With things starting to shake out following the opening five games of the season, now seems like a good time to dust off the Power Rankings machine and fire it up.
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Below you will find the third set of Premier League PR’s for the 2016-17 season (their last ranking is in parenthesis) and a familiar team sits on top despite plenty of drastic movements up and down the list.
I’ve got a feeling this will be the case for most of the season. Just a hunch…
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Here it goes.
|20 (20)||Stoke City: The Potters have lost 4 of their opening 5 and have now shipped four goals in each of their last two games. Mark Hughes‘ side struggling, big time, but have some favorable fixtures coming up. Geoff Cameorn is confident they’ll turn it around.|
|19 (19)||Sunderland: Like Stoke, the Black Cats still haven’t won a game this season and David Moyes‘ side looked lackluster in attack at Tottenham. Need a win against Palace.
|18 (11)||Bournemouth: Cherries played off the park at Man City, no disgrace in that but they were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Preston. Big game against Everton this weekend.|
|17 (16)||West Ham: Woes continue for the Hammers who lost 4-2 at West Brom and have just three points so far. Needed Payet’s late, late free kick to beat League Two Accrington in the EFL Cup. Saints at home next.
|16 (14)||Swansea City: No win since the opening day of the season and pressure is already building on Guidolin. Swans totally outplayed by Saints last time out and lost against Man City in EFL Cup.|
|15 (15)||Burnley: Same old story for Dyche’s side who have gone to Chelsea and Leicester and lost 3-0. Their home form will keep them up. Monster clash vs. Watford this weekend.|
|14 (10)||Hull City: Red card for Livermore changed their game against Arsenal but after a good start for Hull, we now see Phelan’s men will be in a relegation scrap and midtable at best. Tough trip to Liverpool this week.|
|13 (12)||Middlesbrough: Two-straight defeats for Boro but they’re showing enough to suggest they’ll be just fine this season. Karanka’s side host Tottenham this weekend.|
|12 (3)||Man United: A poor week for Jose Mourinho as he lost three on the spin, Rooney is struggling and so too are Pogba and Fellaini in midfield. Needs a big win against Leicester on Saturday to shut up the “Einsteins” out there.|
|11 (2)||Chelsea: Not a great week for Chelsea who drew at Swansea and then lost at home to Liverpool in a poor display. Conte’s boys beat Leicester in the EFL Cup but plenty of work to do. Arsenal away next up. Huge challenge.|
|10 (18)||Southampton: What a difference a week makes. Claude Puel’s side won three on the spin with victories in the Europa League, PL and EFL Cup and they kept three clean sheets. Charlie Austin is on fire as they head to West Ham.|
|9 (17)||West Brom: Much-needed win for Tony Pulis‘ side against West Ham and Pulis will celebrate his 1000th game as a manager against Stoke. Baggies suddenly seem like scoring goals.
|8 (13)||Leicester City: Much better from Claudio Ranieri‘s side who beat Club Brugge in the Champions League and then beat Burnley comfortably in the PL. Slimani is the new hero at the KP.|
|7 (8)||Crystal Palace: Two wins on the spin in the PL for Pardew’s side as their offensive masterplan is clicking into place. They’ll be confident heading to Sunderland this weekend.|
|6 (9)||Watford: The Hornets will be confident too. Two wins on the spin and a first league win vs. Man United since 1986 has Mazzarri’s boys flying high. Tricky test at Burnley awaits.
|5 (5)||Tottenham: Pochettino’s side fluffed their lines at Wembley in the UCL but remain unbeaten in the PL as Alli, Eriksen & Rose signed new deals. Kane’s injury a real worry though.
|4 (6)||Arsenal: As Wenger celebrated 20 years at Arsenal, his side have clicked through the gears. Three wins in a row has the Gunners pushing in the right direction ahead of a big London derby vs. Chelsea.|
||3 (4)||Everton: Ronald Koeman has sprinkled the magic dust over the Toffees who remain unbeaten and have 4 wins from 5 in their best-ever start to a PL season. Keeping Lukaku fit is key.|
|2 (7)||Liverpool: Well, well, well, Jurgen Klopp’s side is rampant right now with Mane, Lallana, Henderson et al. flying. Big wins vs. Leicester and at Chelsea. Now, can they keep it up against Hull?|
|1 (1)||Man City: These guys are legit. Despite his very public spat with Yaya Toure’s agent, Pep Guardiola has 8 wins from 8 as City’s boss. Top of the league and full of goals, De Bruyne is running the show. Hand them the title already…!?|