Few people truly believe Spurs will catch Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title, but that’s not what Power Rankings are about, are they?
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Not to us. Our PLPR’s have always been about how a team’s current form melds into their overall season, and that just may be enough for us to put a new team up top for the first time in a while.
That’s if we don’t change our mind by the time we finish filling out the chart…
|20 (20)||Sunderland: Stewing on their plight through the weekend, and daydreaming of burying derby mates Middlesbrough next time out.|
|19 (19)||Middlesbrough: Single-handedly making the argument for offense, Boro’s decent defense hasn’t been helped nearly enough by those outside of Alvaro Negredo.
|18 (18)||Swansea City: Guidolin goes defense? Swans lose. Bradley goes for broke? Swans lose. Clement tries a bunch of things? Swans show signs of life for a bit… but only a bit. Swans lose.
|17 (16)||Hull City: #BeTwoPointsBetterThanSwansea doesn’t go great on a shirt or a Tweet, but it’s the strategy.|
|16 (15)||West Ham United: Need a summer of rest and a transfer window in a bad way.|
|15 (13)||Bournemouth: After a 3-week gauntlet of Liverpool, Chelsea, and Spurs, “Home to Boro” probably looks amazing on the fixture list.
|14 (14)||Burnley: If there was a home Champions League (6th best record), Burnley would be headed for Europe. Only problem? The Clarets are two losses away from a winless season away from Turf Moor.
|T-11 (12)||Crystal Palace: Tip of the cap to ol’ Sam Allardyce. We just wish he was willing to take a little bit of credit.|
|T-11 (9)||West Bromwich Albion: “ALRIGHT BOYS, WE’RE GONNA GET TO 40 POINTS OR SO, THEN WE’LL DISTRIBUTE POINTS TO EVERYONE ELSE THE REST OF THE WAY. LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,” Tony Pulis in August, probably.
|T-11 (17)||Stoke City: Finally back in the win column, Stoke rises|
|10 (10)||Leicester City: With the Champions League era over, can we all agree that Leicester, unfettered by Europe, will probably win the league next season? Arsenal’s next.|
|9 (7)||Southampton: Man City loss reminds us that Virgil Van Dijk was really important.|
|8 (11)||Watford: Winners of three-in-four and that loss came to Spurs, who look capable of outracing a fighter jet right now.|
|7 (8)||Arsenal: Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are the main reasons the Gunners aren’t comfortably seventh or worse.|
|6 (5)||Everton: We know the Toffees can dust the lower half of the table, but they really need to beat Chelsea or Arsenal in the run-in to engender any Top Four confidence for next season.
|5 (4)||Liverpool: Quietly (?) unbeaten in seven.
|4 (6)||Manchester City: For the first time since their red-hot start, City is starting to consistently show what a Pep Guardiola team can be in the Premier League. Will summer reinforcements allow them to do it for a full year?|
|T-2 (3)||Manchester United: Still have not lost in league play since October 23rd.|
|T-2 (1)||Chelsea: Yes, they are going to win the league. No, we wouldn’t pick them on a neutral field against Spurs right now. Yes, they’ll probably prove us wrong at Wembley this weekend.|
|1 (2)||Tottenham Hotspur: The best team going right now, just too late to make a difference to the title fight. Probably. Right?|