearances and a perfect 5-of-5 success rate on long balls. He also made a brave stoppage time stop on Werner at the back post.
West Brom – Chelsea recap
Willy Caballero’s start between the pipes was under duress, as Robinson got a pass from Matheus Pereira and slashed a shot from the edge of the 18. It went through the legs of Reece James and Caballero couldn’t locate it.
The pink-clad Blues soon found possession and Kai Havertz forced a strong save out of Sam Johnstone with an obscured strike from distance.
James spotted Tammy Abraham in the 12th minute but the striker’s left-foot was inadequate to the back post task. Mason Mount then crossed hard for Werner in traffic, the German’s shot kissing the crossbar for a goal kick.
A poor touch from Thiago Silva gifted Robinson a 1v1 break on goal and the ex-Sheffield United man lashed past Caballero for 2-0.
Bartley made it 3-0 off a corner kick, Darnell Furlong heading the set piece to the back post for a cool finish.
Mount gave Chelsea hope in the 55th, a terrific shot from distance that froze Johnstone and made it 3-1.
Johnstone then reacted well to slap away a deflected effort from Havertz.
Hudson-Odoi took some time to find his place in the match but his work to produce Chelsea’s second was good stuff. The 19-year-old worked with Timo Werner on his right and Kai Havertz on his left to work his way into the 18 and slot past Johnstone.
That was it, though, as Giroud’s introduction for Thiago Silva and five minutes stoppage time could not produce an equalizer.
Werner nearly lashed one in but Bartley dove headfirst into the path to turn a would-be goal into an equalizer.
That’s when the equalizer arrived at the Hawthorns, a handball on Havertz neither called in the buildup nor legislated by VAR.
Sean Dyche’s Burnley lost at Leicester in their opening game of the season last weekend, while Ralph Hasenhuttl saw his Southampton side hammered 5-2 at home by Tottenham are losing at Crystal Palace on the opening day.
Dale Stephens goes right into the mix for Burnley, who are without a host of players as Jay Rodriguez suffered an injury in the midweek League Cup win at Millwall and joins Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Robbie Brady, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes in the treatment room.
Southampton only have one player missing through injury, Nathan Redmond, while Mohammed Salisu isn’t quite up to full speed following his arrival this summer.
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With all of their injuries Burnley (+220) are the underdogs but Southampton (+135) have never fared well at Burnley and last won at Turf Moor in 2007 when both teams were in the second tier.
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Burnley – Southampton prediction
This is a real clash of style as Hasenhuttl’s Saints will press high and look to force the issue, while Burnley will sit back and soak up the pressure and look to go direct. Burnley always seem to catch Saints out on the break or from set pieces and I think that will be the case here too, but with all of the Clarets’ injuries I think Southampton will come away with something. Burnley 1-1 Southampton.
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