Wow. Chelsea lost. It actually happened. With the Blues going down last week and as the two Manchester clubs just keep on winning, we have a new team at the top. (Scroll down to find out who… come on!)
There’s plenty of movement elsewhere, especially in the middle of the pack, but the teams at the bottom are starting to get cut adrift in our 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!
Manchester City: We have a new leader! Pellegrini’s boys have won six on the spin in all competitions and even without Sergio Aguero, they are playing superb and qualified for the last 16 of the UCL. Leicester up next. (10-3-2)
Chelsea: After losing for the first time this season, there will be no “invincibles” and Mourinho seems okay with that. They’ve had their lead cut to three points at the top. Hull at home next. (11-3-1)
Manchester United: The Red Devils are flying and have won five-straight going into their huge match against rivals Liverpool. Not pretty but van Gaal’s boys are getting it done. (8-4-3)
Newcastle United: The Magpies are flying high after they beat Chelsea last week. Can Alan Pardew’s side shock Arsenal this weekend? (6-5-4)
Stoke City: Stoke played extremely well and beat Arsenal 3-2 last week. They deserved that after going close vs. Liverpool and Man United. Tricky trip to Palace, but all is well at the Brit. (5-3-7)
Southampton: Saints continue to battle hard, but are coming up just short against the big boys. Should have beat Man United, but silly mistakes cost them. That said, big chance for a W away at Burnley. (8-2-5)
Swansea City: Garry Monk said his side deserved nothing at West Ham… and that’s exactly what they got. It has been an inconsistent season for the Swans. Spurs at home this week. (6-4-5)
Aston Villa: It’s not exactly vintage stuff from Villa, but it’s two wins on the spin and five games unbeaten. Lambert’s boys are scraping for victories. (5-4-6)
QPR: The R’s continued their superb home form after beating Burnley 2-0. Charlie Austin is a machine. Can they finally get something on the road this weekend? (4-2-9)
Sunderland: Battling draw at Liverpool saw Jozy Altidore start. The Black Cats are tough to beat and will fancy their chances at home to West Ham. (2-9-4)
Liverpool: Just when you thought the Reds had turned a corner… A lackluster draw with Sunderland was followed up by crashing out of the UCL. Not a good week. Can they recover in the huge derby vs. United? (6-3-6)
Everton: Same could be said for the Toffees who huffed and puffed but went down to City last week. If Martinez’s men don’t beat QPR, there will be plenty of up-tight Toffees. (4-6-5)
Burnley: The Clarets missed a big chance away at QPR as Sean Dyche’s boys just didn’t take their chances. Home game vs. Saints will be very tough. Can the Turf Moor crowd roar themon? (2-6-7)
Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs fans are starting to lose their patience with Pochettino. Another blank at home to Palace, and a largely unimpressive display. Heading to Swansea is never easy. (6-3-6)
Crystal Palace: The Eagles performed very well once again, but just failed to take chances vs. Spurs. They must grab the initiative early on against Stoke at Selhurst this week. (3-5-7)
West Brom: No goals once again for the Baggies who are looking solid but are without a win in five games. BIG Midlands derby vs. Villa this weekend. (3-5-7)
Hull City: They drew 0-0 with WBA in a dull draw, and Steve Bruce must be worried his summer buys just aren’t giving him a creative spark. The Tigers are in the bottom three… (2-7-6)
Leicester City: Poor old Leicester City. The Foxes have now lost three on the spin, eight of their last 10 and are without a win in that stretch. Next up: Man City… (2-4-9)