Premier League Power Rankings: Arsenal, Everton rising, Saints falling

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Ahead of the busy festive season, the rankings of power are taking shape with some familiar faces (we are looking at you Arsenal and Everton) getting their act together to finish off 2014.

As for the likes of Swansea and Southampton. Ouch. A few more defeats and it will not be a happy festive season for Saints and Swans fans up and down the land.

[Archive: Premier League Power Rankings]

In case you are new around here, 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 Manchester City: Frank Lampard keeps doing it for City who are three points behind Chelsea, but top of our rankings. Five wins on the spin, home game vs. Palace this weekend and Barca in the UCL last 16 in 2015. (11-3-2)
source:  2 Chelsea: The Blues were accused of diving against Hull but ground out a win. Mourinho’s men are looking solid as a rock but a tough trip to Stoke. (12-3-1)
source:  3  – Manchester United: Six wins in a row for United, who beat bitter rivals Liverpool but David De Gea kept them in the game. Aston Villa away. (9-4-3)
source:  4 West Ham: The Hammers could have beaten Sunderland away but a dodgy PK call cost them. Sam Allardyce was livid. Bottom club Leicester up next.  (8-4-4)

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5 UP 3 Arsenal: The Gunners are almost back to their best as they slammed four past Newcastle. Injuries are mounting up, but Walcott could be back for the trip to Liverpool this week. (7-5-4)
source:  6 Stoke City: A tie away at Palace is a respectable point for the Potters. Can they shock Chelsea for the second-straight season at the Britannia on Monday? (5-4-7)
source:  7 UP 7 Everton: The Toffees beat QPR handsomely and Ross Barkley flourished in a deeper role. Martinez’s men are hitting form at the perfect time of the season. They will be the favs vs. Saints. (5-6-5)
source:  8 DOWN 3 Newcastle United: Injuries, especially in the goalkeeping department, has hampered the Magpies who were humbled by Arsenal in the PL and Spurs in the League Cup. Massive Tyne-Wear derby vs. Sunderland on Sunday. (6-5-4)
source:  9 UP 6 Burnley: Three wins in the last six for the Clarets now as they dispatched Saints 1-0. Can they shock Spurs at the Lane to end 2014 out of the bottom three? (3-6-7)
source:  10 DOWN 3 Southampton: Five defeats in a row for Saints, as Koeman’s boys are banged up with injuries and suspensions. Can they get a positive result vs. Everton on Saturday?  (8-2-6)
source:  11 UP 5 Tottenham Hotspur: Mauricio Pochettino’s side just keep grinding out crucial wins away from home. They showed plenty of spirit vs. Swansea and will need that again vs. Burnley. One defeat in five for Spurs. (7-3-6)
source:  12 Sunderland: Jozy Altidore missed a sitter and could be on the move from the Black Cats who want a new striker. They have drawn 10 out of 16. That’s incredible. Who will be the hero vs. rivals Newcastle? (2-10-4)
source:  13 DOWN 3 Aston Villa: A red card for Kieran Richardson played a part as Villa lost to West Brom. Decent run is over, and now they face bogey team United. (5-4-7)
source:  14 UP 4  West Brom: First win in seven games for the Baggies last time out. Huge relief for Alan Irvine. Six-pointer away at QPR. (4-5-7)
source:  15 DOWN 4 QPR: Speaking of the R’s they still haven’t got a single point on the road and were outclassed by Everton, but a home match vs. WBA will be music to the ears of Mr. Redknapp.  (4-2-10)
source:  16 DOWN 3 Liverpool: Okay, so the Reds didn’t play badly against United but they lost 3-0 and look totally devoid of confidence in the final third. Can Rodgers get an early Xmas gift by beating Arsenal on Sunday?  (6-3-7)
source:  17 Crystal Palace: The Eagles are so close to being a really good team. Neil Warnock has them hard to beat, but is desperate for the transfer window to open so he can sign a striker. Man City this weekend. (3-6-7)
source:  18 DOWN 9 Swansea City: Two defeats on the spin and one win in five for the Swans. Garry Monk’s men are making basic errors routinely. Very winnable game away at Hull. (6-4-6)
source:  19 Hull City: Speaking of the Tigers, Steve Bruce’s side are looking ragged and beat up. Hull haven’t won a match in nine, can they beat Swansea at the KC? (2-7-7)
source:  20 Leicester City: The Foxes have lost four on the spin and are without a win since September. Can they brings some festive cheer with a win at West Ham? (2-4-10)