Premier League Power Rankings: Little movement at the top; Chelsea on the rise

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With several twists and turns already defining the 2016/17 Premier League season, including the reigning champions’ struggles, PST takes a look at how each team is shaping up.

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Last week saw big victories for teams like Chelsea and Bournemouth, while Hull and Middlesbrough continue to struggle in their return to England’s top flight.

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Without further ado, check out the latest round of power rankings ahead of Matchday 9.


TEAM RANKING
source: 20 (20) Sunderland: As the Black Cats continue to search for a victory, David Moyes‘ job keeps getting harder and harder. A visit to Dimitri Payet and West Ham looms.
Hull City logo 19 (15) Hull City: The Tigers have let in 13 goals in their previous three fixtures. That’s far from a recipe for success for manager Mike Phelan. 
source: 18 (17) Swansea City: Bob Bradley couldn’t do what many of his predecessors did; beat Arsenal. However, the Swans put together one of their better performances against one of the PL’s top sides.
200px-Middlesbrough_crest 17 (16) MiddlesbroughNo wins since August has Middlesbrough on the cusp of the relegation zone. The Boro will travel to the Emirates over the weekend, so a victory will be out of reach once again.
source: 16 (18) Stoke CityA win is a win, even if it’s against Sunderland. You think Stoke supporters are pleased with the Joe Allen signing?
burnley fc crest 15 (13) Burnley: With losses in three of their last four, the Clarets are showing their vulnerability. They’ve netted just six goals in eight PL matches this season. 
source: 14 (20) West Ham: The Hammers may not have all their problems solved, particularly on the defensive side, but last weekend’s win over Crystal Palace was huge for Slaven Bilic
source: 13 (12) Leicester City: If the Foxes could carry their Champions League form over to the PL Claudio Ranieri would greatly appreciate it. Leicester is winless in its last three PL fixtures, having allowed seven goals.
source: 12 (9) West Bromwich Albion: Even with three consecutive 1-1 draws, the important news for West Brom is that they are accumulating points. 
source: 11 (14) Bournemouth: Yes, Hull has slipped. But 6-1? The Cherries have to be pleased with that performance.
source: 10 (10) Watford: The Hornets have been fun to watch since their 3-1 win over Manchester United. Last week’s victory at Middlesbrough shows Watford is improving at grinding out results on the road.

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9 (6) Crystal Palace: There’s no shame in losing to West Ham, but it was surprising given Palace’s recent form. The Hammers were bound to get it together at some point though.
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8 (8) Southampton: The Saints are taking care of business against the bottom half sides at the moment. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle the league’s elite as the season progresses.
source: 7 (7) Manchester United: Since United’s defeat vs. Manchester City back on September 10, the Red Devils have lost to Feyenoord and Watford. More recently, back-to-back draws against Stoke and Liverpool have Jose Mourinho’s side scrambling a bit.
source: 6 (11) Chelsea: Very few would have expected the Blues to dispose of the reigning champions as easily as they did, but then again the Foxes are a much different side in 2016. As long as Diego Costa keeps on firing, Chelsea will be a contender.
source: 5 (4) Tottenham: Spurs needed a late equalizer to earn a point against West Brom, which was certainly a bit surprising. Mauricio Pochettino‘s group will have the chance to rebound against a hot Bournemouth side over the weekend.
source: 4 (5) Everton: Ronald Koeman is likely frustrating other sides with the results his side continues to grind out.
source: 3 (3) Liverpool: The Reds are unbeaten in their last eight in all competitions and aren’t showing any signs of letting up.
source: 2 (2) Arsenal: The Gunners nearly let points slip away against Swansea but Arsene Wenger‘s boys are clicking right now and managed to spoil Bob Bradley’s debut.
Logo_Manchester_City 1 (1) Man City: Despite the draw at home vs. Everton, City remains atop the table with only one blemish its resume. A midweek clash with Barcelona looms in the UCL, and a strong performance would really solidify effect of Pep Guardiola.