Well, there are a bunch of streaky teams out there as we enter the final five weeks of the Premier League season. Arsenal has made a run to the top two, Manchester United aren’t far behind and Leicester City are absolutely flying to try and save themselves from relegation.
All of that means our rankings of power are looking drastically different compared to the last edition.
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!
Arsenal: Eight wins on the spin is the Gunners’ best run since 2004. They are flying and could finish second and win an FA Cup. Is that a good season? I think so. Huge game vs. Chelsea this Sunday. (20-6-6)
Manchester United: Yes, LVG’s boys lost to Chelsea but they impressed and handled injuries well and should have got a point. Six wins from their last seven means they will finish in the top four, surely. Next up: Everton away. (19-8-6)
Chelsea:Mourinho loves a defensive masterclass and he has churned out four-straight wins by a one-goal margin without Diego Costa. Superb. Arsenal away this Sunday. Can they show the Gunners which team rules London? (23-7-2)
Liverpool: Two defeats in their last three PL matches and a damaging FA Cup semifinal defeat to Villa means Liverpool’s season is ending with a whimper. Their top four hopes are still alive, but barely.WBA away this week. (17-6-9)
Leicester City: Hands up who saw this coming? Yep, didn’t think so. The Foxes are flying, have won three-straight and are within a point of getting out of the bottom three. The biggest jump in a single week in Power Ranking history. HUGE, HUGE game at Burnley. (7-7-18)
Everton: The Toffees have finally found some form in a season to forget. Martinez’ men are unbeaten in five and are one win from being in the top 10. United at home this weekend. (10-11-12)
Manchester City: Oh dear, it really has unraveled in the past three weeks for Pellegrini with three defeats in five. City are holding onto fourth but could still blow it. Villa at home this week. (19-7-7)
Stoke City: The Potters are going for a record PL points tally and to better their best-ever finish of 10th last season. Good win vs. Saints, next up is Sunderland. (13-7-13)
Crystal Palace: The Eagles were flying until old boss Tony Pulis clipped their wings when his WBA side came to town. Pardew is still happy with his side who are safe from relegation. Can they finish in the top 10? (11-9-13)
West Brom: Pulis steered the Baggies through a rough period to bag that big win at his former club. They should be safe for another season now. Liverpool at home will be a tough one this weekend. (9-9-15)
Swansea City: The Swans suffered their first defeat in five at Leicester and missed the injured Gomis badly. Still, a fine season for Monk’s men. Newcastle away should be another win… (13-8-12)
Sunderland: That Tyne-Wear derby win is keeping Dick Advocaat’s head above water. Just. A defeat to Stoke could be bad news this weekend if other results go against the Black Cats. Not a good time in the north east right now. (5-14-13)
Hull City: Further down the coast, Hull have lost three on the spin and have no win in seven. Steve Bruce must be very worried. They are out of the bottom three on goal difference and must beat Palace this weekend. (6-10-16)
Newcastle United: Six defeats in a row for the Magpies, plus fans refusing to turn up, spells bad news for interim boss John Carver. They still aren’t safe from relegation but should be okay. Just. (9-8-16)