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)