Premier League Power Rankings: Questions remain in tight title race

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Three teams are tied atop the Premier League. One team is a point back.

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It’s been a long time since we’ve been treated to such an intriguing, wide open title race. There are multiple teams at the top of the table in good form, and they’re all jockeying for any space they can get at the summit.

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Check out the latest round of power rankings ahead of Matchday 10.


TEAM RANKING
source: 20 (20) Sunderland: Arsenal pummeled Sunderland, leaving the Black Cats stuck on just two points from 10, the worst start in Premier League history. It will take a miracle to keep them up.
Hull City logo 19 (19) Hull City: A loss to Watford condemned them to six straight losses, without a win since Matchday 2. The loss of Robert Snodgrass due to injury only makes things worse.
source: 18 (18) Swansea City: A road loss to Stoke City caused the Swans to take a step backwards after Bob Bradley‘s first point the week before. They are still looking for their first win under the American.
source: 17 (16) West Ham: A pair of wins over Palace and Sunderland appeared to have righted the ship, but the defense again proved culpable in last weekend’s loss to Everton. Lots of work ahead for Slaven Bilic.
source: 16 (15) West Bromwich Albion: Being pummelled by Manchester City says little we didn’t already know, but winless since mid-September tells us much more. After Leicester this weekend, the schedule gets much softer, and the Baggies have an opportunity.
burnley fc crest 15 (13) Burnley: It’s not often a team falls two spots after a draw with Manchester United, but Burnley still looks to be riding its defense, and aside from the win over Everton, there isn’t much to fall back on.
200px-Middlesbrough_crest 14 (17) Middlesbrough: Boro finally found its shooting boots, scoring at least 2 goals for just the 2nd time this season in a 2-0 win over Bournemouth. Can they build on that?
source: 13 (12) Crystal Palace: The Eagles have been inferior in their last few matches, and winless in four, the promising September is a distant memory. This weekend against Burnley is a chance to right the ship before a visit from Manchester City.
source: 12 (14) Stoke City: The Potters are on a roll. Three straight wins and unbeaten since late September, everything is clicking. They’ll want to keep it going before the schedule gets exponentially tougher in December (Arsenal, Saints, Leicester, Liverpool, Chelsea in a row).
source: 11 (11) Watford: Three straight clean sheets is nice, but with only 2 goals during that span, the Hornets will want to get their shooting boots on for games against Liverpool and Leicester that will be true tests.
source: 10 (9) Manchester United: The Red Devils are in a true free-fall. Since starting with 3 straight, they have just one league win in their last seven. A drab 0-0 draw with Burnley means this weekend against Swansea is a must-win.
source: 9 (8) Bournemouth: After smoking Hull and drawing with Spurs, the loss to Middlesbrough is deflating. This weekend against Sunderland is a chance to get back on top before an enticing matchup with Stoke.
source: 8 (10)
 Leicester City: The 3-0 loss to Chelsea is truly put to rest, and this weekend against West Brom is a chance to jump into the top half of the table before a pair against two stout defenses.
source: 7 (7) Everton: A convincing win over West Ham was just what the Toffees needed after finding themselves winless in four. They are likely off the title pace, but a European place is a realistic goal as they sit five off the top. There are chances to impress coming up.
source: 6 (6) Southampton: The Saints had a shot to pull into the top five with Spurs slipping up, but couldn’t do it against the in-form Blues. They have slipping Hull this weekend before another test in Liverpool.
source: 5 (5) Tottenham: The Spurs title challenge is in real trouble. The club is slipping up in all competitions, and finding themselves on the outside looking in in Champions League play is deflating. The North London derby couldn’t come at a worse time. They need a result.
source: 4 (4) Arsenal: Arsenal is unbeaten in its last nine, and with six goals in its last two league games plus three more in the Champions League midweek, the Gunners welcome hated Spurs in good form.
Logo_Manchester_City 3 (2) Manchester City: Pep put the winless streak to rest against lowly West Brom, and a big Champions League win could spark a true return to fortunes. If they can break through the Boro defense, it might truly push them forward through a soft part of the schedule.
source: 2 (1) Liverpool: The Reds haven’t lost since Matchday 2 and are steamrolling inferior opponents and challengers alike. They don’t face a top 6 team until New Year’s Eve. This is Liverpool’s chance to build a lead in the title race.
source: 1 (3) Chelsea: Despite Liverpool’s solid record, the Blues are in the best form in the league. Without European play to contend with, Chelsea has notched four straight clean sheets against some strong opponents. The next four fixtures read Everton, Boro, Spurs, City – a potentially season-defining stretch.