Premier League Power Rankings: Liverpool spiraling, Newcastle climbing

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Week 11 of the 2014-15 season is here and the rankings of power are up and down like a yo-yo. Liverpool are on a downward spiral after not scoring in two games, while Sunderland are heading in the opposite direction after a big win.

Plus, can Southampton and West Ham really challenge for the top four? Surely not…

[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: Mourinho’s men remain top of our rankings, but only just. An uninspiring 2-1 win over QPR was followed up by a midweek draw in Maribor. Hardly top form ahead of their clash vs. Liverpool. (8-2-0)
source:  2 Southampton: The Super Saints keep on rolling. Six wins from seven now and they dispatched Hull with a professional display. Leicester at home for Koeman’s boys this week.  (7-1-2)
source:  3  UP 1 Arsenal: Despite a slack defensive display which saw them blow a 3-0 lead vs. Anderlecht in the UCL, Alexis Sanchez stole the show as Arsenal beat Burnley 3-0. Tricky trip to Swansea. (4-5-1)
source:  4 DOWN 1 West Ham: The Hammers didn’t win a fourth-straight, but they did rally from 2-0 down to draw with Stoke. Massive cojones from Big Sam’s men as Stewart Downing got an England call up for his displays. Villa at home this weekend could be another win.  (5-2-3)

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5 Manchester City: No movement for the Citizens despite a Derby Day win over Man United. That was narrow and they lost to CSKA Moscow after a miserable display as their UCL hopes are all but over. (6-2-2)
source:  6 UP 3 Newcastle United: Toon! Toon! Three wins on the spin for Pardew’s boys who beat Liverpool 1-0 and Man City in the League Cup last week. West Brom away this weekend. (3-4-3)
source:  7 UP 1 Swansea City: The Swans put in a very mature display away at Everton in the league and held on late in the game after Shelvey saw red. Could be a good time to host Arsenal. (4-3-3)
source:  8 DOWN 2 Manchester United: Just when you think the Red Devils are turning the corner, they falter. SMH. Louis van Gaal has hardly any CB’s to chose from as Smalling’s moment of madness cost them in the derby and they’ve endured their worst start since 1986. United host Palace this Saturday, has to be three points. (3-4-3)
source:  9 UP 3 Tottenham Hotspur: Trailing Villa 1-0 with six minutes to go, Spurs looked dead and buried. Then they equalized and Kane scored a last-gasp winner. This could be a huge moment in their season. Stoke at home on Sunday. (4-2-4)
source:  10  EvertonThe Toffees are getting there, slowly but surely. They squandered plenty of chances against Swansea last time out but a win against Sunderland this week could push them back into the top six. (3-4-3)
source:  11 UP 1 QPR: The super hoops are up in the rankings despite losing to Chelsea. Redknapp’s men succumbed to a late Hazard PK at Stamford Bridge but look so much better of late. Can they shock Man City at Loftus Road? (2-1-7)
source:  12 DOWN 5 Liverpool: After all the furor about Rodgers’ team selection in Madrid, Liverpool are fired up and rested to beat Chelsea on Saturday. They haven’t scored in two games and Sturridge is still out injured. All is not well at Anfield. (4-2-4)
source:  13 Stoke CityThe Potters look very dangerous in attack but squandered a 2-0 lead at home to West Ham last week. They must shore things up at the back against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. (3-3-4)
source:  14 UP 4 Sunderland: Big win for the Black Cats down at Palace and they are big risers in our rankings. Gus Poyet’s men are slowly getting over that 8-0 drubbing to Southampton and Steven Fletcher is back to his best. Everton at home this week. (2-5-3)
source:  15 DOWN 3 Crystal Palace: The Eagles are looking a little shaky under Neil Warnock and are now without a win in four. They need to get back to basics fast. Palace travel to Old Trafford on Saturday without captain Mile Jedinak. (2-3-5)
source:  16 Hull City: No win in four for the Tigers as they went down at home to Saints last week. They head to Burnley this week and Steve Bruce will be hoping for a big win to climb clear of the bottom three. (2-5-3)
source:  17 West Brom: The Baggies beat Leicester 1-0 thanks to a bizarre own goal, but they weren’t great. Still adapting to life under Alan Irvine. Saido Berahino got his first England call up this week and should be full of confidence vs. Newcastle. (3-4-3)
source:  18 DOWN 3 Leicester City: Not a great spell for the Foxes as they have now lost three in a row without scoring. Worrying times for Nigel Pearson. He takes his team to his old club Southampton on Saturday. Not an easy game when you’re low on confidence. (2-3-5)
source:  19 Aston Villa: Can you believe it… six defeats on the spin for Villa. They looked to be getting a big win against Spurs but imploded after Benteke was sent off. Disaster. If they lose vs. West Ham, will Paul Lambert get fired? (3-1-6)
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20 BurnleyThe Clarets came out scrapping at the Emirates and gave a good account of themselves. But that extra bit of quality is eluding them, especially in the final third. Hull at home is a must win game, can they grab a fist victory of the season? (0-4-6)