At this point in the season, power rankings begin to feel a lot closer to the actual table than an experiment in form.
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After all, teams in bad position are playing with mounds of pressure on their shoulders and not always picking up big results. And solid teams might have a poor result here or there, but usually nothing shocking.
Well, besides Swansea City and Liverpool.
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Here are this week’s rankings.
|20 (20)||Sunderland: The loss at West Brom just further proof of a lack of inspiration in the squad.|
|19 (19)||Crystal Palace: Now in the drop zone, Big Sam needs Wilfried Zaha back from AFCON in a big way.|
|18 (17)||Hull City: Zero shame in losing at Chelsea, but it doesn’t get easier as Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal are next.|
|17 (18)||Swansea City: The win at Liverpool is the type that can change a season.|
|16 (16)||Watford: The Hornets have not won a league game since Dec. 10, its only PL win since mid-November.|
|15 (15)||Middlesbrough: Jese would be nice.|
|14 (13)||Leicester City: AFCON was always going to be a problem with Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani on the books.|
|13 (12)||Bournemouth: The Watford draw somehow feels like a loss for Eddie Howe‘s bunch.|
|12 (14)||Southampton: Usually we don’t account for Cup momentum in the PRs, but with Wembley on the minds and a big win over Leicester City, Saints feel a lot better this week.
|11 (10)||Stoke City: No shame in drawing Manchester United.|
|10 (11)||West Ham United: We are almost convinced that the Irons have turned the corner. Healthy Andy Carroll is almost unstoppable.|
|9 (8)||Burnley: Forget the controversial ending, the Clarets showed us a bit about their mettle in the 2-1 loss to Arsenal.|
|8 (9)||West Bromwich Albion: Easy win over Sunderland.|
|7 (7)||Manchester City: Same place, and were tempted to move them up considering referee and not player error may’ve cost them a win versus Tottenham.|
|6 (6)||Everton: Was a lot of work beating Palace.
|5 (4)||Liverpool: We can talk AFCON absences, but the Reds didn’t lose to Swansea for lack of attack.
|4 (3)||Manchester United: Stoke draw really needed to be a win, not that the Red Devils didn’t deserve all three points.|
|3 (4)||Arsenal: Good mettle to hold off Burnley. All wins are wins (it’s science).|
|2 (2)||Tottenham Hotspur: Fortunate not to lose versus Man City, but fortune is needed in a title push. Ask Leicester.|
|1 (1)||Chelsea: Really good team. Really. Let’s hope to see Nathan Ake get his chance to shine.|