2015-16 Premier League Power Rankings, Vol. III: North London rising

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In moves designed to calm single-match overreacting, ProSoccerTalk decided to move both our Premier League and MLS power rankings away from the weekly and closer to the monthly.

The last time we visited the PL version of our PRs, Manchester City and Manchester United were thriving.

[ Archive: Premier League Power Rankings ]

Since then, North London has arrived on the scene ahead of a juicy derby, while the Manchester Derby was, at best, a bore draw.

Where does that leave the rest of our Power Rankings? Let’s deal out the slots on our table for the first time since Sept. 23.

TEAM RANKING Up/Down
source: 1 UP 3 Arsenal: The Gunners have won five on the bounce, including decisive wins over Leicester City and Manchester United. The former is one of three road wins on the run, which also includes wins at Vicarage Road and the Liberty Stadium.
source: 2 UP 6 Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs have drawn too often to be top of the pops, but the London side also has lost a solitary game in the Premier League this season. That came on Opening Day, against Manchester United. Their reward is a tricky week. Thursday in Europa League against Anderlecht before a North London Derby against Arsenal (The Gunners are the last team to beat Spurs in any competition).
source: 3 DOWN 2 Manchester City: Relax, Citizens, there are razor-thin margins between 1, 2, and 3 here, and a gulf to follow. Unbeaten in four after back-to-back London losses to West Ham and Spurs, and it’s not City’s fault the schedule makers didn’t give them challenges in Newcastle, Norwich and Bournemouth. The bore draw against Manchester United was disappointing on so many levels, but was a point at Old Trafford.
source: 4 UP 9 Southampton: Unbeaten in five, Saints have a win at Stamford Bridge to go with draws versus improving Liverpool and Leicester sides. Up next: a visit to Big Sam’s miserable Sunderland side.
source: 5 DOWN 2 Leicester City: The Foxes have claimed 10 of 12 points since the 5-2 loss to Arsenal, a match with plenty of promise despite the score line. Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy are in the PL’s team of the season if it ended today (It doesn’t).
source: 6 DOWN 4 Manchester United: Louis Van Gaal is getting results, and that’s perfectly fine given the congested schedule. That said, we have to wonder if he’d be facing as much grief had his side not been punked by Arsenal, its only Premier League loss since Aug. 30.
source: 7 DOWN 2 West Ham United: Perhaps the Hammers were due for a stinker. Even in that 2-0 loss to Watford, Dimitri Payet proved he’s among the signings of the year (if not the decade). Brilliant player.
source: 8 UP 13 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp has the Reds looking better, and the Chelsea win should be a shot to the arm of the Anfield set. One win and three draws from a brutal run of fixtures is to be commended (though the first draw came with Brendan Rodgers still in charge, against Everton in the Merseyside Derby).
source: 9 DOWN 3 Everton: The Toffees failed their top-end tests with losses to Manchester United and Arsenal, but are miles ahead of the lower-half sides. And continents ahead of Sunderland. Nice job, Arouna Kone.
source: 10 Watford: Quique Flores’ club rarely looks rattled, and we think there’s plenty of reason to hope the Hornets stay in the mid-table mix.
source: 11 DOWN 4 Swansea City: Head-scratching time at the Liberty Stadium, as Garry Monk‘s side isn’t quite where we thought they’d be in their growing program. Still a good group, but not a European challenger.
source: 12 DOWN 3 Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew is going to need more than the brilliant Yohan Cabaye if he wants to keep up his reputation at Selhurst Park.
source: 13 UP 3 West Bromwich Albion: Allow us to issue a thank you to Tony Pulis, who took a break from ruining soccer to play an entertaining game against Leicester. His reward, of course, was a 3-2 loss, meaning we’re due for some more defense-first displays in the coming weeks.
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14 DOWN 3 Chelsea: Their decline has been highlighted in myriad PST posts, but the Blues are finding every way to lose. The competition has been tough, but this is Chelsea. Bad things.
source: 15 DOWN 2 Stoke City: Three clean sheets in four for 22-year-old Jack Butland, who is showing England it has an option outside of Joe Hart.

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16 UP 2 Newcastle United: A 6-1 beating from Man City could’ve signaled a death knell for Steve McClaren’s side, but the Magpies have been the better side in three-straight since the end of a tough run to start the season. Referee Bobby Madley and goalkeeper Butland may be the reason Newcastle is still in the drop zone. Bournemouth is next.
source: 17 DOWN 3 Norwich City:  Hung in there with Man City, but their four-game losing skid includes a 6-2 beatdown from previously-moribund Newcastle.
source: 18 DOWN 3 Bournemouth: You have to feel for the Cherries, who’ve been battered by injuries to key players like Tyrone Mings, Max Gradel and Callum Wilson.
source: 19 Aston Villa: Remi Garde is the latest to attempt a fix at Villa Park. He has a lot of work to do.
source: 20 Sunderland: Let’s get this straight: Even when the Black Cats win, which they did in controversial fashion in the Tyne-Wear Derby, they are dominated. Big Sam has a lot of work to do. At least DeAndre Yedlin is getting some reps and looking like a Premier League player.